It is better to start discovering Kyiv from its very center. Set out from the Khreshchatyk Metro Station, located in the same name street, which is the main and the well-known artery in the Ukrainian capital. Pausing to glance at the monumental architecture of the street, proceed to Bessarabian square, and gaze at majestic building of the same name market and the fountain located nearby. Then, if you’re a Modern Arts fan, you can visit PinchukArtCentre, where along with appraising contemporary masterpieces, you can take advantage of having a coffee-break at the conceptual café SkyArtCafe.
After that follow Gorodetskogo Street to The House with Chimeras, by far the most bizarre and mystical building in Kyiv. Then, go back to Khreshchatyk Street and go sightseeing until the main square of the city – Maidan Nezalezhnosti. After admiring its monuments and fountains, turn to Taras Shevchenko Alley where the Literary Memorial House Museum of T.G. Shevchenko is located.
Then follow Sofievska Street towards the Saint Sophia Cathedral, the unique historical monument of architecture and arts of Kievan Rus. Also, it’s worth going inside to see its striking mosaics and frescoes. Afterwards, go towards St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral, which is a stone’s throw away from Sophia of Kyiv. Visit a museum located in the Bell Tower that features exhibitions dedicated to the history of the ancient temple and enjoy the panoramic view over Kyiv from its top.
From the St. Michael Square follow Desiatynna Street towards the most beautiful and colorful street in Kyiv, the Andriyivsky Descent. Make sure pausing to glance at the elegant St. Andrew Church and the mystical Castle of Richard the Lionheart. Ascend Zamkova Mountain, which offers spectacular views over Podol and Left Bank of the Dnieper River. Also, don’t miss one of the most original and interesting Kyiv museums as Mikhail Bulgakov Museum and the unique One Street Museum.
The Andriivsky Descent terminates at Kontraktova Square, whose architecture ensemble is worth to be seen. Do not ignore magnificent buildings of the Gostiny Dvor (shopping arcades) and Contract House, along with the ancient Virgin Pyrogoshcha Church and National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy that stand nearby.
Afterwards, you can either go back to the City Center or continue walking along the ancient Podol, otherwise, go on a promenade along Naberezhna Street.