Virmenka is an iconic coffee house, which has existed since 1979. In 2016, 2017, 2018 it was chosen as "The best Lviv Coffee house" within the framework of the Lviv Coffee Festival.
In summer 2016, Virmenka was renovated. However, the following things were left unchanged: theauthentic brickwork, floor, and such elements as a piece of a stone portal of the ХVI-XVII centuries etc.There appeared old photographs where one could find Kuzia, a member of Braty Hadiukiny rock band and otherstanding customers of old Virmenka as well as book shelves. Some books maybe read sitting over coffee. Some of them may be even bought. The books are about Lviv, Virmenka, Love, Coffee... Virmenka practices a kind of book crossing. It means that you may bring your book and change it to another.
One more tradition, which still exists in Virmenka is the hanging coffee. The coffee house used to have an unwritten rule: to hang coffee to friends, in other words, to buy coffee and tell the barman to treat this or that person to it if he or she comes. Now for this purpose, there is a board to write down so-called personalized coffee. It means that there is indicated on the board for whom exactly the handing coffee is as well as free coffee for somebody.
Coffee is still traditionally brewed in Oriental style, using the innovative technologies. Coffee tastes much better now. In the same way as before, the guests participate in making coffee in Turkish coffee brewing pot, which seems to be dancing, wrapping itself up in sand.
You may also try Lviv Cheese Cake and home made all-natural liqueurs, as well as famous Virmenka Old Lviv, Coffee, Tiramisu, and Chocolate liqueurs.
Historically, Virmenka has always been and will remain Virmenka no matter what happens outside. It will remain forever the embodiment of Lviv chronicle.
See you soon over a cup of coffee!
Lviv, Virmenska Str., 19
9:00 a.m.- 11:00 p.m.