NOTE: This guide is from 2010 and some info may be outdated.
For an updated guide, check out this 2020 one from Expat Ukraine.
Kiev in a word: Blessed.
C.O.H: 2 / 5
Q.O.G: 5 / 5
S.T.L: 3.5 / 5
City guide ratings explained
Beer: Around €.80
Bed: €10 for a dorm
Bud: €15 per matchbox-5 grams
Board: €5 for a steak and chips!
Budget other: Nightclub entry is usually cheap at around €2. Budget for treating your date to a few drinks.
I say blessed for a reason. If you are looking for the mother of your child, this is the place to be. Kiev is home to arguably the most beautiful women in the world. They have slim Slavic bodies and cute facial features and are more petite than their Belorussian/Russian neighbours.
The only problem is most don’t speak English. You need to learn some Russian if want to score. Some are eager to practice their English, but don’t count on it.
Kiev girls are easy to contact over the internet for a meet up. You could date a girl with model-looks. They may take a little work and even a few dates, but they are 100% worth it. Just watch out for gold diggers.
EDIT: I’ve had multiple complaints about this glowing assessment. Apparently the word is out and it’s harder and harder to meet girls here.
In the winter time, it is not uncommon to find that there are two girls for every guy at a bar or club.
It’s not actually called doctors but all the staff wear hospital gear. Any TUI hostel owner will know it. This basement bar is a little hard to find but is has cheap booze, nice steak and good looking girls. Good place to bring a date as well. Ask for the needle. They put you in a straight jacket on the bar counter and feed you a green cocktail mixture through a giant syringe!
Irish pub good for a pint and convenient location. A little pricey than Doctors but saves you a taxi ride.
Getting High (courtesy of webehigh.com)
Legislation: ILLEGAL – Strict Penalties if caught, severe penalties if caught dealing, up to 20 years in prison.
Law enforcement: Police are very tolerant or can be bribed with as little as $50.00 if you have about 2 cigarettes.
Where to buy marijuana in Kiev: Finding Good Marijuana is not easy but it is available. Amsterdam quality Buds can be purchased although all the ones I have found can be rather dry. Lots of shake is available in Match Boxes from dealers at large metro stations in the downtown area. I have found that Hookers usually have access to it!
another reporter added: “Check first the quality & after that buy.At the metro station nobody will sell you grass. Many assholes try to trick with the foreigners so be careful. Believe me.”
Our LATEST reports say: don`t buy near metro stations (many pigs).
ask for weed people who looks like smokers but don’t`t buy more than 5 grams (match box named “pocket”). try to buy a 1/2 of match box (“polowina”-translates like a HALF)–its most popular , not crime, $10-30 USD .
Marijuana prices: ($20 USD per matchbox-5 grams )Hydroponic costs up to $20 USD per gram. hash not produces in Ukraine and costs more than $30 USD per gram (morocco). there are many growers in Ukraine and here you can find real good stuff (but mostly ruderalis).
More information: Relatively new to the Ukraine, most people here are happy just to get drunk. Very popular with the younger generation.
My Kiev Experience
I arrived with 6 girls phone number, but only had 3 days. The first night I met a cute 18 year old and we had a great time, but no bang. I didn’t have time to meet her again but we still keep in contact. On the second night, for the craic I decided to invited 2 girls to the same place and the same time! PRICELESS! One Russian blonde (20) and one Ukrainian vampire(19)… but the situation was actually quite awkward. Bottom line – The blonde was totally out-smoked by the vampire and see bowed out gracefully after a drink. The vamp didn’t speak much English but my little bit of Russian helped. I went home with the vampire. Ukraine is the only place in Eastern Europe I would consider living. Hell, I almost bought a hostel while I was there.