Wondering where to eat in Kiev? Kiev is so trendy it rivals eateries in Berlin and Budapest for great spots to feast at. A meal is an ordeal here, but in a good way. Is Kiev cheap? You bet, you can get a steak in Kiev for under £5. The foodie scene is exploding with tastes from all over the world. But Kiev retains some of it’s Soviet charm, making it a totally unique experience. Some of the best restaurants in Kiev have hidden entrances with secret passwords and even fake fronts (like the butcher shop that leads to one of the best steaks in Kiev – The Steakhouse). Check out what to eat in Kiev, and where, here.
1. Chicken Kiev
Where to get Chicken Kiev in Kiev? Head to aptly named Chicken Kiev of course! The signature dish comes with truffle mash and baked veg. This is a must eat in Kiev. For just 3 to 4 Euros a dish, this place may look fancy, but the prices certainly aren’t!
2. Milk Bar
If you’re after a trendy brunch then look no further than the Milk Bar. Here you can find traditional Ukrainian food with a twist. Situated in the hipster district right in the centre of the city, it is bustling throughout the day, but well worth the wait. Whether it’s a healthy avocado and eggs on toast or a rustic fried chicken sandwich you’re sure to find something that fits the bill. The desserts are the real stars though with a chocolate brownie worth going back for!
3. The Last Barricade
One of the best places to eat in Kiev lies through a nondescript grey door. Within an underground passage of the Globus mall, in Maidan square, lies a hidden gem in Kiev. You will need a password (spoken in Ukrainian) to enter. You are then taken through hidden doors and bond style bars to a secret library and an underground restaurant. Steaks are well aged and the cocktails are quite unusual. It’s easily one of the best places to eat in Kiev with it’s beautiful decor and espionage vibe.
What is the password for The Last Barricade in Kiev?
Борітеся поборете or “Boritesia poborete” meaning fight and fight.
4. Puzata Hata
For truly traditional Ukrainian food in Kiev, head to the self service buffet-style Puzata Hata. The food is cheap, so fill your plate with local delicacies and sweet treats. This is the best place to try different Ukranian food on a budget. Don’t miss the Varenyky; snack size dumplings filled with different meats, veggies and some sweet fruit fillings. Traditionally served in a creamy sauce.
5. The Life of Wonderful People
If you are wondering where is the best place to get brunch in Kiev, this is it. The Life Of Wonderful People is a cafe that’s always full of locals. With brunches to drool over, cakes (that make you re-evaluate what lunch should consist of) and meaty treats, it’s not hard to see why. Cocktails are sorted by superhero symbols, Batman and Spiderman adorn the walls in the form of 17th century oil paintings and a library makes up the back wall. Normal this place is not. From the menu get a ‘Not an ordinary cappuccino’ or perhaps a ‘Chocolate temptation’, not much explanations given but the results speak for themselves.
There are so many great places to eat and weird things to do in Kiev. The best part is that it’s one of the least touristy countries in Europe. And a great city to get off the beaten track in Eastern Europe. Come for the Chicken Kievs, stay for the low prices, friendly people and interesting history that make Kiev on of the best alternative cities to visit in Europe.
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