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Crimes closer to home include such petty annoyances as having bits of your car stolen to the inevitable disappearing purses and mobile phones. Winter temperatures often plummet to below -20°C. in which case expect to pay 10-20 per cent duty. Latvia.vet. Take two photographs of the art piece and your passport to the Committee of Cultural Heritage. syrupy rye vodka fortified with apple leaves and lime blossom. a figure that’s drastically reduced to 40 cigarettes. check www. Among the more interesting spirits are starka. and hearing loops.972. a great deal of it taking place inside the clandestine world of business and politics and consequently having little if no effect on the average visitor. you’ll be lucky to find any thought given to wheelchair accessibility at all. Among the more common varieties are the magnificent Švyturys from Klaipėda. The chances of getting robbed in the street remain tiny. Šnipiškių 3.
While things have greatly improved for the disabled over the past few years. a 15th-century PolishLithuanian concoction of dark. However. milk or dairy products from outside the EU except under certain circumstances. Fertile lowland. caution never did anybody any harm.949 Vilnius 523. °C
. North to south.inyourpocket. cold. Many varieties exist and you’re recommended to test a few before settling on a regular brand.303km2 Roughly twice the size of Belgium. 20 cigarillos.lt.lt. one of the country’s more cynical pieces of legislation that does nothing except penalise the country’s poor. (+370) 5 273 42 56. Dogs require vaccinations and passports (or other proof of vaccination). If you want to drink beer made in the capital you’ll have to drink it in a microbrewery (see Nightlife). 30 20 10 0 -10 -20 J F M A M J J A S O N D
Temperature.05Lt US$1=2.cust. Vilnius can’t claim its own brewery. although finding one when you need is like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. and for information on animal related arrivals. Outside the capital. Visas for Kaliningrad are now available if you arrive there by air. EU membership and Schengen agreements have as good as removed all border formalities with Latvia and Poland whilst getting in an out of Belarus and Kaliningrad remains wrapped up in red tape for holders of most passports. or are located on cobbled streets.
Those arriving from other EU countries have no import restrictions placed upon them. and the local illicit firewater. Lithuanian beers tend to be stronger than their Western counterparts. and the largest of the three Baltic nations. tel. Poland and the peculiar Russian exclave born out of the ashes of WWII and the disintegration of the Soviet Union that is Kaliningrad.479ha Highest point Aukštasis 293. generally of good quality and is drunk with gusto at the mere rumour of the dropping of a hat.3% Ukrainians 0. Green-uniformed police (policija) are supposed to be keeping the peace in Old Town.8m
The climate information below only gives an average indication of what to expect. and you won’t be troubled. 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco. Check prices before a session to avoid an embarrassingly large bill at the end of the evening. samagonas. making the forming of the simplest words (such as alus) a challenge after just a couple of the most lethal.
Almost without exception Lithuanian beer (alus) is light. and you’re advised not to flaunt your wallet in stupid places or announce to the entire world your huge wealth by wearing loud jewellery in quiet back streets. Utenos from Utena and Kalnapilis from Panevėžys.Basics
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Lithuania is bordered by the Baltic Sea. 100 cigarillos.6% Russians 5. east to west is 373km Borders Baltic Sea 99km Belarus 502km Latvia 453km Poland 91km Russia (Kaliningrad) 227km Longest river Nemunas 937km (475km in Lithuania) Largest lake Drūkščiai 4.050 Ethnic composition (Lithuania) Lithuanians 83.66Lt (March 25. Lithuanian vodka (degtinė) is cheap. 10 cigars or 50g of tobacco if arriving by any other means. the greatest distance is 276km. The newer trolleybuses in Vilnius have low entries. 2013)
Crime & Safety
Crime is rampant in Lithuania. see the website at www. If arriving by air you can bring 200 cigarettes.45Lt £1=4. When arriving from non-EU countries you’re entitled to bring in one litre of spirits or four litres of wine or sixteen litres of beer. Belarus. although they will need to make it known if they’re arriving with more than €10. Don’t leave valuables in unattended pockets or lying around on tables. available through the right connections. You can’t bring meat. Visas for both can be obtained from the Belarusian and Russian embassies in Vilnius as well as from a few travel agencies. Take note that imported alcohol isn’t cheap. look like you know what you’re doing.pasienis. Perhaps surprisingly. Lithuania is still a tough place to get around on anything other than two well functioning legs. At the time of writing it was illegal to buy alcohol in shops between 22:00 and 08:00 anywhere in Lithuania.6% Others 3. You can take home as much art as you wish tax free unless it’s over 50 years old. cheap and delicious. Many of the better antique shops in Vilnius can take care of all the paperwork for you. You can’t arrive with live birds other than pets for non-commercial purposes.3% Territory 65.7% Poles 6. Don’t go falling into the trap of thinking that because the local stuff is giveaway everything else is too. In Old Town expect to pay somewhere in the region of 5-10Lt for half a litre. crisp. For more information about getting in and out of Lithuania.3% Belarusians 1.
and on highways you can drive at 130km/h until November 1. Vilnius is no longer the cheap city for foreigners it used to be. Winter tyres are mandatory between November 10 and April 10. 50Lt.com
.45Lt to €1. (+370) 5 262 96 60. With the exception of a few non-tourist bars. you’ll also want to make sure you have an ice scraper and maybe a brush for getting all the weather off your car before you set off. from €100. tel.
V i l n i u s To u r i s t I n f o r m a t i o n (Vilniaus Turizmo Informacijos Centras ir Konferencijų Biuras) B-2. See their extensive website for more information. bars. New Zealand. Lithuania’s pipe-smoking former Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas not so long ago forgot to remember that smoking is banned in all cafés. don’t move it until the police get there and have danced about the wreckage with a tape measure and some lollipops. lt).
Just utter the two magic words kur tualetas? (where’s the toilet?) and away you go. worthless and perfectly useless centai/centų coins. A typical. 100Lt. and nearly all sockets are of the round two-pin European variety. Bars and hotels happily let you use their facilities. You must have your vehicle registration papers and licence with you at all times. (+370) 5 262 64 70. cutting lanes and dangerous overtaking manoeuvres. Compared to somewhere like the UK. rolling tobacco and cigarette papers are also reasonably well represented.
Lithuania is in the Eastern European Time (EET) zone at GMT+2hrs. All vehicles must be fitted with a small fire extinguisher and carry a first-aid kit. but the lack of an official police report will give insurance companies the excuse they’re looking for not to pay. tel. audio guides. Eastern European Summer Time (EEST. from the mandarins who oversee the large state organisations to the bar owners who can’t be bothered to train their staff. don’t be surprised to get no eye contact. cultural events (www. 20Lt. maps.
If it’s Lithuanian and it’s got a lung that works then it probably smokes. If you’re planning a trip to the countryside however. If there’s a culprit at work then it’s surely management. and used for the collection of spent paper.and Russian-speaking staff. restaurants. cigarettes in Lithuania are ridiculously cheap. tel. GMT+3hrs) falls between the last Sundays of March and October respectively. and cigars. Even the ever-increasing examples of friendly service here often come with an ineptitude of mammoth proportions. although some have started to enforce a small charge for non-patrons. call the police (tel. A visa issued for any Schengen country is also valid in Lithuania.inyourpocket. edge-of-the-seat adventure sat beside a local Lewis Hamilton comes with lashings of tailgating.urm. J
Money & Costs
The unit of currency in Lithuanian is the litas (Lt). kept next to the toilet. when you’ll have to stick to 110km/h. South Korea and the United States don’t require a visa to stay for up to 90 days within a six month period. Polish. It comes as no great surprise to non-Italian Westerners who’ve been in the country for more than a couple of days to learn that Lithuania has the highest rate of road fatalities in the European Union. When it’s 12:00 in Vilnius it’s 05:00 in New York.vilnius-events. 2Lt and 5Lt coins and a number of weightless.vilnius-tourism. pipes.
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vilnius. you must leave your vehicle exactly where it is. don’t be too surprised either to watch those eyes roll with utter contempt. Visitors from the EU as well as from 30 or so other countries including Australia. 11:00 in Warsaw. Elsewhere you can drive at 90km/h on asphalt roads and 70km/h on dirt roads. make sure you take plenty of cash along as it can still be rather old fashioned to say the least. For more information. as they’re almost impossible to find in Lithuania.lt. Also at Didžioji 31 (Town Hall). so. taxi and accommodation booking. In and around town the speed limit is 50km/h unless indicated otherwise. Travellers from non-socket-friendly societies should bring an appropriate adaptor. 200Lt and 500Lt notes. and ATMs joyfully spew out money to any foreigner with money in their account. Vilnius City Card. 13:00 in Moscow and 19:00 in Tokyo.6
Vilniaus 22. The litas is pegged to the euro at the rate of 3. Most places of any note in Vilnius happily accept major credit cards. If you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident in which any material or personal damage occurs.lt. all toilets are clean and are stocked with plenty of paper and soap. Šventaragio 2 (Cathedral Square). He should have checked our listings for venues with special smoking rooms and avoided a 1. English-. QOpen 09:00 . German-.000Lt fine.
The common or garden Lithuanian driver is notable for possessing certain eccentric habits almost unheard of in the West. Some thinner Russian sockets still exist. AC 50Hz.
Anyone who spends more than a couple of days immersed in Lithuanian life can’t fail to notice just how extraordinarily indifferent if not just plain rude some public servants can be. A good night out for two in Vilnius’ Old Town including a meal in a posh restaurant followed by drinks in a bar and a club to finish off won’t leave you with much change. 112) and wait for them to arrive. Many popular international cigarette brands are readily available. Seat belts must be worn and headlights must be on at all times while driving. and clubs. and given you the all-clear. a reflective road-side warning triangle and a reflective safety vest. drawn some little pictures. tic@vilnius. fax (+370) 5 262 81 69. if any change at all. although it still offers value to most visitors from the West. and if you do get eye contact. 10:00 in London. Not only is leaving the scene of an accident an offence. (+370) 5 230 68 41.
Lovely Lithuanian domestic electricity flows out the walls at 220V.18:00. Singapore. Even if your car is obstructing the flow of traffic. Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Vilnius International Airport). Tour bookings for groups and individuals. A ghastly relic from days gone by that refuses to go away even in many of the swankiest establishments is the provision of a filthy bucket. Japan. From the middle-aged lady in the post office to the waitress in the expensive restaurant you’re dining in. Canada. www. which comes in denominations of 10Lt. 1Lt. touristrelated publications. although if you push hard enough you should get the plug in.lt. During the winter.
Lithuania is a member of the European Union and the Schengen area. take a look at www. if you’re sensitive to these things be prepared to bite your lip and suffer.
1972 19year-old student Romas Kalanta sets fire to himself in public in Kaunas. In 1883 Jonas Basanavičius (1851-1927) publishes the first Lithuanianlanguage newspaper.000 people gather in Vilnius to mark the 49th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. April 17 Moscow imposes an economic blockade. in 1325 he forms a union with Poland by marrying his daughter Aldona to the Polish king’s son. 1990 January 11-13 Mikhail Gorbachev’s visit to Vilnius is far from pleasant as 300. 94% of the entire Litvak population. 1989 February 16 Lithuanian Independence Day is officially commemorated. The repression is countered and defied by a revival of Lithuanian culture and tradition. Vilnius Cathedral is built. 1410 by joint Polish-Lithuanian armies led by Jogaila and Grand Duke Vytautas (1350-1430) at the Battle of Grunwald (Lithuanian. 1918. a wooden castle is built on Vilnius’ Gediminas Hill (Gedimino Kalnas). dubbed the Forest Brothers (Miško Broliai ). Trying to ensure peace. The Livonian Wars (1558-1582) with Russia and Sweden drain the Commonwealth’s resources. Auszra (Aušra. which leads to the closing of the institution. notably the printing of the first Lithuanian book in 1547. Poland maintains control of these areas by claiming they were a portion of the prewar Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Lithuania was the last European country to convert to Christianity. 1944 results in the deportation of some 250. 16th century The Renaissance sees marked cultural advances. Another uprising takes place in 1863 and General Muravyov (The Hangman) is sent from Moscow to restore order. During the inter-war period independent Lithuania prospers under the 14-year dictatorship (1926-1940) of the nationalist president Antanas Smetona (1874-1944). During his reign as the first Christian sovereign of the state. 19th century Vilnius University acts as a hotbed of dissent against the tsarist government. the Lithuanian language banned in 1864 and the country named the Northwest Region. Lithuanian independence ends with the clandestine signing on August 23. The end of the Jogaila dynasty in 1572 results in the political and cultural marginalisation of Lithuania.000 Lithuanians. Russification ensues with non-Orthodox churches forcibly closed. inviting their craftsmen and merchants to settle in Vilnius with the promise of religious freedom. culminating in the 1831 November Uprising. 15th century The Teutonic Knights are eventually defeated on July 15. Lithuanian partisans. German.history
The Lithuanian state arose and strengthened to counter the religious fervour of crusading German knights. However. October 7 The Lithuanian flag is raised on Gediminas Castle.000 pro-independence demonstrators turn out to ‘welcome’ him. Even with the increased security. The return of the Red Army and the re-incorporation of Lithuania into the USSR on July 7.000. leading to the construction of a diminutive settlement beneath it. establishing the settlement of Šiauliai. on July 6. dying from his wounds.
1988 June 3 The Lithuanian reform movement Sąjūdis is founded by some 500 representatives of the intelligentsia. Dr. on May 14. Polish becomes the state language. Kaunas becomes the interim capital of Lithuania until 1940. democracy and sovereignty.inyourpocket. Tannenberg). resulting in deaths by hanging for most of the leading activists. a task they’d already begun in 1940 before the Nazis arrived. 7th-2nd centuries BC The first Baltic tribes establish themselves on what’s now known as Lithuanian territory. who carve up Europe into portions to be controlled by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. 18th century At the start of the 18th century both Swedish and Russian forces try to seize control of Vilnius. As the Germans retreat. whereby Gediminas’ grandson Jogaila (circa 1348-1434) becomes a Polish king by marrying the Polish Princess Jadwiga (circa 1373-1399). Lithuania is subject to both Soviet and Nazi occupation.000 of his soldiers die due to starvation and extreme cold. During the Napoleonic army’s return through Vilnius nearly 40. advocating openness. 14th century In 1323 Grand Duke Gediminas (circa 12751341) sends letters to various Germanic-speaking towns. the majority of the population remains pagan. Vytautas Landsbergis is elected parliamentary chairman. or Seimas) declares the restoration of Lithuanian independence and demands the withdrawal of Soviet forces. Between 1941-1944 the Nazis and their Lithuanian henchmen organise the mass murder of over 200. wage guerrilla warfare until 1953. At the same time. August 23 Some 250. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth comes into being with the 1387 Krėva Union. the Teutonic Knights still manage to invade. Latvians and Estonians join hands in a human chain stretching the 650km between Vilnius and Tallinn to protest the 50th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. 1253 Mindaugas (circa 1203-1263) is crowned Lithuania’s one and only king. Žalgiris. August 23 An estimated 2. or Dawn). March 11 The Supreme Council (later to become Parliament. 11th century The word Lithuania is first used in written texts in AD 1009.July 2013
. In 1795 Lithuania is incorporated into tsarist Russia. and has seen countless invasions and occupations over the centuries. After uniting local chieftains. one of the greatest battles in medieval Europe. The ban on the Latin script forces the smuggling in of books from neighbouring East Prussia. resulting in the 1390 burning of the wood-constructed Vilnius.000 Jews. March 4 Proindependence Sąjūdis candidates receive an overall majority in the first free elections in Lithuania since 1940. In an act of protest against the Soviet occupation.
vilnius.000 Lithuanians to Siberia.
Independence & Beyond
During the WWI German occupation of 1915 1918 the Lithuanian Council proclaims independence on February 16. the Lithuanian state comes under attack by the Polish General Józef Piłsudski (18671935) who seizes control of Vilnius and areas south and north of it from 1920-1939. The country flourishes and by 1430 the borders extend from the Baltic to the Black Sea.com
April . The 120-year Russian occupation is only interrupted by a short liberation by Napoleon’s army in 1812 on his failed campaign to Moscow. 13th century Žemaitians defeat the Livonian Knights at the Battle of Saulė in 1236. and the founding of Vilnius University in 1579. 1939 of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between Hitler and Stalin.
. who fled Lithuania in 1944. June 27 A 77-year-old Valdas Adamkus is re-elected president. Dalia Grybauskaitė. Consequently it should therefore come as no great surprise to learn that the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was ruled by somebody known as both Vytautas (Lithuanian) and Witold (Polish) whose capital was known as Trakai (Lithuanian). 14 people are killed. not least among its more patriotic citizens. the so-called Iron Lady. flyLAL. Vilnius In Your Pocket apologises for any bad feeling caused by what some may consider a misuse of some of the words used in this guide. The Lithuanian basketball team reach the semi-finals but eventually come home empty handed. August 29 Sweden becomes the first Western country to open an embassy in Vilnius. August 21 The Moscow putsch collapses. 2004 Jan-April Impeachment hearings take place as president Rolandas Paksas is found guilty of violating the Lithuanian constitution and his oath as president in his dealings with unsavoury Russian business partners. my fatherland!’ The fact that the Polish Mickiewicz referred to Lithuania as his fatherland serves as a good example as to just how linguistically — and ethnically — complicated and bewildering things are in this corner of the world. December 22 The Lithuanian Television and Radio Commission bans broadcasting of the Voice of Russia radio station. suspends all services. 2003 In the January 5 run-off election. A cause for much heated debate in Lithuania. April 2 Lithuania becomes a fully-fledged member of Nato and the EU on May 1.inyourpocket. during the Soviet bid to reclaim the media by storming the Television Tower. was a senior official at the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago before returning to Lithuania to run for president. July Virgilijus Alekna. The country hosts the EuroBasket 2011 competition in cities nationwide between August 31 and September 18. the litas. Soviet troops leave the buildings they’ve occupied since January. August While most public attention is on basketball.
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vilnius. Lithuania take bronze medal in the World Basketball Championship in Turkey after defeating Serbia 99-88 on September 12. A photograph of the event appears on the cover of Issue N°1 ofVilnius In Your Pocket. 2002 February 2 The litas switches pegging from the US dollar to the euro in readiness for EU accession. 2011 Lithuania commemorates the centenary of the death of the painter and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis. is re-introduced. September 17 All three Baltic countries are re-admitted into the UN. Lithuania’s final First Secretary under the Communists and its first post-independence president dies after a short battle with cancer. December 31 The Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant says farewell to the first of its two RBMK reactors. the national airline. Adomas Mickevičius.
The national poem of Poland Pan Tadeusz (Lithuanian. Latvia and Estonia. Adamkus. In a sinister U-turn. 2007 December 21 Lithuania joins the Schengen zone. whose day job is protecting the president. Adam Mickiewicz incidentally was born in what’s now Belarus. at the age of 77. Ponas Tadas) by the 19th-century Romantic poet Adam Mickiewicz (Lithuanian. February 12 Iceland becomes the first country to recognise an independent Lithuania. 2009 Lithuania celebrates 1. Troki (Polish) and Trok (Yiddish) and who spoke… Ruthenian. president Valdas Adamkus is voted out of office by the 46-year-old right wing underdog Rolandas Paksas.
2001 June 23-27 The Dalai Lama visits Lithuania. and when he died was he buried in Vilnius (Lithuanian) and Wilno (Polish). becoming the first US president to visit the city. January 17 With 90Lt million of mounting debts. December 31 Vilnius bows out of a disastrous year as European Capital of Culture on the same day as the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant closes for good. A large crowd ensures the delegates are safe inside. into which the country is invited to join on October 9. Lithuania is defeated 67-65 by FYR Macedonia in the quarter finals in Kaunas on September 15. pictured) opens somewhat confusingly with the words ‘Oh Lithuania.000 years since its name was first mentioned in written texts. 1998 January 4 Valdas Adamkus is elected president. allowing borderless travel to and from other Schengen countries. 2008 June Lithuania outlaws the public display of Nazi and Soviet symbols. is inaugurated as Lithuania’s first female president on July 12. Vytautas/ Witold quite possibly had kugel (Yiddish) and kugelis (Lithuanian) for lunch occasionally. 2010 Lithuania celebrates 20 years of independence from the Soviet Union on March 11. November 22 Lithuania is invited to become a member of Nato. 1992. On June 26.8
1991 January 13 Soviet forces try unsuccessfully to storm the parliamentary building in Vilnius. However. published on May 1. 1993 June 25 Lithuania’s pre-war currency. George Bush visits Vilnius the following day. not Nazi Germany. 2012 The Lithuania Under-21 basketball team become the European champions on July 22. September 4-8 Pope John Paul II visits. narrowly beating France 50-49 in Ljubljana. Lenin’s statue is removed from Vilnius’ Lukiškių Aikštė (Lukiškės Square). 1992 February 8 Lithuanians participate under their own flag at the Winter Olympics for the first time since 1928. visiting various sites in Vilnius and Kaunas. Edvinas Krungolcas and Andrejus Zadneprovskis win silver and bronze respectively in the modern pentathlon at the Beijing Olympics. July 31 Seven border guards and policemen are killed at the Medininkai border checkpoint by Soviet Special Forces. 1994 December Vilnius’ Old Town joins the list of Unesco World Heritage sites. on May 19 a court in Klaipėda approves the public display of swastikas arguing that they represent Lithuania’s historical heritage. August 31 The last Russian soldier leaves Lithuania. September 2 The USA recognises Lithuania. There’s not a lot we can do about it. wins a gold medal at the Athens Olympics in the discus. December 21 Seimas abolishes the death penalty in response to international pressure from the EU. 2013 Lithuania takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for a six month period between July 1 and December 31. May 10-11 A staggering 91% of the 64% of the population who turned out to vote give a resounding Yes to EU membership.
or Midsummer July 6 Crowning of King Mindaugas August 15 Žolinė (Assumption) November 1 All Saints’ Day December 25. Calling one in advance will cost considerably less.Arriving & Getting around
Vilnius’ currently chaotic public transport system is made up of a combination of city and private buses. Not geared up for foreign arrivals in the slightest. 26 Christmas (Catholic)
vilnius. Be sure to negotiate a fare before you leave. available from kiosks for a flat fee of 4Lt.50Lt for a single trip of any length. Talks are currently under way to introduce the e-bilietas on board these vehicles as well. arrival formalities are quick and relatively straightforward. Assuming a miracle happens. as we’re guessing. known as a Vilniečio Kortelė or e-bilietas. With the exception of the N°5 and N°62. Expect at best to be poked. For 24-hour currency exchange. Buying tickets for these is a simple procedure involving paying the conductor a flat fare of 2Lt. especially in the centre. when either everything will be sorted out exactly 11 months late or. especially during the busy weekday morning and early evening periods. is still a total mess. For the moment. By train The train station (Geležinkelio Stotis) is fairly large by local standards and unfortunately not very well signposted in English. Buy a ticket from the driver for 2. ATMs. we strongly advise you simply continue to use the old paper tickets sold by the drivers. By bus Vilnius’ rather depressing bus station (autobusų stotis) is located less than 1km south of Old Town in a less than salubrious. cigarettes and prepaid mobile phone cards scattered in and around the building. all going off in different directions around the city and none of them offering a lot of help for people who don’t speak Lithuanian.
January 1 New Year’s Day & National Flag Day February 16 Independence Day March 11 Restoration of Independence Day April 20 (2014) Easter Sunday (Catholic) April 21 (2014) Easter Monday (Catholic) May 1 A day off for the workers! May 5 (2013) Mothers’ Day June 24 Joninės. Getting to town A taxi to Old Town using one of the vehicles parked outside the arrivals terminal will cost about 80Lt. for which the same amount as above will be deducted. Expect to pay 20Lt or even more for a short trip to Old Town. with just two buses (N°5 and N°62) in private hands. most facilities are located inside one large grey building and include kiosks and shops for snacks. Even if you’re landing from a non-Schengen country. at the time of going to press it was still possible to buy a ticket from the driver of all city-owned buses and trolleybuses for 2.20Lt for any number of journeys within 30 minutes or 3. This system will continue until July 1. with most routes running daily from approximately 05:00 until 23:00 or a little later. a situation that perhaps goes a long way towards explaining why the new city-wide electronic ticketing system. A timetable is posted at the stop. maps.
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Buy a print copy of Vilnius In Your Pocket inside the airport. albeit perfectly safe area. free toilets downstairs. squeezed and trod on whilst simultaneously keeping an eye out for pickpockets. Toilets are to the right. See By bus for more information about getting to the centre by public transport. currency exchange offices and a small tourist information kiosk (Open 09:00 – 21:00).50Lt. use the Citadele bank across the street and just to the right of the train station. hop on a train and in seven minutes be at the train station in the centre of the city. cigarettes and prepaid mobile phone cards. Travelling by public transport. After collecting your luggage find a compact arrivals hall complete with a kiosk for snacks. Here’s what you need to know. The bus stop is to the left of the taxi stand. is not for the faint hearted. maps. it won’t. Pickpockets are known to operate and there’s no discrimination when it comes to who they steal from. the two previously mentioned private buses maintain their full independence. which among other things features friendly staff who speak English. Buy a ticket on board for just 2. Getting to town Get to Old Town in a few minutes by turning left on exiting the station and walking down the hill (Sodų). and fines are issued with no exceptions made. Check the Public transport information on for changes to the city’s ticket system.lt. to the best of our knowledge electronic tickets from kiosks will be available at the rate of 2. The train station also has a small tourist information kiosk. If you’re travelling to the centre and don’t mind roughing it with the locals. Taxis are parked up in a number of places. These tickets should be topped up from kiosks and scanned on board all vehicles. or if you’re really keen on saving a tiny amount of money during your trip. Unless you’re fluent in Lithuanian or Russian or Polish. especially during rush hour. city-run buses and trolleybuses throughout the capital are undergoing a radical new system of payment methods. Countless buses. Getting to town Get to Old Town in a few minutes by going straight ahead on exiting the station and walking down the hill (Sodų).July 2013
. minibuses and trolleybuses. introduced far too early during the summer of 2012 and consequently not working properly at all. Find kiosks and shops for snacks. Further information about the current ticket situation can be found online at www. ATMs and a 24-hour Citadele bank outside to the left for changing money. If you don’t know how to do it yourself ask the people in the tourist information kiosk to order one for you.
Buses & Trolleybuses The vast majority of buses and trolleybuses in Vilnius are owned and operated by the city. bus or train station for just 6Lt. These changes are part of a plan to encourage everyone to use a reusable electronic ticket. Trains leave every hour or so from around 06:00 until 21:30.20Lt for any number of journeys within one hour. although if and when this ever happens one can only speculate. Among the useful trolleybuses going through the city centre are Nº2 and 5. downstairs toilets (1Lt) and ATMs. minibuses and trolleybuses can be found in the immediate area. which was supposed to be fully operational in the summer of 2012.inyourpocket.50Lt. Bus N°1 goes to the train station and bus N°2 to Lukiškių Aikštė and north over the river past the Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva. Alternatively. a website that in true Lithuanian tradition is in the state language only. A bagažinė for left luggage is located outside at the far end of the platforms. save a small fortune and take public transport.vilniusticket. The train station is just across the street from the bus station. Random ticket inspections are a regular occurrence in the city. cigarettes and prepaid mobile phone cards. Buy a ticket from the driver for 2. maps.50Lt. Be extra careful on all public transport in Vilnius. By plane Vilnius International Airport (Tarptautinis Vilniaus Oro Uostas) is just 5km south of the city centre.com
April . and car rental companies to the left. At the time of going to press. Calling one in advance is the best option.
Offices representing all of the major international car rental companies can be found in Vilnius alongside a few local businesses of varying standards. and accordingly cost a little more to use (currently 3Lt).19:00. Having crashed with a mighty bang into a large bollard on the 300-metre journey to the main airport building. In a country where this kind of thing happens with alarming regularity. Prices listed below are for standard daytime journeys within the city limits. The standard rule is to make sure the meter is running and set to the correct tariff (generally 1 most of the time and 2 after midnight) before setting off.
Ekipažas Tel. Recommended. tel. tel. we immediately relegated the incident to a late night pub anecdote and left it at that. In an attempt to stem the flow of moonlighters. Backpackers and other travellers on a budget from Western Europe might be surprised to learn that bus travel in Lithuania is more expensive that using the train. www. Also at Saltoniškių 9 (Panorama). 1450/(+370) 5 233 33 37. Often but not always bright yellow. (+370) 5 239 55 39. www. (+370) 700 551 11. The general rule is that tickets are stopped being sold 10 minutes before a train is due to depart. with many companies also offering chauffeur services. Geležinkelio
16. Vilnius In Your Pocket apologises on behalf of the dwindling number of good people left in a country that’s losing its population at an alarming if not unsurprising rate and suggests that visitors to the city stop turning the other cheek when faced with incompetence and indifference and start speaking out. be extremely cautious of hotels who offer deals with individual taxi companies as they’re usually set at extortionate rates.litrail.
Bus Station (Autobusų Stotis) B-6. QOpen 06:00 . Vilnius Veža features quality cars that are kept clean inside and out. as a PR exercise the country is rapidly turning into a complete disaster. the dozy shuttle-bus driver went on to abandon us at a locked terminal entrance door for 10 minutes before someone came and let us in.19:00. (+370) 5 233 66 QOpen 08:00 . JA
66. and the question has to be. The ticket office for national bus services is located inside the waiting room. The fact that even the so-called international airport is now in on the game is truly alarming.19:00. Sodų 20b-1. If you specifically want a Vilnius Veža taxi you need to ask for them.com
of the better taxi companies currently operating in the Lithuanian capital.
Arriving in Vilnius on a late evening flight from Warsaw a while back we were both amused and appalled to be subjected to two consecutive incidents of breathtaking stupidity. Sodų 22. so in order to stop one you need to stand by the side of the road and get its attention by waving your arm. please let somebody in a position of authority know about it. why is this kind of thing still going on? From the regular delivery of something you never ordered in a restaurant to the never-ending rudeness encountered in half the shops in Lithuania. Whether this will ever go ahead is anyone’s guess. Q 2.
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vilnius.eu. Russia and Ukraine.
Despite recent creeping taxi (taksi) prices. 1661. JA Lux Express B-6. you need to tell the driver when you want to get out again. The current wave of muddle-headedness is becoming intolerable. is a privately-owned phenomenon as favoured in many former Soviet republics. although this should in no way lure anyone into believing this has changed the free-market spirit of the average taksistas (taxi driver). and there are several stories floating around of drunken foreigners being assaulted when arguing about the fare. especially if you order one in advance by telephone. or maršrutinis taksi to give it its
correct name (you may also hear one referred to as a Latvija). Likewise. International tickets can be bought from several different outlets found scattered around the building as well as from a number of travel agencies in the city. all taxis in Lithuania are now instantly recognisable by their compulsory yellow number plates. Poland. Tickets for international trains can also be purchased from a small office inside and immediately to the left of the main entrance.
All long-distance national and international buses leave from Vilnius’ main bus station (autobusų stotis). Fri 06:00 . Sat. All types of vehicle are represented. They have no official stops.toks. polite drivers (most unusual in Vilnius) and the reassuring fact that they’re not going to take you for a ride in more ways than one. Finally. are much faster.inyourpocket.lt.19:30. tel. If you find yourself the victim of one of the increasing incidents of idiocy in the Lithuanian capital. Sun 09:00 . First impression as they say are often correct.20Lt/km.luxexpress. minibuses currently follow similar routes to buses and trolleybuses. At the time of going to press there are rumours that minibuses will soon fall under the same rules as the city-owned buses in Vilnius and will consequently adopt the e-ticket system (see Buses & Trolleybuses). and will in general take any opportunity to relieve clients of more money than they need to. We then heard of a similar story in which a bus-load of departing travellers waiting to board their flight were left stuck like lemons on an airport shuttle bus for 20 minutes with the doors open in sub-zero temperatures. Although tickets for many journeys can be bought directly from the driver it’s worth getting one in advance at no extra cost. Arguments with taxi drivers are futile.lt. Note that the numbers given here are for an operator service representing different companies. Most major driving international licences are accepted. Something has to change soon. Taxi drivers in Vilnius are no different to taxi drivers anywhere else. Most tickets can be bought from a row of kiosks to the right of the main entrance. Vilnius Veža Tel.
Train Station (Geležinkelio Stotis) B-6. www.
Vilnius’ main train station ( geležinkelio stotis) handles services to a number of destinations within Lithuania as well as international trains to Belarus. 2. It’s now almost a quarter of a century since Lithuania got its independence from the Soviet Union.10
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Minibuses The minibus.39Lt/km. travelling by taxi in Vilnius remains relatively cheap.
WizzAir Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). Closed Sat. (+370) 900 150 04 (for calls within Lithuania)/(+371) 670 060 06 (for calls from abroad). email@example.com:00. www. (+370) 5 252 50 10. A limited hotchpotch of Duty Free shops and cafés are located the other side of customs control. and numbers to represent times.flysas. tel. www. Q Open 24hrs. UTair Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport).ru. Buy a bar-coded windscreen sticker and register it in order to use this service if you’re planning on living in the city or staying for an extended period of time. Sun. Lufthansa Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). www. QOpen 08:00 . tel. yellow and green.Arriving & Getting around
tel. Laisvės 3. (+370) 686
Air Baltic Riga International Airport. tel.
(Sixt has it all. tel. Sun. Also at Rodūnios kelias 2 (Airport). tel. Simonaitytės 2A-25. To get there by bus (see Public transport for information on tickets).lt.com.finnair.europcar.lot.com
April . www. (+370) 5 230 22 00. (+370) 671
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Budget Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport).18:00. QOpen 09:00 . tel. Aviavilsa C-5. (+370) 5 230
66 66.norwegian. QOpen 07:00 .17:00. QOpen 08:00 17:00. Times when payments are required are marked on blue signs using Roman numerals to represent days. Also at Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). (+370) 698 216 62.July 2013
. (+370) 5 232 92 92.lt. QOpen 09:00 .
Vilnius International Airport (Tarptautinis Vilniaus Oro Uostas) Rodūnios Kelias 2. tel.easyrental. (+370) 5 230 68 20. www. (+370) 5 232 93 22. (+370) 5 239 56 36. A Europcar B-2. tel. www.com.lt. Estonian Air Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport).wizzair. JA Rimas Tel. rimas. although in order to use it you must have a local SIM card. (+370) 5 232 93 00.com. www. Kalvarijų 14. lt.
For business or leisure. rent your car with Sixt. (+370) 5 273 90 00. Norwegian Air Shuttle Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). including radios if possible.budget. Be careful.17:00.16:00. GPS rental and luxury limousines from a leading local company who also specialise in general tourism and entertainment activities. Free wireless internet is available throughout the airport.com.lt. Check sixt. (+370) 5 230 66 38. or use the shuttle train service that departs from the train station every 30 minutes between 06:30 and
vilnius. Open 24hrs. www. L.lt. QOpen 09:00 . tel. Colour-coded parking meters eat coins and regurgitate a little printed ticket. www. tel.sixt.vno.com. www. QOpen 09:00 . www. A pay-by-SMS system is also in operation.
329 71.com.18:00. (+370) 5 272 69 40. www. Sun 10:00 17:00. tel. Aušros Vartų 19a-1. www.no. hertz.airbaltic.utair. www. www. tel. (+370) 5 266 66 66) a recent visitor to the city managed to make the trip for just 18Lt. www. Sat. Signs can be hidden or placed miles away from the parking space in question. tel.17:00. (+370) 5 210 50 30/(+370) 5 232 92 92.
Avis E-5.lufthansa. A
Street parking in Vilnius is divided into four colour-coded zones. Finnair Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). QOpen 08:00 .lt. plus transfers. tel. tel. www. J Hertz H-2. (+370) 5 230 67 08. Stuokos-Gucevičiaus 9-1.22:00. A taxi from Old Town currently costs around 50Lt using a hotel-booked firm. firstname.lastname@example.org. (+370) 5 252 50 10.lt. Keep valuables hidden at all times. tel. Q Open 24hrs.17:00. tel.estonian-air. www.lt.lt or call +37 05239 5636
19:30. Closed Sat. Sat. Vilnius International Airport. (+370) 5 232 92 92.com. situated approximately 5km south of the city centre. Also at Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). tel. A sign displaying I-V 8-22 for example means you must pay to park on Monday (I) to Friday (V) from 08:00 to 22:00.lt. www.
Baltic Travel Cars I.baltictravelcars. By calling the right company in advance (try tel.avis. A restaurant and bar can be found above the main entrance for fond farewells and devilishly expensive cognac. Sixt Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). Easy Rental Tarandės 34. Buy a ticket on board for just 2.18:00.austrian. (+370) 5 212 36 91. A wide choice of quality cars and larger vehicles available for rent.com. although you can pay considerably less if you can get a friendly local to order you one from a cheaper company.inyourpocket.lt for your best deal)
For reservations: www.5Lt. Sat. JA Austrian Airlines Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). SAS Scandinavian Airlines Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). namely blue. www.brusselsairlines. Q Open 08:00 .com. LOT Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). Sun 09:00 . Sun 08:00 . red. (+370) 5 233 03 30. Brussels Airlines Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). take Nº2 from Lukiškių Aikštė or Nº1 from the train station. is small and relatively easy to use.aviavilsa.
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Emergency numbers Police Fire Ambulance Tel. 112
VilniusTransfer.com Laisvės 60, tel. (+370) 645 451
24, email@example.com, www.vilniustransfer. com. Specialists in minibus, bus and car rental with or without a driver in Lithuania and further afield, plus a wide range of transfer services including private transfers, large group transfers and airport taxis. Q Open 24hrs. A
From Vilnius To Vilnius Dep. Arr. City Dep. Arr. 04:50 06:47 IGNALINA 04:09 05:55 08:31 10:23 IGNALINA 05:15 06:52 11:22 13:15 IGNALINA 06:56 08:18 15:00 16:48 IGNALINA 08:50 10:39 16:38 18:29 IGNALINA 12:28 14:23 18:24 20:08 IGNALINA 15:16 17:11 19:32 20:54 IGNALINA 18:40 20:29 (1) 21:44 20:49 22:25 IGNALINA 20:10 (4) (7) KALININGRAD 09:55 14:26 03:38 12:01 (5) (4) KALININGRAD 11:48 16:28 09:47 18:17 (6) (5) KALININGRAD 16:37 21:19 12:12 20:23 (1) (3) KAUNAS 04:52 06:30 04:25 05:31 04:54 06:37 KAUNAS 05:32 07:20 (1) 07:35 06:20 07:35 KAUNAS 06:20 07:27 08:45 KAUNAS 06:57 08:41 08:42 10:26 KAUNAS 08:08 09:23 10:25 11:38 KAUNAS 09:09 10:40 11:15 12:29 KAUNAS 10:52 12:40 11:40 13:23 KAUNAS 12:07 13:22 13:50 15:05 KAUNAS 13:40 15:15 14:45 16:30 KAUNAS 15:22 17:10 16:30 17:34 KAUNAS 17:00 18:15 16:36 18:19 KAUNAS 17:10 19:00 17:27 18:35 KAUNAS 17:54 19:09 17:47 19:16 KAUNAS 18:43 20:29 18:30 20:14 KAUNAS 19:40 20:55 19:40 20:56 KAUNAS 20:15 21:44 KAUNAS 21:16 22:34 20:40(2) 22:11 06:45 11:22 KLAIPĖDA 06:50 11:34 09:41 14:40 KLAIPĖDA 11:50 16:34 17:40 22:17 KLAIPĖDA 17:05 21:54 06:05 10:05 MINSK 03:33 07:00 15:55 21:43 MINSK 05:49(4) 09:30 MINSK 07:45 09:45 16:45(4) 22:02 18:10 22:10 MINSK 18:50 20:50 MINSK 23:52(5) 03:21 21:36(5) 02:56 14:43 (7) 11:09 ST. PETERSBURG 18:22(8) 11:55 19:32 11:20 ST. PETERSBURG 20:40 08:18 06:45 09:17 ŠIAULIAI 08:55 11:34 09:41 12:18 ŠIAULIAI 13:51 16:34 17:40 20:12 ŠIAULIAI 19:11 21:54 04:07 04:49 TRAKAI 05:26 06:09 (1) (1) TRAKAI 06:04 06:47 05:12 05:52 06:05 06:42 TRAKAI 07:15 07:54 07:41 08:21 TRAKAI 08:32 09:13 12:30 13:06 TRAKAI 13:21 14:00 13:29 14:05 TRAKAI 14:20 14:59 15:35 16:11 TRAKAI 16:38 17:17 18:15 18:52 TRAKAI 19:26 20:05 20:20 21:04 TRAKAI 21:28 22:11 (1) (2) (3) (4) Mon - Fri. Mon - Fri and Sun. Mon - Sat. Odd days (5) (6) of the month. Even days of the month. Only Thu and Mon. (7) Only Tue and Sat. (8) Only Wed and Sun. Correct at the time of going to press and subject to change during the lifetime of this guide. More information at www.litrail.lt Valid until July 31, 2013.
Air Taxi Lakūnų 1, Kyviškės, tel. (+370) 676 825 74, www. airtaxi.lt. Air taxi, VIP services and sightseeing flights.
Lithuania is as flat as a pancake, has relatively little traffic, a bracing coastline and lots of interesting places to see and explore making it an attractive destination for cyclists. Likewise, Vilnius is criss-crossed with cycle paths, is positively overflowing with parks and wherever you are in the city you’re never more than a brisk 15-minute pedal from the countryside. A well established, national nonprofit organisation exists to help cyclists in many ways. Baltic Cycle offers everything from maps, cycling tours and even bicycle rental where you can pick up a machine in one country and drop it off in another. Political cyclists in Vilnius will be pleased to hear that the city now holds its
International bus schedule
Dep. Arr. Destination Dep. Arr. 14:45 07:15 BERLIN 14:30 15:50 22:30 15:00 BERLIN 21:30 08:45 COLOGNE 10:152 14:50 14:301 16:45 LONDON 21:303 14:50 14:301 05:45 06:40 11:30 MINSK 14:00 17:00 09:00 13:40 MINSK 16:45 19:45 12:30 17:10 MINSK 19:40 22:30 10:00 17:15 PARNU 11:55 19:05 22:30 05:05 PARNU 00:20 06:55 14:45 03:15 POZNAŃ 01:15 15:50 22:30 10:40 POZNAŃ 18:30 08:45 ROME 15:005 08:40 20:154 11:50 ROME 19:009 09:50 17:008 07:20 06:30 10:50 RIGA 07:00 10:55 07:00 11:25 RIGA 16:00 20:35 10:00 14:30 RIGA 14:45 19:05 12:30 17:00 RIGA 12:30 17:00 14:15 18:15 RIGA 08:30 12:40 16:10 20:25 RIGA 10:35 15:00 18:30 22:25 RIGA 18:15 22:20 22:30 02:30 RIGA 02:55 06:55 6 7 19:30 STUTTGART 08:00 14:50 14:30 10:00 19:05 TALLINN 10:00 19:05 16:10 00:50 TALLINN 06:00 15:00 22:30 06:55 TALLINN 22:30 06:55 8 14:05 VIENNA 12:1510 09:50 17:00 14:45 22:10 WARSAW 06:05 15:50 22:30 05:40 WARSAW 23:05 08:45 Days of the week (1=Monday) 1 1 2 – 4 – 6 –, 2 1 – 3 4 – 6 –, 3 – 2 – 4 5 – 7, 4 – – – 4 – – –, 5 – – – – – – 7, 6 – – 3 – 5 – 7, 7 – 2 – – 5 – 7, 8 – – – – – 6 –, 9 1 – – – – – –, 10 – 2 – – – – – Correct at the time of going to press and subject to change during the lifetime of this guide. Not all services listed. More information at www.eurolines.lt Valid until July 31, 2013.
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very own Critical Mass (Kritinė Masė) on the last Friday of every month, weather permitting, starting from Cathedral Square at 18:00 sharp.
Local bus schedule
Birštonas 07:10, 09:30, 10:40, 12:35, 13:30, 14:40, 16:10, 18:10. Druskininkai 07:20, 08:40, 09:35, 10:00, 11:00, 12:10, 13:05, 14:20, 15:40, 16:15, 17:10, 17:55(1), 18:20, 18:40, 20:30. Kaunas 05:40, 06:20, 06:30, 07:00, 07:15, 07:30, 07:40, 08:10, 08:20, 09:00, 09:20, 09:30, 09:45, 10:05, 10:30, 10:45, 11:00, 11:30, 11:45, 12:10, 12:20, 12:35, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:35, 15:00, 15:15, 15:30, 16:05, 16:25, 17:00, 17:25, 18:00, 18:15, 18:40, 19:00 (1), 19:20, 19:45, 21:10. Klaipėda 06:00(5), 06:35, 07:00(3), 07:50(5), 08:50, 10:35(2) (5), 11:35, 11:55, 12:40 (5), 13:20, 14:50, 16:00, 16:45, 17:30, 18:30. NIDA 07:00(3). Palanga 08:50, 11:00, 11:55, 13:20, 14:50, 16:45, 18:30. panevėžys 06:10, 06;30, 07:05, 07:50, 08:25, 09:50, 10:35(2), 11:10, 11:30, 12:00, 12:50, 13:40, 14:25, 14:50, 15:10, 15:50, 16:30, 17:00, 17:20, 17:40, 18:05, 18:35(1), 19:20, 19:30(3), 19:45(3), 20:15(3). šiauliai 06:30, 07:50, 09:50, 11:00, 11:10, 12:00, 13:00, 14:25, 15:20, 16:05, 17:40, 18:15, 18:25(1), 19:20. Trakai 07:10, 08:20(2), 08:55(2), 09:15, 09:30, 09:45, 10:40, 12:10, 12:35, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:40, 15:20, 16:10, 16:40, 17:00, 17:45, 18:10, 18:45(4), 20:00.
(1) Fri, Sun. (2) Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat. (3) Sun. (4) Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun. (5) September 1 - June 1. Valid until July 31, 2013. Not all services listed. Correct at the time of going to press and subject to change during the lifetime of this guide. The website at www.autobusubilietai.lt is the best resource for up-to-date, accurate information about travelling by bus in Lithuania.
VeloCity Tours & Rent C-5, Aušros Vartų 7, tel. (+370) 674 121 23, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.velovilnius.lt. A local organisation that rents bicycles, organises city tours by bicycle, provides maps and information about cycling in the city, sells used bicycles, runs a self-repair workshop and bicycle repair shop (both at Kauno 5) and organises free cycling events. Their daily bicycle tour All Sides of Vilnius begins at 11:00 at the rental point Aušros Vartų 7.QOpen 09:00 - 21:00. Open 09:00 - 21:00 (from April till September). Also at Kauno 5. Open 14:00 - 18:00. Sun by appointment only. JA
877 54, www.veloklinika.lt. Tucked away in a courtyard on the small street connecting Kudirkos with Pamėnkalnio, this highly recommended bicycle repair workshop is staffed mostly by young gentlemen listening to Bob Marley with the addition of one older fellow doing most of the work. All maintenance and repair work is undertaken, all of it to a high standard and for a good price. Also bicycles and accessories for sale. QOpen 10:00 - 19:00, Sat 11:00 - 16:00. Closed Sun. JA
Veloklinika.lt G-4, A. Domaševičiaus 7, tel. (+370) 606
Most of the following companies provide services for onward travel or simply for taking a holiday. Some, such as Kelvita, can also arrange visas for Russia and Belarus.
Amber Tours H-4, Pamėnkalnio 34b, tel. (+370) 5 275 69 85, www.ambertours.lt. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00. Closed Baltic Clipper G-3, Gedimino 64, tel. (+370) 5 231 23 23, www.bc.lt. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 11:00 - 15:00. Baltic Tours Vilnius G-3, Vašingtono a. 1, tel. (+370) 5 266 16 16, www.baltictours.lt. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00.
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Baltic Travel Service Lufthansa City Center C-5, Subačiaus 2, tel. 1593, www.bts.lt. QOpen 08:00 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun. JA BPC Travel H-3, Konstitucijos 12, tel. (+370) 5 210 25 90, www.bpctravel.lt. QOpen 08:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. JA CWT Lithuania H-3, Konstitucijos 20, tel. (+370) 5 231 49 59, www.carlsonwagonlit.com. QOpen 08:30 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. JA Delta A-1, A. Vienuolio 12, tel. (+370) 5 210 74 44, www.deltakeliones.lt. Q Open 09:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. JA Kelionių Panorama I-3, Šeimyniškių 21, tel. (+370) 5 261 87 26, www.kelioniupanorama.lt. QOpen 09:00 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. J Krantas Travel A-1, A. Vienuolio 6, tel. (+370) 5 231 33 14, www.krantas.lt. QOpen 08:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun. JA Lithuanian Holidays B-00, Šeimyniškių 1a, tel. (+370) 5 263 60 64, www.lithuanianholidays.lt. QOpen 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. vilnius.inyourpocket.com
Closed Sat, Sun.
Lithuanian Tours B-00, Šeimyniškių 18, tel. (+370) 5 272 41 54, www.lithuaniantours.com. QOpen 09:00 18:00, Fri 09:00 - 16:45. Closed Sat, Sun. JA Ryanair Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport), tel. (+370) 5 232 93 77, www.ryanair.com. QOpen 08:00 - 21:00. Senamiesčio Gidas C-5, Aušros Vartų 7, tel. (+370) 5 261 55 58, www.vilniuscitytour.com. QOpen 09:30 17:00, Sat, Sun 09:30 - 15:00. JA Sofa Travel G-4, Jasinskio 16a, tel. (+370) 5 246 16 50, www.sofatravel.lt. Also at Konstitucijos 15-5. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Sun. JA The Beautiful Land Of Nevermind D-3, Užupio 23-9, tel. (+370) 616 200 07, www.nevermind.lt. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00. JA Vilnius Travel Service G-4, J. Jasinskio 4-15, tel. (+370) 5 249 65 42, www.vilniustravel.lt. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Visit Lithuania B-2, L. Stuokos Gucevičiaus 1, tel. (+370) 5 262 52 41, www.visitlithuania.net. QOpen 08:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. JA Wrislit B-5, Rūdninkų 16, tel. (+370) 5 210 76 61, www. wrislit.lt. QOpen 08:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun.JA April - July 2013
the owners have put their money where many others’ mouths are and actually gone and taken a risk in Trakai. A combined hotel, conference centre, water park and many other things besides, the rooms are clean and comfortable, all coming with cable television, free wireless internet and showers that knock you over when you walk in. The price includes two hours in the water park and an average buffet breakfast. A taxi to the Castle will set you back around 10Lt. Q103 rooms (180 - 360Lt). PHARUFLBKDCW hhh
Back to nature
gmail.com, www.camptrakai.lt. Situated on the northernmost tip of Lake Galvė (Galvės Ežeras), facilities include places to pitch tents and park caravans as well as a range of good value wooden chalets and rooms. Electricity is available for all, plus there’s a small café and even conference facilities. It’s a fair way out of the town, but the tranquillity of the location and spectacular views more than make up for it. A taxi in and out of town costs 10-15Lt. Q41 rooms. Camping 25Lt/night. Chalets, rooms 80 - 250Lt/night. Breakfast not included. TH6ILBKDW Several ludicrously cheap buses leave daily from Vilnius’ bus station, starting before dawn and running until the early evening. The journey time is around 30-40 minutes. Trakai’s bus station is a shabby concrete shell with no facilities whatsoever. As with the train station (see below), it’s also a ridiculously long way away from the main sights, a good 20-minute walk north up Vytauto. Starting and ending around the same time as the buses although running less frequently, trains take about 40 minutes to make the journey and cost buttons. Taxis are usually parked outside both the bus and train stations. A trip to the centre shouldn’t cost more than 5Lt. To reach Trakai by road, take the A1 (E85) highway west out of the city, followed by the A4 in the direction of Druskininkai before turning on to the A16 (E28) highway which takes you the rest of the way. Driving time depends on traffic, and can take anything from 20 minutes to an hour or more. A taxi, if called in advance, will cost 60-100Lt.
Slėnis Slėnio 1, tel./fax (+370) 528 538 80, slenyje@
Where to eat
To visit Trakai and not eat kibinai is like going to Japan and circumventing the noodles. As well as the aforementioned Karaite speciality, the town can also provide sustenance from one or two other corners of the world. Don’t expect too much in the way of fine dining, but do be thankful that you won’t have to pack sandwiches. What little nightlife there is in Trakai tends to take place in its restaurants, although a couple of clubs do open for the summer. If in doubt, ask a local.
Pirosmani Karaimų 2, tel. (+370) 528 561 78, www.
Where to stay
Trakai’s accommodation options run the gamut from leaky tents to presidential suites complete with wireless internet and Jacuzzis. The only exception is that the town remains without a youth hostel, although for good value central accommodation you’ll be pleased to know that every other house has a room or two to rent.
pirosmani.lt. Named after Georgia’s most famous painter, this large round restaurant overlooks one of the town’s lakes and can be found on the walk into town on the left of the main road. The menu is bursting with classic and extremely good Georgian food, plus there’s a small barbecue outside which churns out spectacular grilled meat during the summer. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00. 15Lt. PTULNBSW
Tourist Information Centre Vytauto 69, tel. (+370) 528 519 34, trakaiTIC@is.lt, www.trakaivisit.lt. Staffed by friendly, knowledgeable locals, come here for armloads of brochures and information on current cultural events, places to stay and lots more. QOpen 08:00 - 17:00, Fri 08:00 - 15:45. Closed Sat, Sun. Open Mon 09:00 - 17:00, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 09:00 - 18:00, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 15:00 (from May 1) Trakai Historical National Park Information Bureau Karaimų 5, tel. (+370) 528 557 76, senieji -
Apvalaus Stalo Klubas Karaimų 53a, tel. (+370) 528 555 95, fax (+370) 528 517 60, email@example.com, www. asklubas.lt. About as feminine as it gets, a night here is like something straight out of Alice In Wonderland. Overlooking the fairytale Gothic towers of the Castle, the interiors appear to have been designed by a committee of hairdressers and old ladies. If you can handle the frill of it all, extras include a sauna, two attached restaurants and wireless internet throughout. This is truly the cream of the crop, and by far the most expensive option in town. Q17 rooms (210 - 870Lt). PTHAR6ULBKDW hhhh Trasalis Gedimino 26, tel. (+370) 528 515 88, fax (+370) 528 515 89, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.trasalis.lt. A veritable monster of a place 2km south of the town centre, Vilnius In Your Pocket
trakai.lt. They can and will organise excursions inside the 8,200-hectare park. These are the people to see if you need a camping or fishing permit too. They also stock a number of brochures, postcards, souvenirs and maps. Hard to miss, find it located inside the large blue wooden former Post Office building. QOpen 08:00 - 17:00, Fri 08:00 - 15:45. Closed Sat, Sun.
The Castle is the obvious draw. Admission 15/10/7Lt. bingo. Mon 12:00 .inyourpocket. a huge collection of coins. this is a Trakai institution worthy of a visit.lt. The small winter restaurant expands to mammoth proportions during the summer. In a word. Žalgiris) in 1410. QOpen 11:00 .trakaimuziejus.
Drawing mild comparisons to the vast. Open 10:00 . 30Lt. people treading on your toes and the possibility of having to dine under the stairs. with work beginning soon after the end of WWII.kybynlar. with the Castle visited and admired by many foreign dignitaries including the Flemish diplomat Guillebert de Lannoy (1386-1462). Trakai Castle is essentially two structures. but much remains in Lithuanian. It’s a long way off from getting a Michelin star yet. a fabulous soup complete with big lumps of beef and potato and just a hint of spicy warmth.22:00. Vytautas the Great. The
Kybynlar Karaimų 29. As with all the best restaurants in this category.kibinas.lt. Like a beer kellar wi thou t the drunken Germans. the former and least interesting made up of 19th-century European glassware. w w w. with the usual wars and border changes complicating each new project as it arose. QOpen 11:00 . plunging spiral staircases.22:00. which is a shame because their Lithuanian Karaite food is extremely good. namely the defensive outer section and the Ducal Palace. Fri. as it says on the menu) kibinai is a small collection of other Karaite dishes plus a few more of Turkic origin. (+370) 528 539 46.com
April . Trakai Castle (or Trakai Island Castle as it’s also known) may not be as grand as its Germanic cousin to the west. PTNBS
Kibinų Šalis Karaimų 57. the kibinai here are made and cooked to order. Other Lithuanian food is also available. The Castle’s demise came with the war with Muscovy in 1655. Some explanations are in English.trakai
least popular of Trakai’s kibinai restaurants features a bland interior and as such is overlooked by many. PTAUBSW
65. who mentioned it favourably in his memoirs. red brick Teutonic fortress in the Polish town of Malbork. (+370) 528 551 79. Reached by crossing two footbridges and one island. Q Open 10:00 . magnificent. Trakai’s oldest Karaite restaurant churns out endless hot kibinai with various fillings including a vegetarian option to an appreciative audience of locals packed inside a wooden house like families of sardines. Ironically it was during the Soviet occupation of Lithuania that the Castle was eventually restored to its former glory.23:00. but compared to how it was not so long ago the town’s cultural offerings have simply ballooned.19:00 (from May 1). Sat 11:00 . Sat splendidly on a diminutive Lake Galvė island in the northern end of the town. its completion came at
www.23:00.22:00. but if you don’t mind a spit-and-sawdust atmosphere.
more or less the same time that its military importance came to an end after the victory of the combined PolishLithuanian armies led by Vytautas against the Teutonic Order at the Battle of Grunwald (Lithuanian. More than worth it for a look around the Castle if nothing else.lt. Entrance to the island and area around the Castle is free. construction on this Gothic masterpiece began in the 14th century at the behest of the then ruler of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania Kęstutis. The two main collections are to be found inside the western casemates (casements) and the Ducal Palace. This hugely popular Karaite restaurant is a must-see for anyone visiting Trakai. (+370) 645 593 70. 15Lt. www. and was completed at the start of the 15th century by his son. tel. TABS
Senoji Kibininė Karaimų 65.18:00 (until April 30).20Lt. 4 .
vilnius. tel. They even do take-away. the Trakai History Museum is spread around the Castle and linked via a baffling array of higgledy-piggledy wooden steps and dark.July 2013
. Alongside their delicious classic beef or mutton (not lamb. so don’t drop by if you’re in a hurry. making for a truly lively place to eat and drink. Highly recommended is the šorpa. but do make time to see a few of the other treats the town has to offer. (+370) 528 558
What to see
There’s still some way to go before Trakai’s up there with Paris and Barcelona. Closed Mon. Attempts to rebuild it have been ongoing since the 19th century.22:00. Built as part of an expansion programme of the neighbouring Peninsular Castle. a small exhibition dedicated to the Karaite and a few life-size models of medieval gentlemen with enormous handlebar moustaches. tel. Russian and German only.
Castle & Trakai History Museum (Trakų Pilis ir Trakų Istorijos Muziejus). which saw it seriously damaged and eventually abandoned. Its second life as a residential palace saw it enter a golden age. Mon 10:00 . tel. ivory walking stick handles and the like and the latter a collection of items dug up in the vicinity of the Castle. but what it lacks in stature it more than makes up for in location. More like playing a giant game of snakes and ladders designed by MC Escher than an enriching cultural experience. Q Open 10:00 .
chalices. In the mid-1930s. this small museum on three floors features a wealth of religious paintings. Kazimieras) in 1441. the Blessed Virgin Mary with Child.lt. A church of one sort or another has stood on this site since 1409. (+370) 528 559 07. the Lithuanian Karaite (or Karaim. who attempted to disguise themselves as Karaite in order to stay alive.
Sacred Art Museum (Sakralinio Meno Muziejus)
Most certainly not to be confused with the much larger world Judaic Karaite movement. the birthplace of the original Karaite movement. or even sometimes Karaimic) are as perplexing as the confusion surrounding their name suggests. Like the Lithuanian Karaite themselves. Poland and Ukraine. much like Trakai itself. The original Karaite were a puritanical Jewish splinter group who among other things rejected the Talmud and who somehow initiated the conversion to the Karaite faith of several Turkic tribes living on the Black Sea shores in the 13th century.
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vilnius. Originally all religious services were conducted in Hebrew inside a kenesa. Closed Mon. tel. www. which has many similarities to a synagogue but which also witnesses a number of startling disparities including the necessity to remove footwear before entering the building. culture and memory of the offshoot Karaite communities of Lithuania. and continues to be an emotive blot on relations between the communities.18:00. The Lithuanian Karaite language that eventually replaced Hebrew as the official religious language is a unique intermingling of the original Turkic tongue spoken by the community mixed together with local Lithuanian and Polish inclusions. www. lt. QOpen 10:00 . Those wanting to know more about a dying race of people. M. It was some of these ethnically Turkic families who came to Trakai and other parts of the then Grand Duchy of Lithuania. history. Of particular note inside is the 16th-century painting on the main altar. and shamelessly exploits the Karaite myth for the purposes of tourism. Tue. who it could be argued bridge the gap between the Jewish faith and Islam.trakubaznycia. Shapshala’s List as it became known effectively sealed the fate of many Lithuanian Jews. a Lithuanian Karaite prayer book translated into English and examples of Karaite national dresses. which is also known
Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Švč. a historical fact used by many Eastern European Jews during the Holocaust. Germany’s fledgling Nazi party formally defined the Karaite as not Jewish under the malevolent and sinister 1935 Reich Citizenship Law. tel. Admission 4/2Lt. Lithuanian Karaite religion is based on the Jewish faith with the above-mentioned differences. tel. Housed inside a former chapel that forms part of a 19th-century Dominican monastery which itself lies inside the territory of the Peninsula Castle.17:00.
rooms dedicated to the life. 18:00 (Lithuanian).lt. At present there remain about 50 Lithuanian Karaite living in Trakai.com
. the Lithuanian Karaite in Trakai have. suffered swings of both good and bad fortune over the centuries. first as bodyguards and later as successful farmers and market gardeners.inyourpocket. with what few remaining members of the total Lithuanian count of around 250 Lithuanian Karaite integrating with Western society. namely during the Nazi occupation of Lithuania during WWII (1941-1944) when the then head of the Lithuanian and Polish Karaite movement Sereya Shapshala (1873-1961) famously handed over a list of the names of all Karaite members in order to protect them from the fate of the Jews. with the usual history of fires and wars paving the way for additions and reconstructions over the centuries. statues and other items connected to the Catholic Church from the 16th to the 20th century from Lithuania and Western Europe. should contact the Lithuanian Karaite Community House in Trakai via the community’s website at www. 12:00 (Lithuanian). Granted Magdeburg rights by Casimir IV (Lithuanian. Trakai remains the spiritual home of the Lithuanian Karaite movement. something known universally in the Islamic faith but entirely alien to Judaism. Visitors are treated to a watered-down version of Lithuanian Karaite culture including all of the sights listed here and not forgetting the infamous kibinai. Marijos Apsilankymo Bažnyčia)
Kęstučio 4. highlights include an array of heart-stopping and extraordinary black and white Karaite photographic portraits. Mass 17:00 (Polish). Look for the wooden tower behind the bright blue Trakai Historical National Park Information Bureau building. and have even found time to court controversy. Admission 4/2Lt. (+370) 528 552 86. the church’s current Baroque form dates from 1717. Sacred Art Museum Sco
Karaite Ethnographic Museum (Karaimų Etnografijos Muziejus) Karaimų 22. Three small
Houses of worship
Birutės 5. the miniature Cornish pasty-type signature dish of Lithuanian Karaite cuisine and the traditional Lithuanian Karaite wooden houses along the street named after them complete with three windows facing the road.trakaimuziejus. Tue. the language is dying. Sun 10:00 (Polish). QOpen 10:00 . Settled in Trakai from the Crimea by Grand Duke Vytautas at the end of the 14th century.karaimai. Closed Mon.19:00. At this rate it’s only a matter of time before the community and its culture are gone forever. QOpen 09:00 . The museum is hidden away immediately behind this.16
as the Trakai Madonna and which is reputed to have magic powers. the Lithuanian Karaite form the chain in a bizarre link connecting the two distant and contradictory worlds of Lithuania and Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq). (+370) 528 539 45.
000 rosy-faced locals. Senieji (Old) Trakai. but the monastery remains. and an interesting excursion for those with a developed interest in either the history of Trakai or obscure Eastern European rural churches. Both the monastery and church are undergoing renovation work.lt. sprinkle the park with humanity. The train station is 1km north of the church and monastery. manor houses. giving it an agreeable lived-in feel lacking in many other rural areas in the country. hairpin-strewn roads occupied by drivers who’ve seemingly lost the will to live and wish only to take you with them. turn right on exiting the station followed by the first left onto Trakų and follow the road all the way down. To get from the former to the latter. the park contains a total of 32 lakes. although some renovation work has been carried out.com
April . Not much of it remains. You decide. the defensive Peninsula Castle covered an area of four hectares and had an impressive 14 towers. This was the birthplace of Vytautas the Great. Senieji Trakai provides no other forms of enlightenment or entertainment and can’t even boast a café.
vilnius. boasts two sights worthy of further investigation for the hardcore tourist. A population of 14. Its relatively plain interior complete with peeling paint provides a rare glimpse inside small-town Eastern European religious faith.trakai
Places of interest
Peninsula Castle Predating the Island Castle by a few
decades and located nearby on the southern shore of Lake Galvė.200 hectares Trakai Historical National Park is the smallest but by no means the least interesting. albeit in a poor state. The Peninsula Castle territory now plays host to the town’s intriguing little Sacred Art Museum. The castle is long gone. who in 1405 built a monastery here and settled an order of Benedictine monks inside. Set amidst gently rolling hills formed during the last Ice Age about 14. For more information about the park. include a continuing lack of infrastructure and a patchwork of narrow.inyourpocket. The proud recipient of national park status in 1992.000 years ago. but the church can still be visited. traditional farmsteads and villages. which functions as Senieji Trakai’s main house of worship. it’s not hard to see why they moved the capital up the road. Trakų is lined with mostly wooden houses and supposedly represents many elements of a typical Dzūkai village. one or two ethnographic sights of particular interest and the town of Trakai itself.
The Lithuanian capital for seven medieval years before handing the baton over to Trakai. heaps of fresh air and a sense of having gone back in time. 6km or so southeast of Trakai. Trakai Historical National Park is currently awaiting news of its application to become a Unesco World Heritage site. The town itself is a dull square of not particularly pretty wooden houses punctuated with the occasional Soviet monstrosity and sliced through the middle by the first point of interest. of which there are few. Things in its favour include its aforementioned comeliness and the town inside it that gives it its name. at just 8. After spending an hour or so here. of whom many remain tied to the land. some truly spectacular scenery. a continuation of the road from Trakai that at the time of writing (December 2008) was completely dug up as part of a beautification process that will see the street become a tourist attraction in its own right.July 2013
.seniejitrakai. At the height of its activity. In the 19th century part of the monastery was converted into a neo-Gothic church. Things against. visit the Trakai Historical National Park Information Bureau in Trakai or browse the park’s website online at www. At Trakų’s southernmost tip as it curves around to the right is the site of the town’s once grand castle. Trakų. the Peninsula Castle met the same fate as its younger brother but as yet hasn’t received the same kind of rehabilitation.
Trakai Historical National Park
One of a total of five national parks in Lithuania. woodlands brimming with wildlife.
etno. Over 100 herbalists.lt. concepts.
Photo by Gediminas Savickis
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vilnius. Events take place in several venues around the city. we don’t get it at all. April 26 Patricia Kaas – Kaas Chante Piaf You don’t exactly need a degree to work out what this one’s all about. and is worth seeking out. See them towards the end of April inside the city’s Siemens Arena (see p. the festival began with a few participants from the former Soviet republics and has since grown to embrace dance companies from all over the world. artists and musicians from around the world.lt for a full run down of what’s on this year. April 18 . see p.20). performers are mostly but not exclusively Lithuanian. telling old folk tales. Traditionally. the 2013 keynote speaker will be none other than the co-founder of Apple.litexpo. Featuring over 70 speakers and attracting some 3.21). The website at www. if you feel like celebrating in a more bucolic environment.
Photo by Gediminas Savickis The Feast Day of St. May 6 . A veritible mishmash of religious and pagan observations. The whole spectacle attracts thousands of people in Vilnius and around the country in general.inyourpocket.lt for more information.20) on May 4. Since 2007 the capital has played host to a related Herb Market (Žolynų Turgus).kernave. young maidens wear wreaths in the hair which are later floated on the nearest river or lake. the festival takes place around the same time as the longest day of the year and starts on the evening before with singing and dancing before sunset. Find out more online at www.20). Alegría promises the usual ostentatious costumes and high camp frollicking.com
. John the Baptist. April 18 . Login is the largest tech gathering in the Baltic States. is known in Lithuanian as Joninės.afrikosdienos. Events include everything from music to dance to cinema as well as discussions and exhibitions and much more.vilnius-events. jumping over bonfires and the consumption of alcohol.19 African Days 2013 Vilnius’ celebration of African culture is back again between May 16 and 19.lt has more information on the latter.lt. First organised in 1997. a universal Catholic festival celebrated annually on June 24.000 visitors.menufabrikas.Alegría The internationally acclaimed circus franchise who need no further introduction will be staging their new show with the help of 55 performers. For details on where to find the best Joninės celebrations. Everything will be taking place inside the huge Litexpo centre on the edge of the city. The French singer and actress will be performing more than 20 songs made famous by Edith Piaf for one night only at Vilnius’ Pramogų Arena (see . See www.org. ask the good people at Vilnius Tourist Information (see p.May 19 Sugrįžimai The international music festival Sugrįžimai (Coming Back. See www.20 Cirque du Soleil . The weekend of activities also includes the Lithuanian Internet Awards and a big party. with events focusing around changing ideas. this year’s event sees a raft of fun and activities for people of all ages and tastes. which almost certainly puts us in a minority so we’ll keep our mouth shut as soon as we’ve written that Michael Flatley’s award-winning thing comes to the Pramogų Arena (see p.23. Read all about it at www.12 New Baltic Dance The international contemporary dance festival New Baltic Dance has been around for a decade and half so they must be doing something right.lt. which takes place this year over the weekend of June 22 . why not visitthe celebrations taking place in Lithuania’s ancient capital a few kilometres north of the city in Kernavė. Gedimino. or. May 4 Lord of the Dance A modern-day Nuremberg Rally with taps shoes.lt for more information. See www. products and services within the industry.19 Login Now in its eighth year. Steve Wozniak. Find out more online at www. or Returning) has been an annual spring event in Vilnius since 1999. May 9 Europe Day Celebrating Lithuania’s ‘Europeness’ along most of the city’s main street.europosdiena.18
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April 8 . This year’s theme is ‘The Game Changers’. For more information about what’s going on as well as ticket prices and how to get there.lmrf. If you like Kaas and you’re fond of Piaf then you’re in for a double treat. A predominantly classical affair.6) nearer the time. take a look at the Litexpo website at www. traditional pharmacists and folk artists will be setting out their stalls along Gedimino. May 16 . April 18 Ellie Goulding The English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ellie Goulding makes a one-night appearance in the excellent Loftas (part of Menų Fabrikas.
Vilnius’ excellent Culture Night opens the city’s museums after dark for a series of intriguing events and also features many other activities from open-air film screenings to church concerts.ticketpro.lt to find out more.com.Culture & Events
May 18 European Championship of Latin American Dance Ensembles No less than 20 of Europe’s top ensembles from 15 different countries are expected to converge on Vilnius on May 18 for this major event. this time in the form of a medieval-themed series of events around the Peninsula Castle in the centre of town.gmd. find out more online at www. July 5 Culture Night An extension of the now well established museum nights that take place all around the world.14) between June 7 and 9.
Arts & Crafts
Amatų Gildija B-4.26 Skamba Skamba Kankliai First taking place 40 years ago. More information online at www.trakai-visit. tel.34. J
vilnius. Playing for one night only in the superb outdoor atmosphere of Vingio Parkas (see p. Pranciškonų 6. Street Music Day features a wealth of performers of all types playing for free in outdoor venues all over the city. Take a peep at the festival website at www. The studio is now also home to Bugailiškis’ dau gh ter. book tickets on www. July 1 . the annual international folklore festival Skamba Skamba Kankliai features several days of singing and dancing to traditional ensembles and other performers in courtyards and concert space around the city. June 15 .lt for more information.kulturosnaktis. July 27 Depeche Mode They may be past their sell-by date in Western Europe but they’ve never been more popular here. He shares this workshop with several other artists. Also at S. Check out www.inyourpocket. (+370) 5 212 05 20/
(+370) 645 380 44. May 31 . June 7 . www.lt for more.lt.20). Taking place inside the city’s Siemens Arena (see p.trakaimuziejus.August 28 Christopher Summer Festival 2013 An astonishingly varied festival of concerts celebrating music of just about every genre that doesn’t require a drum kit. keep an eye on www.lt. Feel free to have a look around. this annual event brings together performers and composers from all over the world for two weeks of concerts and other related events. May 19 Street Music Day A well established fixture on the capital’s yearly calendar. th e pain ter Aistė Bu gailišk y tė-Kapočienė. Sun. Q By appointment only. Skapo 3 . The ceramic artist Mindaugas Rutkauskas is almost completely blind yet manages to produce some great ceramics from classic earthenware crockery to complete ceramic stoves. Aušros Vartų 17-10.kristupofestivaliai. see www.lt. A local mini-celebrity knocking out all manner of fabulous wooden eccentricities based on a combination of traditional Lithuanian folk art and the contents of a very unique mind. June 23 . traditional games for the kids and much more besides.16 Trakai Medieval Festival More fun and games are to be had in Trakai (see p.14) in June. no more concrete information was available at the time of going to press. J Jonas Bugailiškis Art Studio C-5. May 23 . Closed Mon. Far too much to list here.30 ArtVilnius13 Find out more about the world of contemporary art in Lithuania and neighbouring countries by visiting the large ArtVilnius 13 event at the city’s vast Litexpo centre (see p.amatugildija.lt today before they’ve all gone. More information at www. the Christopher Summer Festival has been impressing audiences in the city for years and years. Highly recommended.20). June 4 Lana Del Rey The multi award-winning singer-songwriter and former wild child Lana Del Rey comes to Vilnius for the first time on June 4. performing for just one night inside the city’s Siemens Arena (see p. tel.July 2013
. lt for further information.etno.artvilnius. See www. Keep an eye on their website for more information.21:00.lt to see what it’s all about. QOpen 13:00 . Find knights in armour.92).June 15 Vilnius Festival 2013 A positively huge celebration of classical and other serious music as well as jazz and musical theatre.com
April .9 Trakai Summer 2013 A weekend of cultural and other activities for all the family takes place in Trakai (see p. Spilling out into cities all over the country. Events take place in venues around the city.vilniusfestival. Definitely one worth further investigation.72). (+370) 652 366 13.
buy something as a unique gift or souvenir or ask about their regular workshops. Q Open 17:00 . QOpen 09:00 . J Russian Cultural Centre C/D-3. Užupio 3-1. this old craft.rkc.12:00. J
Closed Sat. lt. tel. www. lt. tel. (+370) 687 512 55. (+370) 5 264 93 32.18:30.ceramics. Sat 12:00 .teatroarena.lt B-4. tel. QOpen 09:00 .lt. J
Poland Institute (Lenkijos Institutas) C-4. Fri 09:00 . Gedimino 5.19:00. A city-owned concert space inside a magnificent.klaidaspapercuts. tel. Sun. Didžioji 1. tel. tel. tel. Čiurlionio 82b. J Teatro Arena I-3.usembassy. A. QOpen 09:00 Goethe Institute B-2. Closed Sat. Ąžuolyno 9.22:00.18:00. Q Box office open 12:00 . Sat 11:00 .gov. www. J B-1. www. Kotrynos Bažnyčia)
Vilnius Congress Hall (Vilniaus Kongresų Rūmai)
Films are usually shown in their original language with Lithuanian subtitles. tel. The place to come and see performances by the cream of the country’s next generation of professional musicians.19:00. Known in Lithuanian as karpiniai. tel. tel.15:00.lt. tel. J
Lithuanian Music & Theatre Academy (Lietuvos Muzikos ir Teatro Akademija) G-3. Vilniaus 39. tel. Hidden away down an Old Town backstreet. (+370) 5 266 54 12.17:00. A tiny gallery dealing in exclusive jewellery from a range of Lithuanian artists.14:00. www.lt. www. www. Siemens Arena H-1. QOpen 11:00 18:00.multikino. J
(+370) 5 261 26 91. tel. which has been used to decorate homes during special celebrations for centuries. QOpen 10:00 . (+370) 5 212 22 11. Closed Sat.lt. Featuring a concert hall and a smaller chamber hall.20:00.
American Center G-4. the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra was established in 1940. Didžioji 5. A B-3. Didžioji
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vilnius. British Council J-3. J
Meno Niša A-3. 1588. Mostly popular Hollywood films inside a dedicated multiplex close to the city centre. www.16:00. Concerts including established performers and conductors from Lithuania and abroad also take place here from time to time. A large ice-skating rink on the outskirts of the city that also hosts the occasional concert.16:00.lt. Ignoto 4/3. www. QOpen 10:30 . Closed Sat.22:00.15:00.
Japanese Information & Cultural Centre (Japoni-
Lithuanian National Philharmonic (Lietuvos Nacionalinė Filharmonija) C-5. A small working gallery dedicated to the art of the blacksmith. (+370) 699 424 56. Sat. (+370) 5 203 28 91/(+370) 613 947 70.Muziejus X-3. www. Tue 10:00 .20
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38 11. K.lt. Also at Ozo 25 (Akropolis). Closed Sun.lvso.britishcouncil. www. Sun.19:00.
17:30. tel.16:00.de/lietuva. this small concert hall arranges concerts of many types including classical and jazz. www.goethe. J
jos Informacijos ir Kultūros Centras) G-4. Sat. www. Ozo 18 (Ozas). J Molio Laumė A-4/5. The ancient art of black ceramics brought to life inside this intriguing little hands-on gallery. JNW Skalvija H-3. Concerts are varied and often very good indeed. Art to hang on your body as opposed to your wall. Home to the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra.lenkijosinstitutas.lt. Q Box office open 10:00 . Fri 16:00 . Sat 12:00 . Sat 10:00 . Closed Sat.
Nordic Council of Ministers Office (Šiaurės Ministrų Tarybos Biuras) C-3.20:00. (+370) 5 261 10 76. Buy examples of the craft or attend one of their regular workshops. www. Sun. JA Užupio Kalvystės Galerija . (+370) 5 219 53 78. www.go. Q Box office open 14:00 .17:00. tel.nationalphilharmonic. (+370) 5 246 29 58. lt. Goštauto 2/15. tel. vilnius. www. www. Library open 13:30 . Antakalnio 2. (+370) 5 231 04 65.piano. Gedimino 42.18:00. Olimpiečių 3.17:00.lt. Sun. www. www.it.17:00.institutfrancais-lituanie.13:00. Closed Mon. Sat 10:00 . this large place on the edge of town is also a concert venue among other things. www.kultura.lt.com. The best place in the city for arthouse and underground cinema and meeting people who like it in the attached café-bar. J. www. www. Closed Sat.lmta. tel.lt. Sun.18:00. Sun 12:00 .19:00.pramoguarena. tel.17:00. Danish Cultural Institute B-3.lt. Savanorių 7. (+370) 683 773 57. Closed Sat. Sun.dki.inyourpocket. Closed Mon. Užupio 26. JA Multikino H-1.13:00. J Tautodailininko Dirbtuvė G-4.menonisa. (+370) 5 231 23 18.esteri. 1567. Išganytojo 2/4. Aušros Vartų 5. A combined workshop and gallery. tel.jp. M. Šv. Closed Sun. 14:00 . Sat 11:00 . Sun call in advance. (+370) 5 219 96 96. tel.skalvija. (+370) 5 231
cluding the aforementioned orchestra as well as the Čiurlionis String Quartet and the chamber ensemble Musica Humana to name but a few. JA Piano. tel. Naugarduko 20. Sun.14:00. this city-centre venue features some fine acoustics and organises everything from serious classical concerts to shows for children. Fri 09:00 French Institute C-3.lt. Q Open 10:00 . A compact Old Town cinema specialising in predominantly independent and/or arthouse films from a wide range of directors including Woody Allen and the interesting Lithuanian film maker Janina Lapinskaitė.com
. Folk artist Klaidas Navickas works as a lawyer during the day and creates some exquisite works of art using just a scalpel and piece of paper in his spare time. tel.lt. The main venue for the OKT theatre company (see Theatres). J . Sun. (+370) 5 261 05 05. Sun.w3. QOpen 09:00 . tel. Vilniaus 6/16. Sun. J Closed Sat. Sat 10:30 .lt. tel.lt. Basanavičiaus 29. lt.embjapan. tel. J
Italian Cultural Institute C-3.lt.18:30. JA
St. (+370) 687 906 50. www.vilniauskalviai. Q Box office open an hour before the event. tel.siemensarena. tel.kinopasaka.20:00. QOpen 10:00 . Hollywood blockbusters inside a large shopping centre. QOpen 10:30 . Catherine’s Church (Šv. Sun 10:00 . QOpen 09:00 . Akmenų 9. J.eu. Concerts are performed by a range of ensembles in-
23. www. Trakų 9/1 (entrance on Kėdainių). Q Open 14:00 . www. (+370) 5 212 24 12. J Pramogų Arena E-2.16:00.forumcinemas.iicvilnius. this combined gallery and workshop presents some of the best examples of the work of Lithuanian goldsmiths.17:00.16:00. J Užupio Galerija D-3. Closed Mon. JNW
Forum Cinemas Vingis G-4.19:00. Q Open 10:00 . Vilniaus 30.uzupiogalerija.
(+370) 5 266 52 33. (+370) 5 212 32 36. (+370) 5 261 88 28. Closed Mon. Universiteto 4. QOpen 09:00 . you’ll usually find somebody working there. (+370) 5 242 44 44.lt. The quintessential all-purpose arena staging everything from international basketball matches to big name rock concerts. who’ll be only too pleased to explain what they’re up to. Basanavičiaus 1/13. www. Sun. Closed Sun. Ozo 14. (+370) 5 261 15 16. A Pasaka B-3. Closed Sun. Watch people at work. converted 18th-century Baroque church. QOpen 16:00 . www. Sun. Closed Sat. QOpen 12:00 . (+370) 5 262 04 21. (+370) 5 231 44 33.norden.16:00.
There’s also a small shop where you can buy books and postcards featuring the work of many famous and obscure Lithuanian art. QOpen 12:00 . Find works in all media by the top Lithuanian artists working in their fields.18:00. Vartai also organises exhibitions by artists from abroad.
Independent cultural centres
Menų Fabrikas G-5. Titanikas D-2. the Contemporary Arts Centre also organises conferences and lectures.18:00.inyourpocket. Sun. tel. tel. this very Lithuanian affair puts on shows inside a cinema.18:00. tel. (+370) 615 899 29.dominoteatras.
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Prospekto Galerija G-3. J Domino Theatre (Domino Teatras) G-4. J
Arts Printing House (Menų Spaustuvė) D-2. Prospekto Galerija is a hit and miss affair but really worth the effort just in case. www. (+370) 5 210 01 36. fashion shows. J Znad Wilii D-3.20:00. tel.lt. Šiltadaržio 6. Kęstučio 51.July 2013
vilnius. featuring new works made in stone and metal plastics. opens in April and runs until September. Q Box office open 10:00 . a place to collect and spread ideas and rehearsal rooms for various performers. Švitrigailos 29. April . Gedimino 43. (+370)
5 261 20 94. news and documentary photographers past and present. tel. www.20:00. educational seminars.19:00. Sat 10:00 . 15:00 . QOpen 12:00 .18:30. www. Vilnius’ very own monstrous carbuncle on the face of an old friend. www. (+370) 5 204 08 32.com/galerijaterrarecognita. QOpen 12:00 . Closed Mon. tel. http://znadwiliiwilno. www. Vaitiekūnas’ latest show. Closed Mon. non-profit cultural centre based inside a fabulous old factory providing creative opportunities. exhibitions run the gamut from student shows to serious work from home and abroad in just about every conceivable medium. books and the Polishlanguage newspaper of the same name. Arguably the best and most influential contemporary gallery in the country. www. Sun.19:00. Q Box office open 11:00 . QOpen 10:00 . Much of his work is both fun and thought provoking and is generally available for sale. Exhibitions range from the sublime to the awful. J Terra Recognita C-3. tel.16:00. film screenings and much more. (+370) 5 212 30 20. Išganytojo 2/4. sculpture and other media. QOpen 10:00 .opera. Sun. (+370) 685 555 25. (+370) 5 261 83 38. J TaDas F-3. Admission 8/4Lt. Savanorių 7 (Forum Cinemas Vingis). A stunning construction opened in 1974 and offering the whole range of works. paintings and graphic art. Closed Sun. Closed Mon. this gallery is given over entirely to his painting. Maironio 3.com
. gutauskas.galerijavartai.100Lt.19:00.14:00. Gutauskas’ work is colourful to say the least and all of it is for sale. The brainchild of a small collective of like-minded local thespians. J
Almost all performances are in Lithuanian or Russian. tel. Some theatres provide occasional simultaneous translation.vda. Stiklių 7.lt.photography. Vokiečių 2.menufab-
rikas. A Polish ar t gallery displaying and selling paintings. tel. www.400 square metres of exhibition space. Check to make sure before booking tickets. (+370) 5 212 19 45. The weird and occasionally wonderful world of the Lithuanian artist Tadas Gutauskas.18:00.lt. (+370) 5 212 29 49. J Vartai B-3. Sun. outlets and events for the community including parties. QOpen 12:00 . JA
Contemporary Arts Centre (Šiuolaikinio Meno
Terra Recognita/Saulius Vaitiekūnas. tel. The gallery of the Vilnius Art Academy hosts all manner of contemporary shows by artists from home and abroad and is always worth a look inside. Housed inside a former tsarist-era printing house this intriguing centre features two theatre halls. Pilies 44/2. (+370) 612 444 79.lt. Sat 12:00 .lt. QOpen 12:00 . Entrance 15 . Q Working hours depend on repertoire. Welcome Back to the Future (2013)
Vienuolio 1. often let down partially by the artists themselves who submit badly presented work that’s often lit with no thought to the work.com.lt. www. (+370) 5 262 07 27.titanikas. Recommended.lt. An independent. Stiklių 4. this 1968 concrete masterpiece conceals one of the country’s leading galleries for both Lithuanian and international contemporary art. A tiny gallery close to the Town Hall in the centre of Old Town selling a range of Lithuanian-produced contemporary arts and crafts including jewellery from some of the top names in the country. features a superb reading room and hosts a rather good bar. Closed Mon.lt.lt. Bordering on the naïve and childlike.18:00. Worth a look inside even if you don’t plan on attending anything.facebook.18:00. Sun 11:00 .cac. Sun 10:00 . JA
Lithuanian National Opera & Ballet Theatre (Lietuvos Nacionalinis Operos ir Baleto Teatras) A-1. www. A.16:00.Culture & Events
Academy (Akademija) C-3. JU Jewelry Art Studio C-4. Q Open by appointment only. Closed Mon. QOpen 12:00 . An interesting gallery representing the work of the contemporary and conceptual Lithuanian artist Saulius Vaitiekūnas.15:00. A series of exhibition halls owned and curated by the neighbouring Vilnius Art Academy.lt. Owned and run by the Lithuanian Photographers’ Union. Vilniaus 39 (Vilniaus Mokytojų Namai). J
Centras) C-4. http://www. tel. www.menuspaustuve. Sat 12:00 . Welcome Back to the Future. tel. (+370) 656 863 83. Also known as Loftas (The Loft). find them on Facebook (currently in Lithuanian only) for more information and details on upcoming events. Surplus to the 2.
(+370) 5 231 21 10. J
Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (Lietuvos Nacionalinis Dramos Teatras) B-2. With a varied repertoire. Bernardinų 8/8. Gedimino 4. Strauss.16:00. J 618 757 80. Q Box office open 10:00 .22
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Gytis Ivanauskas Theatre email@example.com. Schnittke. www. The Merry Widow F.18:00. 16:00 . Works include everything from Shakespeare to original works. Gaižauskas. tel. Chachaturian.jauni-
OKT/Vilnius City Theatre (OKT/Vilniaus Miesto Teatras) B-4. The Blue Danube J. Bizet. The brainchild of the still relatively young dancer. Eugene Onegin P. Lėlė Puppet Theatre (Vilniaus Teatras Lėlė) C-4. Worth a look around even if you’re not attending a performance. Strauss.
Vilnius Old Town Theatre (Vilniaus Senamiesčio Teatras) A-5. Kuprevičius. Carmen G. Wagner. The Flying Dutchman R. Cipollino K. Chachaturian. Mozart. 14:30 . La Traviata G.lt. Arklių 5.
giteatras. www. M.rusudrama. (+370) 687 916
98 69. Tchaikovsky.
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61. the company performs almost exclusively in public outdoor spaces. The Tiny Lingonberry J. Gedimino 22. www. lt. The Marriage of Figaro W. A.19:00. Strauss. Sun 11:00 .18:30. Ašmenos 8. Tamulionis. Kuprevičius. Strauss.lt
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Lithuanian Russian Drama Theatre (Lietuvos Rusų Dramos Teatras) H-4. 21). Burattino J. Eugene Onegin P. Tchaikovsky. Q Box office open 10:45 . Čiurlionis G. H. J 5 262 05 52. Wagner. www. Verdi. This inspired puppet theatre for children of all ages has been charming audiences in Vilnius since the company was founded way back in 1958. G. The Bat J. Closed Mon. (+370) 5 261 61 26. G. www. www. www. Swan Lake P. Sat. tel. See their website for when and where they’re performing.teatras.
3 4 13 17 20 24 26 6 11 27 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:00 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 12:00 The Marriage of Figaro W. Tristan & Isolde R.19:00. actor and choreographer Gytis Ivanauskas. Shenderov. Verdi. Strauss.lt. J
National Youth Theatre (Valstybinis Jaunimo Teatras) C-4. Arklių 5. Tchaikovsky. Q Box office open 10:00 . Founded during the final days of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 the theatre specialises in recreating the public-spirited theatre of the 16th and 17th centuries.lt. A. Cinderella S. Look for the three muses guarding the main entrance. Schnittke. Gaižauskas. Q Box office open 11:00 . Sun 11:00 . Wagner. Lehár. Basanavičiaus 13. Burattino J.lt. Tchaikovsky. Red Giselle P .
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6 2 12:00 19:00 Cipollino K. Pawlowski. Founded in 1966 the National Youth Theatre stages works of all kinds from the classics to experimental to innovative reworkings of original stories. Eugene Onegin P. Prokofjev.lt. Currently they’re without a home but perform regularly around the city.16:00.14:00. (+370) 5 212 20 99. A. Malcys. Mozart.senamiescioteatras. Vainiūnas. Wagner. Closed Mon. The Valkyri R. The only professional theatre in the country staging works exclusively in the Russian language.teatraslele. (+370) 5 262 86 78. Kuprevičius. Adam. A. The Bat J. N Meno Fortas D-2.15:00. this interesting experimental company are worth looking out for. Bizet. opera. Bizet.
moteatras. Q Box office open 11:00 . A. Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky. The Blue Danube J. Strauss.
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Creative Impulse II. Adam. A.inyourpocket. Sun 11:00 . this fine old building also hosts other events including part of the annual Vilnius Jazz Festival. tel. Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs B. www. Barbora Radvilaitė S. tel. Red Giselle P . tel. Pretty much what it says it is.com
. Choreographic Miniatures by LNOBT’s Ballet Artists. tel. the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre promotes theatre from home and abroad and stages it in two venues inside the same building. Górecki and other composers. More info at www. J. Performances take place at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (see p. J
Vilnius Small State Theatre (Valstybinis Vilniaus Mažasis Teatras) A-1. A. this interesting theatre company who stage a wide range of predominantly contemporary works are based inside a glorious building in the city centre.lt.16:00.menofortas. Only finding a permanent home in 2005. Closed Mon. Dedicated to modern theatre and modern interpretations of the classics. The Bat J.lt. Tristan & Isolde R. The Bat J. An Old Town theatre given over entirely to the visionary antics of the infamous Lithuanian theatrical director Eimuntas Nekrošius. Swan Lake P. Desdemona A. J www. Donizetti. tel. Tchaikovsky. Wagner. (+370)
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2 8 10 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 12:00 12:00 12:00 12:00 L’Elisir d’Amore G. Čiurlionis G. Čiurlionis G. Closed Mon.
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212 01 10. luxurious wall-to-wall carpeting. It could be made of damp straw and the restaurant could serve nothing but cabbage and you’d still probably book a room once you saw the view. if you can afford it.com
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Radisson Blu Astorija C-4. (+370) 5 212 28 94. Located opposite the Cathedral and tantalisingly close to one of the best Indian restaurants in Eastern Europe. in a class of its own in the Baltic States. Q53 rooms (€170 . www.com.centrumhotels. Also find marbled bathrooms. www. fax (+370) 5 255 33 11. fax (+370) 5 212 38 70.640). Not that it is made of damp straw we should point out. A beautiful collection of rooms and suites are on offer.com. peepholes in all the doors. sales. (+370) 5 273 97 00. fax (+370) 5 262 28 82.lt. Q55 rooms (€128 . www. Pilies
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00. Hugely popular with visiting Americans who like the assurance of something they’ve slept in before.grotthusshotel. Located in the heart of the city’s main business district just north of the river. Q114 rooms (200 . www. in which stars are awarded for amenities offered. Geared towards all types of traveller with a healthy bank account. www. this clean.lt. from singles to luxury suites. hotel@dvaras. fax (+370) 5 212 22 40. If this hotel was a person. tel. Tilto 3-1.275). sauna. this business class box is a favourite among professionals travelling individually or as part of a group who are there to use the fine conference facilities. tidy confidence about it. extras include conference facilities. a cracking little Argentinean restaurant and arguably the best location in Vilnius. Found inside a fabulous former monastery. Q88 rooms (€70 . the latter being some of the greenest and most pleasant in the city. Plonked west of the centre on the edge of one of the capital’s finest parks. info@congress. one or two arty internal elements and the views. There’s a couple of fancy restaurants as well.lt. rooms veer from more than
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Dvaras (Manor House) C-1. satellite television. Complete with minibars. with even the most basic featuring mini bars. Q54 rooms (€79 . vilnius@ europaroyale. Just eight rooms. fax (+370) 5 274 34 11.lt. tel. Ligoninės 7. original art on the walls. A taxi to Old Town costs less than 10Lt. www. mabre.899Lt). Q80 rooms (300 . noticeable in everything from the décor to the price.com. (+370) 5 266 07 70. www. Pilies 10. Rooms come with the absolute minimum of internet connections. This self-proclaimed aristocratic boutique hotel in a quiet Old Town street contains 20 rooms and suites complete with Italian furniture. the rooms all have that typical Holiday Inn feel.000Lt).lt. Raugyklos 7/2. and will find yourself conveniently located mid-way between Old Town and the new business district north of the river.860Lt). The Europa chain’s flagship Vilnius hotel continues to offer high standards of service in an admirable Old Town location that’s hard to beat.lt. PHARUFLKDXW hhhh
Holiday Inn B-00. fax (+370) 5 210 77 70. hotel@cpvilnius. tel. it would proudly strut about and puff its chest out. (+370) 5 269 19 19. tel. tel. firstname.lastname@example.org). suites and apartments inside a well located hotel boasting a splendid jumble of old and new. doubles. all coming with wireless internet. The choice of individual rooms and suites is impressive. heated bathroom floors and everything else you’d expect when handing over this much money in return for a bed for the night.eu. (+370) 5 251 41 11.lt. K. mabre@mabre. fax (+370) 5 273 95 00. One of the favourite choices of visiting big-wigs and other VIPs. Q134 rooms (€140 . Aušros Vartų 6.143). plus there’s an excellent little bar at street level complete with complimentary press where it’s possible to spend an entire evening watching the world go by and drinking the night away on your company’s expense account. Q108 rooms (€60 . The only remaining features of Inturist’s flagship Hotel Friendship are the foundations.lt. www. Q20 rooms (376 .
Atrium C-2. wireless internet. the place has an elegant yet business-class feel about it. Maironio 13. After a good night’s rest you’ll be ready to take on the town. PJHA6ULKDW hhhh Best Western Vilnius A-00.embassyhotel.com. (+370) 5 210 30
Crowne Plaza Vilnius F-4. An excellent choice for anyone who has business that requires attendance at any of the nearby embassies or who doesn’t mind spending a little extra time getting in and out of the city centre. tel.lt. all given an old world treatment and all coming with life’s little luxuries. email@example.com). air-conditioning and satellite television. Q28 rooms (€55 . PJHAFLKDW hhhh Conti B-5. Šeimyniškių 1. The lobby café’s a nice place for quiet drink. Q30 rooms (€60 . office@vilniushotel. Free internet throughout.105). PJHA6ULKXW hhhh Grotthuss B-5.lt. www. minibars and satellite television. and the in-house café-bar-restaurant is glass-roof open and airy. PJHARUFLKDXW hhhh
5 274 34 01. fax (+370) 5 251 42 80.inyourpocket. M.cpvilnius. (+370)
Europa Royale Vilnius C-5. business class rooms. One of the better places to stay in town if you can afford it. Close to perfect. the four-star Best Western Vilnius is accordingly geared towards business travellers although there’s no reason why anybody else can’t stay there either. (+370) 5 210 73 70. the hotel also features an in-house gourmet restaurant and state of the art business facilities. international press and the fabulous Medininkai restaurant.1. The 16th-floor restaurant-bar offers one of the prettiest places to get plastered in Lithuania. fax (+370) 5 272 21 34. tel. (+370)
Mabre Residence D-3. PJHARLKW hhhh
5 272 22 50. holidayinnvilnius. other than the fact that it’s not very close to the centre of town. (+370) 5 266 03 22. eu. minibars and other treats.com. plus the upper floors provide some fabulous views of the city. A wealth of tastefully decorated rooms plus a gorgeous apartment with its own sauna are available.230). tel. fax (+370) 5 251 41 00. crisp and fresh hotel is ideal for anyone who wants to relax in a quiet location. Swish and decidedly modern. Dvaras is a small hotel with grand ideas. congress.groupeuropa. Latvių 38.contihotel. www. satellite television and minibars with add-ons including such opulence as a Jacuzzi in the luxury room and apartments. and even if you’re in a standard room.lt. this swanky hotel can be found on the border of Old Town and Užupis inside a lovely quiet courtyard. Konstitucijos 14. tel. PHA6FLKDXCW hhhh Congress B-0. Q8 rooms (€76 .lt.vilniushotel. We also like the free wireless internet.com
. fax (+370) 5 266 03 23. www. fax (+370) 5 261 87 83. fax (+370) 5 210 30 01. free wireless internet. www. And rightly so. this world classic’s Vilnius incarnation is located just north of the river close to the business district.com. Vilniaus 2/15. Celebrating the former manor house status of the building it’s located in.dvaras. A taxi ride to Old Town is about 15Lt during the day. tel. Everything has a neat. are on offer. The rooms are modestly but comfortably decorated with a tidy style. holiday-inn@ibc. (+370) 5 273 95 95.24
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Star spangled banter
This guide uses the star system as defined by the Lithuanian Department of Tourism. all of it packaged together just a two-minute walk from the Cathedral.
lt. a small pool and the fabulous Neringa restaurant complete with original Soviet frescoes dating from 1959. Surplus to the excellent facilities in the rooms.345Lt). The hotel also features a good restaurant. (+370)
fax (+370) 5 212 25 08. neringahotel. bar. Q8 rooms (€47 .com. the hotel features rooms in several categories from the excellent value singles through to the Deluxe complete with whirlpool and a jolly super view of the river. In the exclusive Valakampiai district.shakespeare. Gedimino 16.992Lt). Algirdo 24.lt. Surplus to the rooms are all manner of treats. barbecue and even internet access. For what you get the prices seem very reasonable. Bernardinų 8/8. 16Lt/person plus tent (12Lt) or camper (40Lt). (+370) 629 722 23. the in-house restaurant is very good indeed and the bar on the top should be on everybody’s list of places to visit regardless of whether they’re staying in the building or not.500). The city’s flagship 80s Soviet hotel received an enormous renovation several years ago and now boasts the best of two worlds. wireless internet and a choice of extras according to price including refrigerators and kettles in the deluxe rooms. The well appointed rooms all come with en suite facilities. there’s a vast conference capacity space. all coming with wireless internet. fax
Vilnius City Camping Parodų 11. so if you’re on an early flight out of the city you might want to think about spending another 30 minutes asleep and staying here.camping.lt. plus there’s a rather good restaurant and a refreshingly peaceful and recommended bar to boot. To book a room. communal bathrooms. www.radissonblu. fitness centre and business options in a total of seven rooms complete with full services. sauna. THA6LKDXCW hhhh tel.camping. Konstitucijos 20.lt. tel. vilnius@camping. fax (+370) 5 266 62 01.
Neringa A-1. Q60 rooms (€55 . Pylimo 53/2. Shakespeare of course and Tolstoy all have rooms named after them in this literary-themed hotel in one of the quietest and nicest streets in Old Town. find room for about 100 tents and camper vans. (+370) 5 232 93 04. POTHARUFLKDW hhhh tel.760Lt). tel. With a boutique hotel feel. info@airinn. An excellent choice for budget travellers who want to get away from it all but who still want to be close to the action.lt. Those who stumble back in at dawn should take advantage of their much talked about all-day breakfast. The quintessential Lithuanian mixed bag accommodation option. Extras include a selection of international newspapers and magazines. lt. Q31 rooms (360 . Q42 rooms (190 . even if one of two of them are a very strange shape. info@parkvilla. (+370) 5 272 62 72. (+370) 5 212 22 88. tel.450Lt). www. Ligoninės 5. Trolleybuses Nº1. see the excellent www. h5209@accor. 7 and 16 all stop nearby.hotelinvilnius.com
.lt. eu. www. And for good reason. Great comfort and four-star luxury from the international Novotel chain inside a large modern building in the heart of the city. fax
Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva A-00. PJHAULKW hhh April .com. Q Open from May 1 until Sep 10. A small. you’ll need a map to find it as signposts simply don’t exist. JHA6ULKW hhh
Shakespeare Boutique Hotel D-2. minibars and widescreen televisions. www. Located inside a grand-looking building close to the action and tantalisingly near to a clutch of superb Chinese restaurants and a 24-hour supermarket. Located in almost certainly the best location for a hotel in Vilnius.390Lt). hotel@aaa. (+370) 5 211 33 56.lt. washing machines. this place has been garnering constantly good opinions seemingly forever. JA6KW hhh
AAA Mano Liza B-5. info. Q159 rooms (€79 . Q115 rooms (186 . tel.novotel. from the recommended sauna and small pool to the in-house steak restaurant.com/ lietuvahotel-vilnius.inyourpocket. There’s also a decent in-house restaurant and another restaurant next door. Facilities include electricity. Gedimino 23.eu. reservations@hotelalexa. by all accounts the people who work here are a charming bunch and the rooms are all perfectly fine for the price. info@ shakespeare. Brilliant.221). lt. or not to book a room. pitfalls include wireless internet you have to pay for and a lack of places to eat in the immediate area. fax (+370) 5 232 66 54.Where to stay
adequate singles to the wonderful (and surprisingly affordable) presidential suite. The former not very recommended hotel right next door to the airport has recently received a full makeover and has been reborn as a respectable place to stay aimed at business travellers who need to get up at the crack of dawn and others who presumably like sleeping next to a runway. 3. local art on the walls and the now almost standard inclusion that’s free wireless internet. that is the question. PJHAR6LKXW hhhh
For a list of campsites around Lithuania. www. Park Villa sits among pine trees on the edge of a river by a popular sandy beach.hotelalexa. family-run hotel in a quiet Old Town backstreet. tel. (+370) 5 232 66 50.
Algirdas City Hotels G-5. Close to the centre in a secluded green area near the Neris river.lt. (+370) 5 219
17 80. restaurant. www. A 15-minute drive from the city centre. guests all get a free present on arrival. The in-house restaurant also churns out a menu of better than average food plus the staff on reception are extremely helpful.com. Mano Liza offers a personal touch lacking in many similar places. www. tel. Q34 rooms (120 . Located on the north bank of the Neris in the heart of the main business district.
AirInn Vilnius Hotel Rodūnios Kelias 8. The rooms are bright and fresh. www. this 22-floor beauty is quality business class accommodation indeed. www.
Park Villa Vaidilutės 6a. PJHAR6ULKDXW hhhh 5 266 62 00. The superb Neringa hotel stands out as one of the city centre’s major business-class hotels.122).algirdashotel. fax (+370) 5 272 62 70.July 2013
vilnius. with many featuring magnificent Old Town views. plus there’s a host of communal features including bar. book@neringahotel. The Scandinavian-styled rooms come in both standard and superior classes. offering good value whilst still managing to provide everything the modern business traveller requires. com. Facilities inside the rooms all include free internet and a number of other excellent facilities. tel.lt. conference facilities and sauna. tel. fax (+370) 5 278 40 95.parkvilla. fax (+370) 698 139 09. Q30 rooms (150 360Lt). fax (+370) 5 266 58 86. info@algirdashotel. (+370) 5 212 22 25.vilnius@radissonblu. HA6FLKDW Alexa Old Town Hotel C-5.com.
Novotel Vilnius Centre B-2. Dickens. www. PJHAR6ULKDXCW hhhh (+370) 5 212 22 99. the Algirdas boasts everything necessary for a comfortable stay. all of them light and spacious. (+370) 5 266 58 85. lietuva.159).lt. Q291 rooms (€75 . Close to the bus and train stations in a slightly lugubrious part of town. It’s been a long time coming and finally it’s happened. Four classes of room are available. Joyce.lt. airinn. Choices of rooms include Superior and Executive class as well as a handful of suites. PTJHA6UFKDXW hhhh (+370) 5 211 33 57. Q40 rooms (408 .
(+370) 5 266 07 30. all coming with free wireless internet.450Lt).500 3. this lovely little hotel affords a healthy space between itself and the chaos of Friday night whilst still being just across the road from the sights. Q12 rooms (203 . Located at the top of the hill a good 15-minute walk from Old Town inside a modern building.26
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Apia Hotel B-3. plus there are further business facilities and the added bonus of a bowling alley across the street. (+370) 5 268 33 00. Bazilijonų 3. PHAR6UFLKDXW hhh Europa Stay Vilnius E-2.320Lt). fax (+370) 5 236 22 33.99). en suite bathrooms. www. satellite television and minibars. featuring comfortable rooms with all the conveniences from satellite television and minibar to top security card keys and internet connections. tel.inyourpocket. some with splendid views and all with televisions. Europa Stay Vilnius is the latest offering from the Europa hotel chain. www. Gėlių 5. www. tel.and 17th-century building available for both shortand long-term rental. Q14 rooms (€60 .com
. is geared towards the business traveller but that doesn’t mean you have to wear a suit to stay here.92). Vytenio 9/25.lt. Aušros Vartų 12. plus there’s even more free stuff in the form of a gym that’s open around the clock. gratahotel. stikliai. fax (+370) 5 212 38 70.K.eu. apartments come fully equipped with lounge. a commendable and professional outfit who’ve applied the same business sense to their less exclusive hotels they do to the others. internet connections and en suite bathroom facilities. The 101 rooms are all en suite and come with satellite television and wireless internet. PHA6UFLKW hhh
Comfort Vilnius B-5.domusmaria.125).65). news filtering back from previous guests suggests this one is definitely worth further investigation. plus conference facilities for up to 60. Refreshingly welcoming. (+370) 5 210 73 06. Hidden away down a wiggly Old Town street a few metres from the historic centre’s main thoroughfare. JAR6LW hhh
08 60. vilnius@europastay. PHARUFLKDW hhh
Centro Kubas . Ignoto 12. hotel@centrokubas. Located inside a collection of fabulously restored 17th century firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s conference facilities available for those who need them plus an in-house café where meals can be ordered throughout the day. doubles. quads and luxury.hotel. Opened towards the end of the summer in 2012. (+370) 5 264 95 95. it does offer excellent value for money. the location may not be the best in town but. www. apartments@stikliaihotel. Q128 rooms (€49 . all rooms include free internet access and satellite television plus there’s guarded parking and a friendly staff to help with whatever you need. Q104 rooms (€31 . just outside Old Town and looking not unlike part of the set from Gunfight at the O. fax (+370) 5 233 57 10. tel. free tea and coffee 24 hours a day and a lot more. tel. Corral. which famously boast a computer in every one. tel. Ąžuolyno 7. fax (+370) 685 989 20.124). feature classic business hotel blue carpets. Close to the Dawn Gate. email@example.com. heated bathroom floors. tel. the hotel. The perfect budget business class hotel. Q200 rooms (€55 . Šv. tel. hotel@gratahotel. www.123). Q (€1. Q34 rooms (€35 . J. Q101 rooms (120 . JHAR6ULW hhh (+370) 5 210 73 07. family-run hotel in a wonderful location in the heart of Old Town close to several good bars and restaurants. tel.e-guesthouse. com.Angel C-4. Basically it’s a cheap-stay option with nice little touches (such as light-proof curtains and free parking) that other budget beds come without. T.centrokubas. windmills. The rooms are decent.lt. Jasinskio 14. (+370) 5 250
51 11. apia@apia. all coming with internet connections and en suite bathrooms. fax (+370) 5 264 48 78. free wireless internet. HAR6ULKDXCW hhh
City Gate C-5. www.105). JHARULKW hhh
Long term rental
Note that many of these places are also available for short-term rental . tel. (+370) 5 264 88 33. A quality bargain. fax (+370) 5 264 88 32. tel. firstname.lastname@example.org. Health fans will be happy to discover the hotel is located inside a large sports centre. guarded parking.com. Add-ons include a fitness centre to keep in trim whilst you’re working abroad. Small enough for the personal touch to still shine through yet not too small to cram plenty of useful gadgets in the rooms. sauna and two different places to eat and drink.europacity. fax (+370) 5 266 08 63. conference facilities and a white tablecloth restaurant. (+370) 5 264
Stiklių Dvaras (Stikliai Apartments) B-3. vilnius@europacity. all available for one of the best prices in town for the class.check the prices at the end of the reviews.mikotelgroup. all of it refreshingly close to the action and. Excellent value Old Town accommodation inside a 17th century former Carmelite monastery. featuring compact.lt. fax (+370) 5 212 36 18. A swimming pool is also available.lt. www. bathroom. triples. www. Angels. (+370) 5 251 44 77. The rooms.500). Q39 rooms (€55 . Mindaugo 27/14.com. tel.lt. Q57 rooms (€86 . comforthotel. best of all.350Lt). Comfort Hotel LT offers flat screen televisions. domusmaria@vilnensis. farming implements and an altogether rustic feel inside another favourite Vilnius hotel. lt. PTHAR6UFKDW hhh Grata Hotel G-4. www.com. especially if you get one of the less expensive rooms. A small. modern and well thought out rooms.lt. kitchen. Tastefully decorated and located in the same building as the Relais & Chateaux Stikliai hotel.com. one or two bedrooms plus satellite television and internet access.lt.apia. Quite the oddest little guesthouse Vilnius In Your Pocket
vilnius. (+370) 5 236 22 22. It’s a bit of a safari to reach reception but once you do finally manage to find it you’ll be glad you did. fax
Comfort Hotel Lt A-6.com. fax (+370) 5 251 44 76. plus guests/residents have access to the adjoining hotel’s fitness centre and swimming pool. Definitely a welcome addition to the city and very much worth further investigation.
E-GuestHouse G-5. www. (+370) 5 212 34 26. co. Lots of bright blues and greens more than make up for the dull journey required to get to and from this budget class hotel a good 20 minutes from the city centre.lt. email@example.com. plus there’s three conference halls to contemplate for prospective visiting business travellers. Ševčenkos 16. it may not be the cheapest option around but if you’re planning on visiting regularly they do offer a good discount scheme. The in-house restaurant gives the option of eat-all-you-can buffet food.citygate.com. Dominikonų 13.
fax (+370) 5 213 27 60.europastay. (+370) 5 266
Europa City Vilnius G-4. Simplicity and style get together and have a bit of a cuddle in this bare-basics but nonetheless comfortable little hide-away. JHAW hhh
48 80. PJHAUILKXW hhh that there ever was. www. lt. There’s underground parking too. PTJHARFLKDXC
Domus Maria C-5. perched on top of the hill not too far from Old Town. Q29 rooms (195 . Luxuriously furnished apartments inside a 16th. find 39 well appointed rooms including singles. Stiklių 3.
fax (+370) 5 262 59 29. vagrants and weary commuters.cornerhotel. Q17 rooms (€49 . Vingrių 25.99). A super little hotel practically on top of the Cathedral. (+370) 5 250 06
95.lt. tel. The best Mexican restaurant in town also just so happens to be right next door. info@rinno. large meeting room and free parking. Q34 rooms (166 . tel. JHA6LW hhh Senatoriai B/C-2. (+370) 5 212 64 91. tel. it’s just a short stroll and a quick run of the gauntlet to Old Town. Q11 rooms (€44 .senatoriai. Just west of Old Town in a small. tel. Gedimino 12. in Room N°9. fax (+370) 5 210 23 64. although you should check first to make sure you get a room close to the wireless box to make sure the signal is strong enough.com. All rooms feature free wireless internet.SEVCENKOS STR. (+370) 5 210
23 61. bar. It’s also just around the corner from Algirdo.vilnius@ rezidorparkinn. look no further.parkinn. If you don’t mind lots of messing about on public transport or are prepared to run the gauntlet of the city’s taxi drivers then by all means be their guest. This surprisingly large budget hotel (126 rooms at the last count) is a budget hotel for a reason. A magnificent throwback to an earlier age with a few 21st-century concessions.lt. ambassador. An excellent budget choice close to Old Town at the top of the hill. www.lt. While it is very convenient to be across the square from the bus and train stations. Rinno is a goodlooking three-star hotel in an admirable location for an affordable price. Senavilnius.mikotelgroup.com. Q126 rooms (180 . T. info@senatoriai. JAR6KXW hhh
Rinno A-4.lt. HA6ULW hh
April .lt.com/hotel-vilnius.inyourpocket. (+370) 5 261 54 50.com
Ambassador B-2. greenhotel. Being in the freshly renovated hotel is lovely. The rooms come in several categories from the good value standards through to luxury rooms complete with a large bath and minibar. Hotel Tilto garners much praise from those who’ve slept in their beds. PJHAKDW hhh Panorama B-6. reservation@mikotelgroup. satellite television and wireless internet access in a choice of rooms from compact singles through to mini apartments. Park Inn Vilnius North provides the usual excellent Park Inn experience for visitors of all persuasions.155). Located 6km or so north of the city centre on the main road north out of the capital. An excellent location on a quiet Old Town street close to the Cathedral and other major sites. free wireless internet and. fax
(+370) 5 233 88 32. www.com. (+370)
toriai features a small selection of en suite rooms complete with chintzy curtains. JHA6LKW hhh
T.com. with an extra four floors featuring rooms with small kitchens for people who want to stay for more than a few days. Extras include a restaurant. Q84 rooms (€40 .400Lt). www.82). www. The rooms are a little old-fashioned. This surprising hotel rises above its location and offers wonderful views of Old Town and plenty of comfort and luxury without steep prices.Where to stay
Green Vilnius Hotel Pilaitės 20. the Ambassador provides adequate lodging for a fine price with the added advantage of one of the best locations in town. Featuring 84 Standard and Business Friendly rooms.July 2013
. Still.293Lt). extraordinarily comfortable beds.81). surprisingly good breakfast and a cavalcade of top sights on your doorstep. offering serviced en suite rooms with shared kitchen and laundry facilities. www. Among the amenities are en suite facilities for all. HAR6ULKXW hhh
Park Inn Vilnius North Ukmergės 363. fax (+370) 5 212 63 73. JA6LX hh Corner Hotel G-5. Ševčenkos 16. fax (+370) 5 210 00 20. www. tel. a magical view of Gediminas Castle. (+370) 5 262 28 28. (+370) 5 210 00 21. www. info@ambassador. All in all a decent place to stay in an admirable location that won’t break the bank. lt. Tilto 2a. tel. Q223 rooms (€86 .rinno. VILNIUS. fax (+370) 5 250 06 94. basic comforts and reasonable prices is unmatched. hoteltilto. Sodų 14. fax (+370) 5 238 85 55. Tilto 8/3.lt. The rooms come in a range of sporty colours and are all fitted with showers. this clean and modern option provides a range of simple en suite rooms for between one and four guests. info@greenhotel. namely because it’s not exactly what one could describe as being in the city centre.com. fax (+370) 5 212 17 16. LITHUANIA
5 238 80 00. HA6ULKW hhh
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Hotel Tilto B-1. The staff are a friendly bunch plus there’s a small bar specialising in draught Guinness in the cellar. and the combination of views. Hanging around outside it is not. www. Q18 rooms (175 . firstname.lastname@example.orgLt). tel. but if you’re in the mood for a bargain complete with pleasant staff. Corner Hotel is also worth considering if you’re coming to stay for a while. it is a convenience that is also enjoyed by all manner of scumbags. a street boasting several good restaurants. Surplus to the super budget lodgings are conference facilities and a restaurant.236Lt).lt. (+370) 5 233 88 22. tel. televisions with international channels and wireless internet. free wireless internet and a better than average breakfast. refrigerators. info. Q141 rooms (177 .lt. quiet street. facilities include bright and comfortable accommodation with free wireless internet as standard and a host of other treats. email@example.com. 16. The staff are friendly and the in-house restaurant (breakfast is extra and comes from a menu) is an extremely popular place for all manner of locals as well as a venue for rowdy weekend parties.
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I have a reservation Aš esu užsisakęs kambarį More toilet paper please Norėčiau dar tualetinio popieriaus Ecotel Vilnius B-00, Slucko 8, tel. (+370) 5 210 27 00,
Bed & Breakfast
The Lithuanian definition of Bed & Breakfast conforms to the US model. Visitors from the UK should note that the two are as different as can be. Whereas in the United Kingdom B&B is more or less a small, usually family-run hotel, in Lithuania it’s more of an apartment kind of thing. Indeed, most Lithuanian B&Bs are just that. Here it can also mean any kind of hosted accommodation, whether being a room in a family house to something similar in a building run by professional staff. So, not really Bed & Breakfast as is so famous in Blighty. Brits beware! If in doubt, make sure to ask plenty of questions before booking something you never really wanted. 5 261 51 34, fax (+370) 5 260 84 10, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bernardinuhouse.com. An excellent value little guesthouse, smack bang in the middle of Old Town. Q10 rooms (140 - 250Lt). Breakfast not included. JA6LW
fax (+370) 5 210 27 07, email@example.com, www.ecotel. lt. Tucked away in a pleasant, quiet part of town just east of the city’s emerging business district, Ecotel offers a choice of sleek and comfortable rooms, all coming with telephone and television, and including a range for non-smokers and those with allergy problems. With conference facilities and a whole host of other services (including ‘rooms for tall guests’) this might be the lofty option you’re looking for. Q166 rooms (€40 - 51). HAR6ULW hh
Bernardinų B&B House D-2, Bernardinų 5, tel. (+370)
Mikotel C-6, Pylimo 63, tel. (+370) 5 260 96 26, fax
(+370) 5 260 96 27, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mikotelgroup.com. The receptionists are cheerful and outgoing at this modern hotel near the train station. Fortunately, unlike its dismal surroundings the hotel’s interior is clean and bright with the added touch of local artwork for sale on the walls. The rooms are compact with showers only and comfortable beds. Q26 rooms (€55 - 98). JA6L hh
Saulės Namai J-3, Saulės 15/23, tel. (+370) 5 210
Rūdninkų Vartai B-5, Rūdninkų 15/46, tel. (+370) 5 261 39 16, fax (+370) 5 212 05 07, email@example.com, www.rudninkuvartai.lt. Situated at one of the city’s former gates and just across the road from one of the few remaining sections of the old city wall, this reasonable budget option with plenty of exposed brickwork for that old world feeling offers both standard rooms and something a little bit more special. All rooms are en suite, plus there’s free wireless internet throughout and at the time of writing an in-house Belgian restaurant. A splendid location right on the edge of Old Town and within easy walking distance of the bus and train stations. Q 17 rooms (€50 - 100). JHA6ILKXW hh
61 12, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.saules-namai. com. To be found not too far from the centre in Antakalnis, five minutes from the nearest trolleybus stop, this place can’t come recommended enough. Run by a nice family who’ve done the design and building work themselves, there are a number of interesting rooms with lots of stripped pine, exposed brickwork and quirky paintings. There’s a large kitchen where you can prepare your own food or have it made for you, a beautiful living room with a large fireplace and a quiet, leafy garden. Exceptional value and highly recommended. Q9 rooms (70 - 240Lt). 6ILXW
Ameda F-3, Latvių 27, tel. (+370) 601 704 40, hotela-
email@example.com, www.hotelameda.lt. Splendid value rooms and apartments in lovely Žvėrynas with excellent public transport connections to the city centre or a 15-minute walk for the more energetic, all options come with at least satellite television and internet connections, with the recommended apartments also featuring such homely inclusions as fireplaces and fully equipped kitchens. Q6 rooms (€25 - 60). Breakfast unavailable. 6IW
212 38 50/(+370) 689 985 17, fax (+370) 5 212 35 59, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.litinterp.com. Close to the Cathedral and many of the major sights, this seasoned favourite has been providing quality, low cost accommodation to visitors for some two decades. Located inside a glorious historic building on one of Old Town’s prettiest streets, facilities are basic but more than ample, with options for everybody from single guests to families. All rooms come with their own small kitchens plus there’s a choice of en suite and shared bathroom facilities. Airport pick-up and help with car rental is also available. Q16 rooms (80 - 280Lt). JAW hh
Litinterp Guest House D-2, Bernardinų 7, tel. (+370) 5
Paupio Namai I-4/5, Paupio 31a, tel. (+370) 5 264 31
13, fax (+370) 5 264 31 12, email@example.com, www. paupionamai.lt. A big friendly manor house full of big friendly staff tucked away just off the street. Here you can get just about any combination you require, from a shared dormitory and bathroom to self-contained apartments with en suite facilities. The rooms are basic, clean, and fairly good value, and if you want you can take advantage of the fully equipped downstairs kitchen to keep costs down even further. Q22 rooms (40 180Lt). Breakfast unavailable. AR6IKW
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A Hostel B-6, Sodų 8, tel. (+370) 5 215 02 70, info@ hostelsvilnius.lt, www.ahostel.lt. This well located hostel claims to provide accommodation along the lines of the Japanese pod system which on closer inspection appears to be nothing more than standard bunk beds. Extras include 15 minutes of free wireless internet, no curfew and hot showers around the clock. This is the best of their addresses. Also at Sodų 17. Q (28 - 140Lt). JALW Come to Vilnius B-6, Šv. Stepono 15, tel. (+370) 656 050 36, www.cometovilnius.eu. A small hostel between the train and bus stations and Old Town, facilities are few and far between featuring shared rooms and bathroom facilities. The staff dish out free maps on arrival and can also arrange everything from bicycle rental and tours to other tourist-related services. Q6 rooms (€13 - 52). Breakfast not included. TJAW Filaretai J-4, Filaretų 17, tel. (+370) 5 215 46 27, inf o@f ilaretaihostel.lt, w w w.f ilaretaihostel.lt. A back-to-basics hostel in the quirky Užupis district, ac commodation comes in the usual dormitory style or, as is increasingly popular in hostels these days, with twin rooms for more privacy. Bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared, there’s also laundry facilities, plus, unlike some, there’s no annoying curfew. Q20 rooms (34 - 70Lt). Breakfast not included. HAILW
Fortuna Hostel D-6, Pelesos 61/2, tel. (+370) 623 450 50, fax (+370) 5 260 85 89, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. fortunahostel.lt. From the same people as Old Town Hostel, Fortuna is located just south of Old Town close to the bus and train stations. Featuring lots of exposed stonework alongside modern conveniences, rooms come in range of choices from the usual dorms to twins. Everyone speaks English, plus there’s a good kitchen and even a place to park a car. Q14 rooms (28 - 50Lt, 90 - 160Lt). Breakfast unavailable. JA6LXW Old Town Hostel C/D-6, Aušros Vartų 20-15, tel. (+370) 5 262 53 57, fax (+370) 5 268 59 67, email@example.com, www.oldtownhostel.lt. A classic hostel in the old sense, meaning you’re just as likely to find hard up Polish pensioners staying here as you are middle class English university students pretending to be poor. Ignore the fact that it’s not actually in Old Town and don’t expect all-night parties with new-found Australian soul mates and you’ll be fine. Facilities are thin on the ground as one would expect, but for the price you’d be an idiot to complain. Surplus to the army-style barracks are a few smaller rooms with en suite bathrooms and cooking facilities. Q5 rooms (28 - 50Lt, 90 - 160Lt). Breakfast unavailable. JRW Pogo Hostel C/D-2, B. Radvilaitės 3, tel. (+370) 670 795 91, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://pogo.lt/hostel. From the same people behind one of the best bars in Lithuania comes this new hostel, located in one of the best locations in the city, clean, simple, fun and amazingly good value for money. Rooms range from extremely affordable singles through to dorms that sleep up to 10 and the people who run it are very friendly. An exceptionally good option for anyone looking to meet like-minded people with a youthful outlook and a taste for good beer. Q5 rooms (€11 - 30). Breakfast unavailable. AW April - July 2013
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apartments in a quiet location and a lovely old building in Old Town. Facilities include underground parking, satellite television, internet, fully equipped kitchens and everything else necessary for a luxurious stay. Apartments are available to rent for both long and short stays. Q (€60 - 120). PTJA6ULXW
Eugenijus Apartments A-2, Vilniaus 25-1, tel. (+370) 699 424 56, email@example.com, www.vilniusapartments.lt. A choice of two decent, good value apartments in Old Town, located at street level for easy access and coming with everything required for a self-catering stay. Close to the main sights, the apartments are managed by a local husband and wife who run a small ceramics workshop and gallery in the city. Other services include car and bicycle rental, guided tours and translation services. Q (€30 - 40). JL Rentida Apartments B-4, Šv. Mikalojaus 5, tel.
(+370) 682 281 42, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rentida. lt. Modern and classy apartments with all the trimmings on a fabulous Old Town street close to the oldest church in the city. Peaceful, and with some great views out of the windows, facilities include wireless internet and cable television. Q (150 - 250Lt). TJW
Skapo Apartments C-2, S. Skapo 8-17, tel. (+370) 680 555 04, email@example.com, www.skapoapartments.lt. Fine modern apartments, beautifully restored in a historical building close to Vilnius University, available for stays of any length and complete with all necessary amenities. Q (€45 - 85). JA6W Stasys Apartments Tel. (+370) 699 326 72, stasys@ Vilnius Youth Tourist Centre (Vilniaus Jaunųjų Turistų Centras) X-3, Polocko 7, tel. (+370) 5 261
apartment-vilnius.com, www.apartment-vilnius.com. A choice of several apartments to suit every taste and budget, centrally located, and featuring everything necessary for a pleasant, self-catering stay. Satellite television in every apartment. Q (120 - 300Lt). W
35 76, fax (+370) 5 262 77 42, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. vjtc.lt. Set in a pastoral Užupis courtyard, the building is in a state of dilapidated charm characteristic of the area. Accommodation comes in a range of Spartan rooms that can sleep up to five, all with shared bathroom facilities. Other temptations include a communal kitchen and the chance to have breakfast, which is served outside during the summer, and made for you if you’re feeling flush. Q16 rooms (34Lt). Breakfast unavailable. HW
Vilnius Apartments C-3/4, Stiklių 6-1, tel. (+370) 600 128 22, email@example.com, www.euapartments.lt. A wide range of one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent in Old Town for both short and long stays. Each apartment is very different in style and amenities, the latter including such useful attractions as free internet and washing machines. Q (160 - 240Lt). J
Apartments Domus247 Tel. (+370) 604 486 36, fax (+431) 253 033 300 05, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. domus247.com. A highly recommended agency dealing in properties of all kinds for rent in Old Town and the city centre. The choice of places is impressive to say the least, and the service is outstanding. A recent attempt to find accommodation in Vilnius for four nights during a particularly busy period saw them offering one of their own properties as everything else was fully booked. Marvellous. Q (120 - 700Lt). J Auksinis Trikampis C-3, Didžioji 8, tel. (+370) 655 043 09, email@example.com, www.auksinistrikampis.lt. A large, fully equipped apartment with two bedrooms right in the heart of the Old Town action. Spacious and close to all the major sights, amenities include kitchen, cable television, wireless internet and parking facilities. See the website for more information. Q (70 - 290Lt). JW Barbacan Apartments D-4, Bokšto 19/12, tel.
(+370) 615 126 88, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aparthotel. lt. A range of extremely high quality two- and three-room
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23:00.24:00. with a menu featuring classic dishes from a number of different regional cuisines as well as some truly outstanding fusion offerings. Currently making waves among the undergroundesque fashionistas of Vilnius.Restaurants
With the exception of a handful of amusing and/or appalling disasters. The food is good by the way. Service continues to be the main stumbling block even in the most aristocratic of eateries. www. Nobody cooks meat better than the people from the Caucasus and the people who cook it in this recommended Armenian restaurant are no exception to the fact. 65Lt. is up to the diner. excluding drinks. A combined patisserie and buffet restaurant with a distinctly feminine feel to the place. Stepono 19. The food is gaining a reputation as being the real deal. The food. Stiklių 14/1. (+370) 642 444 40. Reassuringly pricey in the way only a Slavic-styled Oriental restaurant can be. www. The menu of grilled meat dishes is impressive. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 12:00 . Sun 12:00 . Taking advantage of the current obsession with sushi. making El Gaucho Sano an ideal place to head for diners bored of the usual offerings around town. Pylimo 22d. Fine dining it isn’t. Thu. This time round we went for the sirloin steak. Tokyo China has sprung up in the guise of an Asian restaurant offering a range of Asian dishes that’s really just a sushi joint underneath. tel. If you can tune out the television and the music vying for attention what you’re left with is a reasonably classic establishment serving excellent food for a good price.lt. The aforementioned reason for visiting stretches all the Asian boundaries. there’s a good selection of wines and lots of old pictures gracing the walls. tel. as they still don’t take credit cards.com. not least because they all taste magnificent and leave diners with the kind of post-meal glowing sensation that only a handful of restaurants can deliver. 25Lt. roasted potatoes and salad for the price of a slice of pizza and a cup of tea in Old Town then you could do a lot worse. tel. Vilnius’ only truly authentic Belarusian restaurant fuses old and new and pulls the whole thing off very well indeed. they’re not stupid. which also includes sandwiches and soup. Sun 15:00 . TJABSW
Shanti A-3.19:00. Pylimo 27. www.22:00. Although the bulk of restaurants worth visiting can be found within the city centre. QOpen 11:00 . Kauno 3a. come in disguise. QOpen 10:00 . Fri. Sun 10:00 . Sat 11:00 . Recently opened in a fairly central if not exactly easy to stumble on location. A good option for a few beers among interesting people with the added bonus of simple food on tap to stave off the hunger.23:00. but if you’re looking for a full meal of pork. PJASW
El Gaucho Sano C-2. 17Lt. tel. Sat.
Ararat A-6. tel. Tipping. PTJNBS Located amidst a clutch of similar counters serving instant and disparate dishes on the top floor of the Ozas shopping centre. which was ample in proportions. 18Lt. This dark downstairs restaurant is prized by those in the know for its steaks.europub. Sat 10:00 20:00.23:00.22:00. www. English may not be spoken. 28Lt. 10Lt. Šv.
guda. The service is good too.com
April . (+370) 5 261 29 51. tel.lt. this slightly out of the way little hit is a cross between a classic Asian fast food restaurant and a DJ bar. tel. although the friendly and attentive service is a wee bit over the top. the Belarusian take on potato pancakes that coming in a sizzling metal dish complete with bacon. Ozo 18 (Ozas). most of it sizzling and bubbling away in large metal pans and waiting to be eaten immediately. Just make sure you’ve got some cash on you. and is easily the subject from which the majority of visitors gain the most displeasure. Pilies 10. www. If that isn’t enough.lt. if deserved. QOpen 12:00 .23:00.
Ponių Laimė C-3.lt. and everything appears to be in perfect working order. Sun 12:00 . cooked to perfection and extremely good value considering this is basically a hotel restaurant.20:00.24:00. The city’s restaurants and cafés literally cater to taste buds of every persuasion. is passable if not exactly legendary and if you hit it on a good night you’ll certainly enjoy the vibe. A. eating out in Vilnius is both excellent and relatively affordable for all. If you can’t get to the party first.24:00. QOpen 11:00 .24:00. onions and a rich sauce. Fri 11:00 . PTABSW
Tokyo China A-1. (+370) 620 241 16. You’ve got to hand it to these people. QOpen 11:00 . (+370) 5 212 35 00.lt. www.
vilnius. (+370) 5 210 77
shantivilnius. which we list when we feel that the plaudits is deserving. Sat 12:00 . excellent value for money. but pointing never fails. offering everything from vast plates of potato-based local specialities to a surprisingly wide and generally palatable concoction of dishes from the kitchens of such far away places as India and Brazil. QOpen 09:00 . Definitely worth a visit.
araratas. Excellent value for money indeed and well worth the slight detour required to eat here.
73. Recommended is the boletus and pearl barley soup followed by draninki.23:00.
P Air conditioning E Live music T Child friendly G Non-smoking X Smoking place I Fireplace A Credit cards accepted S Take away U Facilities for the disabled W Wireless Internet access B Outside seating J Old town location
V Home delivery 6 Pet-friendly Prices listed in the Restaurants section of this guide refer to the average cost of a main course for one. but there’s also plenty of other Argentinean specialities on offer for those who like to experiment. PJAEW
Guda B-4. this is eating in a hurry at its best.atrium. On offer is a limited range of mostly meat-based fare. PJAVBSW Wok & Roll B-6. considering the location. Vienuolio 4. this is pure class without the unnecessary ostentatious overkill. and the bill looks like a typo.inyourpocket. The selection of ready-to-eat food may not be the largest in town. but the dishes are imaginative.cili. this may not be the first choice for new diners arriving in Vilnius but if you’re in the area then you could do a lot worse. taste superb and are.23:00. (+370) 5 233 45 69.July 2013
.23:00. 16Lt. with 10 per cent or a rounding up of the bill both being acceptable. the suburbs also offer a few treats. (+370) 5 264
Seklyčia H-1. 6ESW
65Lt. the kitchen continues to pump out some of the best nosh in the capital. The closest Chinese restaurant to the Chinese embassy is a small affair with plenty of obligatory lanterns. QOpen 12:00 . Sun 12:00 . Subačiaus 2 (Ramada Ho-
Ida Basar C-5. Bokšto 2. J.lt. Vokiečių 2. The menu is impressive and has yet to disappoint. pork. tel. The menu itself is massive. Their Old Town venture is geared slightly more towards the tourist market.idabasar.23:30. (+370) 619 128 16.22:00. this two-floor Old Town restaurant in a fabulous historical building fuses together a range of cuisines and is definitely worth further investigation. Konstitucijos 12. PJAW
Grill Brazil C-4. (+370) 5 212 43 61. PTAVBSW Pekinas H-5. Subačiaus 3. QOpen 11:30 . Fri. Thu. californiagourmet. One of a small chain of Chinese restaurants in town. tel. Recommended for novelty value if not the food itself.22:00. with plate warmers on hand to keep the large portions piping hot as they’re slowly devoured. (+370) 5 262 84 84.kinuvirtuve. PJUESW
tel & Suites Vilnius). from low budget canteen affairs to the full-blown posh experience.32
www. Ida Basar’s reputation for high class food in glorious surroundings is well founded. www. Amidst the more mainstream offerings of beef. www.lt. 29Lt. the monster burgers and fries or the Austrian food and wine that recently appeared on the bill of fare. chicken and vegetable dishes are a few exotic treats including snails and even ostrich.com
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The ubiquitous chinky is alive and well.restoranas.grillbrazil. and living in Lithuania as it is all over the rest of the planet. Recommended. tel. tel.24:00. The current business lunch served here. Unquestionably one of the best restaurants in the country. Chopsticks at the ready. Sat 12:00 .22:00. QOpen 18:00 . the décor may be a little on the kitsch side but then that’s all part of the experience. Sun 12:00 . Algirdo 28/15. Sun 12:00 . Both are excellent and highly recommended. As with the vast majority of Chinese food in Vilnius. which can be eaten in-house or taken away. friendly staff and a television and CD player vying for attention in authentic Chinese fashion. tel.
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vilnius. PTJAULBSW www. There’s a great selection of beers at good prices too.18:00. www. Popular with locals and foreigners alike. all of them worthy of further culinary investigation. Vilnius offers a superb range of Chinese options. not the adulterated imitation usually served up in places like the UK. The menu is impressive and includes a wealth of classy dishes from a much talkedabout Caesar salad to fresh lobster to foie gras. QOpen 11:00 . is ridiculously good value indeed. PTAUVSW
Bokšto Vartai C-3. QOpen 11:00 . (+370) 5 263 63 63.23:00. Sun 12:00 .22:00. Sat 12:00 .lt. The slightly pricey menu is extensive and generally excellent. PJASW
Čingischanas (Genghis Khan) A-3/4. Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have all contributed their own dishes to Lithuania’s only truly authentic Central Asian restaurant. the food here is taken very seriously indeed and gets most of its inspiration from the melting pot of cuisines coming out of the United States. tel. Located inside a lovely 16th-century building behind the hotel of the same name. The five-star Ramada Hotel & Suites Vilnius’ flagship gourmet restaurant offers the ultimate in dining. 30Lt. QOpen 12:00 . Sat 12:00 24:00. from the sophisticated décor through to the mouthwatering food. 20Lt. www. 30Lt. the occasional evening of live music and the chance to rent the place for sumptuous banquets.
Didžioji Kinija A-00. Kazakhstan. 25Lt.lt.21:00. Sun 12:00 . Billed as the first gourmet restaurant in Lithuania. A good option if trying to impress. TJAUBS
California Gourmet C-5. A marvellous restaurant specialising in churrasco and espeto corrido cuisine.24:00. Basanavičiaus 8/1. (+370) 5 215 16 20. which for the uninitiated is a Brazilian buffet extravaganza wherein diners help themselves to endless portions of salad and other dishes whilst a procession of waiters do the rounds armed with large skewers loaded with grilled meat which is cut at the table and dropped onto the plate. this is the real thing.net. Fri 11:00 . Chefs from Azerbaijan.22:00.22:00.inyourpocket. Didžioji Kinija’s location may not be exactly central but is certainly calling for a visit. (+370) 5 260 96 64.22:00. Sat. not unlike the actual dishes of which there’s a good range to suit all. Sun 12:00 .22:00. there’s also an accompanying set menu for the less adventurous. tel.24:00. Bursting with aromatic and spicy dishes you’ve probably never eaten before. (+370) 5 255 33 55.23:00. Sat 12:00 . whereas their other place on the top floor of Panorama is a much more local affair.24:00. whether it’s their classic English breakfast. including vegetarians.lt. 25Lt.kinuvirtuve. Now combining a small cuisine-related museum with the actual dining spaces.
vilnius. Sun. this one is more than an exception. Universiteto 14.23:00. Whereas most hotel restaurants are best avoided. (+370)
5 205 81 92. Using fresh ingredients to create works of art on every plate. white tablecloths and staff wi th impeccable style. PTJAUBW Cathedral Square).000Lt a pop.com. There’s pleasant live music several evenings a week from 18:00 too. despite its reputation as a rather expensive restaurant. that’s what people have grown to expect in this top notch Old Town hotel restaurant. 25Lt. all served from soup to nuts by impeccable staff in truly sumptuous surroundings. tel. assuming you’ve got deep pockets or a handsome expense account. (+370) 5 264
95 80. Prepared and delivered with the height of care. Backpackers and stag parties might like to find somewhere else to eat. (+370) 5 220 16 00. Gaono 7 (Stikliai Hotel). is genuinely excellent. Having said that. grilled meat and a couple of vegetarian options. 70Lt. tel.22:30. the décor is French without being over the top and the menu. Lush burgundy and orange fabrics and glorious 18th-century frescoes. The menu features an imaginative concoction of dishes from around the world.inyourpocket. QOpen 18:30 . (+370) 5 262 02 57. Pylimo 22d.com. attention and even a little theatre. kempinski.July 2013
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for good measure. Marvellous. the place is simply classy beyond the dreams of just about anywhere in the country.lt. but in Naručio Restoranas you get the real thing.22:00. QOpen 11:00 . Sat. We’re still saving our pocket money so we can visit for a coffee and a bun. People with style who know a good thing when they see it and who like to impress might like to book a table. Magnificent. This Vilnius favourite specialising in Mediterranean cooking at its best is generally crowded with tables full of well-heeled locals and foreigners tucking into a mouth-watering range of dishes including fish. this one really is hard to beat. Popular with a wide range of locals and foreigners alike. www. 18:00 .Elysées A-3. www. including plenty of French favourites such as snails and that also features weekly changing dishes. QOpen 11:00 .laprovence. Closed Mon.Restaurants
La Provence B-4.22:00.23:30. the menu is seasonal.lt. Q Open 12:00 . tel. The magnificent Kempinski’s in-house restaurant gets its name from the fact that this was during most of the Soviet period the main telegraph office in the city although they could call it Doris for we care because. they do stock a couple of bottles of champagne for 1.com
April . www.10:30. www.narutis. Sun 11:00 . 65Lt.15:00. Specialising in international food with a few Lithuanian twists thrown in
Telegrafas C-2.23:30. PTJABS Narutis Restaurant C-3. (+370) 5 212 28 94. Vokiečių 22.stikliai. A small but magnificent menu of wonderful dishes featuring such classic favourites as black truffles and a proper sorbet. 90Lt. meaning great service and great food.24:00. and is simply superb. PTJAUW
Aux Champs .com/vilnius. Sat 12:00 . There’s plenty of imitators hereabouts.eliziejauslaukai. Breakfast menu served 07:00 . not only is it worth the money here there are also a number of dishes that won’t break the bank. 80Lt. tel. QOpen 10:00 . including one of the best kybyn (a Lithuanian Karaite speciality) in the country to a mouth-watering Chilean sea bass. JAEW
Stikliai C-3.Preferred Boutique). www. has an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients.
60Lt. Revolving precariously 160m above the ground in the middle of a large Soviet-era housing estate. PJAUBSW Le Goȗt B-2.24:00. tel. www. PJABS
Hotel). if lifts and Soviet architects and terrorist threats don’t scare you you’ll simply love it up here. QOpen 11:00 .le-gout. ASW vilnius. tel. Recommended is the classic onion soup followed by a hotchpotch of small dishes to share with friends. Disappointing for many who didn’t do their maths beforehand and who were left stupefied by the fact that Old Town’s simply too far away to be seen without the aid of the Hubble telescope.radissonblu.lt. www. whilst the impressive menu continues to impress. including a couple of good champagnes. A really great-looking restaurant serving a limited choice of dishes from France and the Mediterranean region in general. Stuokos-Gucevičiaus 1 (Amberton
onion soup to bœuf bourguignon. PTJABSW Brasserie de Verres en Vers C-4. tel. Didžioji 35/2 (Radisson Blu Astorija Hotel). (+370) 5 252 53 36.23:00. The Amberton hotel’s recently newly opened in-house restaurant specialises in nouvelle-style French cuisine with a few nods to Italy and the international world of cooking in general. (+370) 601 888 13. is equally impressive. and that although it stays open until 22:00 they stop letting people in at 21:00. There’s a good wine list too. QOpen 12:00 . eat in a choice of two halls. one of the hardest dishes to make well and that the chef made pretty much to perfection. The complimentary bread and spread provided while you wait is not only a welcome treat but worthy of a review in itself. the Milky Way’s chef is unlikely to be headhunted soon. Box office open 10:00 . www. We had a knockout salad followed by a cheese risotto. 55Lt.lt. www.com
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. QOpen 12:00 .marchedeprovence. packed with quality bottles from France and further afield. our last outing to Balzac was as good as the previous one. one with a little privacy and the other with large windows looking out onto the street outside. (+370) 614 892 23.34
Balzac C-4. The view of the Cathedral across the street is superb. although coming here to eat is hardly the main reason to visit. tel. the staff know what they’re talking about and the use of fresh herbs in every dish really helps make the place stand out from the crowd.23:00. 28Lt.24:00. Sun 12:00 . The small menu features a range of classics from duck pâté to
Paukščių Takas Sausio 13-osios 10 (Television Tower). tel. Pilies 27. if not exactly like the stuff made from fresh local ingredients you’d expect from a roadside restaurant in the suburbs of Bordeaux. Fri 11:30 . QOpen 11:30 . Fri. The small but well-chosen menu features a cavalcade of classics with a predominantly French flavour.lt. Savičiaus 7. and the drinks menu. Recommended is the slow roasted rabbit with sauté potatoes. As one would expect from the Radisson brand. is more than good enough to keep visiting French visitors more than happy.22:30. 35Lt. PTJAUEBSW
Marché de Provence C-3. (+370) 5 236 08 40. (+370) 686 777 07. their in-house Vilnius Old Town restaurant is pure top class. 45Lt. The staff remain friendly and helpful and the food.22:00. Note that in order to keep the riff-raff out there’s a steep charge to enter which is worth every penny.inyourpocket. QOpen 10:00 22:00.21:00. balzac. L.com/hotel-vilnius.24:00. Sat 12:00 24:00. if not better. The service is friendly and attentive. There’s an equally impressive wine menu too. Still impressively busy most times we walk past. A small terrace out the back of the building opens during the warmer part of the year. Tastefully decorated in cool browns. Take note that this is a fairly exclusive affair with classic service and large bills to boot. Sat 12:00 . A carefully chosen taxi should cost around 20Lt.
Sun 12:00 . 25Lt. (+370) 5 212 60 42.02:00. Sun 12:00 . PTA6UBSW
Užupio Kavinė D-3. Highly recommended are any of the Georgian soups and the magnificent grilled meats. 17Lt. From the same stable as the people with the same name in Palanga. Closed Sat. helped along by a clientele of colourful locals. tel. good-looking dishes using a blend of sound knowledge and improvisation. www. Thu 11:00 . (+370) 656 228 05. (+370) 5 212 68 58. tel. find it inside one of the most fashionable designer shops in the city. The teas and juices on offer are all made from local leaves and fruit and everything on the menu is open for discussion. 15Lt.
René C-4. PJABSW Reinis The Cook G-5. Reinaldas churns out a range of interesting. Linas has opened a brave venture where traditional meets modern in the form of nouvelle cuisine based around classic local dishes and using seasonal ingredients. the riverside wooden terrace remains one of the top places to sit in the capital.uzupiokavine.24:00.21:00. (+370) 5 212 29 09. A couple of minutes off the main tourist route. René’s various attempts at quirkiness through the connection between its name and a certain Belgian artist are wearing a bit thin to say the least. Fri 11:00 . Antokolskio 13. A small garden should also open as soon as the weather improves.lt. Sat 12:00 . we recommend you support this kind of venture and pay the place a visit. Užupio 2. Bowlerhatted waitresses and the opportunity to draw on the tables may have some in raptures but when it’s all accompanied by a slip in general standards the whole thing can start to look like a bit of a joke. having cooked in some of Vilnius’ most talked about restaurants over the years.23:00. A Vilnius institution often full of people who should be in institutions themselves. 29Lt.inyourpocket. Labdarių 8. Inside is a well though-out affair populated with a mostly young and intelligent crowd who when they’re not drinking and ogling the DJs take advantage of a cracking little changing menu of great experimental food with a distinctive Asian twist. The ice-cream is made locally to a traditional Italian recipe. QOpen 11:00 . the food is impressive and the location inside the historical Town Hall is more or less unbeatable. JN
www. the breakaway Republic of Užupis’ daft political headquarters also doubles as one of Vilnius’ must-see places to stop and have something to eat and drink. QOpen 10:00 16:00.22:00. Tiflisi Dukani’s menu features enough Caucasian cuisine to keep mouths watering for months to come. tel.24:00. The food is good although by no means outstanding and Belgian beer is now available in several places around the city. A huge padded mirror over the door marks the spot where Coco Restobar can be located. PTJABSW
Žuvinė C-4. Fri 11:00 . M. QOpen 10:00 . but as with so many places in Lithuania they just can’t seem to get it right all the time. PTAUVESW April . Lithuanian chef Linas Samėnas’ CV is an impressive one. PTBSW
Coco Restobar B-2. tel.23:00. tel. QOpen 11:00 . this classy little number serves a select range of predominantly locally caught fish accompanied with all manner of fancy additions. soprano. QOpen Open 10:00 .
The winner of the 2011 longest wait for food competition by at least 30 minutes (the total time was getting dangerously close to an hour and a half). (+370) 682 191 72. Somewhere between a café and a restaurant.July 2013
vilnius. When they get the food right here they really get it right. The interior has a mild Republic of Užupis theme. 40Lt. tel. Closed Sat.23:00. QOpen 11:00 . (+370) 5 212 21 38.24:00. Subačiaus 16/23. the staff are on hand to advise as to what dishes to order.Restaurants
www. Sun 12:00 . PJABSW Linas Samėnas D-5.24:00. Sun. QOpen 11:00 . www. Naugarduko 12. Our last outing here involved entertaining a couple of under-sevens who demolished so much cake and ice cream they had to be hosed down before leaving.05:00. Sat 12:00 .lt.linassamenas. tel. many of them sourced from local lakes and forests. JABSW
Soprano C-2. Sat 12:00 .com
. Didžioji 31. The style is very much upscale.22:00. Recently deciding to go it alone. whilst if you’re lucky enough to visit on a mild or even a sunny day. Sun.23:00. an equally agreeable staff and some real magic taking place in the kitchen. An extensive wine menu and plenty of classic desserts finishes everything off perfectly. Featuring pleasant décor. (+370) 662 743 39. (+370)
669 755 15. Because this is a real Georgian restaurant owned and run by people who know their business. Ševčenkos 16a (Lithuanian Design Block). Top marks for joining the 21st century. The treats on offer really are exceptionally good at any time of year. 23Lt.19:00.lt. Pilies 3.lt. QOpen 10:00 . 12Lt. tel.
boar. Aušros Vartų 11. QOpen 11:00 .inyourpocket.24:00.05:00. tel. proper. They also have counter on the top floor of the Ozas shopping centre if you happen to be visiting. Bunte Gans churns out excellent German cuisine and other dishes in this Old Town favourite. proper Indian food needs to be. (+370) 5 205 99 72.lt. tel. Kareivių 15. 15Lt. tel. What star ted out as a serious-looking contender to the unbeatable Sue’s Indian Raja has over a relatively short period of time opted for the tedious Lithuanian habit of going downhill fast.24:00.22:00. Often full to overflowing with lovestruck Lithuanian teenagers.lt. fresh fish and the house special dish of goose with fried potatoes and a host of other vegetables.01:00. QOpen 10:00 . Ozo 25 (Akropolis). (+370) 685
421 78. www. Fri 11:00 .05:00 (main restaurant). 06:00 . PJASW
More restaurants online vilnius. which in the case of Indian Maharaja is at best average Indian food that panders more and more to local tastes. Fri. Q Open 11:00 . www. Sat 00:00 . bratwurst. The
main Vilnius address for the Lithuanian KFC franchise is a large building located close to Gedimino and the river in the city centre. Sun 12:00 . Serving up all your favourite KFC dishes.00:00 (small window). (+370) 662 116
00.23:00. The number one spot in town to make an anti-political statement whilst sitting at one of the little tables by the window and watching the hordes drift by. Sat 12:00 . Thu. (+370) 5 212 83 12. PTJABSW
Bunte Gans C-5. Thu. bangers and mash. Trakų 4. Jasinskio 14.24:00. TJAEBSW
Indian Maharaja A-4. Sat 12:00 . Also at Seinų 3. middle-aged English staggers dressed as rabbits and the inevitable huddle of people who’d never be seen dead in the place but that can often be found there. beef steaks. The imaginative.23:00.03:00. Although the food is by no means bad. 20Lt. Ukmergės 173.buntegans. the place is genuinely worth a visit if you’re a fan of Colonel Sanders as. There’s live music during the weekends and an extensive range of drinks including Riesling.02:00.com
. www. Fri. 35Lt. QOpen 07:00 .22:00. Open 07:00 .com
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KFC G-4.22:00.indianmaharaja.lt. Gedimino 15. and this is no longer the case here.mcd. PTAUSW
McDonald’s A-1. good value food on offer includes schnitzels. J. Grauer Burgunder and the recommended German beer ZollerHof from Schwabia. Fri 11:00 . tel. lamb. the owners keep a close eye on things. Sat 07:00 . well. Sun 13:00 .inyourpocket. You tend to get what you pay for in life. everything in this city centre branch tastes like it does in every other McDonald’s on the planet with exception of the French fries which more often than not fail the crispy test miserably. unlike many other places to eat in town.
28Lt.22:00.01:00. Closed Sat. tel. (+370) 5 266 18
sotto.24:00.22:00. find it tucked away on the left in the entrance to what looks like a courtyard at the front of the main building.22:00. (+370) 671 786 76.July 2013
. Sun. plus there’s a large terrace out the back open during the warmer part of the year. There’s little sympathy for vegetarians here. Užupio 4. tel. tel. bar and place to relax and drink coffee. Gedimino 9. (+370) 687 901 59. Thu 10:00 . Closed Mon. 40Lt. 30Lt. The service remains excellent. Sat 14:00 . and the aforementioned wine shop stocks a huge selection of booze. There’s pudding too. www.01:00. Magic. tel. The staff can even arrange to have everything delivered if you’re too busy to visit. find a menu stuffed with good things including mussels.com
April . the place attracts punters with the added bonus of the occasional DJ. 19Lt. PTJA Bistro 18 C-3. Carré functions on several levels as a restaurant. QOpen 11:30 . Stiklių 18. PTAUBSW
vilnius. the location is unbeatable and the bill at the end of it may be a little shocking for local prices but if you compare it to what you’d be expected to pay for an average Indian on any British high street then it simply doesn’t compare. chicken with peaches and a whole lot more. Both the décor and the atmosphere are a cut above most places in town and we really mustn’t forget to mention the desserts or the drinks. Sun. tel.bistro18.suesindianraja. PTJAVBSW
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88.22:00. Sat 12:00 . Bistro 18 specialises primarily in dishes from the world of European seasonal cuisine including French onion soup. The ambitious menu tips its hat to just about every cuisine known to humanity plus there’s an extremely well stocked bar. Sun 12:00 . but if you’re into classy dining on one of Vilnius’ poshest streets this might just be the place for you. all aimed in family-friendly manner and staffed by equally gregarious and knowledgeable staff. Promising 365 meals a year from a range of imaginative and unusual ingredients including locally-produced organic cheese. stewed venison and wild boar and a fabulous range of other well-crafted dishes for a decent price in the latest and possibly the best restaurant to open in Vilnius’ Užupis district. all made from hand-picked and hand-mixed spices by a crack team of Indian chefs overseen by the uniquely charming Wing Commander Rajinder Chaudhary. belami. www.lt. PAESW Carré B-1. One more good reason to take the plunge and go explore the city’s famously odd and quirky little district. Sat. QOpen 10:00 . Odminių 3. Parsnip and ginger soup. (+370) 677 720 91. Our last outing saw us putting away a mild pork korma and a consistently outstanding and nicely spicy butter chicken after demolishing way too many onion bhajis for our own good. FeaNew
turing several cubby holes in which to hide as well as an exceptionally long bar.22:00.lt. PTJA6US
Bel Ami D-3. The entire team from the old Kalvarijų 1 restaurant have uprooted themselves and relocated just up the street in the heart of Vilnius’ new bustling business district. Popular with a young and moderately sophisticated crowd. QOpen 11:00 . 30Lt. pasta and scores of meat-heavy dishes such as beef and rabbit. The best restaurant in Vilnius continues to impress with a fabulously pungent menu of dishes. Sun 13:00 24:00. For those who’d like the real experience. ri-
Burė N°1 B-00. (+370) 699 306 57. Lvovo 25.24:00.24:00.inyourpocket. and thoroughly recommended. Fri 10:00 . QOpen 16:00 .lt. QOpen 10:00 . www. A combined restaurant and wine shop.
Sun 10:00 .02:00. QOpen 11:00 . info@druskosnamai. (+370) 686 004 88. find well-trained staff ferrying a cavalcade of good-looking international dishes with a leaning towards European cuisine to a wide range of clientèle from local business professionals to tourists.17:00. JASW
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vilnius. (+370) 688 488 86.
Thierry Kepykla X-3. A sweet little bakery churning out a range of cracking little cakes. The philosophy behind the recently opened Druskos Namai is to provide quality international food at affordable prices sourced as much as possible from local farms. Fri 11:00 . Not advisable for those in a hurry.02:00.19:30. The current exhibition of large black and white photographs of everyday life in the bizarre Russian-speaking town of Visaginas finishes everything off very nicely indeed. aka khachapuri. Dominikonų 6. Hats off then to this oasis in the dessert. For those who can’t stand to be away from the office for too long. making Cozy worth a visit for that reason alone. (+370) 676 444
Green Hall G-3. There’s usually somebody there who speaks English to help decode the mysteries of Georgian baking. Itališka Kepykla uses only the best ingredients to make bread to knock your socks off.04:00.24:00.esse. Certainly worth the struggle up the hill to get there. any half-way decent addition to the generally grim selection of bakeries in Vilnius is more than welcome. breads and even marmalade using fresh ingredients. http://khachapuri. PTJASW
Pinavija A-2. chačapuri. by all accounts the walk is worth the effort.grillinn. 10Lt. the brainchild of a local lady so enamoured by the kind of bread and pastries made by the Italians she introduced them here. there’s space to sit inside or stand outside if you don’t want to take it away. 23Lt. Magnificent and most highly recommended. Sun 10:00 . PJABSW
Cukatos B-3. JS 91. Fri 09:00 .lt. Sat 12:00 . 28Lt. QOpen 09:00 . Sat. and a great little dish of pork with cherry tomatoes and mashed potato to die for. (+370) 5 215 30 04. QOpen 07:00 .lt. The menu has seen a few changes but still features a good selection of classic international fare with a handful of vegetarian options. Decorated with a feminine touch.19:00.04:00. cheap fat etc. (+370) 671 313
Itališka Kepykla C -3. Inside the large and supposedly environmentally-friendly building on the north of the river not far from the Panorama shopping centre. Sat 08:00 18:00.
www.20:00.01:00. a smashing little bread bun-type thing filled with cheese.22:00. There’s also plenty of alcohol on offer and the service is friendly. Sat 11:00 . Look for the old-fashioned bicycle parked by the entrance.druskosnamai. Sat 10:00 . Sun 09:00 . Offering both the choice of eating in or taking away.
Druskos Namai X-3.com
.20:30. Green Hall is a swanky international affair recently taken over by new management.02:00. QOpen 11:00 . Gedimino 50/2. no preservatives and with an emphasis on citrus fruit although savoury treats are also on offer. Užupio 19. (+370) 600 019 77. the menu is impressive and features everything from classic Lithuanian and international savoury pastries to a mind-boggling array of cakes and desserts. Fri 10:00 . tel.19:00. JAS
Chačapuri B-6. Pandering to those looking for a more healthy lifestyle this combined bakery and café specialises in a wide range of treats made from natural ingredients. Pretty much perfect for any occasion. (+370) 5 240 58
cozy. Sun 12:00 . Friendly welcomes from bar staff who remember your name is something of a rarity in Lithuania. QOpen 16:00 .24:00. Currently making waves as the best place in town for croissants and coffee for breakfast and now boasting a lot more space with a grand total of nine tables. but outstandingly recommended for those who aren’t. but it’s still fairly impossible to find the perfect loaf.19:30.24:00. Sun 12:00 . Probably not worth the journey in itself if you’re in the city centre.). all located in a convenient central location. tel.19:00.20:00. tel.17:00.23:00.19:00. also find free wireless internet. Sun 11:00 . Friendly and well turned-out staff are on hand to serve a range of superb. JAUEBSW
Grill Inn B-3.22:00. There’s also a good choice of drinks on offer and an excellent area for children at the back. a sweet-tasting. Dominikonų 16. PAULBSW
www. Also at Švitrigailos 29. Closed Sun.lt. whilst during the summer the addition of a small terrace out the back in which a young member of staff is known to appear with a barbecue and start grilling meat is a very welcome addition indeed. Fri 09:00 . plus there’s also over 100 wines to choose from either from the menu or at unbeatable prices from the attached shop. Recommended. Thu 10:00 . generally baked to order and consequently often taking a while (or an age in our case) to arrive.inyourpocket. Vilniaus 21. tel. three-layered cocktail traditionally drunk by a select handful of regulars who always have a taxi number ready when it’s time to wobble out the door. pies. Recommended is the dish after which the place is named.cukatos. Sun 09:00 . QOpen 10:00 . tel. Complete with a small outdoor courtyard (booking at peak times is highly recommended). meat-heavy dishes and a few peasant classics such as boiled pigs’ ears alongside a good choice of beers from local small breweries. JABW Esse G-3.22:00.24:00. 25Lt. Sun 10:00 . it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re hungry and in the area. Closed Mon. tel. tel. www. PTJAESW
(+370) 686 310 23. Thu. Sat 10:00 . QOpen 10:00 . tel. Fri. If you’re only staying for a short while though there’s still plenty of reasons to visit from an imaginative menu of pub grub that offers more than one dish for vegetarians (the risotto is a current hit) to the legendary in-house troika. the perfect choice for daytime outdoor eating. (+370) 5 261 11 37. 25Lt. A small bakery with a handful of tables offering mostly takeaway Georgian breads of various kinds. QOpen 09:30 . www. A bit out of the way at the top of a steep Užupis hill.15:00.23:00. Dominikonų 10. Sodų 9.lt. QOpen 08:00 .38
51. A bustling restaurant in the city centre. Užupio 30.lt. (+370) 676
608 89. Sun 11:00 .lt. This is generally the best way of establishing yourself as a quality restaurant as it ensures both food to talk about and a constantly changing menu that keep the punters coming again and again. Sat. Sat 12:00 . Sat 12:00 . 40Lt.lt. Upės 21. There’s a choice of rooms in which to dine as well as the option of propping up the bar and getting quietly sloshed.24:00. Among the favourite fare on offer are the mussels in a wine and cream sauce. QOpen 09:00 .23:00.02:00. The main supermarket chains in Lithuania have come a long way over the last few years when it comes to bread. PT� JAVSW
Cozy C-3. www. Trakų 16. Whereas the supermarkets get the recipes right but skimp on the basic materials (the wrong flour. we plucked for the gazpacho. tel.
The menu of international dishes includes plenty of options to keep everybody happy.
La Pergola B-5. Holy Miko’s also features an interesting selection of live music events. 25Lt. (+370) 688 222 10. (+370) 688 805 58.holymikos. family-run restaurant on a quiet Old Town street specialising in both Lithuanian and international dishes served in sumptuous surroundings. QOpen 12:00 . or. Mykolo 4.04:00. A small. TJABSW April . Lauro Lapas offers a limited choice of à la carte dining plus dishes from a daily specials menu. tel.medininkai. 60Lt. the food is predominantly nouvelle cuisine and is exquisitely presented. There’s an extensive wine list too. tel.24:00. www. The food features such rarities in Lithuania as pheasant alongside a more conservative menu of international food all cooked with panache and a twist.23:00. Sat 12:00 23:00. A brave new venture by two young local chefs promising both quality and innovation. tel. Closed Sun. G oin g from s tren gth to
strength.23:00. QOpen 17:00 . from fresh seafood to pasta to some fine grilled meat. Pamėnkalnio 24.Restaurants
Holy Miko’s C-3. tel. www. A good choice for the romantically inclined and/ or small business occasions. Definitely recommended. PTJABSW
those wanting to impress without breaking the bank. Closed Mon.grotthusshotel. There’s also an imaginative. www. TJASW Jalta F-3. on their lovely terrace just off a quiet street in the heart of Old Town. One of Vilnius’ oldest and most well respected restaurants serves up sumptuous international food in a white tablecloth atmosphere in a choice of several halls as well as outside in a lovely 16th-century courtyard during the summer. PTJAW Medininkai C-5. Šv. diners can also take advantage of the adjoining hotel bar before or after their meal. Part of the classy Europa Royale hotel. expect plenty of red-eyed alternative types turning up on bicycles. Fri.lt. during the warmer months.com. 35Lt.laurolapas. Sat 11:00 .23:00. changing daily lunch special for a good price and a remarkably good wine list. A good choice for
Q Open 11:30 . www. Aušros Vartų 8. all overseen by an award-winning chef who maintains high standards throughout.inyourpocket. offering plenty of dishes made from locally sourced ingredients whilst they also organise a wealth of evening events including DJs in the greenhouse in the front garden.lt. Vykinto 17a. Sun 13:00 . QOpen 11:00 24:00. Ligoninės 7. White tablecloth gourmet dining in sumptuous surroundings inside the Grotthuss hotel. Closed Sun. QOpen 11:00 . Q Open 11:00 . Sat 11:00 . Didžioji 11.23:00. and is accompanied by an equally admirable wine list.com
24Lt. tel.August. this simple offering not only keeps the décor to a minimum but also doesn’t get carried away with the menu. Fri.21:00. The food leans in the direction of healthy. tree-laden terrace that’s a real knockout during the warmer part of the year. PTJAULKW
Lauro Lapas A-2. (+370) 5 266 03
22.lt.24:00. 25Lt.24:00. Mon June . (+370) 674 510 45. The recommended dishes on offer include a recently eaten plate of miniature fishcakes that despite their laughable size tasted superb.July 2013
Kitchen C-4. 35Lt. Sun 12:00 . The menu features all manner of good things.
vilnius. TESW An angular experience with plenty of creamy shades and exposed wooden features. Sun. Jalta is an excellent reason to visit the leafy suburb populated with more than its fair share of wooden houses that’s Žvėrynas. Complete with a peaceful. (+370) 600 864 91.
QOpen 07:00 . cheery waitresses and upbeat pop music. (+370) 5 260 96 53. 40Lt. Fri 07:00 . Gedimino 52. As of the summer 2012 they also have premises on Vilnius’ main street. Tilto 13. opposite the increasingly popular area by the river. QOpen 07:00 . The idea here is a simple one. honest fare. Konstitucijos 16 (VCUP).restoranasneringa. QOpen 10:00 . Didžioji 28. QOpen 11:00 . Gedimino 9. tel. Added for a bit of a laugh more than anything else. Gedimino 23. 45Lt. Fri 07:30 . Gedimino 9. Sun 11:00 .03:00. A self-styled antidote to the stresses of modern living.22:00. Ozo 25 (Akropolis). whilst the BLTs are an absolute treat. Of particular interest are the original 1959 murals. Didžioji 6. (+370) 676 820 15. 30Lt. tel. Fri 10:00 . It’s called visiting your friends at home.
Anticafé G-3. namely that you pay to use the space. (+370) 618 554 77. The beer snacks are excellent too. Anticafé is precisely the kind of illfated affair we’ve grown to love over the years in Vilnius.priekatedros. Sun 07:30 . Fri 07:00 . JBSW
55. protected by the State along with much of the rest of the interior. Saltoniškių 9 (Panorama). The interiors are slightly more interesting than most of their competitors and they play better music too. there’s also an excellent buffet lunch and plenty of dishes from the menu until late.24:00. Didžioji 40.lt. egg and chips.23:00.lt. Thu 10:00 . Pilies 3. Ozo 18 (Ozas). The international food on offer is good. making for the perfect environment to drink quality espresso and the like amidst a wealth of literature. Consistently great food and service courtesy of this exemplary in-house hotel restaurant. J. (+370) 605 775
09.21:00. tel.lt. tel. this Russian-owned venture is awash with wooden benches. PTJASW
5 210 30 12.20:00.23:00. Gedimino 1.23:00. 25Lt. The coffee. Sun 10:00 .com
Vilnius In Your Pocket
. QOpen 10:00 . Whilst still offering an extensive range of international dishes. 30Lt. Savanorių 22. A former nomenklatura favourite and still pulling in the cream of the city’s slightly older sophisticates. Also at Gedimino 26. The outdoor summer terrace. www.24:00. even if only for a drink. Back home we have something similar and considerably cheaper. Sat. Crème Brûlée and one of the best-looking business lunches in the city. as are many of the accompanying cakes.18:00.lt.ribroom.24:00.24:00. making this marvellous institution a good place to visit regardless of whether you’re after a full meal or not. Sat 10:00 . Keep an eye out for their other branches around the city centre. muffins. Also at Didžioji 30. is excellent. (+370) 5 261 40 58. Also at Trakų 7. PTJAUBSW
Neringa A-1. wraps. Vilniaus 17. www. Ukmergės 369 (Big). QOpen 06:30 .riverside. Fri. And if you don’t want to hang around with a bunch of teenagers you can always take your coffee away and drink it elsewhere. Ozo 18 (Ozas).02:00. Gedimino 46.lt. Balčikonio 3. this quaint little café overlooking Town Hall Square sells a range of drinks and snacks and for the summer features a super little terrace on which to sit and watch the hordes of tourists go trudging by. Saltoniškių 9 (Panorama). Ozo 18 (Ozas). Konstitucijos 7a (Europa). tel.roastandbeer. QOpen 11:00 24:00.01:00. Thu.lt. (+370) 655 777 63. Designed to resemble that old favourite an English pub and aimed at a slightly older clientele of 20-somethings and upwards.18:00. Sun 12:00 . Šviežia Kava’s Gedimino 9 outlet is housed inside a bookshop no less. www.23:00. served Starbucks style. Recommended for vegetarians are the superb grilled vegetable sandwiches. Šeimyniškių 1 (Holiday Inn). Gedimino 24. It all certainly looks impressive.24:00.lt. with the soups worthy of a massive round of applause on their own. PJASW
Roast & Beer Pub B-1. As well as serving one of the best buffet breakfasts in town. PJW
Coffee Inn A-2. QOpen 06:30 . One of the country’s top coffee house chains. (+370) 5 212
vilnius. One of the hippest addresses in town. Sun 11:00 . Sun 08:00 . PTAULBSW
48 47. the menu focuses primarily on English and Bavarian cuisine. tel. (+370) 5 231 48 21. tel. (+370) 648 969
Prie Katedros B-2.23:00. PJABSW Salentino Café C-4.22:00. PTJAUBSW
Rib Room B-00. 7Lt. Konstitucijos 16 (VCUP). juices etc. Sun 08:00 . PJAVBSW Šviežia Kava B-1. QOpen 00:00 . is a fine place to visit. tel.22:00. Two recent visits to Prie Katedros have both been entirely positive. PJAUSW Vero Café B-2.23:00.com
vilnius. not least in part to the totally superb beer they brew on the premises of which the honey variety tastes like no other beer we’ve tasted and leaves one delightfully wobbly after just a couple. Konstitucijos 20 (Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva). plus there’s free wireless internet and a spooky-looking hologram to greet you at the bottom of the stairs.40
www. Gedimino 2. Also at Gedimino 35.svieziakava. Sat 12:00 . although not likely to win any awards. Owned and operated by the club with the same name inside the same building.inyourpocket.anticafe. this positively mammoth restaurant features two dining halls separated by a bar with a fountain in it. the well-chosen international menu may not be the cheapest in the city but is worth the trip over the river to sample from it. Sun 11:00 . Jasinskio 16. Sat 11:00 . and use your time to network with other like-minded souls. find two floors of tables occupied by brightly coloured students taking advantage of the free wireless internet and updating their Facebook pages on their iPhones.21:00.23:00. tel. Sat 08:00 . which as the name suggests totally isn’t a café. Saltoniškių 9 (Panorama). plus there’s plenty of other options including a couple of classic sandwiches served with fries. www. (+370)
Riverside A-00. Thu. www.inyourpocket. photographs of celebrities. www. Vokiečių 18. The desserts are particularly fine. they’ve really pushed the boat out here and now include several rib dishes that they claim to serve in surprisingly different ways. Highly recommended is the marvellous steak. Sat 08:00 .02:00. Gedimino 5. The food is also magnificent. QOpen 07:30 .23:00. sandwiches. The recently refashioned restaurant inside Vilnius’ Holiday Inn hotel has also seen a revamp of its menu.
Good coffee and a range of snacks from an established chain café.24:00.22:00. tel.
this handsome-looking little juice bar that bears more than a passing resemblance to a 1970s hippy’s kitchen also sells a wealth of other things from biodegradable washing powder to samosas. tel. PTJALBSW
ing the kind of good service one always hopes for but almost never gets in Lithuania. 30Lt. tel.com
April . (+370) 685 853 57. Sun 07:00 . QOpen 08:00 .inyourpocket. Limited seating is available if you don’t want to ingest your vitamins on the hoof. which in this case was a creamed beetroot affair that was simply perfect. That rare treat a hotel restaurant worth eating in. is concocted by flustered girls with nose rings to a soundtrack courtesy of Bob Marley. tel. Gynėjų 14.July 2013
. the price tag may be a little heavy but is worth every penny. Trakų 8. The international food on offer is more an afterthought than a reason to run a restaurant. Sun 10:00 . (+370) 603 531 02.22:00. so if you happen to find yourself in this part of town we can’t recommend this place enough. 15Lt. although it’s not too bad if you do order it. 37Lt.18:00.20:00.
Sonnets D-2. which could do with being a little colder. Not bad for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. the menu is as imaginative as the person who cooks the dishes from it. tel. Totorių 15. PTAUBW
Stebuklai G-3.17:00. QOpen 06:30 . (+370) 5 266 58 85. Sat 10:00 .24:00. QOpen 08:00 .24:00.shakespeare. Sun 11:00 . The bill just looks too small considering what you get for your money. JABSW
Skonis ir Kvapas B-3. Extra Brownie points for the attached shops selling tea. Added to this came a complimentary snack in the form of a large cloth bag of various breads and a small dish of pumpkin purée that was as interesting as it was excellent.23:00. A diverse menu tempts diners with all manner of delicacies from classic Lithuanian dishes to ostrich with chestnuts. Featur-
vilnius. coffee and exotic tobacco products. Sumptuous and elegant.
Sulčius B-2. Skonis ir Kvapas (Taste and Smell) was long ago eclipsed by others who simply do it better.Restaurants
30.19:00. www. QOpen 10:00 . The juice in question. We were looking for a snack and so opted for the soup of the day. All overseen by friendly and efficient staff. find it just off the street down one of the area’s plentiful alleyways. everything here is polished to near perfection. Bernardinų 8/8 (Shakespeare hotel). Sat. (+370) 5 264 04
Instantly recognisable if you’ve ever been to Brighton or Berlin. the Shakespeare’s in-house nosh-pit excels where others barely get off the ground.lt.
Step through the oriental-looking shop and be prepared for yet another welcome addition to Vilnius’ currently blossoming restaurant scene.com
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. Not a total loss.02:00. PTAUW vilnius. Sun 11:00 . cooked well and came swimming in a good sauce.000km to the west.23:00. Pilies 34. (+370) 698 529 99. Occupying a former bar and club that was forced to close thanks to the current nonsensical politics of the Municipality. Mindaugo 27 (Comfort Hotel Lt). 25Lt. The mint tea is also a real winner. Fri. Gedimino 9.42
Studio 9 B-1.23:00. a quality sadly lacking in most Vilnius restaurants. which if they’re prepared in the same manner as the food we ate should keep the punters coming. Knowing Lithuania as well as we do. This small and decidedly friendly little restaurant serves a good choice of authentic Moroccan fare from spicy soups to couscous to an excellent sweet and pungent lamb dish cooked and served in a traditional tajine. Perhaps not the best location in town but worth a visit if you’re interested in food made with imagination. Bright and swishy in an entirely unpretentious way. we thought this place was almost certainly going to go off the boil soon after opening but it just keeps getting better. (+370) 690 740 75.11:00. The accompanying French bread was perfect and crispy and came with a great little bowl of flavoured butter. QOpen 12:00 . The menu also features such rarities as ostrich and tiger prawns. Sun 08:00 . tel. Closed Mon. QOpen 11:00 .02:00. eating here is one option. Sat 11:00 . Sat 12:00 . QOpen 11:00 .01:00.
Greatest Hits. Fri. Sat 11:00 . We tend to steer clear of hotel restaurants in general but we made a rare exception in the case of this newly opened recommended eatery. (+370) 612 022 47. or at least they were when we stopped by at supper time. Recommended. In keeping with the local need to stare at something whilst eating there’s a large television on the wall. tel. 26Lt. Fri. Recommended. PJAEBSW
Terrano C-3. Thu 11:00 . Studio 9 wouldn’t look or feel out of place 1. the Caesar salad was at least enormous and came with plenty of good grilled chicken and the main course of ravioli (available both with meat and as a vegetarian option) was. a self-conscious waiter and three small lumps of cold puff pastry await those with the required sense of humour needed to visit Terrano.10:30. 27Lt. if not exactly large. in its place is a restaurant that looks like it was invented by a committee who couldn’t agree on anything. Arguably one of the best places in the city to eat and drink this year. An interesting if not exactly recommended Old Town option. (+370) 615 555 11. PTJASW
Time A-6. 30Lt. served as it should be in a glass and made from green tea leaves and fresh mint. Totorių 22. tel.22:00. Sade’s
Maghrib B-2.05:00. Surplus to the friendly service are a handful of intelligent touches such as hooks for jackets under the aforementioned bar and plenty of foam on the important parts of the ceiling to stop the music bouncing around uncontrollably.22:00.20:00. Breakfast menu served 07:00 .inyourpocket. find friendly staff on hand to serve dishes from a small but very good daily menu of international dishes alongside an inspired buffet. We opted for a simple vegetable soup which not only looked good but that left the kind of glowing feeling one only gets from quality cuisine. Featuring their tremendous burger alongside a handsome menu of other excellent and unpretentious dishes. usually playing a slide show of images of Morocco. QOpen 12:00 . tel. but it’s also an excellent bar that serves good draught Guinness and a DJ venue.
CanCan Pizza (+370) 659 887 77 Čili 1822
Didžioji Kinija (+370) 5 263 63 63 In Day Sushi Labuki Mambo Pizza Mano Guru Miyako Submarine Sue’s Indian Raja (+370) 646 277 72 (+370) 686 884 88 (+370) 688 888 88 (+370) 5 212 23 99 1315 (+370) 800 233 23 (+370) 5 266 18 88
vilnius. you get what you pay for.24:00.inyourpocket. Venue Tel. Sat.com
April . QOpen 11:30 .22:00 10:00 . An old favourite with several embassies in town.23:00. Kęstučio 39.lt www.lt www. Recommended.23:00 10:00 . to have too many beers with a friend in or to take a fussy elderly relative to.lt www. tel. PTJABSW
Too lazy or hungover to go out and get something to eat? The following all provide home delivery services. Thu. Sat 12:00 .com. Sat 11:00 .24:00. www.lt www.22:45 11:00 . QOpen 11:00 . Although by no means extravagant. Also at Vilniaus 6/16.kinuvirtuve.24:00 24 hours 11:00 .21:00 11:00 . Pizza. Fri 11:30 .lt.23:30 07:00 . grilled beef fillet and a wealth of great pasta dishes for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.indaysushi. Fri 11:00 . 16Lt. Sun 12:00 . native Italian chef Manfredo Molteni oversees a menu including fresh fish soup. which here is quality food prepared in an open kitchen and served by waiting staff genuinely happy to see you.01:00.23:00.lt www.mambo.antonio. Thu.24:00. Sat 10:00 . Sun 12:00 .labuki. tel. TAEBSW 33 31.22:00.suesindianraja. PTJABSV
Zoe’s Bar & Grill B-2.lt www.23:00. Veranda is a great place to eat in. international Japanese Pizza.lt Open 10:00 .sushi.24:00. Mon 11:30 .submarinas.24:00.lt www. (+370) 5 262 01 09. Korean Pizza Salad.lt www.23:00.20:00 10:00 . Sat 10:00 .Restaurants
Veranda F-2.01:00.lt www.20:00 11:00 . which is a very rare thing indeed in this city. Sushi Chinese Sushi Japanese. Vilniaus 23. There’s a great choice of Italian wines to compliment plus some truly gut-busting desserts for those who can cram a little more in. Lithuanian. Sun 12:00 .22:45.23:00 Cuisine Pizza Chinese. Fri.manoguru. Consistently great.1822. QOpen 11:00 .23:00. tel. Odminių 3. www.
Another Žvėrynas classic. Fri. Sat. The décor has an upmarket-diner feel to it. Sun 11:00 . (+370) 5 212
Da Antonio B-2.21:00. Sat 12:00 .23:00. Fri. (+370) 5 273 01 07.zoesbargrill. 27Lt. Sun 12:00 . 50Lt. Classy without any unnecessary frills and with superb people-watching windows at the front.01:00.cancan. Sun 11:00 .22:00. and out the back is a large garden complete with barbecue for splendidly lazy Sunday summer afternoons. Website www. Da Antonio is everything an Italian restaurant should be. plus there are a couple of excellent beers to compliment the food. Sun 09:00 .21:00.July 2013
. Fri 07:00 . Delivery charges range from free to 20Lt depending on venue and total cost of order. Sat 12:00 . There’s live music several evenings a week.23:00.
QOpen 07:30 .23:00. the perfect environment in fact for quality Italian food in the city. expect to rub shoulders with anyone from foreign millionaires to politicians to trophy wives. salads and pizza.24:00. 25Lt. A good choice of Tuscan dishes with accompanying Tuscan wine. We’ve eaten here four times now and can’t complain at all. 20Lt.24:00.stvalentino. tel. QOpen 11:00 . www. Whilst wolfing down a plate of their excellent Italian food. all overseen by an Italian from the region with the kind of passion sadly almost never seen in the city. in here we had the best Caesar salad ever eaten in Lithuania followed by a bowl of fresh pasta that left us glowing and stuck to the seat.23:00. Featuring open kitchens making pasta. although there’s plenty more on offer besides but be warned that this is nouvelle cuisine. Sun 12:00 .23:00. Note that the kitchen closes 30 minutes before they lock the doors.vapiano. Nice one. We were particularly impressed with the fresh pasta. Tuscany is of course considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Sun 12:00 . tel. QOpen 11:00 . Brilliant stuff.lt. Fri 11:30 . the food is made using fresh ingredients and comes in ample portions.inyourpocket. QOpen 09:00 . Osteria da Luca opts for a more nouvelle cuisine approach to its cooking and does it surprisingly well. meaning most of the things on the menu aren’t going to fill you up. Trakų 11/2. QOpen 11:30 . PABSW
Osteria da Luca B-4. www. Sat 12:00 . Sat 10:00 . tel. Gedimino 35 (Pirklių Klubas). For half the price of what we paid the day before for a plate of rubbish in a so-called exclusive restaurant. Sun 12:00 . Thu.lt. TJABW
594 20. there’s also the option during the summer on its small outdoor terrace opposite the fine Franciscan Church. Konstitucijos 7a (Europa). Situated inside a fine Old Town building with a snazzy dining area at ground level and an atmospheric cellar.22:00. Valentino out as one of Vilnius’ most beloved and respected restaurants by the city’s business community and wealthy citizens who continue to favour the place over any other. Valentino B-3. tel. 35Lt. Sun 10:00 .24:00.inyourpocket.com
Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. Even better. (+370) 652
Vapiano A-00. A super place to eat in an area crying out for this kind of quality. This fine restaurant and Italian delicatessen conceals some surprising magic taking place in the kitchen.22:00. Inside it’s all plain white interiors and specials chalked on the blackboard. marble and oak with a particular emphasis on flora and natural light in here. if you don’t like what’s on the small menu they’ll happily modify it to suit your wishes. 25Lt. Universiteto 4. Fri 07:30 . Redolent of a millionaire’s greenhouse. Vilniaus 47/18. (+370) 5 238 34 89. PTAIBSW
657 77. Closed Sun. Not your typical Italian restaurant.23:00. with the help of a television or. An unbeatable location and years of good service mark St. (+370) 5 212 09 25.lt. tel.com
. Choose to dine in discreet comfort.fiorentino. (+370) 679
Piazzetta Italia G-3.22:00. whilst the warmer months add a magnificent 16th-century Renaissance courtyard into the bargain. www. (+370) 620 565 65. Sat. 30Lt. so it’s rather fitting that the restaurant should be here.44
Fiorentino C-3. as the weather improves outside on their great little people-watching terrace. it’s all stone.23:00.22:00.23:00. Sat 09:00 .24:00.
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13. Konstitucijos 7a (Europa).30Lt.24:00. Sat 12:00 . Miyako provides the full Japanese experience without shoving it down your throat.23:00.VAPIANO.Restaurants
International fast-casual restaurant concept now in Vilnius! Best venue in town!
PIZZAS. People who prefer to eat with a knife and fork are strongly advised to ask for them when ordering their food.90 LTL
WWW. (+370) 618
521 12. tel. Vilniaus 19. (+370) 5 261 11 88. and. Didžioji 28. all prepared in the front bar area. noodles and more inside a wee little restaurant between Old Town and Gedimino.22:00. tel.lt. Fri 11:00 .23:00. Also at Ozo 18 (Ozas).
vilnius. 25Lt.miyako. 25 . Sun 12:00 .July 2013
. There are fresh flowers on the tables. (+370) 5 240 55 55. the tempura is terrific and the solitary noodle dish with beef is absolutely out of this world. Sat 12:00 . Labuki offers a wealth of dishes to please all tastes and budgets. What you should shove down your throat are selections from the sushi and sashimi menus. www. Sun 12:00 . hoso maki. tel. QOpen 11:00 . With suave surroundings and a ch oice of rooms including a main area wi th large windows overlookin g th e Town Hall. PJAVSW
Labuki C-4. Osaka also provides good value takeaway lunch sets. Q Open 11:00 .90 LTL 10.
Miyako A-00. (+370) 5 261 71 76. tel. and all very good indeed for Vilnius. unlike many others in town. 35Lt. QOpen 11:00 .labuki. sashimi.21:00.inyourpocket. pungent spicy soups. the service is friendly and there’s also a good value business lunch menu.24:00. they manage to keep their standards high and are very well regarded by many who know a thing or two about Japanese food. The Korean chef also makes a mean soup and the classic Oriental desser ts are ver y good indeed. www.com
April . Sun 11:00 .23:00. PTASV
osaka.lt. Ideal for meals out. PTJABSW
Osaka A-2.lt.22:00. Recommended quality Japanese classic and modern favourites including nigiri sushi. The good-looking sushi sets are well priced and flavoured.
plus there’s the added advantage of a downstairs live music club. tel.24:00. tel. tel.eu. Vilniaus 22/1. 15Lt. the recommended Mano Guru offers a mind-boggling array of substantial salads plus desserts and soft drinks in something of a boutique setting. One of the city’s more clever anomalies.lt. Sat 12:00 . The giggling (homegrown) waitresses are fun too.fortas. tel.lt. bask in antiquity and fill yourself up with what’s claimed to be the largest cepelinai in the capital. 30Lt. pizza. It’s a bit cheeky really. a good choice when waiting for a main dish. Featuring a fairly gargantuan collection of pancakes both sweet and sour in the perfect central location. 22Lt. Fri. the menu is packed with classic dishes including the marvellous kepta duona. flashing lights and a few more conservative elements surround diners whilst they feast on a menu made up of mostly decent sushi plus a few classic Korean dishes.lt. Complete with colour photographs to help you choose. www. (+370) 5
212 01 26. Begun on the initiative of local legend and resurrected mayor of Vilnius Artūras Zuokas. but it’s about time somebody tried to do something special with something so ordinary. Sun 13:00 . The service. (+370) 616 465 49. tel. the menu extends well beyond the pancake zone to include hot dishes from both home and abroad and that all time favourite. sura. Popular particularly with women watching their weight.inyourpocket. QOpen 11:00 . soup served in a loaf of bread and some simple but recommended desserts. aularestoranas.01:00.22:00. Gedimino Dvaras can also organise large banquets and other social eating events. although why they chose to put it in a shopping centre in the middle of nowhere with a rather depressing view is hard to fathom. over half of the staff working here are recovering drug addicts involved in what’s probably the most enlightened project in the city. Sun 10:00 .24:00.gedimino-dvaras. Savičiaus 9. 15Lt. (+370) 5 268 71 73. (+370) 656 136 88.lt. www. 16Lt. 20Lt. Sat. PTJAUBS Čili Kaimas B-4. (+370) 5 231 25 36. www. QOpen 11:00 . A mixed Lithuanian and international menu of competent cooking brought to your table by staff whose lack of expertise is usually more than made up for by their friendliness. Fri. Definitely worth the bother anyway. Fri 09:00 . Combining local and traditional cuisine. The pulkogi was a bit lacking in vegetables but the beef was good and the sauce was exceptional. QOpen 10:00 . Also at Gedimino 14.lt.23:00. The good value menu is made up of a range of Lithuanian and German dishes. most notably the aforementioned blimps which now feature as the Lithuanian national dish and that were surely based on something the Hun brought to the country it occupied during WWI. and these people more or less pull it off. The last serving of potato pancakes eaten here went down a treat.
Gedimino Dvaras A-1. as well as serving the aforementioned blynai this is also a worthy place for a quick coffee and a slice of cake. All in all a great place for a full blown.24:00. tel. A taxi there if called in advance is about 15Lt. Resplendent accessories include small farmyard animals to keep the children entertained. http://www. Sat 10:00 .04:00. The menu of artery-clogging indigenous dishes is pretty good Vilnius In Your Pocket
La Crepe A-1. PJABSW
vilnius. Gedimino 13. Rather than insult the best intentions of the good restaurant owners of Vilnius and call the former of the two Folk restaurants. They even serve it with short grain rice for that final authentic touch. Pilies 11. Thu. TJABSW
There are essentially two types of Lithuanian restaurant in Lithuania. The first and most obvious variety features pigtailed waitresses in national dress serving plates of potatoes and beetroot soup in an atmosphere reminiscent of an old barn. Gedimino 26. Fri. www. Sun 09:00 .lt. Pilies 16. provided by girls dressed in neo-folk outfits. everything is cooked in an open kitchen and presented with the kind of exquisite style one doesn’t usually associate with the humble potato. Opened in August 2004 and still going strong. PTJAVBSW
Forto Dvaras C-2. we choose to list both types of restaurant together. tel. One of a number of chain restaurants selling the idea of traditional local cuisine as a fusion of farmyard themes and sophistication. Summertime brings a small terrace and large courtyard to this classic Old Town favourite.20:00. PTASW
www. Sat 10:00 . Combined with a visit to one of Vilnius’ less ostentatious Lithuanian restaurants a visit here serves as an excellent introduction to the kind of food they’ve been shovelling in their mouths here for centuries.com
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Aula C-2. tel.46
Mano Guru B-2.22:00. other people are encouraged to visit not least because of the idea behind the place. 15Lt. Fri 07:00 . (+370) 604 979 49.24:00. gut-busting meal and an equally enjoyable atmosphere when they’re busy. and is perhaps best described as a restaurant or café serving predominantly but not exclusively Lithuanian favourites in an atmosphere you won’t find anywhere other than in Lithuania.
Sura H-1. Sat 11:00 .17:00. this perfectly located restaurant on the busiest street in Old Town provides consistently good food at affordable prices.manoguru. The second is less easy to pin down. Popular with the local workers in the area.24:00. 30Lt. is friendly and relatively efficient and the prices are exceptionally good considering the location.22:00. We recently had the borsch with meat followed by some truly outstanding potato pancakes with bacon and mushroom sauce of which both can also be ordered for vegetarians. what with most of the dishes on offer being by definition peasant food.cili. Walt Disney meets The Waltons inside the country’s most popular folk restaurant chain. Ozo 18 (Ozas). Vokiečių 8.lt. An interesting anomaly indeed.01:00.lacrepe.grafzeppelin. An interesting point worth noting is that the last vegetable soup we had here had bits of chicken in it. agricultural implements on the walls and a surprisingly friendly and efficient bunch of waitresses scuttling about in traditional costumes. TJAVSW considering the rate at which it’s pumped out of the kitchen. (+370) 5 277 70 00. PJAEBSW
49. QOpen 07:00 21:00.24:00. Taking the classic Lithuanian dining experience to the white tablecloth zone demands a lot of courage. QOpen 09:00 . Sat 11:00 .23:00. QOpen 11:00 .01:00. www. http://www. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 12:00 . PJASW
Graf Zeppelin C-4. and one that’s well worth supporting. Fri. A brilliantly thrown-together design of bare concrete.
mutton. offering a mind-boggling choice of food from local specialties to average pizza. tel. 40Lt. plus you can rent the entire place for the full blown medieval experience. Savičiaus 6. Located in a little triangle of Vilnius currently making something of a name for itself.lt.01:00. Rūdninkų 12. www. note that none of the food is cooked at a temperature higher that +42°C.lt. Good healthy food made from unprocessed ingredients with almost nothing on the menu cooked. The menu lurches from taste bud to taste bud. (+370) 679 262 59. Thu. www. PABSW
79. One of Vilnius’ best known restaurants. PJAS
Keisti Ženklai B-3/4. PTJABSW
Koldūninė C-4. Very trendy and very welcome. 17Lt.inyourpocket. Sun 11:00 .21:00. koldūnai are the Lithuanian version of ravioli. the food stretches beyond sandwiches and they even offer short courses in making food. tel.July 2013
. 11Lt. Stiklių 8.22:00. QOpen 11:00 . Live music happens from time to time. 12Lt.22:00. lt. QOpen 11:00 .lt. 10Lt. (+370) 5 261 07
Lokys C-4. This friendly place in the heart of Old Town makes it on the premises and serves it in two sizes.com
vilnius. pierogi etc. Strange Signs has been busily keeping a low profile in Old Town for a very long time indeed. tel. venison and even beaver. 14Lt. (+370) 659 530 29.inyourpocket.. Fri 11:00 .18:00.23:00. Trakų 13. Sun 11:00 .rawraw. Sat 12:00 . Although dining here could never really be classed as a memorable experience.com
April . tel. Fri 11:00 . An excellent value introduction to the wonders of local heart-blocking nosh.raw42. small pillows of dough encasing a range of fillings.20:00. The limited menu focuses on unusual dishes including quail. Fillings include beef. tel.18:00. www. QOpen 11:00 22:00. JABW
Raw42 B-5. For the uninitiated. the experience is at least worth the time.katpedele. Closed Sat.Restaurants
Katpėdėlė I-1. www. (+370) 699 520 22. tel. Cheap beer too. Sun.23:00. including everything from vitamin-packed salads to pasta dishes made from vegetables. An excellent introduction to the simplicities of local cuisine.24:00.01:00. Fri 10:00 .20:00. QOpen 11:00 . Thu. Lokys (The Bear) opened its doors to rouble-paying customers way back in 1972 in the Gothic cellars of an Old Town building dating back to the late 15th century and has been serving so-called traditional hunters’ dishes amidst a slightly tongue-in-cheek backdrop ever since. PTJASW
vilnius. chicken. Sat 11:00 .24:00.24:00. Thu 10:00 . QOpen 10:00 . Sun 12:00 . (+370) 5 262 90 46. the selection of dishes on offer is fairly extensive.22:00. Lukšio 34. (+370) 5 278 88 14. Also a good selection of freshly squeezed fruit juices.lokys. cottage cheese and spinach plus one with sweet berries. Sat 12:00 20:00. pelmeni. with a couple of vegetarian options to keep everybody happy. JS Raw Raw C-2. Sun 12:00 . Find them scattered around the city and the country. a fact that deserves some recognition. QOpen 12:00 . Totorių 3. effort and money. A popular national chain of restaurants serving classic Lithuanian dishes in a folksy setting as well as more international offerings and that old favourite the lunchtime special offer.
Sat 12:00 .lt. ignore the international dishes and plunge into the traditional food. www. 17Lt. (+370) 5 261 90 71. Thu. Mon 11:00 . but well worth the expense. either because Uzbek food has passed you by entirely or because every dish demands to be eaten. Ozo 18 (Ozas). (+370) 5
259 61 28.senojitrobele. The pizza bases they make here are better than most. The food is classic unpretentious local cuisine. tel.23:00. The menu also includes a number of other dishes for diners who don’t want to take the risk. The only problem here is knowing what to choose. Jasinskio 16. Q Open 11:00 .lt. Those eating in groups should consider one of the big mixed platters.24:00. (+370) 611
Senoji Trobelė G-5. PTJAVBSW
Čili Pica A-1. PT� JAUEBSW
Čaichana A-4. tastes good and is equally superb value for money.06:00. and can at times be exceptionally excellent. www.uzbekistan.zemaiciai. PTJA6EBSW
Pizza Hut Express H-1. (+370) 5 212 36 46. which in the case of this long-standing chain of pizza restaurants the latter most definitely applies. tel. Fri 11:00 . tel. especially on a sunny day when it’s possible to eat and drink on their fine small terrace. Sat 11:00 . essentially oversized ravioli with soured cream that were both prepared and cooked to perfection. their unique crockery is available for sale. Avoid the fancy ones and you’ll be fine if not exactly over impressed. 25Lt. Fri 09:00 . Savanorių 16. but the homemade noodles and exquisite sauce are more than worth the time and effort the chef put into them. 16Lt. 15Lt. Thu 11:00 . Perfect if you’re staying in one of the hotels nearby and worth the walk up the hill from Old Town to eat here. Sun 12:00 . www. Gedimino 23.24:00. QOpen 09:00 . these reasonably priced masterpieces are best eaten with fresh basil which is provided by a plant dumped on the table by one of the waitresses after you order. QOpen 11:00 .23:00. QOpen 10:00 . Tuskulėnų 35. Amidst a fine selection of items on the menu including a chayhana plov that needs to be ordered 90 minutes in advance alongside the more usual plov we went for the lagman. Sat 11:00 . Pay no attention to the garish décor and the bewildered staff bumbling about with grubby orange Crocs on their feet and what you’ve got here is a truly outstanding restaurant. Vokiečių 24. PTJABSW Pomodoro A-2.lt.
Pizza Jazz B-4. QOpen 11:00 .pj. Also at Didžioji 5. Fri. We’ve recently been experimenting with their small breakfast menu and have been impressed with the excellent value omelettes and the fried eggs with toast and salad. QOpen 10:00 . The slice of deep-pan pizza we recently gobbled down hit the spot exactly. (+370) 609
990 02. this intimate folk-themed restaurant is one of the best examples of its kind in the country. Fri. TAEBSW
Marceliukės Klėtis I-2. Fairytale waitresses deliver meals the size of your head from a menu of traditional Lithuanian dishes featuring more calories than there are stars in the universe.23:00. 20Lt. Vokiečių 24. PJABS
Žemaičiai B-4.pomodoro. tel. Also on offer on the Lithuanian-only menu are Uzbek kebabs. Jogailos 4.cili. www. Sun 12:00 . Pizza Jazz started life in Kaunas over a decade ago and has grown from a small company operating out of a handful of cheesy-themed outlets to something altogether more sophisticated.01:00. Sat on a corner next to a bus stop and an abandoned cinema Basilico is easily overlooked. a spicy lamb and noodle soup that’s almost a meal in itself and a plate of manti.lt. If you’d like to take a little piece of the place home.23:00. Vienuolio 4. Ozo 25. Domination of the local market means either an element of bad business practice or the ability to get things right. Pylimo 21. which is a shame because they currently serve the best pizza in Vilnius. tel.01:00. http://www. It’s also worth mentioning that the service is never bad. whilst the steak continues to amaze and
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vilnius.03:00. a recommended mantai (manti) and hot bread made on the premises. Gentlemen confronted with the strange machine in the toilet should know that it really is for weeing in.inyourpocket. Large tables make this a firm favourite for families and groups. Sat 12:00 . assuming you eat meat that is.
basilico-pica. as if the pizza isn’t temptation enough they even make their own pasta. (+370) 650 516 80. 20Lt. tel. the pizza and pasta are up there with the best. The place also functions as a tea house and has a room set aside strictly for this purpose. tel. True.22:00.22:00. lots of delicious dishes made with fresh yoghurt. PTAUSW
www.22:00. Also check out their fast weekday lunch if you’re in a hurry. QOpen 11:00 .lt. Sat. Also at J. Uzbekistanas operates on the posher end of the décor scale but stays true to the cuisine of the country the place is named after. Naugarduko 36. in the case of the grilled meat dishes is usually very good indeed and affordable for all but the most budget-conscious travellers. www. 30Lt. 17Lt.com
411 19. Sun 10:00 . For the price. QOpen 11:00 . Lithuania’s adventures into the world of pizza franchising are finally worth talking about with a positive spin.caichana.lt. Fri. (+370) 5 261 65
Basilico A-4. 13Lt.03:00. Naugarduko 14.02:00. We like the place. (+370) 5 261
Uzbekistanas A-1. tel. It’s a bit pricey here. Using proper mozzarella and baked in a wood oven. www. made in the old-fashioned unpasteurised fashion and a rare treat indeed. Thu. Sun 12:00 . PTJUNSW 04 29. QOpen 11:00 . Very recommended indeed. The lagman (laghman) takes an age to arrive. A brilliant collection of medieval cellars designed for a slightly upmarket folk-themed dining experience.23:00. tel.lt.48
5 272 50 87.lt. although they still insist on covering them with the kind of nonsense to make an Italian weep.24:00. Sat 12:00 . which are good value and fun to share. Popular with families and busy during the week. Under new management and a much better experience all round.24:00. Located somewhat strangely in the middle of a large concrete housing estate. an Italian may not be overly impressed with the pizzas (they at best edible) but there’s plenty else on the menu which.22:00. Also worth trying is the fresh in-house beer. tel.22:00. Sun 12:00 .23:00. A truly welcome addition to Vilnius’ restaurant scene. After numerous visits to several Pomodoro restaurants it’s still almost impossible to fault them. (+370) 5 269 00
22. Sat 10:00 .23:00. As good as any of the other Lithuania pizza chain restaurants clogging up the country. this barnlike restaurant is strewn with such archaic eye candy as wooden bicycles hung from the ceiling and a pink and green threshing machine by the front door.23:00.
PJABS April . Sun 10:00 . salads lower their standard during the winter like they do anywhere in the north. Sat 13:00 . (+370) 685 006 84. tel. JABSW
Now in its third incarnation and possessing its third name in as many years. The Mexican-owned Tres Mexicanos continues to be the best place in town for authentic Mexican food. 25Lt. Out go the pancakes and the kebabs and in comes a small choice of sandwiches including one vegetarian option and a handful of soups. Also at Jasinskio 16a. Development may be slow. JA
Gimme C-5. and the early morning pancakes continue to be a fine way to start the day. Closed Mon.24:00. brightly decorated affair features all the classic dishes plus proper beer to wash it down with. tel.24:00. Parked in a street just around the corner from the Užupis Angel. Paupio 3. all overseen by people in the kitchen who know how to make the stuff and waiting staff who can advise on important issues such as which dish is likely to blow your head off. the new management have seen fit to not exactly throw it out but to cunningly disguise it so it just looks a bit like a bank. Sofa de Pancho may not have any Mexicans working in the open kitchen but that doesn’t stop them from being enthusiastic and actually not too bad at cooking. is that everything’s been thrown together in a jumble-sale fashion that quite simply adds a touch of class to a city with just too many sterile restaurants. TJABSW Tres Mexicanos C-2. Also at P . Sat. (+370) 5 215 36
66.inyourpocket. Lukšio 32. www. and the outdoor seating during the warmer part of the year is exceedingly pleasant. 17Lt.Restaurants
impress. Service is of course amusing. (+370) 673 890 02.com
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vilnius. like the bar next door. Probably the best thing about the place though.23:00. tel. Sun 11:00 . Fri 07:30 . Service is attentive. Boasting a superb location just around the corner from the Cathedral. Whatever state it’s found in. although for the simple pleasure of eating meat wrapped in bread we recommend the kebab shop at the far bottom of the street on the right. QOpen 07:30 . Sat 10:00 . 20Lt.22:00. Further proof that Vilnius is no longer a provincial backwater but a city to be reckoned with. Wed. but it’s always interesting. (+370) 674 186 00.22:00. We like what’s currently going on in this part of town. Mon.22:00.05:00. Sun. Fri 08:00 .23:00. this tip-top pizza joint is either bustling and busy or dead as a door nail. 9 Lt. Aušros Vartų 4. PTJAUBSW
Sofa de Pancho B-5. Sadly.tresmexicanos. this intimate. QOpen 16:00 . The location is unbeatable.July 2013
Užupio Picerija D-3. Visų Šventųjų 5. Try the breakfast tortillas if you’re feeling brave and don’t do what we did and turn up on a Tuesday evening assuming there’d be a table. tel.23:00. Sun 11:00 .22:00. the pizza they serve is decent enough if not exactly gourmet. Eschew the other meals and stick to the house food and you’ll be just fine. Sun 09:00 . 21Lt. Reserve in advance to avoid disappointment. QOpen 08:00 .QOpen 11:00 . Sat 10:00 . the best thing about this place was the fact that they somehow managed to get a bus inside. Sat 11:00 .22:00.lt. QOpen 08:00 .05:00.24:00.
the steaks are very good indeed. www. but don’t let these minor blips deter diners from some of the best value meat in town. QOpen 11:00 . Beware of the complimentary appetiser of home-made bread. Antokolskio 11. this slightly casual yet definitely upscale restaurant has long since been eclipsed by others but still knocks out by almost everybody’s account a damn fine steak. As for the food itself.02:00. even closer. Ignoto 14. Maironio 13 (Mabre
Steak House Helios C-4. QOpen 12:00 24:00.24:00. To be fair they’ve got off to a good start since opening a while back in a modern setting with a few nods to the past just north of river. PTJAEBSW
Meat Lovers Pub B-3. Using beef from cattle grazed on Lithuanian grassland. For a country where soup is served at every possible opportunity. The soup may not be bad. tel. but it rarely excites the taste buds much.meatloverspub.24:00. Šv. tel. Steak House Hazienda has been through a bit of a wobbly period but is now back on track. PTJAEBW
Steak House Hazienda D-3.mabre.lt. Olimpiečių 1.markusirko. the excellent Lithuanian Energy and Technology Museum. this under-performing soup restaurant hidden away inside a large shopping centre misses the mark by a long shot. Cooking meat to perfection. 60Lt.boff. Closed Sun. Although the location could be a lot better. PTAUSW
Böff Steak House Vilnius C-1.lt. Sun 11:00 .lt. tel. (+370) 5 260 90 09.50
Sriubos Namai B-1. (+370)
652 512 33. we had a steak that couldn’t be argued with. The service isn’t great and there wasn’t much in the way of heating.inyourpocket. A welcome return of high standards from one of our old favourites. (+370) 5 262
31 85. Thu 11:00 .22:00.22:00. www. (+370) 5 212 13 89. Boasting one of the best locations in town and first opening its doors a decade ago. with the addition of accompanying thin slices of often stale bread. plus there’s burgers and fish and a range of good soups to start plus a handful of desserts and drinks to wash it all down with. (+370) 683 152 56. Steak House Helios not only serves some of best fresh steaks in the capital complete with a mind-boggling array of Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. Let’s hope the good news continues. Fri 11:00 .lt. Gedimino 9. Didžioji 28.20:00.steakhouse. Sat 12:00 . Once famed for cooking the best steak in the capital. a soup that was up there with soups costing five times as much and some pork that was absolutely the best meat we’ve eaten in Vilnius for months. www. It would be really good news if Böff actually delivers on a regular basis what it promises. QOpen 10:00 . Sun 12:00 . PTJASW
Markus ir Ko C-3. Serving various bits of cow to those who can afford it for as long as many care to remember. QOpen 11:30 . QOpen 12:00 .com
. 49Lt. tel. We recently demolished a sirloin steak which was cooked perfectly and that came with an excellent choice of garnishes. M. PTA6BSW
Hotel). plus. tel. 60Lt. www. www.18:00. 25Lt.
(+370) 663 509 69. tel. 12Lt. what you’ve got is a sad attempt at a restaurant in a street usually better known for its good food. namely the best steaks in the country in pleasant surroundings.20:00.lt.22:00. as it may leave you with no space left inside to finish the main course. Markus ir Ko is an institution that fails to go away. it’s actually not that far to reach over the bridge if you’re in the area around the National Museum. or. Sat 12:00 .02:00.
Vilniaus 31. they also offer plenty more besides. it’s a breath of fresh air to see a restaurant in Lithuania improve over time rather than the usual opposite. There’s also a very good wine list to complement the food.22:00. a little on the expensive side. PTJAUSW Shimai Sushi & Wine A-3. The deep-fried vegetarian tempura version really is knockout proving that for once you can’t judge a book by its cover.22:00. tel. Pylimo 8/2. Sat 12:00 .Restaurants
sauces.lt. tel.05:00.24:00. The extensive menu is crammed with good things including salads galore. Sat 11:00 . Q Open 11:00 .com
April . Also at A.inyourpocket. this Spanishthemed restaurant-bar on two floors provides a bit of everything. www. Recommended. QOpen 11:00 .23:00.01:00. 14Lt. from a first-floor café complete with open kitchen serving dishes including Basque fish soup to grilled meat to a labyrinth of rooms downstairs for long evenings of eating and drinking. Thu. Fri 11:00 . Closed Sun. part of the original features of the courtyard and designed to stop the original horse-drawn carriages from wrecking the plaster on the walls. plus wasabi. Especially recommended for visitors wandering on the northern side of the river in an area not exactly flooded with restaurants. Žirmūnų 2 (IKI Commercial Centre). (+370)
677 750 74. Fri. 45Lt. fish.23:00. Fri 11:00 . PJAVBSW
California Tapas & Wine C-5.lt. tel. a real bank-emptier but worth every penny. visitors in groups are advised to book in advance. Aiming to introduce tapas to the local population among other things. Thu. Recommended is the snow crab sushi. by Vilnius standards anyway. the décor has some extraordinary touches downstairs and the wine list is impressive. Growing from strength to strength.22:00. as the name suggests. Service is friendly. Recommended for the food if nothing else.July 2013
In Day Sushi X-00. www. Often busy. Omakase Sushi & Grill floats above the ground in an entirely glassed-in courtyard right on the edge of Old Town. Sat 12:00 . PTJASW
vilnius. Sat 12:00 . (+370) 652 655 51. Goštauto 40a. and despite the uninspiring atmosphere the sushi at least stands head and shoulders above most of the other sushi in town. QOpen 11:00 . features both sushi and other more substantial dishes. Worth a visit for the location alone. The menu.california. Subačiaus 2. Fri.23:00. pickled ginger and a small container of soy sauce.indaysushi. (+370) 609 724 45. grilled meats and a range of excellent desserts. Each plastic box comes with eight pieces of sushi including a couple of vegetarian options. Keep an eye out for the pixie-looking metal figures as you enter.23:00. 20Lt. The catch-all name aimed at two of the city’s current fads doesn’t do this place justice. (+370) 607 488 15. Closed Sun. QOpen 10:30 . by all accounts extremely well prepared if. tel.21:30. QOpen 12:00 . Omakase Sushi & Grill A-2. the offer of some knock-out business lunches and a classic view of Old Town down below. 35Lt. The simple lunch counter at the top of the escalators knocking boxes of sushi out at extremely affordable prices proves to anyone who was ever in any doubt that sushi is more than just a fancy food that it’s also a cheap and interesting alternative to the humble sandwich.
Sun 11:00 .18:30.02:00. Closed Sat. QOpen 09:00 . and the last offering of tempura yasai we gorged on was absolutely spot on. 15Lt. the food’s basic but edible. 14Lt. If not the best then certainly the most consistent place for sushi in town. Sun 12:00 . especially when it’s warm outside and they open up their legendary terrace. (+370) 5 262 08 75. point at something somebody’s already eating.01:00. the English-speaking staff are frightfully nice and.inyourpocket. 15Lt. QOpen 11:00 . Welcome to the crazy world of Balti Drambliai (White Elephants). 13Lt.16:00. however. Fri.4. it’s possible to spend hours down there soaking up nothing more than the atmosphere and lots and lots of alcohol. although writing the menu on one of the tablecloths is a bit silly. Struggle down a set of wobbly medieval steps to a cacophony of sitars and whale songs to be served a range of average vegetarian fare from a menu that regularly changes colour but more or less stays the same otherwise by waitresses whose cigarette breaks often bring them back inside with big grins on their faces. Sat 18:00 . Šeimyniškių 26.lt. It’s not the philosophy of these people that rubs. or. Open daily for a few short hours during the working week. the restaurant that didn’t put the hip in hippy but that’s worth a visit all the same. tel. the pakoras and koftas are ok but get served as a main dish and there’s also that unsettling microwave-like ping coming from the kitchen just before the waitress appears with your meal.52
Balti Drambliai B-3. 12Lt. Don’t expect English menus or polyglots among the staff.
Vieta B-3. A combined vegetarian restaurant and holistic-style health and healing centre. 11Lt. 6Lt. Sun 12:00 .lt. Augustijonų 2/13. QOpen 18:00 . which it is here. (+370) 683 935 50.21:30. PTABSW Tavo Erdvė C-00. It’s just that they don’t know how to cook it. www. Vilniaus 41. S
659 770 72. Gedimino 32. TJABSW
Leleko G-3. Dominikonų 10. tel.21:00.com
. Start with a cracking bowl of borsch and let the friendly staff take you through the rest of the menu.22:00. is worth it as the hot meals are both nutritious and laughably cheap. A student in the queue should be able to help. despite it mostly being the same as the rest of the traditional food found in this part of the world. (+370) 5 261 11 37. (+370) 5 212 31 86. and the live music and parties can be fun. Thu 12:00 24:00. (+370) 672 115
Valgykla H-3. so we just call them what they’re called.22:00. Closed Sun. (+370)
Translating into English as dining room or canteen. (+370) 699
693 43. but if you can put up with a long wait you’ll probably be as impressed with Sushi Express as we are. JABS 79. if you have to.02:00. Fri 11:00 . Radharanė moves to the city centre. 10Lt. then the Disneyland stuff doesn’t matter. The local lad in their new Konstitucijos venue who makes the stuff looks like he’s only just stopped wearing short trousers but he certainly knows his stuff. these places don’t have a name. tel. tel. Sat 12:00 . Good value and definitely recommended. The delicacies in question more or less measure up to the real thing. The food’s cheap and perfectly safe (try the massive plates of homemade French fries). Indian-themed vegetarian food is to be applauded at every opportunity. The food is either bland or encompasses an entirely bizarre concoction of spices. the classic Lithuanian valgykla offers students and workers simple. Up at the far western end of Gedimino just around the corner from the main street. Sat.
Don’t be put off by the folk art motifs covering the walls nor for that matter by the staff in folk costumes because if it’s Ukrainian food cooked well. It’s all funny haircuts. Gedimino 49/2. Sun. Šv. Friendly if your face fits and good value for money. Ignoto 12-1. this one features an impressive menu of dishes made from fresh ingredients and with a nod in the general direction of Asia. find it in a difficult location north of the river. Also at Konstitucijos 20.com
Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. (+370) 633 304 37. Closed Sun.inyourpocket. tel. PJABW Radharanė A-1. In true valgykla style. www. if you’re the type of person who doesn’t agree with fancy food. constant references to ganja and A Tribe Called Quest inside Vilnius’ hippest vegetarian restaurant. Fri. QOpen 11:00 .22:00.02:00.21:00. J
vilnius.sushiexpress. Sat 10:00 . There’s something about Ukrainian food that. Jasinskio 16a. stands head and shoulders above the rest. J. hearty meals in unsophisticated surroundings at rock bottom prices. because wholesome. Sat 12:00 . Sat. QOpen 10:00 . Also at Totorių 3.22:00. Tavo Erdvė (Your Space) churns out good value health-conscious food for a limited number of hours a day whilst simultaneously offering everything from cookery courses to medication to lectures. An excellent little addition to Vilnius’ small selection of vegetarian restaurants. Just when you thought you were safe. A handful of little tables ensure that a short wait is often required if you don’t want to eat your lunch standing up. Sun. The attached restaurant-bar upstairs is pretty good too. tel. TJW
Sushi Express G-3.24:00. QOpen 10:00 . Pamėnkalnio 15/6. the walk is worth every bit of effort. The freshly squeezed fruit juices are especially good here and the food comes in all shapes and sizes from simple snacks to full blown meals.03:00. QOpen 11:00 . tel. It’s a bit cheeky using the word express in a restaurant name when waiting can easily take 40 minutes or so. the following establishments provide budget nosh and a step back in time for visitors to the city who need to watch their pennies. PABSW
The cracking little medieval cellar space under Cozy now operates in the guise of a lounge-like tapas bar.16:00.radharane. Closed Mon. The wait. PJASW
Niño B-3. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 12:00 . Find the entrance a little way down Vasario 16-osios on the right-hand side of the street. tel. The menu is impressive. Possibly not the ideal tourist destination but worth mentioning all the same.
Vegafé C .24:00.
The Lithuanian capital’s disparate nightlife options run the breadth of all things imaginable for any taste and budget. a family atmosphere. Sun 14:00 . Islandijos 4. tel. JEBXSW
Amatininkų Užeiga C-4. Bokšto 7. but quite good fun after a few beers. Exactly why it took just over a thousand years for somebody to open a really outstanding bar in Vilnius is anyone’s guess. www.24:00. http://
Alaus Studija I-1. Magnificent if you’re on the lookout for a virgin bride. True. Find friendly staff. Hidden in a picturesque little side street inside a rather lovely courtyard. (+370) 691 412 05.inyourpocket.07:00.05:00. Violence and alcohol occasionally combust into fisticuffs. affordable drinks. The choice of beers is hardly inspirational and the food is adequate if little else. briusly.24:00. Selling only foreign beers alongside a few stronger options and decorated with leftover technology from the recently expired Lithuanian Film Studios. QOpen 18:00 . Sun 12:00 . (+370) 5 215 30 00. Fri 11:00 . JEB
vilnius.04:00.02:00. the secret here is that. (+370) 620
856 89. Vilnius’ nightlife entrepreneurs are turning their attention to the subject of beer.05:00. tel. Kazimiero 3. Vilnius wouldn’t be the same without it.02:00. why don’t you take them down when it’s not raining eh?). the place continues for reasons unknown to us to attract large crowds of punters throughout the year and especially during the summer when they open an enormous terrace in front of the Town Hall. Sat 12:00 . Fri 11:00 . but open it they finally did. Fri. The courtyard also plays host to a regular supply of music acts and DJs as well as the occasional work of art. the Murphy’s is refreshingly affordable and goes down a treat. Fri 11:00 . The best are of course listed here. (+370) 5 212 12 68. (+370) 615 810 37.07:00. Thu 11:00 . Vasaros Terasa (Summer Terrace) functions as all things but is most comfortable in its role as a bar. tel. namely with the regular opening of a new place selling brown frothy drinks made in small microbreweries around the country.04:00.02:00. QOpen 11:00 . A menu of bar snacks is also available. tel. and that includes Vilnius. (+370) 687
Artistai C-4.02:00. this place is embarrassingly difficult to find for some people who claim to call Vilnius home. Sat 10:00 . Colourful décor and pretty young things make up the decoration. we failed to have a good time. the location could be more central. tel. QOpen 11:00 .com
April . mobile phones and even the occasional camera disappear from ineptly attended tables. QOpen 11:00 . QOpen 12:00 .23:30. Sat 12:00 . don’t be surprised to find the place packed.01:00.
Started by the legendary rock band from Šiauliai of the same name.05:00. If yours doesn’t fit.lt. and has since changed practically nothing except its name.bix. A taxi from Old Town shouldn’t cost more than 10Lt. K.02:00. Žukausko 20.24:00. The marvellous setting is somewhat ruined by a proliferation of massive umbrellas (here’s a tip for you Vienuolyno Kiemas.23:00.July 2013
. Currently the
top venue among the city’s outdoor drinking spaces. unlike most terraces in Old Town.03:00. face control is ever on the rise. Amatininkų Užeiga (The Craftsmen’s Tavern) finds its way into the guide by default more than by anything else. Although there’s nothing particularly breathtaking about a bunch of chairs and tables and a limited range of alcohol served from a caravan.05:00. QOpen 11:00 . PJABW
Geležinis Vilkas C-3.lt. Highly recommended.lt. Fri. Avoid at all other costs. Didžioji 19/2. this very Vilnius-type place was once known as Amerika. the sun shines that little bit longer before setting. www. Sun 12:00 . Finally. despite having drunk half the bars in the city dry. the place has been hijacked by teenagers. with nights out dedicated to all manner of things from surreal cocktail sessions to student parties to the occasionally sublime DJ. Service is consistently dreadful. Clubs remain almost exclusively mainstream. and with wages to make a sweatshop worker stay in bed it’s no surprise to learn that wallets. Wobbling past the door the other night we found ourselves popping into Cactus for a nightcap and. Inside the large Mokytojų Namai courtyard. tel. QOpen 10:00 . JAB
Cactus C-3.artistai. The two pool tables upstairs are a disaster. An excellent outdoor drinking option indeed.24:00. Sat 12:00 . Fri 12:00 . Sirvydo skveras.02:00.01:00.03:30. restaurant and nightclub. Sun 12:00 . although after the sixth beer you’ll hardly notice. Sat 12:00 . JAEBW
Briusly A-2. JAXW
www. but once you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that there’s nothing you can do about it. QOpen 11:00 . plus there’s hot nachos. Thu 11:00 . Treading the fine line between bar. serves cheap food and beer and has regular live music events to supplement the otherwise orthodox disco nights. Not exactly a bar and by no stretch of the imagination a restaurant. Briusly (Bruce Lee) straddles that difficult area between bar and club. Artistai attracts a mixed crowd of mostly friendly locals. forget it.05:00.02:00. it’s definitely one of the top summer spots in the city. just about managing to pull the whole thing off.cactusbar. Sun 12:00 . www. tel. Fri 11:00 . Once a worthwhile place to chuck a beer and tequila down your neck as part of an enjoyable night out. JAEBSW Bix C-4. from quiet cafés full of serious-looking men huddled over a game of chess to steamy underground caverns dedicated to the time-honoured pursuit of getting ordinarily level-headed businessmen so horribly drunk that they willingly empty the contents of their bank account inside a stripper’s knickers. Sat 14:00 . (+370) 5 262 77 91. pockets and bags.lt. Sat 12:00 . S. no capital city in the world is without its more sinister side. the people who come here tend to be young and about as alternative as it gets in Vilnius. Have fun! during the week but can get busy and full of testosterone-filled men in leather jackets during the weekend. Impersonal and featuring a gaggle of forgettable staff. No DJs either. Sun 12:00 . the scruffy bar on two floors that is Bix is fairly tame
Vienuolyno Kiemas B-4. Thu 11:00 . whilst the city’s gay and lesbian scene is almost as far underground as a Soviet nuclear test site.02:00.05:00. With the exception of perhaps Pyongyang. Trakų 9/1. The reappearance of this humble outdoor offering is a welcome relief to those in the know. nuts and blankets for chilly spring evenings sat outside on the terrace. JAB Vasaros Terasa B-3. A Vilnius institution that’s been kicking around almost forever. Now that the city’s wine-drinking crowd have been given their own places to imbibe. Šv. but when it’s as good as this there’s no particular need to complain.02:00.03:30. tel. including the staff of whom our barely clad waitress must have only recently celebrated her 18th and who did a terrible job impressing us by not knowing the difference between and empty plate and one that still has food on it. QOpen 11:30 . A great location for a drink any time of day. Etmonų 6. plenty of wooden platforms for tripping over and the best pick of the DJs currently playing to outdoor crowds in the capital. (+370) 685 608 85. Vilniaus 39. Looking like the set of a Costa Rican children’s television programme.
Sat 11:00 .03:00. QOpen 16:00 .01:00. QOpen 18:00 . Wed 12:00 . and the cold beers on offer are both well chosen and priced (Gringo currently serves one of the best pints of Guinness in the region). tel. Trakų 15. Thu. there’s table football in the corner and from time to time there’s also the added bonus of live music.inyourpocket. the mixed and predominantly chirpy crowd at Piano Man provides a buzz lacking in many of its competitors. QOpen 08:00 .54
mid-way between sports bar and a pool venue. The beer is stupidly cheap and the kepta duona is what drinking was invented for. tel.24:00. Fri. tel. usefully located between Old Town and the city’s main central street. Fri 11:00 . This friendly old place has been around in one way or another for years and currently provides liquid sustenance to a crowd of mostly young fun-seekers who come for the affordable Old Town beer prices and the live sport on the television.com
Leičiai C-4. Fri. Fri. PJABSW
Marsas B-3.01:00.03:00.03:00. Islandijos 1/31. one with an open kitchen and a small beer garden out the back. The bar stocks a good range of drinks including draught Guinness and Hoegaarden. Sat 12:00 . Not surprisingly. it can get a little rowdy in here. www.05:00.02:00. Consistently busy during the weekend when propping up the bar is generally the only option left for people arriving after 21:00. Sat 12:00 . which is consistently marvellous.04:00. There’s a decent bar too. plus DJs on a Friday and Saturday night. it does at least serve as a decent refuge for planning the rest of the evening over a beer when you can’t get through the doors in Cozy across the street. QOpen 10:00 . Tue 12:00 .02:00. Vilniaus 12.24:00. tel. AB Pogo A-2.24:00.eu. PJNSW fortas. things can liven up as time drags on and it’s possible to have a very good night out indeed here. Kalinausko 11b. QOpen Mon.03:00.24:00.lt.24:00. (+370) 624 943 17. but it’s definitely worth popping buy if you’re out on the prowl. tel. Fri 11:00 .05:00.01:00. the Steel Bird is one of those rare finds that leads to something akin to a love affair once discovered. The next logical step in the evolution of the specialist Lithuanian beer bar. there’s plenty of other options hereabouts.02:00.24:00. QOpen 11:00 . Also find the added incentives of free wireless internet and table football.02:00.
improving and gradually making a name for itself among the hip drinkers in town. (+370) 604 195 67. QOpen 11:00 . (+370) 652 011 38. Leičiai also doubles as a restaurant serving classic traditional local food. QOpen 11:00 . Perched up on top of the hill above Old Town. Fri 12:00 . tel.
678 833 63. it would be unfair to not mention the food. Hovering
range of superb Lithuanian beers on offer from small microbreweries around the country.24:00. Sun 18:00 . Thu 11:00 . find six excellent pool tables and a further table for snooker.24:00. Vilniaus 31/1.05:00. Sat 16:00 . tel. Fri. tel. and even the option to eat. Risking their necks transforming an empty Chinese restaurant into a bar with a live music venue at a time when the economy was falling to pieces.03:00.04:00. pogo.03:00. this always busy spot plays host to everyone from shady-looking Russian-speakers without any hair to immaculately turned out Japanese tourists. (+370) 654 905 41. Discreet during the winter. PJAEW vilnius. PABW The friendly bar staff certainly make a change from many others in the area. Mon. this pleasant watering hole also features two dining halls. (+370) 604 455 08. As for its pool venue credentials. A
Plieno Paukštis H-4. Check their Facebook page for sports fixtures. (+370) 687 223 75. Sun 12:00 .jackie. Sat 13:00 . Often tame during the earlier part of the evening. Fri. www.06:00. JAW
Gringo A-2. (+370) 5 260 90 87. Sun 12:00 .24:00. You can say what you like about rock fans but you can’t deny the fact that the ones who opened Pogo should be hugged and generally smothered in affection. As well as a space for drinking the Vilnius In Your Pocket
. Small and sleek. especially when there’s basketball on the screens. QOpen 17:00 . PJAB
Mažasis Pub’as B/C-3. QOpen 14:00 . QOpen 17:00 . a real treat with a couple of ice-cold beers. Full of staff from the American embassy during the week. Totally recommended. Fortas can do no wrong. QOpen 11:00 . Kas Kas models itself at least in part on the excellent Studio 9 although it doesn’t quite hit the mark. Sun 17:00 . Sat 14:00 . Perfect for an outdoor summertime drink despite the appalling view and equally rewarding indoors. Sun 14:00 . K.05:00. Sat 18:00 . Recommended is their cheese-covered kepta duona. Thu. Wed 11:00 . Algirdo 17. Thu. JA
Entry C-4. Fri 17:00 . JABW barely dry when we popped in to this brand new whiskey bar in the part of town currently undergoing something of a cultural explosion.02:00. tel. www. Top banana. our heroes have been rewarded with a loyal clientele of lads and lasses in leather and a damn fine place to drink if this is your sort of thing. although what we saw we liked. JABW
hit and miss affair. (+370) 630 171 21.lt. Thu 18:00 . Vilniaus 31. Closed Sun. Despite its slightly crappy beer collection.24:00. (+370) 650
Kas Kas A-2. PAW
La Birra A-2. Sun 13:00 . Marsas (Mars) features a betterthan-average collection of beers from around the world. (+370) 5 231 21 81. especially one that only sells bourbon and American whiskey. whilst the warmer parts of the year trumpet the opening of a magnificent secluded garden.
Another addition to a street already overflowing with übertrendy places to hang out. Sat 17:00 . Vilniaus 29. Sat 18:00 . (+370)
Jackie A-2. tel. The paint was
Piano Man A-2. the place is given back to the locals at the weekend and is well worth the treck up the hill. The drinks on offer are also quite good. Sat 11:00 . There’s other tipples too. this is the perfect place for a fireside tryst. this place just makes it into this section on account of the 12 plasma screens that show regular local and international sporting events. Slowly
Fortas H-4. Dominikonų 9.24:00. Far from being one to add to an evening’s itinerary.24:00. The place has been decorated quite well and the staff are quite friendly. Didžioji 28.23:00. On the absolutely positive side. Blink and you’d miss it. La Birra’s worth a mention not least because it shows international soccer games and has a good selection of local and international beers. PAW 969 25. tel.04:00. a recommended plate of fish and chips if you’re hungry and the now almost compulsory DJ.23:00. if you do choose to visit and were quite impressed like we were. Islandijos 4. An excellent choice indeed for anyone looking for a place to add to their pub crawl or for staying the course and spending the entire evening here. it’s about time Vilnius had a whiskey bar again. Stiklių 4. Could be one of the successes of the summer.
Sun. Get absolutely sloshed. the best times to drop by are as the sun is setting or late at the weekend when the place takes on a distinctively clubby feel. Sun 11:00 . This highly recommended sports bar for sports nuts comes with one HD screen for every five punters and is arguably the best place in town for major sporting events.inyourpocket. One such person is the openly gay 22year-old film director Romas Zabarauskas. including LGBT visitors to Vilnius who no longer have to play a game of Russian roulette when visiting bars and restaurants that may or may not be owned and frequented by knuckle-heads. (+370) 699 395
The Globe D-2. (+370) 640 330 48.shakespeare.20Lt. sky-bar. Thankfully under new management and full of promise for the future. Slightly off the beaten track in a quiet Old Town backstreet.04:00. Why aren’t there more bars like this in Vilnius? Small. Sat 16:00 . tel. Somewhat resembling a slightly stuffy gentlemen’s club.07:00. somebody saw the potential by extending the place and filling it with a range of superb beers and a young and educated crowd of serious drinkers. Closed Mon. which in Lithuania generally means basketball although they do show other stuff as well. QOpen 22:00 . PJAEBW
Lietuva. Entrance free .02:00. Definitely one for the pub crawl list. Sat 18:00 . Pranciškonų 3. include not only the best panorama of Old Town there is but. Thu.01:00. Sat 17:00 . tel. Fri. www. reactions have been overwhelmingly positive. The large outdoor terrace also includes a screen during the summer for big games.24:00. Punters have the chance to send SMS messages to a large screen for the purposes of making mobile phone companies rich.09:00.JW
Stars & Legends D-00. Seemingly decorated by school children in a range of badly applied primary colours. tel. the in-house social hub at the city’s Contemporary Arts Centre looks more or less like it always did although the word on the street is that other matters are much improved. Thu 11:00 . Well worth a visit. this is an excellent place to wind up late and finish the evening off with way too much beer and making some new friends. The aforementioned views. www. Švitrigailos 7/16. QOpen 12:00 24:00. tel. Thu. QOpen 16:00 .22:00. this is the current place in town for anyone looking for alternative nightlife. meet some eccentric locals and ask for one of their wooden boards of meat and cheese when you get peckish. Konstitucijos 20 (Radisson Blu Hotel
Trip A-1. Despite the usual whinging and threats from certain conservative members of the local Municipality. w i t h a hand ful o f brave individuals spearheading their respective campaigns armed with a combination of courage and a firm understanding of Lithuanian law. Gedimino 31. (+370) 612 323 22. PAW
ŠMC Kavinė C-4. the complete absence of excitement here makes it the ideal spot for a relaxed business drink or any other kind of discreet encounter for that matter. Fri. God forbid. Vokiečių 2. Wed. Churning out scores of excellent cocktails and still providing not one but two extraordinary views from the 22nd floor. PJEW
Attitudes towards all manner of minority groups in Lithuania are slowly changin g for th e b e t t e r.02:30.lt. 22nd floor). tel. Marketing itself as the place for total relaxation and inner positivity. (+370) 5 231 48 23. Highly recommended. Sun 12:00 .nightlife
Šauni Vietelė B-4.01:00. (+370) 5 266 58 85. train the bar staff this could be one of the places to be this summer. Užupio 9.24:00. Give them a call for information on upcoming events and reserving a table. www. QOpen 11:00 .starslegends. The bar’s pretty well stocked and events range from the inevitable DJ sets to independent film screenings. 67. tel. Sun 16:00 . PAULXW good alcohol and the chance of something decent to eat courtesy of friendly staff for years. QOpen 12:00 . This is good news for everyone.lt. the result being that a growing number of venues in the Lithuanian capital now proudly proclaim their support for the LGTB community. friendly. QOpen 06:30 . The Globe has been providing
Soho G-4. One main space for drinking and chatting and another for dance-orientated activities both sub-divided even further and decorated in the style of a vampire’s Council house. www. There’s a changed menu of classic local and international dishes for the hungry.04:00. Trip has leapt into the shoes of the recently departed Satta to become the only address in town for locals who smoke large cigarettes and own either a dog or an old bicycle. If they’ve managed to liquidate or. QOpen 18:00 . PJAEBW Špunka D-3.lt. An unexpected gem hidden away upstairs to the left past reception. PTJAEBSW
SkyBar A-00. Zabarauskas recently turned his attention to the gaping chasm between attitudes towards the LGBT communities in New York and Vilnius in the form of a spontaneous decision to contact Vilnius’ bar and restaurant owners to see if they were willing to put small LGBT Friendly stickers (pictured) on the doors and windows of their premises. Rewarding at any time of the evening. which get snapped up quickly by visitors who head to the tables by the windows immediately on entering. Tue. scruffy. Šauni Vietelė is located inside an old Franciscan monastery although you probably won’t care that much after the fifth beer. a trip to Vilnius without a trip to SkyBar isn’t really a trip at all. Sat. there should be a Špunka on every street. who recently returned to Vilnius after a period of mind-altering study in New York.July 2013
.01:00. Already gaining support for his day job from the likes of Gus Van Sant and John Cameron Mitchell.02:00.24:00.sohoclub. Sat 11:00 .
spunka. Thu 16:00 . Fri.24:00. a view to the vast concrete sleeping districts that house the majority of the city’s residents. Vilnius In Your Pocket would like to congratulate Romas and the other people who worked on the project and looks forward to continuing to write about an increasingly friendly city. Fri. (+370) 663 738 78. (+370) 656 149 75. Sun 07:00 . (+370) 652 323 61. PJABW tique Hotel).
April . affordable and packed with a stunning selection of outstanding local and foreign beer on tap and in bottles. a workable if not exactly mindboggling array of beers and the perennial opportunity to watch serious gentlemen indulging in games of chess. Bernardinų 8/8 (Shakespeare Bou-
vilnius. www. tel. Recommended.lt.06:00. Wed.22:00.lt. less popular but an extraordinary contrast all the same. At one time a small and rather awful restaurant. QOpen 17:00 . Raitininkų 4 (Šarūnas Hotel).
Wed. Tue 20:00 .inyourpocket. Gedimino 23. they even organise lessons for anyone willing to give it a go. It’s a bit cramped and starkly minimal. a quiet room where guests can eat from a menu of gourmet dishes and a good old-fashioned night club with dancing girls dressed as nurses among other things. Dominikonų 9. (+370) 652 577 90.com
vilnius. This newly opened bar inside a prime piece of Old Town real estate must count among one of the three smallest bars in the capital.10Lt. (+370) 686 607 74. Entrance free . PJAEW
Cocainn B-2. Tue. tel. (+370) 678 833 63. Finally. live acts include everything from DJs who’d find it hard to get a gig at a wedding to the occasional decent band. A tough but fair door policy keeps the low life out. Bruce Lee). Tue. QOpen . deckchairs. QOpen 12:00 .05:00. Mon 22:00 . idiots and people who buy their clothes at markets remain outside. Thu 22:00 .salentodiscopub. although almost certainly not one for spending the entire evening in. (+370) 615 810
an interesting if somewhat inconvenient location in the bowels of the earth half way across a footbridge.pabolatino. Sat from 22:00) 10Lt. Closed Mon. cheap offers on cocktails. (+370) 5 231 39 79. Recently renovated and now located above the slightly Asian restaurant Briusly (yes. J
www. tel.30Lt. Gedimino 2a. QOpen 11:00 .25Lt. Fri.03:00. Featuring a fairly decent range of beers from some of the country’s smaller breweries.04:00. Entrance 15 . Entrance free . A great people-watching pub. The place is loud and stuffy and the walk to get there more often than not just doesn’t seem to be worth the bother. The perfect introduction to Eastern European nightlife.inyourpocket. Fri 11:00 . Closed Mon. (+370) 676 820
15. Sat 17:00 . A peculiar. there’s a lounge for cocktails and the dreaded Tuborg. Entrance free on weekdays.05:00. but the Funktion One sound system is the best in the city and it’s worth a look even if you don’t recognise any names on the line up.03:00. the cocktail menu is massive and if you don’t know how to dance Latin style.10Lt. Didžioji 19. Entrance 15 .04:00. On weekends from 5 . nights change with alarming regularity. whilst the recently revamped upstairs bar is always worth a go.03:00. PAW
Gluck A-0. but it seems to be doing ok with a more rowdy crowd of local youngsters who appreciate the affordable prices and endless procession of blondes. PJAEW
Neringa Café-Bar A-1. PJAEBX
Pabo Latino A-4. Gluck is the latest incarnation on this spot to try its luck at packing in a crowd of young and student-orientated punters with a range of themed nights ranging from film screenings to live music.56
Universiteto Pub B/C-3.
Brodvėjus B-4. Tue 22:00 . expect friendly service. if 10 people didn’t get there before you).06:00. Closed Sun. Thu. The brainchild of Italian Piero. tel.
Occupying three main rooms catering to different tastes. large television screens and a predominantly young crowd are the things to expect inside this heaving Old Town favourite.05:00.lt. Tue. (+370) 691 412 05.05:00. Fri. Closed Mon. (+370) 600 478 62. tel. Entrance (Fri. JAW Opium A-2.35Lt. a limited range of quality beer and the chance to literally rub shoulders with your fellow drinkers.PJABW
Due to the universal law stating that it’s impossible to be in all places at all times. Each night promises a different theme.06:00.23:00. As any serious clubber already knows. the idea is to bring an Italian and Spanish pub-disco feel to the Lithuanian capital. Mėsinių 4.05:00. Entrance free .lt. Sun. QOpen 22:00 . tel. With a clutch of worthy drinking holes in the immediate area.25Lt. good promoters come and go and expected crowds fail to turn up. spilling drinks and getting stuck in conversations with local simpletons. QOpen . Opium is run by internationally successful DJs who’ve created a Berlin superclub in miniature. QOpen 20:00 . tel.03:00. Sat 21:00 . Pabo Latino is an oasis of Latin culture in a country where human warmth is far from overwhelming. Islandijos 4. Didžioji 28. of which Vilnius In Your Pocket at least always provides the former to help give readers even more information. Celebrated for the slightly creepy fact that this is arguably the top spot in town for visiting foreigners of a questionable age to leer at teenage girls. Trakų 3/2.lt. Fri. Featuring three halls and two bars of sheer class. QOpen 21:00 . Wed. Stuck in
37. Still hugely popular. Priceless. Sat 20:00 . Sat 22:00 . manbag-wielding gentlemen and their peroxide-bleached wives splashing out on pickled herring and cheap champagne and reliving their youth on the little dance floor to the fabulous hits of yesteryear.e. Sun 21:00 . tel. tel. tel. this one-time expat favourite has had a hard time since it relaunched. QOpen Thu 21:00 . There’s also a place for smoking cigars. Sun.03:00.06:00. (+370) 5 262 10 45.08:00. Intelligent face control ensures drunks. with music focusing on pop and old favourites. Thu 22:00 . The pitifully few brave clubs in Vilnius who dare to break away from the mainstream all have at least a well-maintained website if not a Facebook page or two to compliment. A slightly streamlined Universiteto has shed its wine and sports appendages and is now functioning more or less as a bar with a backup plan of pub grub and the occasional student party. Sun. If you do happen to stumble on a non-event. all the ingredients are in place for what should be a top spot to visit. the club reviews in this guide are written to provide a general overview of what’s to be expected if you visit them. retro-style cellar club functioning as a nice place for food during the day and something altogether different during the weekend. Wed. Nights of foam in which the ladies get all wet and lathery.brodvejus.com
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. QOpen . Entrance free 15Lt. Closed Mon.04:00. downstairs is primarily for dancing.cafe-bar. Upės 6. relocating to another club is both quick and affordable. Sun. www. PJAW
vilnius. www. Thursday nights are currently celebrated with live jazz. Wed. the good news about clubbing in Vilnius is that entrance prices are relatively low and the city is remarkably small. especially if you want to sit down.com.06:00. whilst Friday and Saturday evenings attract a crowd of mostly middle-aged. but sadly much like its predecessors it’s not quite happening here. The music is both live and courtesy of DJs. Sat 23:00 . Fri.03:00. Thu 20:00 . If they decide to get outside seating this year they might just be able to accommodate an entire Rugby Union team. meaning what you get inside is a well behaved bunch of good-looking people out for a fun evening in pleasant albeit sometimes frenetic surroundings.02:00.
Salento DiscoPub C-4. Fri. www. Wed 22:00 . Sat 22:00 . PJAW Who Hit John C-4. Assuming you can get somewhere to sit (i.
Tue. QOpen 16:00 02:00. QOpen 19:00 . Sun. On the other hand you might just love it. Sat 17:00 . (+370) 672 976 62.06:00. Fri 11:00 . Totorių 1/10. they’ve obviously got a real appreciation for wine of which they stock a fair amount.
884 29. Sun 18:00 . don’t be surprised to be turned away. with plenty of sexy young things in their underwear jiggling about until the early hours. Closed Mon. 20-something crowd out for a good time in a friendly environment. (+370) 5 212 01 35. A brave new venture in the heart of Old Town offering the best in Lithuanian stand-up comedy plus the occasional performer from abroad.lt. it’s all jolly good fun in here. Closed Mon. If it
really was in Berlin it wouldn’t be open for long. Woe
Berlin A-2. QOpen 11:00 . QOpen 23:00 . The good news is that on the saucy scale it doesn’t do a bad job at all. Recommended. tel. Sun. Fri. the cocktails remain the reason why so many still visit although there’s plenty of other good things behind the bar to keep everybody happy. Closed Mon. Another
Comedy Club Vilnius C.24:00. tel. (+370) 612 998 00.05:00. (+370) 696
Mojitos B-2. Fri 11:00 . JAEW
Moscow G-3. which isn’t very good at all. (+370) 5 212 10 87. which calls itself a cocktail bar but that in being Russian in more than name only is more of a club with hedonistic clients. tel. Ignoto 4/3. QOpen 17:00 . Note that Comedy Club Vilnius also branches out into other forms of entertainment including live music. Thu 19:00 . Thu. Perhaps best enjoyed on a Friday or Saturday night.58
It’s about time a cocktail bar came along that was more about the art of cocktails than the pretence of the cocktail bar sensation.23:00. Lukiškių 5. Thu. Closed Mon. and if you do choose to stick around. Šv. Fri. (+370) 5 212
www. Closed Mon. Billing itself as a Cuban cocktail bar.03:00. the grandiose medieval interior is perfect for group celebrations and the wine list is both thoughtful and extensive.03:00.06:00. whilst the food is best left undiscussed (and in the kitchen). tel. the best thing about the place being the location. Strazdelio 1.01:00.4. PJAW
Paparazzi B-2. Specialising in both classic and modern mixed drinks.
Tamsta D-5. invino. Islandijos 1/31.24:00. PJAK 44 98. JA
Alchemikas A-2. QOpen 11:00 . Thu. Vokiečių 2. A. tel. tel. Frequented by a mostly young. All in all a most suitable venue for everyone. PJAUBSW La Bohème B-3.03:00. 30 . there’s a long bar to keep everyone fed and watered. (+370) 601 125 55. There are cocktail bars and then there are cocktail bars.
In Vino C-5. If you’re thinking of dropping by late at night after too many drinks somewhere else. Sat 22:00 . but the place more or less remains the same as it ever was. Totorių 11. Sat 19:00 . Keep an eye on their Facebook page for information on upcoming events. Personally we prefer the supermarket round the corner. Sun. tel.comedyclub. if you’re looking for something more authentic you’d better start saving for a flight across the Atlantic. tel. Sat 19:00 . Still going strong after all these years. plus once a month they organise a so-called Open Mic Day where outsiders can come and improvise along with other like-minded musicians.paparazzi.02:00.
one of those places that changes names and managers every time you turn away. Thu 11:00 .tamstaclub. QOpen . Fri.lt. Tue. PJAEW betide any Cuban or anybody who’s been to Cuba who ventures through the door of Mojitos. www.04:00. tel. There’s plenty more to choose from less than a minute away if you don’t like it. or if you didn’t bother to get changed after hiking in the countryside all day. QOpen 18:00 . Islandijos 1. although there’s nothing wrong with their cocktails they’re not exactly the sort of thing that would set Havana alight. Good for either food or drink. Sat 18:00 06:00. this is one of the best places in town to mingle with the cream of the city’s C-list celebrities. If you want a bit of class you’ve come to the wrong place. (+370) 609 616 16. it’s worth paying them a visit just to have a peep at the extraordinary interior.05:00. Excellent for ogling dolly birds and little else. gentlemen who spend large amounts of time in the gym and young ladies dripping from their arms. Music ranges from jazz to art-rock to old fashioned rock and roll.02:00. Fri.03:00.04:00. expect to be bankrupt by the end of the evening thanks to the addictive allure of their magnificent mixology. tel. www. Closed Mon. Sun 12:00 .24:00. Sat 12:00 . Tue. but fun in the way a school disco used to be fun. Paparazzi has made a few minor changes since it first opened its doors such as moving a few metres to the right and introducing an extremely popular weekly pub quiz. Sun.03:00. A brave attempt by the people who run the excellent music shop downstairs to bring live bands of many persuasions to a half-starved audience.30Lt. The door policy may be tough but it does ensure a good night out for all. Wed. Sun. Wed.lt. Lotus is neither. JABSW Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. Tue. the latest incarnation to attempt to put down roots in this space is Moscow. Tue. Frequented predominantly by people who are experimenting at being cool but who haven’t been told to dress accordingly. Sat 18:00 . A good night out for a bit of fun. Aušros Vartų 7. namely a serious lack of toilet facilities. QOpen Fri. QOpen Wed. Sat 16:00 .inyourpocket. Catching on to the current craze for wine bars in the city early on. Fri. (+370) 5 212 12 10. this rather halfarsed attempt at sophistication seems to think expensive clothes are more important than culture. from passing lads on the pull to a coach-load of grandmothers. PJ
(+370) 5 262 10 45.02:00.06:00. Gedimino 28/Stulginskio 2. Entrance free or 5 . PJAB
Lotus A-1. www. Berlin is at least in the part of the city that’s currently opening new and decent venues at the drop of a hat.lt. because as was to be expected this place is about as Cuban as the Helms-Burton Act.com
. One bone of contention though.60Lt. Sun. Wed. Fri. Sat 18:00 .
the food. cheese and olives.03:00.
Bambalynė C-4. we hope they hurry up and get the paperwork they need to get the punters in and staying. we’re now forced to eat a slice of humble pie.02:00. PAE
New York H-2. find a tastefully decorated drinking area complete with a long list of Italian wines. Constantly busy and with friendly staff to boot. Hidden away between the Cathedral and the President’s Palace. Freshly opened at the time of going to press.lt. the owners now also operate a second bar in the heart of Old Town. QOpen 11:00 . QOpen 11:00 . Stiklių 7.bambalyne. apple cheese and apple teas. this little gem adds yet another string to the maestro’s bow also known as contemporary Vilnius. The beers in question range from light to dark and should keep all but the fussiest from
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.24:00. Decorated inside to imitate French shambles chic and further reinforced with plenty of good outdoor seating during the summer. non-alcoholic treats. PJABSW Notre Vie B/C-3. Set among authentic theatrical décor.
http://www.vynine. QOpen 13:00 . Kalvarijų 85. QOpen 11:00 . Vilniaus g. In true local style. although their range of booze to take away is still worth making the visit for. it appears they still haven’t got a license to sell alcohol on the premises yet. Savas Kampas is without doubt a survivor.savaskampas.70Lt. they’re attempting to woo even more customers by booking some decent DJs.inyourpocket. Q Open 11:00 .lt. JABSW
87. As well as a chilled cabinet full of speciality meats. (+370) 682 533
For the record. New York’s finally found its feet as more of a live music club than anything else. See their website for more information. Thu 11:00 . (+370) 699 155
03. Sat 11:00 . JAS
Sarkozy A-2. we didn’t try the wine the last time we were here but the beer went down well and the atmosphere was excellent. 22. Yet another wine bar. Clearly the apple of someone’s eye. Well this is a surprise. Stuokos-Gucevičiaus 7. and the wine list equally admirable. the atmosphere is certainly one of the best in town.24:00. On top of everything else. tel. tel... such as apple juice. Urvinis Žmogus (Defending the Caveman). Islandijos 1/33. tel. a range of tasting dishes and a couple of vegetarian options. Vokiečių 4.com
April . Often full of good-looking middleaged locals and a smattering of tourists. PJABSW Saint Germain C/D-3. Fri. (+370) 686 168 66.04:00. tel. it is at least the real thing unlike so many of the others in Vilnius. Bambalynė counts among a number of specialist bars in the city catering to the tastes of those who like their ale local rather than multinational. Sarkozy promises a blend of bar and shop specialising in apple products including Normandy cider and calvados among more pedestrian. Fri 11:00 . L.22:00. Sat 11:00 . PJAW
Tappo D’oro B-2. A little bit of everything here inside one of the latest sensations to appear on the scene. www. Get here early if you want a seat and rub shoulders with some of the capital’s prettier specimens. Closed Mon.02:00. which features not just French dishes. (+370) 614 245 21. (+370) 5 212 32
Coming soon. Certain that Savas Kampas was on the way out in the last issue.Also at Vokiečių 8. JABW
Savas Kampas C-4.lt. tofu soup. tel.lt. tel.01:00.23:00. is affordable and generally fairly good although be warned the kitchen closes at least 90 minutes before they close. our definition of a microbrewery includes bars selling beer from microbreweries scattered around the country. tel. www. it’s both a classy wine bar complete with shop as well as an Asian restaurant serving the usual collection of dishes including butterfish sashimi. this one is small and intimate with friendly staff and a good selection of booze and snacks. but really it’s more of a wine bar. (+370) 5 262 12 10.newyorkclub. Opened in 2004 in the style of an old-fashioned musical theatre. If you do also choose to eat here. (+370) 5 240 56 70. Thu 11:00 . Q Opening hours depend on repertoire. evenings here include everything from the occasional cabaret act to all sorts of music shows to the theatre’s long-running play. Stiklių 10.QOpen 12:00 . Proving to be such a hit of late. Tappo D’oro is part wine bar and part delicatessen. Although nothing to get too excited about. Enjoy. tel. Literatų 9/32. (+370) 652 935 87.24:00. Crowded much of the time.nightlife
Mimoza/Vinchenso A-2. Featuring a rapidly approaching total of close to 100 types of beer from microbreweries across the country and a spooky brick cellar ambience. Saint Germain may be a French restaurant in the minds of some.24:00. Hitching a ride on the coat tails of the city’s continuing obsession with wine bars and gourmet food. www.
it’s someone from your embassy that has to get up in the middle of the night and sort it out. Stepono 8. don’t be surprised to find yourself fished out by the barman. Rare for Lithuania.02:00.24:00. some of the best in town. not unlike the hangover that goes with the superb 12% Stačias from Panevėžys.lt. QOpen 11:00 . QOpen 11:00 . plus there’s a shop inside and a beertasting lounge for true aficionados.busitrecias. Sun 10:00 . The memorable story of a visiting businessman from a country that shall remain nameless suffering an attack of serial private dancing and then not being able to pay his bill is one of many similar tales. Sat 12:00 . The in-house beer is good stuff. microbrewery-brewed beers from all corners of the country. tel. tel. J. the six lanes squeezed next to each other allow for much drunken bowling. Outstanding dancers. A couple of large ones of these and you might find yourself rolling down the mysterious staircase by the toilet.
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hours of drunken appreciation. Totorių 18. So. Fri 11:00 . (+370) 5 231 26 98. whilst the large upper level has the feel of a demented German beer hall complete with sozzled groups of locals singing patriotic songs and falling off the wooden benches. please.com
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.02:00. Order at the bar. before you indulge too much.24:00. Konstitucijos 18.23:00. Some of this is live.lt.boulingoklubas. Būsi Trečias functions as one of the capital’s only microbreweries as well as a better than average place to dine on gut-busting local dishes. Sat 11:00 . PJAS
Vilnius In Your Pocket doesn’t mention what one’s expected to pay for alcohol and ‘other services’ in the places listed in the Adult entertainment section of this guide. although we recommend you steer clear of the flavoured versions. and is worth remembering. Jasinskio 16. QOpen 11:00 .24:00. Should this happen. Highly recommended.22:00. (+370) 5 272 84 82.23:00. tel. (+370)
Dolls A-00. PAW
656 205 80. are willing to wiggle and jiggle their vilnius. Thu 11:00 . Not a microbrewery as such. Šnekutis sneaks into this section on account of hoarding traditional. Sat 10:00 . which in this part of the world spells bad luck. Sun 12:00 . PJA
Free Ball H-3.lt. Šv.inyourpocket. meaning it only lasts a few days. make sure you know exactly what you’re getting yourselves into. Dollicious! This is an absolutely fantastic place to indulge in the truly titillating.
Bowling & Billiards
Boulingo Klubas G-3. Meaning something along the lines of You’ll be the third. A pleasant enough space featuring a bar and several pool tables in excellent condition. a personable gentleman with a theatrical moustache. tel.23:30. Fri. (+370)
5 249 66 00. www. strip clubs here aren’t exactly cheap. as in the case of this gentleman. (+370) 650 470 58. Also at Polocko 7a. the bar is fashionable among the capital’s more urbane guzzlers. A little bit classier than its counterparts. Fri.22:00. Complete with Lithuanian dishes and beer. and extremely popular. Konstitucijos 16 (VCUP). Downstairs is a genuinely good bar. especially if. Although by no means expensive relatively speaking. Wed.21:00. meaning it’s not uncommon to find yourself sharing a bench with a strange Lithuanian man eating unidentified animal parts from a bowl. tel. www. PJAW
Būsi Trečias B-2.oldtown. Šnekutis doesn’t have table service. QOpen 11:30 .23:00. PJABW
This perfect combination of gentlemen’s leisure and entertainment provides a range of services and facilities from saucy dancing to whirlpools. Rūdninkų 14. tel. all visitors to casinos need to take an internationally recognised form of picture ID (preferably a passport) with them and register before being allowed inside. Entrance 80Lt. tel. but the very best part might just be the deliciously innocent waitresses who somehow manage to keep all their clothes on. These ladies don’t mess around when it’s show time. www.oldtown.July 2013
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Old Town Strip Club C-4.lt. QOpen 20:00 . www. Vilniaus 29. Q Open 24hrs. The hardcore Eros on display here is unparalleled in this city. (+370) 5
212 13 49.07:00. QOpen 20:00 .
Nesė Casino A-2. Expect a thumping.05:00. PJAW
According to Lithuanian law. Well actually they mess around with a lot of toys.lt. erotically charged escapade. (+370) 700 555 55. Pamėnkalnio7/8 (Pramogų Bankas). QOpen 20:00 . Entrance 80Lt. (+370) 630 111 12.paradiseclub. Entrance 100Lt.lt.nese. PJA
Paradise A-2. Catch a free limousine ride to the club from Old Town to visit the Barbie of your dreams. above you and possibly even beneath you for a price.com
April . tel. Closed Sun. Closed Sun.nightlife
scantily clad flesh before you. PJW
vilnius. www.06:00. What more could a man with a credit card need? They don’t call it Paradise for nothing.inyourpocket.
although the building that now stands in its place has little to do with the original structure. Anne’s has managed to escape the ravages of time almost unscathed and is arguably the least changed of them all. Alternatively. 1988 during the eventful Sąjūdis Congress and was re-consecrated on February 5. The rather plain nave betrays eleven chapels. the Dawn Gate (or Sharp Gate (Ostra Brama) as it’s known to the Poles) is the only remaining gate from the city’s original defensive walls. Castle Hill. 17:30 (Polish). tel. although the recent addition of a room dedicated to just this issue is a welcome addition. The current building dates to around 1419.17:00 (until April 30). in a special ceremony. 18:30. Russia and Lithuania. whose role in the systematic murder of the vast majority of the city’s Jewish population with the willing participation of many ethnic Lithuanians is. Q Mass 07:30 (Latin). Its present Neo-Classical form is largely down to the work of the Lithuania’s first true architect. 17:30 (Polish). Ladislaus (Vilniaus Šv. 11:00. (+370) 5 212 35 13. The three statues of Sts. Vladislovo Arkikatedra Bazilika) C-2. Aukų 2a. Although most people flock to the city to visit this undeniable gem. are 1997 copies of the 18th-century originals which were taken down and lost by the Soviets in 1950.
Dawn Gate (Aušros Vartai) C-5. Anne’s starts with the alleged construction in the 14th century of a wooden house of worship on this spot in honour of Ona. Open 10:00 . eventually becoming the toothsome jumble of Baroque. although this is hardly clear from looking at it. Neoclassical and Renaissance architecture now known as Old Town. known as The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy. J
261 11 27. what the sign fails to point out is that between 1941 and 1944 the building was controlled by the Gestapo. the year the building was confiscated from the Catholics. Interestingly. Stanislovo ir Šv. Find it hidden in a courtyard immediately west of the Applied Art Museum on Arsenalo. from the very Lithuanian eccentricities encountered over the imaginary border in the self-styled Republic of Užupis to the pitifully few remaining relics of a once thriving Jewish community to the occasional Soviet-era masterpiece. The view on a good day is recommended. 10:00. The current image. Composed of 33 different styles of brick assembled into a delicate and intricate whole. The sign outside reads that between 1940 and 1991 this building housed the representative institutions of the NKVD and KGB. and. In 1610 it was used as a prison for the ruling classes. with serious albeit only partial restoration work beginning (presumably by the Poles) as late as 1930. tel. Lithuania’s patron saint. Returned to pagan use after Mindaugas’ death in 1263. who was also responsible for a number of other notable buildings in the city including the Town Hall. It received six new bells in 2002. 10:00 (Polish). the chapel is one of the country’s national treasures. The chapel is open to the public and is accessed via a small door on the left as you’re walking up the hill. was originally part of one of the gates in the city’s defensive wall and has been added to several times over the centuries which gives it its peculiar shape.62
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The Lithuanian capital’s first period of growth took place immediately south of today’s Cathedral Square. Helena and Casimir on the roof. (+370) 5
Dating from the 13th century the castle was rebuilt in 1419 by Grand Duke Vytautas following the great fire of Vilnius. almost completely overlooked. Admission 6/3Lt. Sun 08:00. Katedros 1. 18:30. Q Mass 08:00.inyourpocket. an image of the Virgin Mary was placed above all gates to protect the city. 18:30. especially under the lunacy of Stalin. Controversy aside. tant part of the city’s cultural heritage that it remained open throughout the Soviet occupation. J
Genocide Victims’ Museum (Genocido Aukų Muziejus) G-4. somewhat bizarrely. Unquestionably one of the city’s most famous landmarks and quite rightly so. Q Open 10:00 . 09:30. although the current Gothic masterpiece is believed to have been built between 1495 and 1500 to a design by the Bohemian architect Benedikt Rejt (1453-1534). The walk to the top is a bit of a struggle for many. although this is hardly needed due to the spectacular design of the
vilnius. the church was given back to the Catholic Church on the country’s official conversion to Christianity in 1387. among them the must-see High Baroque Chapel of St. (+370) 5 261 74 53. most famous for designing parts of Prague Castle. The interior is surprisingly free of ostentation. J
Gediminas Castle & Museum (Gedimino Pilis ir Muziejus) C-1. the wife of Vytautas the Great. 1989. the Dawn Gate is revered by both the Catholic and Orthodox faiths and is such an imporVilnius In Your Pocket
Maironio 8. Laurynas Stuoka Gucevičius (Pol. accordingly. (+370) 5 249 62 64. Stanislaus. there are plenty of other things to see when in town.17:00.
St. the exhibits inside relate almost exclusively to the period of oppression and the so-called genocide of the Lithuanian people by the Communist regime. 17:30. although there are benches thoughtfully provided along the way. was housed inside a purpose-built chapel above the gate in 1706 and is believed to have magic healing powers. J
Cathedral-Basilica of St. As was common at the time. Gothic. the effect is simply quite stunning.19:00 (from May 1). Onos Bažnyčia) D-3. Unlike other historical churches in Vilnius. the history of St. It’s been said the façade incorporates the Pillars of Gediminas.com
. the current Archbishop of Vilnius. was embellished with gold and silver about 40 years after that. baptised by Cardinal Audrys Bačkis. tel. Spending several years as an art gallery and even mooted as a car repair workshop at one time. The first historical records of a church here date from 1394. The most important Catholic building in Lithuania. Inside the tower itself find models of the castle as it was in the 14th and 18th centuries plus other miscellaneous bits and pieces concerned with the building’s history and knights in dented armour. Understandably a must-see part of any trip to Vilnius for people wishing to understand this often bleak and violent period in the country’s history. Built in 1636 to house his remains.lt/muziejus. Completed in 1522. Casimir (1458-1484). QOpen 10:00 . The 57-metre free-standing bell tower. Tue. one of the country’s earliest symbols. and the story of the Dawn Gate starts from this simple historic fact. Stanislaus & St. Vilnius Cathedral as it’s more usually known was first built in 1251 by a newly converted Grand Duke Mindaugas on the site of a supposed pagan temple. a popular contemporary meeting place. 11:15. Admission 5/2Lt.18:00. 09:00. use the funicular-type train (tickets 3/2Lt) which runs up and down the hill’s northern slope. the Cathedral was returned to the Catholic Church on October 22. with countless modifications and additions made after that. 09:00. 13:00 (Polish). Anne’s Church (Šv. 18:30 (Latin). Wawrzyniec Gucewicz. St. Aušros Vartų 12. Sun 09:00 (Polish). Closed Mon.
genocid. 1753-1798). as a testament to the suffering endured by the ethnic Lithuanians. tel. Fill the buildings with a reasonably interesting collection of museums and galleries. www. the place is a must-see for any visitor to Vilnius. and during the 1655-1661 Russian occupation the towers and defensive walls were almost completely destroyed. Sun 10:00 . 17:30. put some decent parks in the spaces in-between and you’ll find it hard to not find a reason to visit. 12:30. supposedly representing Poland. Watch closely as people walking underneath say a silent prayer. was painted on eight pieces of oak in around 1630 by an unknown artist.
18:00.inyourpocket. Made up of three main exhibition halls the museum charts the history of the railways in Lithuania. ldm. the Lithuanian Railway Museum may not be to everybody’s taste. tel.19:00. built in 1903. Q Mass 18:00. literature and some fine wooden carvings from the collections of some of the finest churches in the country. A little gem of a corridor lined with
Vilniaus 41. If you can prevent the old ladies who guard the place from pestering you every couple of minutes you might just find you enjoy this place. www. (+370) 5 212 24 52. (+370) 5 269 78
03. Among the old radio sets. 19th-century theatre posters and recordings of famous Lithuanian opera singers are one or two gems including several displays given over to the life of the actress Unė Babickaitė (aka. liturgical articles.16:00. Sun. glass-fronted displays showcasing the history of radio and television in Lithuania from its inception through to the modern day.com
April . Closed Mon. The free-standing bell tower has nothing to do with the original design.July 2013
.19:00.17:00. Sat 09:00 . Audrys Juozas Bačkis. Music & Cinema Museum (Lietuvos Teatro. with a further 24hour version without public transport for just 45Lt. features two floors of paintings. several large. J
(+370) 5 269 37 41. or for that matter if you’ve got a while to wait for your train. Thu 10:00 . Arsenalo 1. Sun 09:00. vilnius-tourism. but for a pleasant 30 minutes that takes in one or two especially lovely exhibits. including the telephone used by Lithuanian television bosses to communicate with the KGB and a video camera complete with a smashed lens. J
Lithuanian Theatre. Check the aforementioned website for more detailed information. Q Open by appointment only. The museum also features several temporary exhibitions of painting and photography. being built only in 1873. (+370) 5 278 20 85. paintings and much more besides. Sat 11:00 . there’s no thread to the things on display.litrail. QOpen 11:00 .lrtc.16:00. Rinktinės
2. (+370) 5 262 80 80.18:00. Find it to the right of the main entrance to the station. which is in English as well as Lithuanian. both of which come with public transport.lt. www. Sun. among them little models of how the city once looked. Admission 5/2Lt. 11:00. Closed Mon. tel. Closed Mon. QOpen 11:00 . this tremendous museum is packed full of displays including a room full of old cars and motorbikes. Konarskio 49 (inside the LRT building).what to see what to see
structure. Tue. this often overlooked collection of clothing.ltmkm. QOpen 10:00 .bpmuziejus. Highly recommended. A visiting Emperor Napoleon in 1812 famously if somewhat apocryphally noted he’d like to take the building back to Paris in the palm of his hand. Closed Mon. Geležinkelio 16 (Train Station). J
C-1. a fascinating collection of machines and photographs dedicated to the post-war Soviet industrialisation of the country and the history of Lithuanian manufacturing in general plus. there are two different types of card valid for either 24 hours (58Lt) or 72 hours (86Lt). Admission 4/2Lt. Admission 10/5Lt. and with an optional audio guide. of which some including an original gate can still be seen inside. Arsenalo 3a.18:00. is bursting with old railway-related paraphernalia and also has a couple of models that children can play with. Rather awkward to find hidden away inside a courtyard opposite the funicular station. Housed inside what was the far northeast corner of the city’s original defensive walls. J
Lithuanian Radio & Television Museum (Lietuvos Radijo ir Televizijos Muziejus) F-5.emuziejus. Temporary exhibitions also take place throughout the year. J
Applied Arts Museum (Taikomosios Dailės Muz-
Archaeology Museum (Archeologijos Muziejus)
Church Heritage Museum (Bažnytinio Paveldo Muziejus) D-3. www. Closed Mon. giving the place a really special atmosphere. www.lt.16:00. locating the hole in the wall to find the entrance is definitely worth the bother. but is still worth a visit if you’re in the area. Founded in October 2005 by the Archbishop of Vilnius. Mykolo 9.lt. this worthy inclusion into the city’s national treasures is stuffed full of good things to see.17:00.17:00. QOpen 10:00 . Originating in 1926 as a theatre museum and slowly collecting departments and exhibits over the decades until it became what it is today. Closed Mon. Admission 6/3Lt. two rooms for children complete with touch-screen displays and interactive games aimed at explaining the basics of science. In English. (+370) 5 262 24 06. Michael’s Church in 2009. Sun. this mildly interesting cultural diversion inside a glorious 18th-century former palace and theatre charts the Lithuanian history of the three arts. Recently moving to much larger premises inside the train station itself. who received a modicum of cinematic success in the United States in the 1920s. and moved to the splendour of the former 17th-century St. Among several badly ventilated rooms full of harmoniums. lt. meals in restaurants and hotel bookings. courtesy of an unknown Russian soldier who shot it with his rifle. Admission free. which in reality celebrates just the Lithuanian Catholic Church. Šv. tel. this recommended museum. The Vilnius City Card entitles holders to all sorts of deals including free museum entry and guided tours as well as discounts on a range of things including concerts. tel. Admission 5/3Lt. Muzikos ir Kino Muziejus) B-3. Sun. (+370) 5 236 32 14/(+370) 5 236 32 09. QOpen 11:00 . Admission 10/5Lt. 1991.
vilnius. looks at some of the technical aspects of trains and the tracks they run on. Everything has been built around the old power plant turbines and steam boilers. although almost with exception each piece is fascinating in its own way. www. tel. tel. Sun 11:00 . J
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Available from a n y To u r i s t Information C e n t re i n t h e city and onl i n e vi a w w w. documents and other articles tracing the history and culture of Lithuania from the 13th century to the present is equally interesting for being housed inside a splendid historical building that once made up part of the city’s defensive wall. on the top floor.
Lithuanian Energy & Technology Museum (Lietuvos Energetikos ir Technikos Muziejus) C-0. tel. Among the permanent exhibits find three unmissable collections of sacred Lithuanian art including examples from both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches dating back as far as the 15th century.
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iejus) D-1. Wed 11:00 .lt. Une Baye or Bye. 1897-1961).lt. Entrance is around the back of the building.lt. www. Blind you with its ingenuity it won’t. QOpen 09:00 . Housed inside Vilnius’ first power station. costumes and photographs of stars you won’t recognise is a fabulous selection of things dedicated to the tragic events of January 13. furniture. J
Lithuanian Railway Museum (Lietuvos Geležinkelių Muziejus) B-6.
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. Closed Sat. of which some are truly outstanding. Tue. Arsenalo 1. (+370) 5 262 94 26.lt.17:00. Indeed.lt. The doctor. Admission free. JA
National Museum (Lietuvos Nacionalinis Muziejus)
Bernardine Church & Monastery (Bernardinų Bažnyčia ir Vienuolynas) D-3. QOpen 12:00 .18:00. Closed Mon. tel. In 1994 the remains of the bodies were discovered and the area has since been turned into a memorial park. Closed Mon. examples on permanent display include work from a diverse range of artists including the Jewish sculptor Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973) and the country’s most outstanding documentary photographer Antanas Sutkus (b. Featuring five small rooms on two floors celebrating the history of world and Lithuanian money. despite the inclusion of lots of fancy interactive bits and bobs and plenty of information in English. dedicated to both the history of the estate and the crimes that took place there during the Soviet occupation. of which some are well worth checking out. Exposition open 10:00 . Closed Mon. somebody should be available to help translate. this relatively new museum’s best attribute is the fact that it’s free to enter. handing it over to the Vilnius Art Institute who among other things allegedly incorporated parts of the interior into the works of art the academy was producing.18:00. tel. Admission 6/3Lt. C-3. (+370) 5 212 42 58. drawing and sculpture plus a couple of rooms stuffed full of exemplary furniture. Admission 6/3Lt. Didžioji 4. played with and generally mauled. lt.17:00. If it isn’t. eras and political attitudes to art in Lithuania under the numerous regimes of the past century and also stages temporary exhibitions that are well worth visiting. all of it representing the last several hundred years of achievement. J
G-3. Žirmūnų 1f. Admission free. Inspired by similar initiatives in Europe and around the world. clothing. The museum also puts on temporary shows. translator and Lithuanian political figure Jurgis Šlapelis (1876-1941) and his opera-singing. a mammoth restoration project continues to this day. The neighbouring monastery is the oldest part of the ensemble. A vital key for unlocking the secrets of the Lithuanian people. J
Marija & Jurgis Šlapelis Museum (Marijos ir Jurgio
the 19th-century Tuskulėnų Dvaras manor house. Lithuania’s oldest museum. Pilies 40. (+370) 5 268 03 34/(+370) 5 268 00 77. Among the commendable cast of contributors. this splendid little museum is of the type in which a menagerie of middle-aged ladies shuttle you around from room to room like a pinball.17:00. QOpen 10:00 . from the use of Polish letter combinations through some now obsolete diacritics to the letters used today.ndg. www. info@zaislumuziejus. the couples’ life and that of life in the region from the second half of the 19th century until 1940 have been commemorated with this strange little museum located inside an eerily preserved house they bought together in 1926. The museum is organised to highlight particular styles. Of particular interest are the 19th-century books illustrating the development of the Lithuanian alphabet. Sun. As the old photographs on display show. Sat 11:00 . an extraordinary underground burial chamber that’s more of a mass mausoleum and where the remains of the deceased are now kept. (+370)
1944 and 1947 over 700 Lithuanians.17:00.16:00. Found inside a renovated and enlarged building that once housed the Museum of the Revolution of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic. tel. paintings and much more. tel.ldm. Totorių 2/8. making the place a really recommended place for visitors to the city with children in tow who are already fed up with churches and the like. the current vast Gothic church with Baroque and Renaissance additions dates from the early part of the 16th century onwards. 1939). parts of the collection inside this intriguing history lesson date back to the 13th century. (+370) 5 261 07 71.20:00. Closed Mon. J Money Museum (Pinigų Muziejus) B-2. Sun 12:00 . Admission 6/3Lt. linguist. QOpen 10:00 .64
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Šlapelių Muziejus) C-3. tel. the museum features exhibits including a whirligig dating from the 14th century that was found during excavation work nearby. are a few classics for those interested in philology. tel. QOpen 11:00 .17:00. Bizarre and strangely compelling. Konstitucijos 22. Thu 13:00 . Returned to the monks soon after independence. The park complex comprises the manor house. Fri 08:00 . dating from the 15th century.20:00.18:00. this recently opened interactive museum is a private venture aimed at children of all ages from four to 90. Sun 11:00 . Among the many items on display. Current highlights include 14 magnificent rococo altars and the oldest known crucifix in the country. Not the easiest place to find in the world.lt.19:00. Poles and Jews were executed on this site by the forerunner to the KGB and buried in what was at the time State-owned property in the grounds of
Tuskulėnai Peace Park Memorial Complex (Tuskulėnų Rimties Parko Memorialinis Kompleksas) I-3. keep an eye out for the sign on the wall along with a lot of other signs.
National Art Gallery (Nacionalinė Dailės Galerija)
(+370) 604 004 49. Tours in English are available. J C-1. www. Closed Mon. including some fine photographs of Jurgis sporting a rather splendid moustache. Between
616 011 59. Closed Mon. then it probably isn’t.17:00. Also to be found are some of the things unearthed in the mass grave of Napoleonic soldiers nearby in 2001.19:00.zaislumuziejus.lnm. Tracing the history of toys and games from around the 12th century onwards. Housed inside the charming 17th-century Chodkevičiai (Chodkiewicz) family palace. and calling in advance to make sure everything’s open is recommended. tel. www. Sun 10:00 . J
Vilnius Picture Gallery (Vilniaus Paveikslų Galerija)
Toy Museum (Žaislų Muziejus) Šiltadaržio 2/7. Sun 11:00 . Admission 10Lt. Closed Mon. Once forming part of the city’s original defensive walls and constructed on the site of an earlier wooden church dating from the middle of the 15th century at the behest of an order of Bernadine monks. Maironio 10.16:00. Ignore them if you can. They also put on temporary exhibitions here. On permanent display are religious and secular items highlighting the cultural and ethnographic life of the nation. (+370) 5 219 59 60. (+370) 5 275 07 04. Once famed for its extensive library and
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vilnius. Particularly involved in the preservation and standardisation of the Lithuanian language. although telephoning in advance is recommended. this bold endeavour showcases the work of a multitude of artists of Lithuanian origin from the 20th and 21st century. Entrance is through the door just to the right. Tue.lt. Sun 12:00 . QOpen 11:00 . the former stable building next door that now houses an art gallery and the Secrets of Tuskulėnai Manor exhibition. QOpen 08:00 . The jewel in the crown however is the columbarium (kolumbariumas). tel. Sun. Tue.18:00. most of the original items on display date from the Soviet period and as such offer a fascinating insight into the former everyday lives of children behind the Iron Curtain. the church interior was truly breathtaking before the Soviet authorities took control of the building. Sat 11:00 .17:00. If money’s your hobby then there’s no doubt it’s worth a visit.inyourpocket. teddy bears galore and some simple wooden vehicles made in Lithuania during the Soviet period. QOpen 10:00 . and enjoy a great collection of local painting. bookshopowning wife Marija (1880-1977) were both prominent figures in the Lithuanian national revival movement during the late-19th and early-20th century. including recreations of traditional homesteads. Many of the things on display are there to be touched. Admission 5/2Lt.
Sun 08:00. The church was fully restored inside and out in 2009 Q Service Sat 16:00. 13:00. the bodies are supposedly victims of the plague. Sun 09:30. 09:00. Built in 1913 at the very end of tsarist rule within the city as part of the 300th anniversary celebrations of the Romanov Dynasty. Like many of the city’s churches. The small interior is well worth having a peep at if the main doors aren’t bolted as they usually are. If it does have a fault. the meticulously researched book. Inside is a wealth of Baroque and rococo splendour. 17:00. J. B-2. Fri 07:30. Tue. 18:00. Michael & Constantine (Šv. Assuming the gross over-calculation of the length of the Green Bridge falls into the category of the exception that proved the rule rather than being the kind of common mistake that marks the book out as little more than an expensive way to start a barbecue.July 2013
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Church of Sts. tel. constructing a library. 12:00. Thu 07:30. The interior is relatively plain. Maironio 14.inyourpocket. this charming little church’s history dates back to 1543 and the building of a chapel on the site to commemorate the martyrdom of a group of 14th-century Franciscan friars. tel. Stanislaus & St. In 1501 it was given to an order of Dominican monks who built a monastery nearby. Q Service Sat 09:00. Sun 09:00 (English). covers a wide range of state. Q Mass only in Polish 15:00. Vytauto 21/1. Lithuania’s first serious architect who was responsible for the contemporary look of the Cathedral-Basilica of St. (+370) 5 260 93 47. this slightly unusual-looking church which also functions as the city’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral and that as such is often referred to as the Cathedral of the Theotokos in Vilnius owes much of its partial Neo-Byzantine design to reconstruction work completed in 1522. (+370) 5 212 17 90. a copy of which can be found on the fresco over the main entrance. In 1808. classrooms and dissection rooms for anatomy classes inside. 16:00. Kon-
Vilnius 1900 2013: A Guide to the City's Architecture Th e r e ' s a l w a y s a little trepidation around here when a substantial Lithuanian book published in English about a serious subject arrives in the bookshops. The small square in which the church is located also features a stylised. 13:30. Interestingly. this rather absurdlooking Russian Orthodox church is famed hereabouts for its garish green domes. Built in 1903 and topped with several beautiful Neo-Byzantine cupolas. remained opened throughout the entire Soviet occupation.16:00.what to see
independent-minded monks. 18:00. 10:30. Thu 07:30. Dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Its present Baroque appearance dates to the mid-18th century when the church was rebuilt after serious fire damage. Wed. the building. and is notable as being the only church in Vilnius converted from an ordinary house rather than being purpose-built. essential reading for any visitor who wants to get under the skin of one of the most extraordinary periods of building the city ever saw. is a beautiful design. this is one of the best loved Russian Orthodox churches in Vilnius. black and white photography and a handy section of maps at the back with everything marked for those who not only want to read the book but who also want to get out and visit some of the places written about. J
Church of the Holy Mother of God (Skaisčiausios Dievo Motinos Cerkvė) D-3. Q Mass 17:15. The current building’s appearance started taking shape towards the end of the 14th century. tel. J
Church of the Holy Cross (Šv. the church is now more or less late Baroque in appearance with a few rococo flourishes. VšĮ Architektūros Fondas. this book comes very highly recommended indeed. Available from any good bookshop in the city (see p. commercial and private buildings constructed in the Lithuanian capital over the last century and a bit complete with background information.2013: A Guide to the City's Architecture.78).2013: A Guide to the City's Architecture is not far off being something of a masterpiece. 18:00. including the attached Bonifratri Monastery. Ladislaus among other buildings in the city. In short. we can't recommend this book highly enough. Kryžiaus Bažnyčia)
5 215 37 47.18:00. but as everything in the church is written in Old Church Slavonic you’ll need a translator to help work them out. the church. The building now houses the Vilnius Art Academy. On closer inspection. Slowly added to over the centuries. Sun 09:00. Gaining rare access to the church’s crypts promises a ghoulish adventure amidst some 2. but that's just a personal opinion. Sun 08:00 . which functions as Vilnius’ Polish Catholic community’s main church. well worth further investigation. soon after the start of tsarist rule in Vilnius. as early postcards showing the original dome designs attest. which features contributions from 13 expert writers on the subject and that has received the rare honour of having been copy-edited to near perfection. the Dominican Church of the Holy Spirit was built on the site of a former wooden house of worship that met a fiery fate. Among the numerous icons hanging inside are potted plants that make the place feel really alive. J Church of the Apparition of the Holy Mother of God (Znamenskaya) G-3. which supposedly incorporates elements of both the Rostov and Suzdal styles. the building fell into the hands of Vilnius University who divided it into two floors. Daukanto 1. 18:00. so it comes as something of a relief to report that Vilnius 1900 . On the other side of the Presidential Palace from the University. 18:00. Sun 09:00. the most outstanding feature being the painting. J
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Church of the Holy Spirit (Šventosios Dvasios Bažnyčia) B-3. (+370) 5 262 95
95. Soviet-era bust of Laurynas Stuoka-Gucevičius (17531798). then we'd like to have read more about the stories behind some of the buildings. Next to the icons are special prayers for each saint. the monastery was closed soon after the failed Uprising of 1863 and turned into a barracks for tsarist troops before falling into the hands of the city’s Art Academy at the end of WWI. 2013. At just over 300 pages. Q Mass Mon. 10:30. tel. QOpen 08:00 . 12:00. In 1842 soldiers moved in as the church acted as a barracks before it took on several other uses before General Muravyov and his brother had it restored to its current Georgian appearance and used as a house of worship towards the end of the 1860s. Basanavičiaus 27. Holy Virgin Mother of Snow on the high altar. Sat 09:00. tel. S. such as the contributions made by German POWs to the rebuilding of the city after the Second World War. Dominikonų 8. and only really recommended for serious enthusiasts.
Q Mass 17:30 (Lithuanian). Aušros Vartų 7b. Aušros Vartų 10. 1460-1530). Q Service 08:00. All welcome!
Other activities: • Mid-week Fellowship: Wednesdays 6 p. Thu 08:00. although this particular church. icons. J Vilnius In Your Pocket
5 212 77 65. pile of bricks on the sanctuary and scaffolding towers.m. Reconstructed in 1949. fell into disrepair around the time of the Third Partition of 1795. The church is a complete mess inside. Wed 18:00. 17:00. (+370)
Ref ormed Evangelical Church (Evangelikų Reformatų Bažnyčia) A-3. and Antanas. ca. opening a year later as a museum of painting before being returned to the Orthodox Church on May 31. 1700-1767). Consisting of a church. the crowning glory of this small Gothic and Baroque church on the street named after the city’s German community is the gorgeous rococo altar. services are conducted in Lithuanian once a week on a Sunday. belongs to the Uniates or Eastern Catholic Church. 19:00 (Polish). complete with a statue of the lady reputed to have miracle-working powers. • Mid-week Ladies Bible study How to find us: The church is located at Vokie!i" gatv# 20
Cerkvė ir Bazilijonų Vartai) C-5. the entire ensemble is comprised of the church. tel. Dating originally from the mid-16th century but predominantly now the combined work of the city’s most renowned and prolific religious architect Johann Christoph Glaubitz (Jonas Kristupas Glaubicas. or the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mar y and Franciscan Abbey in Vilnius to give it its full title. Sun 10:00. which had been rebuilt on several occasions due to fire. Dating back to the middle of the 14th century and itself built on the site of what many believe to be a former pagan place of worship. Eustachius. English-speaking Christians. There’s also a small chapel on the right as you enter. The Franciscan Church. work is slowly moving forwards. the African prince and great grandfather of Alexander Pushkin who was brought to Russia by Peter the Great from the part of Africa that’s now Eritrea. which was extensively altered after a serious fire in the middle of the 18th century. in black during Lent. ca. 1700-1767) who spent four years on the rococo design between 1749 and 1753 and later 19th-century Neo-Byzantine modifications. in red on all other occasions with the exception of June 26 when they’re put on display entirely naked. 10:00. work continues both inside and out to restore it to its original beauty.9m gate was built in 1761 to a design by Johann Christoph Glaubitz (Jonas Kristupas Glaubicas. with the exception of the latter much of it in a state of hideous disrepair. Ecumenical Protestant). A particular quirk of the church’s crypt saw it being chosen in the middle of the 19th century as the final resting place of the supposedly incorruptible Saints Jonas. almost completely empty with the exception of some wonderful. Trakų 9-1. (+370) 5 212 25 78.2$
English language ecumenical worship every Sunday at 9. the Chapel of the Virgin Mary. Sun 07:00. The elaborate. Built in 1555.30 a. Q Service only in Ukrainian Mon .vilniuschurch. Amidst the hastily assembled wooden seating. 13:00 (Polish).$ -". (+370) 5
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Franciscan Church (Pranciškonų Bažnyčia) B-4. was nearing completion. being positively bursting with frescos. The origin of the Protestant Church in Lithuania. J
Evangelical Lutheran Church (Evangelikų Liuteronų Bažnyčia) B-4.m. (+370) 5 261 42 42. Sun 09:30 (English. Paraskeva (Pyatnickaya)
(go through the archway and iron gates: the church entrance is on the left under the bell tower)
How to contact us: www. monastery and convent although it’s the church interior that’s of most interest. Currently a beguiling building site of crumbling Gothic and Baroque magnificence. J
Holy Trinity Church & Basilian Gate (Šv.com
5 212 21 25. ca. laying abandoned for seven decades before being almost completely rebuilt in 1864 only to suffer major fire damage during WWII. 11:30 (Polish). Paraskeva can not only claim to have been the first church in Vilnius to be made of stone but is also the alleged location of the baptism in 1705 of none other than Hannibal. 17. a peculiar faith which fuses together many Orthodox beliefs whilst recognising the Pope as God’s representative on Earth. Vokiečių 20. the church. 1700-1767). dates back to John Calvin’s lifetime in 1557. tel. the building was returned to its congregation in 1991 and has since become the predominant house of worship for the capital’s multi-denomination.&*. Dvasios Cerkvė) C/D-5. giving some indication of how things will eventually look. the charming albeit somewhat diminutive Orthodox Church of St. the building closed in 1961. considered one of the
vilnius. ca. Pylimo 20. tel. 1991. a magnificent cupola and rich blue and green colours. Originally in the hands of the Uniate Church. J
C-3. the building. 11:00 (Lithuanian). a Lithuanian of German extraction and the city’s foremost architect at the time. dating from 1741 and the work of Johann Christoph Glaubitz (Jonas Kristupas Glaubicas. Baroque and Neo-Byzantine architecture. tel. tel.Wed 06:30. Trejybės
Orthodox Church of St. the Holy Trinity Church originally dates from 1514 and features elements of Gothic.org Pastor Bruce Sloan: +370 6382 7360 Email: internationalchurchofvilnius@gmail. dates from the middle of the 14th century. monastery. Built at the behest of the Belarusian national hero Konstantin Ivanovich Ostrozhsky (Konstantinas Ostrogiškis.66
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Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit (Stačiatikių Šv. couriers of Algirdas whose remains are displayed dressed in white at Christmas. Fri 17:00. belfry and beautiful rococo gate. Sun 10:00 (Lithuanian). whose three traditional strongholds still exist in Biržai. a freestanding bell tower. Sat 09:00. two years after the first German-speaking Lutheran community is said to have arrived in Vilnius. 17:00.
On the dissolution of the Jesuit Order in 1773. (+370) 5 262 30 69. www. J Sts. Q Mass Tue . The forerunner to this church supposedly dates back to the second decade of the 16th century. Q Mass 08:00.000 astonishing stucco mouldings representing miscellaneous religious and mythological scenes. J
St. Vilnius’ oldest surviving church was built in 1320 by German merchant immigrants. construction on the mighty building began in 1604 and was completed in 1635. com. (+370) 5 212 17 15. 10:00. 13:00 (Polish). 12:00. restoring its predominantly Baroque style with Gothic and Renaissance touches. the Grand Hetman of the Lithuanian armies. this breathtaking Late Baroque masterpiece was commissioned to celebrate victory over the Russians in 1668 by Michael Casimir Pac. classic red brick Gothic exterior remains pretty much as it looked the day it was finished with the interior having received numerous changes and additions over the centuries. Kazimiero Bažnyčia)
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Sts. Karol Podczaszyński. Over the centuries the church fell into the hands of the Augustinians. Sun 09:00. Mentioned for the first time in 1387. The present building. 11:30. Sun 07:30. J B-4. 14:00. conflagration visited twice again within the next century in 1709 and 1749 before the architect. Antakalnio 1. Šv. 18:00. Financed by two of Pac’s cousins and completed under several master craftsmen including the Polish Jan Zaor and Italian Gianbattista Frediani. Nicolas’ Church (Šv. At some time during the 18th century the original church burnt down and was replaced soon after in the Late Baroque style. is used extensively in classical concerts the church is now famous for. Q Service in Lithuanian Sun 11:00. Sat 09:00.Thu 18:00. the largest in country and that received a complete overhaul in stages between 1974 and 2000. the pagan goddess of love. St. tel. the rather plain façade betrays an interior by Giovanni Pietro Perti and Giovanni Maria Galli that’s quite simply out of this world. Johns’ Church (Šv. tel. With its predominantly Catholic tower and typically Orthodox dome the church is one of the most peculiar looking houses of worship in the capital. eventually becoming a cinema. Q Mass 07:00. Founded by the Jesuits and dedicated to Lithuania’s patron saint Prince Casimir Jagiellon (1458-1484). (+370) 630 166 86. Jonų Bažnyčia) C-3.
Jono 12. 1520-1572). Casimir’s in many ways represents a microcosm of Lithuania itself. The organ. the church was closed by the Soviets in 1953. albeit with numerous radical alterations through the centuries. Peter & Pauls’ Church (Šv. Q Services Sat 09:00. 1790-1860). Didžioji 12. Burnt to the ground just 20 years later when the Russians invaded in 1655. including the Soviets who turned the whole place into a museum of atheism no less. 13:00. who never lived to see its completion. 07:30. the church was handed over to the adjoining University. of equal magnificence are the 20th-century altar containing a wooden figure of Christ. the building was consecrated in 1991 and has since undergone a massive renovation project. 17:00. Mikalojaus 4. the impressive. At the height of the tensions between the Russians and several other ethnic communities in the city. this was the only church in the city open to the city’s small Lithuanian-speaking Catholic community. Šv. (+370) 5 268 71 55.inyourpocket.com. Believed to have been built on the site of a site of worship to Milda. info@richardschofieldphotography. (+370) 5
St. 1714-1758) restored it to more or less the form it’s seen in today. Containing over 2. Casimir’s Church (Šv. Everything from mobile phones to dSLRs welcome. Choose from a range of affordable and thoroughly original city walks and extended tours around Lithuania to either a pre-designed itinerary or using a more flexible approach based on the individual interests and photographic aspirations of the client. Apaštalų Petro ir Povilo Bažnyčia) J-3. During the disputed annexation of the Vilnius region during the two World Wars. belonging from 1609 until 1827 to the Uniate Church.com
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finest examples of Neo-Classical architecture in the country. Sun 11:00.July 2013
. Of particular interest inside are three late Baroque altars and a recently discovered 17th-century crypt containing dark bas-reliefs featuring miscellaneous religious motifs. Help fund an English documentary photographer’s work in Lithuania and spice up your portfolios at the same time by taking one of his unique photography walks or tours. 10:30. Nicholas’ Church (Šv. Predating the country’s conversion to Christianity by some seven decades. 18:00. Built at the same time as Lithuania’s conversion to Christianity in 1387. J the vast and imposing Sts. (+370) 5 261 85 59. Sun 09:00 (Russian). was built considerably later between 1830 and 1835. Antakalnio Jėzus (Jesus of Antakalnis) which features real human hair brought from Rome in 1700 and the Latvian chandelier made of brass and glass beads and dating from 1905. Mikalojaus Bažnyčia)
234 02 29. Thomas Zubrówka. 08:30 (Polish). J C-4. Q Mass 17:30. Didžioji 34. which contains elements of all of the major architectural styles associated with Old Town boasts an extraordinary and predominantly Gothic interior whose crowning glory is its organ of which parts date back to an organ that came from the Belarusian city of Polotsk in 1831. Napoleon’s Grande Armée.richardschofieldphotography. the Russian Orthodox Church (who significantly altered its appearance). tel. tel. a fact the church now betrays courtesy of the cinema seats still in use. The work of one of the best local Neo-Classical architects of his day Karolis Podčašinskis (Pol. tel. mathematician and astronomer Tomas Žebrauskas (Pol. Johns’ Church was given to the Jesuit Church in 1571 by Zygmunt II August (Žygimantas Augustas. Nikolajaus Cerkvė) C-4. the Lutherans (who used it as the garrison church for the occupying German Army during WWI) and others. 18:00.
Founded in 1991 by the Lithuanian sculptor Gintaras Karosas. The exact point. (+370) 5 237 70 77. tel. To get there by car. tel. Q Open 10:00 . Green Bridge (Žaliasis Tiltas) B-0.two hours before sunset. J Kenesa F-3. Vyšniauskas). is a riot of golds and pinks. The Lithuanian Karaite were originally Tatars living on the Black Sea. Meanwhile. sculptors J. almost certainly Muslim and who were converted to the Karaite faith in the 13th century. work on the first incarnation of St. Sun 11:00.europosparkas. the Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz as well as Dennis Oppenheim and the late Sol Le-Witt from the United States to create a vision that in the words of the park’s founder ‘…give[s] an artistic significance to the geographic centre of the European continent…’. Q Mass 18:30. sculptors B. bus N°36 goes part of the way there but requires the last couple of kilometres to be made on foot. with just 150 or so remaining members of a people who settled in the region in the 14th century. Japan and Venezuela.com
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. Originally erected in the 17th century. Pundzius) and that old Soviet chestnut. predominantly the work of the Swiss-born Constantino Tencalla (1610-1647) who also worked on St. but don’t accept the Talmud. something needs to be done to ensure that they stay around for many years to come. including a minibus N°146 to Skirgiškės which goes all the way to the park itself. the straightforward idea behind its construction was to create the most beautiful church in the city. youth (3. One of a few examples of blatantly Soviet art still in a public place. (+370) 5 212 35 13. Mikėnas and J. The Lithuanian claim stems from a 1989 ruling by Jean-George Affholder of France’s Institut Géographique National who announced that the site lies at Bernotai. J
Centre of Europe (Europos Centras) Lithuania has the proud and noble distinction along with at least six other places of being smack in the middle of Europe. Theresa’s Church (Šv.68
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tre of Europe) Joneikiškės. Criminally rusting and falling apart.inyourpocket. The current 103-metre metal construction dates from 1952 and was originally named after a Red Army general. Probably Vilnius’ best surviving example of Early Baroque religious architecture. Alternatively. Teresės Bažnyčia) C-5. which can be reached by driving out of the city on the A14 in the direction of Molėtai and looking for the signs. a fact that may go a long way to explaining why a recent recalculation placing the centre of Europe six kilometres closer to Vilnius is being more or less ignored by the cash-strapped nation. turn right towards the Green Lakes (Žalieji Ežerai) and follow the signs. The four groups of extraordinary sculptures at each corner represent agriculture (3. the Socialist Realist masterpieces have evaded removal on the grounds that they represent no real people living or dead. The Karaite. Aušros Vartų 14. Stefan Pac). Theresa’s was completed in around 1650. Vaivada). 18:30.2m. Europos Parkas (Open Air Museum of the CenSt. Featuring close on 100 works by artists from countries as diverse as Armenia. The crosses are a great symbol of both Lithuanian mourning and hope. industry and construction (3. Bučas and P . making the whole affair slightly ridiculous in the first place. take Kalvarijų north to the Santariškės roundabout. Karosas’ crumbling shrine to propaganda made up of some 3. Kėdainis). sculptor B. Yawn. underneath the bridge can be found Kunotas Vildžiūnas’ contemporary work Grandinė (Chain). Ultimately one should remember that Europe is a concept and not actually a continent at all. A bridge of one description or another has stood on the spot of the Green Bridge since 1536. Built at the behest and expense of the then Deputy Chancellor Steponas Pacas (Pol. the park offers a splendid few hours away from the city for people of all ages. Buses leave from the Žalgirio stop on Kalvarijų. sculptors N. 10km north of Vilnius. has been commemorated with the construction of an expensive monument. are a Jewish sect who can be traced back to Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) who adhere to the Old Testament and the Decalogue. J Hill of Three Crosses (Trijų Kryžių Kalnas) X-1. peace (4m. An excellent view of Old Town is also to be found at this spot. With the addition of a restaurant and gift shop.2m. and only in 1989 were they rebuilt according to the original plans. a fact that can clearly be seen by its elaborate façade. Enigmatic and as yet vilnius. www. Petrulis and B. Liubarto 6. close to the village of Purnuškės some 26km north of Vilnius. Stalin had the crosses removed and buried.000 televisions with a prostrate Lenin at its centre.2m. Admission 25/11Lt. The spectacular and predominantly rococo interior. from whom they get their name. Legend has it that long ago seven Franciscan monks were crucified here. much of it added in the middle of the 18th century. this wildly different and recommended countryside excursion brings together a number of names in local and international sculpture including Karosas himself. the park is spread out over 55 hectares of rolling hills and woodland and includes static and interactive art as well as the now infamous Info Tree.lt. George’s Chapel inside the city’s Cathedral. The Lithuanian Karaite or Karaim are the smallest ethnic historical community in Vilnius.
The word Seimas refers to the Lithuanian parliament and can be traced linguistically to the Polish word sejm. Andrzej Jastrzębiec (?-1398). A classic 60s sci-fi adventure of the old school.July 2013
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Planetarium (Planetariumas) A-00. all the work of local artists.17:00. Admission 10/7Lt. www. was closed and made into a warehouse. president.lrs. During the Soviet occupation. meaning a gathering or assembly. Tours are limited to 25 people and are currently in Lithuanian only. www3.lt. (+370) 5 272 41 48. the Lithuanian Karaite. shows include the fabulously named Venture into Space and Stars and Music. Literatų. tel. some-time dictator. which during Čiurlionis’ time was both a family house and a shop. are on the edge of extinction. Gaining its late Classical appearance much later. the contemporary Seimas is based on the First Seimas. Find the entrance on Šnipiškių. Q By appointment. For more information. immediately south of Konstitucijos. built in 1922. their Moorish-looking kenesa. tel.lt or call tel. Inspired by Aidas Marčėnas’s
poem Literatų Gatvė about a wistful young man drinking and smoking with his friends on the street of the same name. The official residence of the President of Lithuania. tel. Čiurlionio Namai)
Presidential Palace (Prezidentūra) C-2/3. www. Konstitucijos 12a.inyourpocket. After independence in 1990 the building served several purposes until assuming its current role in 1997.president. Admission free.
at the times listed below if you number less than 15 people in total. Changing of the Guard takes place on Sundays at 12:00. features reproductions of his paintings and a small concert space which stages musical productions almost every Wednesday evening. Gedimino 53.com
April . see www. Vilnius’ dilapidated but charming Planetarium is available for prearranged tours of 15 people or more or take your chance vilnius.planetarium. military giant and Polish national hero Józef Piłsudski (1867-1935) to name but a few. S. the building is almost always locked. J
M. This is the house in which the great man lived for a short time in a small room that can be visited. among them Tsar Alexander I. drawings and paintings celebrating everyone from Jonas Mekas to Czesław Miłosz to Romain Gary. Although more famous for his painting.lt. Q Free tours of the Presidential Palace take place on Fridays and Saturdays. With its origins in the second half of the 15th century. mixed-media prints. who number less than 500 nationwide. Like the country’s other remaining kenesa in Trakai. Savičiaus 11. (+370)
5 239 62 02. the gallery. the Presidential Palace started life in the 14th century as a much smaller structure built at the behest of the city’s first Bishop. Sun. grew from humble beginnings in 2008 and now features over 100 superb pieces. J
Literatų Gatvė C-3. (+370) 5 262 24 51. Čiurlionis’ House (M. Napoleon Bonaparte and local boy. Closed Sat. Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911) has quite a reputation as a composer. The presidential flag can be seen flying over the building when the President is in residence or in the city.lt. Many illustrious figures have spent a night in the building over the centuries. (+370) 706 640 73. QOpen 10:00 . the highly recommended permanent outdoor gallery on Literatų is dedicated to writers past and present who’ve all left their mark on the city. K. the building remained the home of the cream of the city’s Catholic clergy until the 1795 Partition when it became the residential address of Vilnius’ tsarist governors. J Seimas (Parliament) G-3. K. Daukanto Aikštė 3/8. Comprised of small. Featuring a galaxy of projectors aimed at the inside of the building’s dome.
Aušros Vartų 7. www. Town Hall (Rotušė) C-4. J
Stebuklas C-2. A taxi from Old Town costs somewhere in the region of 20Lt.18:00. Latvians and Estonians stretching the 650km or so to Tallinn was formed on August 23. Last entrance 21:00. Essentially a piece of stone believed to perform wonders and with the word stebuklas written on it.lt. 1989. Closed Sun. QOpen 09:00 .ballooning. Today it’s the Artists’ Palace where you can see gallery art.net.vu. there are either 12 or 13.
699 540 64. while the present Classical structure was built at the end of the 18th century. Miscellaneous city tours and tours further afield in a range of languages including such rarities as Chinese. tel. (+370) 5 252 53 33. although the 40-second ride in the lift to visit the combined 270m restaurant and viewing station isn’t. Subačiaus 2. Jewish and other Vilnius tours. Also audio guides available. 1991 as the disintegration of the USSR reached a frenzied pace and Moscow attempted to retake control of the Lithuanian media. Tours must be booked two weeks in advance.lt. tel. Inside at ground level is the small Sausio 13-osios Ekspozicija (January 13th Exhibition) commemorating the brutal events including a copy of the original Soviet military attack plan. QOpen 09:00 . The trips are well priced and last on average about one hour.astrida. On January 13. Soviet tanks surrounded it in an assault that killed 13 unarmed civilians. As well as organising a wealth of balloon-related activities nationwide. which gave performances on and off until 1924. The ticket office also sells several Television Tower souvenirs. when they gather for winter migration. www.vilniausrotuse. the site marks the spot where one end of the human chain of some two million protesting Lithuanians. www. Sat 10:00 .22:00. Closed Sun. Also find a memorial to the people of Chechnya and the diminutive Chapel of the Virgin Mary. tel. QOpen 09:00 . J
(+370) 5 263 60 64.lt. Admission 21Lt. tel. The University itself claims 13. Curiously. 7 or 16 to the Televizijos Bokštas stop. tel. Established in 1579 and one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe. Didžioji 31. First mentioned in 1503.
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C-5. The work of architect brothers Algimantas and Vytautas Nasvytis. (+370)
Frank Zappa A-3. Japanese and Portuguese.
Television Tower (Televizijos Bokštas) Sausio 13-osios 10. Tours of the historic centre in a number of languages. Arkikatedros Square.70
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in Kaunas in 1922-1923. part-time classical composer. turn a complete clockwise circle and make a wish.lt. and include details of the events of 1991 as well as a look at some of the interior’s more interesting features including Kazys Morkūnas’ extraordinary stained glass windows. JA
Vilnius City Tour C-5. www. weapons used to beat protesters and some disturbing photographs. Must be booked in advance. (+370) 5 261 80 07. Kalinausko 1. Guided tours of the Seimas run daily during the week. take trolleybus Nº1. of which depending on your definition of what a courtyard is.lithuanianholidays. www. Q Open 10:00 . (+370) 652 005 10.17:00. stand on the miracle. the word seimas is also used to describe storks. Since then its interior has been a museum. Lithuania’s unofficial national bird. father of Moon Unit and all round creative genius Frank Vincent Zappa (1940-1993) has had his head immortalised in brass and stuck on a stainless steel pole in a lacklustre courtyard just west of Old Town.18:00. K. and are in Lithuanian unless otherwise requested. 3. although by rights the correct number should be 12 as one of them only has three walls.18:00. the barricades are protected by huge sheets of glass but are clearly visible and retain the original political graffiti of the time.18:00. Closed Sat. tel. A map can be found at Universiteto 7 explaining where everything is. Balėnas. Tumo-Vaižganto 5. Hot Rats! De -
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Lithuanian Holidays B-00. The exhibition is free.17:00. region and country. the University became a secular seat of learning in 1773 and has remained so ever since. Commissioned
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vilnius. famous past students who’ve studied here include the Polish Romantic poets Adam Mickiewicz and Juliusz Słowacki. The tower has since become a potent Lithuanian symbol. Upės 5.lrtc. Closed for much of the 19th and the first 18 years of the 20th century. tel. 1991.lt. Guided tours around the city. today’s Seimas building dates from 1982 and is unremarkable on the outside with the exception of the remains of the barricades built to defend the self-proclaimed independent Lithuanian Supreme Council building after Soviet forces tried to reinstate a Moscowbacked government with the storming of the Television Tower and other buildings in the early hours of January 13. the 326m Television Tower was built from reinforced concrete and steel between 1974 and 1980 to a design by V. J
Oreivystės Centras (Ballooning Centre) A-0. the splendid ensemble that makes up Vilnius University’s main campus buildings embraces just about every major architectural style of the last 400 years. Closed Sat. About halfway
between the Cathedral and the bell tower is the stebuklas. www. Šeimyniškių 1a. A small exhibition space has been added which will eventually hold public exhibitions related to the struggle for independence. The tallest building in Lithuania. Fri 09:00 . www. or miracle. Sun 09:30 .15:00.com
. Located on the western side of the building. Admission 5/1Lt. these people also offer balloon trips over Vilnius and locations around the country. Around it are a few monuments and photographs of those who lost their lives and whose names the nearby streets are now called in honour of. the fourth having been destroyed during construction work on the neighbouring Presidential Palace. Sun. Closed Sat. The ensemble was fully restored in 1979 and is well worth investigating. Vilnius University is also famed for its lovely courtyards. J. Originally belonging to the Catholic Church. dedicated to the people of Lithuania who gave their lives whilst defending the country in 1991. the Town Hall most likely dates from the 15th century. the Lithuanian author and historian Simonas Daukantas (see him on any 100Lt note) and the Lithuania-born Polish Nobel Prize-winning author Czesław Miłosz. In 1810 the governor general ordered that the Town Hall housed a theatre. QOpen 09:00 . Sun.vilniuscitytour. Sat.bts. (+370) 5 268 72 98. www. As well as housing the oldest library in the country. Alternatively. Obydovas and K. tel. 1593. A symbol of freedom and hope. Until the reestablishment of independence it served as the Lithuanian Art Museum. QOpen 08:00 . Sun.15:00. J
playing a trumpet and generally being rather awesome. one of the park’s four hills and now a spiritual gathering ground for many followers of the country’s pagan Romuva organisation. all written in the local vernacular. was unveiled.
Unveiled in September 1996. After a long and sometimes tedious unveiling ceremony. vilnius. who’s generally considered to be the founder of the Lithuanian state. Also home to the Hill of Three Crosses (see Places of interest). Kašuba’s creation not in metal as one would expect. at the height of the Cold War in 1970. their stories. 2002. the area the park now occupies is shrouded in a number of contentious mysteries. If you’re now wondering what the connection between Lithuania and Frank Zappa is.what to see
by a student and created by the late sculptor Konstantinas Bogdanas (1926-2011) who once churned out Lenins and other noteworthy comrades for the bureaucrats in Moscow. Born into a family of Polish-speaking nobility in the village of Paragiai in northeast Lithuania. 1275-1341).com
Kalnų Parkas X-1. who famously founded Vilnius in 1323 and who was also Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1316 until his death. Žemaitė’s sombre tales concentrate on issues surrounding the miseries of peasant life and family squabbles. Mindaugas (Pol. Grand Duke Gediminas (ca. The so-called Gedimino Kapo Kalnas (Gediminas’ Grave Hill) for example. The Egyptian style sculpture made in their likeness and unveiled in 1995 is officially known as Seserys (Sisters) and is the work of the sculptor Dalia Matulaitė and the architects Rimantas Buivydas and Juras Pankevičius. Arkikatedros Square. the work of the sculptor Petras Aleksandravičius and architect brothers Algimantas and Vytautas Nasvytis. during the summer. concerts on the park’s Sovietera outdoor stage.July 2013
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Although they like to flee en masse to the countryside during the warmer part of the year. Taking pride of place outside
the National Museum since July 6. Užupio. Mindaugas was eventually assassinated by his nephew and served as little more than a footnote in Lithuanian history until he was resurrected by the national revival movement of the late 19th century. Regardless of the fact that there’s very little in the way of chaos to get away from. J
and in a big burst of billowing balloons the surprisingly beautiful figure of an angel was revealed. Midvikis’ granite likeness of the man sees him sitting on his sostas (throne). the covers were finally lifted. the 750th anniversary of the crowning of the country’s one and only king in 1253.inyourpocket. There isn’t one. Self taught and unusually political for a woman at the time. Born into an impoverished Polish-speaking family with aristocratic roots and affectations. the monument to Gediminas (Pol. Vilnius’ parks and gardens can still provide a welcome relief from the immediate concerns of the 21st century. Sofija Ivanauskaitė-Pšibiliauskienė (1867-1926) and Marija Ivanauskaitė-Lastauskienė (1872-1957). Clumsy in his personal affairs and switching from paganism to Catholicism and back to paganism to suit his needs. from which the Lithuanian language gets its word for capital. Her statue. stands more or less on the spot where a howling iron wolf that inspired the moving of the country’s capital from Trakai allegedly appeared in his dream. was a bit of a character to say the least. sostinė. J
www. find it at the junction of Užupio and Malūnų. is supposedly the site where the founder of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. often full of political observation. R. Inquisitive and defiant. somewhat strangely. J
Žemaitė A-1. 1845-1921) was forbidden to speak Lithuanian. the official independence day of the wacky district.inyourpocket. Arsenalo 1. No such evidence exists to support the claim however. but in stone. literally ‘the place where the throne is’. the tall pillar in the heart of Vilnius’ breakaway republic Užupis (where every dog has the right to be a dog) finally gave birth to a long awaited angel on April 1. Kalnų Parkas (Hill Park) is a popular retreat for walks and. J
Lazdynų Pelėda C-5. The work of the Lithuanian sculptor R. Lazdynų Pelėda (Hazelnut Owl) was the collective pen name of two sisters. at the time the language of the common people. 1275-1341) is buried. were written in Polish by Marija and then translated into Lithuanian by her sibling. don’t. the aforementioned beast is represented in V. 1200-1263). as a child the Lithuanian novelist Žemaitė (real name Julija Beniuševičiūtė-Žymantienė. Covering some 25 hectares immediately northeast of Old Town at the confluence of the Neris and Vilnia. the good people of Vilnius are also fond of spending time in the city’s many public green spaces. J
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April . After a long and singularly strange career as an oversized egg cup. the young Žemaitė made friends with local serfs and was soon fluent in her mother tongue. Karmelitų & Arklių. J Mindaugas C-1. the statue is notable as being the first monument of the man to be erected anywhere in the world.
To the left and deeper into the cemetery. 1873-1961). providing an extraordinary snapshot of the cultural history of the city. the Soviet authorities ripped up the gravestones and the site lay abandoned until 1980 when it was unceremoniously turned into a children’s playground and public toilet. 1991 and the civilians killed by Soviet paratroopers during the January 1991 demonstrations. It’s believed that Alexander I was at a ball here when he received news of Napoleon’s invasion in 1812. Parko Karių Kapinės) F-4. and the final resting place of the often overlooked Lithuanian composer Antanas Rekašius (1928-2003). see Jewish Vilnius. scientists and painters buried here find a few surprises including Geleda Dzerzhinskaja (1849-1896). historian and head of the Lithuanian and Polish Karaite communities Chadži Seraja Chan Šapšalas (Pol. an event mentioned in Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
Antakalnis Cemetery (Antakalnio Kapinės) J/K-2. women are forbidden from visiting. Čiurlionio. distinguished by undulating rows of identical headstones.
mid-1960s of the original cemetery in Lukiškės. with various markers and a large monument placed where specific burial sites were known to exist. Among the eminent university professors. Nearby stands a small collection of Tartar graves complete with Islamic symbols. Vingio Parkas Soldiers Cemetery (VIlniaus Vingio
Bernardine Cemetery (Bernardinų Kapinės) J-4. before the ski slopes on the north side. Žvirgždyno 3.inyourpocket. During the German occupation of Vilnius during WWI the cemetery was used for soldiers from the German. the cemetery is perhaps the most attractive and romantic cemetery in Vilnius. the cemetery fell into disrepair soon after WWII before being finally shut in 1970. Founded in 1810 by Bernardine monks. Founded in 1801 and the final resting place of many of the country’s social elite. Felix Dzerzhinsky (Feliksas Dzeržinskis). jogging and the launching of hot-air balloons during balmy summer evenings. but is generally closed to visitors (although the fence surrounding it is hardly very high). Take a hike up the stairs on your left to reach the ‘red star’ graves of Soviet soldiers who died fighting Lithuanian partisans.5 hectare site was renovated in 2001. Hidden away here find the artist and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911). the rest of him lies in Poland’s most sacred burial place under Kraków’s Wawel Cathedral. the so-called Soldiers’ Cemetery (Karių Kapinės) can be found in the forested area of Antakalnis a couple of kilometres or so from Old Town. K. firework displays. Perhaps most poignant are the graves of the border guards murdered by the Soviets at Medininkai on July 31. Of particular interest are the columbaria.72
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Rasos Cemetery (Rasų Kapinės) I/J-5. The park is more famous these days as the setting for rock concerts. the former traditional home of the city’s Lithuanian Karaite and Tatar communities. Hadżi Seraja Chan Szapszał. Turkish. although much work remains to be done. Independence has seen it flourish with the assistance of the Lithuanian and Polish governments. among the more notable recent additions are a large patch of grass surrounded by a tiny concrete wall and containing the remains of the Napoleonic soldiers discovered in the city in 2002.com
. this extraordinary cemetery stretched over a large area divided by a main road is still in use today. Thanks to the efforts of the Germans. and the heart of Marshall Józef Piłsudski (1867-1935). the cemetery offers a poignant glimpse inside the former rich ethnic tapestry that once made up the population of the city. whose grave is inscribed with a peculiar. In 1948 at the height of the destruction of the final resting places of many of the former inhabitants of the city. the 6. Thought to have begun life as a cemetery way back in 1809. Polish and Russian armies. 19th-century version of Lithuanian that predates its written standardisation. Buried with his mother under a black granite slab and surrounded by the graves of Polish soldiers. Situated to the west of the city along the meandering Neris river. is that of the Lithuanian Karaite scientist. At the eastern entrance of Vingio Parkas. M. Among the graves. Following the destruction in the
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Vilnius’ extraordinary cemeteries offer an often emotional and always interesting journey through the rich tapestry of races and cultures that built the city. A cemetery of one sort or another has been known to exist here since victims of the plague were buried on the site in 1710. once used for holding urns full of ashes and now slowly crumbling away. which are marked in an extraordinary mixture of Hebrew (Lithuanian Karaite) and Arabic (Tatar). To the soldiers’ right is the ghastly Soviet memorial encasing the graves of Soviet Lithuania’s dignitaries. the author and publicist Jonas Basanavičius (1851-1927). whose claim to fame was giving birth to the founder of the forerunner of the KGB. Also within its confines are a botanical gardens and a fabulous little children’s zoo. Still in use. For information on the city’s two Jewish cemeteries. According to tradition. all guarded by a stunning Pietà.
Lithuanian Karaite & Tatar Cemetery (Karaimų ir Totorių Kapinės) Žirnių. Located over a little less than four hectares on a rolling hill running down to the Vilnia river. The Polish soldiers’ graveyard.
Karių Kapų 11. Find it on the stretch of Žirnių to the east of the road to the airport. lies to the left of the entrance. Rasų/ Sukilėlių. the local-born Polish general who played a key role in re-establishing Polish independence in 1918 as well as the country’s subsequent annexation of Vilnius in 1920. a new cemetery was opened in a remote area in the southern part of Vilnius close to the airport.
The cemetery is still in use. large Soviet soldiers guard the (no-longer burning) eternal flame. this wooded park covering 160 hectares of pine woods was famed as far back as the 16th century.
or Kaunas-bound train. this is where you can meet the genuine Jewish locals. J
Chabad Lubavitch Centre (Chabad Lubavitch Žydų Religinė Bendruomenė) D-4. but the heartfelt creation of local Holocaust survivors.lzb. The museum is famous for its unvarnished. Not recommended for children. Jews were settled from an early date in Vilna. peel off here and look for the pitifully few signs put up in order to help you get there. Closed Sat. Jewish Student Union.17:00. Shimon Alperovich (Simonas Alperavičius). J
Jewish Community of Lithuania (Lietuvos Žydų Bendruomenė) A-2. Q By appointment only. old-fashioned exhibits are far from high modern.lt. The smallest but most important and best known component of the three addresses that collectively comprise the city’s Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum. The site is at the very end of the road.com
April . QOpen 10:00 . the Centre for Tolerance’s activities include visiting exhibitions and a permanent exhibition on the upper floors. (+370) 5 262 96 66. including a small tribute to the Litvak Cubist painter Jacques Lipschitz. Sun 10:00 . Closed Sat. has been in the news for several years as one of the Jewish antiNazi partisan veterans wanted for questioning by Lithuanian prosecutors. and August 1944. jmuseum. Outside is a small monument to Japan’s pre-war Vice Consul to Lithuania. officiates. Closed Sat. Rachel Kostanian.18:00. Union of Former Ghetto and Concentration Camp Inmates and the Union of WWII Jewish Veterans. J
Holocaust Exposition (Holokausto Ekspozicija)
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Paneriai Memorial Museum (Panerių Me morialinis Muziejus) Agrastų 17.16:00. A traumatic but necessary part of any Jewishrelated visit to Lithuania. a feature considered by some a revolutionary form of modernisation and assimilation at the time it was built. By the 18th century Vilna had become the world capital of traditional Talmudic learning. get off at Paneriai and turn right on leaving the station. Unable to return to Lithuania from Israel. It is a beautifully restored building and is used for art exhibitions. QOpen 09:00 . tel. Rachel Margolis. her cause has been taken up by US congressmen. Chabad is especially known for its festive Jewish holiday celebrations. J
03. communal and social services from kindergarten through to senior level. published by Yale. Paneriai (Ponar to the Jews.
Pylimo 39. Today’s small and largely aged community of three to four thousand makes bold efforts to maintain its heritage. (+370) 5 261 25 23. including the vast majority of the 80. Led by the Boston-born Rabbi Sholom Ber Krinsky.17:00. Fri. at which everybody is welcome. The classic Lithuanian Jew (Litvak) is known in folklore for a love of education. Bokšto 19/12. Along with the two functioning houses of worship. Led by the redoubtable Dr. providing a wide range of cultural.lt. legendary for standing up for Jewish rights however and whenever the community comes under challenge. the only truly resident rabbi in Lithuania over the last decade and a half. The typical Soviet-era museum inside a small building on the murder site features exhibits explained in a baffling and irregular mix of languages including everything from stomach-churning photography to the clothing worn by a man whose job it was to sift the remains of the charred bodies for gold. 1941-1943.000 Jewish residents who lived in the city prior to the Nazi invasion of June 1941. tel. To get there by car. Its modest. Sun 10:00 . who is here part of each month. or Jerusalem of the North. Between the wars. QOpen 10:00 . Pamėnkalnio 12. who issued thousands of visas against orders. Pylimo 4. Admission 5/2Lt. This combined community centre and synagogue is engaged in numerous religious projects aimed at enlightening those who need enlightening and restoring the spirit and sensibilities of religious Jewish life. 1720-1797). the highest percentage in Europe. the museum (also known as the Green House) has been led for many years by the indomitable champion of Holocaust truth-telling. Sun. For a chilling. accurate account of the Holocaust in Lithuania and the massive local involvement in the actual killing. Sun. now in her late 80s. this is the only one out of over 100 prewar Jewish prayer houses that still functions. www. Admission free. During the Holocaust around 95 per cent of Lithuanian Jews were murdered.July 2013
. drive out on Savanorių in the direction of Kaunas until you reach the E28 highway. It also supplies visitors with kosher food and needed religious items and services. Ponary to the Poles) is about 8km southwest of Old Town. many by local collaborator-killers. Towering over the many great Jewish figures the city has produced is unquestionably the Gaon of Vilna (Eyliohu son of ShloymeZalmen. tel. conferences. find several monuments and the remains of the pits where the victims were burned. tel.000 people of whom over half were Jewish were murdered at this site by the Nazis and a hotpotch of willing Lithuanians from such sinister organisations as the Ypatingasis Būrys (Vilnius Special Squad). symposiums. Chiune Sugihara. Closed Sat.17:00. Find it at the top of a steep driveway and invisible to anyone simply walking along on the street below.inyourpocket. This is the country’s primary address for its living Jewish people. eventually becoming known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania. QOpen 09:00 . Established inside a former Jewish theatre.
Naugarduko 10/2. read Kazimierz Sakowicz’s extraordinary book Ponary Diary. The building also houses a youth club. no-nonsense straighttalk and a sharp wit. tel.
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Centre for Tolerance (Tolerancijos Centras) A-4. Fri.Jewish vilnius
Lithuanian Jews can be traced back some seven centuries. approximately 100. eye-witness account of the events that took place here. (+370)
Choral Synagogue (Choralinė Sinagoga) H-4.16:00. (+370) 5 261 30
vilnius. (+370) 5 262 07 30. Rabbi Chaim Burstein. Built in a Moorish style in 1903. Between July 1941. Admission 5/2Lt. One of its founders. members of the British House of Lords and others internationally. as the capital was and still is known in Jewish culture (more precisely in Yiddish as Vilne). Vilna (at that time under Polish rule and known as Wilno) was a bustling international centre of modern Yiddish culture and scholarship. tel. J A-2. The term Choral Synagogue relates to the inclusion of a choir section. www. Dr. Catch a Trakai. discussions and seminars. saving many Jews from certain death.
Still in its early stages. a highly recommended book of which a large part is set in this part of town. (+370) 5 268 71 87. especially on Sundays. an enormous structure built several stories underground so that it wouldn’t surpass the height of any churches. Krivių. his posture conveniently allowing passers by a quick cuddle and photograph. used in the construction of several building projects in the city. Prior to WWII this space was filled with dozens of prayer houses as well as the Great Synagogue. 1940. With the help of foreign diplomacy only a few graves of famous people such as the Gaon of Vilna were moved here in a concession to the community. Born and raised a few doors from here at what’s now J.
Užupis Old Jewish Cemetery (Užupio Senosios Žydų Kapinės) J-3/4.
A statue of Doctor Tsemach Shabad (1864-1935). The meaning of the word genocide in Lithuania is somewhat at odds with that of the generally understood connotation. J
Romain Gary H-4. Sun. J
C-2/3. Between July 31 and September 1. to get them out of the country. Closed Sat.holocaustinthebaltics. QOpen 10:00 . As part of the almost silent debate currently surrounding the little-known Prague Declaration of June 3. To find it. the girl on his arm is presumably representative of the Jewish Community also commemorated in the statue.com
vilnius. Worth a look if you’re in the area or are particularly interested in the Russian children’s author and translator Kornei Chukovsky (1882-1969). who based his infamous char-
Vilnius Yiddish Institute (Vilniaus Jidiš Institutas)
Holocaust in the Baltics www. Tsemach Shabad B-4. Russian.com
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. www.15:00. a large memorial marks the site. A resentful rumour circulates among some that it’s a recycled Soviet-era bust of Marx or Engels. Gravestones are covered in the writing of many languages including Yiddish. Basanavičiaus 18 as Romain Kacew (Katsev).judaicvilnius. To get there by public transport from the centre. Sudervės Kelias 28. In front of the Gaon’s house at the other end of the square near the present-day start of Žydų stands a rather half-hearted monument to him. Unveiled in 2007. Yulik Gurevitch Tel. Vilnius University’s Professor Dovid Katz. Professor Dovid Katz (www. famous for numerous social acts as well as being the leader of the Vilnius (Wilno) branch of the Folkspartei. held the unique (and illicit) distinction of winning the Prix Goncourt on two occasions and suffered from depression. To the left of the entrance is a small office where maps of the cemetery can be obtained if it’s open. com. J
was the Kaunas-based Japanese consul to Lithuania for the briefest of periods during 1939 and 1940. 1980. along with the gravestones from the Šnipiškės cemetery.74
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Chiune Sugihara A-00. Romain Gary became a prize-winning French author after moving to the country with his mother when he was 14. who is research director at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute. After a distinguished war record as a pilot in the Free French Air Force (Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres). Many of those he saved later settled in Palestine. but she may just be a chum. Provides credit courses and the famed month-long summer programme in Yiddish. On the site of the former gate to the larger of Vilnius’ two ghettos.com. Old Campus Vilnius University (S. relocated from Oxford in 1998 by its founder. Now little more than a few broken stones on the side of a steep hill with a couple more on the top. Chiune Sugihara (1900-1986)
Professional guides lead tours in English and Hebrew through the Baltics and Belarus. in 1945. 2008.000 Jews by issuing visas.
Rūdninkų 18. Ouch on Shabad. and have since championed his cause. (+370) 687 132 85 Regina Kopilevich Tel. This new Jewish cemetery was actually opened just before the war and nowadays.
Jewish Cemetery (Žydų Kapinės) E-1. Romain Gary was married twice. Lithuanian. recreating an alleged moment during Gary’s childhood in the city when he reportedly ate one of his overshoes in an attempt to impress a little girl living next door. turn left from Olandų onto Krivių and it’s a few metres up on the left. Corner of J. Issuing stamps right up until the moment his train departed for Berlin. the Užupis Old Jewish Cemetery survived until after the war when it was destroyed by the authorities and its gravestones. J
the same time as the city’s original Jewish cemetery in Šnipiškės was closed. By Soviet order. Founded in 1828 at around
Vilna Shul-hoyf (Vilnius Synagogue Square) B-3. Sugihara even handed his stamp out from the train window to a Jew on the platform who continued stamping on his behalf. (+370) 699 540 64 Daniel Gurevich Tel. take bus Nº73 from the Lukiškės stop or Nº43 from the station. Basanavičiaus and Mindaugo. Gary published his first novel. against the orders of their superiors. tel. Sugihara and a Dutch colleague saved around 6. find a map showing the size and positioning of the area where the city’s Jewish population were kept before liquidation commenced. stands in the territory of the former ghetto. (+370) 699 907 09 Ilya Lempertas Tel. The Gaon’s grave attracts visitors from many countries who leave notes of supplication by the graveside. Corner of Mėsinių and Dysnos. (+370) 699 054 56 Justina Petrauskaitė Tel. a fact that led to his suicide in Paris on December 2. in his own words ‘…providing The Second Opinion…’ on this hugely complex and emotional issue. is a place where Jewish people visit the graves of their beloved and you can meet interesting locals. has recently become the editor of a new website aimed at. or Jewish People’s Party. a scene recreated in his autobiographical Promise at Dawn (1961). A small monument along with dozens of cherry trees planted in his honour can be found on a grassy slope directly southwest of the Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva. which is attempting to put pressure on the governments of Europe to recognise communist crimes against humanity as equal to those perpetrated by the Nazis (the so-called Double Genocide theory).16:00. Polish and English.inyourpocket. Education Européenne. Fri 10:00 .inyourpocket.
www. Map of the Ghetto (Geto Žemėlapis) B-4/5.dovidkatz. both old Jewish cemeteries were destroyed after the war. Perhaps best remembered for writing the screenplay to the 1962 WWII blockbuster The Longest Day. the website is building a database of related material and links on the subject of the Holocaust in the Baltics and the Double Genocide issue in general. Romas Kvintas’ Vilnius statue shows a little boy clutching a galosh. Daukanto Courtyard). net). (+370) 655 174 91 acter Dr.
which is available via SMS to anyone with a local mobile number. bars and even shopping centres providing fast connection speeds at no cost. Pilies 22-1. if you’re prepared for slightly slower speeds than broadband and the occasional loss of signal then one of these services might me just for you.95Lt 2.75Lt
Express mail rates
Comparative rates for sending a package weighing a maximum of 500g.09 0.85 Top-up (Lt) From 5 From 5 From 5 SMS (Lt) 0. (+370) 5 261 83 34. QOpen 08:00 . 1533.45Lt 5.bite. Sun.lt. 3G/4G Bitė (www. If you can’t find a free connection.19:00.15 Coverage 99% 99% 96%
Note All prices quoted are for peak-time calls. tele2. Calls are charged at a standard 0.bite. The entrance is through the courtyard around the back.49 0. Also find inside a kiosk selling snacks and coffee around the clock.30 2. tel. www. J Zebra Tel.lt.lt).22:00. www. J.16:00. although the only true 4G service is provided by Mezon (www. open 10:00 .10 0.50 Local (Lt/min) 0. Fri 08:00 . Sat 10:00 . A ticket machine has been installed with instructions in English. tel.50 Free 0. We’ve been using Mezon for several months now and have no complaints whatsoever. 2nd floor). and everything is charged directly to whoever’s telephone account you’re using. www.lt. tel. Reasonably central.Mail & Phones
dimino 7. tel. QOpen 09:00 . (+370) 700 554 00. (+370) 699 232 30. tel. A
Wireless W Free wireless internet in the centre of Vilnius has more or less reached saturation point.
Infostruktūra C-3. lt.inyourpocket. making a visit finally something to look forward to rather than the nightmare it was in the past. Closed Sat. Dialup Assuming you’ve got an RJ-11 plug on the end of your cable (visitors from the UK please note that you probably don’t).15:45. J
@home C-3. Note the extraordinary calendar on the wall on the right at the back that needs changing by hand daily. QOpen 09:00 .18:00. with scores of hotels.18:00. hassle-free dialup option is available for those who can’t find any other connection.is. Q Open 24hrs.22:00. a nifty.
Prepaid SIM cards
Card Bitė (Labas) Omnitel (Ežys) TELE2 (Pildyk) Price (Lt) 6 0.35Lt 2. Closed Sat. Far from perfect. www. J
Central Post Office (Centrinis Paštas) B-1. The glorious 1969 Soviet design inside the city’s main post office betrays a recently improved service that’s finally catching up with the 21st century.90Lt 11. J TELE2 G-4.lt) and Omnitel (www. restaurants.10 Voicemail (Lt/call) 0. (+370) 685 240 24.17:00. 890 15 55 55 from anywhere in the country using your dial-up software of choice leaving the username and password blank and away you go.July 2013
. The above-mentioned mobile operators also offer the so-called pre-4G services.lt. and even then they’ve only got two PCs.omnitel. Closed Sat. QOpen 09:00 .90Lt Outside EU 3.
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Aiva Sistema A-5.post.mezon. and are subject to change during the lifespan of this guide. www. London Paris New York DHL EMS TNT UPS 170Lt 215Lt 163Lt 174Lt 170Lt 213Lt 181Lt 192Lt 240Lt 210Lt 265Lt 279Lt
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Bitė G-5. www. (+370) 5 239 17 11.48 London (Lt/min) 2. QOpen 07:30 . Q Open 08:30 . Žemaitės 15.18:00.99 4. Aguonų 10. and Saltoniškių 9 (Panorama). tel. Closed Sun. Gedimino 12. Sun. tel.14:00. Kudirkos. (+370) 5 212 32 58. sandwiches and vegetarian food for an altogether more pleasurable experience. Wireless access is free and there’s printing services available as well.lt) provide 3G services for laptop connection to the internet allegedly wherever you are within Lithuania.aiva. 1817. Closed Sat. this is pretty much the only place left in the city centre that could be called an internet café.com
Recently undergoing a major refit and re-brand to boot and now known as @home.18:00. (+370) 601 102 00.
Omnitel B-1. tel. Pilies 23/15. Jasinskio 1/8 (entrance from V. QOpen 10:00 .omnitel. Late night post offices operate in two of the city’s large shopping centres at Ozo 25 (Akropolis). which can be ordered with the help of a local for a period of two weeks for just 29Lt. the national Zebra network offers a range of paid services including a handy option for browsing over a 24 hour period for just 5Lt.teo. Simply dial tel.55Lt 2. climb the flight of stairs and fight with the teenagers for a battered albeit perfectly decent PC. Sun. Closed Sun. Vytenio 9/25.19:00.lt.65Lt 1.50Lt EU 2.12Lt/ min at all times from a private line (this figure may well be a lot higher in a hotel). JUW Taškas G-4.
Lithuania Letter (44g) Postcard (20g) CD (130g) 1.09 0.lt. www. Selecting a ticket in English should send you to a window where somebody speaks it. open 10:00 . The major difference is the addition of a counter serving coffee. Sat 09:00 .
a shoe shop. tel. Ozo 25. cigarettes and amber) a hell of a lot cheaper than it is in the West. and. www. this former flagship Soviet shopping sensation looks more like a corner shop than an experience these days. (+370) 5 210 01 50/1588. the country’s first electric go-carting centre and smoking rooms next to the public toilets. (+370) 5 246 12 00. Once colossal. Konstitucijos 7a. Sat 09:00 . www. bowling. a handful of average shops downstairs and up the escalators some fashion outlets. 1588.76
Unless you’re Latvian or Polish.lt.22:00. amber. (+370) 659 946 39. www. Jasinkio 16. Also a
Akropolis G-1. In case shopping isn’t your thing. Basanavičiaus 42. Konstitucijos 16. QOpen 10:00 . Many high street names. find three floors of mostly clothes shops plus a couple of restaurants and a handful of little pods for drinking coffee in. QOpen 10:00 . Closed Sun. and can be traced back to the Middle Ages when yellow was the traditional colour of the dresses worn by ladies of a questionable profession.
Flowers & Plants
If you’re thinking of giving flowers to somebody in Lithuania. www. some great antique stalls.lt.18:00. PTAULKXW Europa H-3. (+370) 5 273 15 15. 1588. Remember that many things can be haggled down in price. QOpen 08:00 . PTAULKXW Panorama F/G-2. PAULW
Shopping in a Lithuanian market (turgus). which was a firewood market before that and even further back served as a cemetery for the church across the street. tel. J Gėlės ir Manufaktūra B-5. PAUL Ozas H-1. rem em b er that superstition remains rife here and it’s easy to m a ke a m i s take. make sure you only give an odd number of flowers or stems. A huge heated expanse offering electrical goods.lt. this weekly flea market outside the vast Akropolis shopping centre features a fairly decent selection of stalls selling everything from old paintings to Soviet memorabilia.gedimino9. Notable as being the only 24-hour market in the city. QOpen 10:00 .inyourpocket. shopping is fun. QOpen 10:00 . Savanorių 16. Located inside a grand 19th-century building in the heart of the city. or see a film. The city’s markets are also well worth a visit for an authentic. toys and household essentials as well as a fairly extensive collection of local and imported foodstuffs. you probably didn’t come to Vilnius to shop. QOpen Sun 09:00 . are symbols of the communists. wreaths and bouquets. tel. mobile phones and more books). ALK VCUP H-3. After the erection of the 1983 Monument to the Soviet Partisans on the site. However. find it about 3km north of the action.akropolis. www. tools. www. This three-floor shopping centre features a large Iki supermarket at ground level. If giving flowers to members of the older generations avoid yellow ones.16:00.lt. tel. Ateities 91.19:00. There’s also a good range of restaurants and a constant cacophonous argument between the cheap car alarms in the enormous car park. Lilies and chrysanthemums are potent symbols of death and should be left well alone unless heading to the cemetery.4 . you can try ice-skating. clothes.21:00. J . entertainment centres and restaurants close to the centre in Žvėrynas.com
. Gedimino (designer clothes. Yellow is the colour of jealousy. A good selection of flowers and plants for the home and/ or special occasions. Saltoniškių 9. as indeed are the increasing number of large shopping centres around the edge of the city.23:00. few other shops inside the same building. Ozo 18. tel. Loads of retail outlets. Again. Best of all are the highly recommended Studio 9 restaurant and the free wireless internet throughout. There are c er tai n rul es that should be adhered to if you wish to keep on the right side of your sweetheart and/or future parents-in-law. Sun 11:00 . Rūdninkų 11/11. Ozo 25. Not quite everything under one roof (they don’t sell roofs for example). a small kiosk selling readymade sushi. blast to the past experience if nothing else. especially red ones. Also at J.lt. at the time of going to press. tel. avoid. www. QOpen 08:00 . (+370) 616 956 80. Not very central. www. Closed Mon. (+370) 5 219 58 11. flowers were sold in a small market at Reformatų. books.20:00. although perhaps not for the faint hearted. Limited retail and dining just north of the river. Thu. Tue. especially during the weekends. is an experience to be savoured if at all possible when visiting the country.rimi.17:00. tel. Originally. Catching on to the latest craze to sweep the nation. Fri. the market was moved to its current location. restaurants and cafés. QOpen 10:00 20:00. The large Prisma supermarket stocks one of the most extensive ranges of alcohol in Vilnius.
Akropolio Blusų Turgus G-1. PTAULKXW Rimi Hypermarket G-5.iki.22:00. Firstly. Gedimino 9.22:00. Sun 10:00 . unless somebody just died. Wed. a top floor of restaurants. but not far off it. PTAULKW Gedimino 9 B-1.23:00. Q Open 24hrs.lt. tel. a gallery and even a place for small business start-ups. the large Ozas shopping centre offers more gargantuan shopping and restaurant services to the city. a Čili Kaimas restaurant and. this bustling shopping centre includes a wide range of retail outlets selling everything from fashion to fish. www. Žirmūnų 2.vcup. The main shopping areas in Vilnius can be divided neatly into the two areas of Old Town (antiques. Sat. (+370) 5 272 19 68.sododizainas. but isn’t particularly welcomed unless it’s a single red rose for the one you love. Carnations. In the heart of the business district just north of the river. and please watch your wallets. akropolis.panorama. Opened in August 2009. QOpen 10:00 .lt.22:00. QOpen 07:00 . PJAUKW IKI Commercial Centre X-00. (+370) 5 261 51 61. tel. tel.lt. where among other things you’ll find all the clothing and footwear shops we’ve chosen not to list here.lt. Also at Žirmūnų 64. in the case of certain products (notably Lithuanian alcohol. www. ozas. books old and new and some nice pieces of art) and parts of the city’s classiest street. JA
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vilnius. One will do.
A huge place full of shops and the flocks that visit them. F l owe r M a r ke t (G ė l i ų Tu r g u s) G .pceuropa. Find inside a veritable cavalcade of shops selling everything from designer clothes to food. this is the place to come for individual flowers.lt.
QOpen 08:00 . Closed Sun.July 2013
. when he discovered her passionate love affair with the mortal fisherman Kastytis.inyourpocket. The nice people here also run the nearby AV17 gallery at Aušros Vartų 17. look for the minibuses around the train and bus stations with Gariūnai signs on the front. QOpen 10:00 . also find tropical fish. items up for grabs include everything from Czechoslovakian clarinets to furniture to WWII-era Nazi propaganda posters in Lithuanian. linen. The latest news is that several of the sellers now also operate at the weekly Akropolio Blusų Turgus every Sunday. harvesting and processing of Baltic Gold. Fri. Closed Mon. Thu 04:00 . colour. (+370) 696 357 18. Gariūnai sells cars on one side of the road plus all manner of cheap consumer goods of dubious quality on a truly expansive scale on the other. Tue. K. Kalvarijų 61.16:00. Aušros Vartų 9.gariunai. Alternatively. Stretched out round two full sides (three on a good day) of the Trade Union Palace as well as more stalls selling mostly old coins inside the building. (+370) 5 262 30 92. you can pick up amber at a variety of stages of production here. Sun. An astounding Aladdin’s cave of amber. Follow amber’s history through a series of ancient rooms in the cellar. Also at Šv.19:00. www. QOpen 07:00 .ambergallery. One of the best places in town for meat.beataamber. QOpen Sat 09:00 . Wed. See the website to find out more about these very nice people. the pagan god of thunder. Closed Mon.lt. Tue.Shopping
Putino 5. Closed Mon. amber (gintaras) originates from the tears of the sea goddess Jūratė and the stones from her castle. tel. causing an increase in the secretion of resin in the pine forests in the region. which is the only place of its type showing both contemporary art and jewellery. J Ūkininkų Turgus G-1. Featuring everything from old ladies selling garlic bulbs and carrier bags to the occasional bargain goat (cash only). Amber C-5. black. Sat 05:00 . The streams of resin swept down rivers and into the Baltic Sea.vilniusclub.18:00. visit anywhere
Amber Museum-Gallery C-3.lt. Konstitucijos 20 (Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva). Mon. J Sūrininkų Namai (Cheesemakers’ Home) A-2. one of the city’s most endangered species is a must-see attraction for anyone who wants a taste of what the rest of the country’s really like. Scientists. The walls and ceiling are plastered with glowing chips of the stuff while display cabinets are full of jewellery.14:00.14:00. hand-knitted socks. QOpen 06:00 .18:00.lt.19:00. Although not officially a museum this two-storey ode to amber offers explanations in English. This is Vilnius’.
selling the stuff and you’ll soon see it comes in such diverse colours as blue. A taxi from a reputable firm costs around 30Lt to get there from the city centre. Soviet-era bits and pieces and a few paintings. Mykolo 8. (+370) 5 212 19 88. JA
April . manbags. Wed. Fri.lt. Covering a vast area of 120 hectares (there are some who say it’s the largest outdoor market in Europe) and attracting an average 50. As much a wholesaler as retailer. locally-produced honey and cameras manufactured in the CCCP . tel.19:00. J Kalvarijų Market (Kalvarijų Turgus) H-2. Q Open 11:00 . Mykolo 12. Closed Mon. Sun 10:00 . A small and interesting outdoor affair featuring a handful of stalls selling locally grown produce as well as cheese and meat etc.
Collectors’ Club (Kolekcininkų Klubas) G-4. www. Find them trading their wares outside the main entrance of Akropolis every Saturday.lt. Čiurlionio 84 (Crowne Plaza Vilnius). However. Poland and Sweden. Fri. A weekly market inside Mano Guru selling locally-produced cheese from four small farms as well as chocolate and bread.16:00.000 shoppers every day. Vilniaus 22/1 (Mano Guru). QOpen . M. German and Lithuanian about the formation. Verslo Parkas Gariūnai 4km from Vilnius just off the Kaunas highway. (+370) 5 262 89
61. Amber polishing demonstrations available upon request. www. PJA
According to local legend. Minsk bicycles and cheap cigarettes from the Roma girls near the main entrance. There are hunks of raw amber. JA Beata Amber C-3/4. wood carvings. tel.12:00. www. It’s this fossilised resin that now sits in deltaic deposits off the coasts of Kaliningrad. Souvenir Market (Suvenyrų Turgus) C-2/3. Some 40 million years ago or thereabouts the earth got warmer. Also at M. Šv. white and yellow. (+370) 698 398 93. sculptures and more. www. Tue. QOpen 09:00 . Lithuania. QOpen 10:00 .lt. Closed Mon. Ozo 25 (Akropolis).surininkunamai. Pilies 23. Thu. The only market we list aimed exclusively at foreigners’ wallets is a predominantly lacklustre hotchpotch of stalls selling amber. sometimes sweeping up a stray bug along the way.13:00. Tue.ambergift. What started out as a small gathering of like-minded aficionados trading miscellaneous antiquities in exchange for a bit of pocket money has slowly evolved into a serious weekly event. V. www. Thu. Aušros Vartų 17. Sat. tel. which was destroyed by Perkūnas. think different. Sat 10:00 .17:00. Every tourist destination has one. various polished beads and blobs that you can use to make your own jewellery and fine finished creations. Wed. Sun. Thu. Stiklių 9/10. Sun 10:00 . Ask most people and they’ll tell you amber is a dark honey colour. Worth visiting even if you’re not interested in shopping. tel. not generally being of the pagan faith.
(+370) 5 268 50 80. tel. QOpen 11:00 . JA Vaga G-3. (+370) 5 262 05 17.15:00. Sat 10:00 . Closed Sun.humanitas. if they don’t stock it they will happily order. International press is best found in the city’s better hotels. Also available are a few eco and handmade souvenirs. icons.17:00. Ozo 25 (Akropolis). as well as a good selection of a fine range of English language magazines on the subject of design. reference books and paperback novels. (+370) 5 249 83 92. (+370) 5 266 00 88.pegasas. Rūdninkų 20. Find a few English books upstairs. QOpen 10:00 . One of the better places in town for foreign literature. A wide selection of paintings.19:00. A Draugystė B-2.lt. peripheries.nshop.78
Unless the item in question is less than 50 years old.22:00.lt. QOpen 10:00 . Also find a decent selection of books about Lithuania in English. Ignoto 16/10. rotas. QOpen 08:00 . which if you don’t speak Lithuanian can be confusing. tel. Dominikonų 16. A reputable antiques salesperson will assist you with this. QOpen 10:00 . Delicious chocolates made daily in Trakai and delivered fresh. tel. Universiteto 4. Closed Sun.ajsokoladas. tel. QOpen 11:00 . Sat 11:00 .16:00. www. Pylimo 42. Also at Konstitucijos 7a. The choice of books.19:00. Sun 10:00 . Also at Konstitucijos 7a (Europa).marks-and-spencer.inyourpocket. www. ek-art. which you’ll find in the back room downstairs.19:00. bigger address.lt.mintvinetu. PJAW Vilnius Antiques Centre C-3. JA The Notebook Shop I-1.15:00. Food department open 08:00 .eu. Sun 10:00 .k. tel. (+370) 5 261 02 66. Sat 11:00 . QOpen 10:00 .19:00.lt. Q Open 10:00 . service and software. mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. tel. QOpen 10:00 .15:00. of which some offer a pre-ordering service for newspapers and magazines they don’t usually stock.21:00. (+370) 652 815 58. One would imagine that in an increasingly international city the choice of books in languages other than Lithuanian would also be growing.lt. www.18:00. photography etc. Germany and beyond established over two decades ago and one of the most reliable places in town to buy antiques.18:00. Fri 10:00 . JAW Rotas B-5.000.
www. Expect the same brands of clothing for all plus the usual highly recommended food outlet. www. QOpen 11:00 .18:00.18:00.19:00.19:00. www. tel. Sat 11:00 . Didžioji 1. may be small but it’s the best anybody’s managed to do so far. tel. A wide range of works for lexicographers. A
iDeal Solution B-4. JA Humanitas B-3. Closed Sun. tel. QOpen 10:00 . sweet pickle and other classic goods from the UK.15:00. It’s therefore always a pleasant surprise to discover a bookshop that stocks foreign language books (in this case most of the English). (+370) 5 240 54 26.21:00.lt. A fine selection of PC laptops plus spare parts. QOpen 10:00 . Closed Sun.art C-4. interior design. Classic and original artworks. The best place in town for Apple products. Didžioji 27. PTJA
vilnius. Closed Sun. reading matter can be found at various libraries listed in our Directory.16:00.idealsolution. Žukausko 17. Vokiečių 5. Closed Sun. Sat 10:00 . plus there’s all sorts of goodies including bitter lemon. furniture. Also travel guides and atlases. Mostly of interest to collectors and dealers. If they can’t. tel. QOpen 07:00 . Sat 10:00 .17:00.
Akademinė Knyga C-3. To the left as you enter is a good selection of titles on art.vaga. This former largish bookshop recently removed half its stock and replaced it with a café operated by the best café chain in the country. JA Rūdninkų Knygynas B-5. architecture. you might like to think again about making the purchase.ek-art.21:00. www. tel. QOpen 10:00 .16:00. (+370) 5 266 16 80. shoes and Jamie Oliver.com
. JA Fabra Ars C-4. www.20:00.18:00. (+370) 5 274 15 28. (+370) 5 212 47 60.lt. Glossy books about art. so you can be as picky as you like.lt. An incredible collection of paintings. Closed Sun. Sat 11:00 . www.pegasas. An excellent place to know about for all serious collectors. Sat 10:00 .22:00.20:00. religious objects and other works of art from Lithuania. enter through the door on the left and exit to the far right of the shop in the small space where you also pay for your purchases.vaga. a fact that the last couple of years has shown in Vilnius to be anything but the truth. (+370) 618 203 47. A
Marks & Spencer A-1. A bit of a way to go but the trip’s usually worth it. tel. (+370) 605 222 22. Sat 11:00 . tel. www.19:00. furniture. find 12inch records from home and abroad.lt. JAW French Bookshop Pegasas C-3.com. Hooray for the lovely people who opened this very welcome second-hand bookshop with small attached café in Old Town.lt. Sat 10:00 .lt.lt.15:00. In short.rudninkuknygynas. Recommended. (+370) 5 262 11 53. photography etc. S. Sun 09:00 .
Bookworms and cheapskates should note that in addition to the following bookshops. PJAU
Food & Drink
AJ Šokoladas C-2. The English-language novels can still be counted on one hand. Adjoining the French Cultural Centre. Upstairs is a selection of paperbacks in English that vary in quantity from a handful to over 1. but now there’s a reason to visit. from laptops to iPods. Gedimino 20/1. Gedimino 46.18:00. www. www. The wonderful M&S recently upped sticks and moved across the road to a new. A rather cute little shop on the very edge of Old Town. Closed Sun. (+370) 5 238 77 52. Sat 10:00 . To the right find guidebooks aplenty.lt. of which Rotas stocks more than the current standard offering that takes less than 30 seconds to browse before leaving empty handed. Šv. tel. In a truly local style the owners have decided to make individual entrance and exit doors for the place.24:00.lt. including titles in English.19:00. The new peanut butter in stock is particularly good. tel. Mon 12:00 . (+370) 655 955 55. JA Vilnius In Your Pocket
Mint Vinetu B-3.16:00.antiques.19:00. An old Vilnius favourite on two floors. www. plus the usual dictionaries. Sold by the gramme. tel. some degree of bureaucracy will almost certainly be required to get antiques out of the country. Didžioji 20.22:00. the shop now also stocks a range of antique Persian carpets. The selection of novels here may not be breathtaking but the range of modern and classic fiction should be enough to keep any English speaker who needs something to read at least partially happy. Gedimino 9. Closed Sun. www. QOpen 10:00 .17:00. www. (+370) 5 262 74 79. Gedimino 2. Sat 11:00 . QOpen 11:00 .humanitas. Gedimino 50/2. Closed Sun. info@
Books etc. JA Didysis Pegasas G-1. Russia. Dominikonų 5. Pilies 8. Sun 11:00 . JA
e. silverwear and other curiosities. You can also subscribe to French-language magazines here. Fri 07:00 .
prisma. Sat 10:00 . the fabulous rarity that’s haloumi and much more besides. Also at Pylimo 21. Essentially your classic modern large supermarket complete with sections for clothes.22:00. Užupio 7/1. sparkling wine and schnapps. A IKI G-4.18:00. QOpen 07:30 . www.17:00. Find the shelves bulging with an ever-increasing collection of things to eat including hummus. AL IKI Express D-3. which at the time of writing has two more large shops in Kaunas.21:00. Vokiečių 13.19:00. A Eastanbul H-3. Notable for having topnotch in-house bakeries in the bigger stores. QOpen 08:00 . tel. JAVSW Prisma H-1.22:00. Belgium and Germany.23:00. Sat 08:00 . Closed Sun. support your local confectioner and buy some of their treats as a gift or for the simple pleasure of stuffing them in your face. (+370) 612 956 13.Shopping
Austrian Gourmet & Bistro H-1. tel.iki. (+370) 5 269 72 81.July 2013
. tel. Tucked away in handy locations nationwide. tools and suchlike.20:00. Sun 11:00 . Turkish yoghurt. JA
April .22:00. Kalvarijų 24a (Ibrahim).16:00. QOpen 09:00 . www. Lithuania’s first supermarket chain. crockery. saldumynai. (+370) 5 273 17 38. A combined shop and small restaurant specialising in Austrian cuisine including chocolates. Sat.lt. tel. Architektų 43/31. QOpen 10:00 .ibrahim. Visitors to the restaurant can enjoy a decent cup of coffee with an authentic slice of apple strudel. www. as is the decent range of groceries. A. and still sticking to their core values of quality and freshness. Portugal. J. As well as being an ordinary shop.21:00.lt.lt. Sat 10:00 . www. (+370) 653 800 85. (+370) 5 249 83 40. lt.inyourpocket. (+370) 686 262 52. Also at Konstitucijos 7a (Europa). Ozo 18. herbs and spices. Sodų 22. Fri 10:00 . perhaps because they were selling themselves on the strength of their range of alcohol. Ozo 18 (Ozas). Vokiečių 13. Mozartkugel.lt. Sun 08:00 . www.lt. tel. several kinds of ajvar.lt. A Rūta A-1. Well worth a visit. Also at Ozo 25 (Akropolis) and Klaipėdos 1. QOpen 09:00 . Sun 10:00 . or even indulge in a classic Viennese schnitzel with potato salad. tel. www. mostly from small producers in Italy. This predominantly Turkish food shop is the only thing of its kind in the city. AVNS Biosala B-4. is definitely worth mentioning for the food.23:00. Although you won’t find anything extremely exotic here.22:00. Fresh baked goods are a key attraction.19:00. Over 20 different types of live Lithuanian beer from the good people at the Vilniaus Alus brewery plus a range of Lithuanian. QOpen 10:00 . (+370) 5 212 20 68. www.dovanukrepsys. QOpen 08:00 . Established in Šiauliai in 1913 and still based in the city.com
edible treats and a few household goods on offer. tel. which was (and which remains) not that great and which tends to put one off looking at what’s on offer in the rest of the place. tel. tel. where coffee and other drinks are served alongside the aforementioned wonderful food. (+370) 5 250 10 50. German and Latvian beer in bottles. JA Mamma Mia! C-4. household good. A highly recommended new deli in the heart of Old Town selling a superb range of food and drink. Sun 10:00 . chalva (halva). A good selection of mostly organic food in tins and packets plus a few extras such as bio-degradable washing powder etc. Verkių 29-22. this recommended Finnish outfit. Stiklių 7. Also a range of snacks and smoked fish.16:00. with vilnius.18:00. Prisma also appears to be the only place in the country currently selling blocks of creamed coconut. Everything from chocolate bars to caramel to truffles. Jakšto 5. Also at Žirmūnų 2. As well as a shopping space there’s also a small café inside.iki.23:00. (+370) 5 260 84 88. QOpen 10:00 . there’s also a window for buying without having to get out of your car. they do offer a good choice of things not available anywhere else including a generally better than average selection of cheese. We weren’t particularly impressed with Prisma when they first opened. Jasinskio 16. QOpen 07:00 . Find it right in front of the main door as you enter. Spain. JA Didžioji Krautuvė I-1.vilniausalus.
lt.lt. Sat 10:00 . One of the best places to buy linen and amber. the Bareket people are also deep into the diamond business.20:00. Sun 11:00 . Pilies 21/12. com. other than the fact that vilnius. Stiklių 9. but is actually a fair reflection of the range and beauty of creations made exclusively from this versatile natural fibre. JA Linen & Amber Studio C-4. this fine shop specialises in gathering the most interesting work from local craftspeople working in ceramics. Closed Sun. Užupio 23.19:00.19:00. Vasario 16-osios 16-2. Pilies 38. tel. including fruit. is available for just about any part of the body or home. JAVW
699 321 35. they also provide a full interior design and decorating service. J Sauluva C-3. tel. shiny things.18:00. A Ramunės Piekautaitės Mados Namai C-4. They have a great selection. Užupio 9. QOpen 11:00 . the fabric that really breathes. Started by two female interior designers.com. Silver and gold melt together in fantastic medleys.17:00. Literatų 5. Sat 11:00 . Didžioji 38.lt. www. Vilniaus 12.sveikiproduktai. intricate lacework. www.17:00. (+370) 618 059 09. QOpen 10:00 . Sun 11:00 . www. www. Closed Sun. A small fishmongers selling a range of fish they catch and smoke themselves from the Curonian Lagoon and Baltic Sea. Ukmergės 264 (BIG). A great selection of predominantly Italian goodies from tinned specialities to meat and cheese plus cakes. JA Lino Namai C-3. JA Užupio Krautuvė I-4. Sat 11:00 . The name means linen dunes. (+370) 5 212 23 22. Sat 10:00 . All the food for sale is local. foie gras and other welcome treats. The upstairs restaurant serves dishes based on the philosophy of the shop. zoraza. QOpen 11:00 .19:00. The people who run this place also offer glassblowing workshops. Krokuvos 6. tel. gold and silver.16:00. metal. A fine selection of mostly food products. A Jūratės Akmenėliai A-3. iron. During the summer months the shop turns into a bit of a café. tel. cheese.17:00. Put elegance and confidence in a blender. Stiklių 7. www.manolietuviskinamai. (+370) 5 275 12 00. (+370) 5 240 44 30. Closed Sun. Sun. expressing Lithuanian culture through a modern context. which sounds like a laundry nightmare. Sun 11:00 . (+370) 641 535 67. Hand-made jewellery inspired by themes from nature and formed from amber. (+370) 659 441 44. www. Also at Literatų 3. QOpen 11:00 . Gynėjų 14. Sat 10:00 . Trakų 16. shoes.19:00. QOpen 09:00 . QOpen 11:00 . QOpen 10:00 . Applying a soft touch with stunning effect. JA
Gifts & Souvenirs
Textile works of Lithuanian artists. Mindaugo 11 (Maxima). Also at Aušros Vartų 13. Aušros Vartų 4. textiles and general interior design.lt.
Julia Janus C-3.18:00. Closed Sun. www. Aušros Vartų 12.lt. Sat 11:00 17:00. and the girls who work here are really helpful. souvenirs and a delightful array of miscellaneous bits and bobs. tel. the lovely Užupio Krautuvė offers a fine selection of Mediterranean gourmet food including olive oil.uzupiokrautuve. Pilies 9. Or just pop along here to see the results. Magic. Pilies 10. QOpen 09:00 .17:00. furry things. vegetables.ramunepiekautaite. Pilies 7.20:00. Stiklių 7. Pilies 32. QOpen 11:00 . but we will. Sat 10:00 . JA Sveiki Produktai A-2. knick-knacks.17:00. www. (+370) 5 231 22 70.19:00. tel.lt. QOpen 11:00 . JA Julija Fashion House C-3. including a range of goods from the UK-based Infinity Foods.inyourpocket. Žirmūnų 64 (Rimi Hypermarket). Ozo 25 (Akropolis).15:00. Closed Sat. QOpen 10:00 .lgstudija. tel.19:00. (+370) 5 212 30 87. www. sausage.19:00. Pilies 30. rosy-cheeked people and transforms it into a total Lithuanian experience. cakes and drinks. (+370) 687 114 20. chocolate and even cigarettes. Sun 11:00 . www.julija.17:00. Sat.18:00.17:00.19:00.lt. florid frocks. tel. (+370) 5 231 28 36. QOpen 10:00 . Sat 11:00 .com. Pilies 23.17:00. (+370) 686 793 50. juliajanus.lt. Linen.com
Vilnius In Your Pocket
. A great choice for souvenir and holiday shopping featuring a very respectable collection of amber jewellery plus Lithuanian made handicrafts mostly made of wood and glass.18:00. Sat 11:00 . (+370) 612 405 01. (+370) 5 261 02 13.17:00. Pylimo 22d. www. yurga. Ševčenkos 16. Amber. Also at Didžioji 10. Closed Sun. tel. siulas. (+370) 5 261 04 21. JA
Aukso Avis C-3. bread. Closed Sun. JA Zoraza C-3. www. Closed Sun. tel. with chairs and tables in the street. If you’re looking to propose.18:00. As if this wasn’t enough. but your whole house too. organic peanut butter and large tins of ghee.lt. and a glitzy upholstered toilet. QOpen 10:00 . tel. Pilies 38.20:00.lt. Also at Universiteto 10. Also at Saltoniškių 9 (Panorama). trinkets.lt. JA Stiklo Paslaptis (World of Glass) C-3/4. QOpen 11:00 . tel.lt. Didžioji 11.21:00. Among the selection are Fair Trade organic basmati rice. Stiklių 3. ambershop. One of the city’s top shops. QOpen 10:00 . Julija is the sort of designer who’d like to get to know you before you get dressed. www. Sun. JA
Mano Lietuviški Namai G-5.19:00.19:00. tel. The only thing we can find in common among all the creations tucked away in this bristling boutique. tel. www. (+370) 5 212 28 56. a small selection of wine. www. tel. One of the better gift and souvenir shops in an area dripping in mediocre ones. Also at Aušros Vartų 4. www.sauluva. Ozo 25 (Akropolis).82
Senamiesčio Krautuvė C-3. find a small selection of locally-produced folk arts and crafts including some really lovely paper cuttings. paintings and more besides. JA Gintraka C-3. An intriguing selection of decorative and functional Lithuanian glassware. (+370) 656 188 91. As well as selling items for interiors. tel. pickles. Vilniaus 15. tel. Bags. Surplus to the Lithuanian designer Julija’s haute couture is a range of off-the-peg clothing for women of all shapes and sizes available at reasonable prices. (+370) 699 099 51.19:00. add a hint of daring and/or fruity nonsense and press the puree button. tel.lt. Sat 10:00 . (+370)
Bareket H-3. the bright sparks who run the place also offer light refreshments and ice-cream complete with summer outdoor seating. Why just buy jewellery when you can make your own? The concept here is all about importing a glittering array of beads and stuff from all over the world and allowing you to string them together to make whatever you please. QOpen 11:00 . tel.18:00. Ozo 18 (Ozas). QOpen 10:00 19:00. JA Šturmų Švyturio Žuvys D-3. Didžioji 20.lt. Closed Sun. We haven’t tried it yet. (+370) 5 262 02 79. An early contender for the prize title in the city’s delicatessen sweepstakes. tel.19:30.stiklopaslaptis. (+370) 687 517 31. Sat 11:00 . tel. courtesy of another internationally successful local designer. JA Lino Kopos H-3.16:00. meat. QOpen 10:00 . Sun 11:00 . Closed Mon. Not only can she design your personal wardrobe. An interesting idea that takes the old-fashioned deli idea of fresh products laid out in baskets sold by friendly. (+370) 212 94 94.sturmuzuvys.juratesakmeneliai.ebareket. boots. www.19:00. JA Vilniaus Gastronomas G-3. Sun 10:00 . JA Aušros Vartų Meno Galerija C-5. QOpen 11:00 . Sat 11:00 .linokopos. JA Yurga B-3.
inyourpocket.16:00.lt and www. A delightfully Užupisesque experience. lighting. (+370) 615 940 01. badges. prosport. Closed Sun.17:30.19:00. Closed Sun.ona. (+370) 671 253 46. musical boxes. Also at Pylimo 36 and J. A good selection of sports equipment and a limited range of clothing. tel. Makers include Focus. paper and chemicals alongside such hard-to-find things as cable releases. Pylones makes an alarming range of equally bizarre-looking household items from wallets to bottle openers to lamps. www. QOpen 10:00 . rugby balls. (+370) 5 265 12
vilnius. QOpen 10:00 . Šeimyniškių 5a. Also at Šv. Sat 11:00 . Tucked away to the right of the main antiques shop is a man behind a desk selling a beautiful selection of old film cameras and other related equipment include Leicas and some Soviet classics. QOpen 08:00 . (+370) 5 262 64 76. Sat. info@ ragaine. tel. tel.17:00. A superb choice of second-hand CDs and vinyl. Savičiaus 5. Švitrigailos 11b. A Expedition H-3. (+370) 631 333 39. as the name sort of implies. (+370) 688 196 55.19:00.lt. Everything from clubs to tees to those ridiculous patterned trousers golfers love to wear. or rather all covered with. QOpen 10:00 . find everything from tents and camping gear in general to sports clothing to canoes and even barbecue equipment.capitals.16:00. (+370) 5 210 52 17. Orders accepted. JA Ragainė C-2. www. Although not exactly cheap.org.16:00. JA
www. if that isn’t enough you can buy everything online and three per cent of the money you spend goes to a charity of your choice. Sat 11:00 . (+370) 5 239 41 30. Find everything from old wedding dresses and sunglasses to shoes to ties to mirrors. Worth a peep at least. www. Lithuania’s biggest label and one hip shop presenting jazz. Specialized and Wheeler. (+370) 5 279 15 45. tripods. you find yourself getting a little tired of the greyness of the city. A
C-3.thelonious. Devoted to the cause. QOpen 09:00 . (+370) 5 275 68 11. QOpen 10:00 . There are two golf clubs in the Vilnius area (see www.Shopping
they’ve tumbled from the presumably chaotic cognitions of designer Daiva Urbonavičiūtė. JA Golf City G-4. Second-hand clothes. Closed Sun.lt. The best choice of dSLRs and digital compact cameras for the serious enthusiast in the city. Closed Sun. Located in an area rapidly making a name for itself as the place to come for expensive designer bits and pieces for the home. tel.lt. Although they stock an impressive range (for local standards) of cameras. footballs.15:00. lenses etc. tel. (+370) 615 161 61. tel. Sun 10:00 . QOpen 09:00 . Closed Sat.July 2013
. Although this is arguably the best photography shop in Vilnius if not the country.16:00. black ceramics. animated tin toys. JA
Boutique of Various Things (Visokių Daiktų Krautuvėlė) D-3. QOpen 11:00 . JA small and rather natty boutique selling vintage clothing and accessories as well as a small range of new fashion. J
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Bitinėlis B-6. www. A
Dviratis Tau G-4.lt for more) and this is the shop that serves them.19:00. (+370) 5 212 42 63. www. indie. and experimental music.18:00. all made by small-scale artists. Kazimiero 12.19:00. Fri 09:00 . Savanorių 1 (Helios City. Sun.fototechnika. televisions. photographs.19:00.19:00.lt. Lithuanian Design Block (Hotel of Things) is packed with goodies. A multitude of things for the home.org. hi-fi equipment and more. A Laisvės Turas Laisvės 123. A well established national chain of shops selling quality bicycles of all types plus spares. from clothing to impossible-looking cardboard tables to the latest swanky offerings from the Lomo people. Lithuanian Design Block G-5. Šopeno 12/26. golfclub. they also buy stuff as well as sell it.hotelofthings.lt. Sat 10:00 . QOpen 10:00 . Barely recognisable at the bottom of a small flight of steps. Sat 11:00 . Closed Sun. A Prosport Ąžuolyno 7. (+370) 682 437 13. www. Not for the straight-laced. racquets. Q Open 11:00 19:00. www. www. The good news is that if they don’t stock it they can order it fairly quickly. An excellent little place to rummage around. A
Fototechnika G-5. tel. Promoting ecologically-friendly products and worthy of much over-needed applause. Also for sale is a range of pre-Christianstyle ethnic jewellery. Kudirkos 1/7.16:00. classic. Closed Sun.lt. A Ona D-4. Švitrigailos 5. a trip to the north of the city for a look inside here is recommended.com
April . Named after the French word for the large metal structures that support electricity cables on the ground that they confess to being rather fond of. tel. Sat 10:00 .
Vilniaus Antikvaro Centras Fotoprekių Skyrius
59. tel. A Vilbra Foto G-5. (+370) 686 497 43. A glorious little shop selling a range of locally-produced honey plus everything you ever needed to start producing the stuff yourself. designers and producers in Lithuania. tel. Sat 11:00 . www. Ševčenkos 16a. furniture.laisvesturas. like us. J Pylones H-1. JA Komisas G-4. mostly jazz but also a few other gems you won’t find in a mainstream music shop.19:00. Thelonious now organise the occasional jazz concert. Trainers. Sat 11:00 . tel. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 11:00 . Sat 10:00 . don’t go getting too excited.17:00. accessories. They also sell a range of old-fashioned hi-fi equipment for those who don’t know their iPods from their elbows. paper cuts and a host of other similar articles. swimming costumes and much much more.19:00. QOpen 11:00 . Sat 09:00 .expedition. www.lt. Closed Mon.16:00.lt. (+370) 5 233 05 70. tel. Sun 12:00 . (+370) 5 212 15 56. Closed Sun.19:00. Goštauto 3/24.19:00.16:00. www.15:00.lt. folk. French. the stuff for sale is at least mostly affordable. Ozo 18 (Ozas).19:00. Sat 10:00 .15:00. See the website for more information. Closed Sun. Ignoto 3/1. Closed Sun. Closed Sat.19:00. QOpen 10:00 .dviratistau. is a certain wacky weirdness. QOpen 10:00 . Also. QOpen 11:00 .22:00. (+370) 5 273 67 11. tel.lt. outrageously coloured rubber. Pilies 6. Sat 10:00 . other fun things and a whole range of niche perfumes.vilbrafoto. Smolensko 10a.lt. paintings. Dominikonų 16.lt. Closed Sat. tel.bitinelis. For lovers of the outdoor life.20:00.lt. Sat 10:00 . www. Started in 1985 in Paris. at first glance this quirky little shop appears to be packed full of classic Japanese goods but is in fact. tel. Sun. tel.17:00. A. Sat 10:00 .19:00. all made.imuzika. tel. Sun. Closed Sun. tel. golf clubs. skis. t-shirts and more. 2nd floor).ragaine.golfcity.19:00.16:00. Stiklių 12.vdk. QOpen 11:00 . flashguns. the selection remains rather small. www. Sun. V. QOpen 11:00 . J Thelonious C-3. Kubiliaus 18. A
De’ Žavu C-4. jewellery.19:00. this tiny shop specialises in darkish-leaning underground music from the Baltic States as well as a few other more recognisable CDs from around the world. this smart little shop accessed via a door down an alleyway specialises in miniature steam engines. QOpen 11:00 . (+370) 5 212 10 76. Šv. film stock.14:00.16:00. If. Užupio 20. Kalkhoff. Closed Sun. Sat 11:00 .
(+370) 5 262 91 87. Fri 08:00 . Lukšio 17. Vilius Vaseikis provides a unique and fascinating service arranging tours of Lithuania for people of Lithuanian descent. location and approximate date are essential.18:00.
Information Bureau Tel. Sun.15:45. A
Citadele B-6. Konstitucijos 7a (Europa). JA www. manicure and a lot more besides. Sun.84
Beauty Institute B-3. www. tel. Those looking to trace people living in Lithuania during the period of 19411942 should consult this archive. Pilies 23. Closed Sat. Englishspeaking staff will make your hair swell with style. does indeed have a silver lining.lt.keitykla.15:45. Also at Gedimino 9. Vytenio 10. tel.
08:00 .18:00. massage. tel. (+370) 5 230 13 01. www. Goštauto). A good old-fashioned launderette that can also pick up and drop off your laundry if you can’t be bothered to do it yourself. JA
The companies listed below provide cable television services to different parts of the city. Sun 10:00 . Sat 09:00 . Hard drive recovery et al. Stanevičiaus 21a.18:00. Closed Sat. Open 24hrs.17:45. Former journalist and six times European Ham Radio Operator champion. Closed Sun.20:00. QOpen 09:00 . no matter how dark and evil it is. K.lt. matrix.17:00. Geležinkelio 6. www.lt.18:00. Sat 10:00 . Closed Sun.16:00.lt. Sat Figaro B-4.com.com
Closed Sun. In order to use this service. When the Nazis invaded Lithuania.haircut. including records of all births. www. Sat 10:00 . (+370) 5 264 91 64. QOpen 09:00 . Jogailos 4.21:00.
Lithuanian Central State Archive (Lietuvos Centrinis Valstybės Archyvas) O.lfs. Sun. tel. QOpen 08:00 20:00. Closed Sat. one of their first tasks was to prepare an extensive set of records of everyone living in the country. Vilius is also the man to speak to if you’re thinking of relocating to Lithuania or are simply looking to rent an apartment.lt/lt/lcva.html. proving that every cloud.18:00.17:00. Fri 08:00 .18:00.lt. (+370)
5 233 78 46.lt. Q Open 08:00 . QOpen 10:00 . Konstitucijos 20. www. tel. Closed Sun. Sun.
Femina Mobile I-1.17:00. (+370) 5 231 49 11.
tel. Sat 09:00 . Gedimino 54. www. Kareivių 6. tel. high quality ingredients and highly trained professional staff.skalbiusau. Closed Sun.15:00.
Kino Studija I-1. QOpen 09:00 . Also at Pylimo 41. These people can rent you anything they have in stock from their wide range of silly costumes.inyourpocket. (+370) 5 269 60 98. QOpen 09:00 . QOpen 08:30 . QOpen 08:00 . The bright-eyed.18:00. lt. QOpen 09:00 . QOpen 08:00 . (+370) 5 262 00 82. make-up.lt. Closed Sun. among the other many things they provide are waxing procedures. JA
Barbers & Beauty
Matrix G-5.grozionamai. Totorių 19. Milašiaus 21. manicure.
www. hair care. tel. www. tel. (+370) 5 213 45 74. Kalinausko 21.20:00.lt.20:00. (+370) 5 270 04
Dry cleaners & Launderettes
Rūdninkų 16. They also all provide broadband internet.archyvai. massage.senamiesciosalonas. tel. A very pleasant hairdressing. Savanorių 176.feminamobile. The Old Town Beauty Salon offers a superb selection of procedures and services for the benefit of both mind and body. www.lt. A Skalbiu Sau Saulėtekio 41.figaro. tel.16:30. Closed Sun. Q Open 09:00 . www. Chopping locks here there and everywhere. deaths and marriages. Doing everything from helping to locate lost relatives to providing a translator.lt.and I talian-speaking staff.lt.
Lithuanian Central Registry Archive (Istorijos Archyvo Skyrius) G-3. Konstitucijos 7a (Europa). (+370) 5 231 29 22/ (+370) 652 224 49. Also at Mindaugo 11 (Maxima). (+370) 5 261 83 64. The entire Lithuanian civil registr y archives from 1940 to the present day. Closed Sun. Sat 09:00 . QOpen 08:00 19:00.15:00.19:00.
C Gates G-2. Fri 09:00 .jogle. Pamperin g from h ead to toe. including hairdressing.20:00. P. cosmetology salon with earl y hours and smiling English. The full range of dry cleaning and laundry services. (+370) 699 599 88. w w w. www. Closed Sat. Using a combination of natural. Vokiečių 14. (+370) 5 213 54
54. www. Sat 10:00 . Fri 09:00 .cgates. (+370) 5 247 78 11. Vokiečių 28/17. (+370) 5 210 75 75.19:00. Also at Ozo 25 (Akropolis). Ukmergės 120. QOpen 10:00 . Sun. tel.19:00.sugihara. tel. Ask your landlord/lady or a local friend about which one is available in your area.
www. manicure and cosmetology.lt. info@senamiesciosalonas. J. Sun. Get a you thful sprucing-up in this freshly renovated salon right on Pilies.
Vis Unita H-3.21:00. Closed Sat. JA
06/(+370) 676 378 89.18:00.
Sat 10:00 . Capable of changing just about any convertible currency as well as all Baltic denominations and Belarusian roubles.17:00. JW
Senamiesčio Grožio Salonas C-4. Sat 08:00 . Closed Sun.archyvai. www. tel. www. Sat 09:00 . (+370) 5 262 12 12. tel. Q Open 24hrs. pedicure.visunita.20:00. Ozo 25 (Akropolis).vinita.lt.
Vilnius In Your Pocket
DD Projects Laisvės 77-323. (+370) 683 461 41. Closed Sat. QOpen 08:00 .
lithuaniavisits. Jasinskio 16 (entrance from A.lt. Also at Šeškinės 26. J
Franko C-3. JA Gatineau B-2.20:30. QOpen 08:00 . tel. Liepkalnio 112. tel.lt. Vinita S. Fri 08:00 . (+370) 656 688 28.
Closed Sun. tel. QOpen 07:30 . QOpen 09:00 .
CAC Reading Ro om (ŠMC Skaitykla) C-4. (+370) 618 888 11. (+370) 5 231 32 39. QOpen 08:00 . Places are limited. Sun.17:00. www.18:00. The sensible thing for non-nationals to do is to use this service with a Lithuanian intermediary.lt. www. www.19:00. QOpen 09:00 . (+370)
Martynas Mažvydas Lithuanian National Library (Lietuvos Nacionalinė Martyno Mažvydo Biblioteka) G-3.18:00. Closed Sun. www. tel.saulesgojus. Closed Sat.lt. QOpen 09:00 . www.gay. J
Lingua Lituanica A-1. (+370) 5 276 15 64.16:00.18:00.lifestyle directory
Lithuanian State Historical Archives (Lietuvos Valstybės Istorijos Archyvas) F-5. Sun. Vokiečių 2 (Contemporary Art Centre). this recommended kindergarden provides care and pre-school education to boys and girls from three upwards in either Lithuanian/English or Lithuanian/German.17:00. tel. tel. chat rooms and personal ads. If you have a name and need an address these people will help you locate the person in question (the addition of a town helps speed things up no end).15:30. QOpen 07:30 . Closed Sat. www.gayline. Ge-
Subačiaus 41. QOpen 08:00 .lt. Q Open 12:00 . J French International School J-2.18:00.ltmrs. although non-Lithuanians be warned that if the person in question is located they are first asked if they actually want to be ‘found’ before the address is given.15:15.com/inyourpocket
.raktine. tel. www. Prices are competitive compared to courses offered by the universities. Fri 07:30 .lt have information about gay and lesbian organisations. Sun.gyvreg. events and accommodation in Lithuania. (+370) 5 276 91 32. Šilo 13. Enrolment is throughout the year. Sat 10:00 . Reports from parents say that the standard of care is exceptionally high and that the country setting is delightful. Pylimo 37. The same as the Lithuanian Central Registry Archive (see above).19:00. (+370) 698 334 13. Saulės Gojus Šumsko plentas 86.lnb.14:00. Also at Pylimo 49. very careful.inyourpocket. only these archives are from the church registry up until 1940.
Sat. periodicals. tel. tel. 24hrs emergency.cac. (+370) 5 213 74 82.16:00.lt and www. Sun.17:00. QOpen 10:00 . Vilnius International School D-3.com twitter.lingualit.18:00. Grigaičiai.lt. QOpen 08:00 . (+370) 5 249 70 28. Vilniaus 39. Gedimino 51 (Entrance from A. J
Jaunimo Perspektyva A-2. Sun. (+370) 5 270 08 80/(+370) 606 382 69. J
Fri 09:00 . tel. Sun.July 2013
vilnius. (+370) 5 260 89 60. www. plus community news. (+370) 5 212 10 31.
687 494 22. Sat 09:00 . (+370) 5 248 59 88. QOpen 08:00 .lt.
QOpen 08:30 . www. Fri 08:00 . Lithuania remains stuck in the Stone Age concerning its attitude towards gay and lesbians. Rusų 3.
American International School of Vilnius I-5.vms. Vivulskio 4a. videotapes and CDs. tel. Be very.efv. Closed Sun. A good few kilometres east of the city.18:30.
Sat 10:00 . www. theoretical books. Sun. B. Closed Sat. (+370) 5 271 77 88.lt. Registry (Gyventojų Registro Tarnyba) G-4. QOpen 07:30 . J dimino 26.15:45. Various levels of Lithuanian language instruction on an individual or group basis. Closed Sat. Archives of information on contemporar y ar t.17:00. Tumėno). Closed Sat. Closed Sun. tel. Closed Sat.
The websites at www. www.lt.19:00.com/inyourpocket facebook. tel.lt. J Raktų Centras B-5.18:00. Radvilaitės 7. tel. Gerosios Vilties
10. Sat 10:00 . Closed Sat.archyvai. Sun.lt. Dynamic librar y with an extensive collection of exhibitions catalogues. J Vilnius Montessori Pre-School Naujakurių 29. They’ve also now opened an accompanying primary school. Two-week summer and winter courses are also available and include plenty of sightseeing and cultural immersion. www. A bus ferries everyone from the city and back again.lt.vischool. Sun. including in the capital.lt. tel.aisv. Closed Sat. Learn Lithuanian with courses of varying length suitable for everyone from short-term visitors to those who wish to make a life here.
ambermassage. massage for two. tel. The brainchild of a lady from Israel. you’ve probably been to one of these venues: 40 64. www. Prices start from around 50Lt. so take your granny along and give them a challenge.lt. Enjoy a steam sauna. tel.14:00. Didžioji 40/2. Note that the opening hours listed here are a guideline. (+370) 5 212 55 99. modus. As well as organising such traditional social events as coffee mornings. aromatherapy and more. They also offer their so-called ‘exciting erotic all body massage’ alongside a less risqué range of facials. Vilnius’ long established International Women’s Association welcomes women from all cultural backgrounds living in the Lithuanian capital. J
Drakono Ženklas B-3. tel. Aušros Vartų 15. the IWA runs a playgroup and is involved in a number of charitable activities. They speak English and also offer gift vouchers. Sat 10:00 . Unless you’re very sexy. Kauno 6. Savanorių 22.16:00. Sat 10:00 . JA
ProCentras G-4. Sun 09:00 .15:00. Totorių 15.19:00. Subačiaus 17. (+370) 5 244 46 46.18:00. (+370) 5 261
Special interest groups
I n t e r n a t i o n a l W o m e n ’s A s s o c i a t i o n
Tel. a copper rose bath. although the usual turnaround is more usually a day. For 50 . (+370) 5 233 42 38. www. QOpen 10:00 . The only truly pro shop in town can provide index prints and rush all manner of film formats through in an hour if you ask them nicely. QOpen 11:00 . tel. Q By appointment only.lt.18:00.procentras. JA Azia Spa B-4.19:00. Heels stuck back on in 15 minutes. www.ajurveda. Sun.22:00. House calls can be arranged.lt.veterinaras. They have previously refused to tattoo tongues.150Lt you can get a matchbox. Sat 10:00 .lt. They claim they will tattoo anything anywhere for the right price. but did once tattoo someone’s foot. or any similarly sized design.lt.com.21:00. Labdarių 1/22. They also do piercing. but they won’t touch your naughty bits. It’s just a shame they don’t open during the weekends. Šv.aziaspa. (+370) 688 589 90. QOpen 10:00 . Sat. www.86
Modus A-6. www. www.lt. QOpen 09:00 .22:00.lt. tel. They have previously slapped tatts on little toes and bald heads. Vilniaus 45. tea ceremony or ayurvedic relaxing massage and peeling.) Somewhat worryingly. they couldn’t remember the strangest tattoo they’ve ever been asked to do. Sun 10:00 . QOpen 11:00 . www. Closed Sun. and the whole thing has been designed to re-energise owning to amber’s peculiar proclivity to generate small amounts of electricity. QOpen 09:00 .21:00. Especially if you’re trying to remove a Lithuanian surname. (+370) 606 755 57.15:00. (+370) 685 212 43. They can also print and mount images and scan negatives up to impressively large sizes. (+370) 5 261 49 23. but they wouldn’t tell us which ones. J
Tattoos & Piercing
If you wake up in a strange place with some strange letters tattooed onto a strange part of your anatomy.lt.21:00.lt. They limped home. tel. Liejyklos
Vets & Pets
6/21. tattooed almost anywhere.lt. www. JA Ayurvedic SPA Centre Shanti D-5. JA East Island Exotic C-4. email@example.com. QOpen 09:00 . QOpen 11:00 . Piercing is offered. There’s a sauna too. QOpen 10:00 .lt. plus spa treatments. Closed Sun. but changing the name of a former lover into an anchor and chain usually involves a bit of work and costs more. Appointments can be made outside of office hours.iwavilnius. Closed Sun. They will also poke holes in you.22:00. info@aziaspa. Sat 11:00 .com. J Paradizė B-2. Sun 12:00 .com
. paradize.19:00. this strange and rather beguiling addition to the city’s growing wellness community provides a range of massages using amber. A little out of the centre but worth it because they only charge 80Lt to change ‘Asta’ to ‘Pasta’. tel.18:00.
Vilnius In Your Pocket
vilnius. body scrubs. (+370) 5 262 88 63.inyourpocket. Mikalojaus 5. (There are body parts that they won’t fill with ink. honey and even chocolate. Transparency films get done in batches. body masks and scrubs. JA
Senamiesčio Veterinarijos Klinika B-2/3.tattoo. tel. tel. (+370) 699 612 65. Thai masseurs on hand for the ultimate authentic experience. Closed Sat. and rather annoyingly can take up to a month to process. Sat 09:00 . Spice up your life with a range of massages including several delivered with the aid of stones. (+370) 5 213 27
Avalynės Taisykla B-4. Special massages for couples also available. J
Amber Massage SPA C-5.21:00. from little rods of it to bags of crushed amber to an entire mini beach of the stuff that you lie on whilst a young lady walks on top of you. A range of Eastern-style massages with a Buddhist philosophy. tel. www. www. iwavilnius@gmail.
(+370) 5 205 85 01. east-island. (+370) 5 212 55 33.pressexpress. Tallinn to Tirana. An independent news portal in English. facials etc. www.lt.lt. (+370) 5 262 48 92. An Asian atmosphere permeates and soothes. spa treatment packages for couples and a few saucy options for gentlemen.21:00.lt. Bernardinų 9-4. Closed Sat.lifestyle directory
Exotic Spa Morocco B-4. Start FM is the only non-commercial radio station currently operating in the capital.lithuaniatribune.20:00. A campus radio station run by students from Vilnius University. all inside an atmospheric Old Town cellar. www. (+370) 5 272 22 27.com.July 2013
.lt. Information is gathered from other news sources. QOpen 10:00 . Regularly updated around the clock. Fri 08:00 .2FM. video. J In Your Pocket D-2. Sun 11:00 . Sleževičiaus 7.com. The music policy is to concentrate and highlight a wealth of home-grown music. tel. J
News agencies Online news
lithuaniatribune. The centre comes complete with an Oriental ambience including representations of Buddha on the wall and a tranquil Eastern soundtrack. J Idzumi Spa I-2. QOpen 11:00 . Raugyklos 15-305. tel.lt. Konstitucijos 26 (Forum Palace 1st floor). editor@
Baltic Times B-5. www.18:00. tel. QOpen 09:00 . sauna. Thai massage options from top to toe. as do all the treatments and services including spa.co. They even cater for babies and pregnant women. Start FM 94. tel. bns.15:00.lt. PDF and now on the iPhone. (+370) 5 212 29 76. Newz. www. www. Jogailos 9/1. QOpen 11:00 .com. QOpen 08:00 .uk/ worldservice. (+370) 5 230 44 02. bringing together miscellaneous sources of news and current affairs and serving them on one easily digestible page. A weekly newspaper in English with news about all three Baltic states. tel. academia and the political world and translated into English. A Nuad Thai C-4. Practical information from Belfast to Moscow. A wide range of massages and spa procedures. See the website for a full list of services. and a wealth of cosmetic procedures to make you feel reborn.lt info@newz. www. (+370) 5 212 12 15. tel.nuadthai. vilnius. w w w. newz. Closed Sat. It’s a fresh approach which will leave you feeling very alive and refreshed.21:00. Order foreign magazines and newspapers.baltictimes.
BBC World Ser vice 95. www.lt.exoticspa. QOpen 09:00 .lt.21:00. Sun. spa@exoticspa. Šv. solarium and more. A
BNS A-2. online.17:00. Didžioji 20/1. www.
Lithuania Tribune Tel. Sporto 12.lt. (+370) 614 312 15. idzumi. economics and international relations. A recommended site featuring news about Lithuania on subjects including politics.com April . (+370) 5 247 24 70. massage. Europe’s leading provider of locally produced urban information in print. J Spa Centre East Island G-3. www.inyourpocket. Closed Mon.inyourpocket. cosmetics. Published every Friday and available for sale in some bookshops as well as for free in a number of hotels.5FM. tel. Mikalojaus 5. Sun.com. a wide range of Thai massages. tel.21:00.bbc. One of the city’s largest spas. services here include aromatic bathtubs. J Press Express M.
Vilnius In Your Pocket
Baltic-American Clinic Nemenčinės 54a. cleaning 150Lt. QOpen 08:00 . filling 100 . (+370) 5 262 84 82. extraction 100-500Lt. Closed Sat.
9-9. prosthetic-CAM-DAM CEREC 3 system 800 -1.650Lt/tooth. tel. Closed Sat. Universiteto 2/18. Sun. A Odontologijos Klinika C-3. (+370) 5
234 20 20/(+370) 698 526 55.odontika. filling 150 .ulac. implant 2. (+370) 5 261 25 12. Sun
10:00 . extraction 80 .lt.20:00. www. (+370) 5 231 29 52. A team of young dental professionals providing an extensive range of dental services. visit and enjoy
Dentists in Vilnius are of a high quality and relatively inexpensive by Western standards.dentaltravel.000Lt/tooth. JA Odontika X-3. As well as offering quality. laser . QOpen 08:00 . tel.lt.com
. Sun.120Lt. Sun. Br. Stuokos-Gucevičiaus
HIV & AIDS
14d.500Lt/tooth. tel. laser-whitening 25Lt/tooth.odontologijosklinika.800 . Closed Sat.000Lt.000Lt/ tooth. Check-up 40 50Lt. implant 2. filling 100 .20:00. tel. Druskininkai (SPA Vilnius). extraction 150 . implant from 6. Fri 08:00 . now bigger and better than ever. firstname.lastname@example.org 780Lt.20:00.160Lt.20:00. www.inyourpocket.Vienuolio 14-3. Check-up 80Lt.000 .000Lt/tooth.17:00. Closed Sat.2. QOpen 08:00 .19:00.400Lt. English-speaking services to resident foreigners. QOpen 08:00 .whitening.200Lt.
Europe’s biggest publisher of locally produced city guides vilnius. Krivių 5. they also specialise in dental procedures for Westerns at considerably lower prices. fax (+370) 5 276 79 68. Laser-whitening 1. drink.300Lt. cleaning 5 . www.500Lt. Closed Sat.lt. JA Stomatologijos Gydykla B-3. Check-up 20Lt. implant 1. Sidaravičius A-3. www. Sun. filling 160 . 1.400Lt. Closed Sat. QOpen 08:00 . QOpen 08:00 . J Gidenta A-1.gidenta. Dominikonų 3-45. tel.19:00. cleaning 5-7Lt/ tooth.200Lt. treatment with magnification (microscope and lens).lt. tel. tel. tel. www. lt.6Lt / tooth. tel. (+370) 5 262 97 60.000 . (+370) 5 215 31 35.400Lt. Sun. Dineikos 1.15:45. QOpen 09:00 19:00. implant 4.inyourpocket. extraction 50 . QOpen 09:00 .000Lt/tooth. K. laser . JA
A ir B Mackevičių Odontologijos Klinika B-2. A
vilnius. Klaipėdos 2/14-3. filling 80 .88
All you need to know about where to sleep. Closed Sat. Sun. Check-up 20Lt. eat. (+370) 5 230 01 25. Sat.bak. (+370) 5 216 90 69. Q Open 24hrs. www.com. whitening 117Lt/tooth. L.200Lt/tooth. 24hrs. Highly recommended modern professional health care and diagnostics.5. cleaning 6Lt/tooth.1.600Lt. The following dentists all have English-speaking staff. laser . cleaning 250Lt. implant 1.rvul. Sun. www.
Communicable Diseases & AIDS Centr e (Užkrečiamųjų Ligų ir AIDS Centras) Nugalėtojų
Vilnius University Hospital (Respublikinė Vilniaus Universitetinė Ligoninė) Šiltnamių 29.19:00.3.000 . Also at Nemenčinės 54a (Baltic-American Clinic).000Lt. (+370) 5 219 77 99. Check-up 30 .lt.lt.whitening 100 .
QOpen 07:30 . Sun. tel. (+370) 5 278 89 91/ (+370) 687 599 87. Closed Sun. Also at Gedimino 9. Sat. Ozo 18 (Ozas).19:00. w w w. (+370) 684 331 00 (appointments). tel. Q Open 08:00 . Basanavičiaus 18. Q Open 09:00 . JA Universiteto Vaistinė C-3. Sun. Q Open
E-2. Vienuolio 14. Closed Sun. kardiolita. obstetrics and modern therapies for menopause. tel. tel.optometrija. Gedimino 1a-19. Sat 07:00 .20:00. JA
Medicine General Private
Northway Medical Center I-1. QOpen 10:00 . JA
Skin & Laser Surgery Center G-4.lt. QOpen 07:30 . (+370) 5 264 73 04. V.lt.19:00. You can also indulge yourself with a massage or various other forms of pampering. tel. skin pigmentation treatment. (+370) 5 261 01 35.lt. (+370) 5 270 57 10. www.lt. Fri 07:30 .20:00.lazerinechirurgija.16:00. Sat 10:00 . A Kardiolita Laisvės 64a. Sat 10:00 . JA
inyourpocket. JA Fertility Clinic Laisvės 64a.19:00.17:00.19:30. tel.15:00. otorhinolaryngology and more. Pilies 32. A
Sugihara Beauty Therapy & Surgery Clinic
Condoms Prezervatyvai Ibuprofen Ibuprofenas Ouch! Ai! Tampons Tamponai
Gedimino Vaistinė A-1. QOpen 09:00 . www. (+370) 5 264 44 66. Laser-related aesthetic procedures including permanent hair removal with IPL. Q Open 08:00 . Sun. QOpen 07:30 . 24-hour urgent surgery services. Full-service gynaecologist. Žirmūnų 64. Excellent staff and facilities for everything from regular check-ups to major surgery. www. (+370) 5 262 26 69.
Clinics B-2.lt. Closed Sat.15:00. M. Sat 10:00 . Closed Sun.vaisingumas. (+370) 5 262 00 73. Č. Sugiharos 3. www. Closed Sun. A.com
.19:00.15:00. Maironio 25-22. Gedimino 3a.com
April . tel. JA Vokiečių Vaistinė C-4.lt.22:00. Sat 09:00 -
24hrs. Vienuolio 6-21.visionexpress.17:00. tel. QOpen 07:30 . www. Čiurlionio 19/36-30. seimosgydytojas. Fertility treatments. JA Vision Express F/G-2. (+370) 5 212 61 16. health and beauty centre services. (+370) 5 239 05 00. Also at Gedimino 49a/2. tel. JA
Šeimos Medicinos Centras (Family Medical Centre) A-3. Gedimino 27. Sat 09:00 . QOpen 10:00 .lt. Saltoniškių 9 (Panorama). Closed Sat. with all the lab tests. Fri 08:00 . S. lt. QOpen 08:00 . Universiteto 2. Closed Sun. tel. Sat 10:00 . tel. Sat 10:00 . www. A
Grybo 32a. Privately-run general hospital. Closed Sun.lt. (+370) 5 261 42 26. (+370) 686 122 43. High quality care.16:00.17:00. Sun 10:00 . sugihara. www. A highly trained team of consulting doctors will come to the rescue if your beauty is slipping away.health
Fertility Centre D-4.vaisingumocentras. Sat 09:00 . tel. scans and caring guidance along the way. (+370) 5 212 12 19. rega. (+370) 5 212 42 32. Excellent Englishspeaking doctor for general and family health located in the city centre opposite the Cathedral. QOpen 08:00 . lymph draining massage and much more. tel. J
Optometrijos Centras B-4.seimosvaistine.
5 262 75 91. Sun 10:00 .14:00. Didžioji 13.16:00.18:00. tel. Closed Sun. QOpen 09:00 17:00.18:00. (+370) 5 260 86 84.nmc. Closed Sat. gynaecology. JA Rega C-3. English speaking doctors. www.July 2013
vilnius. www. Closed Sun. Žukausko 19. Broad range of medical services.20:00. Closed Sun.lt.19:00. www. K.21:00. A
Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Centre (Medicinos Diagnostikos ir Gydymo Centras) J-1.lt. A
15:00.20:00. There are also rehabilitation. tel. Sun. www.inyourpocket. Also at A. General practitioners and specialists in cardiology. QOpen 09:30 .medcentras. Pylimo 9.19:00. QOpen 06:30 .20:00. Sat 10:00 . Vokiečių 26. JA Operos Vaistinė A-1.lt. tel.novana. Closed Sat. tel. www. QOpen 07:30 . Closed Sun. A
Benu I-1. A Novana H-4. Highly recommended modern fertility treatments.19:00. tel.16:00.20:30. (+370) 5 270 91 20. (+370) QOpen 10:00 .lt. (+370) 656 444 40.
Labdarių 8. (+370) 602 323 66. Out in the northern suburbs. Sun 11:00 . www.lt.22:30. Asanavičiūtės 15.vilniaus-stalo-tenisas. spa.21:00. Sat 11:00 . click here. tel. Matulaičio 7-38.scubadiving. Sun 09:30 . (+370) 5 212 28 94. tel. exercises for expectant mothers and a host of other things. www.lt. Also at Konstitucijos 6.kartodromas.15:00. (+370) 5 273 33 33.19:00.lt. fax (+370) 5 262 28 82. AFDC Impuls Plus I-1. A Lietuvos Vaikų ir Jaunimo Centras G-2.labasnuotykiuparkas.lt. with English-speaking staff.22:00.5km of tracks up in the trees aimed at everyone from children to beginners to professional Tarzans. QOpen 12:00 .lt.com/hotel-vilnius. Each track comes with zip-lines for aerial flights. Q Open 06:30 . QOpen 10:00 18:00.com. www. vandensparkas. (+370) 5 246 08 36. The place is hidden from the road and there are no signposts at all. info@narutis. modern table tennis club complete with lots of tables. balance training.
567 04. Opened in 2009 and the first of its kind in the country. tel. TAEKDC
Diugonis (Scuba-diving) J.22:00. Closed Mon.sebarena. And then join them. (+370) 654 020 59.
Force One Tel. Closed Sun. modern equipment and the option of a personal trainer to shout at you while you use it. Also at L.lt. A map on their website partially solves the mystery. w w w. Mostly caters to corporate clients. fax (+370) 5 212 17 62. Very nice people indeed. info@forceone. Seriously rec-
ommended if you’re in town on a warm or a hot day and you don’t mind getting wet. which offers long (fourhour) and short (two-hour) adventures involving throwing yourself down the innocent-looking Vilnelė river (watch out for the fallen tree trunks and rapids) on an expensive piece of plastic through some gorgeous nature before hitting the city centre. Sat.22:00. pool and waterslide.22:00.stimulus. A vast(ish) and gleaming facility tucked away under one of the city’s finest hotels. PJW
Fitness & Gyms
Radisson Blu Astorija C-4.21:00.radissonblu. Sun 08:00 . Scuba gear available for hire. www. despite being in a children’s and youth centre. And a nice little fountain. the taxi fare’s still worth it. There’s a sauna.lt. plus there’s a 16m swing for the completely insane and an aerial runway across the river. pool. Konstitucijos 26. The same company also has a small country cottage with a sauna and outdoor hot tub not far from the city centre.Check the website for more information about the full range of their activities.forceone. therapies. (+370) 699
Lizdeikos. Whether it’s relaxation or action. Labas Nuotykių Parkas offers over 1. we definitely suggest you look into doing their Extreme Vilnelė. P
Baidarių Nuoma www. Sat. Lakūnų 24. we’ve hand-picked a bunch of options and stuffed our pages with stuff to do. JA
Sostinės Stalo Teniso Klubas I-1. tel. tel. 25m pool. www. This go-cart track offers speed.lt. courses and other such things aimed at achieving a strong and healthy body and mind combined with inner balance for a harmonious lifestyle. Closed Sun.com.impuls. (+370) 5 233 98 07. mayhem. but with smaller cars and more fun. Ranging from leisurely paddles through the city centre at night to the chance to play kayak polo. Konstitucijos 25.
Plytinės Kartodromas Plytinės 27. steam room and a modest pool with spa bath. www. Savanorių 28. G ym. (+370) 607 435 55. (+370) 5 212 01 10.13:00. tel. QOpen 10:00 . aerobics. spa bath and some fitness kit are all present.inyourpocket. Sun 10:00 . www. aerobics. Kareivių 14. www.90
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As tempting as it may be to just sit around in cafés and bars enjoying the city. Sat 09:30 . tel. 118. Not far from the city centre on the eastern shore of the Neris river. Pilies 24. 40 .inyourpocket. danger. Sun 08:00 .lt. (+370)
vilnius. A hidden treat on the main tourist promenade of Old Town. A Vichy Aqua Park H-1.lt. Užupio Kavinė where it’s pretty much impossible to not stop off at and swallow a beer. good shower facilities and the option of coaching or just playing for pleasure. tel.21:30. Fabijoniškių 97a. (+370) 615 400 72. sales.100Lt/hour depending on when you want to play.lt. You can watch people swimming while you’re on the treadmill. modern dance exercises. saunas. outdoorsy and team-building type activities. a pretend beach with real waves.com
vilnius. QOpen 17:00 . A large. tel. There are dizzying water slides.21:00.lt. Focusing on Callanetics but also offering Pilates. yoga. ADC Stimulus B-2. QOpen 13:00 . A big explosion of aquatic fun with a pleasantly up-lifting Polynesian theme throughout. The pool is only 25m long but it’s clean as a whistle and.com
Vilnius In Your Pocket
. Extreme. www.lt. Stimulus is an almost exclusively women-only venue (exceptions are few and far between and males generally only ever visit on invitation) offering a wide range of regimes. there might be occasions when you might want to actually do something.Preferred Boutique C-3. Ąžuolyno 7. A PADI dive centre. Strength and cardiovascular workout gear. www. Sauna. sauna. www. tel. tel.21:00. these people offer a wide range of kayaking options for individuals and groups of up to 50 people. For information about cycling in Vilnius.narutis. Sat. Sat.20:00. Ozo 14c. all overseen by professionals and the vast majority of it available in English. (+370) 5 210 31 49. the Stimulus people have two locations in Vilnius in Old Town and the new business district as well as one more in Panevėžys. QOpen 07:00 .com.lvjc. A
Forum Spor ts Club G-2.vilnius@ radissonblu. it’s not just for kiddies. Labas Nuotykių Parkas (Labas Adventure Park)
www. tel. Didžioji 35/2. JA The Narutis Hotel . The route incidentally goes directly past the excellent
5 240 70 15. lectures and workshops featuring everything from fractal painting. or take bus N°53 if you’re feeling cheap. There’s also classes. Sat. who can arrange dives in the lakes around Trakai.lt. oodles of pools of various types (one with a bar) and all sorts of saunas and spa baths. email@example.com itness.
Teniso Pasaulis E-1. to making mosaics to gongs. so it’s just like the rest of Lithuania’s road network. Q Open 06:30 .activetourism.
Vilnius In Your Pocket
261 00 00. tel. tel. K. T. Netherlands I-3. Ukraine A-3. Japan F-4. tel. Iceland (Consulate) F-5. (+370) 5 261 05 26. Bernardinų 9-4. (+370) 5 249 09 50. Miglos 61a.
212 33 69. Čiurlionio 76. Teatro 4. tel. Gedimino 53. (+370) 706 641 54. tel. Spain G-4. (+370) 5 212 06 20. (+370) 5 233 07 82. Odminių 12. tel. tel. vilnius@roedl. tel. Gaono 6. Jakšto 1/25. tel. (+370) 5 231 04 62. (+370) 5 213 12 Malta (Consulate) C-5. tel. (+370) 5 219 96 00.
Department of Customs (Muitinės Departamen tas) H-3. (+370) 5
Tilto 1. K.
tel. Vašingtono 1/63a. (+370) 5 262 94 60. tel. Lenktoji 17.
G/H-5. tel. tel. Canada A-2. Poškos 13. Gedimino 1.
236 24 44. Vivulskio 19. Kalinausko 2b. (+370) 5 261 30 27. (+370) 5 211 20 00. Gedimino 11. Georgia F-3. (+370) 5 212 35 90.
60. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (LR Užsienio Reikalų Ministerija) G-3.lt. (+370) 5 231 39 61.O. tel. tel. tel. Austria C-3. (+370) 5 215 05 75. (+370) 5 210
European Consumer Centre (Europos Vartotojų Centras) B-2. JogaiVilnius Chamber of Commerce. Birutės 16. fax (+370) 5 262 05 35. Italy G-4. Ž. tel. Didžioji 16. (+370) 5 266 10 54. tax. J. Invest Lithuania (Investuok Lietuvoje) A-2.18:00. (+370) 5 270 90 01. UK J-3.18:00. Muitinės 41.
5 231 31 91. Konstitucijos 3. tel. (+370) 5 213 55 50. Čiurlionio 82b. tel. Didžioji 5. Closed Sat. (+370) 5 266 08 20. (+370) 5 261 21 02. tel. USA G-4. tel.
Association of Lithuanian Chambers of Commerce. Subačiaus 2.
Armenia F-3. D. (+370) 5 231 31 83. Kosciuškos 36. Jogailos 4.fscenter. tel. tel. QOpen 09:00 . Closed Sat. Didžioji 37. T. (+370) 5 278 02 00. QOpen 09:00 . tel. Belarus G-4. tel.
European Commission B-1. tel. tel. Government (LR Vyriausybė) B-1. tel. K. Vatican I-3. (+370) 5 260 79 14. tel. (+370) 5 216 28 62. Germany G-4.
(+370) 5 266 37 11. (+370) 5
AIM Group Baltic F-3. fax (+370) 5 279 15 14. tel. tel. British Chamber of Commerce C-3. tel. Smėlio 22a. J
Rödl & Partner B-1. Liepkalnio 180. (+370) 5 264 95 70. Denmark I-3. Hungary A-2. K. President’s Office (LR Prezidento Rūmai) C-2/3.92
SEB Bankas C-4. Sun.
5 212 00 03. tel. M. (+370) 5 Moldova F-2. K. Sweden C-4. (+370) 5 212 36 96. (+370) 5 261 11 81. tel. Vokiečių 9. Laisvės 5. www. (+370) 5 231 05 57. Konarskio 28a. Philippines (Consulate) A-2. Švarco 1. tel. Box 1125. Algirdo 4. Algirdo 31. Azerbaijan G-3. tel. (+370) 5 273 69 59. (+370) 5 265 03 68. tel. tel. Antakalnio 2. tel. Ireland C-2. tel. (+370) 5 272 17 63. China H-5. tel. Gedimino 16. 1528. tel. European Business Network P. France C-3. (+370) 5 266 55 00.pro. Z. (+370) 5 268 50 10.inyourpocket. tel. tel. Kalinausko 24. tel. Mickevičiaus 4a.
Financial Services Center B-1. (+370) 5 262 74 38. Estonia F-3. Kalinausko 24 (3rd floor).
Norway A-3. Jogailos 4.com
. Liauksmino 3. tel. Industry & Crafts G-3. tel. (+370) 5 212 29 24. T. tel.
American Chamber of Commerce H-3.
(+370) 5 239 60 60. (+370) 5 266 05 80. K. Latvių 53/54. J
Gedimino 16. (+370) 5 246 29 00. (+370) 671 811 57. (+370) 5 210 64 00. Australia (Consulate) A-2. (+370) Litexpo (Lietuvos Parodų ir Kongresų centras Litexpo) E-5. A. Belgium A-3.
Legal & Financial services
(+370) 5 262 05 34. (+370) 5 207 50 40.
S. (+370) 5 212 21 23. Algirdo 36. Kęstučio 59/27. Parliament (LR Seimas) G-3. Kosciuškos 36. tel. A. Romania G-4. www. info@ fscenter. Gedimino 35. M. (+370) 5 210
251 44 91. tel. Sierakausko 24. tel.roedl. (+370) 5 264 87 60. tel. Jogailos 4 (A corps). tel. 46 20. (+370) 5 266 80 10.
tel. (+370) 5 269 00 62. A multidisciplinary professional services firm with 83 offices in some 37 countries providing legal. tel. Didžioji 33/2. (+370) 5 219 56 01. Sun. A. Konstitucijos 7. Turkey C-4. Vilniaus 23. Accounting services.
67 50. tel.
Latvia F-4. Finland G-4. Greece C-4. (+370) 5 212 00 33.
DPD Lietuva D-6. Tumo-Vaižganto 2. (+370) 5 Municipality (Savivaldybė) B-1. (+370) 5 213 22 55. (+370) 5 268 68 12. Industry & Crafts
los 4.lt. Czech Republic F-4. Kazakhstan F-3. Russia F-3. Kosciuškos 28. Daukanto 3. Birutės 20a/35. tel. tel. Poland J-2. Akmenų 6.
balTICK Language Services D-2. (+370) European Commission Information Centre B-1. accounting and audit services for international corporate clients and major local businesses.lt. Vytauto 1. (+370) 5 269 00 38. tel.
Lelevelio A/B-1 Jogailos A-1/2 Karmelitų C-4/5 Kaštonų A1 Kauno A/B-6 Kėdainių A/B-4 K. Kazimiero Šv. Stepono Teatro Tilto Totorių Trakų Turgelių T. Strazdelio A. Vanagėlio D-5 Labdarių B-2 Lapų C-5/6 Latako C/D-3 Liejyklos B-2/3 Liepkalnio D-6 Ligoninės B-4/5 Literatų C/D-3 Lydos B-4 L. Mykolo Šv. Stuokos-Gucevičiaus B/C-2
M.inyourpocket. Daukšos Mėsinių Mindaugo Naručio Naugarduko Odminių Palangos Pamėnkalnio Pasažo Paupio Pelesos Pilies Plačioji Pranciškonų Punsko Pylimo Radvilų Raugyklos Rožių Rusų Rūdninkų Savičiaus Seinų Sodų S. Liauksmino Žydų Žygimantų
B-4 D-2 C-3 C-2 D-5 B-3 C-3 C/D-4 B-4 C/D-3 A-6/B-5 A-3 B-1/C-2 B-2/3 A-4/B-3 D-6 C-1 C-2/3 D-3 A1 B-1/3 A/B-4 B/C-5 B-3/C-4 B-6 B-4 D-5 B-1/C-2 B-4/C-3 B/C-1
vilnius. Skapo Stiklių Stoties Subačiaus Šaltinių Šermukšnių
C-3/4 D-2/4 D-3 D-5 B-5/C-4 A-4/6 D-6 A-4/5 B-2 A-3 A-2 C-5 D-3 C/D-6 C-2/3 B-5 B-3/4 A-6 A-2/C-6 B-1 A-6/B-5 A-3/2 C/D-3 B-5/C-4 C-4 B/C-6 B-5/6 C-2 C-3/4 B-6 C/D-5 A/B-5 A1
Šiaulių Šiltadaržio Švarco Šventaragio Šv. Radvilaitės Didžioji Dominikonų Dysnos A-4/6 A-1 D-6 C-4/5 C/D-1 A-1/2 D-5 A-2/1 B-4 C-4 D-4 C-5/6 D-3 C/D-5 A1 B-3 C-2/D-3 C-3/D-5 C/D-2 C-3/4 B/C-3 B-4
Etmonų C-4 Gaono C-3 Gedimino A-1/D-2 Geležinkelio C-6 Gėlių B-5 Islandijos A-2 Išganytojo C/D-3 J. Dvasios Šv. they are at least on the map opposite which we call Old Town. Kalinausko A-3 Klaipėdos A/B-3 Kruopų B-5 K. Jablonskio A-5/6 J. Smetonos A. Antokolskio Maironio Malūnų M. Mikalojaus Šv. Griniaus A-2 K.com
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All of the venues in this guidebook marked with an Old Town symbol (J) are featured as such because even if they’re not in Old Town per se. Confused? Don’t be. Vrublevskio Universiteto Užupio Vienuolio Vilniaus Vingrių Visų Šventųjų Vokiečių V. Ignoto Šv. Jono Šv. Sirvydo B-1 K. Volano Bazilijonų Beatričės Benediktinių Bernardinų Bokšto B. Škirpos D-1/2 Kūdrų D-4 K. Jakšto Alkūnės Arklių Arsenalo A.
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76 Paparazzi 58 Paradise 61 Park Inn Vilnius North 27 Park Villa 25 Pasaka 20 Paukščių Takas 34 Paupio Namai 28 Pekinas 32 Piano. Peter & Pauls' Church 67 St. Paraskeva 66 Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit 66 Osaka 45 Osteria da Luca 44 Ozas 76 Pabo Latino 56 Panorama 27. K.art 78 Ekipažas 10 El Gaucho Sano 31 Embassy Hotel Balatonas 24 Esse 38 Estonian Air 11 Eugenijus Apartments 30 Europa 76 Europa City Vilnius 26 Europa Royale Vilnius 24 Europa Stay Vilnius 26 Europcar 11 Europos Parkas 68 Evangelical Lutheran Church 66 Exotic Spa Morocco 87 Expedition 83 Fabra Ars 78 Filaretai 29 Financial Services Center 92 Finnair 11 Fiorentino 44 Flower Market 76 Fortas 54 Forto Dvaras 46 Fortuna Hostel 29 Franciscan Church 66 Franko 84 Free Ball 60 French Institute 20 Gediminas Castle & Museum 62 Gedimino 9 76 Gedimino Dvaras 46 Gėlės ir Manufaktūra 76 Genocide Victims' Museum 62 Gintraka 82 Gluck 56 Graf Zeppelin 46 Grand Duke Gediminas 71 Grata Hotel 26 Green Bridge 68 Green Hall 38 Green Vilnius Hotel 27 Grill Inn 38 Gringo 54 Grotthuss 24 Gytis Ivanauskas Theatre 22 Hertz 11 Hill of Three Crosses 68 Holiday Inn 24 Holocaust Exposition 73 Holy Trinity Church & Basilian Gate 66 Ida Basar 32 iDeal Solution 78 IKI 79 IKI Commercial Centre 76 IKI Express 79 IMuzika 83 Infostruktūra 75 In Your Pocket 87 Ireland 92 Itališka Kepykla 38 Jackie 54 Jalta 39 Jaunimo Perspektyva 85 Jewelry Art Studio 21 Jewish Cemetery 74 Jewish Community of Lithuania 73 Jonas Bugailiškis Art Studio 19 Julia Janus 82 Kalvarijų Market 77 Kas Kas 54 Keisti Ženklai 47 Kelionių Panorama 13 Kenesa 68 KFC 36 Kitchen 39 Koldūninė 47 Kybynlar 15 La Birra 54 La Crepe 46 La Provence 33 Lauro Lapas 39 Lazdynų Pelėda 71 Leičiai 54 Leleko 52 Lėlė Puppet Theatre 22 Le Méridien Vilnius 23 Linas Samėnas 35 Linen & Amber Studio 82 Lingua Lituanica 85 Literatų Gatvė 69 Lithuanian Energy and Technology Museum 63 Lithuanian Holidays 13. Anne's Church 62 Stars & Legends 55 Start FM 87 Stasys Apartments 30 St. 40 Neringa Café-Bar 56 Nesė Casino 61 Niño 52 Norwegian Air Shuttle 11 Notre Vie 59 Novotel Vilnius Centre 25 OKT/Vilnius City Theatre 22 Old Town Hostel 29 Old Town Strip Club 61 Omakase Sushi & Grill 51 Omnitel 75 Ona 83 Opium 56 Oreivystės Centras 70 Orthodox Church of St. Catherine's Church 20 Steak House Hazienda 50 Steak House Helios 50 Stebuklai 41 Stebuklas 70 Stikliai 33 Stiklių Dvaras 26 Stiklo Paslaptis 82 St. Valentino 44 Sulčius 41 Sūrininkų Namai 77 Sveiki Produktai 82 Šviežia Kava 40 TaDas 21 Tamsta 58 Taškas 75 Tautodailininko Dirbtuvė 20 Tavo Erdvė 52 Teatro Arena 20 TELE2 75 Telegrafas 33 Television Tower 70 Terrano 42 Terra Recognita 21 The Beautiful Land Of Nevermind 13 The Globe 55 The Narutis Hotel .lt 13 Veranda 43 Vero Café 40 Verslo Parkas Gariūnai 77 Vichy Aqua Park 90 Vienuolyno Kiemas 53 Vieta 52 Vilnius Apartments 30 Vilnius City Camping 25 Vilnius City Tour 70 Vilnius Congress Hall 20 Vilnius Old Town Theatre 22 Vilnius Picture Gallery 64 Vilnius Small State Theatre 22 Vilnius Tourist Information 6 VilniusTransfer. Michael & Constantine 65 Church of the Apparition of the Holy Mother of God 65 Church of the Holy Cross 65 Church of the Holy Mother of God 65 Čili Kaimas 46 Čili Pica 48 Citadele 84 City Gate 26 Cocainn 56 Coffee Inn 40 Collectors' Club 77 Comedy Club Vilnius 58 Come to Vilnius 29 Comfort Hotel Lt 26 Comfort Vilnius 26 Congress 24 Contemporary Arts Centre 21 Conti 24 Corner Hotel 27 Crowne Plaza Vilnius 24 Cukatos 38 CWT Lithuania 13 Da Antonio 43 Danish Cultural Institute 20 Dawn Gate 62 Delta 13 Didysis Pegasas 78 Didžioji Krautuvė 79 Dolls 60 Domino Theatre 21 Domus Maria 26 Draugystė 78 Druskos Namai 38 Dviratis Tau 83 Eastanbul 79 East Island Exotic 86 Easy Rental 11 Ecotel Vilnius 28 e.Preferred Boutique 23. 90 The Notebook Shop 78 Thierry Kepykla 38 Tiflisi-Dukani 35 Titanikas 21 Tokyo China 31 Tourist Information Centre 14 Town Hall 70 Trakai Historical National Park Information Bureau 14 Trasalis 14 Tres Mexicanos 49 Trip 55 Tuskulėnai Peace Park Memorial Complex 64 Ūkininkų Turgus 77 Universiteto Pub 56 UTair 11 Uzbekistanas 48 Užupio Galerija 20 Užupio Kalvystės Galerija Muziejus 20 Užupio Kavinė 35 Užupio Picerija 49 Užupis Angel 71 Užupis Old Jewish Cemetery 74 Vaga 78 Vapiano 44 Vartai 21 Vasaros Terasa 53 VCUP 76 Vegafé 52 VeloCity Tours & Rent 13 Veloklinika. Casimir's Church 67 St.inyourpocket.com 12 Vilnius Travel Service 13 Vilnius University 70 Vilnius Yiddish Institute 74 Vilnius Youth Tourist Centre 30 Vingio Parkas Soldiers Cemetery 72 Visit Lithuania 13 Who Hit John 56 WizzAir 11 Wok & Roll 31 Wrislit 13 Žemaičiai 48 Žemaitė 71 Znad Wilii 21 Zoe's Bar & Grill 43
Vilnius In Your Pocket
vilnius. Johns' Church 67 Sts. 70 Lithuanian Karaite & Tatar Cemetery 72 Lithuanian Music & Theatre Academy 20 Lithuanian National Drama Theatre 22 Lithuanian National Opera & Ballet Theatre 21 Lithuanian National Philharmonic 20 Lithuanian Radio & Television Museum 63 Lithuanian Railway Museum 63 Lithuanian Russian Drama Theatre 22 Lithuanian State Historical Archives 85 Lithuanian Theatre. Čiurlionis' House 69 Mojitos 58 Molio Laumė 20 Money Museum 64 Moscow 58 Multikino 20 Narutis Restaurant 33 National Art Gallery 64 National Museum 64 National Youth Theatre 22 Neringa 25. 70 Bambalynė 59 Beata Amber 77 Bel Ami 37 Berlin 58 Bernardine Cemetery 72 Bernardinų B&B House 28 Best Western Vilnius 24 Biosala 79 Bistro 18 37 Bitė 75 Bitinėlis 83 Bix 53 Böff Steak House Vilnius 50 Boulingo Klubas 60 Boutique of Various Things 83 BPC Travel 13 Brasserie de Verres en Vers 34 British Council 20 Briusly 53 Brodvėjus 56 Brussels Airlines 11 Buses & Trolleybuses 9 Bus Station 10 By train 9 Cactus 53 Čaichana 48 California Tapas & Wine 51 Carré 37 Castle & Trakai History Museum 15 Centre of Europe 68 Centro Kubas . Nicolas' Church 67 Sts.98
Academy 21 A ir B Mackevičių Odontologijos Klinika 88 AirInn Vilnius Hotel 25 Alexa Old Town Hotel 25 Algirdas City Hotels 25 Amatininkų Užeiga 53 Amber 77 Amber Museum-Gallery 77 Amberton Hotel 23 Amber Tours 13 Ameda 28 Antakalnis Cemetery 72 Apia Hotel 26 Apvalaus Stalo Klubas 14 Archaeology Museum 63 Armenia 92 Artis Centrum Hotels 23 Artistai 53 Arts Printing House 21 Auksinis Trikampis 30 Aula 46 Aušros Vartų Meno Galerija 82 Austrian Airlines 11 Austrian Gourmet & Bistro 79 Aviavilsa 11 Avis 11 Azia Spa 86 Baltic-American Clinic 88 Baltic Clipper 13 balTICK Language Services 92 Baltic Tours Vilnius 13 Baltic Travel Cars 11 Baltic Travel Service Lufthansa City Center 13. Theresa's Church 68 Šturmų Švyturio Žuvys 82 St.lt 20 Piano Man 54 Piazzetta Italia 44 Pinavija 38 Pizza Hut Express 48 Pizza Jazz 48 Plieno Paukštis 54 Pogo 54 Pogo Hostel 29 Pomodoro 48 Ponių Laimė 31 Pramogų Arena 20 Presidential Palace 69 Prie Katedros 40 Prisma 79 Prospekto Galerija 21 Radharanė 52 Radisson Blu Astorija 23 Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva 25 Rasos Cemetery 72 Raw42 47 Raw Raw 47 Reformed Evangelical Church 66 Reinis The Cook 35 Relais & Chateaux Stikliai Hotel 23 René 35 Rib Room 40 Rimas 11 Rimi Hypermarket 76 Rinno 27 Riverside 40 Roast & Beer Pub 40 Rödl & Partner 92 Romain Gary 74 Rotas 78 Rūdninkų Knygynas 78 Rūdninkų Vartai 28 Rūta 79 Ryanair 13 Saint Germain 59 Salentino Café 40 Salento DiscoPub 56 Sarkozy 59 SAS Scandinavian Airlines 11 Saulės Namai 28 Sauluva 82 Šauni Vietelė 55 Savas Kampas 59 Seimas 69 Seklyčia 31 Senamiesčio Gidas 13 Senamiesčio Grožio Salonas 84 Senatoriai 27 Senoji Trobelė 48 Shakespeare Boutique Hotel 25 Shimai Sushi & Wine 51 Siemens Arena 20 Sixt 11 Skalvija 20 Skapo Apartments 30 Skonis ir Kvapas 41 SkyBar 55 ŠMC Kavinė 55 Sofa Travel 13 Sonnets 41 Souvenir Market 77 Spa Centre East Island 87 Špunka 55 St. Nicholas' Church 67 St. Music & Cinema Museum 63 Lithuanian Tours 13 Lokys 47 LOT 11 Lotus 58 Lufthansa 11 Lux Express 10 Mabre Residence 24 Maghrib 42 Mamma Mia! 79 Mano Lietuviški Namai 82 Map of the Ghetto 74 Marceliukės Klėtis 48 Marché de Provence 34 Marks & Spencer 78 Markus ir Ko 50 Mažasis Pub'as 54 McDonald's 36 Meat Lovers Pub 50 Medininkai 39 Meno Fortas 22 Meno Niša 20 Menų Fabrikas 21 Mikotel 28 Minibuses 10 Mint Vinetu 78 M.com
.Angel 26 C Gates 84 Choral Synagogue 73 Church Heritage Museum 63 Church of Sts.k.