Summer in the City: Kiev’s Amazing Terraces

As the temperature in Kiev rises and three warm days follow one after another, local restaurants and bars are happy to be able to open their summer terraces in every part of the city: in parks and courtyards, on rooftops and in the streets! They’re perfect places to enjoy a cup of coffee in the sunshine, dine with friends in the fresh air, try out a chilled champagne cocktail or just relax and enjoy some people-watching…

Below is our overview of the most glamorous destinations in the capital, with lavish interiors, excellent service and outstanding cuisine to try out this summer!

Bon appétit!

Bar on 8

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith its vantage point on the 8th floor of the luxury 5-star hotel, Hyatt Regency Kiev, overlooking Saint Sophia Cathedral, Bar on 8 offers vistas of old Kiev city, a vibrant but relaxed atmosphere, slick professional service and custom-curated lounge music… Sit back and sip on an ice-cold exotic cocktail or cradle a rare single malt here on a hot summer day!
The name of the bar befits its location up on the 8th floor, conveniently located close to Sofiyska Square. Choose a light snack, a salad or a sandwich, or a sizzling steak from the grill. Desserts here are scrumptious, and there’s a good selection of draft and bottled beers, premium whiskeys and cognacs, a hookah menu, and wines and champagnes by the glass… What’s more, throughout the summer, a barbeque and tandoori will be set up on the terrace, serving mouthwatering prime meat, chicken and seafood dishes grilled over charcoal.

From 8 till 17 June Bar on 8 is organizing a Taste of India event, when guests will be offered a special Indian menu, carefully created by guest chef from Hyatt Regency Delhi Anil Khurana.


[dropcap]A[/dropcap]t a height of 52 meters, on the 15th floor of CITYHOTEL in the historic part of Kiev, the Matisse restaurant terrace will stun you with its spectacular views of Kiev center, efficient English-speaking staff, and a good choice of Italian, French and Ukrainian dishes.

You can follow the progress of your meal through the glass kitchen window, where real experts create their culinary masterpieces! Try the Toscana fish soup or Texas steak, or their famous baked escalope with foie gras and white mushrooms… The picture is complete with a decent collection of vintage champagnes, divine wines and other alcoholic beverages available in their wine bar.

Elena Mishenko, who studied Community Chef art at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, will make your dining experience special and cater to your every culinary whim. She’s an irreplaceable link between the restaurant and the kitchen, providing seamless communication between the chef and guests..

Don’t be surprised to see Ukrainian celebrities and politicians here. This venue attracts people in the know, who expect quality food and the best of service. Matisse meets all your expectations, and more!

  • 56A, Bohdana Khmelnitskogo (15th floor of CITYHOTEL)
  • Hours of operation: daily from 07:00 am. till 12 p.m. Every Thursday live music.
  • +38 044 3935929; +38 067 2338833
  • MatisseRestoran

Mr. Zuma

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]r. Zuma is a modern Japanese cuisine restaurant, located in the city center and has one of the best summer terraces in the area. Top-notch service and wide selection of Japanese dishes make Mr. Zuma a great choice for your lunch on the sunny terrace or dinner with great view over the city.

The restaurant chef, Daisuke Yoshizaki, originally from Japan, has created a sophisticated menu with an authentic Japanese character to get you acquainted with all the accents of his native cuisine. He personally makes sure that dishes are cooked from the freshest and most original ingredients! Why not treat yourself to a platter of oysters for a taste of the sea?

The bar menu has been specially selected by Chef barman Andrey Kuzhavsky, holder of the prestigious Bar Spirit Cup. The main idea here is that all the cocktails on the menu perfectly complement the Japanese dishes and even enhance their oriental flavors. Every month during the summer you’re invited to Mr. Zuma’s lively but classy parties, for tastings of innovative new dishes and an impressive barman show.

Refreshing signature cocktails, light Japanese cuisine and live lounge music evenings make you feel on Mr. Zuma terrace as if you’re at a summer resort!

  • 1A, Sportyvna Square (5th floor of “Gulliver” Shopping Mall)
  • Hours of operation: 12:00 a.m. till 02:00 a.m.
  • +38 067 4007552
  • mr.zuma.kiev

Avalon Summer Terrace

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you’re looking to spend one of the most memorable nights in Kiev during the warm months, head over to Avalon. In the very heart of the city, with a panoramic view of Opera and St. Vladimir’s cathedral, Avalon knows all about entertainment!

It’s a unique combination of lounge bar, superb rooftop summer terrace, the karaoke restaurant Pavlin, a disco bar, Alchemist, and even a fitness space, FIZIKA, with its own beauty salon,The Brush… Whatever you need to wind down after a hot summer day, you can find it here!

But the ultimate appeal of the complex, hidden away on the rooftop, is Avalon’s summer terrace. A breathtaking view, live music and Djs every evening … This summer the terrace has been revamped and joins Avalon’s partner, Martini, in a redesigned two-storey configuration, with an open air kitchen added! Share some carefully-prepared sushi or select a signature cocktail. The Frutti Di Mare salad, juicy steaks grilled on the open fire and traditional Kiev cake all come highly recommended by Avalon regulars. … Make your evening special at Avalon!

  • 3, Leontovych Str. (close to Opera House)
  • Hours of operation: 12:00 a.m. till the last customer.
  • +38 050 4126482

Vabene Bistro

[dropcap]J[/dropcap]ust in front of the National Opera House of Kiev, in the beautiful Leonardo Business center, you’ll find the summer terrace of Italian restaurant VaBene Bistro. Sitting in the shade, surrounded by exotic plants, you can find your oasis in the city center!

To ensure the best quality dishes, ingredients are delivered directly from Italy and the cooking process takes place under the watchful eye of the Italian chef de cuisine. In 2016 he was awarded the title “Best Chef-de Cuisine” by Gourmet club TUCC (The Ukrainian Connoisseur Club). You’ll adore their octopus salad, ossobuco Milanese with saffron risotto, penne Bolognese, Italian Dai Dai ice-cream and the fantastic selection of Italian wines…

A relaxing atmosphere, good quality food, Italian lounge music and friendly staff will make this place your favorite after just one first visit. You’ll be back here again and again…

  • 19-21, B.Khmelnitskogo Str.
  • Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m. till the last customer.
  • +38 044 3777565; +38 067 4806161
  • VaBenebistro

F-cafe Marokana

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he terrace of this popular and colorful fashion café offers a great city view over Lesia Ukrainka boulevard, and serves up high class fusion cuisine with Moroccan, Oriental and European dishes, cocktails and a hookah bar menu, and breakfast all day long!

Don’t miss the opportunity to taste the Moroccan mutton plov, signature rolls with nifty names such as Diamond, Ginza or Double Wish, and of course, Moroccan Dzhambolaya – a traditional dish cooked with various stuffings in a tagine and served in decorated Moroccan dishes.

The restaurant’s high-level service and food have been recognized not only by guests, but also by professional juries. F-cafe Marokana has been listed in ratings such as “Top 100 restaurants in Ukraine in 2008”, “Top 100 restaurants in Ukraine in 2016”, Mainpeople Recommends, and was awarded a BVLGARI rating for “The Best restaurant in Kiev in 2014”, judged by Forbes magazine and others.

On working days you can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere here, with lounge music playing in the background. Then starting from Wednesday, F-cafe Marokana becomes a popular pre-party place with a Dj and a popular Ladies’ Night every Friday. Let your after-dark adventures start in the right place at F-cafe Marokana!

Touch cafe Summer Terrace

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Touch Cafe Summer Terrace, mingling the ethnic influences of Thailand, India, Japan, Malaysia and Northern Africa and inviting you to cool down on a hot summer evening!

Here you can experience the culinary delights of Panasia and Europe, enjoy a wide choice of signature cocktails, or smoke a hookah with a view of the historic neighborhood of Kiev in Shota Rustaveli street. Just try their spring rolls, dim-sans, various types of noodles and tom yam soup … And if you still have room for dessert, treat yourself to their creme brulee with coconut milk, served in a coconut – what heaven for a sweet tooth!

As people say, all in good time! Touch Cafe Summer Terrace is a perfect destination for a relaxing dinner with friends on working days as well as top pre-party place in Kiev at the weekend!

  • 16, Shota Rustavelli
  • Hours of operation: 12:00 a.m. till 4 a.m. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday pre-parties with DJ, thematic evenings.
  • +38 044 2064920; +38 067 2174004
  • Touch-cafe-211522995533629

Terrace of Kureni restaurant

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]re you longing to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy nature? Welcome to out-of-town restaurant Kureni, an escape into calm in the city center! Since the opening of this legendary restaurant it’s been loved by locals, and now the grandchildren of its first regular customers come here as a family tradition!

Hidden in picturesque Parkova road and conveniently surrounded by a park, Kureni offers guests its own recreational complex under the open sky with attractions such as trampoline jumping, a children’s playground, open air mangal, a tandoor and picturesque views of the Dnieper river and the left bank of Kiev…

Come here hungry! You’ll find an impressive selection of Ukrainian, European and Georgian dishes, hookahs in the open air and much more… Their English-speaking staff will help you relax. No wonder this restaurant frequently wins top ratings on TripAdvisor for the high quality of its food and the friendly atmosphere. Your children will be kept content with the special kids’ menu, regular masterclasses and the kids’ club BAMBINO every weekend!

The perfect place for a romantic dinner or relaxing weekend lunch with your family!

  • 4, Parkova Road.
  • Hours of operation: 12:00 a.m. till the last customer.
  • +38 044 2531724; +38 067 3716454
  • KureniUA