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Tikithai (Krakivska) (Тікітай (Краківська))

Located in the city’s center, Tikithai (Krakivska) is the first Lviv’s Thai fast food cafe. Here you will find a range of light snacks and drinks as well as coffee and tea to go.

Where?

Tikithai (Krakivska) enjoys central location on Krakivska Street, steps off [Rynok Square->rynok-square], a 3-minute walk from [Prospect Svobody->walk-down-lviv-prospect-svobody], and close to all of Lviv’s downtown tourist sights.

Atmosphere

Tikithai (Krakivska) features a tiny completely non-smoking dining area for 12-14 persons. The cafe is executed in bright red colors with glass on the walls and stylish white-red furniture. In warmer weather Tikithai (Krakivska) has a small terrace with a few tables and chairs set out on pedestrian Krakivska Street.

Menu

Tikithai (Krakivska) serves a variety of Thai and Chinese fast food meals. Try Noodles with Chicken and Rice with Shrimps. Vegetarians will appreciate Vegan Noodles with Mushrooms. Beverage offerings include ginger, peach, lemon and cinnamon tea, exotic juices, Nespresso Coffee, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and other drinks.

Details

Tikithai (Krakivska) (Тікітай (Краківська))
Website: Tikithai on Facebook (Ukrainian), Tikithai Vkontakte (Ukrainian)
Price range: € (5 – 10) Euro (Cash only)
Cuisine: ThaiChineseLight Snacks
Good for: Students and Backpackers, FamiliesVegetarians
Location: Center
Address: 4, Krakivska Street, Lviv, Ukraine, 79000
Tel.: +38 (098) 1757 787
Hours: Mon-Thu: 10 am – 10 pm; Sat-Sun: 10 am – 11 pm

Keep in mind

  • No Wi-Fi available.

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SKA (Спортивний комплекс СКА): The Only Cycle Race Track In Lviv

Overview

SKA is the multi-functional sport complex with no analogues elsewhere in Ukraine. The complex comprises a stadium, outdoor swimming pool, indoor cycle race track and offers shooting guns and horseriding services.

Where?

Located 15-minute walk from the center. To find it on Kleparivs’ka street, you should reach the St. Anne Church on the Y-junction of Horodotska and Shevchenka Streets, then cross Shevchenka Street, enter the side Kleparivska Street and walk along the red fence and further ahead. The SKA’s entrance will be on the left side of the street.

Services and Facilities

  • 25-meter open-air swimming pool
  • Indoor cycle race track
  • Stadium
  • Horseriding options
  • Shooting range

Details

Sport Сomplex SKA (Спортивний комплекс СКА)
Website: none
Price range:
Category: Sports and Fitness, Amusements and Recreation, Parks and Outdoor Activities
Location: Near Center
Address: 39A Kleparivska St., Lviv, Ukraine, 79000
Tel.: +38 (032) 233 2518, +38 (032) 233 2546, +38 (032) 233 2513
Hours:  Mon.-Fri.: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (closed Saturday, Sunday)

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Hrushevsky Cinema Jazz (Ресторан Імпровізацій “Грушевський Сінема Джаз”)

Lviv’s Hrushevsky Cinema Jazz restaurant is located in the same building that once housed “Korso”, the city’s first cinema that opened in 1912. At Hrushevky you can enjoy Continental European and Ukrainian cuisine as well as weekly movie screenings and live music in a fashionable setting.

Where?

Hrushevsky Cinema Jazz sits right in Lviv’s city center on Prospect Shevchenko Avenue, steps from central avenue Prospect Svobody and not far from McDonald’s. The restaurant is located just opposite the Hrushevsky Monument.

Atmosphere

Hrushevsky Cinema Jazz has two halls, each one accommodates up to 80 persons. The upstairs cafe area features high ceilings, large windows and and lily-violet curtains; the room’s walls are executed in white and grey and photos of old Lviv adorn the walls. Here you can hear daily live piano music from 5:30 p.m. and see film screenings from 7:30 p.m.. The basement-level lounge is popular with a glamorous crowd and features brick walls and a stage where you can hear jazz improvisations on weekdays at 8:30 p.m. and live concerts on weekends beginning at 10:30 pm.

The staircase down to the lounge has steps designed as piano claviers; under it you will find a special red telephone booth that’s a soundproof cabin where you can choose “where you are” before picking up your mobile phone.

Menu

Hrushevsky Cinema Jazz features a mix of Continental European, and Ukrainian cuisine.  House specialties include Cult Movie (beef steak with onions and green butter) and American Dream (pepper steak with brandy sauce). Meat lovers will appreciate the large selection of dishes including wild boar. Beverage options include an extensive wine list, 21 kinds of natural tinctures and kvass, a fermented drink, low in alcohol, made from rye flour or bread with malt. In the morning you can choose from breakfast offers like Breakfast in Lyons, Breakfast in Milan or Breakfast in Cannes as well as muesli, oatmeal porridge, all available from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m. A fixed-price business lunch is served on weekdays from 12 p.m. till 4 p.m.

Keep in Mind

Hrushevsky is quite popular with a fashionable crowd, especially the downstairs lounge. Reservations are strongly recommended for evenings and weekends.

 

Details

Hrushevsky Cinema Jazz (Ресторан Імпровізацій “Грушевський Сінема Джаз”)
Website: http://www.cinemajazz.com.ua/Hrushevsky on Facebook, Hrushevsky Vkontakte (Ukrainian)
Price range: €€€ (15 – 20 Euro) (Credit cards accepted)
Cuisine: UkrainianContinental European
Good for: Business TravelersCouples
Location: Center
Address: 28, Prospekt Shevchenko, Lviv, Ukraine, 79005
Tel.: 38 (098) 676 4600
Hours: 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.

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Spizharka (“Спіжарка”): Jams and Pickles

Located on historic Virmens’ka Street, Spizharka is not only cafe and sweet shop, but also “a real flat of a real Galician housewife”, where you can taste homemade sweets, ice cream and pastries as well as homemade marmalade (jams) and pickles. A cozy quiet spot good for coffee and dessert, breakfast or light snacks.

Where?

Spizharka sits in the city center on Virmens’ka Street, steps from Lviv’s [Rynok Square->rynok-square], and a 7-minute walk from Prospect Svobody. All of Lviv’s downtown tourist sights are nearby.

Atmosphere

Spizharka is a Galician word for pantry, where local housewives stored their goods and that’s why the cafe’s first hall operates as a shop with handmade souvenirs, pastries, sweets, marmalade and marinades made according to old Galician recipes.

Tiny Spizharka features 2 completely non-smoking halls with small seating areas for about 20 persons. The first hall – a sitting room – is executed in dark blue colors with bookshelves and paintings on the walls, the second hall – a kitchen – features bright yellow tones and assorted kitchenware from the early 20th century.

In warmer weather Spizharka has a small terrace with a few tables and chairs set out on historic Virmens’ka Street.

Menu

Spizharka specializes in homemade pastries, desserts, pickles and marinades. However, here you’ll also find salads, sandwiches, toasts and hot dishes. Try the Austrian potato salad with hot sausages and for dessert, go for a homemade cheesecake or the “Bird’s milk” souffle-cake. Do not forget to taste the house’s pastries - anise or almond biscuits and prunes in chocolate. The beverage offerings include coffee, tea, juice, milk shakes with homemade ice cream, and mineral water. Among the pickles you can find marinated bell peppers, garlic, cabbage, beets. Marmalade choices include melon, apple, apricot, cherry, quince and other jams. You can try any of jams for free.

Details

Spizharka (“Спіжарка”)
Website: none
Price range: € (5 – 10) Euro (Cash only)
Cuisine: Coffee and SweetsGalician, Ukrainian
Good for: Sweets LoversTouristsStudents and Backpackers
Location: Center
Address: 27, Virmens’ka Street, Lviv, Ukraine, 79000
Tel.: +38 (032) 235 5921
Hours: 10 a.m. – midnight

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L’UFT Pub (Паб “Люфт”): Breath of Fresh Air

L’UFT Pub sits right in Lviv’s center and features democratic prices and comfy couches. It’s a good place to hang out with your friends or catch some live music.

Where?

L’UFT Pub is located inside [Lviv Art Palace->lviv-art-palace] in the city center on Kopernyka Street next to [Potocki Palace->potocki-palace], and a few steps off central avenue Prospect Svobody.

Atmosphere

L’UFT Pub has 2 spacious halls with large windows and it can accommodate up to 120 people. The pub’s interior features wooden paneling, cozy leather sofas and colorful bean bag chairs. L’UFT frequently hosts live music in the evening, free movies in “Katrusya’s cinema hall” at 10 p.m. on Mondays, and La Salsa dance parties on Sundays. Twice a month L’UFT Pub welcomes “Drum & Bass Flat”. A popular hangout for young people.

Menu

L’UFT Pub offers a mix of Ukrainian and Continental European cuisine and a wide range of drinks. Start with the roasted beets with feta. For a meat dish, go for the liver with potatoes or the beef with beans. L’UFT’s cheese “worms” go well with a glass (or several) of beer. A fixed-price business lunch is available on weekdays from 1 p.m. till 3 p.m.

Details

L’UFT Pub (Паб “Люфт”)
Website: L’UFT Pub on Facebook (Ukrainian), L’UFT Pub Vkontakte (Ukrainian)
Price range: €€ (10 – 15 Euro) (Credit cards accepted); Cover charge up to 20 uah (20 Euro)
Cuisine: Continental EuropeanUkrainian
Good for: Students and BackpackersDrinks with FriendsLarge Groups
Location: Center
Address: 17, Kopernyka Street, Lviv, Ukraine, 79000
Tel.: +38 (032) 225 7550
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Keep in mind:

As of December 2012, there was no English menu.

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Christmas in Lviv – Ukrainian Holiday Traditions (and Doughnuts!)

Lviv Christmas Fair

Ever dream that Christmas could happen twice a year? Welcome to Lviv, Ukraine – a town where dreams come true! Imagine celebrating Christmas with your family in America or Western Europe, and then packing your bags for Lviv for another “serving” of Christmas.

Lviv is big on celebrations. One Christmas was not enough, so Lvivians came together and decided – why not double the fun?

Well, actually there was another reason. Traditionally Lviv’s minority Roman Catholics celebrate Christmas on December 25th according to the Gregorian calendar while a majority–Greek Catholics and Orthodox–use the Julian calendar and celebrate on January 7th. But as Lvivians are nuts about holidays, they don’t mind supporting their neighbors and marking both Christmases.

Winter holidays last a month in Ukraine. Many Lviv locals refer to the period from December 19th to January 19th as “Ukrainian Ramadan.” Businessmen should be aware of this holiday schedule and plan their business trips and meetings around these dates.

Christmas Caroling – Lviv-Style Trick or Treating

One of the most memorable things about Christmas in Lviv is kolyadnyky, children going house to house singing carols. People give them a small amount of money and sweets almost like trick or treating in America. But kolyadky (Christmas carols) are not only childish amusements. From Christmas till the end of January there’s the [Great Kolyada Christmas Carols Festival->http://lvivalive.com/events/great-christmas-time-dominican-cathedral-jan-2013] at the Dominican Cathedral. Shortly after Christmas the [Rock-Kolyada Festival->events/rock-kolyada-carol-festival-robert-doms-jan-13-14-2013] thunders at Robert Doms Beer House, where Christmas carols are performed in an ethno-rock style.

Verteps – Children’s Christmas Nativity Plays

Vertep – Christmas nativity play

Slightly older children often participate in Verteps – Christmas nativity plays, which retell story about the birth of baby Jesus in difficult conditions, about the eternal victory of life over death. In addition to figures from the Bible, Verteps are often populated with other vivid characters such as imps, gypsies, and death itself. Such creative Verteps are often much more popular than traditional stories starring St. Joseph or the Eastern Wise Men. You can watch Vertep performances from January 7 to 9 in Lviv’s Old Town. Lviv’s streets fill with the holiday spirit as thousands gather on the old square to enjoy well-told tales.

Shop at Lviv’s Christmas Fair, Ice Skating on Rynok Square

If you’re looking for [Ukrainian souvenirs->souvenirs-tourism-lviv-ukraine], then check out the Lviv Christmas Fair. There you can buy handcrafts, lyalky-motanky (traditional Ukrainian talismanic dolls), jewelry or CD’s with Christmas music. You can also treat yourself to glintvein (hot spiced wine), mead and coffee; have a bite of varenyky (traditional dumplings) or pampushky (doughnuts). Lviv’s Christmas Fair spreads out on [Rynok Square->Rynok-square] and Prospect Svobody.

Another way to warm up is a bit of winter sport on the small ice skating rink on Lviv’s Rynok Square. It’s open from 10:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m and for reasonable price (about 4 Euro) the you can rent ice skates and enjoy skating to Christmas music (picture a Rockefeller Center with a medieval backdrop.)

New Years in Lviv

Not surprisingly there are also two New Year’s Eves in Lviv. The first is celebrated on December 31st/January 1st, and the second, called Old New Year, or St. Basil’s Day, is celebrated on the night of 13th/14th January. Singing children go house to house again. But this time instead of kolyadky, the children sing schedrivky (from the word schedry – “generous”). They sprinkle the floors of their neighbors with grain and wish their hosts joy and prosperity for the New Year. One of the Ukrainian schedrivky must be familiar to you – it’s the well-known Christmas Carol of the Bells by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych.

Watch this picturesque time-lapse video of Lviv at Christmas set to the Carol of the Bells.

Traditional Ukrainian Winter Holiday Cuisine

Kutya – sweet grain pudding

All winter holidays in Lviv are accompanied by a grand feast. At Christmas Lviv families serve many special traditional dishes. For example, on Christmas Eve (January 6th) there should be 12 traditional Lenten dishes on the table of every family. Kutya (a sweet grain pudding) is one of the main dishes. Other [Ukrainian dishes-> ukrainian-galician-food-traditions-lviv] include varenyky, borscht, uzvar (dried fruit compote), and pampushky (doughnuts)–don’t miss our doughnut recipe below.

On January 7 the fasting is over, and a variety of meat dishes are added. Keep in mind that Lvivians are very hospitable, and every hostess is proud of her cooking abilities. So if you’re visiting a Lviv family for Christmas, prepare to be stuffed with food so much that you’ll hardly be able to walk. It’s almost impossible to escape Lviv hospitality–don’t bother telling your hosts that you’re “on a diet.”

Lviv Christmas Holiday Calendar – Key Dates

December 19 – St. Nicholas Day (similar to “Boxing Day” in some countries). On this day children get sweets and gifts from under their pillows. If you are going to visit families with children on that day, it is appropriate to bring a gift, candy or a chocolate or gingerbread figure of St. Nicholas.

Also, this day the illumination of the Christmas tree in the square in front of the Opera House lights and Lviv’s Christmas fair begins

December 24- On Roman Catholic Christmas Eve the main nativity scene (shopka) opens on Rynok Square.

December 25 – Roman Catholic Christmas. The Bethlehem fire of peace arrives in Lviv.

January 1 – New Year’s Day (there are officially two vacation days – 1 and 2 January, but most people take that entire week off and little business gets done during that time.)

January 6 – Orthodox and Greek Catholic Christmas Eve. the Didukh is mounted in Prospect Svobody. Didukh is a sheaf, which is to be brought into the house on winter holidays according to ancient pagan tradition. It symbolizes the ancestors of the family. Lviv empties; everybody is sitting down for their holiday meal or attending church service.

January 7- Orthodox and Greek Catholic Christmas. Kolyadnyky and Verteps are going around, folk festivities are starting – all these last at least 3 days. At the outdoor museum [Shevchenkivsky Hai->shevchenkivskyi-hai] you can attend the “Light of the Christmas Star” Festival with Ukrainian Christmas carols and traditional dishes. The three-day [Lviv Doughnut Festival->/events/lviv-doughnut-festival-jan-7-9-2013] (Svyato Pampukha), one of the city’s biggest festivals also takes place during this time.

January 13-14 – Old New Year.

January 19 – Epiphany or Jordan. The night-before dinner with traditional 12 dishes is repeated. On January 19 a blessing of the water is carried out. The boldest celebrants bathe in nearby lakes. This date marks the end of the long winter holidays in Ukraine. Lvivians calm down and wait for [Easter in Lviv->easter-traditions-lviv-ukraine].

Lviv Recipe for Doughnuts (Pampukhy)

Pampukhy – doughnuts

Each hostess in Lviv takes pride in her own secret recipe of pampukhy. Here’s an old family recipe for these delicious doughnuts.

Ingredients
For the dough:

  • Flour – 1 kg
  • Yeast – 100 g
  • Sugar – 100-150 g
  • Milk – 1/2 liter
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil – 5-6 tablespoons
  • Butter – 100 g
  • 1/3 sticks of vanilla
  • lemon juice and zest

Filling: You can select one of the options filling: rose jam, cherries, pounded poppy seeds mixed with nuts

For frying: 1-1.5 kg fat for frying (oil, margarine, lard), 100 g of powdered sugar

Equipment: Fryer or frying pan with a cover

Directions for Making Doughnuts

  • Mix the yeast with 1 teaspoon of sugar, 200 g of flour and 200 g of milk to prepare the pre-dough. Put it in a warm place.
  • Beat the egg and egg yolks with sugar. Add flour, pre-dough, vanilla, lemon juice, zest, remaining milk and salt.
  • Knead the dough until it is smooth and shiny and bubbles appear on the surface.
  • Add oil and knead some more.
  • Put the dough in a warm place to rise (10-15 min)
  • Warm up the oil for frying
  • Gather the dough in small portions, putting stuffing into the middle. Seal each pampukh very well making sure that the filling doesn’t ooze out. Place it on floured surface with sealed side down. Cover with a towel.
  • Check the temperature of the oil by putting a small piece of dough into it. If a piece pops up quickly and gets brown immediately, then the oil is ready for frying the pampukhy.
  • Take them carefully one after another and putting them into the fat topside down.
  • The doughnuts have to float freely in the pan.
  • Cover with a lid and fry them (approximately for 2-2.5 min).
  • When doughnut bottoms get brown, flip them and continue frying them uncovered.
  • Put doughnuts on parchment paper to dry and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Useful Ukrainian Phrases for Christmas

Traditional Ukrainian Christmas dinner

Christmas greeting (Literally: Christ was born)- Христос народився – Khrystos narodyvsya
Reply to the Christmas greeting (Literally: Let’s praise Him)- Славімо його – Slavimo yoho
Happy New Year – З новим роком – Z novym rokom
Merry Christmas – Веселих свят – Veselykh svyat
Christmas carolers – Колядники – Kolyadnyky
Christmas sheaf – Дідух – Didukh
Christmas tree – Ялинка – Yalynka
Christmas sweet grain pudding – Кутя – Kutya
Doughnuts – Пампухи – Pampukhy
Dried fruit compote – Узвар – Uzvar
Dumplings – Вареники – Varenyky

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Galician Cheesecake (Перша Міська Пекарня Сирників і Штруделів “Львівські Пляцки”)

Galician Cheesecake celebrates Lviv’s tradition of delicious cheesecakes and strudels. This tourist-themed cafe has large windows that let passersby on Rynok Square watch its bakery in action.

Where?

Galician Cheesecake sits on [Rynok Square->rynok-square] in the very center of Lviv and right across from [City Hall (Ratusha)->city-hall-ratusha]. All of Lviv’s downtown tourist sights are nearby.

Atmosphere

At Galician Cheesecake you can witness the whole baking process for cheesecakes and strudels, from kneading the dough up to watching the baked goods come out from the oven onto your plate. The theme cafe has a small seating area with 9 tables for 30 persons and is completely non-smoking. Galician Cheesecake’s stylized logo features an image of a rolling pin, and the genuine article is a prominent part of the cafe’s decor, you can even find rolling pins on the lamps and the entrance is adorned with a huge rolling pin that’s visible through the big glass window.

Menu

Galician Cheesecake specializes in Lviv-style cheesecakes and strudels, including savory strudels. You can choose from 2 types of cheesecakes ( “dry” or “wet”), and 4 types of strudels: apple, cherry, salmon with spinach, and chicken with bell pepper. The limited beverage offerings include coffee or tea. Takeout is available.

Details

Galician Cheesecake (Перша міська пекарня сирників і штруделів “Львівські пляцки”)
Website: none
Price range: € (5 – 10) Euro (Credit cards accepted)
Cuisine: Coffee and Sweets
Good for: Sweets LoversTourists, Students and Backpackers
Location: Center
Address: 13, Rynok Square, Lviv, Ukraine, 79000
Tel.: +38 (050) 371 3833
Hours: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

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Green Hills Park Café (Парк-кафе “Зелені пагорби”): Elegant and Romantic

Green Hills Park Café is a cozy quiet spot at Lviv’s Lion’s Castle Hotel, a good choice to enjoy business dinners or romantic evenings in the elegant surroundings of a former mansion. The covered summer terrace is especially nice during warmer weather.

Where?

Green Hills Park Café is located at the [Lion's Castle Hotel->lions-castle-hotel] on Hlinky Street. not far from two large parks – [Stryiskyi Park->stryiskyi-park] and [Park Kultury (Bohdan Khmelnytskyi Park)->bohdan-khmelnytskyi-culture-park]. The cafe is about a 20-minute walk from Lviv’s center – from Kopernika Street go to Gvardiyska Street, turn onto Glinky Street – and look for the sign for the Lion’s Castle Hotel.

Atmosphere

Green Hills Park Cafe features a small elegantly furnished dining room that seats 30 persons. The Austrian-style dining room is executed in warm brown tones with exposed brick walls, high ceilings with wooden beams, and a parquet floor; large candelabra and fine table settings complete the picture. The cafe’s summer terrace opens onto a quiet garden and can be a delightful place to enjoy a meal with close friends or a loved one.

Menu

At Green Hills Cafe you can find Continental European cuisine with some classic Ukrainian dishes. Start with aubergine rolls with Philadelphia cheese and walnuts, or the crepes with mascarpone cheese and salmon with pesto. For an entree, try the Lion’s Castle Pork Special. Save room for dessert like homemade apple pie, tiramisu, or the baked apple with cottage cheese. Early birds will find breakfast options like omelets, pancakes, and muesli; available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m on weekdays and 8 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. on weekends.

Keep in Mind

  • Reservations are recommended on weekends;
  • If arriving by car, note that the gate to the parking lot is opened by remote control from the hotel’s reception desk, beep once or twice to open the gate.

Details

Green Hills Park Café (Парк-кафе “Зелені пагорби”)
Website: http:/www.lioncastlehotel.com
Price range: €€€ (15 – 20 Euro) (credit cards accepted)
Cuisine: Continental European, Ukrainian
Good for: Business Travelers, Couples, Early Bird Breakfast
Location: Near Center
Address: 7 Hlinky St., Lviv, Ukraine, 79012
Tel.: +38 (032) 297 1563, 238 6116
Hours: 7 a.m – 11 p.m.

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