Hotels, restaurants and attractions in Kiev, Ukraine
Kiev is best enjoyed once the weather starts turning milder in the spring. KLM and Lufthansa offer one-stop flights out of Washington Dulles starting at about $800 round-trip in March. U.S. citizens do not need a visa. Getting from the airport to the city is a hefty taxi ride. Hawkers will ask outlandish amounts, but if you negotiate you should be able to get a ride for $20-$25 (160-200 hryvnia).
Central Kiev is walkable. Most things are no more than 20 minutes from the main square, Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square. There's a good Metro system (20 cents a ride). You should be able to get a taxi to any place in the center of the city for about $5 (40 hryvnia), but if you flag down a cab on the street, negotiate the fare before you get in.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Lybid, Peremohy 1, 011-380-44-236-0063, http:/
Khreschatyk Hotel, Khreschatyk Street 14, 011-380-44-596-8000, http:/
Sunflower B&B Hotel, Kostelnaya 9-41, 011-380-44-279-3846, http:/
WHERE TO EAT
Volkonsky Cafe and Bakery, 5 Khreschatyk Passage, 011-380-44-270-5996. Perfect for a light lunch or coffee and a pastry. Entrees $10-$16.
Tike, Sagaydachnogo 31A, 011-380-44-417-4062. This Turkish restaurant near the river is not cheap, but the food is great. Main dishes, $10-$15.
Varenichnaya, 28 Esplanadnaya St., 011-380-44-287-1539. This is the place to get varenyky-- dumplings stuffed with meat, mushroom, vegetables or cheese -- perhaps the signature Ukrainian dish. Save room for the sour cherry ("vishna") varenyky for dessert. Entrees $5-$11.