10 Things to eat in Kiev and where

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Country you go, food habits you find. It is no exception Kiev, the Ukrainian capital that draws on Russian tradition to create dishes that recall familiar, almost rural flavors to the palate. Cereals, bread, vegetables are essential ingredients in the Ukrainian cuisine, undisputed "queen" of soups and pancakes, in its numerous and delicious variations.
here are the 10 typical dishes of Ukrainian cuisine to taste absolutely!


  1. Borsht
  2. Varenyky
  3. Shuba
  4. Churchkheli
  5. Holubtsi
  6. Plov
  7. Kholodet
  8. Potato pancakes (deruny)
  9. Napoleon cake
  10. Tovtchenyky
  11. Where to eat in Kiev: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Borsht

The national-popular significance of Kiev is undoubtedly the borsht, the traditional beetroot soup enriched with sour cream, lard and, in its "vegetarian" version, sorrel.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: beetroot, lard, sour cream, sorrel

2 - Varenyky

The workhorse of the kitchens of Kiev is a hot, very tasty dish of stuffed ravioli of any delight - sweet or savory - present on the face of the Earth, simply accompanied by melted butter or sour cream. We are talking, of course, about the varenyky.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 2,50
  • Main ingredients: pasta, meat, cheese, jam

3 - Shuba

As tasty as it is irremediably heavy to digest, shuba is nothing but a "rich" salted herring salad in "fur" (in fact, shuba) of mayonnaise. Often indicated as an appetizer, it is to be considered a single dish, to be consumed strictly on its own, in order not to risk finding yourself unable to get up from your chair!

  • Recommended to: Lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 3,10
  • Main ingredients: herring, mayonnaise, potatoes

4 - Churchkheli

A nice dessert could not be missing from this top ten of the dishes that made Kiev's gastronomy great. Churchkheli are the most popular in the Ukrainian capital, street food desserts filled with dried fruit shaped like a candle or sausage. They are delicious when served with a pomegranate or wine-based jelly, for lovers of "alcohol content"!

  • recommended: as a snack or dessert after a meal
  • Average cost: € 1,00
  • Main ingredients: dried fruit, pomegranate juice, wine

5 - Holubtsi

Buckwheat reigns supreme in this cabbage leaf roll stuffed with seasoned rice, meat or this precious cereal, served with tomato sauce.

  • Recommended to: Lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: cabbage, rice, tomato, buckwheat

6 - Plov

While not a 100 percent typical dish, it is still hugely popular in Kiev restaurants. Let's talk about plov, a dish of spiced rice seasoned with a number of very different ingredients: mutton, onions, carrots, dried grapes. A more unique than rare flavor, which seems to be appreciated by the diners of the typical cafes of the capital.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 2,20
  • Main ingredients: rice, mutton, onions

7 - Kholodet

Chicken is one of the main ingredients of Kiev cuisine. One of the most popular chicken dishes served in Ukrainian city restaurants is kholodet, which is also made with pork. It is about jellied meat, a course that has its origins in Soviet cuisine.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: meat (chicken or pork), water, onion, black pepper

8 - Potato pancakes (deruny)

As we pointed out at the beginning of this "delicious" article, one of the highlights of Kiev's cuisine is represented by pancakes. On their own or as an accompaniment to meat or vegetable main courses, it is an absolute "must" to taste them, accompanied by delicious thick sauces. The best-known variety of pancakes in the Ukrainian capital are deruny, potato pancakes with the typical pancake shape.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 2,90 (served as a side dish to a second course of meat)
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, eggs, flour

9 - Napoleon cake

A dessert of Russian origin, which has become a real must of Ukrainian cuisine. You cannot stay in Kiev without experiencing this delight made of cream and layers of very thin pastry. A dessert that puts a strain on anyone's intentions to go on a diet!

  • recommended: as a dessert after lunch or dinner, or as an exquisite interlude
  • Average cost: € 2,30
  • Main ingredients: butter, eggs, sugar, flour, cream

10 - Tovtchenyky

We close this gastronomic "roundup" in Kiev with a fish dish: the Tovtchenyky. It is a fish dish cooked in a restricted broth and served with a delicious side dish of onions, an excellent alternative to a second course based on meat.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 3,50
  • Main ingredients: fish, onions

Where to eat in Kiev: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Kiev is one of those capitals abandoned to themselves for a long time, but today in a phase of economic development and redevelopment of the neighborhoods, also with regard to gastronomy! The main areas of Kiev in which to taste the typical cuisine are the Old Town, Podil and Vozdvyzhenka, much loved by the locals because they are fashionable with many traditional but also innovative restaurants and cafes. Here are the best places to eat in Kiev:

1 - O'Panas

  • Description: restaurant with elegant interior but informal atmosphere, typical Ukrainian and Kiev cuisine
  • specialty: chicken Kiev
  • Average price: from € 22,00 per person
  • Address: Tereshchenkivs'ka St, 10 - Get directions

2 - Pervak

  • Description: starred restaurant with staff in typical clothing and both local and international cuisine
  • specialty: vareniki prepared in many variations
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Rohnidynska St, 2 - Get directions

3 - Kanapa

  • Description: Ukrainian atmosphere with excellent cocktails and typical cuisine revisited in a creative way
  • specialty: Borsch soup
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Andriivs'kyi descent, 19 - Get directions

4 - Kyivska Perepichka

  • Description: small colorful fast food for quick lunches with salads, rotisserie, rolls and pancakes
  • specialty: holubtsy
  • Average price: from € 8,00 per person
  • Address: Bohdana Khmel'nyts'koho St, 3 - Get directions

5 - Furgoneta

  • Description: fixed point of street food with burgers and local and non-local dishes, served in cardboard on the go
  • specialty: sandwiches stuffed with Ukrainian burgers and toppings
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Baseina St, 11 - Get directions

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