It makes us feel positive about the present and hopeful about the future. We decided to take Rick downtown and visit a random coffee shop. Lviv is famous for quality coffee going back hundreds of years. We stumbled upon a new coffee shop and roaster on Ploshcha Rynok (Market Square). It is called Lviv Coffee Mine. The last time Yulia and I were there, actually, there was a souvenir shop at that location. We entered, and walked past a giant coffee roasting machine and gift shop. We found some alluring underground tunnels. I guess they have a running joke that they mine the coffee there. We took some pictures while we were down there.
We stumbled around some more and emerged in a beautiful courtyard.
Doors seemed to be the decorative theme for the courtyard, as you may be able to see behind the stage in the above photograph. They also had different doors painted and hung up to serve as decoration:
We sat down here and ordered some coffee (a rarity for Yulia and me) and some food.
We also noticed a new feature outside on Ploshcha Rynok--a virtual library. We've never seen anything like it anywhere before. I guess you need a QR download to use it. I would go into greater detail about how it works, but we don't have smartphones, so we don't know about that kind of stuff. But what a nifty idea! And it's encouraging to see that it is sponsored by Lviv City Hall. It's good to know that the local government is being so progressive.
|The big purple book says, "Classics." The first book is Herman Melville's Moby Dick.|
We later found out the Lviv Coffee Mine and Legend's House are part of a group of local businesses in Lviv called Холдинг емоцій !Fest. They are a group of creative and unique businesses that are together trying to create a positive image of Lviv in particular and Ukraine in general. Here is a picture of another one of their restaurants, Львівська майстерня Шоколаду (Lviv Handmade Chocolate):
Their first initiative was Криївка (in English, The Bunker). It is a restaurant with a military theme. The restaurant itself has no sign on the street outside. You have to just know its location. To get in you have to say a password. It is supposed to be like a Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) bunker. The restaurant is located underground. I went there last year with my uncle. We had a really good time.
The !Fest company has a mission statement that Yulia and I completely agree with. If I could translate it..."To create a unique space for positive emotions and impressions; to make ourselves, our city, and our country better." In fact, word for word that would also serve as a perfect mission statement for our blog. Yulia and I feel that we have found a group of very similar people to ourselves with different approaches to achieve the same thing. Right on.