The Best Cafés in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
Ivano-Frankivsk is a great city for a holiday getaway. Pedestrian streets, a green cityscape, fresh air and an abundance of eateries foster an upbeat mood and a healthy appetite. So, forget your diet and enjoy yourself instead, and check out the coolest cafés in the city.
Cafe, European, $$$
Govorit Ivano-Frankivsk is a must-visit attraction in the city. The venue is awash in local colour and enjoys a pleasant atmosphere. It works in the speakeasy format, where a lot of discussions, debates and talks are usually held. At Govorit Ivano-Frankivsk, or Ivano-Frankivsk Speaks, you will never get bored; instead you will be invigorated with a cup of your favourite coffee – classic options like a latte or trendy Chemex, pour-over, French Press, AeroPress or even cezve coffee (in a Turkish coffee pot). The food menu offers a variety of main dishes and delicious desserts like cakes, éclairs and ice cream.
Cafe, European, $$$
The one and only antique venue in Ivano-Frankivsk is definitely worth visiting. At ShpyndeL’, you can see a unique collection of the 20th-century interior items, as well as enjoy tasty food in a cosy and homely atmosphere. The place also features the largest collection of alcoholic beverages and cigarettes of the Soviet era in the region. But the true highlight is authentic Galician cuisine (a unique mix of Ukrainian, Austro-Hungarian and Polish dishes), prepared in accordance with traditional recipes.
Cafe, Dessert Shop, European, French, $$$
Delikacia is a dessert shop in the very heart of Ivano-Frankivsk that is impossible to bypass. Its chef creates French and local sweet treats exclusively with high-quality natural ingredients. Therefore, the food here is always extremely delicious and fresh. Moreover, the options on the menu change every season. For instance, in summertime be sure to try the Ukrainian syrniki (cottage cheese pancakes) with strawberries and smetana (sour cream).
Urban Space 100
Cafe, European, $$$
This unusual café was established by 100 active citizens of Ivano-Frankivsk, who decided to change the city for the better. Urban Space 100 works as a regular café and greets customers daily. However, a large part of its revenue is spent on public projects and the further development of Ivano-Frankivsk. Here you’ll find everything to keep your energy boosted; whether you opt for a burger, soup, salad or an appetizer, all the dishes are hearty and large. In addition, there are signature drinks like lavender milk, ginger lattes or cocoa with spicy pepper.
Cafe, European, Vegetarian, $$$
Manufactura Café is a family venue with European cuisine and fragrant coffee. The key feature of the menu is a rich variety of Belgian waffles. The drinks selection is also unique, as only here can you try branded Carpathian teas. The modern interior is complemented by natural materials, light pastel shades, books and handmade toys. A souvenir shop at the entrance sells magnets, postcards and other things that make the small space of Manufactura really cosy.
Best Coffee & Food
Bar, Cafe, European, $$$
Best Coffee & Food is a cosy and romantic place for an early morning breakfast, quick lunch or dinner in a circle of friends. It is another venue in Ivano-Frankivsk that serves different kinds of Belgian waffles along with freshly ground coffee drinks and aromatic teas. For a light snack, you can order yoghurt or pick something from a rich variety of well-known desserts like tiramisu, Sachertorte or cheesecake.
Mondays Cafe & Store
Cafe, European, Healthy, Contemporary, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Do you know why one of the most stylish Ivano-Frankivsk cafés is called Mondays? Because this is the day when all the great endeavours happen. Thus, Mondays Café & Store gives its patrons an opportunity to start a healthy way of life from the moment they walk through the door. Here, you get freshly squeezed and detox juices, organic food, as well as coffee with vegetable milk. In addition, sweets in the café are cooked without sugar or flour, so you don’t have to worry about gaining any extra weight.
Cafe, European, French, $$$
In the best traditions of French cuisine, Profiterole offers mouthwatering food and good coffee. The dishes contain natural ingredients and have no baking powder or flavour enhancers. Here, they make incredible desserts that have long made it a favourite spot for locals. The signature item is, of course, the profiterole with chocolate glazing. The appearance of the dishes will satisfy even the most captious aesthete, not to mention the 40 kinds of espresso drinks that will be made precisely to your liking.
Cafe, Dessert Shop, European, $$$
A popular chain of cafés, Cukiernia is spread out all over western Ukraine. Ivano-Frankivsk is no exception, with the café occupying a beautiful old building in the city centre. The interior is decorated with exquisite antique utensils and white tablecloths, immersing patrons in the chic atmosphere. The menu has an assortment of classic European desserts and homemade pastries. As for drinks, the venue offers everything from coffee or milkshakes to alcoholic drinks like wine.
These recommendations were updated on June 21, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.