This ancient centre of Russia has never lost its big city vibe, even though it is now the capital of much smaller Ukraine. For those expecting the exotic ambiance of rural Ukraine, Kiev may seem disturbingly polished. It has always been two steps closer to Europe than any other city of the post-Soviet era.
The Mother Motherland statue, which is larger than the Statue of Liberty, recently underwent plastic surgery as its nose was considered ‘unattractive’.
Walk the neat cobblestone streets among golden domes of ancient churches and quiet coffee shops. Join the smartly-dressed locals at one of the home-style restaurants for a true feast: dumplings with sour cherries, iconic beetroot soup borsch, and salo, a unique treat Ukrainians are very proud of. Make your blood run faster with a few shots of vodka Horilka and exit into the night: Kiev knows how to party like there is no tomorrow.