What to see and do with 24 hours in Kyiv

You're in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, for the first time ever. But you only have 24 hours.  Wondering how to make the most of 24 hours in Kyiv?

Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kiev
Independence Square

Kyiv is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe and one of the most amazing one, with its lovely parks, stunning golden-domed churches, and a unique mix of architectural styles.


So, let’s start this adventure.


With so much to do here, it's hard to narrow down the long list of must-see places in Kyiv, but we tried to make a small overview of how you can make the best out of the city, see and experience a lot of things in one day. Hopefully, this will give you an idea of the most quintessential things to see in Ukraine’s capital. Be ready to have an intense itinerary packed with a lot of stuff to be completed in 24 hours. 


The question is where to start?


Well… We recommend staying at a hotel in the city center and taking off from there to see all of the sites around the area. We’re sure that the central location can be the ideal base for your explorations of the city. There‘re plenty of hotels and hostels here to fit your pocket. And don’t worry, if you’re travelling on a budget, because Ukraine is really a friendly-budget destination.


Kick off your adventures of discovering Ukraine’s capital at Khreshchatyk Street. But before exploring the city, fuel yourself with a delicious breakfast and a cup of freshly brewed coffee at one of the cozy cafes. 

Khreshchatyk Street
Khreshchatyk Street

Just a little further, you’ll see the Independence Square (Ukrainians call it ‘Maidan Nezalezhnosti’). It is the central square of the city and the most attractive one. There’re a few roads that go up from the square to St Sophia’s Cathedral, an amazing architectural masterpiece, built in the 11th century and included in the UNESCO world heritage list. Be ready to climb up the bell tower to get some outstanding views of the city. 


Opposite this cathedral you’ll find one more incredible creation - St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery. This gold-domed blue church is still a functioning monastery. From here, it’s just a 5-minute walk to Andrew’s Descent, one of the most ancient and popular streets among Kyivans and guests. People also call it the Ukrainian Montmartre. Here you can see a lot of art galleries, museums, theaters and even buy some hand-made souvenirs. However, the iconic landmark is beautiful baroque style St. Andrew's Church standing on a hill. 

Andrew's Descent and Andrew's Church Kiev
Andrew's Church

You might have worked up an appetite. Then make a lunch break and taste traditional Ukrainian cuisine in one of the restaurants located in the street. After trying Ukrainian borsch and varenyky, take a stroll through Podil and discover the unique sites of this historic neighborhood. Then head over to the Postal square to enjoy breathtaking views of the Dnipro river. This place is especially beautiful to wander in spring and summer. 


From here, you have a couple of options: you can hop on the subway or the funicular, which is also considered to be one of the main symbols of Kyiv, to come back to the city center, or you can take the subway to visit Golden Gate that served as the main entrance to the city in the 11th century. 

Golden Gate in Kyiv
Golden Gate

By now you’ll be quite tired, your feet will be hurting, you’ll be hungry, but hopefully you’ll feel happy as you’ll have seen so much in your short time in this incredible city! Before returning to the hotel, recharge your batteries with a dinner in one of the restaurants. There are hundreds of good and inexpensive places to eat in Kyiv.


For nightlife seekers, Kyiv offers a wide variety of bars, pubs and clubs with great music and welcoming atmosphere.


Welcome to Kyiv!


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