Feel like shopping in Kiev? Then you might like our guide below that gives you the best scoop on the fanciest and largest Kiev department stores that definitely have the wow factor.
Department stores we’ve selected are the most modern, large and host some seriously big names in the fashion and clothing industry, from upscale Italian and French fashion houses, to quality British designers, to good old American brands. Here’s a partial list of what you will find in department stores across town:
- Pierre Сardin
- Calvin Klein
- Tommy Hilfinger
- Lee Cooper
- River Island
- Carlo Pazolini
..and many others. Also, as you might imagine, besides fancy things you can buy to wear, Kiev department stores boast nice restaurant areas, some even have a cinema and a mini aqua park.
Kiev was actually ranked among the best in Europe for shopping tourism according to Economist Intelligence Unit. Among the perks of shopping in Kiev you’ll have the fact that the stores are open longer hours but the prices are higher than in the rest of Europe so it’s a balance after all.
Let’s explore one of the best Kiev department stores.
year built: 2013
proximity to the city center: 5 minutes away from Kiev’s main street
address: 1-A Sportyvnaya sq.
sections: 4 extensive floors with department stores, a grocery store, a bank, a pharmacy, bowling, cinema and upscale restaurants area and even 24 hr parking
attractions: most recently built, this Kiev department stores is located in a fancy 30 store building next to Kiev’s #1 business center right across the street and is basically in the heart of Kiev’s most upscale neighborhood. Its 5th floor is dedicated to plethora of nice restaurants and the 6th floor even hosts the cinema.
Gulliver is definitely the #1 Kiev’s department store as its number of high-end stores will have you shopping for hours. It’s truly a one stop for all your needs. Also, won’t be surprised by a the number of locals taking photos of themselves, as Gulliver is quite a fancy place even by the Western standards.
year built: circa 2004
proximity to the city center: located exactly on the Kiev’s main square in the heart of the city
sections: 3 floors of interconnected shopping extravaganza, restaurants area and an Internet center
attractions: Globus is the original department store built roughly 10 years ago and was the first one of its kind back in the day. It has a great selection of high-end boutiques and while walking through the entire thing you will hear familiar English a lot as quite a number of shoppers in this Kiev department store are foreigners.
A special attraction can be a large Brocard store, which is a famous chain in Ukraine offers the most extensive beauty and fragrance selection, from Armani and Rochas, to even Britney Spears and J-Lo.
year built: 2012
proximity to the city center: about 15 minutes away from the city center
address: 126 Gorkogo St.
sections: 300 stores from leading world brands, restaurants area, cinema, kids entertainment complex
attractions: Ocean Plaza is by far the biggest shopping and entertainment complex in Kiev. It has a fancy and modern design and hosts some great venues to spend some quality time in.
year built: circa 2005
proximity to the city center: at the end of Independence Square, technically city center
address: 2 Baseynaya St.
sections: expensive and luxury boutiques, scattered around the fanciest entertainment and leisure complex in Kiev
attractions: Arena in itself is not per se a department store but it a sphere shaped entertainment complex that has one of the top lounges and clubs in the city. In and around the complex you will find designer boutiques from French, Italian and other famous brands.
You will also feel most adjusted here are this place attracts the most foreigners in the Kiev. So you can pretty much expect to run in to someone from your home country quite easily.
Another thing that can be mentioned is that the entire Kreschatyk street has tons of boutiques. Perhaps taking a walk on a sunny day can pretty much get you suited up for an important even or simply a night out.
But do remember, while Kiev shopping centers have been on a rise in the last couple of years and this trend has produced some very attractive department stores, the local sales people might not speak the best English and booking a shopping guide and interpreter in Kiev can be a good idea.
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