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Join us as we visit Kyiv (Київ) for the first time covering numerous attractions and things to do in the city of Kiev, Ukraine in this travel guide. Kiev city is a destination we didn’t know much about prior to traveling to Ukraine. Arriving with fresh eyes it didn’t take us long to fall in love with Kyiv. With incredible cathedrals, churches and monasteries to explore our days were busy and in terms of food we really enjoyed eating at traditional Ukrainian restaurants and sampling International food such as Georgian cuisine. Overall, we feel Kiev is one of the most underrated cities we’ve ever visited.
Kyiv (Київ) – 20 Things to do in Kiev City Tour | Ukraine Travel Guide:
Intro – 00:01
1) Golden Gates of Kiev (Золоті ворота) – 01:06
2) Saint Sophia Cathedral (Собор святої Софії) – oldest church in Kiev – 02:22
3) St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery (Михайлівський золотоверхий монастир) – 02:59
4) Saint Andrew’s Church (Андріївська церква) 5-domed Baroque church – 03:39
5) Andrew’s Descent (Андріївський узвіз) Shopping Street in Kiev, Ukraine – 05:14
6) Kiev Funicular (Київський фунікулер) neighbourhood of Podil via Volodymyrska Hill – 06:10
7) Kiev River Port (Київський річковий порт) for dining, recreation, river cruises & more – 06:55
8) Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Майдан Незалежності) Independence Central Square in Kiev – 07:17
9) Taras Shevchenko Park (Парк ім. Тараса Шевченка) for recreation and exercise – 07:36
10) Traditional Ukrainian Food at O’Panas – 08:26
11) Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Києво-Печерська лавра) – Dormition Church – 09:22
12) Kiev Pechersk – Lavra Refectory Church – 11:32
13) Kiev Pechersk Lavra – Monastery of the Caves Complex – 11:39
14) Ukrainian National Chornobyl Museum (Український національний музей “Чорнобиль”) dedicated to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster – 12:04
15) One Street Museum (Музей Одной Улицы) for antique and costumes – 12:28
16) The Motherland Monument (Батьківщина-Мати – Родина-мать) steel statue – 12:43
17) St Volodymyr’s Cathedral (Патріарший кафедральний собор св) designed in he Old Byzantine style – 13:19
18) Eating Ukrainian Food at Katyusha restaurant in Kiev – 13:36
19) Chicken Kiev and other Ukrainian Cuisine at Pervak restaurant in Kyiv – 13:51
20) International Cuisine in Kiev (Georgian Food at Mama Manana) – 14:10
Transportation: Kiev Metro – Kyiv Metro (Ки́ївський метрополіте́н) – 14:23
Outro – 15:09
Kiev Ukraine – Scams To Avoid
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Common Scams in Kiev (and How to Avoid Them)
The Kiev Taxi Fare Scam
This scam isn’t necessarily unique to Ukraine but rather, a consequence of many travelers being unfamiliar with both the language and the general area of Kiev. The result is a perfect recipe for taxi drivers to take advantage of your ignorance. If you’re not familiar with the typical rates for taxis in the city, an unscrupulous driver will spot that right away. Before you know it, you’ve been taken for a ride on “the scenic route” and end up owing way more money than you should. The only option is to pay or risk the consequences.
The Kiev Honey-Trap Scam
I can tell you from experience that while Ukrainian women will make eye contact with you in a club or bar, they come from a culture that expects you to approach them. This means that if you’re a tourist on your own in such a place, you should be wary if a woman does indeed approach you. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but it’s certainly not the normal behavior. If a woman does approach you, it may be because you’re about to fall victim to one of Kiev’s popular romance scams.
A common scam in these places is to drug your drink and then steal all of your stuff. And I do mean all of your stuff, including watches, jewelry, money, and in some cases even clothing. You may wake up the next morning not knowing where you are, what happened, or who stole your designer pants.
Possible Kiev Locations for This Scam
Bars, hotels, and restaurants are some of the most popular places for this scam.
I recommend being on your guard and using keen observation when you’re in a bar or club. Yes, it’s flattering to be approached like this but use common sense. Buy your own drinks.
The “Help a Girl Get Home” Scam
This is a variation of the scam above. It doesn’t involve drugging you, luckily, but it’s one of the romance scams that will soon part you from your money. If a Ukrainian woman — even one that you approached — does agree to go on a date with you, it’s still possible she may try to scam you. An easy way to do this is for her to claim that she lives far outside the city and has no money for a taxi home. In reality, it’s more likely that she lives in Kiev and takes a metro line to her apartment for just a few cents. This means she can pocket potentially quite a lot of money for that expensive cab fare you were so kind to provide.
Possible Locations for This Scam
Pretty much anytime you actually go on a date with a woman in Kyiv, the possibility of this scam taking place exists.
One of the strongest indicators that a woman may be setting you up for failure is if she states up front that she only has a limited window to go out with you, such as for one hour on a particular evening.
The Friendly Local Scam
Most average folks in Kyiv are nice, but I’d be wary if an overly eager guy approaches you with an offer of help. Most people aren’t going to go out of your way to help you.
Let’s say it’s early morning in Kyiv and you’re waiting for a metro. As you stand there, a cheerful man walks over and informs you that you have some dirt on the back of your nice coat. He then hands you a cloth so that you can wipe it off. If you accept his offer, you’ll likely place your bag on the ground to wipe off the dirt and he’ll be off with your bag like a jackrabbit.
This same scam can even happen when you’re being kind. For example, you may notice a guy “accidentally” drop his wallet on the street, continuing on his way without realizing it. Being the good Samaritan that you are, you retrieve his wallet and attempt to return it to him — the rightful owner. But that’s when instead of accepting it with grace, he accuses you of theft. The guy will make a loud ruckus, inviting the attention of a so-called police officer. And since you’re a foreigner afraid of going to jail in a foreign land, you’re more likely to hand over your money that the guy falsely claimed was taken from him.
Possible Locations for This Scam
Most streets, high-traffic areas or public transport spots are ripe for this scam.
Don’t accept any unsolicited help from strangers that seem too cheerful for their own good and never pick up any dropped wallets.