Kyiv’s foodie scene is decidedly underrated (surprise: it’s not all about the chicken kiev, the city’s most famous export). Its other homegrown star dish is varenyky, flabby filled dumplings that often come drizzled with a thick sauce. Find that and other traditional Ukrainian dishes (pig ears, beetroot borsch) at Kanapa, a wooden ski chalet of a restaurant on cobbled street Andriivs’kyi Descent that’s faintly reminiscent of Montmartre.
For a touch of the bizarre, try restaurant Spotykach in the old town, which specialises in retro Soviet cuisine: think plates of Ukrainian flag-coloured varenyky and tubes of cosmic food inspired by the food the country’s astronauts ate in space. There are a number of excellent Georgian restaurants too (more dumplings, bread and cheese) and good news is that most places are as cheap as chips.
Kiev is much more than just chicken kiev (Getty/iStock)
Where to stay: The banana-yellow MaNNa boutique hotel, with just five rooms, is a short walk from Andriivs’kyi Descent and Kiev’s pretty Old Town.