As one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Lviv attracts tourists day and night. No wonder, there are a lot of things to do and a lot of places to visit. Here, we have listed 10 best ideas for you to have an unforgettable experience in Western Ukraine.
1. Walk around the Old City
Walking around the Old Lviv is amazing. The historical center of Lviv consists of plenty of narrow or even pedestrian streets, which are not suitable for a taxi or public transportation. That’s why the best way to explore the city center is to walk as much as you want. And the streets are inviting every adventure seeker with lights and illumination.
2. Listen to Live Music at the Market (Rynok) Square
Walking around the city center you will definitely visit the Market Square, which is the main square of Lviv. It used to serve as the market square and turned into a famous meeting venue nowadays.
The square is not large, but it is full of attractions and curious backpackers all year round. If you are one of them, don’t hesitate to spend a couple of hours listening to live music and climbing to the top of the city hall.
3. Take a Selfie at High Castle
High Castle is one of the fascinating places in Lviv. It offers a stunning view of the entire city. Most historical buildings including the City Hall look fantastic when you observe them from a bird’s eye view.
You can take a taxi or public bus to the foothill, but you have to walk to the very top. So, consider your trip to the High Castle as both sports exercise and sightseeing.
4. Taste Handmade Chocolate
Lviv chocolate is popular all over Ukraine and has fans in the whole of Europe. It is famous for the wide range of tastes and shapes. Don’t hesitate to visit the known Lviv Chocolate Handmade Cafe where you can watch the process of making chocolate, taste it and buy sweet souvenirs for your beloved ones.
5. Go Clubbing
Clubbing is the most popular night attraction for students, and Lviv is full of them.
If you want to have a party together with a good concert, go to Malevych Nightclub. Looking for a place to listen to modern music and spend time with your friends, go to Fashion Club. However, if you want to party hard, go to Metro Club.
6. Visit a Museum-Restaurant
“Salo” – this is the world’s first museum-restaurant, dedicated to the so-called traditional Ukrainian dish – pork fat. It’s an ironic place, whose owners decided to make fun of ridiculous glamor!
In the “Salo” museum-restaurant you can buy any of the 35 kinds of fat and drink one of the 40 types of vodka. Also, it is a boutique with unique souvenirs of author’s work.
7. Experience Ukrainian Nationalism
If you have ever heard about Ukrainian national spirit and want to know more about it, you should visit “Kryivka” one night. It is the very first thematic restaurants in Lviv and definitely the most famous one.
The restaurant is presented as an underground bunker where you can taste delicious Ukrainian food and drinks while enjoying the authentic design. Just remember the password: “Slava Ukraini! – Heroyam Slava!” at the entrance. It means “The glory of Ukraine! – The Glory of the Heroes!”
8. Take a Coffee Tour
Coffee is not only a popular beverage but also a symbol of Lviv. No wonder the Ukrainians call Lviv the city of coffee and chocolate thus you will smell these tastes very often.
If you are not indifferent to the world-known hot beverage visit the Coffee Manufacture in the very center of Lviv. It’s located in the Market Square.
Everyone who decided to drink a cup of coffee in the Coffee Manufacture has to wear a helmet provided at the entrance. The cafe has rooms underground that turn your coffee trip into a real adventure.
9. Visit the House of Legend
The restaurant “House of Legends” is located in the block away from Rynok Square on 4 floors of an old house. Each room has some secret. For example, in the room of the legend of Lviv pavement there are samples of pavements from different periods, and in the room of Lviv time, there is an exposition of historical clocks. The kitchen is homemade, the prices are medium.
10. Try Something New in Mazoch Cafe
After a day full of tours, go to the Masoch art cafe, where an extremal evening awaits you. Here is the atmosphere of artworks presented by Leopold von Sacher-Mazoch – whips, handcuffs, leather lashes, interesting chairs with peppercorns, hanging bras and erotic photos reigns.
Open the menu where all dishes and drinks are also associated with masochism.
If you are a true masochist, the waiter will put a collar on you or whip you off.
Updated: April 7, 2018