People in Kiev are totally in love with outdoor leisure. As soon as the warm weather season begins, they grab their ground mats, picnic baskets, and grill utensils, and set out for a picnic. An integral part of a cookout for locals is beautiful surrounding landscapes. So, here are the places in Kiev that are perfect not only for a lovely barbeque, but also for perfect scenery.
This park is located in the forest of the same name and comes complete with picturesque ponds. It is a place where you can escape from the noise of the busy capital and spend some precious time with relatives or friends. Holosiivskyi Park offers a large selection of spots for a picnic: both paid alcoves, and free ones. There are also some cafés, restaurants to have a takeaway, playgrounds for children, amateur fishing in the ponds, and catamarans and boat activities.
Trukhaniv Island is a legendary part of Kiev, which during the daytime serves as a lovely spot for a picnic or sunbathing, and at night transforms into a crowded party venue. There is a separate zone on the island where you can have a holiday cookout and take part in some sports activities on a sports complex called X-Park. Closer to sundown, a modest picnic can turn into a cheerful rave in the UBK beach nightclub. By the way, the view from Trukhaniv Island over night time Kiev is incredible.
The landscape design of the park area is impressive, featuring rare ornamental plants, beautiful fountains, groomed flower beds, and spacious cobbled path ways. The main attractions of Feofaniya are the ancient St. Panteleimon Cathedral and specular lake. Here you can settle on one of the many lawns, enjoy your food, and admire the view of the lush greenery, pretty plants and flowers, and breathe in the fresh air. The park is so fascinating that a whole day spent here will fly by.
Hryshko National Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden is in the heart of the capital of Ukraine, where you can combine a morning hike on the green hills with a nice brunch and the magnificent panorama on the left bank of Kiev. It is not permitted to have a barbeque or grill in the area, but takeaway fare with a glass of Champagne or Prosecco is allowed. The best time to come to the Hryshko National Botanical Garden is in spring when the park holds an annual show of lilac and magnolia blooms.
Another picture-perfect picnic spot in Kiev is Zamkova Hora, or Castle Hill as it translates into English. It is also quite a quirky location, because if you go deeper into the forest on the hill, you may come across a couple of ancient stone tombs and crypts, as in the 19th century there was a cemetery nearby. But those who do not believe in superstitions aren’t bothered and come to the spot to see the fabulous sunset and have a bite to eat. The view of the landscape over the oldest district in Kiev – Podol – is definitely worth it.
Expocenter of Ukraine
The National Expocenter of Ukraine is located on the territory of a large park zone with great buildings, a huge forest and attractive green lawns. Here you can have a picnic on the grass or rent large wooden arbours with their own barbecue grill. You can also take a walk along the paths to the lake, explore the picturesque alleys and make a cool photoshoot by the columns of vintage Soviet buildings of the Expocenter of Ukraine.
The Landscape Alley is a path connecting the city centre and historic area of Podol. It is always crowded with locals and tourists for many reasons. It is lined with statues by local contemporary designers, and you can marvel at artsy statues and monuments of Kiev designers and listen to street musicians playing along the route. Moreover, the view that opens from the Landscape Alley is breathtaking. The neat buildings of Vozdvizhenka Street – a fashionable shopping and dining area – and Zamkova Hora’s scenery is a harmonious combination of an urban landscape, especially in autumn.