Ukraine is a treasure trove, and nothing beats shopping in Kyiv – the metropolitan heart of the country. Here exists the contrast of modernity and tradition, unparalleled aesthetics, and the choice between elaborate or simple. Here, the buyer has all the control.
Modernity Meets Tradition
Ukraine is known for its elaborate markets and Vsi Svoi is taking the lead in modernising the market-style shopping scene. This multi-floor indoor market features a extensive collection of Ukrainian brands. In the surrounding courtyard you’ll find local food and drink vendors, a beautiful view, and possibly even a local DJ adding to the excitement.
The markets are generally scheduled for 2-3 weekends per month, each with a different theme. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the makers, ask questions, and grab a few bargains if you can. If you can’t make it to the market, you can visit Vsi Svoi’s two flagship locations on the ever-popular Khreschatyk. Here you will find an even larger display of Ukrainian brands with one location dedicated to clothing and accessories, and the other location dedicated to homeware, also featuring a sosy café. With working hours from 10.00 – 22.00, there’s no excuse not to set foot in these trendy shops.
Sustainable is the New Sexy
Transitioning into sustainability is made easy with the help of Ozero, a small shop with a big focus on zero-waste. Products sold here are high-quality and carefully chosen, and it doesn’t stop there: this company holds workshops to help bring eco-awareness to schools and businesses. The shop is easy to navigate and the staff are extremely knowledgeable on all products, making the buying experience clear and simple. Some of my favourites here are the personal care items and the versatile cleaning sponges made from dried loofah plants. Ozero is located in a building Izone, which serves as a contemporary creative hub for businesses, art, and events. This place is worth a visit, even just for the industrial aesthetic that the building exudes.
Go Big or Go Home
A taste of the western world is on the menu at shopping centers such as Ocean Plaza, Gulliver, and TSUM, where international brands, upscale entertainment, and fine dining are attributes of these modern malls. A beautiful fountain graces the main entrance of Ocean Plaza, and the first floor features the largest aquarium in Eastern Europe. Among the many international brands, kiosks showcase local innovative businesses like Tsukerka’s natural cosmetics, and Teplo’s handcrafted candles. Gulliver boastsa large Silpo supermarket which features international gourmet foods and a sit-in food court – the first of its kind. TSUM on the other hand is a department store concept mall, not to mention the top level being a foodie haven. These three unique centres are turning shopping into a leisurely, sociable, and sensory experience and I’m all for it.
Where to go this month:
Vsi Svoi Market
Vsi Svoi Flagship (clothing)
Vsi Svoi Flagship (home & décor)