Looking for inspiration for a weekend in Kyiv? Read our tips below on the things to do in Kyiv, Ukraine plus a sample weekend itinerary, where to stay, how to get around, and the best restaurants to try!
Kiev or Kyiv is the capital city of Ukraine and one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe. It is known for its gold-domed St. Sophia’s Cathedral, with 11th-century mosaics and frescoes. Its high-tech industries, higher education institutions, and historical landmarks are the main reasons why you should visit this stunning city.
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3 Day / Weekend Trip Guide to Kyiv, Ukraine
Day 1 – Weekend Guide to Kyiv, Ukraine
Insomnia Haunted House Kyiv– Why don’t you start your tour with a thrill? By visiting this museum, your Kyiv tour would be very memorable. Especially if you’re traveling with your friends.
Rodina Mat (Motherland)– Passing by, or maybe staying for quite a long time in this complex would be recommended. This statue is really huge that you could see it wherever in Kyiv you are. Also, visit the museum that it houses for total fun.
Day 2 – Weekend Guide to Kyiv, Ukraine
Chernobyl National Museum– Whether you knew about the Chernobyl disaster or not, this museum would really get you interested in what truly happened in Chernobyl, and what’s the current situation. You’d absolutely get goosebumps as soon as you enter.
State Aviation Museum– Kyiv is the land of historical landmarks, including those warcraft that were used during world war 2. State Aviation Museum would let you see those aircraft that were part of the war. You’d really be interested as you see war-jets and planes from the past.
Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum– Never miss the chance to visit this museum. You’d probably appreciate the tiniest pieces of art that you will see here. Don’t worry, as each art has its own microscope for tourists to see what kind of art the museum offers.
Day 3 – Weekend Guide to Kyiv, Ukraine
National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War– Like what we keep on saying, Kyiv, Ukraine is really the home of historical museums. Such a paradise for history lovers like me! On your last day, don’t forget to go to the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War. You would get to see a glimpse of Ukraine during world war 2.
Where to Stay in Kyiv, Ukraine
Where to Stay in Kyiv, Ukraine if you’re a Backpacker
Located in the Shevchenkivskyj district of Kyiv, VETERANA-HOSTEL has situated 2.2 km from St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral, 2.6 km from Shevchenko Park and 2.9 km from Saint Sophia Cathedral. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a shuttle service, a shared kitchen, and free WiFi. The rooms in the hostel are fitted with a kettle. Rooms have a shared bathroom with a bath and a hairdryer. Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum is 6 km from VETERANA-HOSTEL.
Price: Starts at $6 per night for Bed in 8-Bed Dormitory Room, including taxes and charges, free cancellation, and no prepayment needed, you can pay at the property.
This hostel is located in Kyiv city center only a 1-minute walk from Palats Sportu Metro Station. It features a room with a flat-screen TV, washing machine and free Wi-Fi. Olive Hostel offers shared rooms for 4 persons, 6 per., 8 per. housed in a traditional Tsarist-style building. The rooms are simply furnished and offer access to shared bathroom facilities. Guests can prepare meals with the hostel’s shared kitchen facilities, which include a refrigerator, microwave, and electric kettle. Free tea and coffee facilities can also be used.
Price: Starts at $9 per night for Bed in 8-Bed Dormitory Room, including taxes and charges, and it’s free cancellation.
Located in Kyiv, 900 m from St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral, Z-Hostel features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Kyiv Central Train Station is 650 m away. The air-conditioned dormitory rooms come with shared bathroom facilities. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. Lockers are provided, as well as free tea every day at 17:00. There is a cafe in the property where guests can enjoy meals. Various dining options are a 5-minute walk away.
Price: Starts at $9 per night, additional charges may apply, free breakfast, and it’s non-refundable.
Where to Stay in Kyiv, Ukraine if you’re on a Budget
Set within 30 km of the International Exhibition Centre and 32 km of The Motherland Monument, GettSleep Boryspil offers rooms with air conditioning and a shared bathroom in Kyiv. Speaking English, Russian and Ukrainian at the 24-hour front desk, staff are ready to help around the clock. St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral is 36 km from the capsule hotel, while St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery is 39 km away.
Price: Starts at $15 per night for Single Capsule (3-hour accommodation), $0 taxes and charges, free cancellation, and no prepayment needed, you can pay at the property.
Located within 400 m of St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery and 1.5 km of Andriyivski Uzviz in Kyiv, Room in the center of Kyiv features accommodation with free WiFi and seating area. The air-conditioned units have a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a fridge, a kettle, and a stovetop. There is a shared bathroom with a bidet in all units, along with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Saint Sophia Cathedral is 2.1 km from the homestay, while Shevchenko Park is 2.5 km from the property.
Price: Starts $24 per night for Deluxe Twin Room, $0 taxes and charges, it’s partially refundable, and no prepayment needed, you can pay at the property.
Located within 700 m of St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral and less than 1 km of Shevchenko Park, Monotel Space features capsules with air conditioning and a shared bathroom in Kyiv. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, a shared lounge, and free WiFi. St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery is 3 km from the capsule hotel, while Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum is 4 km away.
Price: Starts at $36 per night for Women MonoCapsule, $0 taxes, and charges, and it’s free cancellation.
Where to Stay in Kyiv, Ukraine if you want Luxury
Favor Park Hotel is located in Kyiv, 3.2 km from the Expocentre of Ukraine. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk. At the hotel, every room is fitted with a desk. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower, free toiletries, and a hairdryer. At the accommodation, the rooms include air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Guests of Favor Park Hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast at Chef restaurant. A sports complex with a gym, a swimming pool, and spa facilities are available in the hotel. Guests can also make use of the numerous on-site conference halls and rooms. Boryspil International Airport is 36 km from the hotel, while Zhuliany International Airport is only 9 km away.
Price: Starts $103 per night for Large Double or Twin Room, additional charges may apply, free breakfast, free cancellation, and no prepayment needed, you can pay at the property.
City Hotel features a spacious fitness center, a 24-hour front desk, and free Wi-Fi. Modern rooms include a flat-screen TV. Air-conditioned rooms include a minibar, safety deposit box and private bathroom with bathrobes. Each one offers an elegant, classic-style design with carpeted floors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Featuring high ceilings and panoramic windows, the Matisse restaurant serves Italian and French cuisine.
Price: Starts at $106 per night for Single Room, additional charges may apply, add $20 for breakfast, and it’s non-refundable.
Located in the heart of Kyiv, 120 m from Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square, premium Senator Maidan feature free Wi-Fi and free private parking. The apartments offer 24-hour security, concierge services, and house-keeping. A daily breakfast can be served in the breakfast room, and a range of restaurants is available as close as 5 minutes’ walk from the apartments. Maidan Nezalezhnosti Metro Station is 5 minutes’ walk from Senator Maidan, providing a link to Kyiv Train Station. Boryspil Airport is 35 km away.
Price: Starts at $134.56 per night for Standard Double Room with Shower, including taxes and charges, and it’s non-refundable.
List of restaurants that you can try while in Kyiv, Ukraine
Serves European, Central European, Eastern European, and Ukrainian cuisine. With traditional Ukrainian food and friendly staff, you’d totally feel at home while dining here.
Operating hours: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Sun-Sat)
Address: Otradnij Prospect, 22, Kyiv, Ukraine
It offers Uzbek and Eastern European cuisine. A place for meat lovers! Usually, there is a long list of customers waiting, but all worth it.
Operating hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM (Sun – Thu)/11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Fri – Sat)
Address: Bogdana Khmelnitskoho St., 3B, Kyiv 02000, Ukraine
Serves Ukrainian cuisine. Considered one of the best restaurants in Ukraine. If you want to experience the real Ukrainian dishes and delicacies, you shouldn’t miss this one out!
Operating hours: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM (Sun-Sat)
Address: Naberezhno-Khreshachatytska St, 10_, Kyiv 04070, Ukraine
It offers Middle Eastern and Eastern European cuisine. With its great service, cheap and delicious food, you shouldn’t really miss this restaurant.
Operating hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM (Sun-Sat)
Address: Saksahanskoho vul. 57A, Kyiv 01033, Ukraine
Serves International, Middle Eastern, Eastern European, and Georgian cuisine. Foods are tasty and the restaurant itself is tourist-friendly since the staff speaks English.
- 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Mon – Fri)
- 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Sat-Sun)
Address: Velyka Vasylkivska vul. 44, Kyiv 01004, Ukraine
How to go to Kyiv, Ukraine from the UK
Via Ryanair: (one way)
*From London Stansted to Kyiv Airport
Ticket Price: £31.99
* Prices are subject to change.
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Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.