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    .: Souvenirs & crafts

    by toonsarah Written Jun 24, 2010

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    In a square just behind the Opera House is a small market with stalls selling traditional crafts as well as some flea-market items. It’s a good place to look for souvenirs, though like all such places you will find the quality variable and the prices likewise.

    I particularly liked the various embroidered goods such as the traditional shirts and tablecloths. I was very tempted to buy but decided to wait until I’d seen more of what was available in the city. In fact I ended up buying a lovely table-runner the next day, but in a shop on Ploscha Rynok rather than here in the market.

    My eye was also caught by some of the religious art on display. Some of the icons were lovely but most of the paintings too garish for my taste, as indeed were the non-religious ones. What caught my attention most however were several paintings of the Virgin Mary in a pose I had never before seen in a painting, natural though it is – see photo 2.

    Other souvenirs you might buy include ceramics, sheepskin slippers and t-shirts.

    What to pay: Prices are a lot cheaper than in the West, though you still need to check that you’re getting reasonable quality goods of course.

    In the market Religious art

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    Gallery: Shopping for Souvenirs

    by hunterV Updated Nov 19, 2014

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    There are a lot of small stores around Market Square where you can buy different Ukrainian souvenirs. The choice is huge!
    You can see one souvenir store after another, and the goofs they offer do not repeat themselves, I must say.
    Good shopping, fellow travelers!

    What to buy: Ukrainian embroidered shirts and blouses, pictures, postcards, dishes and what not.

    What to pay: 50-200 UAH and more depending on your mood.

    Market Square shopping Market Square shopping Market Square scene At the entrance to the City Council At the City Council, Lviv
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    Krakivsky Market

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jul 7, 2008

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    If you like bustling outdoor markets, then you shouldn't miss a visit of Lviv's Krakivsky Market.

    It is mainly for fresh products such as fruits, vegetables and meat, but cheap clothes and all sorts of bric-a-brac can be found here as well.

    Directions:
    The Krakivsky Market is located near Bazarna Street, just about 15 minutes on foot northwest
    of the Opera House.

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    Dom Knigi

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 8, 2011

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    Probably the best selection of books in Lviv is available at the Dom Knigi (House of books).

    The building is home to several book shops which are still Soviet style. This means that the shops consist of a few counters with shop assistants whom you have to ask for the book of your choice.

    Besides all kinds of Ukrainian books, you also find many guide books and local maps in different languages here. On my fist visit to Lviv I got myself a Lviv Atlas for 8 UAH at the Dom Knigi.

    Directions:
    The Dom Knigi can be found at the north-eastern end of the Adam Mickiewitz Square.

    Address: Dom Knigi, Adam Mickiewitz pl. 8, Lviv

    Lviv Dom Knigi Lviv Atlas from Dom Knigi
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    Vernisazh Open Air Market: Local Arts and Crafts

    by om_212 Updated Jul 14, 2007

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    a popular place for souvenir and local crafts shopping conviniently located in the very center of the city (in a side street of the Opera across Zankovetska Drama Theatre)

    What to buy: you can find authentic rags made of goat wool from Carpathians, Ukrainian beaded necklaces called gerdans, wooden boxes and plates, painted eggs and various embroidery items.

    Carpathian rags and carpets gerdans, Ukrainian beaded necklaces
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    Yurashky: Reviving Old Traditions

    by hunterV Updated Nov 21, 2014

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    Yurashky Gingerbread Workshop is a new store in Lviv located in Krakivska Street not far from Market Square.
    Here you can choose gingerbread souvenirs to take home with you. Their offer is great: from small ones to huge compositions of edible souvenirs depicting the sights of Lviv.
    The name Yurashka came from St.George's Cathedral that is called SobOr SviaTOho YuRA in Ukrainain (syllables in capital letters are stressed). Yura is how local people used to call their revered saint St.George the Dragon Slayer. Such gingerbread, called after St.George, was very popular with locals and visitors of Lviv during famous fairs that took place in St.George's Park located opposite the cathedral.
    Gingerbread have long been a festival tradition in this city. It was carefully kept for centuries and then forgotten in Soviet times.
    This store also offers a workshop of painting over gingerbread gifts with special edible "paint".
    Old Traditions Become Alive

    What to buy: Different gingerbread souvenirs with images of Ukraine, Lviv and other Ukrainian symbols.

    What to pay: UAH 50 and up

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  • Market - Lvivsky Rinok

    by jkey Written Sep 12, 2003

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    Rinok is a market. Its divided into several buildings (fruits and vegetable market, meat and salami market, fish market) and rows of kiosk.

    What to buy: In summer, rinok is the best source of cheap and quality fruit and vegetable. Also home-made salami, various kinds of bread, sweets, chocolate. It may depend on what country you are from, but from Czech perspective, Ukrainian "local specialities" are for sure kvas (drink made from brad and sold from big tanks), local halva (chalva), some sweets.

    What to pay: Look at various places and overview prices. When you know, what an item shoul cost, try to buy it. If marketeer tries some special "touristic" price, bargain.

    Fruit market
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    Ask about Obolon Kvas: Must buy Kvas !

    by convoyblue Updated Jun 19, 2003

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    What to buy: The first references to kvas was made in the 989 ! Kvas was the most popular beverages in eastern Poland, Ukraina and Russia.The Slavs made a kvas usually on bread.

    If Kvas was kept incorrectly, had a terrible explosive force, it broke even the bottles.
    That not so easy to make such delicious drink on bread, so it takes ca. 70 days after first water and boil the grain with malt and caraway oil.

    So if you don't want to wait 70 days just buy a kvas during your stay in Lviv. You will be surelly astonished. It's much better to drink kvas when it's hot outside then mineral water...belive 1000 years of experience :)

    What to pay: a little :)

    Must drink activity
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    Open air market: Great place for national suvenirs

    by cold_dead_bunny Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    It is not really huge, but there you will find large assortment of true ukrainian national stuff - household things, clothes, carpets, towels, art, jewelry etc etc. And all /I guess so/ hand-made.

    Also, there lots of USSR stuff, same as (if you know) Kyiv's Andrievsky Uzviz, but about 5 times cheaper.

    What to buy: Embroidered shirts and towels, bright-colored belts and laces, bags, woolen blankets.

    I am sure you will find something for you!

    What to pay: Belts and laces - are about $3-4.
    Towels - differ in price, about $20-50.
    Shirts - $40-50.
    Woolen blankets - 40-60$

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    VARIOUS VENUES TO SHOP: LVIV SHOPPING

    by LoriPori Written Jun 18, 2010

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    With only two days in Lviv, I didn't really have a lot of time to shop, but I did find a lovely open-air Market off a side street to the right of the Opera. There were many booths selling everything from souvenirs to beautiful paintings. One booth intrigued me, as she was selling many of those cute nesting dolls - five dolls all fitting into one large wooden doll. She was asking 45 hr for them which sounded like a fair price and I almost bought one - then I asked myself, what I would do with it? and decided not to.
    Typical Ukrainian souvenirs include Ukrainian embroidered shirts and table cloths.
    Krakivsky Outdoor Market located near Bazarna Street, northwest of the Opera House, is supposed to be typical of a "Russian" style market. It is said to have mostly dry goods, like clothing and shoes, but also a Farmer's Market with fresh produce - fruits & vegetables - and meat.

    Shop selling wooden Nesting Dolls & T-shirts

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    Galician Market: The Oldest Market

    by hunterV Updated Nov 27, 2014

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    Galician Market is the oldest one in Lviv. It was built in 1894.
    The market includes a lot of agricultural stores (meat and fish) and kiosks as well as industrial goods (clothes, shoes) and food stores.
    The walking space is tiny indeed, so be careful and do not break the stalls.
    I enjoyed the flower market located at the entrance to Galician Market.

    What to buy: food & drink, meat, bread, clothes and shoes - and flowers

    What to pay: UAH 50 and up

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    What to buy

    by Zo72 Written Jan 22, 2006

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    Prices in Ukraine are low so so there are many thing worth buying. One of the things to try are Svitoch candies. Also votka is cheap in Ukraine - just don't buy the cheapest. Also in Ukraine there are many brands of beer well worth trying.

    Votka and candies sets

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    Flee Market: Ivan Fiodorov Square

    by hunterV Written Nov 23, 2014

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    The area around Ivan Fiodorov monument has become a huge flee market where books and antiques can be bought.
    The market is located to the right of the entrance to Assumption Church and in front of an old building that houses the state archives now.
    As history tells us, Ivan Fiodorov was invited by Assumption Fraternity to Lviv from Moscow. He settled in Lviv and published the first ABC Book and the Apostle in thousands of copies and with great quality here.

    What to buy: books & antiques

    What to pay: UAH 50 and up

    Ivan Fiodorov monument and the flee market Ivan Fiodorov monument and the flee market Ivan Fiodorov monument and the flee market The flee market Ivan Fiodorov monument and the flee market
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    Ukrainian money - Hryvnia

    by Zo72 Written Jan 20, 2006

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    Ukrainian currency Hryvnia (UAH) was introduced in 1996. It replaced Coupons (Karbovanets), temporary currency used after abandoning rouble. Ukrainin coins are kopiykas. 1 Hryvnia is 100 kopiykas.

    Currency is easily exchanged at numerous exchange offices - there is no commision and for 1 EUR you get approximately 6 UAH. There is no difference in exchange rate for different banknotes - meaning if you get 600 UAH for 100 EUR note, you'll get 60 UAH for 10 EUR note. Also there are not big differences between exchange offices in Lviv but avoid changing many at the border because exchange rates may be significantly lower there.

    Hryvnia bank notes Hryvnia bank notes

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    Beauregard: High End Perfume Store

    by lohdennis Updated Nov 4, 2008

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    I visited a high-end Dior/Chanel/Armani perfume store on Prospect Svobody just to check out the prices. As in any large city with "chic" boutique stores, the salespeople were smartly dressed in "blackish" uniform. The interior was very similar to any of this type of store in New York City, Tokyo, or Paris. The prices were similar or higher than in New York City. Given the fact that the average annual wage is about $3000-4000 in Lviv, the relative prices are exhorbitant!!!
    The customers in general appeared relatively young and I really wondered how they could afford such luxury items. The only three possible explanations that came to my mind were that people were buying for (1) "very special occasion or person" (2) "sugardaddies" (3) there is only a few of these stores so there are enough wealthy people in Lviv (population-one million) around to keep a few of these thriving.

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