Strolling Andryivsky Uzviz to Kiev Upper Town

Andryivsky Uzviz (Andrew’s Descent) is a national landmark and one of the oldest streets in the city. The winding road climbs a hill which connects Kiev’s Upper town with the commercial Podil neighborhood below.

Along this cobblestone way is a lively market for souvenirs and artworks, small museums, historic theaters, and fine restaurants in lovely old homes. This is the alternate way to reach the old city center from the waterfront area other than via the Kiev Funicular (which is great fun).

One of my favorite hangouts in the evenings on the lower part of this hill was the Chocolate Cafe (A.K.A. Lviv Handmade Chocolate) I enjoyed watching an occasional tango dancing class in front of cases of chocolate beautifully displayed, while sipping arguably the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had.

Near the top of Andryivsky Uzviz is St. Andrew’s Church, a traditional Ukrainian five-domed, cross-shaped Orthodox church. A remnant of Russian aristocracy, it was built in 1754. The views of Kiev, the Dnipro River, and surrounding area from the base of the church were stellar.


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One thought on “Strolling Andryivsky Uzviz to Kiev Upper Town

  1. Fascinating stuff Merrilee, many thanks for sharing. I always thought places like Belgium orSwitzerland (or Peru!) were the places to enjoy the best chocolate, so it’s very interesting that you can enjoy the best chocolate in Kiev! Also, who would have thought that the folks in Kiev would be so into outdoor Tango dancing — they obviously try to enjoy life to the full. I wonder if they have some sort of carnival before the 40 fasting days of Lent before Easter (21st April for the Western Churches, and 28th April for the Orthodox Churches, if I remember correctly).

    By the way, on a more boring note, are you finding Kiev expensive or reasonably priced for visitors? The reason I ask is that former Soviet bloc countries in central Europe such as Slovakia, which have adopted the euro, tend to be more pricey; Hungary, which is sticking to the florint, still lists prices in both euros and florints and isn’t significantly cheaper than, for example Germany (although I am more than happy to be corrected, since you are there on the ground, and I am quoting from memory). Poland, which is sticking to the zloty, also quotes prices in euros and zloty and in the tourist areas tends to be expensive for visitors; as before however, you are the person on the ground so it would be interesting to hear your views on how to get the best value for your “tourist dollar or pound.”

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