Lviv is the capital of Ukrainian food tourism. Due to the variety of nationalities, which brought to this city a part of the unique cuisine, Lviv is famous for the Ukrainian, Polish, Austrian, and Jewish dishes and drinks.
There are so many different cafes, restaurants, and snack bars that it is impossible to visit all of them even if you live in Lviv for years. That is why we created Ukrainian Lessons Food Guide to Lviv for you not to miss the important parts of the city culture.
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Where: вулиця Шевська, 8 (Shevska street, 8)
It is a nice place for breakfast. The restaurant works from 8 a.m., and it is located in the very center of the city. The food is great, and the service will also surprise you. Bachevski is the family which owned the first big gorilka (Ukrainian alcohol beverage) factory in the world. This place continues family traditions and offers about 50 types of liqueurs after 2 p.m.
Where: площа Ринок, 45 (Rynok square, 45)
You can have a breakfast or lunch in a cozy place with the view to Rynok square here. Designed with antique chairs, settees, and lamps, it creates an atmosphere of those good old times without the internet and cell phones. When you seat here you feel like you’ve just closed your newspaper and called the cabman to go home.
Where: вулиця Староєврейська, 48 (Staroyevreiska street, 48)
This place really shows the whole variety of dishes in Lviv. It has about five floors, and each of them has its own menu, design, and a mystical story. After having a nice meal, just walk around the restaurant and watch all the fancy stories and artifacts. Don’t forget to climb to the top the building – you’ll see an amazing view of the city and a small sculpture of chimney-sweep on the flue.
Where: вулиця Староєврейська, 40 (Staroyevreiska street, 40)
If you want to try Belgian waffles made in Ukrainian way with different sweet or salty fillings, try Sowa café! It is a cozy place with cotton clouds on the ceiling and flowers on tables. Children are stoked with this place, too. You can leave them playing in the special area and just rest for some time.
Where: площа Ринок, 14 (Rynok square, 14)
It is a secret place, which will pleasantly surprise you. Just walk upstairs near Kryivka, open the doors and see what will happen. But don’t tell anyone else!
If you like to eat fast and cheap, but want to try traditional Ukrainian meal, you should probably visit this place! It is a Ukrainian fast food with healthy and fancy dishes. Sounds too good to be true? Just try the famous deruny, syrnyky, borshch or chicken-Kiev with buckwheat to find out how nice a casual place can be.
To have a coffee
Where: площа Катедральна, 6 (Katedralna square, 6)
This place is hidden between Каплиця Боїмів and Латинська катедра. This is more than café because all coffee is roasted here and kept from the plantations by the members of the company. Actually, Світ кави has recently become the fabricator of coffee, not only the café. And there are really a lot of coffee varieties and methods of coffee making. There are also great strudels and sweet cheesecakes, which would taste amazing with the cup of exclusive coffee.
Where: площа Ринок, 10 (Rynok square, 10)
This is the most famous and touristic coffee place all over Lviv. There are always a lot of people, and sometimes even guides with their tours come to Львівська копальня кави to show them big cellars, where coffee is made. The service is good, and some coffee is nice, too. If you decide to go there, try запаяна кава. You will be surprised!
Where: вулиця Краківська, 15 (Krakivska street, 15)
You will hardly find this place on a map, despite the location is in the very center of the city. Tourists are rare guests there because this coffee house is not so fashionable. It kept its spirit from the Soviet past, and the time is frozen here. Daisy homemade cakes and coffee from jezve, which is made particularly for you, are a “winning event”. Also, you can see old Lviv citizens, who talk not even Ukrainian, but their own language.
Where: вулиця Руська, 14 (Ruska street, 14)
The building of this coffee house is a part of UNESCO heritage, and after archeological research, the scientists found a pot with golden coins. That is why we call this cafe Золотий дукат – Golden Ducat. This is the place with the history behind it because every coffee house is built in a legendary building. Try a tasty coffee and enjoy the stories!
Where: проспект Свободи, 12 (Svobody avenue, 12)
It is an old and extremely intelligent coffee house, where old aristocrats meet and discuss the important world problems. Sometimes it is possible to see how journalists have an interview with a scientist or writer. However, Віденська кав’ярня is a cozy place, and it is not expensive. The prices are average here, but the atmosphere is lofty. You should try coffee with egg-yolk here – it has an unusual, sweet, and flavorful taste.
Where: вулиця Руська, 4 (Ruska street, 4)
This place has the spirit of old good Austria. The time doesn’t have power in this really, really old house. Під синьою фляжкою is one of the first coffee houses in the whole Europe. Юрій Кульчицький founded it in 1686. You can look to the age long walls drinking a cup of coffee by candlelight. The receipts of preparing drinks are traditional. They were discovered in the far 17th century.
To have a drink
Where: вулиця Староєврейська, 15 (Staroyevreiska street, 15)
A big choice of good wine and cheap prices make this wine bar one of the most popular in the center of the city. Try a bin you like and drink it with a plate of delicate cheese.
Where: площа Ринок, 32 (Rynok square, 32)
If you are a fan of beer, you should probably visit this “beer theatre”. There are a couple of beer brands on tap, and a lot of them are bottled. All beer is done by this company, and you can watch the producing process on the first floor of the building. Don’t be afraid of experiments! Order the chips made of pigskin and other nice snacks.
Where: площа Ринок, 11 (Rynok square, 11)
This is not a cherry juice; this is a liqueur! П’яна вишня is quite small, and there are no seats. However, you should try one or two glasses of their liqueur. Its best part is on the bottom – three cherries, which have a special taste.
Where: вулиця Друкарська, 3 (Drukarska street, 3)
As you see, liqueurs are popular in Lviv, and it is one more place for you to try them. You can even order a set of liqueurs to take a shot of each one. There is also a tasty plum wine and a big choice of craft beer. The food is various so that every person would find something special. The history of the place is also an essential part of this restaurant. There was the last post office of the previous era without the internet connection and cell phones. The biggest collection of Lviv postcards exhibits right here.
Here are some places in Lviv city center, which work all night long. If you need to spend a couple of hours at night out of doors, choose one of these places:
Криївка (площа Ринок, 14) – a famous nationalistic bar
Кумпель (вулиця Винниченка, 6) – a pub, where you can have a meal and drink some beer
Da Vinci (проспект Свободи, 22) – an Italian restaurant
Communa (вулиця Галицька, 1) – anti-café
Японахата (вулиця Староєврейська, 4; проспект Свободи, 29; площа Ринок, 27) – sushi-bar