Weekly Concierge: One-Page Guide to Lviv

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26 July-1 Aug

Each week, we provide you in one place a summary of the mood in Lviv: what’s happening, what people are talking about, and other things you might need to know to navigate the Lviv, Ukraine, and the surrounding Carpathian region, whether you live here, are visiting, or planning to visit. Lviv Now: English-language stories from Ukraine’s tech-friendly cultural capital!

Barbecue from KlubDymu: see story under Food and Drink. 

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Lviv live music

→ Lviv’s summer of jazz continues: With so much of the world closed for festivals and music, Lviv has become a thriving music center. The Leopolis Jazz Fest brought the world’s top talent to Ukraine in June but the musical spirit continues. Here you can watch a video from the LV Café with two special American guests; the place became like a New Orleans juke joint. 

→ Live Music Schedule: Here you can see what’s playing this week; the schedule is updated weekly on Tuesdays. 

See also: 

The story of the regular players at the LV Café jazz club:

The Music of a Free People

Marianna Tsvetinska, soprano, Lviv National Opera, told Lviv Now why she likes to work and live in 

(We invite you to download this image and share on social media with the hashtag #musicoffreepeople. Please tag @justthebestcityintheworld on Instagram or Lviv Now on Facebook. )

Food & Drink

→ What to eat in Lviv? Here’s a Guide to the Cuisine of Ukrainian Galicia.

→ Thirsty for a tasty drink? The owner of Lviv’s Sino bars is now ranked among the world’s ten best

→ Or perhaps you’d like some wineHere’s a story of a natural wine shop in Lviv, a place for conversation and new experiences. 

→ Here’s some Texan style BBQ you can order via Instagram. 

Wealth & Democracy

→ Ukranian founder of the Free Hong Kong Center Arthur Kharytonov spoke with Lviv Now about the Ukrainian government’s recent agreements with Beijing. 

«I have a feeling that Ukraine decided to change directions from Euro-Atlantic toward Chinese,» he says. «It Is totally a violation of our values of our ideas [of the Euromaidan Revolution].» 

Here’s the full story: «Interview: In Ukraine-China Relations, Where Goes the Spirit of Maidan?»

Travel & Nature

Need some fresh mountain airFind here stories about the villages, rivers, and forests of the Carpathians, not too far from Lviv. 

→ Here’s the Ukrainian railway website, should you want to book a trip. 

→ Want to use a scooter in the city? See the new rules here

Soul & Culture

→ Lviv’s a city of cafés, which also makes it a city of conversation. Here’s the latest in our weekly column about real conversations in this city: «Why do people start wars?»

You’ll see wooden churches all around Ukraine. Here’s the story of contemporary architects carrying on the tradition. 

→ As the nexus of Greek Catholicism, Lviv sits between east and west, which can be confusing to the outsider. Here’s an essay exploring the Greek Catholic ethos of the «city of lions.»

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