Kiev

Things to do in Kiev

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 with the building of several churches, and the complex is still surrounded by high fortress walls. The mona

In Kiev's center, on Khreshchatik, the Passage complex carries high-end Russian and Ukrainian fashion designers such as Alena Akhmadulina, NB Poustovit, and Olga Soldatova. These shops, which emerged after the Soviet collapse, are often filled with the gi

Along a hilltop overlooking the Dnieper River in Kiev stands the Mother Homeland, a titanium statue of massive proportions. With her right hand she raises a sword, and with her left she holds a shield emblazoned with a hammer and sickle.

In Kiev's center, on Khreshchatik, the Marki bazaar carries high-end Russian and Ukrainian fashion designers such as Alena Akhmadulina, NB Poustovit, and Olga Soldatova. These shops, which emerged after the Soviet collapse, are often filled with the girlf

Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square, is the heart of the city, a great open space of granite government buildings and mercantile centers, with an oversize globe and golden idols huddled around a 5,000-jet fountain called the Friendship of Nations

The bar, on European Square, is a loud, carnivorous club.

For Ukrainian art, visit the Kollekstia Museum, on Pankivskaya.

Standards such as Swan Lake and La Bohème are performed with regularity at the Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian National Opera House, a grand structure on Vladimirskaya considered one of the most prestigious in the former Soviet Union.

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, sausage, honey, and flowers in a rotunda dating to 1912—the furious, and often loud, commercial activity mon

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

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

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

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 and St. Michael's monastery, both completed in the 1050's.

The bar, located on Parkovka, resembles a Grecian-style theater.

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. The loudest laughter can be heard at the VIP table.