One day soon, Kiev is destined to become a shopping capital for a number of reasons. First of all, the stores here are cheaper than in Europe, but they have the same items. Secondly, the abundance of international and Ukrainian fashion brands is impressive. Thirdly, the city is rapidly developing, and new shops are being introduced every month. Thus, if you’ve already booked a flight to Ukraine, bring an empty suitcase, because your shopping will have never been so good.
Ocean Plaza is one of the best shopping and entertainment complexes in the city, located not far from the historical part of Kiev. There are mass-market brands such as Mango, Topshop or Accessorize, a spacious food court with restaurants and fast food spots, a cinema and a Happylon kids game centre. A unique feature of the mall is the largest oceanic aquarium in the country, which can be admired by every visitor to Ocean Plaza. On the roof, there’s the beach and pool complex called City Beach Club.
The Gulliver shopping centre consists of eight floors and 130 popular fashion brands like Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius and Pull and Bear, as well as sporting goods, children, home, gift, and accessories stores. It is a spacious venue where you can not only buy things, but also have lunch at the food courts or exquisite dinner at the rooftop restaurant, RAY. It also has a bowling alley, a cinema and a kids complex with games and toys. Having a central location, Gulliver is often a place where free concerts and performances are held as well.
Globus was one of the first shopping malls of independent Ukraine. It has two parts: Globus 1 and Globus 2, divided by the underground passage of the Maidan Nezalezhnosti. It numbers more than 200 shops, with all the necessary things like footwear, clothing, lingerie and make-up, along with a pharmacy. There are also electronics stores and even two supermarkets. Thus, if you come to Globus, you’ll be able to buy anything you might need. In terms of food, McDonald’s and a couple of local fast food spots can be found on the basement level.
A Soviet shopping mall in the past, Tsum has survived major changes in 2017. It has become one of the most fashionable and expensive venues in Kiev, with an abundance of brands, restaurants, coffee shops and bars. From clothing and footwear to make-up and fragrance, as well as groceries and a butcher’s shop — all these can be found here. The gem of Tsum is the huge rooftop terrace with a breathtaking view over Kiev’s main attraction, Khreschatyk Street.
Dream Town, on the Right Bank of Kiev, is a residential area shopping centre. It has two buildings standing opposite each other. The first one is a boutique gallery with clothing, shoes, lingerie, jewellery, a huge bookstore, an accessories shop and much more. Here, every floor is designed in the style of the famous countries of the world: France, Greece, China, Mexico, Brazil and the USA. Meanwhile, the second building specializes in furniture, hardware, cleaning supplies, housewares, home textiles and décor, not to mention the largest aquapark in Ukraine, located on the second floor.
Sky Mall is not an easy destination to reach, but it is definitely worth it. It offers a wide range of leading fashion brands like Massimo Dutti, Zara, Bershka, United Colors of Benetton, Mango, Timberland and others. A food court area with cosy cafés and a massive outpost of the French supermarket Auchan can be found here. In addition to shopping, Sky Mall is a great venue for the entire family, as kids can spend time at the games centre, go to the cinema or go bowling together with their parents.
Mandarin Plaza is a shopping mall in which you can find the most luxurious clothing and footwear brands. The building has seven floors, where boutiques of clothing, shoes, jewellery, cosmetics, accessories, lingerie and much more are conveniently located. You can find Brunello Cucinelli, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, MaxMara, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta and many other fashion brands that have been worldwide trendsetters for ages. After shopping until you drop, you can have a snack at Le Grill restaurant or get some food for takeaway at Le Silpo, situated in the basement.
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