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Currency Exchange

Exchange points are located all over the city, in the markets, in the import stores. Usually the signs are in Cyrillic and English. (Obmin Valut or Currency Exchange). You can convert dollars to Koupons easily, but the U.S. bills will be scrutinized for date, rips, etc. and often will not be have some "back-up" bills just in case!



Services are held regularly in the churches that have always been open in Kyiv. The Ukrainian Otocephalies Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Catholic Church hold regular services in Kyiv. Catholics of the Byzantine rite hold Divine Liturgy at two outdoor locations in the city. Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated in Polish, Ukrainian, Russian and English in two churches downtown. The Baptist community and a synagogue in the Podil neighborhood also hold religious services.



Several examples of traditional Ukrainian food are Varenyky (small dough pies stuffed with meat, potatoes, cabbage or fruit), Ukrainian Borshch (beet soup) with Pampushki (soft rolls soaked in fresh crushed garlic and oil), Deruny (potato pancakes), Holubtsi (cabbage roll stuffed with meat), and Mlyntsi (stuffed pancakes).


Foreign Embassies


Embassy of Australia

18 Kominterna st.

tel: 225-7586; fax: 244-3597

Embassy of Austria

33 Ivana Franko st.

tel: 220-5759; fax: 227-5465

Embassy of Argentina

4b Staronavodnytska st., #71

tel: 294-9939, 295-1119; fax: 295-6872

Embassy of Armenia

4 Instytutska st., Moskva Hotel

tel: 229-0806/07;

Embassy of Belarus

6 Sichnevogo Povstannia st.

tel: 290-0201;

Embassy of Brazyl

11 L'va Tolstoho st., #10

tel: 225-3425/3525; fax: 224-5251

Embassy of Belgium

58 Bohdana Hmelnytskoho st.,

tel: 219-2910/2677/2680; fax: 219-2717

Embassy of Bulgaria

1 Hospital'na st.

tel: 224-5360, 225-5296/4389; fax: 234-9929

Embassy of Canada

31 Yaroslaviv Val

tel: 212-2235/0412/3590; fax: 212-0212

Embassy of Canada
Dept. of Commerce

3 Lyps'ka st., #310

tel: 291-8830/58; fax: 291-8958

Embassy of China

32 Hrushevskoho st.

tel: 293-1049/4114; fax: 293-7371

Embassy of Croatia

50/51 Artema st.

tel: 216-5862; fax: 224-6942

Embassy of Cuba

5 Bekhterevsky Provulok

tel: 216-2930/2608;

Embassy of Czech Republic

34 Yaroslaviv Val

tel: 212-0807, 224-4211; fax: 224-6180
Commercial Rep. tel: 274-1017

Embassy of Denmark

45 Volodymyrska St.

tel: 229-4537/3340; fax: 229-1831

Embassy of Egypt

19 Observatorna St.

tel: 212-1327, 216-6530; fax: 216-9428

Embassy of Finland

14 Striletska st.

tel: 228-4339/7551/7049; fax: 228-2032
Commercial Rep. tel: 228-3379

Embassy of France

39 Reytarska st

tel: 228-8728/7369; fax: 229-0807

Embassy of Germany

84 Chkalova st.

tel: 216-7498/6794/9583/1477; fax: 216-9233

Embassy of Great Britain

9 Desiatynna st.

tel: 462-0011/12/14/15; fax: 462-0013

Embassy of Greece

3 Lyps'ka st., National Hotel

tel: 291-8874/73;

Embassy of Hungary

33 Reytarska st.

tel: 212-4004/4134; fax: 212-2090

Embassy of Italy

25 Sichnevoho Povstannia st.
Kiyevo-Pecherska Lavra, korp 34

tel: 294-4292/4242; fax: 290-5162
Commercial Rep. 12 Hospitalna st., tel: 224-4549

Embassy of Japan

4 Museinyj Provulok

tel: 462-0020 (fax also)

Embassy of the Netherlands

24 Turgenevs'ka st.

tel: 216-1905/9834; fax: 216-8105

Embassy of Norway

15 Striletska st.

tel: 224-0066; 212-4385; fax: 224-0655

Embassy of Poland

12 Yaroslaviv Val

tel: 224-8040/6308/6655/7030; fax: 229-3575

Embassy of Russia

8 Kutuzova st

tel: 244-0961;294-6389/7936; 296-4504; fax: 244-0959

Embassy of Spain

38-44 Dehterivsky Provulok

tel: 213-1858/0481; fax: 213-0031

Embassy of Sweden

5 Lyps'ka st., National Hotel

tel: 291-8919/69; fax: 2916233

Embassy of Switzerland

12 Fedorova st.

tel: 220-5473/5386; fax: 220-8657

Embassy of Vatican


tel: 269-9103; fax: 268-2417

Embassy of the
United States of America

10 Yuriya Kotsubynskoho st.

tel: 244-7345/49; 24-hour: 216-3805;
fax: 244-7350

American Chamber of Commerce

7 Kudriavs'ky Uzviz

tel: 417-1015; fax: 416-9841


European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development

15/1 Shovkovychna st.

tel: 291-8847

Representative Commission
of European Union

10 Kruglouniversytetska st.

tel: 293-1483/2239/2196/2423; fax: 291-0041

UN Office in Ukraine

1 Klovs'kyj Uzviz

tel: 293-9363/23; fax: 293-2607

World Bank

26 Shovkovychna st., #2-3

tel: 293-4045/5902; fax: 226-3525

OSCE Mission


tel: 228-1031; fax: 224-8243


Tourist Attractions


Ukrainians have made a spirited effort to preserve their cultural traditions and customs. There are many things to see and places to visit. We have listed our favorites for you below!



Art Salon

Andriyivsky Uzviz 3 (Tel: 416-1237).
Open: Mon-Sat
10am-7pm, lunch break 2-3pm.

Khudozhniy Salon

Vul. Chervonoarmiyska 47 (Tel: 227-3730).
Open: Tues-Sat
9am-6pm, lunch break 2-3pm.

Khudozhniy Salon

Vul. Entuziastiv 17. (Tel: 555-3994).
Open: Mon-Sat
10am-7pm, lunch break 2-3 pm.

Tsentralny Khudozhniy Salon

Vul. Khmelnytskoho 27. (Tel: 224-1660).
Open Mon-Fri
10 am to 7 pm; Sat 10 am to 6 pm, lunch break 2-3pm.

Gallery at Taras Shevshenko- Museum

12 Taras Shevchenko Blvd. Open Tues-Sat. 10 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
Good colection of contemporary artists.



With over 20 theaters to choose from, one can see almost anything from ballet to opera. Performances are usually in Ukrainian or Russian. Government subsidies make opera and theater tickets very inexpensive.


Concert Hall
"Ukrainian Palace"

Vul. Chervonoarmiyska 23 (Tel: 268-1584)


Vul. Karla Marxa 1/3.

House of Organ and Chamber Music

Vul. Chervonoarmiyska 77. (Tel: 268-5678)

Ivan Franko Ukrainian Drama Theater

Ploshcha Franka 3. (Tel: 229-5991) Performances in this theater are mainly works by popular Ukrainian writers and playwrights such as Taras Shevchenko, Ivan Franko, I. Karpenko-Kariy.

Lesia Ukrainka Russian Drama Theater

Vul. Bohdana Khmelnytskoho 5. (Tel: 224-9063/4223)

Philharmonic Society

Vul. Volodymyrska Uzviz 2.

Puppet Theater

Vul. Shota Rustaveli 13. (Tel: 220-9065). Going to the puppet theater is not only fun for the children, but entertaining for adult as well.

Sports Palace

Sportyvna Ploshcha 1. (Tel: 221-5793)

Taras Shevchenko National Opera and Ballet Theater

Vul. Volodymyrska 50. (Tel: 224-7165, 229-1169).
The National Opera of Ukraine was built in 1919 and has since been beautifully restored. During the opera season many classics are performed - from the traditional Ukrainian opera "Taras Bulba" to Verdi's "La Traviata". The National Opera is home to a very good opera company, a ballet company of considerable talent, and expansive repertoire. Prices average 250,000 per ticket, so it's well worth your time.





Ukrainian contemporary art includes painting and sculpture in a wide range of experimental and traditional styles. Icons and folk art are displayed in museums purchased in galleries and shops. There are several art museums with collections of Ukrainian and European art. There are also museums with good collections of archaeology, geology, botany, zoology and aerospace.



Timiryazevska 1. (Tel: 295-4527). Hours: 10am-8pm Mon-Sun. Founded in 1936 the gardens offer a glimpse of a collection comprising nearly 13,000 varieties of trees, bushes, and grass from five different continents. The 11th century Vydubychi monastery is still open to the public on the garden's grounds.



Volodymyrska Uzviz 2. (Tel: 228-3092). This park stretches throughout the center of the city and houses a number of parks and historical complexes including the Mariyinsky Palace, Askold Grave, and the monument to Prince Volodymyr. A breathtaking view of the Dnipro River can be seen from the park's terraces.



Peredimska Sloboda 10. (Tel: 517-1492). Over 900 acres stretch along this riverside park with sandy beaches along the Dnipro River banks. One can enjoy swimming, volleyball, tennis, badminton, sun bathing, or sailing on a rental boat. There is an open-air theater, coffee shop, restaurant, and beer bar. No entrance fee.



Vul. Hrushevskoho 6. (Tel: 228-6429). Hours: 10am-5pm, closed Friday. Spend an afternoon discovering Ukrainian folklore and tradition through art. One can get a glimpse of a valuable collection of ancient Ukrainian icons, paintings, and sculpture.



Vul. Sichnevoho Povstannya 21. (Tel: 290-7349). Hours: 10am-6pm, closed Tue. Established in 1051, this monastery is one of the oldest and most interesting in Kyiv. On the premises you can visit the caves where monks had been living and many other churches and museums. The miniatures museum and the Scythian gold collection are fascinating sights. For a beautiful view of the city climb up the stairs of the tallest belfry in Ukraine (315 ft.)



Prospekt Akademika Hlushkova 1. (Tel: 261-7365). Hours: 10am-6pm, break 1-2pm, closed Sunday and Monday. Located in a big cozy park the center is the main site for major exhibitions and fairs taking place in Kyiv. The lovely tree- covered grounds is a nice place to take a stroll especially in summer when a variety of flowers are in bloom.



Vul. Chervonoarmiyska 55. (Tel: 221-5775). With a capacity of 100,000, this stadium is the largest in Ukraine, which includes a soccer field, running tracks, indoor stadium, gymnasium, an artificial surface ski-jump, swimming pool, tennis courts, and a sauna.



Vul. Volodymyrska 24. (Tel: 228-6152). Museum has been closed for one year because of political problems. To enter museum, you must go with tour guide. Built by Prince Yaroslav the Wise in 1037, this church was established to glorify the wisdom of Christianity. One of the most interesting sights is the collection of frescoes and mosaics inside the cathedral.



Pyrohovo Village. (Tel: 266-2416). Open daily 10am-5pm; closed Wed. Entrance fee $1.00; $10.00 per person for English-speaking guide. Located in the outskirts of Kyiv, this open air museum takes you through Ukraine's history as you walk through the original homes of the past which have been moved here from all corners of Ukraine and restored. Traditional Ukrainian costume and ceramics are on exhibit.



Prospect Peremohy 32. (Tel: 274-6054). Hours: 9am-6pm, closed Monday. Founded in 1908, Kyiv's zoo is one of the largest in Eastern Europe. One can see over 3,500 specimens of animals and birds here. Amusement park and snack-bar.