Food & Drinks in Lviv

Especially in the last few years, Lviv has been experiencing a boom in the restaurant, cafe, and bar industry. It’s getting hard to keep up—it seems like almost every few days I come across a new place. But as I enjoy checking out the new places and spending time in my favorite joints, I am on top of what is happening in the scene.

Lviv has traditionally been known for its coffee, chocolate, and beer, and these centuries-old culinary traditions have been well restored in post-Soviet times. So well that it is even being recognized internationally for these traditions: Lviv chocolate shops can now be found in other European cities and the city is beginning to make an internation name for itself in the craft beer scene.

Lviv has also become famous for its infused vodkas (nastoyanky) and liqueurs (nalyvky). Many restaurants and bars make make their own, and several shops sell large selections of these bottled drinks.

The nascent restaurant scene is finally starting to experiment with new dishes, ingredients, and fusions and coming up with great culinary offerings, especially ones using traditional Ukrainian recipes or ingredients. I’m looking forward what will come next. Though I must admit that there are still very few restaurants that specialize in good foreign (especially Asian or Indian) cuisine.

With coffee houses on almost every corner, delicious chocolate and sweets shops, and a blooming brewery, craft beer, and restaurant scene, Lviv will not disappoint even the most avid foodies.

I’ve put together a list of Top 5s of some of the best spots to wine and dine in Lviv. These are places that I recommend to friends or to people who ask me for tips. I’m sure new great places will be opening up all the time and I will continue to update this list.

Top 5 Restaurants

  • Delicateka – Gourmet burgers, including a great vegetarian option. Very delicious Ramen, and very spicy Tom Yam. Extensive drink menu, including good cheap beer on tap or bottled craft beer, an interesting kvas cocktail with ginger and lemon (both an alcoholic and non-alcholic version available). I wrote about how they preserved the Austrian-era roller shutters in this post. Address: 11 Drukarska St.
  • Cafe Odyn – Italian and French dishes, such as pastas, salads, ravioli, quiches, crepes, and salads. Romantic spot near Boim Chapel. Address: 5 Katedralna Square
  • Kumpel – Galician (Polish, Austrian, Ukrainian) food, including Wiener Schnitzel, sausages, fried varenyky (dumplings), salads, garlic soup. Very good beer from their own brewery. Address (two locations): 2b Chornovola St. & 6 Vynnychenka St.
  • Amadeus – Fancy restaurant on the expensive side for Lviv, but very delicious food. Ukrainian and European dishes. Very good creme of mushroom soup. Address: 7 Katedralna Square
  • Trapezna Idey – Delicious Ukrainian and Galician fare, including some lesser known dishes. Homemade infused vodkas. My favorite borshch in Lviv, includes prune and lemon zest. Located in the basement of an old monastery. Address: 18a Valova St.

Top 5 Prewar Lviv Atmosphere Places

  • Kumpel – Galician (Polish, Austrian, Ukrainian) food, including Wiener Schnitzel, sausages, fried varenyky (dumplings), salads, garlic soup. Very good beer from their own brewery. Address (two locations): 2b Chornovola St. & 6 Vynnychenka St.
  • Baczewski Restaurant – Named after the Baczewski family, which in 1782 founded a famous vodka distillery. In addition to delicious Galician cuisine (Polish, Ukrainian, Jewish, Austrian), it also boasts a selection of 45 tasty infused vodkas. Address: 8 Shevska St.
  • Kupol – Polish restaurant with many prewar antiques. Located in a cozy courtyard tucked away on a hill leading up to the Citadel. Address: 37 Chaikovskoho St.
  • Sztuka – Cute cafe, interior decorated with antiques from prewar Lviv. Large coffee and tea menu. Desserts. Polish-style crepes. The facade has some of Lviv’s finest ghost signs. Address: 8 Kotliarska St.
  • Atlas – Atlas was Lviv’s most popular establishment in the late 19th & early 20th centuries. The restuarant was revived a few years ago in the same location. Serves Galician cuisine. Address: 45 Rynok Square.

Top 5 Vegetarian Cafes

  • Green – Lviv’s first vegetarian restaurant, opened in 2014. Seasonal menu, lots of smoothies and fruit drinks, vegan desserts. Also includes a little vegetarian shop with tofu, seitan, beans, oils, etc. FYI, no WI-FI. Address: 5 Brativ Rohatynsiv St.
  • Dreamers Place – Small food menu with seasonal dishes. Large selection of coffee drinks and tea. All can be made with vegan with soy milk. Address: 8 Sichovykh Striltsiv St.
  • Unity – Vegano Hooligano – Lviv’s first and only entirely vegan cafe. Food menu mostly limited to falafel wraps and tofu burgers, soups & salads. Address: 10 Rumlianyna St.
  • Hummus & Falafel – The best falafel and lentil soup in Lviv. Only take-out. Address: Passage Andreolli (enter at 29 Rynok Square)
  • Smakolyk – This is not a vegetarian cafe; however, they position themselves as a healthy food establishment. Includes several good vegetarian options such as the banosh (grits) or crepes with cauliflower. All natural ingredients from local farmers. Address: 5 Mykhalchuka St.

Top 5 Meat Restaurants

  • Arsenal – Ribs & Spirits – I’m mostly vegetarian, but after I heard so many of my American friends praise it, some going as far as to say they were the best ribs they have ever had, I did try it. Yes, they are quite delicious. Address: 5 Pidvalna St.
  • Mons Pius – Beer & Meat – Meat, fish, hummus, salads, good beer, lemonade, and linden infused vodka. Address: Enter from courtyard of Armenian church or alley between buildings 7 & 13 on Virmenska St.
  • Kryva Lypa Culinary Studio – Interesting, more unusual selection of meat dishes, such as curry with turkey, fajitas, etc. Borshch in a bread bowl. Also has some vegetarian options, including a spinach strudel and pasta with mushrooms. Address: 8 Kryva Lypa Passage.
  • Meat & Burger – Address: 12 Hnatiuka St.
  • Churrasco – Grill & Beer – Address: 13 Halytska St.

Top 5 Ukrainian Cuisine Places

  • Sim Porosiat (7 Piggies) – Traditional Ukrainian restaurant. Traditional countryside design and atmosphere, live folk music. Address: 9 Bandery St.
  • Puzata Khata – Cafeteria-style Ukrainian food. Cheap and good. Address (two locations): 12 Sichovykh Striltsiv St. & 10 Shevchenka Ave.
  • Kryjivka – Dedicated to the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, Ukrainain food, lively atmosphere, located in a recreated underground hideout. Most visited restaurant in Europe. Need password to enter. Address: 14 Rynok Square.
  • Fatset – Small cafe with Ukrainian & Galician dishes, homemade infused vodkas. Address: 26 Virmenska St.

Top 5 Foreign Cuisine Places

  • Hinkalnya – Georgian cuisine. Very good khinkali (Georgian dumplings), but also several kinds of khachapuri (cheese-filled bread), salads, and several vegetarian options. Address: 1 Kryva Lypa Passage.
  • Stariy Tiflis – Georgian cuisine. Address: 28 Pekarska St.
  • Beirut Hall – Lebanese cuisine. I’ve been here with two Lebanese friends, and they both approved. My favorite dish is the chicken wrap with garlic sauce, pickles, and fries, which they call “Sandwich Tauk.” Address: 5 Pekarska St.
  • Tante Sophie – French cuisine. Very good escargot. Address: 6a Drukarska St.
  • Red Pepper. Pizza – Sushi – Wok – Address: 5 Sichovykh Striltsiv St.

Top 5 Brunch Places

  • Veronika Restaurant – Wonderful brunch, especially the eggs benedict, but also the large fluffy omlettes baked in a skillet, and scrumptuous french toast. Pricey, but worth it. Breakfast served until 1 p.m. Address: 21 Shevchenka Ave.
  • Cukor – day’n’night breakfast – Egg dishes, crepes, croissant sandwiches, fried chicken and waffles. Wonderful rose cappuccino with cardomon. Two locations, two different menus, with some overlap. Addresses: 21 Brativ Rohatyntsiv St. & 3 Kryva Lypa Passage
  • Baczewski Restaurant – All you can eat brunch buffet. Everyday 8-11 a.m. Beware of long lines. Address: 8 Shevska St.
  • Korky i Krykhty (Corks and Crumbs) – Limitless breakfast for a fixed price including coffee/tea and a glass of wines. Everyday 8-11 a.m. Address: 27 Lesi Ukrayinky St.
  • Plates&Cups – Cafe with an interesting and unusual for Lviv breakfast selection, entrees, soups, and salads, and American-style desserts, such as red velvet cake and New York cheesecake. Address: corner of Staroyevreyska and Koliyivschyna Square.

Top 5 Dessert Places

  • Cukіernia – Delicious strudels, cakes, tortes, pastries. Address: 3 Staroyevreyska St.
  • Veronika Confectionery – Delicious cakes, croissants, Danish pastries, eclairs, macaroons. Address: 21 Shevchenka Ave.
  • Lviv Handmade Chocolate – Handmade chocolates, all kinds of desserts and drinks with chocolate. Address (two locations): 3 Serbska St. & 5 Sichovykh Striltsiv St.
  • Freska – Delicious desserts, cakes, handmade chocolate, hot (melted) chocolate, and coffee. Interior includes restored frescos from 18th & 19th centures. Address: 9 Krakivska St.
  • Bilka – Address: 14, 15 Soborna Square

Top 5 Coffeehouses

  • Svit Kavy – Lviv’s most famous coffeehouse. A favorite place of Lviv’s mayor. Very good strudels and cheesecakes. Now with two locations and two different atmospheres. Address: 6 Ploshcha Katedralna (original more traditional cafe) and 30 Ploshcha Rynok (newer one with a more hispstery vibe)
  • Virmenka – Opened in 1979, was the hangout for Lviv’s hippies, artists, and musicians. Recently completely renovated, but the old charm and excellent coffee (prepared Turkish style) are still there. Address: 19 Virmenska St.
  • Black Honey – Very good coffee, simple Scandinavian-style interior. Address: 2 Kostiushka St. (on corner of Doroshenka St.)
  • Viennese Coffeehouse – Both a coffeehouse and restaurant. Lviv’s oldest coffeehouse, established in 1829. In Austrian and interwar Poland times was frequented by many famous figures, including Mykhailo Hrushevsky and Ivan Franko. Very good (Austrian, Polish, and Ukrainian inspired) food. Delicious Wiener Schnitzel. Address: 12 Svobody Ave.
  • Under the Blue Bottle – Named after one of the first coffeehouses in Vienna, which allegedly was opened by the Ukrainian Yuriy Kulchytskyi in the 17th century. Coffee, wine, fondue, desserts, drinks. Address: 4 Ruska St. (through the courtyard)

Top 5 Pubs

  • Choven – The best and largest (16) selection of craft beer on tap in Lviv. Everyday new beers on the menu, and there is always one very good cider on top (red current, pear, strawberry, mint). Also very good food menu, I especially like their pizzas (some of the best in Lviv) and homemade potato chips. Address: 33 Virmenska St.
  • Tsypa – Hutsul craft beer from the Carpathian Mountains, includes such beers as “fir tree,” smokey, and chocolate. Also has an extensive food & beer snack menu, mostly modern dishes inspired by Hutsul cuisine. Address: 1 Rudanskoho St.
  • Pravda Beer Theater – Their beer has won many awards, and the brewery has been on international news due to their beers that they dedicate to political leaders such as Obama, Putin, and Trump. Every night live brass band. Fun and lively music, but quite loud. Address: 32 Rynok Square
  • Xrystofor – A dive bar located in a basement, has a selection of craft beer as well as some cheaper regional beer. Open late. Address: 3 Ivana Franka St.
  • Pijana Kaczka (Drunken Duck) – A small bar in the center with a small selection of craft and regional beer, homemade infused vodkas, beer snacks. Address: Pl. Koliyivshyna/45 Brativ Rohatyntsiv St.

Top 5 Nastoyanky (Infused Vodkas) Bars

  • Pidpilnyi Kindrat – A restaurant with a large menu of their homemade infused spirits, including some unlike any I’ve tasted anywhere else, including those based on balzams, honey, and milk. Beware, as some are very strong. But very delicious. Also includes a shop to take some home with you. Address: 25 Valova St.
  • Pyana Vyshnia – I’m not a huge fan of cherries; however, their cherry cordial is to die for.  Very popular place located right on Rynok Square. Only standing tables, can also take to go. Open late. Address: 11 Rynok Square
  • Bar Bidon – Infused vodkas and tapas. Open late. Address: 23 Lesi Ukrayinky St.
  • Medivnia – The best honey-infused vodkas. Address: 17 Krakivska St.
  • Kupitsa – A pub with 30 different kinds of their homemade infused vodkas. Address: 18 Brativ Rohatyntsiv St.

Top 5 Wine Bars

  • Korky i Krykhty (Corks and Crumbs) – Large selection of wine, but also large and interesting food menu with entrees, pizzas, and sandwiches. Address: 27 Lesi Ukrayinky St.
  • Chlib & Vyno (Bread & Wine) – Different kinds of bread dishes, burgers, wraps. Good wine at an affordable price. Cozy atmosphere. Address: 15 Virmenska St.
  • The Room Wine Bar – “A chic place with a voguish atmosphere and a bohemian, precocious character… Come free and easy!” Address: 18 Lesi Ukrayinky St.
  • Pstruh, Chlib ta Vyno (Trout, Bread, and Wine) – Specializes in trout, open faced bagette sandwiches, and salads, as well as wine and Pravda beer. Address: Arsenalna Square (49 Brativ Rohatyntsiv St.)
  • Cork Factory Winery – Different wines and snacks. Address: 17 Lesi Ukrayinky St.

Top 5 Cocktail Bars

  • 44 Bar Lviv – Address: 44 Rynok Square
  • Libraria – cocktail & jazz – Lviv’s first speakeasy. Address: Armenian Courtyard (closer to Lesi Ukrayinky St.)
  • Banka – All drinks come in jars (banky) of various sizes. A lot of cocktails, but also very good infused vodkas, including a delicious borschch-infused vodka. Address: 7 Kryva Lypa Passage
  • Music Lab – “Two floors, one of a kind place, combines different genres of rock and electronic music….We offer cocktails, food and most of all a good ambiance to meet new faces….LET’S ROCK!!!!!” Address: 27 Brativ Rohatyntsiv St.
  • 4friends Whiskey Pub – Lviv’s best whiskey pub, also nice selection of cocktails and food. Address: 2 Dudayeva St.