What to eat in Ukraine

There’s far more to Ukrainian cuisine than the humble Chicken Kiev. I may be very biased, as I have Ukrainian roots, but so many flavours, colours and smells, I believe that Ukraine has some of the most delicious food in the world! Here is a rundown of my favourite things to eat when I am in the bread basket of Europe.

(If you are looking for tips on where to eat in Kyiv, check out my handy guide.)


Holubtsi are stuffed cabbage leaves and their name literally means 'little pigeons'. The fillings vary greatly, depending on region, but they are typically filled with some form of meat and either buckwheat or rice, then covered with a tomato sauce. Cabbage-wrapped parcels of joy!

Classic Red Borscht

One of my favourite things to eat in Ukraine and, in my opinion, the cure for all ailments. Borscht is originally from Ukraine, but now served all over Eastern Europe, this hearty beetroot stew is packed full of healthy vitamins and minerals. It is typically served in either the meaty or meatless variety, with lots vegetables and dill, then finished with a generous dollop of sour cream. The perfect way to warm up on a cold day.


Varenyky are one of my favourite comfort foods. They are traditionally small enough to eat in one mouthful. There is a saying in Ukraine that big Varenyky are the sign of a lazy wife! These moreish morsels are a must-eat for any trip to Ukraine. They are dumplings with a savoury or sweet filling. You can't just have one!


Traditionally made at Easter, but I am personally able to produce Paska dough from my freezer at any given moment. It is somewhere between cake and bread, with raisins inside and lashings of icing on top. The ultimate guilty pleasure!