The choice of cafés in Lviv is immense; from unique specialized cuisines to simply good and fast ones, there’s one for everyone. Each place has the unique ambiance inherent to the Galician area of Ukraine. Most of the must-visit places are located in the city center, so don’t waste your time wandering around and make a gastronomy tour around the 10 best cafés in Lviv.
Lviv Handmade Chocolate
In Lviv Handmade Chocolate, the chocolate is prepared according to ancient recipes. There is a huge variety of sweets, dried fruits covered in chocolate, and coffee drinks with sugary syrups. Once you get there, it is impossible to leave. The café is a true heaven for a sweet tooth. Moreover, they also sell books from the local publishing house called Vydavnytstvo Starogo Leva. So, why not combine business with pleasure and have a cup of signature hot chocolate with nuts while flipping the pages of a artsy book?
Lviv Galician Cheese Cake and Strudel Bakery
Lviv Galician Cheese Cake and Strudel Bakery, or Lvivski Plyatski, was the first place in Ukraine to specialize in syrnyky (cottage cheese pancakes) and strudels. There you can create a dish depending on your taste preferences. For breakfast or lunch, order some savoury plyatski (Galician word for homemade cakes) with salmon, meat, or vegetables. Choose smetana (sour cream) as a sauce. Meanwhile, for a dessert, there is a vast choice of sweet fillings: cherry, apple, or poppy.
This café’s mysterious ambiance and aromatic coffee are extremely popular among locals and tourists. It was opened in 2004 and since that time the place is always crowded. The peculiar feature of Zolotyy Dukat is its extraordinary interior: mirrored ceiling and muted lighting. The owners of Zolotyy Dukat claim that fresh coffee tastes differently. Therefore, visitors can watch 40 types of fresh coffee being made in the open kitchen.
Under the Golden Rose
Under the Golden Rose is a café of Jewish and Galician cuisines. It is located in the historical Jewish quarter of Lviv, near the destroyed synagogue called the Golden Rose. The venue creates the atmosphere of the warmth and hospitality of a traditional Jewish house. But the most interesting part is that there are no prices on the menu, which gives an opportunity to visitors to bargain with waiters about the ordered dishes after billing.
This place is the first Ukrainian museum-restaurant, which contains a large collection of kerosene lamps that were invented in Lviv in 1853. The building occupies three floors of the house, where more than 200 illumination devices are exhibited. Drinks are served in glass flasks, and instead of a “reserved” sign, waiters put a canister on the table. The Gas Lamp is a charming place for lunch or dinner, where visitors can not only eat delicious meals or have drinks but also learn more about the history of Lviv lamps.
This small café started in 1999. Nowadays, it has three rooms. The first room has a show-window, where you can choose confectionaries, while two other halls have tables for visitors. The interior is made in the local tradition of striped wallpapers, Viennese chairs with cushions, lace tablecloths, and decorations on the shelves. The name of the café speaks for itself, as the pastries and sweets (cukierky in Ukrainian) buffet is so huge that it is impossible to try everything at once. The takeaway option is a useful way around this.
This café has a remarkable interior, which differs from most venues in Lviv. There is a lot of space here—three rooms and a hall with a bar counter, as well as high ceilings. The place uses a proprietary mixture of grains, the proportions of which have been kept in secret for many years. The menu offers sandwiches, toasts, and desserts. The Glory Café has quick service, perfect to have a snack and then enjoy the architecture of the city.
Bubble Waffle in Lviv is the first franchise network that started to offer to Ukrainians. Each waffle consists of 30 balls, which are filled with delicious fillings, savory or sweet. The café specializes in freshly baked waffle dough, prepared according to the signature recipe. The dish is delicious and nourishing. Of course, the venue serves drinks: espresso and beverages based on it.
Dzyga café in Lviv is definitely a legendary place for artistic people, curious tourists, and local bohemians. Dzyga usually hosts a lot of artistic expositions. The interior fosters the atmosphere, as the venue is decorated in the style of ancient Lviv at the beginning of the 20th century. The café has four halls, a souvenir shop, and a beautiful summer terrace. Dishes are served according to the recipes of Galician and European cuisines. It’s a nice place to have breakfast or to pop in for a cup of coffee.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.