Summer Terrace Sensations

  • Rynok Square lounge Terrace
  • Fashion Club Terrace
  • Kumpel Summer Terrace
  • Cafe 1 chic
  • Leopolis Hotel Summer Terrace
  • Masoch Cafe Terrace
Issue 13, May 2009.

Lviv has traditionally been known as the café capital of the region, with a bohemian culture conducive of laid-back afternoons spent discussing the meaning life as you watch the world go by. In recent years the tourism boom which the city has experienced has helped return the café and restaurant sector to its former glory, which has meant that each May the streets of ancient Lviv are once more taken over by a blooming of summer terraces to suit every budget and every taste.

Italian Courtyard
6, Rynok Sqr., Lviv
Tel.: (+38 032) 272-06-71
Hours: 10:00 — 21:00

This Renaissance-inspired architectural masterpiece is nothing new, but it remains the brightest pearl of Lviv’s  summer terrace scene. Entrance to the yard costs 5 UAH, while guests can expect to enjoy a wide range of excellent coffees and desserts. Watch out for regular literary evenings and arts exhibitions held here.

Svit Kavy (Coffee World)
6, Katedralna Sq., Lviv
Tel.: (+38 032) 297-56-75
Hours: 09:00 — 23:00
Menu: ukr./engl./germ

This charming outdoor terrace offers breathtakingly romantic views of Lviv’s famous Latin Cathedral and is extremely popular with tourists and the Lviv art-focused fashion set.

Diana Terrace
Rynok Sq., Lviv (near the Diana
Tel.: (+38 032) 254 61 18
Hours: 09:00 — 23:00
Menu: ukr./engl.

This terrace boasts one of the most enviable locations in the city and is typically busy throughout the day on late into the night. As well as the usually daily chilled out experience one can expect at Diana, this venue also offers dance parties at the weekend, with Salsa on Saturdays and Tango on Sunday evenings, making this a sexy and social venue right in the heart of the old town.

Masoch Cafe
Cuisine: international menu
7, Serbs’ka str., Lviv
Tel.: (+38 032) 272-18-72
Hours: 11:00 — 01:00
Menu: engl./ukr.
Wi-Fi, Visa Card

Tables tend to go like hot cakes here, so you should aim to arrive early if you want to secure a place at what is one of Lviv’s most trendy terraces. The views are unspectacular but the service is excellent and the menu is superb and  packed with aphrodisiacs combined with an impressive choice of drinks.TER

Fashion Club
Cuisine: continental.
1, Pidkova sq., Lviv
Tel.: (+38 032) 272-88-91
Hours: 24 hours.
Breakfast hours: 08:30—11:30
Business lunch: mon. — fri.,
hours: 12:30 — 15:00
Disco: Daily from 23:00

Prices here are considered quite high by local standards, but the central location, plush summer terrace and presence  of the local beautiful crowd more than make up for any loss to the wallet. This is the spot where you can tap into the glamour of the post-Soviet scene and sample the high fashions favoured by the ladies who have helped Lviv earn  a reputation as one of the sexiest cities in Eastern Europe. The flirt factor at the venue’s nightly discos is off the scale,  with many first-time visitors leaving convinced that all they previously knew about sensuality was a mere entrée to  the Lviv school!

Leopolis Hotel Summer Terrace
Cuisine: continental.
16, Teatralna str., Lviv
Tel.: (+38 032) 295-95-15
Hours: 07:00 — 24:00
Menu: engl./ukr.

Many foreigners find navigating Ukrainian menus to be tricky, but this top-level hotel has managed to provided  the best of both worlds, catering for the upper echelons of the local community and the international tourist trade. Expect to find a varied crowd here enjoying five-star service and a fresh menu.

Cafe 1
Cuisine: continental, French, Italian.
5, Katedralna Sq., Lviv
Tel.: (+38 032) 242-33-69
Hours: 10:00 — 22:00

When the sun comes out the Café 1 crowd sprawls out onto the pavement in front of the bar, allowing you to enjoy a drink whilst watching the world go by. From April to September this centrally located yet secluded outdoor terrace offers a fine European menu which is complimented by a range of French and Italian wines.

Cuisine: Ukrainian.
34, Rynok sqr., Lviv
Tel.:(+38 032) 272-05-12
Hours: 10:00 — 23:00
Menu: ukr.

This elegant terrace is located directly on Rynok Square and is one of the mainstays of the Lviv summer scene, offering a selection of Ukrainian dishes and some of the least intrusive, most professional service in town. The terrace is designed to offer privacy whilst also providing guests with an eye on the street-level pedestrian traffic which passes by the venue from early morning until late at night!

Kumpel Summer Terrace
Cuisine: Halytsian.
Mytna square, Lviv
Tel.: (+38 032) 242-17-80
Hours: 11:00 — 24:00
Menu: ukr./engl./pol

This restaurant in the old downtown area has a covered terrace which, like the venue itself, offers a taste of old Lviv while being strongly influenced by local traditions. As well as its own microbrewery, the venue offers such delights as pork chops fried in beer and homemade sausage.

Dzyga Summer Terrace
35, Virmenska str., Lviv
Tel.: (+38 032) 297-56-12
Hours: 11:00 — 24:00
Menu: ukr./engl./pol.

Situated in the heart of old Lviv, this terrace is the street-level appendix of the city’s main cultural focus, which serves as a year-round arts gallery and events centre. Since its founding in 1993, it has been a cultural reference point for  Lviv, and so it comes as no surprise that the venue’s summer terrace is also a place where artists and cultural figures like to gather for a summertime debate over the health of the local arts scene. The menu is presented in the form of a menu and is also available in English translation.