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Where to eat

 Surprisingly there is no compiled gastronomical guide to Zhytomyr, neither in English nor even in Ukrainian or Russian. But the city can offer quite a satisfactory experience for a gourmet tourist. About half a dozen places call themselves "pubs" , and sure they serve good food and good beer; sushi-bars, pizzerias are also not a rare sight in Zhytomyr, but what the heck, Ukrainian cuisine is one of the richest in the world, and there are plenty of places where you can try it- and not only try, but  eat and drink properly))

 "Varenichna" (10  Mihailivska street) specializes in serving not only Ukrainian, but specifically local dishes: borsch, varenyky (a.k.a "perogy"), potato pancakes (the menu  is also available in English); their savoury, delicious and nutritious  "frying pan sets" are especially recommended; and  in-house made "nalyvkas" have many different flavours, and you'll be lucky to walk in a straight line after you've tasted all of them.

"Buba" (10 Kyivska street)  is a recently opened Georgian restaurant,  just across from the "Ukraine" cinema. The interior design is simple, but the authentic Georgian food is delicious and succulent, and you can see it being prepared as the kitchen is behind a big glass panel. Try on traditional Caucasus woolly hats and cloaks and Take pictures The venue is quite popular, so booking is recommended if you want to visit it on weekend. Average price is £10-15 for two, including drinks, but portions are gigantic and you should try all their different sauces.

 "Favour" in the Hydropark boasts excellent riverside location. It is a big venue often used for weddings and corporate parties, but when it's quiet, you can enjoy a portion or two of "deruny" or vareniky (perogy) while sitting in one of the log cabins just on the water edge, enjoying the  soothing view of the river and its wooded banks, people in boats and on the beach...and contemplating about life, the Universe and everything....

 "The Wolf" pub (96 Kyivska street), an English-themed restaurant,  with a red telephone box and other memorabilia inside. Scrumptious steaks and genuine Guinness make this place worth a visit. 

 "Chas poyisty" ("Time to eat") is an authentic Ukrainian cuisine chain which has two eateries in Zhytomyr, one at the "Global UA" shopping centre, the other on Peremohy Square, the latter has an upper-floor terrace with a panoramic view. They are self-serviced ,  popular with locals and prices are ridiculously cheap. 

 "Lviv Chocolatery" is, as the name suggests, chocolate-enriched cafe, snugly tucked in the corner of Peremohy square. The coffee served there is great, as well as varieties of tasty sweet edible figurines and cakes. And they do hold chocolate-making workshop sessions for kids. 

 "BeerBeef" (45 Vitruka street) looks slightly out of place, surrounded by Soviet style blocks of flats, and is located on the ground floor of one of them. But it's meat plates are succulent, the venue itself is roomy, in an eclectic style, and it hosts live music performances every weekend.

 All mentioned above  is just a small fraction of eating establishments you can find across Zhytomyr. There are many more of them, and their spectres vastly vary in specials, prices, themes and clientele. 

Where to stay 

Hotel "Reikartz"- probably the best choice for foreign visitors. The staff there speaks English and are very attentive. The hotel itself is situated in the very historical centre of Zhytomyr, on a quiet street, with a park, museum, catholic cathedral and orthodox church just on its doorstep, and yet a few minutes walk from the main squares and streets. Tip: book a room with a balcony,  you'll pay a bit extra but it's worth it- balconies there are so big that you can dance on them. And when you want to eat- go somewhere else, as being very good for breakfast, the on-site Italian restaurant is not serving the best food at other times, probably because of low customer volume. 

"Gaiky"- another good choice for staying in Zhytomyr. This hotel-restaurant complex is built on New Boulevard with nouveau-riche opulence. The rooms are big, even huge, and the granite panel clad on outside and inside is meant to impress. 
Funny thing about the name:  the  word "Gaiky" with a stress on the first syllable means "nuts"- block of metal with a threaded hole; with a stress on the second syllable it means "copse", "coppice", and also it's the name of the village where the proprietor is hailed from. 
Certainly this humorous ambiguity gave grounds for pun jokes. 
 Spa hotel "Dodo" is located a bit far from the centre on a busy street, but it boasts probably the best spa in Zhytomyr. And hotel guests can enjoy complementary use of the spa facilities for 2 hours free of charge every day of staying in the hotel. The venue has a night-club as well which can be busy on a weekend. 

The rates at these three hotels are around £15-30 per double room per night, and all have buffet breakfast included. 

There are other hotels available in and around  Zhytomyr ("Ukraine", "Petrograd", "Sadki", "Chudodeevo", "Stara Guberniya"), or you can privately rent one of the apartments which are in abundance around the city, with a daily rate half of those in hotels.

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Комментариев: 17
1 КаПеЦ (Tasha27)   • 03:00:48, 13.03.2016

Может стоит в кавычках писать perogies там где речь идет о варениках К примеру просто все Канадцы знаеют что такое perogies но если говориш им вареники они не понимают
7 Alex (Сашко)   • 23:27:19, 13.03.2016

Да, встречал такое написание, но..надо переучивать)), всё-таки "perogy" and "vareniki"(varenyki, varenyky)- это "две большие разницы")
9 КаПеЦ (Tasha27)   • 23:38:23, 13.03.2016

Просто по Польски это звучит как Perogies Польские вареники) Не знаю почему но это слово прижилось и даже в Канадских супермаркетак вареники они называют именно так
Ну вы конечно сами смотрите что и как вам виднее
Просто хотела подсказать)
10 Alex (Сашко)   • 23:42:37, 13.03.2016

Подумал, вы правы- надо дописать, что "varenyky, a.k.a "perogy"- переучивание должно быть постепенным))
12 КаПеЦ (Tasha27)   • 23:49:26, 13.03.2016

Дело в том что вы в курсе что Англия и Канада тестно связаны)И что читают В Англии в Канаде люди тоже читают и на оборот) Тем более что Канадцы толпами ездят в Англию по разным причинам)
Если Англичане поймут вареники то Канадцы поймут пироги)
2 Марина (Hoakina)   • 08:23:26, 13.03.2016

браво! от це реальна робота задля міста, а не з війна з пам*ятниками
3 oleg (snova)   • 10:40:47, 13.03.2016

очень хорошо
8 Alex (Сашко)   • 23:30:12, 13.03.2016

Марина (Hoakina), oleg (snova)

Дякую! Але це ж тільки персональний блог, хоча...що, в Житомирі немає на що подивитись і чим зайнятись іноземному туристу?))
4 tonnes (tonnes)   • 13:46:28, 13.03.2016

1. You may use the word "cooked" instead of "being prepared". It just sounds better;)
2. It's NOT "booking", it's "making a reservation";) You can BOOK a flight ticket or a trip in general, but if you want to go the restaurant then you "make a reservation";)
3. Just use the word "portion";) "Portion sizes" is like a "double trouble";)
4. " "Chas poyisty" ("Time to eat") is AN authentic Ukrainian cuisine";)
5. It's better to say "chocolatery" instead of "chocolate workshop";)
6. It's LIVE music, and not "life" music;)
7. It's correct to write :" Balconies there are so big that you can dance on them";)
8. It's better to say 'Spa Hotel" and nor Spa Complex.
9. "Hotel guests can enjoy".
10. ".... complimentary use of the facilities for 2 hours free of charge every day when staying in the hotel".
11. The rates AT these 3 hotels...

You are indeed getting better but still some work is required;) Good luck;))
5 Тарас (TarasS)   • 23:24:14, 13.03.2016

Що, Калгаряну один я плюсанув за суспільно корисну справу?
11 Alex (Сашко)   • 23:48:54, 13.03.2016

"give credit where credit is due", ніяк не виправдовую його за всі його тутешні віртуальні вчинки і погляди, але в данному випадку від мене йому теж подяка і респект.
6 Alex (Сашко)   • 23:25:46, 13.03.2016

1.I thought about this, it sounds better indeed, but "prepared" is a wider therm, because in addition to actual cooking, salads are cut, plates are served etc.

2. Agree, it's more formal and more suitable for writing, but here I often hear)), and use colloquially "book a table".

3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11-unarguably you're right on all points, will change them.

Big thanks for your helpful remarks, really appreciate them!
13 Вадим Киплинг (ВадимКиплинг)   • 23:55:20, 13.03.2016

На 4.

5. "It's better to say "chocolatery" instead of "chocolate workshop";)"

It is seen correctly) Because "chocolate workshop" for English-speaking tourists will be in the sense of "chocolate factory." Because they think it's "Roshen")))
14 tonnes (tonnes)   • 00:02:38, 14.03.2016

1. I'm only helping with ONE aspect;) All my other views and visions remain unchanged.
2. Cooked and prepared are synonyms, you can initially use both. Cutting salads is still technically "cooking", serving plates is "serving the table";) These are very small but significant details.
3. Folks in UK may use "book a table" more often, but in America/Canada it's "Would you like to make a reservation?";)
15 tonnes (tonnes)   • 00:05:55, 14.03.2016

Workshop is a place for industrial manufacturing (mechanical workshop), OR a place for a discussion on some subject OR even a place for some rehearsals like dancing or performing arts (theatrical workshop).
"Chocolate workshop" just doesn't sound right;)
17 Вадим Киплинг (ВадимКиплинг)   • 00:16:43, 14.03.2016

"Chocolate workshop" just doesn't sound right;)

For English-speaking tourist concept of "workshop" and "chocolate" - there are incompatible)))
16 tonnes (tonnes)   • 00:15:11, 14.03.2016

One more: "you can privately rent one of the apartmentS."
Letter S was missing at the end.

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