At the bottom of St Andrew's descent is the district of Podil. This area reminded me a little bit of Soho in New York City (my hometown). If you navigate your way east to Naberezhno Kreshatik & the Dnieper river, you'll find boats which go out on the river for 60 to 90 minutes. The fee is very small, and there's beer and beverages and snacks available onboard. I suggest going in the evening when the sun is setting.
Podil is a very charming district with more upscale shops and cafes. You'll find the Fountain of Samson, which, according to one legend, a person who drinks from this fountain will settle in Kiev for good. You'll be surrounded by many attractive squares, churches, and streets in Podil.
Dnieper river dominates the city and unlike other metropolises it doesn’t cross the historical centre. But while the city is built on the hill above the river you have several viewpoints over it and the thick forest around it. Sandy beaches stretch along the banks allowing Kiev residents to enjoy sunbathing on a bright sunny day. In fact as you see it from afar, it hardly reminds you, you’re just few kilometers from a 3 million capital city
The Dnepr (Dnipr) River, the third-longest river in Europe, is located in western Russia and Ukraine. It is 2,290 km (1,420 mi) long, from its source in the Valdai Hills west of Moscow to its swampy, delta mouth at the Black Sea. Its course takes it generally south and west past Smolensk, Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk, and Kherson. Draining a basin that covers 518,000 sq km (200,000 sq mi), the main tributaries of the Dnepr include the Berezina, Pripyat, Sozh, Ingulets, and Desna rivers. Dredging and damming have made almost the entire river navigable for the nine months of the year when it is not frozen. The Dnepr carries heavy freight and is an important source of hydroelectric power.
Dnieper River--It runs through Kiev and then south through Ukraine until it runs into a sea. It is a pretty big river--especially in some parts. Cargo ships/boats are of common occurrence. We were able to eat right next to the river one afternoon (at a McDonalds) and it was so beautiful!