Blur Coffee – Kyiv (UA)

An instatastic coffee bar that blends European influences with Ukrainian hospitality and products into a beautiful café space

  • opening times:
    Mon - Thu: 8 - 21, Fri: 8 - 22, Sat: 10 - 22, Sun: 10 -21
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
    Facebook
  • price check:
    Espresso: ₴27 / Flat White: ₴33 / Filter: ₴39
  • machine:
    Victoria Arduino Black Eagle
  • coffees on offer:
    various from Foundation Coffee & White Label

I took a sip from my Tanzanian cold brew coffee and gathered my thoughts. I was nearing the end of my time in Ukraine and the last coffee shop I decided to visit was probably one of the best I came across during my five days in the country. Kiev, like many major cities, especially those that were once part of the USSR, often suffer from a lack of character in certain parts where crumbling brutalist building blocks dominate the cityscape. But then you come across cafés like Blur that add a much-needed splash of colour and quality to the neighbourhood.

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As I walked in I saw a bunch of girls taking photos of a copy of Kinfolk covered in a net with real oranges added for a splash of colour. If you had to personify what Instagram is, then this was it. Truth be told, Blur is made for it and being instagrammable has almost become a prerequisite that interior designers receive as part of their brief.

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The café is one of Kyiv’s latest additions to a fast-growing local coffee scene. It may come as a surprise to many that the Ukranian capital is almost more sophisticated than many Western European counterparts, but then again Ukraine is a surprising country in more ways than one.

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The space was designed by Blur’s owner who was inspired by the cafés of Berlin and Amsterdam and who wanted to create a modern coffee bar in the city. Capable baristas whip up delicious flat whites while a giant octopus, armed with a glass of white, an aeropress and a portafilter keeps a watchful eye over customers typing away on their MacBooks, or instagramming copies of magazines covered in nets.

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Whatever your motivation to visit Blur may be, here you can exclusively drink White Label Coffee from Amsterdam alongside coffees roasted specially for Blur by Odessa-based Foundation Coffee Roasters. Couple that with some of the nicest people you’ll meet in any café and Blur will surely become people’s favourite in no time. I’m a fan!

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