Champions League Final Tips: Kyiv

Scored a ticket to the Champions League Final in Kyiv?  Make the most of your trip to the Ukrainian capital with these tips from our Kyiv local...


1. Holodets

This local delicacy consisting of cold jellied meat (usually pork or chicken) may be an acquired taste, but if you're willing to give it a try, head to Barvy, (Mechnykova St, 3, Kiev) and fill your boots.

2. Perepichka

Perepichka, “перепічка”, aka sausage wrapped in fried dough is Ukrainan street food par excellence.  For the best in the city, get in line at Kyivska Perepichka, (3, Bohdana Khmel'nyts'koho St, 3, Kiev).

3. Chicken Kyiv

Chicken Kyiv, “котлета по-київськи”, Kyiv's most famous culinary export is well worth trying in its home city.  Ostannya Barykada (Maidan Nezalezhnosti, 1, Kyiv) serves some of the best in town. 


Vyshnivka (“вишнівка”)

Whether you're toasting a win or drowning your sorrows, you may as well give Vyshnivka a go. The local cherry liquor is best sampled at Drunk Cherry (Khreschatyk St, 21, Kyiv)


For a few cheeky cocktails, you can't go wrong with Barman Dictat, (Khreschatyk St, 44, Kiev)

Kiev's craft beer scene is on the up - there's nowhere better to sample the local brew than Varvar Bar (Saksahanskoho St, 108/16, Kiev)

Recover with:

For a caffeine fix head to CoffeeDoor, (Illinska St, 8, Kyiv)

Nurse a hangover with a lemonade or something stronger at Gnezdo (Andriivskyi Descent 21, Kiev)


Andriivs'kyi descent is the city's historic neighbourhood that connects Kiev's Upper Town with the Podil commercial district. Known as the "Montmartre of Kiev", this area is one of Kiev's most photographed areas - Instagram at the ready.

Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

This university dating back to 1615 is renowned for being one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.  One for your must-see list.  Kyiv-Mohlya Academy, (2, Hryhoriya Skovorody St, Kiev).


Buying tickets from touts and generally ignore people trying to sell you something on the street. Also, beware of exchanging money in exchange spots – it's always better to do it in banks.



Take photos of amazing cathedrals and churches around the city during a free tour with an English-speaking guide (leave a tip!)


Do anything you wouldn't do at home

Don’t miss: 1. Mariinsky Park

Mariinsky Park, (vulytsya Mykhaila Нrushevs'kogo, Kiev) is the oldest and most scenic park in Kiev - a great place for a wander.

2. National Botanical Garden

For another  picture perfect shot of the city, you can't beat the National Botanical Garden (1, Tymiriazievska St, Kiev)


The Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts

Ukraine's  largest museum of world arts was founded in 1919 and is up there as one of the top attractions to see in the city. The Bodhan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts, 6, Mykhaila Hrushevskoho St, Kiev. 


Enjoy Kyiv - may the best team win!


Flights to Kiev


- Tips by Denys Koval and friends