If the cityscape leaves you yearning for some wide-open space, the obvious answer is to head for Kyiv’s centre. There, you’ll find Holosiiyiskyi Park, offering over 4,500 hectares of forest, grassland, lakes and wetlands. The park is home to an abundance of flora and fauna. Wildlife enthusiasts will find it’s not long before you’re spotting endangered butterflies, birds, lizards, bats and even polecats. Getting around the park is easy enough, all you have to do is pack a picnic, hire a bike, and leave the busy streets behind you.
Café culture is tremendously popular in Kyiv, and if you just want to sit and watch the world go by, Independence Square is the best place to do it. Packed with cafés, the square contains some beautiful fountains, but the centrepiece is undoubtedly the impressive Statue to Ukrainian Independence. Maidan, as the square is known by the locals, has been the site of many political rallies and the spirit of freedom is very much in the air here.