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Kiev, an old and beautiful Eastern Europe city with all the metropolitan buzz that hasn’t lost its small-town charm. This is a place to enjoy life – and where better than in Kiev restaurants? The best restaurants in Kiev offer a great variety of flavors, from local cuisine to international. That goes from a fantastic bao restaurant to traditional Ukrainian. Besides amazing Kiev restaurants, here you’ll also find tips on Instagrammable cafes in Kiev!

The capital of Ukraine has a few millennia of history, and much of it is tragic. But that doesn’t stop Kiev from being a beautiful, vibrant city with a clear European vibe. And as you’d expect from one of the most iconic cities in a region, it’s full of great food! While below you’ll find recommendations for Kiev restaurants of different kinds, local cuisine is a must. 

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Delicious local food at Khutorets

If you only have three Ukrainian dishes, let them be Vareniki, Chicken Kiev and syrniki. Vareniki is a type of dumpling that can be savory or sweet and should be your entrée. Arguably the staple Ukrainian food, Chicken Kiev is an exquisite fresh chicken filet with a piece of butter. Syrniki is a breakfast meal for sweet lovers, with cottage cheese, flour, eggs, and sugar; hearty and delicious! And if you have some room left, go for Kiev cake as dessert at one of the most Instagrammable cafes in Kiev!

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Enjoy my list of the best restaurants in Kiev as well as the Instagrammable cafes in Kiev below. You’ll find great local flavors and also international ones!

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The Best Restaurants in Kiev

1. Khutorets – The River Gem Among Kiev Restaurants 

1. Food: 4

2. Drinks: 4

3. Atmosphere: 5

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 4

Khutorets should be your first contact with local cuisine when touring the best restaurants in Kiev! Located on a boat on the iconic Dnieper River, this place is more than an eatery. The lovely terrace is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner on the river, with an incomparable view.

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Khutoretz – the cool local place by the river!

The food is fantastic, but it’s the vibe that made me fall in love with the place. Their vodka room is a cool spot and a must visit for vodka lovers!

2. Kanapa – The New Local Kiev Restaurant

1. Food: 5

2. Drinks: 4

3. Atmosphere: 5

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 4

Kanapa is a great place for a true Ukrainian experience. Located on the picturesque street Andriyivsky Descent behind the turqoise Kiev landmark, St Andrew Church. Enter the cute yard and step into a Kiev apartment. If you like people watching and if the weather allows I recommend you try to get a table in the cozy front yard. 

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Kanapa – Eating in a Kiev Home!

The food is a modern Ukrainian experience. The pike caviar, truffle vareniki, chicken Kiev and Kiev cake are all must on the menu. The service is very friendly and the place offer a cool and authentic experience in one of the best restaurants in Kiev. 

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3. BAO Restaurant – The Modern Luxury Chinese Cuisine

1. Food: 5

2. Drinks: 5

3. Atmosphere: 4

4. Design: 5

5. Service: 4

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Bao Restaurant – A Luxury Kiev Oasis!

With its stylish décor mixing loft vibes with Asian elements, BAO quickly made it to my list of the best restaurants in Kiev. Love how the eclectic design, full of luxury and red, was so in tune with their innovative menu. The place feels more like a speakeasy than a Bao restaurant. A cool gem among Kiev restaurants.

We loved everything here, including the lovely wine list. This Bao restaurant quickly took our hearts and stomachs! A fave among Kiev restaurants. 

4. Lovely Uncle – The Hip Breakfast & Brunch Place

1. Food: 4

2. Drinks: 4

3. Atmosphere: 4

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 4

Lovely Uncle is easily among the most Instagrammable cafes in Kiev.  It’s a modern, colorful and cosy place with a dine at home feeling. Perfect for brunch and dinner. The whole area, with its many rooms and a terrace, is gorgeous. The cuisine is modern European, focused on healthy eating. Loved the food, particularly the yummy eggs Benedict- If you are a brunch and hip eatery lover, you can’t miss this gem among Instagrammable cafes in Kiev!

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A Hip Uncle – One of the top Instagrammable cafes in Kiev for long brunches!

The Most Instagrammable Cafes in Kiev & One Pink Bar

1. One Love Espresso Bar – King Among the Instagrammable Cafes in Kiev

1. Food/Cakes: 5

2. Drinks: 5

3. Atmosphere: 5

4. Design: 5

5. Service: 4

One Love Espresso Bar comes at a surprise due to its location, on an art museum’s upper floor. Still, it’s the perfect place for freelancers and digital nomads of all kinds! A large place decorated in white, it is full of natural light thanks to its big windows. It’s easily one of the top Instagrammable cafes in Kiev! It looks more like a hipster coworking space than a coffee house. 

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One Espresso Bar – Loved this place !

Loved the modern interior: every detail was designed to inspire and become one of the most Instagrammable cafes in Kiev. It’s the perfect place to get some out-of-home work done. When here, don’t miss out on their delicious matcha latte and cakes and take some photos for your Instagram.

2. The Cake – A Cute Spo for Dessert

1. Food/Cakes: 4

2. Drinks: 4

3. Atmosphere: 4

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 3

The Cake is a cool and trendy café that’s the perfect spot to catch a break in the middle of sightseeing. Why? Besides being one of the most Instagrammable cafes in town, it’s also right in the city centre! It is a hip and vibrant oasis surrounded by the old city.  The design here is fun and colorful, keeping in tune with the “family restaurant” theme. The unique element I loved the most was the pink balloon dog… or whatever that was! One of the best Instagrammable cafes in Kiev? At least it made it to my top list!

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The Cake – Perfect for a coffee break!

3. Pink Freud – Time for Drinks Beyond the Crowds

1. Food: N/A (Didn’t eat here)

2. Drinks: 4

3. Atmosphere: 5

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 4

On the outskirts of my favorite Kiev area, Vozdvizhenka, Pink Freud is quite the hidden gem. While not a speakeasy bar, it’s on a yard, so it’s a little hard to find. Still, as soon as you’re in the vicinity, you’ll feel the artsy vibe!

A hip place with a great vibe, not unlike the top Instagrammable cafes in Kiev. I particularly enjoyed the alley leading to the bar. The street art will lead the way into the pinks, as the bar celebrates the father of psychoanalysis. While I didn’t try the food here, I certainly loved the drinks.

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Pink Heave at PInk Freud!

My favorite part about Pink Freud was its fun atmosphere. This is a fantastic place to get a few drinks after a long day getting to know Kiev. Our official after-hours hangout! If you’re looking for a more intimate experience, head to the inside part, which is darker and cozier.

I hope you enjoyed this post about the best restaurants in Kiev and the most Instagrammable cafes in Kiev. From international gems like Bao restaurant to local cuisine by the river. Kiev restaurants have so much to offer and Kiev is a paradise for foodies!

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