Kiev Shopping Tour, Kiev

Kiev is a big city and consequently, the shopping area is a huge one. It is completely on par with other European capitals in the area of malls, shops and markets. Kiev is not only rich in international brands, but it is also a very enticing spot for tourists as it offers numerous works of art, folk accessories and clothes.
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Kiev Shopping Tour Map

Guide Name: Kiev Shopping Tour
Guide Location: Ukraine » Kiev (See other walking tours in Kiev)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: Cathy
Kreschyatik Street

1) Kreschyatik Street (must see)

Khreshchatyk is the main street of Kiev and a definite must see for any guest of the city wanting to feel the rhythm of the Ukrainian capital. The street extends for about one kilometre and, together with its famous Independence Square, forms a local equivalent to Parisian Champs Elysée. Khreshchatyk houses many official buildings, including the City Executive Board, the National Television Committee and the Ukraine House exposition hall, and is also home to a number of swish restaurants and chic cafés.

As it's seen today, Khreshchatyk emerged fully in 1943. Originally, it was just a minor road that ran along the river Dnieper. In the 18th century the river valley gradually grew overcrowded and the people started to build houses along the road. In the 19th century Khreshchatyk began to take its current shape with more political and commercial establishments setting in. During World War II it suffered great damage which did not, however, diminish its role as a commercial and social hub. Khreshchatyk was quickly rebuilt and returned to the usual swing of things after the war.

On weekends and holidays, when Khreshchatyk is closed off for motor transport, it is the best to explore and mingle with the crowd.
Maidan Souvenir Shopping

2) Maidan Souvenir Shopping

Maidan is not only a historic site, but also an ideal spot for shopping. There is a little outdoor market where numerous Ukrainian, Russian and Soviet souvenirs can be found. The goods from the street are usually far cheaper than those in boutiques and shops. The Independence Square hosts tables with Ukrainian symbols on magnets, shirts, flags, wooden eggs and other gifts.
Bessarabsky Indoor Market

3) Bessarabsky Indoor Market (must see)

The Bessarabsky (Bessarabian) Market lends its name to the square it lies upon, at the south-western end of Khreshchatyk in Kiev. The indoor market provides commercial space for local farmers and agricultural producers. It was built between 1910 and 1912 by architects Gai and Bobrusov, with the exterior designed by students of the famous architect, F. Balavensky. At the time of its inauguration, the market featured 31 shops and 165 stalls. Today, it contains 387 stalls and 59 outlets fitted with refrigerators for perishable goods.

Other than selling fresh produce - fruits, vegetables, meat and fish, - the market also provides space for service providers. It has a barbershop, a sewing workshop, shoe repairs, a wedding store and foreign exchange.

The name “Bessarabsky” derives from the large Bessarabian community (nowadays known as Moldovans) who used to come here often, long before the market was built, and sold their crops. Today, the market is a convenient place to buy food much as it is to meet local folk, representative of all strata of the Ukrainian society.

Operation hour: Monday - Sunday: 9 am - 8 pm

4) ARTEast

ARTEast Art Gallery is considered by many people to be superior to other art galleries in Ukraine. It is located in the building where a famed ballet studio once resided. In this gallery, works of the most famous Ukrainian artists are exposed. Since 1992, ARTEast specializes in selling and advertising Ukrainian art. Many of the exhibits are attributed to prize winners of numerous art competitions.
Andreevsky Descent

5) Andreevsky Descent (must see)

Andriyivsky (Andrew's) Descent, also known as “Andreevsky Spusk”, is a 700 metre paved run linking the old part of Kiev (the two hills, known as the Royal Residence) with the lower, more modern part of the city. The bohemian style street abounds in historic attractions and, on the warmer days, is dense with numerous stalls set by local craftsmen, artists and sculptors exhibiting and selling their works right there on the side of the street.

The descent in its present form originated in 1711, when the two hills at its upper end were levelled in order to ease carriage traffic. The street is flanked by 18th-19th century buildings, of which most notable is No.13, the home of Mikhail Bulgakov, famous Russian author, who lived here from 1906 to 1913 and then in 1918-1919. Sitting atop the hill is St. Andrew’s Church, which lends its name to the street. Further down is The Castle of Richard the Lionheart, built in 1902–1904. Another key landmark is the One Street Museum. It holds circa 6,500 exhibits on the history and evolution of Andriyivsky Descent. There are also a number of statues installed recently along the street which, in turn, add more charm to the area.

Walking Tours in Kiev, Ukraine

Create Your Own Walk in Kiev

Create Your Own Walk in Kiev

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kiev is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kiev South Pechora Tour

Kiev South Pechora Tour

The Pechorsky district is one of the most interesting and picturesque sites in Kiev. Its southern section has several important monuments, sites and monasteries. The Botanical Garden occupies a big chunk of the Pechorsky district and includes some other hot spots listed in the current guide.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra Tour

Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra Tour

Some sources say that Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra (Sichnevogo Povstannya Street, 25) was initiated in 1051, when Reverend Anthony arrived there. He, together with some of his followers, built an entire complex composed of caves and monasteries. When the monks moved to a monastery which is on Lavra's territory, the caves were utilized as burial sites. Nowadays it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Kiev Museum Walking Tour

Kiev Museum Walking Tour

Being the capital of Ukraine, Kiev is the city where all the Ukrainian culture and history is concentrated in museums. There are about 60 museums. Some of them are internationally renowned due to their exceptional collections of unique objects, history and their special atmosphere. They reflect Ukrainian mood and evolution in all its beauty and particularities.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Religious Tour of Kiev

Religious Tour of Kiev

Kiev is a city with many beautiful and unique churches and monasteries. Most of them are Orthodox and are noteworthy as grand architectural monuments -- this being one of the differences between the Orthodoxy and other religions. The interiors of the Kiev churches are just as well of a rare beauty and richness.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.6 km
Kiev Architecture Tour

Kiev Architecture Tour

Kiev is a city with such a wide diversity of architectural styles from various periods of time. The best European, Russian and Ukrainian architects and artists worked on the buildings of the capital of Ukraine. Some of the elements are absolutely unique and can be seen exclusively in Kiev. Some of the most famed architects who contributed to the city's beauty and originality are Vikentiy Beretti, Emilio Sala and other talented masters. The architecture tour is organized in the Lipki district.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Kiev Children Entertainment Tour

Kiev Children Entertainment Tour

Kiev is an interesting city for everybody, but children have a special place here. Kiev has a series of attractions designed particularly for kids and teenagers. Museums have an exclusive place in the Children's Entertainment Guide because they not only amuse and distract the young generation, but give them lessons in history and evolution.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km

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Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Kiev, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

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