Lined with coffee kiosk after coffee kiosk, the cobbled streets of Ukraine’s capital city has no shortage of places to grab your daily fix. From cosy independent passion projects to local chain stores, the coffee culture in Kiev/Kyiv is seriously strong. iPhones at the ready, here’s our list of the seven most Instagrammable cafes in Kiev/Kyiv.
Located right next to Independence Square, Madame Josy is a quiet haven from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Inspired by an old woman from Toulouse, the café is decorated in muted greys, lavender, white tiles and plush velvet creating an enviable aesthetic that’ll delight your Instagram feed. Open all day, the patisserie serves French inspired dishes and an assortment of rainbow coloured éclairs, almost too pretty to eat. Before you go make sure to check out the pastel pink bathrooms for the ultimate mirror selfie.
Caffeine enthusiasts will be in heaven at this next place with its specialty brews and expert baristas. Boasting two locations, Whitebeard Blackbird combines a passion for coffee with a love for art, so you can gaze at changing exhibitions while you sip on a cappuccino and tuck into a slice of their blue-cheese and caramel cheesecake. With a relaxed ambiance and friendly staff, you could spend hours at the cafés chatting all things coffee and enjoying cup after cup.
Made for Instagram, Tiramisu Bar is one of the coolest cafes in the city. Furnished in candy coloured pastels topped off with a massive flamingo mural, you’ll struggle to find a place more photogenic than this. Specialising in the dessert it took its name from, here you can try over ten different versions of tiramisu that look as good as they taste. A little way out from the main touristic centre, the aesthetics are worth the small journey. Grab a coffee, order a cake and style it out to create the perfect Instagram flat-lay shot.
From the neon blue sign spelling out ‘think, write, drink’ to the type-writer letter wallpaper, this café screams Insta-goals from the minute you step through the door. Decked out in an array of greens and charcoal greys, the interior of this place is chic and the coffee is even better. Serving plenty of vegan and veggie options, the menu has something for everyone. Enjoy one of their assorted croissants at a table outside and watch as people hurry up and down Kiev/Kyiv’s main street. Definitely one not to be missed, The Journalist is one of the best themed cafes in the capital.
On the doorstep of Saint Sophia’s Cathedral, you can’t fail to notice this next coffee-lover’s paradise. With its eye-catching exterior of pink brick walls and humorous window art, you’ll be reaching for your camera before you’ve even stepped through the door. Sit on the bench and snap a shot with the backdrop of the ‘coffee is my boyfriend’ sign for the ultimate café Instagram. Inside doesn’t disappoint either with its minimalistic interiors and light, warm atmosphere. Whether you’re taking one to go or staying a while, a coffee at One Little Coffee Shop is a must during your visit to Kiev/Kyiv.
Prepare for a sensory overload when you settle in for a coffee here - this is one of the most Instagrammable cafes in Kiev/Kyiv. Every inch of the walls are covered in colourful, dynamic wallpaper featuring animals and plants meant to reflect the wild nature of Ukraine. Serving pretty much every type of coffee you could ever want and more, try some alternative blends or hot chocolate specialties and feed your appetite with some healthy snacks. No matter which angle you choose, the inside of The Blue Cup is an Instagram post waiting to happen.
Perhaps the most papped spot in town, Milk Bar is no stranger to the throngs of Instagram tourists that come to get a snap of the trendy interior and picture perfect food. Pose beside the iconic sky blue takeaway window and set up a flat-lay with a milkshake in a glass bottle and cookies in a metal tin. Cooking up Ukrainian classics as well as breakfast staples such as French and avocado toast, this place is the perfect mix of traditional and modern. One thing’s for sure, no trip to the city is complete without an Instagram post from Milk Bar.
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- Lucy Norris