The Best Terraces in Kiev
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The weather in Kiev is different in every season. In the winter, it is snowy and freezing cold, while autumn is always rainy. However, spring and summer bring the most joy to locals and tourists, as all the venues open their terraces and attract passersby with cosiness and fresh breezes. So, if you happen to travel to the Ukrainian capital during the warm season, here are the best outdoor areas to check out.
Restaurant, European, Italian, $$$
Vero Vero — located in the area of ancient Podol — is a restaurant with an expansive terrace, quiet garden and romantic fountain. It serves delicious Italian food. There’s a wide range of traditional and original pizza recipes, as well as pasta, focaccia and risotto. For dessert, guests can order homemade sorbets and ice cream with berries and fruit or classic options like tiramisu and panna cotta. Therefore, Vero Vero is a great place for a date in a relaxed but exquisite atmosphere.
Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, European, Italian, Japanese, $$$
Praha restaurant is a definite locals’ favourite. Surrounded by ponds, forest and cobbled paths, the terrace deck is the most unusual and romantic place in Kiev. The building of the restaurant is a restored old mansion with splendid white columns, spacious windows and a wrought iron balcony. Thus, it is a true pleasure to marvel at the view from the terrace and enjoy popular dishes drawn from European, Italian and Japanese cuisine, not to mention the extremely delicious Ukrainian cuisine options.
Vino e Cucina
Restaurant, Italian, European, $$$
Missing Italy while in Ukraine? Then Vino e Cucina is a perfect place for you. The basement of the restaurant houses an enoteca – the room where the wine is stored – and there is also a cheese room in which guests can pair cheese with their wine. A pizzeria with a wide selection of traditional Italian dishes is located on the ground floor. Moreover, Vino e Cucina has a cosy and comfortable terrace, where you can come for a family dinner, Sunday brunch, or just a meeting with friends over a good glass of wine.
Bistro, French, $$$
Très Français contrasts with those fashionable places that are usually called ‘French restaurants’ – instead, it is a cosy brasserie with a summer terrace on the street. Colourful tables, seasonal flowers in vases and minimalistic furniture embody all that can be found in the French capital: simplicity and great traditions. Sitting in the shade, you can watch the bustling city from afar and slowly enjoy French cuisine. In addition, there is a small bakery on-site where you can buy freshly baked French baguettes and croissants.
Bar, Nightclub, European, $$$
Avalon opened in 1992, and since then it has undergone several upgrades. There’s a lounge, a nightclub, karaoke and a hookah bar. The highlight of the place is the large rooftop summer terrace, which makes Avalon extremely popular every spring-summer season. You can linger over delicious cocktails, listen to popular music from famous DJs and enjoy the perfectly made food with a breathtaking view over Kiev
. It is open continuously all day, so you can easily spend the whole day working here and having business meetings, or stay for a pre-party at the lounge and go to the disco for a night out.
Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, European, $$$
Greek restaurant Papafeta occupies the 11th floor of a business centre and surprises patrons with an amazing panorama of Kiev. Its interior, decorated in blue shades with wicker furniture, creates an atmosphere of the Mediterranean coast. The terrace is as large as the main dining room, so it is a perfect place for a crowded celebration, banquet or even wedding. In terms of drinks, be sure to order the homemade Greek wine.
Solod Enjoy Bar
Restaurant, Bar, American, $$$
Solod Enjoy Bar was the first place to introduce a culture of smoked food to Ukraine. In the center of the restaurant, there is a large bar offering an extensive cocktail menu, where guests are treated to house-made infusions. The place gets crowded every evening. During the winter, locals come to the main building to listen to jazz music, covers of popular songs, or to see live performances. Meanwhile, in the summer, Solod Enjoy Bar transfers the entertainment program to the rooftop terrace, overlooking the Right Bank of Kiev.
Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, Georgian, European, $$$
To experience a relaxing, homely atmosphere, head to Kuvshyn. Here, they serve Georgian and European dishes, cooked according to traditional recipes. Thus, you can try dolma (stuffed vegetable dishes), cheburek (a deep-fried turnover), khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) and other meals so popular among fans of food of the Caucasus region. The outdoor area is located in a park and is decorated with white tents and wooden tables. Near Kuvshyn, there’s also a fountain and a children’s playground.