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Besarabsky Market, Kiev

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The Besarabsky Market, also referred to as the Besarabka, is an indoor market located in the center of Kiev on the Bessarabska Square at the southwest end of the city's main thoroughfare, the Khreshchatyk. Constructed in 1910-1912 to a design of Polish architect Henryk Julian Gay, the market features 896m2 of market space.Its name originates from Bessarabia, a region conquered by the Russian Empire during the Russo-Turkish Wars and now partially located in southwestern Ukraine on the territory of the Odessa Oblast .
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  • Here, the vote is difficult. Is a nice market with super photo motifs: mountains of caviar, spices, fruit and vegetables. Prices are not written. The customer is prized, and thus develops a price proposal. Always acting. The caviar sellers fool formally to the tourists and call fantasy prices that you may be down more than half. Is then probably still too expensive. It is also getting that permanently caviar cans and glasses are opened. It's then small samples. Then the caviar layer is removed smoothly and the tank is going to be selling. At a different level, there are countless smoked meat samples. Very exotic meats, bear about. If too many people from Kiev visit this market? If, then with more money. The cost, photography and some caviar buy sure a visit worth. Only for 5 star it is not enough just.
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  • Nice market, amazing selection, and a good deal of caviar. Locals said: all too expensive. Well, you can even buy a bite and otherwise photograph. Picturesque.
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  • Go and be sure of great caviar. They taste different in various quality caviar. Don't forget to negotiate
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  • Plenty more food markets scattered throughout kiev with much cheaper prices. Only positive here is because they target tourists they can mostly speak English. Much better things to do and see in the city, would not recommend.
  • All the staple dietary needs in life can be found in this enclave of stalls. You have the chance the barter if you feel the prices aren't in line with your expectations. I walked in wanting an apple and left with 3 kilos of Australian Macadamia nuts. What happened?
  • I like the food stalls there. There's vegan cafes, Vietnamese food, and nice and cheap Ukrainian doughnuts. Also there's plenty of fruit, vegetables, fish, etc.
  • Good to visit for tourists, beautiful building, expect to pay tourist prices if shopping for foods though. The cafes inside and surrounding are decent. If on kreshatik, why not. Better cheaper markets within a couple km' to be found if after groceries.
  • Great and atmospheric historical place, but a little bit rusty. Tasty and safe shawarma is sold behind the building.

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