10 Best Indie Cafes to Try in Kyiv - My Journey Exploring the Cafe Culture of Kyiv, Ukraine

10 Best Indie Cafes to Try in Kyiv

My Journey Exploring the Cafe Culture of Kyiv, Ukraine

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When I first heard about Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine, I often hear about its Soviet-era architectures, museums and more recently, its proximity to Chernobyl, but not many people mentioned about the coffee culture craze they have going on over here.

To my surprise, when I started to really dive deep into exploring the cafe culture in Kyiv, I stumbled upon countless amazing themed cafes, hipster cafes hidden in Kyiv rustic alleyways, and a ton of great indie cafes with outdoor spaces for one to sit in the sunlight.

It is no doubt that I am a big fan of cafes. Often time, cafes are my workspace of choice and as I am currently sitting here in another great cafe in Kyiv, why not I write about my experience exploring the cafe culture of this great city and recommend a few must-visit cafes for you, fellow travelers to try when you are here in Kyiv.

I have spent over a week in Kyiv and I have had the chance to sit in many cafes around the city and here are my top 10 favorite indie cafes that I think you should try when you are here. Let's begin with my favorite cafes of all:

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1. Coffee and the City

Coffee and the City is frequented by many locals in the morning who come and get a shot of espresso before work.

Let's begin with one of my favorite cafes out of all that I often go first thing in the morning. Coffee and the City cafe has one of the best god damn Flat Whites I have ever tasted in Ukraine.

Lots of space and a few seats outside for you to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee at Coffee and the City in Kyiv.

It comes in this small glass but you know right away that it packs a punch when you see or smell it. You can choose either a regular or specialty beans (Honduras or Kenyan on that day I ordered). The cost of coffee was around 70 UAH.

They also serve breakfast like this one, granola and croissants together with a mean cup of coffee of your choice.

One of the reasons why I like to frequent this place in the morning is that the cafe is one of the few places that open at 8 AM near where I stayed and they have a great selection of breakfast you can choose from together with an unlimited supply of croissants and other pastries.

They also have a nice cozy air-conditioned indoor space with plenty of power sockets and outdoor space to sit in the sun and chill. The cafe is also not too far from Kyiv Central Train Station so if you are looking for a nice place to just wait for your train, this is the place to be.

The cafe is located on Saksahanskoho Street, 118 and you can contact them via 067 364 0980 or Coffee and the City Facebook page.

2. Vagabond Cafe and Vintage Corner

Vagabond Cafe and Vintage Corner is located right in the center of Kyiv Old Town, easily accessible to tourists and locals alike.

This next cafe is sure gonna please the hipster heart inside you. Vagabond Cafe and Vintage Corner is a rather small hipster cafe but it's actually full of charm and friendly staff.

Vagabond Cafe and Vintage Corner is decorated in a vintage-style decor with wooden bars, polaroid pictures hanging from the ceiling and lots of greenery, it almost felt more natural being inside than outside.

Vagabond Cafe and Vintage Corner maybe small but its packed with charmful decors and friendly staff unlike any other cafes out there.

They have a great selection of coffee as well, which is something you can come to expect from cafes in Kyiv and in the morning, they will also make homemade granola with fruits served with nothing but pure smile for you.

Vagabond Cafe and Vintage Corner serves delicious coffee and homemade granola in the morning.

If you are looking for a nice hipster cafe to read a book and enjoy a quiet morning cup of coffee, come check out Vagabond Cafe.

Vagabond Cafe and Vintage Corner is located right at the corner of Voloska Street and Hryhoriya Skovorody Street intersection in Kyiv Old Town.

The cafe is located right at the intersection between Voloska Street and Hryhoriya Skovorody Street. It's open from 9 AM - 11 PM and you can contact them via 063 574 9408 or from their Facebook Page here.

3. Каштан Coffee (Chestnut Coffee)

Каштан Coffee is located in a small hidden alleyway just off the main shopping street in Kyiv.

If the last one wasn't hipster enough, you are in for a treat with this one. Каштан Coffee is so hipster-friendly that it doesn't even have an English name unless you counted the Google-translated name I provided here 🤣.

The entrance to Каштан Coffee is located on Reitarska street. Look out for this sign when you are on Reitarska street.

Каштан Coffee is so hidden away from the main street that it took me over 15 minutes to actually find the entrance. After walking around several alleyways, I finally found this sign located on Reitarska street.

Каштан Coffee is one of the most vibrant hipster cafes in the area. Its wooden interior will give you a sense of being in someone else's grandparents home with brown furniture all around, a table full of chess pieces and an old-school vinyl music player and discs stacked messily on wooden shelves.

A lot of young locals like to hang out at Каштан Coffee in Kyiv.

The cafe is a popular hang out place for young people and it is often packed most of the time. Thankfully, the cafe is located in front of a small courtyard so you will be able to sit around the area while enjoying the coffee.

Their coffee costs around 26 - 52 UAH which is not expensive at all. The entrance to Каштан Coffee is located at the center of Kyiv Old Town on Reitarska Street near Riot Division Clothing Store and once you walk inside, the cafe should be on your left.

The cafe is open from 9 AM - 10 PM and you can contact them via their Facebook Page here.

4. Палітурка — кава та книжки (Paliturka - Coffee & Books)

Paliturka Cafe is one of the coziest places to have a cup of coffee and read your favorite book in Kyiv.

Here is another of my favorite hipster/vintage cafe that combines my 2 favorite things, books and coffee. Paliturka - Coffee & Books is a cozy cafe full of books, tucked away in the hidden alleyways of Kyiv most popular shopping street, the Khreschatyk street.

This is the best place to take a break from the craziness of the Khreschatyk shopping street and just retreat to its cozy indoor space and surround yourself with books and a cup of coffee.

The interior of Paliturka cafe is uniquely decorated with shelves of books and wooden furniture making it a great place to retreat from the busy shopping street.

Their coffee cost around 25 - 50 UAH which is pretty cheap and you can grab them with a small bite from a few of their bakery and pastry offerings.

If you are with someone, you can play chess or checkers together or if you are traveling solo, you can bring your favorite book and read here quietly away from the city streets of Kyiv.

Paliturka cafe is located in a hidden alleyway on the popular Kyiv shopping street, Khreschatyk Street. This is what the cafe looks like from the outside.

The cafe is located at Khreschatyk St, 46А, opens from 8 AM - 10 PM and you can contact them via 093 556 8696 or from their Facebook Page here.

5. Без Дверей Espresso Bar (Espresso Bar Without Doors)

Espresso Bar Without Doors is, as you guessed it, a cafe without doors, making it a great place to sit in the sun on a weekend.

If you are looking to explore a cafe culture somewhere that is not in Kyiv Old Town, Без Дверей Espresso Bar or Espresso Bar Without Doors is a great cafe if you prefer having your morning coffee and breakfast in an open-air environment.

Без Дверей Espresso Bar has a trendy decoration of black and white decor giving a nice modern feel to it.

With its trendy decoration of black and white decor, comfy sofa on both floors, together with its selection of coffee and pastries, Без Дверей Espresso Bar is a great place for you to grab a quick bite before you go and explore all the Kyiv tourist attractions.

Без Дверей Espresso Bar is a great place to get a coffee while on your way to explore Kyiv Old Town area as it is not too far from the area.

The cafe is located on the Sichovykh Striltsiv St, 10, not too far from St. Sophia's Cathedral, and since the cafe is open from 7 AM - 11 PM, Без Дверей Espresso Bar makes a great first stop for coffee in the morning before you start your day.

You can contact them either by their phone (067 105 7227) or message them via Facebook Page here.

6. World of Coffee

World of Coffee in Kyiv is a great cafe to stop by while you are exploring the cultural district of Podil, Kyiv as it is located nearby.

World of Coffee is another trendy specialty cafe in Kyiv with the industrial-inspired interior, a solid selection of specialty coffee and a delicious brownie and other pastries to go with it.

World of Coffee in Kyiv has a nice industrial yet modern interior design for those who enjoy relaxing in such an environment.

It has several outside seatings if you wish to sit under the shade of the trees in the summer or you can also sit inside where there is a plenty of cozy space, comfortable sofa, and air-conditioning.

World of Coffee serves delicious brownies and have plenty selection of coffee for you to choose from.

World of Coffee is also located on Ihorivska St, 12А in a hip and trendy area of Podil, a cultural center and one of the oldest districts in Kyiv which is surrounded by old architecture and tourist attractions like St. Andrew's Church, Andriivs'kyi descent and many more.

The cafe is open from 8 AM - 9 PM and you can contact them via 068 115 3639 or from their official website.

7. Milk Bar

Milk Bar is so popular among locals that it is almost always packed which is a good sign that it's good.

If you are looking for something more high end but yet still trendy and affordable, Milk Bar is one of the most popular places in Kyiv for people to hang out and have delicious pastries together.

It has a ton, and I really mean a TON of delicious pastries for you to pick from. You can also order proper food here together with a coffee and a dessert making it a great place to meet in the evening with friends.

It is considered to be quite expensive for Kyiv standard (60 - 200 UAH for pastries) and the prices are almost on the same level as what you would pay in Western Europe but you get what you paid for.

Their pastries are as high quality as it comes and I have nothing but praises for their services. It can get really packed sometimes so be patient and you will be rewarded with a damn delicious pastry you will ever taste in Kyiv.

Milk Bar is located on the Shota Rustaveli St, 16 and it is open from 8 AM to 11 PM. To reach them, you can either call them at 044 237 0907 or check out their official website here.

8. Cuba Coffee Brew

Cuba Coffee Brew is a great place to stop if you are around Kyiv Independence Square and you like themed cafes.

If you are looking for a cool themed cafe with colorful decors, Flamingo logo, and delicious coffee, you will have to visit Cuba Coffee Brew.

Cuba Coffee Brew is a nice little cafe located not too far from Kyiv Independence Square. With its unique take on a themed cafe, full of colorful props, furniture, and posters, it makes quite a photogenic place to have a coffee.

The colorful interior of Cuba Coffee Brew

They have excellent selection coffee, plenty of power outlets and seatings for you to relax in between exploring Kyiv's Independence Square or just do some work on your computer.

Cuba Coffee Brew is a great place to grab an iced latte and read your favorite book in Kyiv.

Cuba Coffee Brew is open from 8:30 AM - 10 PM. It is located right at the corner between Sofiivs'ka Street and Tarasa Shevchenka street. Its address is Tarasa Shevchenka Ln, 2 and you can contact them via 068 008 1655 or message them on their Instagram page.

9. ONE LOVE Coffee

ONE LOVE Coffee is a minimalistic, all-white decor, Scandinavian-style cafe with a great view of Kyiv.

If you are looking for a minimalistic cafe with a great view of Kyiv from above, I couldn't recommend ONE LOVE Coffee cafe more. It is located on the 6th floor of Pinchuk Art Centre where you will have to get through security and such but I can assure you, it is totally worth it.

ONE LOVE Coffee minimalist interior is what makes the cafe so unique from the rest of the cafes I recommended here.

The moment you enter ONE LOVE Coffee, you will be surprised at how glowing it is. ONE LOVE Coffee is decorated with minimalist furniture, almost to the point of being futuristic, all in white with metallic angular style and a little touch of wood here and there.

There is plenty of natural light at the ONE LOVE Coffee making it a great place to sit and enjoy a good book or just the view of Kyiv.

It's not just their perfect design sense that blew me away but outside the window, you will be able to see the old buildings surrounding the famous Khreschatyk shopping street.

They have several types of coffee, tea, and pastry for you to indulge yourself and you can have it over a bench overlooking the old buildings of Kyiv.

There are several ONE LOVE Coffee cafes so be sure to go to the right one which is on Bessarabs'ka Square street on the 6th floor of Pinchuk Art Centre. It is open from 8 AM - 9 PM and you can contact them via 044 585 0758 or via their official website.

10. Na Stanislavsʹkoho

The homely atmosphere of  Na Stanislavsʹkoho cafe not too far from the Kyiv main shopping street.

Last but not least, if you are looking for something more traditional, almost to the point where you feel like you are in someone else's grandmother's home, Na Stanislavsʹkoho is a great place to be.

Na Stanislavsʹkoho is decorated in an old European fashion with old furniture like wooden cupboards, comfy armchairs and old sewing tables, something you would expect your grandmother to have in her home.

They serve nice coffee, masala tea (recommended) and delicious cakes as well as wines if you are in the mood. The cafe is located on Stanislavs'koho St, 3, not too far from Kyiv's Independence Square. It opens from 9 AM - 11 PM and you can contact them via 096 202 4011 or through their Facebook Page.

Extra. Puzata Hata (Not a Cafe)

You can find Puzata Hata in almost every major city in Ukraine. It's a restaurant franchise that is popular among the locals.

This is a little extra for you if you are looking to eat rather than to chill in a cafe in Kyiv. Puzata Hata is a famous local restaurant chain that serves incredible local food in a self-service manner.

Puzata Hata is a self-service style restaurant where you will get what you want to eat without having to translate the menu. You simply point and they will give you the food and you pay for it at the end.

You can select multiple dishes at once and then pay and the counter before you proceed to your table. It is incredibly cheap for what you get, and the local food is really really good.

All these dishes for only 120 UAH. You can only get that at Puzata Hata in Ukraine.

Going into Puzata Hata and eat is one of my favorite things to do in Ukraine just because I know that I will have a great selection of local food, with salads, main course, a drink, and a dessert all at a price of around 120 UAH. That's a pretty good deal if you asked me

Another delicious dish from Puzata Hata. You can see I went there a lot when I was in Ukraine. 🤣

I can't recommend Puzata Hata enough. If you are in Ukraine, you must at least try Puzata Hata once! Thankfully, it's quite popular among the locals so you will find them in popular districts in big cities like Kyiv, Lviv, and Kharkiv.

And there you have it, the top 10 best indie cafes for you to try when you are traveling in Kyiv. I believe that exploring the coffee culture of a place like Kyiv is a great way to see what the younger population of the city are up to and a chance to fan out away from the tourist attractions and explore more of the youth culture you often don't get to see when traveling.

I hope you like this 10 best indie cafes in Kyiv list. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to let me know in the comments below.

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