Kreshchatyk Street is the heart and soul of city center in Kiev. From McDonalds to McDonalds and beyond it is the gathering place for teens drinking and celebrating weekends in the warmer months. There are booths that offer beer (of course) and food, ice cream and boutique stores lined up sidewalk to sidewalk on both sides of the street. Cafe style restaurants overflow onto the sidewalks and coffee house style terraces appear in warmer months. Independence Square and Globus (underground 3 story mall) are mainstays for political discourse and shows and general gatherings. It's also the scene of the notorious shootings in February of 2014 when the government assassinated pro-euro demonstrators (about 70 died).Weekends allow traffic closures so the main portion is closed to vehicular traffic and often there will be displays or shows in the street geared mostly to children. There are a myriad of animals available by street venders to get a picture, Owls, weasels, birds of prey, and such and many artists align the area of Independence Square who are remarkably talented for portraits!Occasionally, there are city days or special celebratory times when arts and crafts are available on the streets or side streets.There are government buildingsand grounds, easy transportation by Metro, and people galore! Take part, you won't regret it!