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Things to do in Kiev

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Kiev. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Kiev attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Kiev to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Kiev.

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  • Andreevsky Spusk Street Market

    The market is set on a downward-spiraling street of the same name, which since ancient times has formed a direct route between Kiev's aristocratic ... More
  • Arena City

    Have a drink on the frist floor of Arena City, which brews its own beer.Upstairs, the club's dance floor is packed with Kiev's elite party-goers. T... More
  • Balcony Bar

    For a stiff drink, your best bet is the Balcony Bar at the new Hyatt Regency, on Tarasova, which looks upon the gold-leafed St. Sophia Cathedral an... More
  • Barski

    For dancing along with your drinking, Barski has a terrace that affords great views of central Kiev. More
  • Bessarabsky Market

    To see how locals shop, there is Bessarabsky Market, in the city's center. Here, women in head scarves sell fruit, vegetables, caviar, fish, meat, ... More
  • Kollektsia Museum

    For Ukrainian art, visit the Kollekstia Museum, on Pankivskaya. More
  • Maidan Nezalezhnosti

    Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square, is the heart of the city, a great open space of granite government buildings and mercantile centers, ... More
  • Marki Bazaar

    In Kiev's center, on Khreshchatik, the Marki bazaar carries high-end Russian and Ukrainian fashion designers such as Alena Akhmadulina, NB Poustovi... More
  • Mother Homeland

    Along a hilltop overlooking the Dnieper River in Kiev stands the Mother Homeland, a titanium statue of massive proportions. With her right hand she... More
  • Passage Complex

    In Kiev's center, on Khreshchatik, the Passage complex carries high-end Russian and Ukrainian fashion designers such as Alena Akhmadulina, NB Poust... More
  • Pechersk Lavra Monastery

    The monastery began in a cave in 1051, with monks living in a series of underground compartments. Over the centuries, it expanded across many acres... More
  • Pinchuk Art Centre

    Viktor Pinchuk, a steel billionaire and Ukraine's second-richest citizen, recently opened the Pinchuk Art Centre, on Krasnoarmeyskaya, a contempora... More
  • Privilege

    The bar, located on Parkovka, resembles a Grecian-style theater. More
  • RA Gallery

    For Ukrainian art, visit the RA Gallery, on Bogdana Khmelnytskogo. More
  • Ryumka

    The name, appropriately, means "shot glass" in Russian. More

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