Many tourists ask to start their tour in Kyiv with a cup of good coffee. I have lists of my favorite coffeehouse in the city each of which has a special highlight.
Café with the best location is Shokoladnitsa on Khreshchatyk street, 24. It’s placed beside Shato restaurant, which is a favorite destination for fans of beers in Kyiv city. You can sit down outside on a sideway of Khreshchatyk, drink flavored coffee and observe the shortest main street of European capital: Independent square with modern statures, Khreshchatyk with gigantic neoclassic buildings of Stalin time, Gorodetskogo street with gorgeous and colorful 19-th century buildings. The best time for visiting this café is week-end’s morning when the road is closed for transports and there are only a few tourists on the street.
The best romantic café for the evening is café “Dom Borgonie”. If you’d like to take a rest from modern Kyiv life and feel the charm of old time you surely need to go there. The café is placed in Theater of Lesya Ukrainka and hides on the corner of Pushkinskaya Street. Dom – means house. 100 years ago Frenchman Ogust Bergonie built first circus and theater here in Kyiv. Famous artists, stage directors and musicians Feodor Shalyapin, Fyodor Komissarzhevsky, Maria Zankovetska worked there. So far, “Dom Bergonie” is place for meeting Bohemian Society and theater lovers.
Extraordinary coffeehouse are trams in Shevchenko Park and near river port. Tram is symbol of Kyiv as well as red call-box is symbols of London. Tram was the first mechanic transport here and very successful business project. After revolution in 1917 it degraded but in 1922 Bolsheviks renewed it. Today, faster transports like metro and buses change trams. But Kyiv administration offers different entertainments with trams such as city tram tours or tram-cafés.