This is without a doubt one of Kyiv’s oldest and most beloved streets. In ancient times it linked the administrative part of the upper town with Podil, the lower town of merchants and artisans. This steep and winding cobblestone lined descent is a traditional venue for outdoor festivals and fairs, and is dotted with numerous intriguing art galleries, museums, cafés, bars and restaurants. Being at the very heart of the city’s art community, the street is a favourite stop for tourists in search of paintings and traditional Ukrainian crafts. This is also a well-known repository for all souvenirs tacky and/or Soviet. Artisans come out in full force on weekends and big holidays. The intriguing building at N°15 is referred to by Kyivites as “Richard's Castle.” It is currently under reconstruction, but no worries...a hidden gem is around back. Head down the street, and to the right you’ll find a steep, twisting flight of iron steps. Those with calf muscles tough enough to conquer the climb are rewarded with a commanding vantage point above Podil and the Dnipro. The Bulgakov Museum is a must visit for literary enthusiasts, and is located at N°13. At the bottom of the hill, turn left to Kontraktova ploscha or right to reach Sahaidachnoho vul., an oasis for connoisseurs and coffee lovers.