20 Things to do in Lviv, Ukraine Travel Guide

Today’s video is all about our visit to
Lviv (Львів). Having come straight from Kiev (Київ),
Lviv offered a real change of scenery. The city was much smaller, more walkable,
and it looked distinctly Central European. In some ways, it reminded us of a smaller
version of Krakow or Prague, though a little rough around the edges. But enough about first impressions; let us
actually show you around. In this video we’re going to take you on
a grand tour of the city and highlight 20 things to do in Lviv on your next visit. A solid day of sightseeing needs to start
with a good breakfast, and after walking around the Old Town a bit, we found a place to eat:
a post office-themed cafe! This is so amazing. This is so much more beautiful than I was
expecting. So right in front of me I’ve got these crepes
with apple and walnuts. And just look at the way they’ve like folded
them and like twirled them. Like it is so pretty and it has cottage cheese
as well. Icing sugar, cinnamon. Like this is a gorgeous work of art. I almost don’t want to dig into it. Haha. Aside from crepes, we also ordered pancakes,
cappuccinos, and verguny served with cream, so it was a bit of a sugar kick, but what
a tasty way to start the morning. Alright guys, I was super excited to visit
the Armenian Church (Հայկական տաճար) and it is not open. It looks like it has been undergoing some
renovations so we’re just going to have to peek through the gates. There is some concrete bags and yeah this
is all we can see which is too bad. Okay, so the Armenian Church (Вірменський
собор – Katedra ormiańska) may have been closed but there is no shortage of churches
in this city so we’ve come across another one. The Transfiguration Church (Преображенська
церква) so we’re going to go inside and have a look. Like in Kyiv (Київ), we quickly discovered
that Lviv is a city of churches, so our next stop was the Church of the Holy Communion
(Домініканський костел і монастир). This was our third church of the day, and
it wouldn’t be our last. So we haven’t exactly been having the best
of luck with churches and cathedrals today. First one was under repair, the second one
we weren’t supposed to film but we got a few shots very discreetly. And the 3rd one there was a wedding. Sunshine! What have we found here? Well so far we’ve been just wandering around
Lviv (Львів) for a little while and we’ve found a lot of cool markets. Like there is touristy ones but there is also
some more local ones like just behind me here people are selling books and it is a little
bit of a flea market going on as well. Yeah. We then visited the Dormition Church (Успенська
церква), also known as the Assumption Church, where yes, there was yet another wedding
taking place! (Ukrainian signing) Needing a little break from ecclesiastical
architecture, we walked over to the Lviv’s Town Hall, where we decided to climb to the
top of the Bell Tower for some views of the city. I’m totally out of breathe. That is a lot steeper and higher than I thought. Yeah. And yeah we’re almost there though. It is super stuffy there is hardly any air. The views will be worth it. We’re not actually done though. Oh, woah. It continues. Made it to the top. Made it to the top. The views are worth it but we’ve been climbing
so many towers I almost feel like we should be getting paid to be going up them instead
of paying ourselves. There was like no air in this tower. It was so stuffy. It was kind of gross. It smelled funny. Yeah, as we were going up it started to smell
like farts. Haha, Sam. I think someone let a bomb go. I’m not kidding. Maybe it was Sam. No it wasn’t me. Or maybe not. It was not me. And after climbing up and down hundreds of
rickety stairs, it was time for lunch! So it was like mid-afternoon. This is our first full day of like wandering
around the Old town. Yeah. And we walked by this place I saw people eating
sushi and it looked so good. And we’re like we have this massive craving
for that. To be fair we’ve had a lot of Ukrainian food
while we’ve been here so I feel like it is nice to mix it up a bit. Yeah, and it is good to show like there is
really good International Food in Ukraine (Україна) so yeah yeah we’ve ordered
a whole bunch of different uh sushi rolls. Sushi rolls and I have a big beer coming up
and so yeah I’m just kind of in my happy place right now. The food is here. I’ve got my miso. Lots of sushi. I’ve almost finished my Warcraft beer. And oh my gosh this is our favorite. Philadelphia rolls. Yeah. Cream cheese, avocado, salmon. We basically just got different combinations
of that. Basically. Both those are like the main ingredients in
all of our sushi. Mmmm. This was such a good idea. His happy place. That is all I’m going to say. And keeping with the theme of churches, after
our sushi lunch, we visited the Bernardine Church in the south end of the Old Town; followed
by the Latin Cathedral (Лати́нський собо́р – Katedra Łacińska), which
sits in the southwest corner of Market Square; and finally the Jesuit Church, where if you
can believe it, we stumbled upon yet another wedding! Clearly, it was wedding season. (Church choir) So that was our 6th church of the day. It was the former Jesuit Church. Hi. Sam is just popping in to say hello. Um, it was my favorite church so far. It was under renovations, scaffolding inside,
the ceiling looked like it was crumbling down but there was a wedding taking place. Yes. So we were able to like stand there and watch
it and it was really cool. They had a beautiful choir. That afternoon, we also came across Lviv’s
Souvenir Market, where you can find everything from matryoshka dolls and painted landscapes,
to traditional clothes and football gear. The market is located just east of the Lviv
Theatre (Львівська оперa – Opera Lwowska), and on that note, here you can get
tickets for the ballet and the opera for very affordable prices. Now let’s move on to food. Lest you think all we ate in Lviv (Lwów)
was pancakes and sushi, we also made time to visit a traditional restaurant outside
the Old Town, called Seven Piggies (Сім поросят). Alright guys, it is lunchtime here in Lviv
(Львів) and we tried to find the most traditional Ukrainian restaurant that we could
and that is how we ended up at Seven Piggies (Сім поросят) and yeah I can tell
you taxidermy is really popular. Lots of stuffed animals. There is like beavers and squirrels and owls. Um, it is very colorful. It is all white walls but is is like decorated
with these bright flowers. So yeah, it is super cool. We’re the only ones here and our food has
arrived. Okay. Banosh (Банош). We ordered dishes like Banosh, a maize porridge
prepared with salty sheep cheese, eggs and bacon; black dumplings, which were a little
different from the varenyky we’d become used to; a soup served in a ceramic bowl with
bread cooked overtop; and a pork leg with the most tender meat ever. This apparently is the house specialty. They have actually named this dish after the
restaurant and it is the 7 pigs and it is a huge pork leg (ГОМІЛОЧКА “СІМ
ПОРОСЯТ”). It appears like they have like a cheese or
melted cheese. Melted cheese sauce and I’m just going to
like carve off a huge. That looks good. Look how big that is. Oh man, the meat looks so tender. It does. It looks really tender. So I’m going to get some sauce on that and
take a huge bite. Ooh. My gosh that is such nice meat. So tender and actually it is not a cheese
sauce it is a mustard sauce. Oh, it has got a kick to it. Yeah. Totally different than what I thought. Alright guys, so this afternoon we are visiting
the Lviv Historical Museum. Pretty cool but you have to wear special slippers
to get in here. This is one of the oldest and richest museums
in Ukraine (Україна) in terms of its artefacts, and if you’re feeling a bit peckish
after that, they have a charming cafe right in the Italian Courtyard, which is well worth
the visit. And not too far from there, you also have
the Lviv Arsenal, which houses the Weaponry Museum featuring items from the Late Middle
Ages through to the 20th century. So I spy a little creature over your shoulder. Oh, who could that be? Where could we be? We’re at a cat cafe. Cat cafe. It is such a nice surprise. We had no idea this was here. We just kind of found it spontaneously and
yeah we both love cats. Well actually I like cats even more than you. I like dogs. No, you actually secretly love cats. No, I like dogs. Audrey secretly loves cats but we’re going
to go in right now and check it out. Okay. So we made it inside the cat cafe. We’re currently being ignored by the cats. Actually there is children running around
peaking under our table to see if we’re hiding any cats. No, cats anywhere near us. Yeah. So yeah, we’re going to dig into the cake
and this one is called the cat cafe cake which is their signature dish I guess. So my cheesecake has arrived. Take a look down here. And this is the traditional um Ukrainian kind. It is called Cernik (xxx). I think it may also share the same name in
Poland. I remember in Poland it was called Sernik
(xxx) too. Maybe very similar names. But it is a very thick type of cheesecake
and it is really good. Mmmm. Very dense. Dense cheesecake. I like it. For a more unusual attraction in Lviv (Львів),
you have the Yard of Lost Toys, which is a makeshift graveyard and outdoor museum for
toys that have been lost of left behind. Apparently, it all started when a resident
from one of the apartment blocks along Mukachivska Street found two lost toys and placed them
in the shared courtyard, and it kind of grew from there. So, we’ve already shown you views of the
Old Town from the Bell Tower, but another free alternative is walking up Castle Hill
(Високий замок – Замкова гора – Wysoki Zamek). It’s a pretty easy walk along a defined
path, just don’t go expecting a castle at the top because all that remains are a few
ruins. Lastly, let’s talk about transportation
in the city. The tram (Львівський Трамвай)
is hands down the cheapest way to get around Lviv (Львів), and while you can still
see a few older ones around, modern trams are slowly taking over, so it’s a fairly
reliable way to get around town. And that’s a wrap for our visit to Lviv,
Ukraine (Україна). We found this to be a charming city with a
completely different look and feel from Kiev (Киев), so we’re glad we added this
stop to our itinerary. If you’re short on time, this is a great
destination for a weekend escape. Now you know the drill, if you have any other
suggestions of cool things to do around Lviv (Львів), feel free to share those with
fellow travellers in the comments below. Wishing you happy travels and until next time!

100 thoughts on “20 Things to do in Lviv, Ukraine Travel Guide

  1. This is my hometown :). There are so many quirky restaurants, it would take weeks to try them all! They are very well done and executed decor, with amazing food. As another person mentioned there is also Shevchenkovskiy Hai, an outdoor museum of an old style village. Easy to get to by tram and a walk. Also a famous Lychakiv cemetery is worth a visit.

  2. Awesome video, as always! Can't wait for you guys to visit St Petersburg, Russia one day and tell us what you think!

  3. I'm not sure if there's cream cheese in sushi sold elsewhere other than Ukraine because I've also had cream cheese sushi in Kyiv but here in East / Southeast Asia it's definitely quite strange for us..

  4. Lviv was established by King Daniel of Galicia in the kingdom of Rus' during the early 13th century, and it was named after his son Lev. The kingdom of Rus' (later also known as Kievan Rus') was the predecessor of what is today Russia (the Greek word for "the land of the Rus'") and Ruthenia (Belarus & Ukraine; the Latin word for "the land of the Rus'"). It was only after the Mongol and Tatar invasion in 1261 and successive waves of Polish migration into the city that Lviv was slowly influenced by Poland, until King Casimir of Poland invaded the city and made it part of Poland in the 1340s.

    Lviv remained under Polish rule until 1772 when Poland was partitioned and Lviv fell under Austrian rule. Subsequently it changed hands again when Poles & Ukrainians were trying to gain control of the city during the Polish-Ukrainian War. And then in WWII after Nazi Germany invaded the city, the Soviet Union annexed Lviv and made it part of Ukraine.

    Lviv is rightfully Ukrainian, with a lot of Polish, Austrian and German influence. If the Ruthenians, the predecessors of today's Ukrainians were the ones who established the city and founded it, I don't see why hundreds of years of Polish influence would invalidate the fact that the city is indeed Ukrainian.

  5. Dear Sam and Audrey! I've just watched 5 your videos and need to say you are fantastic guys. The main thing that attracts me the most is that you're so exited with everything you try, see and visit. Have a nice and safe trips! Thumb up from Ukraine.

  6. You really missed the soul of Lviv. The city looks great, but you missed the real beauty of the city. Typical yanks with a camera

  7. Samuel : You found the PERFECT Restaurant for YOU !!! The 7 🐷 Piggies now in Your HONER the way You EAT, and Your Manners at a TABLE, it will be CALLED, THE 8 PIGGIES, with your PORTRAIT in the Menu !!!!😂!!!!……Lol.

  8. Now im in lviv and have visit a couple of church, fantastic. Thinking about going to seven piggies for dinner later 😊

  9. Hey, awesome video! I'll be in Lviv in July 2018 and have been wondering if 4 days is too much for this city. Thanks a lot for the video, looking forward to hearing from you.

  10. nonsense the food is tasteless and is an insult to the French word "Cuisine!" I lived and worked in Kiev for 3 months……Lenin was right about churches he should have burned them down though…religion causes war

  11. Great job you two! I look forward to seeing much more of your work. You are really nice people and you absolutely ‘get’ the freedom-loving city of Lviv.

  12. Lviv is a Polish city built by Poles and therefore looks like Krakow.
    The commissars, Stalin, took the city to Poland and gave it away to the Ukrainians.
    Ukrainians can not look after the city and that's why it looks like it looks.

  13. Lviv is in my sights right now for a visit later this year. For my Polish girlfriend, it will be something of a pilgrimage as her mother was born there when it was the city of Lwów. She was booted out by Comrade Stalin as he re-drew eastern European boundaries and she had to settle elsewhere in Poland. Mum only went back there once during communist times and was heartbroken – her local church had been turned into a warehouse.

    A lot better place to visit these days after much restoration and the food looks astonishingly good!

  14. I​ would definitely stop by at "kryivka" and the chocolate factory, and museum (two different chocolate places). The chocolate museum has incredible chocolate art whereas in the factory you can see how all the chocolate is made and formed and you can buy some chocolate as well. At the underground restaurant "kryivka" you get the most traditional experience ever. Yes, ​the traditional restaurants you visited were one of my favs but "kryivka" is by far something you must visit.

  15. This city looks like Krakow because it was part of Poland since 1300 and was annexed to the Soviet Union in 1945 after large parts of Germany were given to Poland by Stalin.

  16. hmmm, you visited like 2 dozen churches and not a single synagogue even though Lviv has 5 and this area is the cradle of Yiddish civilization. Guess you have your priorities

  17. Lwow byl Polski do september 1939 polskij gorod, i polaki go stroili, pachozy do Krakowa -architektura stara tak kak w Polshe i zapad Europy:tam do 1939 byli bolshe kak 67 % nasilenie polakow i 30 % inni a tolko 3 % ukraincy.Taka prawda LWow byl polskim gorodem do september1939!!!

  18. First and foremost,it looks 'steeply' Central European for people that don't know that the city use to belong to Hapsburg dynasty and was probably the third most important city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after Vienna and Budapest respectively. It used to look like a typical medieval town up to 18-th century as it was populated by polonized German people,Poles.It also had a big Armenian and Jewish communities for centuries.Unlike Kiev it was not destroyed by Nazis during WWII.
    While strolling around the Old Town you may want to dine at the historical Restoracia Baczewsky on the Market Square.Their Swedish buffet breakfasts are ample and tasty and would cost you some 5- $ pp.There is a pub dearly loved by the locals next door:Teatr Pywa offers you a nice selection of both drafted and bottled beer to be drinken while listening to a local cover-band.You can get a panoramic view of the city for free from the upper floor of Dniester Hotel 4*,not far from the Central Post Office without smelling the stinky stairs.Three more places to see are The Boim Chapel,a UNESCO WHS, Potocki Palace with a nice collection of fine art and Shevchenkivsky Hay,the open air museum of folk architecture in the middle of a leafy forest.
    You might also book an 8-hour tour to see three castles not far from the city ora two-day tour to the neighboring Transcarpathia province.

  19. a very well put together video, I'm visiting in 4 weeks time and vlogging for my channel, thanks fo rthe tips


  21. Is it like really worth visiting? The easternmost point I’ve been to is Greece, I’d real love to see more of Eastern Europe!

  22. Hey, hi from Ireland. We seem to be following you around Europe. Every time we're getting ready to head off to a city I look it up on Youtube and when I click into a video it's you guys again. 🙂 We're going to Lviv in 3 weeks. Another great video. Thank for sharing.

  23. Why don't you tell us the prices on the things you bought. This will be a good thing for Ukraine as people will always travel to cheap destinations where it is beautiful as in Lviv, Ukraine.

  24. 1. Lviv was founded by Ruthenian (Ukrainian) King Danylo Galytsky in 1256. Lviv was named after the eldest son of King Danylo Galytsky. The Poles have no relation to the founding of the city of Lviv.
    2. The oldest churches of the city were built by Ruthenians (Ruthenians are the ancestors of today's Ukrainians).
    3. The highest bell tower of the old town was built by Orthodox community of Ukrainian Assumption Church (with the help of the Orthodox Greeks).
    4. St George's Cathedral, the city's largest temple, was built by Ukrainian Uniate community.
    5. Ukrainian patriot Ivan Levinsky was the largest contractor to Lviv in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  25. Spent 2 days in lviv had no idea what to expect was in rzeszow Poland and decided to hop across the border on the train and was soo pleased with the result lviv was small charming and i love the fact its my own hidden little gem

  26. Si alguna vez vienen a México, vayan directamente primero a Guadalajara y después a Ciudad de México. Cancún es padre, pero no es el México tradicional.

  27. Stillllllllllll,You are Awake!!🤔My Hmmhmmm💝! Sleep! Immediately! No! You need not to look,at l'viv!! Tomorrow is my holiday!☺️ It's a big thing for Me,now!☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️, Don't do this! I am not at all Habituated!☺️☺️☺️☺️,Ok,Take a look at seriously,where at L'VIV!!I mostly like all ancient European countries!See,their face!! Its so funny! Sp.This one!Why Is He so blushing!!!🤔🤔🤔🤔☺️wowwwwww! See! My Moon! I am showing You one wedding also!And white Bedding stuff! Nono! I am also looking at first time!!☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️ YOU like it! Say , Hmmmmm,hmmmmmmm!! Arijit Singh is Also inspired From You!! Hmmmmm,cakes!! L'VIV Name is also sweet! Is not!! What happened!☺️ Sleep sound,&the Best of Your dreams!&yes,I got 5minutes,to apply nail paint in My feet! Complaining to God! Can manage! People would comment,now,Why I am talking so family oriented statement!! Please,alll of You look at the L'VIV! Don't read my chirps chiiiiirrrrrrpppppps! At all!I am Only Saying to My Hmmhmmm!Please, Focus on the Video!See,My Moon! What condition You Brought for Me! But why! I don't know at all! I was saying that friend about My Sita factors!! Its true,Yes! Tests& ordeal continues to…… Sorryyyyyyy,My Hmmhmmm,about that Coolfie🐻Coldness! You Felt weird!! No-no,i am a very good girl! Please don't think,otherwise! I am harmless!!🐻is ok Now! Love,love countless,on YOUR eyes! And sleep! please,Always be in My Heart💝My Coolfie! Pampering You!☺️ Loveeeeeeee You,More than the different name,L'viv!!! Never Bye bye🕯️…

  28. Wow what a gorgeous city i like it so much you're so kind really good job i have a question in which month You visited lviv
    I wanna know About lviv weather in june july cuz i'm preparing To visit it

  29. This is so much beautiful than I was expecting??? Is she asking us, or reporting. These millenials from the West Coast, I imagine. Besides the puzzling about whether she is issuing statements or asking questions, it is a good video.

  30. Can anyone suggest me how to plan 8 days in Ukraine in October? my trip will start from Lviv and end in Kyiv, please recomend me some good local place to go, thanks a lot!

  31. That's my home city and I just LOVE it! We're looking forward to welcoming you here 🙂 Come to visit beautiful Lviv!

  32. Please stop with the closeups of each of you cramming food into your pie holes. Then you talk while chewing your food. Rude. We don't need that. That's what editing is for. Try watching a Rick Steves show for tips.

  33. Guys.. I'm going to study medicine at lviv national medical university from India… It's gonna be my home for next 6 years… 😂❤️❤️

  34. Armenian Church isn’t closed. The entrance is from the other side of the building. Too bad you didn’t know that as the church is truly beautiful!

  35. Lviv is the most beautiful city of Ukraine and very similar to Germanys Dresden. It is really an outstanding city and you wouldnt believe that its in Ukraine cause it look like a typical German city. Greetings from Germany!

  36. In 1938, 80% of the shops in Lvov were owned by Jews, and there were 200,000 people in the Jewish ghetto. Yet no mention by you, and completely eliminated in Ukrainian and Russian tour books. What’s up, guys?

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