The local residents of Kiev
have grown accustomed to life in the big city for a long time already. They meet for a cup of coffee before work and prefer to have lunch in cosy cafés. The city has adjusted well to the fast pace of life and therefore amazes people with the variety of café options.
Bakery, French, $$$
Wolkonsky is not only a café but also a confectionery shop, where you can buy pastries baked right on the spot. The menu contains dishes of French and Ukrainian cuisine
, as the owners of the café are French. A batch of freshly baked goods is cooked twice a day at 8am and 3pm. People go to Wolkonsky mostly during lunchtime, but regular customers will always find a time to come in for a perfectly baked almond croissant and a cup of coffee.
Cafe, Dessert Shop, European, $$$
The name of the café speaks for itself. Honey is a flawless destination for cream éclairs
, light macarons and, of course, classic cakes. It has the biggest choice of sweets that can be found in Kiev. But there is also a range of savory and healthy options for breakfast or lunch on the menu. Be sure to try a toast with avocado, baked egg with cheese and onion confiture.
Very Well Café
Bistro, Restaurant, European, $$$
With a great combination of relaxed ambience, modern interior, and tasty food, this café is a locals’ favorite. Very Well Café is a vivid example of a unique spot with a stunning culinary composition. The menu presents an immense variety of dishes of European and Ukrainian cuisine, as well as popular Italian appetizers. The bar menu offers house-made infusions and Italian wines. In addition, new items are regularly introduced for the new season or national holidays.
Bistro, Restaurant, European, $$$
This café features an international menu where you can try such traditional Ukrainian dishes as borscht with fritters or syrniki with jam and sour cream, have an Italian ice cream or tiramisu, and drink signature homemade lemonade or herbal teas. The concept of the Moments Café is a family atmosphere, meaning that it is ready to share the best moments with you. Furthermore, most of the dishes are suitable even for children.
Cafe, Dessert Shop, American, Salad Bar, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Milk Bar is a café where you can eat hearty snacks, enjoy delicious desserts and milkshakes, or just meet for a cup of hot milk. Special attention in Milk Bar is paid to breakfast
, which is served from 8am until 11:30am. There is a choice to enjoy oatmeal with cinnamon, apples and raisins, French toast with avocado, or American-style pancakes in the café, or take homemade granola with Greek yoghurt or goat’s milk ice cream to go.
Diner, American, $$$
The restaurant Zheltok (Yolk) introduces their customers to a traditional American diner format, namely, unlimited coffee, lunch in boxes, and various dishes that contain eggs. From early morning to afternoon, you can have a burger with an appetizing eggs Benedict, or simply order a hard-boiled egg with French fries as a side. A unique feature of Zheltok is their house-made lemonades and soda, prepared according to a secret recipe with the addition of original American syrups. Meanwhile, in the evening, the menu of the café turns into a restaurant that has classy food and cocktails.
Bistro, French, $$$
Café Charlotte holds a special atmosphere for those who are in love with Paris. The owners have paid attention primarily to traditional, simple dishes, which can be ordered in most French cafés. Onion soup
, quiche Lorraine and steak tartare are the dishes to try first. As for appetizers, foie gras with pears, a plateau of fresh oysters, and herring with butter and potatoes will definitely amaze you.
Bistro, Asian, Vietnamese, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Vietnamese Café is located in the building of the Bessarabian market – the central market of Kiev. It is a center for street food. There you can try Pho soups, spring rolls, Saigon waffles, cold coffee with condensed milk, and fried ice cream. The kitchen is open, and you can see Vietnamese chefs cooking the dishes. You order at the counter, which helps it feel like a true Vietnamese atmosphere, as if you were in one of the provinces.
Cafe, Middle Eastern, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
The name Altruist (All True East) is a play on words and a key component of the venue. Specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine, the emphasis is on Israeli dishes, hummus
in particular. Each month there is a “hummus for of good deeds,” which means that money from sales goes to charity. Small pine trees that currently decorate the tables will later be planted in the open ground. The café’s menu is nonetheless quite broad – be sure to order cauliflower from the oven, freshly baked, and soft cheese.
Bistro, Bakery, French, $$$
This is indeed the famous bakery that belongs to the worldwide network of French bakeries, operating in 31 countries. Paul is a place where you can have a good breakfast, a quick and tasty lunch, and finally, a relaxed dinner. In addition, there is an option with sandwiches, croissants with different fillings, as well as burgers. While in other countries people come to Paul for coffee and pastries, in Kiev Paul is a full-fledged restaurant.