In my humble opinion, you only really get to know the city well when you’ve already learned your streets and start looking inside the yards, behind the fences, and through the tiny rugged doors. That is where the spirit and the history are hidden.
This particular yard is one of the first I went to when I moved to Kyiv 20 years ago. Some friends of mine took me there to have some beers in a quiet place before some concert or a party.
Located just off the now-pedestrian Kontraktova square, behind the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Library, this yard is surrounded by a hospital, a church, and and the above-mentioned library. It’s green, newly-renovated, has a few benches to chill at and a 150-years old solar clock – something pretty rare and unique. The entrance to the yard is through the black metal gate on Skovorody Street, just before the corner.
Just grab a drink or an ice-cream at Kontraktova and turn around the corner – you’ll have a place to sit down in a shady historical place to enjoy the moment.
Plus, there is a coffee place just across the street.