The 2018 January is almost over, and the minimum temperature record we achieved so far was -10 degrees. It didn’t feel well to our guides and guests already, but we know that it could have been even worse. However, it is still too far til the end of winter, and we still can expect severe colds to come anytime soon. So if you plan to visit Lviv in February, we strongly advise you to take warm clothes with you and also take a quick look at our post on how to handle severe colds while staying in our beautiful city.
The most traditional pastime during severe colds in Lviv is, of course, intense coffee consumption. Thankfully, Lviv is famous primarily for its widespread coffee culture, so it is unlikely that you won’t find a perfect spot to your liking. We decided not to include the most popular coffee-shops here, though (such as Lviv Coffee Mine and Lviv Coffee Manufacture, Lviv Handmade Chocolate, Kredens Cafe) – you will in any case pass them by while taking a walk through the city center. And now for something completely different © :
Located on the Virmens’ka street, this small but cozy cafe earned its charm in the 70-s of the 20-th century. It was the most popular meeting spot among hippies – both local and foreign ones – who used to come here to chat with their fellow thinkers and listen to at the time forbidden rock-n-roll music. Although the cafe could only accommodate 7 tables, many people stood in line to get their coffee, and after all they went outside and were either standing or sitting on a sidewalk with cups in their hands.
Where: Virmens’ka St. 19 (parallel to the Rynok Sq., 1 block to the north)
Working hours: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
The name of this coffee house is translated as “White Coffee”, although they offer all possible kinds of coffee (together with delicious pastries and nice-flavoured tea). Depending on whether you want to drink coffee alone or with your friends, you can choose one of a few various-sized rooms that will make you feel comfortable.
Where: Tyktora St. 4
Working hours: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Glory Cafe is located at the same building as the famous Hotel George is, and this fact makes it even a more appealing option to choose if you:
- a) stay at Hotel George;
- b) have -20 or so degrees outside.
Apart from serving high-quality coffee, the cafe also offers a wide assortment of snacks as well as more serious dishes. Moreover, the interior is quite amazing too, so you won’t be left disappointed after all.
Where: Mitskevich Sq. 1 (take a turn to the Shevchenko Ave.)
Working hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This one is another warm and cozy place that you can choose either to warm up or to work on your laptop. This modern coffee-shop provides guests with premium sorts of coffee and tea, their own hand-made pastries, but also delicious vegetarian dishes and healthy drinks. In addition, you can take some coffee and tea with you – they will delicately weigh and pack it so that you could even give it to someone as a present.
Where: Kornyakta St. 1 (right next to the Orthodox Transfiguration church)
Working hours: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
This category includes places that can keep you busy in a relaxing way. Whether you are a traveler, a digital nomad, or simply a student – if you want to stay away of the cold and crowds of people in the city center, these spots should be your first points of destination.
Communa is a full-fledged coworking space for freelancers and all other people who don’t like to work from home. Therefore you have a 99% chance that it will be quiet here. The facility is located at the very heart of the city center, so you won’t have to look for it for a long time. Inside you will find stationary PC’s that you can freely use to surf social networks or looking for any interesting information about Lviv and its locations. You will also have free access to an unlimited amount of coffee/tea and cookies. Basically, you only have to pay for the time you spend in Communa, and the prices there are pretty moderate.
Where: Halyts’ka St. 1 – second floor (close to the Rynok Sq.)
Working hours: 24/7
The owners of this place like to call it an anti-movie theatre. Which is partially true, because they have a large collection of the most popular movies that you can watch in one of their rooms, each having its own name and interior. However, if you would like to watch a more rare film, you can bring it on your DVD or a flash-stick. Additionally, every room is supplied with an Xbox, so you can bring your friends to play various video-games to your taste. Snacks, drinks, and hookah are also available for an additional fee.
Where: General Chuprinky St. 5
Working hours: 10 a.m. – until the last client
If you are a complete videogame geek and want to hang out properly while waiting through cold days in Lviv, you can visit the ‘Come in’ anticafe that offers multiple cozy PS4 and Xbox One spots with a wide range of various games. Hourly pay is available, but you can also book a videogame console beforehand – places like this tend to be full all the time these days.
Where: Krushelnytska Solomiya St. 3
Working hours: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
More often, however, extreme cold requires the adoption of rather extreme warming procedures. That is when a bathhouse comes in. Lviv has a few perfect spots that will provide you with comfortable Finnish saunas, Russian banyas, and Ukrainian Laznyas.
Fortuna is a local Lviv hotel and a bathhouse which is situated not far from the city center. They provide three types of steam rooms:
- Standard: includes a cozy banya, a small Roman pool and a lounge zone that can accommodate up to 20 people;
- Junior: this one is even more comfortable, with additional Jacuzzis, so-called bucket waterfalls (specially installed wooden buckets that flood you with cold water) and a Charcot Shower;
- De Luxe:The first class steam room includes all of the above-mentioned services provided with a maximum care and quality.
For an additional fee, you can also use the services of a bath attendant that will beat you with birch twigs (which would complete your Russian baths experience).
Where: Prince Svyatoslav Sq. 11 (a few blocks away from the Lviv Circus)
Working hours: 24/7
This company specializes primarily in Finnish saunas. They have both classical saunas and infrared saunas that don’t create steam but heat your body directly from infrared emitters. Additionally, you can use top notch Jacuzzis with amazing massaging features. Sakura also offers comfortable lounge rooms with huge TV screens, karaoke, and a good Wi-Fi connection.
Where: Naukova St. 59a (close to Victoria Gardens shopping mall)
Working hours: 24/7
Metropolis is generally considered as a healthcare resort that offers diverse relaxing activities for its guests. There is also a nice lounge zone with Finnish saunas, Russian banyas, and Roman steam rooms. Once you heat up enough, you can refresh yourself in contrast swimming pools, lie in Jakuzzis, and drink sedative herbal tea. Massage rooms are also provided, so if you want to feel totally reborn, you should visit one too.
Where: Vasyl’a Stusa St. 2 (parallel to Ivana Franka St., close to Stryisky Park)
Working hours: 24/7
Every traveller knows how bad one can feel after a long bus/train/plane trip, especially when it’s freezing outside. All your body parts seem to have turned into concrete, and you simply cannot perceive the surrounding reality anymore. Luckily, you can fix that by choosing one of Lviv’s SPA centers that will help you renew your body both from the inside and outside.
Leopolis is a luxurious hotel that offers a large set of entertainment services– and not only for those who stay in their rooms. Literally anyone can experience the calm of the hotel’s SPA rooms which include Finnish and infrared saunas, gym, and peaceful lounge zones. A single stay in Leopolis SPA facilities takes ~3 hours, so make sure you get enough relaxation before you go back to the tensed reality.
Where: Teatral’na St. 16 (close to the Rynok Square)
Working hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Located close to the Lviv city center, Premium Relax Club offers a wide range of relaxing activities, such as Thai massage, hot stone therapy, and SPA-wraps. In addition, you can visit their exclusive beauty salon providing various cosmetological, makeup, and hairdressing services.
Where: Krushelnytska Solomiya St. 11 (close to Ivan Franko park)
Working hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
If you want to experience a complete body recovery, Wai Thai will definitely make it possible for you. This is a modern SPA center with a professional staff that can relax each part of your body using the long-standing Oriental healing practices which include classical Thai massage, aroma body massage, mud-wraps, body scrub, stone therapy, and many more.
Where: Fredra St. 7 (close to Shevchenko Ave.)
Working hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.