Dating in Kiev: Busting myths about Ukrainian girls
Hello, my name is Olga, I was born and live in Kyiv for my entire life, married, but among my girlfriends there are a lot of singles in their 20s, 30s, who cannot find their princes. Of course, during our meetings we discuss men, relationships, (just like in the TV show Sex and the City).
With someone they have been dating for several months, with a few – couple of years, but modern Ukrainian men are not in a rush to make a proposal. While foreigners come to Ukraine specifically to date with Ukrainian girls in Kiev and make efforts to attract them. I even searched on the Internet and found many articles like: How to meet a Ukrainian girl? Dating in Kiev with Ukrainian girls. Many requests for Marriage Agencies in Kyiv and so on.
I was shocked and couldn’t even assume that the demand for this kind of tourism in Ukraine is so high. Having studied the information that the Internet offers, I found some interesting articles from foreign men who came to Kiev and shared their experiences. However, there is a lot of real shit, which has nothing to do with reality. And in my article on behalf of the Ukrainian woman I will try to shed light on the situation, bust some myths, or at least express my opinion on the relationship between foreign men and Ukrainian women. And I apologize in advance for my English.
Ukrainian Girls are The Most Beautiful in The World
Don’t care what others say I try to be courteous towards ladies of other nations. And I think that beauty matters only at the moment of acquaintance. If after a couple of hours a beautiful doll turns out to be stupid, ill-mannered, you will not continue the communication. If we are talking about a serious intention.
What really makes sense is to emphasize good genetics and a peculiar shape of the face inherent in Slavs, and Slavic girls look like cats. Ha-ha 🙂
Almond-shaped eyes, high cheekbones, full lips. Taking into account the natural beauty, competition between women is increasing. Being beautiful, we try to be even more beautiful, to be more in demand on the brides market. Therefore, we try to maintain ourselves, go to the gym, on hair removal, to a beautician, to makeup artists, take care of our long hair. In Ukraine and Russia, eyelash extension and fake nails are considered beautiful; these procedures are usually once a month. Just notice how Ukrainian women dress. Usually they try to emphasize their femininity and sexuality. Of course, fashion makes its own adjustments and the influence of hip hop and sports style also takes place in Ukraine. But, nevertheless, Ukrainians prefer high heels and classic outfits that fit their bodies.
- Good genetics
- Sport, healthy food – the desire to be skinny
- Sexy clothes, bright makeup
One of my foreign acquaintances said: “Ukrainian girls look every day as if they are ready for the red carpet“. And I partly agree with him, women use makeup like professional makeup artists. Ha-ha 🙂
And an important point – do not think if a girl with bright makeup and in heels, she is certainly a prostitute. This is such a culture, and you need to feel this fine line between a good, well-groomed, intelligent girl in her desire to be both beautiful and sexy and ordinary prostitutes, for whom heels and dress are a uniform for work.
Are You Going to Come to Kyiv to Meet a Ukrainian Girl?
Let’s imagine you nevertheless decided you need a Ukrainian as your wife to be. And have already packed your stuff and arranged your flight to Kiev. I think a small guide from a local will be useful for you.
Ukraine is the largest country in Europe. Kyiv is the capital, a city with a population of over 3 million people and this is the first place you should come to. Here are concentrated all the major international companies, developed infrastructure, a million of restaurants, global hotel chains, shopping malls, a lot of attractions that you also should visit. At least, if you meet someone here, you will have something to discuss after discussing the weather. Ha-ha 🙂
Therefore, study the information about the economy, politics, visit churches, museums. For convenience, take a guide who will give you tips on how to live in Kyiv. My Good Friend Kate – firstname.lastname@example.org who is a guide as well will be happy to help you to see the sights and can give some recommendations on where to stay, how to avoid tourist traps and so on (UPD: Please DO NOT contact her with questions about girls, she is not a matchmaker, just can show around in Kyiv).
Climate in Ukraine
Typical Eastern European climate with cold winter and hot summer. The temperature in Kyiv in the summer is about 26 °C – 31 °C (78.8 °F – 87.8 °F), and in winter is about +2 °C – -5 °C (35.6 °F – 23 °F). There are days when it’s -10 °C – -15 °C (14 °F – 5 °F). You will need an air-conditioned apartment in summer and warm clothes in winter: gloves, hat, warm jacket – must have, do not neglect your health. Snotty man is unlikely to attract a woman of his dreams. Ha-ha 🙂
Logistics of Kiev
Most likely, you will arrive at Boryspil Airport, which is located 40 km from Kyiv (20 miles). A taxi will cost about 500-800 Hryvnia (approximately 15-20 US dollars / euro) to the city center.
If you plan to stay in Kyiv for a week or more, I recommend you to buy a local SIM-card, it costs $ 3-5 and will give you the unlimited Internet. And with the Internet, you know what to do – use maps, if you get lost, order Uber, and whatever. Use Uber as a way to get around the city, instead of catching a taxi on the street. Taxi drivers who are on the street charge 5 times more than the fare of Uber.
The metro can surprise you with its scale if you are the first time in a post-Soviet country. The price of a one-way ticket is only 40 cents. However, taxis are cheap and more comfortable way to go around the city. Traffic jams in Kyiv happen at peak hours: 9 am and 6 pm.
Choose where to stay in Kyiv by yourself, because everyone has different tastes, budgets and desires. My friend’s potential boyfriend from the Netherlands, when he was going to visit Kyiv, asked to help him find a hotel with a furnished balcony so that he could spend time there and smoke. Therefore, study the selection of places to stay on Airbnb and Booking.
Prices in Kiev
Due to the economic crisis and political unrest that occurred in the country 5 years ago, the Ukrainian currency has plummeted over the past few years. Before the Revolution 2013, we paid 8 UAH for a dollar, and in 2019 we pay 28 UAH. For Ukrainians, it’s a bad story. However, if you are from a more developed Western European country or from the US, Australia, Canada, etc… for you, Ukraine will seem like a paradise, and you will be able to feel like a God and allow yourself things, services, accommodation, which, for example, you cannot afford in your country.
Look for suitable restaurants – on TripAdvisor.
Food and drinks are extremely cheap by Western standards. The cheapest lunch in eatery will cost you $ 3-5 for a salad, soup, main course and juice. Mid-level restaurants – $ 20. And fine dining restaurants – $ 40. In all cases excluding alcohol.
I’ll skip the topic of buying food in grocery stores, it’s even cheaper. It is unlikely you will waste time preparing meals during the trip.
- Coffee to go – $ 1
- Beer in any pub – $ 2
- Cocktail at the bar – $ 5-10
Therefore, I will not hide the fact that many of my girlfriends are considering foreign men for relationships in order to improve their quality of life.
Many people are dissatisfied with the standard of living in Ukraine; the average salary is about $ 300 per month. Leaving Ukraine for girls is an opportunity to create perspectives for the future. This can be done when you are young and for example, go to study in Poland or the Czech Republic. There they learn the language and figure out their lives. For those who have graduated in Ukraine and have several years of experience working here with A2, B1 levels of English there are small chances to be successful abroad. In this case you can be useful as a worker, electrician, builder, baby-sitter. Western companies do not accept Ukrainian diplomas of specialists, doctors, teachers, engineers. Ukrainians need to go through all the exams, spend 5-6 years studying again and this is like to start a new life. So the easiest way for the ladies is to marry a foreign guy.
Here I must say that we love Ukraine, its culture, each other, our family values, traditions, our historical heritage, our mountains and seas. However, we want to live well and not choose between sausages for $ 1 or 80 cents. Many Ukrainians, who do not want to emigrate, go to work in Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal and help their families here.
As for women, having natural beauty, they understand their advantages and the main thing that motivates them in searching a foreign boyfriend is money.
There are two reasons for Ukrainian women to date with foreign men:
- A long-term relationship
I do not exclude, and moreover, I know many cases of true international love, so don’t think that 100% women are material. I guess Ukrainian men are a little spoiled by the beauty, femininity, care of our girls, so they do not appreciate that and keep in mind they can easily find a replacement if something goes wrong.
Foreign men who are faced with the independence and feminism of Western women just appreciate the care, beauty, loyalty, flexibility and femininity of Ukrainian women and therefore are more serious.
Women’s nature is a reproduction in a strong family. (I have never lived in other countries, but this is what mothers put in their girl’s heads in Ukraine. Family and a reliable husband is a goal of life). Therefore, the prospect of a serious long-term relationship is also important.
What Language is Spoken in Ukraine?
The official language is Ukrainian, but in the capital of Ukraine 50% speak Russian, 50% speak Ukrainian.
English is not widely spoken, but most college-age girls do speak English. Although the level is lower than in other countries. This is due to the fact that in the Soviet Union, they didn’t pay enough attention to English, and only in the years of Independence (27 years we are independent) understood how important English to get a good job, travel, etc. Therefore, girls in Kiev who have intermediate English will be in their 20s, the older generation speaks English worse. Do not be surprised on the street or in the bar when you try to talk to a stranger, she will look at you like at the alien and run away. It doesn’t mean something’s wrong with you or her, she will just get confused and will be ashamed of not being able to answer you.
Many Ukrainian girls are embarrassed to speak English to a foreigner. The best solution is to make a compliment to their skills. This will help to relax, keep the conversation and reduce the fear of speaking and making mistakes.
Be patient, and if you can make a girl fall in love with you, she will be motivated to improve her English. It happened to me. Back in the day, when I was 20, and not yet married, I met an Englishman on the Internet and it helped me to learn new words and improve my grammar. Practice makes perfect.
Where to Meet Ukrainian Girls in Kiev?
The first is the Internet
Here I will highlight Tinder, it takes the first place and is much better and effective than other applications and websites. Others are Badoo, Mamba and Instagram.
Why Tinder? All my single girlfriends use Tinder and they are very beautiful girls, with a good education, prestigious jobs, but unfortunately low salaries, although sufficient for Ukraine, with a sense of humor. And they are looking for a serious relationship. In Ukraine, on Tinder, people are really trying to get to know each other with a serious intention, and not for one night stand. Keep your head on the shoulders and understand your goals. If you see only one photo where a girl hides her face – it means a prostitute. If a girl with pretty bright appearance, artificial lips and looks vulgar, publishes photos from expensive restaurants, Dubai, highlights brands of her clothes – stay away. Maybe she doesn’t take cash, but charges for her time in a different way.
Choose girls with smart eyes and description made in English. On Tinder, there is a paid package, with which even being in another country, you can search ladies in Kiev.
Badoo is also a dating app that resembles Tinder, but less popular. But who knows, maybe your soul mate is using this particular application.
Mamba is a rather old dating website made in Russia, which is also popular in Ukraine, try it.
Instagram is a less working tool because if in the first three cases you understand that girls are registered for dating, here you need to make an effort:
- To find
- Get a feedback
- Make sure she is single and interested
However, all methods are good. On Instagram, I recommend using the hashtag #kiev. Yes, there will be many photos of Kiev, shops, but here is an example of my experiment. Do not use the hashtag #kievgirls, rather there will be professionals or profiles with pictures of random girls.
Do not wait for arrival in Kiev, register right now! If you meet one girl and understand she is the one – my congrats. But if not, choose girls with whom you will be pleased to chat online and make appointments in Kiev, perhaps in reality one can increase your heartbeat.
Don’t contact any marriage or dating agency in Ukraine. If in the US Tinder is a place you can hook up with a soon-to-be one-night stand, and marriage agencies really help people, in Ukraine the situation is opposite. All marriage agencies are a huge scam. Never transfer money to marriage agencies or match maker services. If a girl asks for a financial help because she suddenly got sick and being lonely and poor feels desperate, and you, charming overseas prince whom she has never seen is her last hope – DON’T BE NAIVE.
It’s a less working option than the Internet. It’s especially bad if you are in Kiev for a few days. Nightlife in Kiev is active only on Friday and Saturday. Can you find a girlfriend for a couple of night outings? – I doubt it.
I asked my best friend Google in English: How’s Kiev Nightlife?
English version offers tourists typical nightclubs: Arena City, Chi, Skybar, Budda Bar, Caribbean Club, Shooters, Delux (new name is De fleur), in the summer Dali Park.
Normal Ukrainian girls do not go to nightclubs! It should be a special occasion, once in 3-6 months. If a girl goes to nightclubs often she is probably a party animal. In Caribbean Club and Buddha Bar Kiev there are only prostitutes and foreigners, mainly Arabs, Turks and Indians. Citizens of these countries come for sex tourism and only prostitutes are ready to stand beside.
Normal girls, unfortunately, rarely visit famous Kiev restaurants and bars that you can find on the Internet, because they have no money to pay for themselves. Rather, they will go to a bar located in their area 10 km from the city center, where prices are reasonable.
Girls who go to popular bars are more like gold-diggers. Among such establishments are Just Café, Avalon, Almondo. Here you will see beautifully dressed women with poker faces who are interested in meeting daddies.
This place you’ll not find on the Internet, it’s where all the Ukrainian celebs gather, no foreigners (so far) and the most expensive women in Kyiv – SPARKS. Some photos from there:
So where to go in Kiev at night to meet a good looking, educated and warm-hearted lady? – Nowhere. Ha-ha 🙂
I mean it. In the city center in the bars are high prices for girls. There are some speakeasy bars in which young and middle-aged people gather, however, they are hidden in secret courtyards and it will be hard for you to find them yourself. As an option, you can take a Nightlife tour to discover a few and scout the situation. And then decide where you liked more and where the biggest concentration of beautiful women.
Meet Girls in the Daytime
In the café…
Here are a few places where you can meet girls in the afternoon – cafes, coffee shops.
- Coffee shops – One Love Espresso Bar, Café select, Blue Cup, Kachorovska – this is also a clothing store and a coffee shop, that’s why there are only girls here.
- Trendy Cafes – Life of Wonderful People (ЖЗЛ), Italian edition (Итальянская редакция), Chinese Hi (Китайский привет), CITY-ZEN cafe & bar, The Journalist, Tsvetochnaya Lavka, The Burger.
- In the summer – Bora Bora, Queen Country Club beach clubs.
- Girls adore sweets, so – The Cake, Milk Bar, Cookietone, Make My Cake, Honey.
Good place for breakfast, lunch, dinner and for a cocktail:
Awesome place to spend Saturday:
Remember that girls go to expensive places with men who invite them. The girls themselves go to cheaper places. So, if on TripAdvisor you choose among Fine Dining Restaurants, be aware beautiful women will be not alone there.
And yes, if you invite a girl to a restaurant, you must pay for her. In Ukrainian restaurants, service is not included, usually we leave a 10% tip. Otherwise, she will be shocked, Ha-ha 🙂
Street Food Event
In the summertime, the Street Food Festival is very popular on weekends. Thousands of people from all over Kiev come to visit The Platforma Art Zavod, usually in the evening it turns into a party. To check the schedule, follow this link.
Everything is simple and depends on your charisma and ability to start a conversation with somewhere walking.
Also go to Kontraktova Square near the Kiev-Mohyla Academy and to Shevchenko Park, which is in front of the University. There will be girls in their early 20s, students.
In the Shopping Mall
Gulliver, Ocean Plaza, Dream Town. Do not go to ЦУМ on Khreshchatyk main street, it is very expensive for us and all the time empty.
How to Make a Ukrainian Girl Fall in Love?
Being a Ukrainian girl, I will give you a few hints how to conquer our heart.
Of course, if you are a foreigner, and the further geographically, the bigger the difference in our cultures and mentalities. Therefore, you need to practice a little with locals to figure out everything. Or if you are lucky, you can meet love at first sight.
The best way is to use social media; it’s good for a start. On dates try to be attentive, make compliments, jokes. Tell directly about your intentions, what your goal is and what you want from life in the near future. Needless to say, you came to Kiev to find a bride, better lie and say that you had a business meeting.
Try to show your best character traits, do not talk about exes. Don’t criticize Ukraine and compare or confuse it with Russia.
If your date is a good girl, she will behave modestly, not trying to order as much food and alcohol as possible and visit as many restaurants and bars as possible with you. If this happens, she just wants to eat. Ha-ha 🙂
And when you find the one, everything will be clear.
I sincerely hope you find someone suitable for you! Good luck!
UPD: Please do not contact us about girls. This article has informative character.