Places to visit in Kiev. Written by local
Kiev is a beautiful city with lots of charming places. We deliberately dismiss the trivial options tourist guides usually offer. Our list of places to visit in Kiev includes only original places that will certainly leave unforgettable impressions.
Even the most capricious and demanding tourists who like only bright holidays will be satisfied with galleries, cafes, parks, clubs, art spaces and other interesting places in Kiev.
1. Botanical Garden named after Grishko (1 Timiryazovskaya street)
The Pechersky Botanical Garden is one of the favorite places of Kiev locals. This is the largest botanical garden in Kiev (with the area of 130 hectares), which is famous for its richest collection of lilacs and magnolias. Therefore, it is reasonable to visit the garden during their flowering. Although even without these plants, there are many other beautiful specimens. In the garden, you will find unique collections of tropical and subtropical plants that are located in greenhouses with a total area exceeding 5 thousand square meters. One of the largest collections is the one of orchids (about 350 species). In addition, one cannot ignore the charming view of the Dnieper and Vydubitsky Monastery.
2. The Feofaniya Park (19 Academika Lebedeva street)
This is a historical place, located in the suburbs of Kiev. Feofaniya is considered a memorial of landscape art and belongs to reserve fund of Ukraine. Professional landscape designers run the park, so every year it becomes more beautiful. Here you will see the well-groomed territory, charming ponds, lovely gazebos and find the desired silence. However, on weekends, there are many visitors, but you can always find a secluded place on the outskirts of the park.
3. Bookstore and coffee shop Harms (45a Vladimirskaya street)
Not too big, but stylish and comfortable bookstore offers visitors an exquisite assortment of philosophical, scientific, art and other books. In addition, you can buy gift editions and albums, which are almost impossible to find in ordinary bookstores. However, the main feature of Harms is that it has its own kitchen. Here you will be offered breakfast, various salads, desserts and sandwiches. Among the drinks you gonna definitely love aromatic coffee and famous branded cocoa. Another Harms’ peculiarity is vinyl records you can immediately listen to on the player and buy.
5 types of coffee and comfortable places make this place very attractive for visitors. In addition, customers cannot ignore the folded cat Eliot, who is a talisman here.
4. The Mystetskyi Arsenal Complex (12 Lavrskaya street)
In the XVII century, the Ascension Convent was located here, and in the time of Peter I it was the place for smithies, workshops and weapons stores. In 2006, the venue became the cultural and art complex Mystetskyi Arsenal. It is the largest exhibition space in Kiev. The halls of Mystetskiy Arsenal regularly host exhibitions with world famous artists and culture figures taking part. In addition, here you can visit many different events – starting from installations of modern art and productions of the best theater directors to the Ukrainian fashion week.
5. Chasopys space (3 Lva Tolstogo street)
Creative space is a completely new format of public establishments. Here you can do everything – hold business meetings and creative evenings, watch movies and just have fun. Most importantly – you pay only for the time spent there. Chasopys can be used both for work and for entertainment. The venue is divided into thematic zones: business room “Twelve”, “Library” with free literature, “Fireplace hall” for recreation and the “Park” zone with lanterns and benches. In the morning, these are mostly business people who come here, and in the evenings, visitors are offered varied cultural and educational programs.
6. The Closer Club (31 Nizhnekryukovskaya street)
Closer is at the same time a luxury art center and a first-class nightclub. Here, contemporary art is delicately combined with active nightlife, which is an essential element of musical culture. During the week, Closer hosts lectures on philosophy and literature, master classes, exhibitions, film shows, etc. Every Thursday there is a jazz concert, and on weekends, you should be ready for all night dance to the music of world-famous DJs.
7. Loggerhead Bar (1 Taras Shevchenko BLVD)
The place is certainly in the list of the best Kiev bars. Here they try to go beyond the framework of “personnel-client” relations and strive to maintain friendly atmosphere. In the evenings, the venue is usually choke-full, and all visitors communicate with each other like old friends. The bar does have a really good menu, and you can you can choose drinks only after talking to the waiter. Here they like to experiment with cocktails, although traditional drinks are also available. By the way, you will be pleasantly surprised with the prices.
8. Experimentanium (2a Verkhniy Val street)
This is a scientific and entertainment complex, created for those interested in scientific achievements and discoveries. Permanent exposition of the museum includes almost 300 exhibits from the field of mechanics, optics, molecular physics, acoustics and electricity. Visitors can conduct experiments that demonstrate the principles of the operation of a particular natural law. One of the most striking exhibits is Tesla’s plasma ball, which shows experiments with high voltage. The museum conducts master classes, excursions, scientific games and shows. You will definitely like the beautiful café on the second floor.
9. The Motherland Monument (33 Lavrskaya street)
To enjoy the best view of the city, you should go to the Motherland Monument, which is considered a symbol of Kiev. Just recently, they started to conduct excursions to two viewing platforms. One is “at the feet” of the statue (at a height of 31 meters), and the second is on its shield (at a height of 91 meters). If you do not like to walk with other people, go to the viewing site at the base of the monument – you can also see all the beauty of the city from there.
10. Art Zavod Platforma (1a Belomorskaya street)
Another industrial zone turned into creative space. Art Zavod Platforma is a unique space that brings together business and creativity. Once a month Platform hosts a festival of street food, and on weekends – music festivals, concerts, exhibitions and other events. In the future, they plan to expand the industrial zone, creating new shops, office premises, bars, restaurants, galleries, swimming pools and other facilities.