Ukraine

Filin Lounge: The Hip Lviv Spot For Chilling With Friends

Lviv is considered the youngest city in Ukraine. This is mostly due to the fact that one in every fifth person who lives here is a student. In fact, I live in between three different universities! This means that there are tons of cool places that appeal to the younger crowd. While the fantastic themed restaurants in Lviv are great for a meal, sometimes you just want to grab a coffee, smoke some hookah, or…

Lviv Restaurant Review: Epic Cheeseburger Café

Cody and I have always had crushed hopes when getting cheeseburgers in Europe. Not that every place does a bad job, but I do think the majority don’t do it as good as Americans. In fact, the best cheeseburger I’ve ever had was at Great Leap Brewery in Beijing, China, a gastropub started by two American expats. However when Epic Cheeseburger Café opened in Lviv we decided to give them a chance, and…

A Restaurant With No Menu? A Look Into Pretty High Kitchen Lviv

By now you probably know all about theme restaurants in Lviv as well as all the special places to go. Well, here is a new one for you: Pretty High Kitchen. This place just opened in Lviv a couple months ago and Cody and I were finally able to go. This is another restaurant within the iFest group so you know the place is going to be well appointed. What is extremely unique about this…

Zolochiv Castle

Zolochiv Castle was built in the 17th century following all models and novelties of Europe at that time. This is a bastion-type castle, but you will not see tall stone walls with a moat around it. The fact is that in the 17th century artillery could break through any walls, so the role of the walls was played by earth shafts, fortified with stones, and convex five-sided bastions made it possible to fire…

Pidhirtsi Castle

Pidhirtsi Castle is one of my favorite castles in Ukraine. Unfortunately, this castle has not been restored and in a pretty bad shape. The Lviv Museum is trying to find money for the restoration of this palace (it requires 20 – 25 million euros), but unfortunately, so far there has been no success in collecting this amount. Although the Lviv Museum has antique objects and furniture that can fill the castle, currently all the rooms…

Olesko Castle

Olesko castle was built sometime during the 13th – 14th centuries. The history of this castle is filled with many events. At one time sieges continued under the walls of the castle and at another, the castle suffered from fires and earthquake. This castle was fought for by the Polish Kingdom and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Although every time something bad happened to this place, the castle was rebuilt again and again. Click Here…

Castles Of Lviv – Take A Day Trip!

If you have read my article, “A Condensed History of Lviv“, then you know that this city is full of historical sights, starting from Ratusha (an old government building) to Potocki Palace (a palace that is located in the center of Lviv). But not just the Lviv city center is full of places to visit; Nearby there are villages that have some of the best preserved and interesting historical sites in Ukraine – castles…

Dutch Cheese in Lviv – One Of My Favorite Specialty Shops In Lviv

I’m always excited when new things open up in Lviv. In fact, when something new opens up I usually make a plan to try it as soon as possible. This shop selling Dutch cheese in Lviv for example has been around for a while now, and is one of my favorite places to get great cheeses. Ukraine is not particularly world renowned for their cheese. While home / farmer’s cheese is commonplace, we do…

Take The Train From Kyiv To Lviv

If you have followed the blog at all, you should know by now that I live in Lviv (hence the high number of articles) but every once in a while I have to go to Kyiv (also written as Kiev). Whether it’s to meet friends, or because I’m accompanying Cody, I almost always go back and forth by train. In fact, the train is the easiest way to get from Kyiv to Lviv…

Themed Restaurants In Lviv

Themed Restaurants and Lviv…name a more iconic duo. It is actually quite strange how many restaurants here in Lviv are themed, which I’m sure can be off-putting to some tourists. The truth is that Ukrainians love a good theme, and while it may be a bit tacky, it is usually all in good fun. The theme rarely influences the food, just the building and atmosphere. Plus, as a fairly food centric culture…