In this post, we’ve compiled the questions about Uzhgorod that are most frequently asked by our hostel guests. Feel free to print this “cheat sheet” if you’re headed to Uzhgorod… And you can thank us later
1. Where can I park my car? Is it safe?
You can park your car for free by the “Edelveys” shopping mall, up the street from the hostel. Down the street from Five Flags, there’s also paid street parking on Koryatovycha Sq. (2 UAH flat fee). Uzhgorod is a quiet town so parking is safe.
2. Where can I change my currency?
At any bank. There’s a few of them right down the street from the hostel on Korzo St. and Koryatovycha Sq. Look for Universal Bank, Credit Agricole, Kredobank, Ukrsotsbank and others. All banks work with Ukrainian hryvnia, US dollars and euro. Exchange rates may not be as favorable for other currencies.
Currency exchanges at banks operate during normal business hours. Otherwise, there’s an exchange kiosk near Dastor supermarket on Sobranetska St. that’s open 24/7. That’s not exactly the city center, so you may want to take a taxi there.
You can also use any ATM to withdraw cash from your credit card in Ukrainian hryvnia.
3. Are there free Wi-Fi hotspots in the center?
There’s free Wi-Fi right in the hostel, but if you can’t live without your e-mail even while walking the streets of Uzhgorod, try any cafe around: chances are strong that they will offer free Wi-Fi Internet as well. For example, there’s free Wi-Fi in the ice cream parlor right downstairs from the hostel or at Kaktus bar on Korzo St. In general, look for a Wi-Fi sticker posted on venues’ doors.
4. What’s there to see and do in Uzhgorod?
The Uzhgorod castle is a must. The Museum of Folk Architecture is right nearby and definitely worth visiting, too. Also make sure to walk the longest linden lane in Europe and see the marvelous building of Trascarpathian Philarmony, formerly a synagogue built in 1910. Nevitsky castle is just 5 km away, and Mukachevo’s Palanok castle is a 40-minute bus ride.
A journey to Uzhgorod is incomplete without tasting bogrács (pronounced as “bohrach”), the region’s staple dish, and soaking in chany, the Transcarpathian mineral water baths. Zakarpattia is a winemaking region, so make sure to sample a selection of local wines at the cellar on Voloshyna St. And don’t forget the famous Uzhgorod coffee, the best in Ukraine.
5. What are the cheap and tasty places to eat?
If you’re after Ukrainian national cuisine, Vertep on Korzo St. is your best bet. The Western-themed Kaktus bar, located a few meters away from Vertep, offers a more traditional selection of European food. Also check out the Korzo 10 diner across the street from Vertep and Kaktus, and Mio café on Pidhirnyi Ln. Egan Irish pub on Voloshyna St. is a good place for a quick snack/beer. To taste the best pizza in the city, go to Antresol on Koryatovycha Sq.
Check out Fanfan on Korzo St. and the Uzhgorod Castle restaurant at the castle if a classy (and pricier) dinner is what you’re after.
(There’s much more on the subject of eating in Uzhgorod in this article.)
6. Where can I hang out and have fun?
Kaktus bar on Korzo St. is a lively place that features live music on weekends. Its sister venue, Deep (located just around the corner on Independence embankment) is another cozy bar frequented by local young people. Panorama on L’va Tolstogo St. is the city’s hottest disco but you may also want to drop by Eila on Svobody Ave. or Viper on Mynais’ka St.
7. Where do I buy Uzhgorod souvenirs?
Check out the shops in the passage connecting Voloshyna St. and Teatral’na Sq. just across the street from the hostel. There’s also a souvenir booth right near the pedestrian bridge on Teatral’na Sq., and a shop on Korzo St. across the street from Astika café.
8. Is there a supermarket/grocery store near the hostel?
Vopak supermarket on Koryatovycha Sq. – a 5-minute walk from the hostel – is the only big grocery store in the city center and your best bet. If you feel like blending with the locals, you may also try the food market near Luxor shopping center on Koryatovycha.