Beautiful scenary, kind, generous people
So much to experience, so little time
The home of my ancestors.
The Ivano-Frankivsk Acadamic Drama Theatre is locatted right next door to Hotel Nadia in central Ivano-Frankivsk. The theatre hosts mainly plays but there was an advertisement when I was in Ivano-Frankivsk for famous singer Ani Lorak's concert at the theatre in October of this year. *Picture to be added shortly*more
Our favorite thing to do in almost any city, is get to center via bus and spend all day walking around. Ivano Frankivs'k has a lovely walking street with fountains and small shops, a bustling market, and beautiful old churches. It's easy to get lost so take a map and choose a few places beforehand that you really want to see. Sip hot tea from a...more
Like most Ukrainian cities Ivano-Frankivsk also has an Independence Street/ Nazalezhnosti Vulystya which is the main pedestrian walk way in the centre of the city. The street is lined with various different indoor and outdoor restaurants, coffee bars and also the odd cake shop and ice cream bar. There also also a small number of shops selling...more
Peperoncino is an italian indoor and outdoor restaurant located on the main pedestrial walk way in Ivano-Frankivsk. Only a 5 minute walk from the Hotel Nadia and it is the first restaurant you will come across on that walk way if you are coming from that direction. As it has an outdoor section which is beneath an open marquee the restaurant give...more
The restaurant decor is so beautifully, traditionally Ukrainian that it's hard to concentrate on the menu. Garlands of onions, garlic and spices drape the dark ceiling beams between old pottery and craft and farm items. Traditional murals in bright reds and blues and greens cover the whitewashed walls. Waitstaff in traditional garb know some...more
Kray Neba is a hotel/ restaurant located 40km outside of the city of Ivano-Frankivsk. We stopped here for lunch on our way to Ivano-Frankivsk from L'viv so this review will be purely on the restaurant side of Kray Neba as I did not use the hotel services. The restaurant has a lovely outdoor section where you can choose to sit under a canopy or out...more
If you find yourself in Ivano Frankivsk, do not miss the chance to visit Bunker Bar! This low-key underground bar is styled after a Ukrainian resistance bunker during the Soviet revolution. Trinkets garnish the walls in a respectable, not tacky, way - there is always something interesting to look at hanging on the walls.
The bar carries a wide variety of vodkas (of course!), including a fabulous home-made vodka that the owner gave us! They also serve nice Ukrainian dinner dishes. Service is great and the atmosphere is perfect!
Perhaps the best testament to this bar is the fact that it's always packed with locals, young and old!
Definitely stop by for a visit!
Dress Code: Come as you are
Ivano-Frankivsk airport is located just 3 miles from the city centre. The airport is extremely small with one run way and only one terminal. Due to Ivano-Frankivsk being a small city you can only travel by Aeroplane to Ivano-Frankivsk from Kyiv. Only 2 flights operate from I-Frankivsk Airport - One leaves in the morning at around 6:30 to Kyiv and...more
We came to the city by train. It is connected with Kiev, Lviv and other large cities by trains.There are also bus routes to the majority of West-Ukrainian cities.I don't know if the city airport functions now.You can fly to Lviv and then take a bus, a train or a taxi to Ivano-Frankivsk.more
In busy areas such as train stations, metro stations, football stadiums in Ukraine you will see toilet facilities that look like this (even in the ladies toilets). Regular toilets will be found in hotels and restaurants. In the busy areas and when entering a toilet using the toilet is generally free of charge, you may need to purchase toilet paper...more
Ukrainian Orthodox is the main religion within Ukraine and indeed in Ivano-Frankivsk. When driving around the country you will see many grand churches in even the tiniest and poorest of villages. Due to the large Jewish community you may also see Synagogues. You will notice Orthodox churches straight away as they have the Russian style Onion shaped...more
In my experience of Ivano-Frankivsk most of the population in this area speak Ukrainian. This may sound a rather obvious but many cities in Ukraine (in particular Eastern Ukraine) speak mainly Russian. The dialects in Ukraine tend to vary quite vastly and Ivano-Frankivsk is no exception. The dialect can almost sound Polish in some areas but you...more
It is important to stay aware and to stay vigilant when driving on Ukrainian roads. You will find that inside of the big towns and cities the roads will be smooth and very safe but on the rural roads outside of the cities most roads you will see pot holes and cracks which can easily damage your hire car if you are not careful. Again, this is not a...more
This warning or danger tip isn't just specifically for when Ivano-Frankivsk but for any market or busy town area within Ukraine. Be aware that if you see anybody that you think could be following you around the market that smells of alcohol to keep well away from them. Pick pockets around this area usually smell of alcohol, this may be rubbed onto...more
If you ever get the offer of visiting an authentic Ukrainian village you have to go. The villages in Ivano-frankivsk are extremely beautiful with views of the amazing Carpathian Mountains. Ukrainian villages are generally very cash poor but inhabit some of the most kind, generous people that you will ever meet. You will see people coming out of...more
This is a very big market which sells everything from clothes, shoes, food, flowers, ornaments.....even animals. We were brought here by our interpreter and really enjoyed our morning at the market. Most items were really well priced. I bought a rug for my living room that cost me roughly £5.00 and would have cost me £25-£30 back home. All the...more
What I want to see in all Ukrainian cities are the markets. They are lively, colourful and offer incredible quantities of excellent food, produced without hormons, pesticides and with minimal to none input of artificial fertilizers. I am sure you will miss these great fruits and vegetables when you are back home to the tasteless EU-tomatoes which...more
I spent in this city half a day, waiting for a train back home. We decided to get from railway station to center by foot, and it took quite long walk though. What I got to notice, Ivano-Frankivs'k is very friendly city with same very friendly people. At day time, it was very alive. As its a region center, in city quite well advanced business, lots of shops and services (comparing to most other west ukrainian citys, unfurtunatly, they are far from good).
Though, as for architecture, I expected more from this famous city. Just few beutiful buildings I came across, and most of them, in center.
Well, in spite of everything, Ivano-Frankivs'k is a fine place to make a stop in your further travellings around Carpathian Mts and west of Ukraine.
Fondest memory: As for fondest memory, it was in pizzeria Chelentano, which is close to main square. We were so hungry, so offered pile of food, waiters I guess, for first time saw such hungry tourists, was funny to see their eyes when we asked for more and more :) Btw, very tasty place to have a lunch.