Also called the Little Wien, this elegant town in Ukraine is right across the border from my own hometown. I’ve always been fascinated about its charm and well kept, multicultural backdrop. I love saying that Chernivtsi, even if it’s not a big city, has so many cultural identities – and that’s what makes it so special.
I’m very excited to share with you 6 of my favorite places in Chernivtsi, where I go back again and again. Here are 6 places that are by no means easy to ignore or forget:
1. Olha Kobylianska Street
Olha Kobylianska is a lovely, pedestrian street you cannot miss. Located right next to the Central Square and the Town Hall, the place is inviting you to walk and stare around. It was named after a Ukrainian writer and women’s rights activist who resided here and celebrated the region in her works.
Bordered by elegant houses, the romantic cobbled street is a popular attraction for travelers and certainly a favorite one for locals. Passing by, you will find a lot of great places: bookstores, museums, pubs, terraces and even a cinema. Don’t be surprised by the artists playing the saxophone, dancing and painting portraits — it’s just the street’s daily vibe. And what an animated, artsy and elegant vibe it has!
Nope, you’re not in Wien, or Prague — this is, indeed, a small town from Ukraine, a town which proves to us that there’s no need to be a fancy capital to have class, style and lots of fun places.