Your Guide to
Travel, Entertainment, Business and Expat Life in Lviv, Lwow, Lvov, Lemberg, Ukraine.


Medivnya summer terrace

Medivnya (Медівня): Drink Like a Cossack

Cafes

Medivnya is a honey-themed café and bar with one of Lviv’s best selections of medovukha (Ukrainian honey-vodka). Just be careful–this sweet drink goes down smoothly and you can get drunk quickly if you don’t pace yourself. So enjoy some classic Ukrainian dishes with your drinks and prolong the fun.

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Rodzynka dining area

Rodzynka (Родзинка): Cheap Eats for Train Travelers

Cafes

Rodzynka is a charming tiny cafe with cheap fare and friendly service that’s especially convenient if you are arriving to Lviv by train; it’s one of the few places to eat near Lviv’s Central Railway Station. The cafe offers mostly Ukrainian classics like varenyky (dumplings), borsch (a vegetable soup) and solyanka (a thick soup of vegetables and meat).

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Kredens Cafe on Prospect Svobody counter

Kredens Cafe (Креденс Кафе): Starbucks-Style Coffee on Prospect Svobody

Cafes

Kredens is a chain of Western-style coffee houses that offers coffee to go and light snacks. The coffee house is located across the street from the Lviv Opera House. All the standard espresso drinks are available as well as desserts and light sandwiches.

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Zolota Gusa entrance

Zolota Gusa (The Golden Goose) (Золота Гуса): Fine Food, Premium Beer

Restaurants

Zolota Gusa is a restaurant and beer pub offering Ukrainian and fine Continental European cuisine on Kryva Lypa Lane. Zolota Gusa offers 8 types of premium beer on tap, including Guinness that would go well with the house’s homemade sausages. Wine lovers may want to pair their wine with the delicious cheese plate that features gourmet cheeses made by a Belgian cheese maker, who’s a long-time Lviv expat.

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Virmenka dining area

Virmenka (Вірменка): Bohemian Hangout

Cafes

Virmenka is a legendary old coffee house and a place once much beloved by Lviv hippies. The café’s trademark fresh coffee is prepared right in front of you in the Turkish coffee pot on hot sand, goes well with delicious syrnyk (cheesecake) and pastries. Mostly a locals place – so it’s a good idea to bring your Ukrainian-speaking friend.

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Liverpool English Pub sign

Liverpool English Pub (Англійський паб “Ліверпуль”): “Mersey” Me

Pubs and Clubs, Pubs and Restaurants

Liverpool is a British-style pub that serves hearty fare like steaks, burgers and casseroles. Drinkers will appreciate the large whiskey selection (about 60 types) and premium beers on tap, including Guinness, and Liverpool’s house beer. About a 10-minute walk from the Lviv Opera House.

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Kredens Cafe on Kryva Lypa interior

Kredens Cafe (Креденс Кафе): Starbucks-Style Coffee on Kryva Lypa

Cafes

Kredens is a chain of Western-style coffee houses that offers coffee to go and light snacks. Unlike its sister cafe on Halyts’ka Street, the Kredens on Kryva Lypa has a cozier setting with a smaller two-level seating area. All the standard espresso drinks are available as well as specialty drinks, desserts and light sandwiches.

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Pizzeria "Trali-Vali Pinnocchio" facade

Pizzeria “Trali-Vali Pinocchio” (Піцерія “Тралі-Валі Пінокіо”): Good Pizza (No Lie!)

Pizzerias

Pizzeria Pinocchio is a cozy multi-level pizzeria with an all-wood interior, large terrace, and extensive menu at democratic prices. If you’re looking for something different, then try the seafood pizza or “Volcano” calzone. Other offerings include the “Trali-Vali” patty cakes, lasagna and homemade sausages.

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Staryi Tiflis dining area

Staryi Tiflis (Старий Тіфліс): Classic Georgian Cuisine

Restaurants

Staryi Tiflis offers you the chance to enjoy the sights and smells of Georgian cuisine in Lviv’s city center. Here you can find traditional Georgian delicacies like khinkali (dumplings with various fillings, similar to Ukrainian varenyky), gupta soup, mkhali (salad of cooked vegetables and herbs) and delicious shashlyk (grilled meat).

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Peking facade

Peking (Пекін): Excellent Chinese in Old Town

Restaurants

Peking is a stylish restaurant serving Chinese and Japanese cuisine in Lviv’s Old Town. The highlights of the Chinese menu include Sun-Shu carp in sweet-and-sour sauce, Peking-style baked duck and “The Dragon’s Liver” – veal liver in sauce. One of the few places in Lviv where you’ll find hot and spicy food; ask your server if you’d like the chef to prepare something extra spicy.

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