Lviv: The Most Underrated City in Europe

Lviv: The Most Underrated City in Europe

03/15/2019
If you are looking to spend an epic weekend with your closest ones, Lviv, the seventh largest city of Ukraine, is a no-brainer choice as it offers everything one would need for a couple of days of enjoying life to the fullest.

Things to know about Lviv
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    Country - Ukraine
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    Capital city - Lviv
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    Language - Ukrainian
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    Currency - Ukrainian hryvnia
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    Average temperature (yearly) - 8,9C°
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    Wall socket type - C and F
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Food

It’s useful to remind the foodies that Ukraine is the country of Borscht, Chicken Kiev, salo, vareniki and many more iconic dishes. Puzata Hata – the local bistro chain should be the first stop to try these. Some might also be happy to hear Lviv is the city of chocolate and coffee with niche stores and cafes easily spotted on every other corner of the city centre.

 

Drinks

Lviv is also the city of beer and many bars will offer their own craft beers on tap. Pravda Beer Theatre probably requires a special shout-out as the multi-story bar not only boasts a great selection of beers, but also live music in the evenings and witty anti-politics posters in their interior.

  

If you are not a beer person, worry not – liquors are also always in season and every bar you stumble into will greet you with their signature twist. Gasova Lampa, for example, serves their selection of spirits in test tubes with the guests having no idea what's inside until they taste them.

Prices

Once you arrive at the airport, the bus to the city centre will cost you 5 Ukrainian grivnas, which is approximately 16 euro cents. Yes. There is no typo there.

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A multi-course meal in Puzata Hata will go well under five euros, but if you take our advice and head to Lviv with your best friends, 5 shots of homemade liquor, 3 dark beers, 1 cocktail and a glass of coke will set you back under 10 euros

City

Some might think that Lviv will reek of the Soviet heritage, but that is actually not true.

Being one of the westernmost cities of Ukraine it’s one of the rare ones that has catholicism as their main religion and it shows in the architecture of the city. The main square of Lviv also features a line of pastel coloured houses, making it the perfect destination for dreamy Instagram pictures.

 

Special treats for special someones

Care for a surprise? If you wander through the city long enough you will find yourself in a backyard filled with old stuffed animals and murals of Sigmund Freud. That should keep your weird friend happy as well.

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••• 💫Toy Story 💫 •••

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Want to become insiders? Find Kryjivka – an underground restaurant you can only get in if you greet the door guard with the password Slava Ukraini! (Praise Ukraine!)

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#appetizer #restaurant #kryjivka #Lviv #Ukraine. “#Kryivka” is the very first #unique #thematic restaurant of Lviv, where cute waitresses in uniform and with sham guns will service you, and, apart from the possibility to taste delicious Ukrainian food, you can even shoot with blanks into the ceiling from different gun of World WarII. The restaurant is located in historical center of the city, on Market Square and is made quite clandestine. When you finally find it out, it appears that the main door is shut. How to enter? Knock the small window and a guard opens a window for you with the exclaim: “Slava Ukrainy” (“Glory to Ukraine”). You need to answer: “Geroyam slava” (“Glory to the Heroes”) and at the very moment you are let in. After this you are offered to drink a small glass of Ukrainian mead #vodka and pointed out to the entrance of the restaurant itself through the open doors of the wardrobe you stand by. YES! This is a real “#Bandera hideout” (UPA soldier’s dugout). The interior of the restaurant distinctly conveys period look of a real wood dugout of WWII: weapons and different national items of the war… Be sure that your #impressions will be #unforgettable! #весело #цікаво #правдиваДошка #сокира #закуска в #бункер#ресторан #Криївка #уЛьвові #розваги #подорож #мояУкраїна

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That being said, we can assure you Lviv is special in so many different ways, making it a versatile destination that would please everyone’s weirdest requests to make a vacation a successful one without breaking the bank.

Experience Lviv!

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