10 best things to do in Kyiv on a budget

While life and leisure in Kyiv are certainly more expensive than in other Ukrainian cities, finding budget-friendly and free entertainment is still possible for those who seek. Here are 10 things to do in Kyiv that cost less than 10 euros.  Here is a link to a website to find all the information https://destinations.com.ua/travel/places/565-best-10-things-to-do-in-kyiv-on-a-low-budget 

Luckily, one of the inexpensive things to do in Kyiv is exploring the local dining scene. The latest trend of 1-euro bistros was successfully launched by the famous Ukrainian restaurateur Dima Borisov. The fast-service spot Bilyi Nalyv opened in spring 2018 caused an uproar among the dwellers. Bilyi Nalyv is located on Khreshchatyk Street right in front of TSUM department store. The spot has a single price for all dishes, The menu is quite simple: food is represented by hot dogs, oysters, apple pie and among drinks you will find cider, punch, and traditional Ukrainian homemade liquor nastoynkas. Everything here costs UAH 39 or 1 euro.

Another cheap and chic location is Flower Mafia Bar located on Volodymyrska Street. Here the menu includes hot dogs, various types of coffee, three types of cider (apple, grapefruit and cider of the day that is daily featured on the bar’s Facebook page), wines from the Carpathians and hot picks of 2018, Aperol and Prosecco. The summer terrace offers beach chairs to chill in outside with the drink of choice. All items on the menu cost UAH 28 or 1 euro.

Seafood fans might be interested in the Naprosecco bar that opened on Podil right near Kyiv Mohyla Academy. The spot also has a quite short menu with only 12 positions, which include oysters, shrimps, mussels, as well as classic and shrimp burgers. The drinks, as the name suggests, are represented by Prosecco, as well as water, Coca-Cola or wine. Both food and drinks vary in price: it starts at UAH 33 (1 euro).

At the beginning of 2018, Kyiv tourist agency founder Yulia Bevzenko launched ‘Shukai!’ (“Seek!”) project. This collaboration with local artists resulted in a series of small monuments that reflect symbolic moments in the history of Kyiv. The statues are scattered around Kyiv and can be found by those with keen eyes.

We’ve made a guide about 10 of existing miniature monuments. By the end of 2018, two more will join the rest to illustrate more aspects of the city’s life. While some of them might be well-known like Chicken Kyiv, others like the statue of the Elephant, Tram and Gramophone tell stories that were dug up from the city archives and historical books.

Going to Khreshchtyk is one of the not so obvious answers to the often-asked question: What to do in Kyiv for free? Located in the heart of Kyiv, Pinchuk Art Centre gathers millions of visitors each year. The reason behind the popularity is not only a convenient location and intriguing exhibitions but also a free entrance. The art center occupies 6 floors and 4 of them belong exclusively to exhibition halls and a video-lounge room.

SkyArtCafe on the upper floor with the view on Khreshchatyk is another reason to visit the place. Pinchuk Art Centre hosts regular exhibitions of renowned international artists like Damien Hirst and contemporary Ukrainian artists-nominees of international awards. Some of them cause a lot of fuss as they touch taboo themes or present works made with unique materials unseen by the public before. The admission is free for any exhibition.