A techno party held at an art club located in an old factory isn't exactly the kind of event that's aiming for mainstream appeal. However, queues out the door on a recent Saturday night affirmed that, if you’re a dance fan in Ukraine, Cxema party at Closer club is the place to be.
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Sofra, the Crimean Tatar takeout located next to the Zhytniy Rynok indoor market in Podil, has become a popular destination over the last few months. It sells chebureks and yantykhs, traditional deep-fried turnovers filled with ground meat, onions and spices. Lines here can last up to an hour at midday.
I ate a lot at Lucky Pub and Golden Gate Irish Pub, both part of the Mirovaya Karta chain in Kyiv, to earn my prized 15 percent discount card. But last November, when I flashed my card after another fine (if not exactly healthy) dinner of pepper steak, fries and beer at Lucky Pub, the waitress apologetically said that the chain had discontinued the cards.
“Love is in the cake,” proclaims the napkin of the newly opened venue in Arena City, Kyiv’s central shopping mall. It appears to be true, because The Cake confectionery makes visitors fall in love with their light tasty desserts at first taste. But not their wallets.
It's difficult for a random passer-by to miss an elegant yet bright yellow-colored door at Nyzhniy Val Street in Podil neighborhood. It looks like an entrance to a doll’s house but actually leads to a confectionery called Honey.
It is the season of diets in the Kyiv Post's Lifestyle section. We know first-hand how for dieters eating out can be torture, forcing the dieter to stare at forbidden offerings, such as pasta and cake on a friend‘s plate. We required an alternative and found it. Venues with healthy and low-calorie meals do exist on the Kyiv map. We tried two of them.
Once every two weeks Yaroslav Haladzhy, a 40-year old designer living in Kyiv, makes a rather expensive grocery run. He pays up to Hr 500 for a small bag of simple food – cereal, eggs, tea. The reason behind the high price is simple – all the items are sold as "organic".
While Kyiv doesn't lack restaurants and bars, the demand for quality venues is far from being fulfilled. Mr. Zuma, a relatively new restaurant on Kyiv's map, purports to be one of the best.
No matter how attached we are to our favorite restaurants, there is always a chance to find a new venue that will be even better. Especially, when it's Kyiv and it's fall.
So check out these cafes that have just recently opened in Kyiv.
LVIV, Ukraine - It is a small cafe in Lviv that became its own Crimea, minus the sea and swimsuits.
This place has a pretty exterior and a convenient location - next to the exit from Ploshcha Lva Tolstoho metro station, ensuring that Samoe Dobre Cafe (The Kindest Café) won’t be left unnoticed.
We hoped that Kyiv’s Zheltok cafe, styled as an American diner, would offer a classical delicious treat. And it almost does. On the menu one can find a bunch of burgers for every taste and budget, including beef BBQ burger (Hr 55), melting mozzarella steak burger (Hr 65) or chicken burger (Hr 60). We went for a classic beef burger. The visitor can also ask for a different bun for a burger - Zheltok offers rye or wheat buns with sesame.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a lot of enemies among Ukrainians since his dodgy invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in March. Now, people of Ukraine can have their vengeance on the Russian president, and do so in the most wicked ways – bite off his head, for instance.