Veteran restaurants

17.09.2012 |

Mlyn, Dnipro, Praha and Kureni are legendary Kyiv restaurants which have been preserved in the city since the Soviet times

There are only a few public catering places established in Kyiv more than 40 years ago. Those are historical places where you can still feel the atmosphere of the past and try out the favorite dishes of the Soviet elite


The restaurant complex in Hidropark was built by western architects in 1967 and dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution. Originally Mlyn was supposed to cater top Communist apparatchiks and the receptions of government organizations. The embassies of Belgium, Switzerland, Vietnam and Nigeria still hold their national day receptions here. Mlyn with a seating capacity of 300 is also popular among Kyiv officials for holding parties and wedding ceremonies. One of the most popular attractions during such crowded celebrations is a boat decorated with flowers that brings the heroes of occasions to their guests. Just as 40 years ago visitors to Mlyn eat to the accompaniment of music. Every day professional musicians play the most popular songs of all times. The main Fireplace Hall is decorated in Ukrainian national style. The Hunting Hall was adorned with a huge bear brought especially from Siberia. All windows of the conservatory face the Dnipro River and you can go to an open area for a barbeque or simply watch fireworks. The menu of Mlyn is composed of the classical Soviet festive dishes, among which are piglets stuffed with tongues, pork, chicken and ham, Cossack ham roasted on skewers, salmon baked in wine sauce, stuffed pike and turkey with apples. A few years ago a Miniature Kyiv was built not far from Mlyn. Models scaled 1:40 are dedicated to Kyiv history since the times of Princess Olga of Kyiv. Not far from the models there is a party ground. Among other kinds of entertainment in Mlyn you will find Russian billiards, pool and mini golf. You may also ride horses, play paintball and even fish for salmon or hunt hares.


The Dnipro restaurant belongs to the hotel at the end of Khreshchatyk St. And was opened in 1964. The place catered for the Kennedy family, Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, David Copperfield, Sting, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Mireille Mathieu and another 5 million guests from all over the world. The restaurant is often chosen for official receptions by the embassies of Finland, Portugal, Lithuania and Austria. The Embassy of Japan to Ukraine celebrates the Emperors birthday at the Dnipro every year. The place has a seating capacity of 220 people. For this reason it is very much fancied by Kyiv elites for giving banquets, holding company parties and wedding celebrations.

Just as in the Soviet times the restaurant is lavishly decorated with flowers and garlands, all chairs are upholstered in textile covers decorated with bows and the tables are dressed with starched tablecloths and napkins. Chef Vyacheslav Hrybov is a titled caterer for Ukrainian politicians and officials and has been working at the Dnipro for the last 30 years. The place also caters breakfasts and business lunches, offering 70 Ukrainian, European and Mediterranean dishes on its smorgasboard menu.


This recently reconstructed restaurant complex was built along Parkova Alley more than 40 years ago. Today the grandchildren of the restaurants very first visitors frequent this place. The main advantage of this venue is its exceptional location on the picturesque Dnipro hills in the middle of Kyiv and remoteness from urban noise pollution. The complex has a status of a historical monument. On its territory you will find kureni (Cossack barracks), log cabins and open-air terraces, a barbecue, a playground for children and a two-storied restaurant. The menu includes traditional Ukrainian dishes, all kinds of shashlyk, pickled vegetables, grilled dishes and dishes cooked in a tandoori oven. Kureni is a favorite place among wealthy Kyivans. On week days you can hold business meetings at the restaurant and on weekends you may bring your entire family.


Praha was built in 1956 as part of the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy of the Ukrainian SSR. In Soviet times Praha was famous for hard-to-get Czech beer, liquors and meat dishes. But its main advantage has always been its unique location in a park next to a picturesque swan lake. In the Perestroika times the restaurant was neglected, changed owners and totally rebuilt few years ago. Its building with a white collonade reminds one of a mansion, which was reflected in the names of its halls: Sitting Room, Library and Flower Room. Wooden furniture and wooden flooring, books on bookshelves and antiques enhance the atmosphere of a country villa. The mansion has a large terrace furnished with sofas and decorated with light curtains. There is also a patio with fountains. Praha is a favorite place for Ukrainian celebrities: they often hold presentations, fashion shows, celebrate birthdays, weddings and bring their friends there. For the sake of Soviet past the restaurant offers 4 brands of Czech beer and Eisbein baked in beer and served with sauerkraut. The menu consists of eclectic Soviet holiday dishes along with traditional Ukrainian and popular Italian treats.

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