Where to eat in Lviv? This city is the capital of Ukrainian food tourism. Because of the variety of nationalities, who have all brought in a part of their unique cuisine, Lviv is famous for 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 the Ukrainian Lessons Food Guide to Lviv, for you not to miss the important parts of the city’s culture!
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Where: вулиця Шевська, 8 (Shevska street, 8)
This is a nice place for breakfast. The restaurant is open from 8 a.m., and is located in the very center of the city. The food is great, and the service will also surprise you. Baczewski family 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 breakfast or lunch in a cozy place with a view of Rynok square here. Designed with antique chairs, sofas and lamps, it creates an atmosphere of those good old times without the internet and cell phones. When you sit here you feel like you’ve just closed your newspaper and called the cab to go home.
Where: вулиця Староєврейська, 40 (Staroyevreiska street, 40)
If you want to try Belgian waffles made the Ukrainian way, with different sweet or savory fillings, try Sowa café! It’s a cozy place with cotton clouds on the ceiling and flowers on the tables. Children are excited about 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)
This is a secret place which will pleasantly surprise you. Just walk upstairs near Kryivka, open the doors and see what happens. But don’t tell anyone else!
If you like to eat fast and cheap, but want to try traditional Ukrainian food, you should definitely visit this place! It is a Ukrainian fast food chain with healthy and fancy dishes. Sounds too good to be true? Just try the famous deruny, syrnyky, borshcht or chicken Kyiv with buckwheat to find out just how nice a casual place can be.
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To have a coffee
This place (on Катедральна street) is hidden between Каплиця Боїмів and Латинська катедра. This is more than a café because all the coffee is roasted here and taken from the plantations by the members of the company. Actually, Світ кави has recently become a producer of coffee, not only a café. And there are really a lot of coffee varieties and methods of making coffee. There are also great strudels and sweet cheesecakes, which all taste amazing with a cup of exclusive coffee.
Where: площа Ринок, 10 (Rynok square, 10)
This is the most famous and touristic coffee place in Lviv. There are always many people, and sometimes even guides with their tours come to Львівська копальня кави to show the tourists the big cellars where coffee is made. The service is good, and the coffee is nice, too. If you decide to go there, try запаяна кава. You will be surprised!
Where: вулиця Івана Федорова, 20 (Ivana Fedorova street, 20)
The building belonging to this coffee house is a part of UNESCO world heritage. After archeological research, scientists found a pot full of gold coins there! That is why this cafe is called Золотий дукат – Golden Ducat. This is a place with history: every coffee house is opened in a historic building. Try a tasty coffee and enjoy the stories!
Where: проспект Свободи, 12 (Svobody avenue, 12)
It is an old and extremely intellectual coffee house, where old aristocrats meet and discuss important world problems. Sometimes it is possible to see journalists interviewing a scientist or a writer. Still, 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. Time is powerless in this ancient house. Під синьою фляжкою is one of the first coffee houses in all of Europe. Юрій Кульчицький founded it in 1686. You can look at the age-long walls while enjoying a cup of coffee in candlelight. The drink recipes are traditional. They were discovered in the early 17th century!
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To have a drink
Where: вулиця Староєврейська, 15 (Staroyevreiska street, 15)
A large selection of good wines and cheap prices make this wine bar one of the most popular in the center of the city. Try a barrel 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 bottled ones. All beer is made by this company, and you can watch the production process on the first floor of the building. Don’t be afraid of experiments!
This is not a cherry juice; it is a liqueur! П’яна вишня has grown into a franchise in the past years. 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 here 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 large selection of craft beer. There is a variety of food, meaning there is something special for everyone! The history of the place is also an essential part of this restaurant. It was the last post office of the previous era without internet connection and cell phones. The biggest collection of Lviv postcards is exhibited right here.
We hope you follow some of our advice and visit these amazing Lviv places! Tag us on Instagram @ukrainianlessons when you do 😉
Гарної подорожі! Have a great trip to Lviv!
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