Many tourists ask to start their Kyiv exploring with a cup of good coffee. I did lists of my favourite special coffeehouses.
Café with the best location is Shokoladnitsa in Khreshchatyk street, 24. It’s placed beside the Shato restaurant, which is a favourite among beer fans of Kyiv city. You can sit down outside on a sideway of Khreshchatyk, drink flavoured coffee and observe the shortest main street of European capital: the Independent square with modern statures, Khreshchatyk with gigantic neoclassic buildings of Stalin time, Gorodetskogo street with gorgeous and colourful 19-the century architecture. The best time for visiting this café is weekend’s morning when the road is closed for transport and there are only a few tourists on the street.
The best romantic café for a lovely evening is “Dom Borgonie”. If you’d like to take a rest from modern city life and feel the charm of the old time you surely need to go there. The café is placed in the Lesya Ukrainka theatre, on the corner of Pushkinskaya Street. Dom means house. 100 years ago Frenchman Ogust Bergonie built first circus and theatre in Kyiv. Famous artists, stage directors and musicians Feodor Shalyapin, Fyodor Komissarzhevsky, Maria Zankovetska worked there. So far, the “Dom Bergonie” is a place for meeting bohemians and theatre lovers.
The extraordinary coffeehouses are trams in Shevchenko Park and near river port. Tram is a 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 the revolution in 1917th it degraded but in 1922 Bolsheviks renewed it. Today, faster transports such as metro and buses change trams. But Kyiv administration offers different entertainments with trams such as city tram tours or tram-cafés.