The hostess at the newly opened Vapiano restaurant in Kyiv’s Arena City makes guests feel like celebrities with her warmth. She also hands out a fancy plastic card that’s still a novelty in Kyiv restaurants. The card can be used for ordering and payment.
White shining gold-encrusted limo carriage has been spotted on Kyiv streets recently.
Every morning the alarm clock rings no later than 4 a.m. for aspiring young bakers in Kyiv. Dozens of young people strive to succeed with their startup bakeries, which they run right at their home kitchens, with an oven as their main asset.
When Ukrainian artists and designers from the Varto group called on the international art community some five months ago, asking them to support Ukraine in hard times, the community responded vigorously. The result of the call, 100 anti-war posters from 45 countries are on display at the "Voice of Peace" exhibition in the Hudgraph gallery in Kyiv through Sept. 1.
When it comes to Ukrainian souvenirs, it’s easy to get lost among the rows of embroidered shirts and salo magnets found on Kyiv’s winding Andriyivsky Uzviz, the city’s ultimate souvenir market. But there are plenty of exceptional gifts from Ukraine that will amaze tourists from abroad.
Then risk an administrative fine of Hr 51 by enjoying a “street beer” for less than $1 when exiting at any of the nearby kiosks that are usually found hugging desolate-looking public places. Despite a nationwide prohibition on carrying open alcoholic beverages, thirsty pedestrians can often get fresh beer on tap at major intersections in summertime. As an added bonus, babushkas sometimes sell loosies, or individual cigarettes, for those who are in denial of their addiction.
If you’re into jogging and would like to know more about Kyiv, there is a new service in town just for that: guided running tours. Volodymyr Dehtyarov, founder of the Kyiv Running Tours service that combines sightseeing and fitness, says his foreign friend who started doing such tours earlier inspired him to do the same in Kyiv. “The idea looked interesting to me,” Dehtyarov says. “I thought I like communicating with people, I speak English, and so why not do the same in Kyiv?”
Even before approaching the door, the sound of deep, controlled breaths echoes from within the room. Once inside, the strong smell of incense and body heat emanates as sweaty men and women practice yoga postures side by side. Mats are lined in two rows facing each other. Everyone on them twists, turns and lifts their bodies into carefully balanced headstands.
This summer environmentalists have got a new amusement - an eco-friendly cycle-in cinema launched in the park near VDNH, or Ukrainian Expo Center.
If you need encouragement on a bad day, pay attention to the tear-off ads stuck to the walls around you.
"Sad? Take a smiling baby elephant with you!" reads an ad on Bohdana Khmelnytskoho Street.
Instead of a phone number, the ad’s tear-off parts have sketches of cute cartoonish elephants – all hand-drawn.
A new, unusual trend has come to Kyiv. More and more often cars are seen decorated with stickers picturing the ornamentation usually seen on vyshyvankas – Ukrainian traditional embroidered shirts.
A middle-aged woman wearing slippers and shorts is leaning on a fence surrounding a tent in Kyiv’s central Khreshchatyk Street, watching people passing by. A young man in dirty clothes is chopping wood behind her. Smoke is rising from the pan in an old field kitchen nearby.
Under the threat of Russian invasion there is still a possibility for Ukrainians to shift the focus and get distracted from tense news. One of the Ukraine's most anticipated events of the spring, annual French Spring Festival has been on since April 3. The festival gives a chance to feel French breeze in a number of major cities, including Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Luhansk, Odessa, Donetsk, Zaporizhya and Rivne.