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Everything you always wanted to know about Lithuanian cuisine but were afraid to ask

What’s On
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Our events listings have never been so extensive




Some simple differences worth knowing 5 7 9 14 22 24

A mind-boggling millennium

Arriving & Getting around
Where to get off and how to stay afloat

Culture & Events
Art, photography and the rest

Lithuanian Food
A tasty look at Lithuania’s underrated cuisine

Where to stay
Campsites and presidential suites for all

Dining & Nightlife
Restaurants The capital’s kitchens in all their glory Nightlife Beer, clubs and a little bit of nakedness 32
A classic tile-stove in the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania


A fully comprehensive guide

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Lithuania’s former capital uncovered

Mail & Phones 77
Keeping in touch

Shopping 78 Lifestyle 85 Health 89 Sport & Leisure 90 Business 92

Maps & Index
Street register City centre map City map Index Country map
Sts. Johns’ Church and belfry

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December 2013 - March 2014


Does Vilnius ever look better than when covered in snow, the streets and houses of the Old Town given a crisp white frame? We don’t think so. We long ago made up our minds about winter in Vilnius: yes it’s long, and cold, but it’s also rather glorious, and it’s our favourite time of year to be in the city. Anyone visiting Vilnius right now has therefore chosen the time of their trip very well indeed. Visitors will not be short of things to do. Throughout much of the winter Vilnius stages a number of events, from the lovely Christmas market in December to the Vilnius International Film Festival in March. Eccentrics might like to take part in the traditional Christmas Race: grab yourself a Santa Claus costume and run around the Old Town. After all, locals have been doing it since 1975. Details of all these events can be found in our improved listings, on pages 14-15. Finally, look out for our brand new feature on Lithuanian food (p.22-23). You might like to read it while tucking into a couple of cepelinai: the ultimate Vilnius winter warmer. Publisher
Vilnius In Your Pocket Bernardinų 9 - 4, Vilnius, Lithuania tel. (+370) 5 212 29 76, fax (+370) 5 212 29 82, ISSN 1392-0057 ©UAB “VIYP” Printed by UAB “Lietuvos ryto” spaustuvė Published three times per year Print run 14,000

Exchange rates
€1=3.45Lt £1=4.14Lt US$1=2.56Lt (November 25, 2013)
wish tax free unless it’s over 50 years old, in which case expect to pay 10-20 per cent duty. Take two photographs of the art piece and your passport to the Committee of Cultural Heritage, Šnipiškių 3, tel. +370 527 342 56. Many of the better antique shops in Vilnius can take care of all the paperwork for you. For more detailed information check, and for information on animal related arrivals, check


Lithuania is bordered by the Baltic Sea, Belarus, Latvia, Poland and the peculiar Russian exclave born out of the ashes of WWII and the disintegration of the Soviet Union that is Kaliningrad. EU membership and Schengen agreements have as good as removed all border formalities with Latvia and Poland, although getting in an out of Belarus and Kaliningrad remains a process wrapped up in red tape for holders of most passports. Visas for both can be obtained from the Belarusian and Russian embassies in Vilnius, as well as from a few travel agencies. Note, however, that short-term visas for Kaliningrad are now available if you arrive in the exclave by air. For more information about getting in and out of Lithuania, see the website at

Disabled travellers
While things have greatly improved for the disabled over the past few years, Lithuania is still a tough place to get around on anything other than two well functioning legs. Even places that claim to be wheelchair friendly can often be flanked by deep kerbs or stairs, or are located on cobbled streets. Outside the capital, you’ll be lucky to find any thought given to wheelchair accessibility at all. On the positive side, however, it is worth noting that newer trolleybuses in Vilnius have low entry platforms, spaces for wheelchairs and hearing loops.

Editor Craig Turp Layout & Design Vaida Gudynaitė Researcher Vaida Kursevičiūtė Cover Photo Vidas Naujikas

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Cover story
Founded in 1753, the observa tory at Vilnius University is one of the oldest in Europe. The obser vator y was established on the initiative of the astronomer and mathematician Tomas Žebrauskas (1714-1758), and at tained i ts fame und er th e auspices of director Marcin Od lianicki Poczobut (1728-1810), a member of both the London Royal and Sorbonne Academies, and rector of Vilnius University from 1780-1799. Closed during the Russian imperial occupation and later robbed of its telescope by the Soviets, the observatory is today part of Vilnius University’s physics department.

Given that Vilnius is a relatively small city and that its main sights can be reached either on foot or by public transport, most visitors to the Lithuanian capital will have little cause to worry about driving. If you do fancy exploring the city (or the rest of the country) by car however, it is worth noting that despite its reputation as possessing the deadliest roads in the EU, driving in Lithuania is now far safer than at any time in the country’s post-communist history. Indeed, over the past ten years the fatality rate has fallen by an impressive 10 per cent. The rate of fatalities per head of population does, however, remain one of the EU’s highest, along with Poland and Greece. As a general rule however, driving in Lithuania presents no more hazards than you would expect to find in any other country in the region: the poor state of some roads will be the biggest challenge you are likely to face. The basic rules of the Lithuanian roads are as follows: seat belts are compulsory for all (both driver and passengers), and headlights must be used at all times of day or night. All vehicles must be fitted with a small fire-extinguisher and first aid kit, and you will need to have your driving license and vehicle registration papers with you at all times. At this time of year, all cars must also be equipped with winter tyres (an ice scraper and a brush should also form part of your winter kit). If hiring a car, all of these things will be provided by the car rental company. The speed limit around town is 50kph unless otherwise indicated. Elsewhere you can drive at 90kph on main roads, 70kph on unpaved roads. Note that on the country’s highways the usual speed limit of 130kph is reduced to 100kph during the winter.

Crime & Safety
It is not an exaggeration to say that Lithuania is one of the safest countries to visit in Europe. While petty crime - mainly in the form of pickpocketing - is as big a problem in this country as anywhere else in the world, violent crime is almost unheard of. Even late at night you will not usually be presented with any potential threats whilst walking around city centres, and this goes for single women as much as for large groups of lads. That said, you do need to keep your wits about you, and be sure that if you go looking for trouble you might well find it. Keep your valuables close to hand, particularly on busy buses and trolleybuses, and do not leave coats and handbags unattended in bars, pubs and clubs.

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Those arriving from other EU countries have no import restrictions placed upon them, although they will need to make it known if they’re arriving with more than €10,000 worth of cash. 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. If arriving by air you can bring 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco, a figure that’s drastically reduced to 40 cigarettes, 20 cigarillos, 10 cigars or 50g of tobacco if arriving by any other means. You can’t bring meat, milk or dairy products from outside the EU except under certain circumstances. You can’t arrive with live birds other than pets for non-commercial purposes. Dogs require vaccinations and passports (or other proof of vaccination). You can take home as much art as you

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Basic data
Population Lithuania 2,972,949 Vilnius 523,050 Ethnic composition (Lithuania) Lithuanians 84.1% Poles 6.6% Russians 5.8% Belarusians 1.2% Ukrainians 0.5% Others 1.8% Territory 65,303km2 Roughly twice the size of Belgium, and the largest of the three Baltic nations. Fertile lowland, peppered with many lakes. North to south, the greatest distance is 276km, 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 4,479ha Highest point Aukštasis 293.8m

The climate information below only gives an average indication of what to expect. Winter temperatures often plummet to below -20°C. 30 20 10 0 -10 -20 J F M A M J J A S O N D

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Tourist information
B-2, Vilniaus 22/1, tel. (+370) 5 262 96 60, fax (+370) 5 262 81 69, tic@, Tour bookings for groups and individuals, audio guides, Vilnius City Card, maps, tourist-related publications, cultural events (, taxi and accommodation booking. English-, German-, Polishand Russian-speaking staff. See their extensive website for more information. Also at Didžioji 31 (Town Hall), tel. (+370) 5 262 64 70. Šventaragio 2 (Cathedral Square), Rodūnios Kelias 2 -1 (Vilnius International Airport), tel. (+370) 5 230 68 41. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00. JW

Lithuanians by and large like a cigarette (and compared to the UK cigarettes are very cheap) but that has not stopped the country adopting some fairly tough anti-smoking legislation. Smoking is banned in almost all indoor spaces, including cafes, bars, pubs and clubs except in carefully separated, special smoking rooms: look for the smoking symbol in our listings. Smoking is also now banned in two outdoor spaces in Vilnius: Kudirka Square and Bernardinų Sodas. Smoking here can leave you open to a fine of between 20 and 50 litas. These two areas have been declared non-smoking for their popularity with families and children: if successful, other parts of the capital could also be declared smoke-free. The Lithuanian state arose and strengthened to counter the religious fervour of crusading German knights. Lithuania was the last European country to convert to Christianity, and has seen countless invasions and occupations over the centuries. 7th-2nd centuries BC The first Baltic tribes establish themselves on what’s now known as Lithuanian territory. 11th century The word Lithuania is first used in written texts in AD 1009. At the same time, a wooden castle is built on Vilnius’ Gediminas Hill (Gedimino Kalnas), leading to the construction of a diminutive settlement beneath it. 13th century Žemaitians defeat the Livonian Knights at the Battle of Saulė in 1236, establishing the settlement of Šiauliai. After uniting local chieftains, on July 6, 1253 Mindaugas (circa 1203-1263) is crowned Lithuania’s one and only king. During his reign as the first Christian sovereign of the state, Vilnius Cathedral is built. However, the majority of the population remains pagan. 14th century In 1323 Grand Duke Gediminas (circa 1275-1341) sends letters to various Germanic-speaking towns, inviting their craftsmen and merchants to settle in Vilnius with the promise of religious freedom. Trying to ensure peace, in 1325 he forms a union with Poland by marrying his daughter Aldona to the Polish king’s son. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth comes into being with the 1387 Krėva Union, whereby Gediminas’ grandson Jogaila (circa 1348-1434) becomes a Polish king by marrying the Polish Princess Jadwiga (circa 1373-1399). Even with the increased security, the Teutonic Knights still manage to invade, resulting in the 1390 burning of the wood-constructed Vilnius. 15th century The Teutonic Knights are eventually defeated on July 15, 1410 by joint Polish-Lithuanian armies led by Jogaila and Grand Duke Vytautas (1350-1430) at the Battle of Grunwald (Lithuanian, Žalgiris. German, Tan nenberg), one of the greatest battles in medieval Europe. The country flourishes and by 1430 the borders extend from the Baltic to the Black Sea. 16th century The Renaissance sees marked cultural advances, notably the printing of the first Lithuanian book in 1547, and the founding of Vilnius University in 1579. The end of the Jogaila dynasty in 1572 results in the political and cultural marginalisation of Lithuania. Polish becomes the state language. The Livonian Wars (1558-1582) with Russia and Sweden drain the Commonwealth’s resources. 18th century At the start of the 18th century both Swed ish and Russian forces try to seize control of Vilnius. In 1795 Lithuania is incorporated into tsarist Russia. The 120-year Russian occupation is only interrupted by a short liberation by Napoleon’s army in 1812 on his failed campaign to Moscow. During the Napoleonic army’s return through Vilnius nearly 40,000 of his soldiers die due to starvation and extreme cold. 19th century Vilnius University acts as a hotbed of dissent against the tsarist government, culminating in the 1831 November Uprising, which leads to the closing of the institution. Russification ensues with non-Orthodox churches forcibly closed, the Lithuanian language banned in 1864 and the country named the Northwest Region. The ban on the Latin script forces the smuggling in of books from neighbouring East Prussia. Another uprising takes place in 1863 and General Muravyov (The Hangman) is sent from Moscow to restore order, resulting in deaths by hanging for most of the leading activists. The repression is countered and defied by a revival of Lithuanian culture and tradition. In 1883 Jonas Basanavičius (1851-1927) publishes the first Lithuanian-language newspaper, Auszra (Aušra, or Dawn).


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Independence & Beyond

Just utter the two magic words kur tualetas? (where’s the toilet?) and away you go. Bars and hotels happily let you use their facilities, although some have started to enforce a small charge for non-patrons. With the exception of a few non-tourist bars, all toilets are clean and are stocked with plenty of paper and soap. 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, kept next to the toilet, and used for the collection of spent paper.

1988 June 3 The Lithuanian reform movement Sąjūdis is founded by some 500 representatives of the intelligentsia, advocating openness, democracy and sovereignty. August 23 Some 250,000 people gather in Vilnius to mark the 49th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. October 7 Th e Li thuanian flag is raised on Gediminas Castle. 1989 February 16 Lithuanian Independence Day is of ficially commemorated. August 23 An estimated 2,000,000 Lithuanians, 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. 1990 January 11-13 Mikhail Gorbachev’s visit to Vilnius is far from pleasant as 300,000 pro-independence demonstrators turn out to ‘welcome’ him. March 4 Proindependence Sąjūdis candidates receive an overall majority in the first free elections in Lithuania since 1940. March 11 The Supreme Council (later to become Parliament, or Seimas) declares the restoration of Lithuanian independence and demands the withdrawal of Soviet forces. Dr. Vytautas Landsbergis is elected parliamentary chairman. April 17 Moscow imposes an economic blockade.

Lovely Lithuanian domestic electricity flows out the walls at 220V, AC 50Hz, and nearly all sockets are of the round two-pin European variety. Some thinner Russian sockets still exist, although if you push hard enough you should get the plug in. Travellers from non-socket-friendly societies should bring an appropriate adaptor, as they’re almost impossible to find in Lithuania.

Lithuania is a member of both the European Union and the Schengen border-free travel area. Visitors from the EU may stay in Lithuania for as long as they like, while visitors from 30 or so other countries (including Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States) don’t require a visa to stay for up to 90 days within a six month period. A visa issued by or for any Schengen country is valid in Lithuania. For more information, including the full-list of visa-free countries, take a look at

Local time
Lithuania is in the Eastern European Time (EET) zone at GMT+2hrs. When it’s 12:00 in Vilnius it’s 05:00 in New York, 10:00 in London, 11:00 in Warsaw, 13:00 in Moscow and 19:00 in Tokyo. Eastern European Summer Time (EEST, GMT+3hrs) falls between the last Sundays of March and October respectively.

20th century
During the WWI German occupation of 1915-1918 the Lithuanian Council proclaims independence on February 16, 1918. As the Germans retreat, the Lithuanian state comes under attack by the Polish General Józef Piłsudski ( 1867-1935 ) who seizes control of Vilnius and areas south and north of it from 1920-1939. Poland maintains control of these areas by claiming they were a portion of the pre-war Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Kaunas becomes the interim capital of Lithuania until 1940. During the inter-war period independent Lithuania prospers under the 14-year dictatorship ( 1926 -1940) of the nationalist president Antanas Smetona (18741944). Lithuanian independence ends with the clandestine signing on August 23, 1939 of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between Hitler and Stalin, who carve up Europe into portions to be controlled by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Lithuania is subject to both Soviet and Nazi occupation. Between 1941-1944 the Nazis and their Lithuanian henchmen organise the mass murder of over 200,000 Jews, 94% of the entire Litvak population. The return of the Red Army and the re-incorporation of Lithuania into the USSR on July 7, 1944 results in the deportation of some 250,000 Lithuanians to Siberia, a task they’d already begun in 1940 before the Nazis arrived. Lithuanian partisans, dubbed the Forest Brothers (Miško Broliai ), wage guerrilla warfare until 1953. In an act of protest against the Soviet occupation, on May 14, 1972 19-year-old student Romas Kalanta sets fire to himself in public in Kaunas, dying from his wounds.

Money & Costs
The unit of currency in Lithuanian is the litas (Lt), which comes in denominations of 10Lt, 20Lt, 50Lt, 100Lt, 200Lt and 500Lt notes, 1Lt, 2Lt and 5Lt coins and a number of weightless, worthless and perfectly useless centai/centų coins. The litas is pegged to the euro at the rate of 3.45Lt to €1. Most places of any note in Vilnius happily accept major credit cards, and ATMs joyfully spew out money to any foreigner with money in their account. If you’re planning a trip to the countryside however, make sure you take plenty of cash along as it can still be rather old fashioned to say the least. Vilnius is no longer the cheap city for foreigners it used to be, although it still offers value to most visitors from the West. 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, if any change at all, from €100.

Almost without exception Lithuanian beer (alus) is light, crisp, cold, cheap and delicious. Many varieties exist and you’re recommended to test a few before settling on a regular brand. Among the more common varieties are the magnificent Švyturys from Klaipėda, Utenos from Utena and Kalnapilis from Panevėžys. Perhaps surprisingly, Vilnius can’t claim its own brewery. If you want to drink beer made in the capital you’ll have to drink it in a microbrewery (see Nightlife). Be warned, Lithuanian beers tend to be stronger than their Western counterparts, making the forming of the simplest words (such as alus) a challenge after just a couple of the most lethal. In Old Town expect to pay somewhere in the region of 5-10Lt for half a litre. Lithuanian vodka (degtinė) is cheap, generally of good quality and is drunk with gusto at the mere rumour of the dropping of a hat. Among the more interesting spirits are starka, a 15thcentury Polish-Lithuanian concoction of dark, syrupy rye vodka fortified with apple leaves and lime blossom, and the local illicit firewater, samagonas, available through the right connections. Take note that imported alcohol isn’t cheap. Don’t go falling into the trap of thinking that because the local stuff is giveaway everything else is too. Check prices before a session to avoid an embarrassingly large bill at the end of the evening. At the time of writing it was illegal to buy alcohol in shops between 22:00 and 08:00 anywhere in Lithuania.

There are exceptions - and we take pride in exposing such places in our listings - but as a general rule private-sector service in Lithuania (particularly Vilnius) has improved beyond description during the 20-odd years we have been publishing Vilnius In Your Pocket. When we began, part of our raison d’etre was to highlight those few places which offered decent service; now our role is the exact opposite. If you need to deal with public servants (and usually the average visitor does not) you might well still come across the odd surly survivor of a bygone age, but even here the trend is towards a new era of service with efficiency, if not always a smile.

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1991 January 13 Soviet forces try unsuccessfully to storm the parliamentary building in Vilnius. A large crowd ensures the delegates are safe inside. However, during the Soviet bid to reclaim the media by storming the Television Tower, 14 people are killed. February 12 Iceland becomes the first country to recognise an independent Lithuania. July 31 Seven border guards and policemen are killed at the Medininkai border checkpoint by Soviet Special Forces. August 21 The Moscow putsch collapses. Soviet troops leave the buildings they’ve occupied since January. Lenin’s statue is removed from Vilnius’ Lukiškių Aikštė (Lukiškės Square). A photograph of the event appears on the cover of Issue N°1 ofVilnius In Your Pocket, published on May 1, 1992. August 29 Sweden becomes the first Western country to open an embassy in Vilnius. September 2 The USA recognises Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. September 17 All three Baltic countries are re-admitted into the UN. 1992 February 8 Lithuanians participate under their own flag at the Winter Olympics for the first time since 1928. 1993 June 25 Lithuania’s pre-war currency, the litas, is re-introduced. August 31 The last Russian soldier leaves Lithuania. September 4-8 Pope John Paul II visits. 1994 December Vilnius’ Old Town joins the list of Unesco World Heritage sites. 1998 January 4 Valdas Adamkus is elected president. Adamkus, who fled Lithuania in 1944, was a senior official at the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago before returning to Lithuania to run for president. December 21 Seimas abolishes the death penalty in response to international pressure from the EU.

Independence days
On March 11, 2014 Lithuania remembers the members of the general public and the Lithuanian politicians who fought against the Soviet administration to gain independence in 1990. Lithuania was the first Soviet republic to break away from the claws of Mos cow, a fact it remains proud of. Expect several events on the day, including the now infamous marches along Gedimino from the Cathedral end, often populated by some of the country’s more fanatical patriots who do little to promote independent Lithuania and a haven of tolerance and understanding. Most attention this winter though will as usual be focused on the anniversary of Lithuanian nationhood on February 16, 2014. This marks the signing in 1918 of the Declaration of Independence in Vilnius’ Signatories’ House. An interesting and often overlooked historical aside dating from the time relates to the strange tale of William Charles Florestan Gero Crescentius, who was elected King of Lithuania on July 18, 1918. Although he was neither crowned nor set foot on Lithuanian soil, Mindaugas II as he was known ruled the nation until November 2 of the same year, when the Lithuanian Council declared the Crown null and void. 2008 June Lithuania outlaws the public display of Nazi and Soviet symbols. August While most public attention is on basketball, Edvinas Krungolcas and Andrejus Zadneprovskis win silver and bronze respectively in the modern pentathlon at the Beijing Olympics. The Lithuanian basketball team reach the semi-finals but eventually come home empty handed. 2009 Lithuania celebrates 1,000 years since its name was first mentioned in written texts. January 17 With 90Lt million of mounting debts, the national airline, flyLAL, suspends all services. Dalia Grybauskaitė, the so-called Iron Lady, is inaugurated as Lithuania’s first female president on July 12. 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. 2010 Lithuania celebrates 20 years of independence from the Soviet Union on March 11 . In a sinister U-turn, on May 19 a court in Klaipėda approves the public display of swastikas arguing that they represent Lithuania’s historical heritage, not Nazi Germany. On June 26, at the age of 77, Lithuania’s final First Secretary under the Communists and its first post-independence president dies after a short battle with cancer. Lithuania take bronze medal in the World Basketball Championship in Turkey after defeating Serbia 99-88 on September 12. 2011 Lithuania commemorates the centenary of the death of the painter and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis. The country hosts the EuroBasket 2011 competition in cities nationwide between August 31 and September 18. Lithuania is defeated 67-65 by FYR Macedonia in the quarter finals in Kaunas on September 15. 2012 The Lithuania Under-21 basketball team become the European champions on July 22, narrowly beating France 50-49 in Ljubljana. 2013 Lithuania takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for a six month period between July 1 and December 31. Arriving in and getting around Vilnius are fairly simple affairs once you understand the basics. All points of entry are close to the city centre; indeed, the train and bus stations are within walking distance of the Old Town. Travelling further afield - either around Lithuania or to neighbouring countries - is also relatively painless if you’re prepared to do your research beforehand and use some sign language when using buses and trains. Car rental is relatively cheap by Western European standards.


Arriving in Vilnius
The three main points of arrival in Vilnius offer very different experiences indeed, making your first few minutes in the city anything from a pleasure to a pain. Improvements are taking place all the time. Print copies of Vilnius In Your Pocket can be bought from kiosks inside the airport, bus and train stations for just 2Lt. Alternatively, buy one before you leave online at If you’re coming into the city by public transport, see the relevant section (below right) for information on buying tickets.

21st century

2001 June 23-27 The Dalai Lama visits Lithuania, visiting various sites in Vilnius and Kaunas. 2002 February 2 The litas switches pegging from the US dollar to the euro in readiness for EU accession, into which the country is invited to join on October 9. November 22 Lithuania is invited to become a member of Nato. George Bush visits Vilnius the following day, becoming the first US president to visit the city. 2003 In the January 5 run-off election, president Valdas Adamkus is voted out of office by the 46-year-old right wing underdog Rolandas Paksas. May 10-11 A staggering 91% of the 64% of the population who turned out to vote give a resounding Yes to EU membership. 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. April 2 Lithuania becomes a fully-fledged member of Nato and the EU on May 1. June 27 A 77-year-old Valdas Adamkus is re-elected president. July Virgilijus Alekna, whose day job is protecting the president, wins a gold medal at the Athens Olympics in the discus. December 31 The Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant says farewell to the first of its two RBMK reactors. 2007 December 21 Lithuania joins the Schengen zone, allowing borderless travel to and from other Schengen countries. December 22 The Lithuanian Television and Radio Commission bans broadcasting of the Voice of Russia radio station.

By bus Vilnius’ bus station (autobusų stotis) is located less than 1km south of Old Town in a less than salubrious, albeit perfectly safe area. Most facilities are located inside one large grey building and include kiosks and shops for snacks, maps, cigarettes and prepaid mobile phone cards, downstairs toilets (1Lt) and ATMs. For 24-hour currency exchange, use the Citadele bank across the street and just to the right of the train station. A bagažinė for left luggage is located outside at the far end of the platforms. Getting to town Get to Old Town in a few minutes by turning left on exiting the station and walking down the hill (Sodų). Countless buses, minibuses and trolleybuses can be found in the immediate area, 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. Among the useful services going through the city centre are trolleybus Nº2 and bus Nº1G. Buy a ticket from the driver for 3.50Lt and off you go. Taxis are parked up in a number of places. Be sure to negotiate a fare before you leave. Expect to pay 20Lt or even more for a short trip to Old Town. Calling one in advance is the best option. By plane Vilnius International Airport (Tarptautinis Vilniaus Oro Uostas) is just 5km south of the city centre. Even if you’re landing from a non-Schengen country, arrival formalities are quick and relatively straightforward. After collecting your luggage find a compact arrivals hall complete with a kiosk for snacks, maps, cigarettes and prepaid mobile phone cards, ATMs, currency exchange offices and a small tourist information kiosk. Toilets are to the right, and car rental companies to the left. Getting to town A taxi to Old Town using one of the vehicles parked outside the arrivals terminal will cost about 50Lt or possibly considerably more depending on the cheek of the driver. Calling one in advance will cost a lot less: the people in the tourist information kiosk will do it for you if you ask. You can also of course save a yourself a small fortune and take one of the now rather good public transport options. Bus Nº88 goes to the Old Town, Nº1 goes to the train station and rapid bus Nº3G to Lukiškių Aikštė and north over the river past the Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva. Buy a ticket from the driver for 3.50Lt and off you go. The bus stop is to the left of the taxi stand. A timetable is posted at the stop. Alternatively, hop on a train and in less than 10 minutes be at the train station in the centre of the city. Buy a ticket on board for just 2.50Lt. The airport train station can be found along the road outside the main exit and on the left. Trains leave every hour or so from around 06:00 until 21:30, with a journey time of just seven minutes.

Public transport in Vilnius: surprisingly good

By train The train station (geležinkelio stotis) is fairly

large by local standards. Find kiosks and shops for snacks, maps, cigarettes and prepaid mobile phone cards scattered in and around the building, toilets downstairs for 1Lt, ATM’s and a 24-hour Citadele bank outside to the left for changing money. 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). The train station is just across the street from the bus station. See By bus for more information about getting to the centre by public transport.

Public transport
Served by a network of city-owned buses and trolleybuses, the capital’s public transport services begin at around 05:00 and continue through the day before stopping not much later than 23:00. Vilnius does not yet have a nightbus service except on New Year’s Eve and on a couple of other special occasions. Getting about the city is cheap, and relatively easy once you have the hang of the basics. (Being able to buy tickets directly from bus and trolleybus drivers helps). Note that public transport can be very crowded during peak hours, and that pickpockets are not uncommon on the busiest routes (especially those to and from the bus station).

Buses & Trolleybuses All buses and trolleybuses in Vilnius are owned and operated by the Municipality. Paper tickets for single journeys are no longer available from kiosks and can only be bought from the driver, with the fare currently priced at 3.50Lt for a single journey on one vehicle. Unless you plan on spending a lot of time using public transport whilst in Vilnius, this relatively simple system should be more than adequate although it’s worth mentioning the alternative, namely the Vilniečio Kortelė, an electronic ticket available for 4Lt from kiosks around town. Technically a brilliant idea, the Vilniečio Kortelė is a bit confusing in reality due to the variety of credits its December 2013 - March 2014

Vilnius In Your Pocket

22:00. www. not everything is as it was before. tickets can be bought on board trains from the conductor for which a 5Lt commission is charged. Air Taxi Lakūnų 1. 112 Vilnius In Your Pocket 66. Poland. Lufthansa Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). By calling the right company in advance (try tel. Sat. Whereas in the old days the private minibuses would stop wherever a passenger wanted. Finally. One of the better taxi companies currently operating in the Lithuanian capital. Sun 10:00 .18:00. Also at Saltoniškių 9 (Panorama). (+370) 5 230 22 00.wizzair. www. A Airport transfer fice open 24hrs. Sat. Q Open 09:00 . Sun 09:00 . polite drivers and the reassuring fact that they’re not going to take you for a ride in more ways than Laisvės 60. All types of vehicle are represented.vilniustransfer.litrail. Air Baltic Riga International Airport.ecolines. com. tel. plus transfers. Smart Taxi Tel. or use the shuttle train service that departs from the train station every 30 minutes between 06:30 and 19:30. The ticket office for national bus services is located inside the waiting with many companies also offering chauffeur www. and there are several stories floating around of drunken foreigners being assaulted when arguing about the fare. Sun 09:00 (+370) 5 For business or leisure. Aušros Vartų 19a-1. www. ARRIVING & GETTING aROUND Bus Station (Autobusų Stotis) B-6. Norwegian Air Shuttle Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport).lt for your best deal) For reservations: www.finnair. SAS Scandinavian Airlines Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport).50Lt.19:00. Simonaitytės 2A-25. www. Alternatively. tel.18:00. Closed Sat. These can then be used easily by holding the card against the yellow machine on all buses and trolleybuses which automatically take the fare off the card. booking@vilniustransfer.toks.inyourpocket. situated approximately 5km south of the city centre. The general rule is that tickets stop being sold 10 minutes before a train is due to depart. A limited hotchpotch of Duty Free shops and cafés are located the other side of customs control. www.lot. Sat.19:00. Most tickets can be bought from a row of kiosks to the right of the main entrance. 2.airtaxi. and will in general take any opportunity to relieve clients of more money than they need to. available at kiosks around the city. QOpen 08:00 . A vilnius.20:00.16:00. QOpen 08:00 . rent your car with Sixt. put any amount you choose on the card and select which length journey you want when using the machine on board the Sat. The two most useful top-up options.20Lt. www. Sun 09:00 . If you specifically want a Vilnius Veža taxi you need to ask for them. In an attempt to stem the flow of moonlighters. (Sixt has it all. tel. Vilnius Veža features quality cars that are kept clean inside and out. A wide choice of quality cars and larger vehicles available for tel.avis. bus and car rental with or without a driver in Lithuania and further afield. Q 2. Geležinkelio 16. tel. (+370) 645 451 24.flysas. Air taxi. 1450/(+370) 5 233 33 37. in Vilnius has been the ongoing saga of the city’s private (+370) 5 240 00 and more about the Vilniečio Kortelė at www. Originally scrapped completely in July. Avis E-5. Brussels Airlines Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). (+370) 5 233 66 66. Aviavilsa C-5. large group transfers and airport taxis. www. www. 1820/(+370) 5 000 08 20. You can also use the website (at which you can pre-book cars) but it is currently only in Lithuanian.sixt. Vilnius International Airport. Backpackers and other travellers on a budget from Western Europe might be surprised to learn that bus travel in Lithuania is more expensive than using the train. while the Vilniečio Kortelė is also accepted. Air taxi Car rental Offices representing all of the major international car rental companies can be found in Vilnius alongside a few local businesses of varying standards. (+370) 5 232 92 a trip or up to 60 minutes for 3. tel. Call 1820 or (+370) 5 000 08 20 for a taxi. tel.50Lt). Other options are available for tickets valid from one to 270 days.sixt. www. tel. We have been promised that more will or call +37 05239 5636 Airport Baltic Travel Cars I. With the exception of some international services. Vilnius Veža Tel. tel. travelling by taxi in Vilnius remains relatively cheap. smarttaxi. (+370) 5 239 56 Sat. You can find out all you need to know about schedules online at Kyviškės. Although tickets for many journeys can be bought directly from the driver it’s worth getting one in advance at no extra December 2013 . www. 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. take Nº3G from Lukiškių Aikštė or Nº1 from the train station. UTair Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). although this should in no way lure anyone into believing this has changed the free-market spirit of the average taksistas (taxi driver). (+370) 5 232 92 92. Q Ticket of- Vilnius International Airport (Tarptautinis Vilniaus Oro Uostas) Rodūnios Kelias 2. Note that the numbers given here are for an operator service representing different companies. (+370) 5 273 90 00. QOpen 08:00 . JA 11 Taxis Despite recent creeping taxi (taksi) prices. Standart Taxi Tel.89Lt/km. 232 92 92/(+371) 670 060 06 (for calls from abroad). the Municipality did a partial U-turn on the issue in September. is small and relatively easy to tel. Free wireless internet is available throughout the airport. A VilniusTransfer. However. www. www. JA Ecolines B-6.inyourpocket. Sodų 22. Sun 09:00 . (+370) 37 20 20 22. although we recommend you get a local to help you if choosing one of these. visas.19:00. (+370) 5 252 50 Sixt Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). (+370) 5 232 92 92. J Train Station (Geležinkelio Stotis) are to top up with either journeys lasting for up to 30 minutes at 2. baltictravelcars. (+370) 5 252 50 10. tel. Specialists in minibus. (+370) 5 230 66 38/(+370) 5 232 92 92. not all of the private minibuses have been allowed to make a comeback: as we go to press just three routes had been restored. To get there by bus (see Public transport for information on tickets).com. www.airlituanica.17:00. Q Open 24hrs. GPS rental and luxury limousines from a leading local company who also specialise in general tourism and entertainment activities.utair.austrian.lufthansa. fax (+370) 5 203 44 93. The Lithuanian outfit of the large European network provides all the usual transport services including cheap bus journeys in the region and further afield. fly@airlituanica. Minibuses The great will they/won’t they story of 2013 Airlines Trains Vilnius’ main train station (geležinkelio stotis) handles services to a number of destinations within Lithuania as well as international trains to Belarus. Other things include insurance. w w w. tel. A Austrian Airlines Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport).vilniustranspor t. plus a wide range of transfer services including private transfers. (+370) 5 232 92 92. Finnair Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). Also at Vytauto 23. LOT Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). tel. tel. (+370) 5 213 33 00. Tickets for the minibuses can be bought on board from the driver (3. (+370) 5 232 93 00. A taxi from Old Town currently costs around 50Lt using a hotel-booked firm. QOpen 08:00 . Check sixt. tourism services and bus rental. tel. (+370) 5 230 66 Long-distance buses All long-distance national and international buses leave from Vilnius’ main bus station (autobusų stotis). Sodų 20b-1. VIP services and sightseeing flights. A restaurant and bar can be found above the main entrance for fond farewells and devilishly expensive cognac. Sun 08:00 . www. they are now limited to standard public transport stops. Also at Sodų 14 (Panorama Hotel). especially if you order one in advance by telephone.17:30. tel. com. www. QOpen 07:00 .March 2014 . www. Most major driving international licences are accepted.airbaltic. QOpen 08:00 .com. 2. Buy a ticket on board the train for just 2. tel. although you can pay considerably less if you can get a friendly local to order you one from a cheaper company. Sun. www. 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. A Lux Express B-6. (+370) 700 404 Recommended.aviavilsa. Q Open 07:00 . (+370) 5 230 68 20. tel. Prices listed below are for standard daytime journeys within the city limits. (+370) 5 266 66 66) a recent visitor to the city managed to make the trip for just 18Lt. Geležinkelio 15. Waiting for winter Emergency numbers Police Fire Ambulance Tel. and private minbuses reappeared on the city’s streets early in November. Laisvės 3.estonian-air. all taxis in Lithuania are now instantly recognisable by their compulsory yellow number plates. WizzAir Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). (+370) 671 988 88 (24hrs). www. Tickets for international trains can also be purchased from a small office inside and immediately to the left of the main entrance. Sat. QOpen 09:00 .lt. What’s more. (+370) 700 551 11.brusselsairlines. be extremely cautious of hotels who offer deals with individual taxi companies as they’re usually set at extortionate rates. Estonian Air Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport).10 ARRIVING & GETTING aROUND possible to add to it. tel. (+370) 676 825 74. www. Also at Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). Q Ticket office open 06:00 . lt.19:00. Arguments with taxi drivers are futile. tel. JA Air Lituanica Rodūnios Kelias 2 (Airport). tel. Russia and tel. www. Taxi drivers in Vilnius are no different to taxi drivers anywhere 1661. tel.30Lt/km. (+370) 5 232 92

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City IGNALINA IGNALINA IGNALINA IGNALINA IGNALINA IGNALINA IGNALINA IGNALINA KALININGRAD KALININGRAD KALININGRAD KALININGRAD KAUNAS KAUNAS KAUNAS KAUNAS KAUNAS KAUNAS KAUNAS KAUNAS KAUNAS KAUNAS KAUNAS KAUNAS KAUNAS KAUNAS KAUNAS KAUNAS KAUNAS KLAIPĖDA KLAIPĖDA KLAIPĖDA MINSK MINSK MINSK MINSK MINSK MINSK MINSK MINSK ST. (+370) 5 210 25 90. 12:00. 1 Fri. QOpen 08:00 . 10:352. Sun. 11:10. Fri. 1 2 Valid until March 31. 2014. 14:00. 14:25. 23. 07:05. QOpen 08:00 . 20:30. 10:45. 17:20.nevermind.7. 11:00. Correct at the time of going to press and subject to change during the lifetime of this guide.. A pay-by-SMS system is also in operation. 11:30.inyourpocket. 17:40. 26. 19:453.autobusubilietai. 19.bpctravel. 04:08 05:55 05:15 06:50 06:492 08:08 08:46 10:37 12:43 14:48 15:24 17:15 18:54 20:43 20:231 21:58 10:026 14:22 13:06 17:05 16:567 21:28 19:038 23:31 04:5210 06:30 05:32 07:20 06:221 07:38 07:0511 08:46 08:08 09:24 09:09 10:40 10:55 12:43 12:07 13:23 13:40 15:15 15:27 17:15 17:00 18:16 17:2211 19:05 17:55 19:11 18:48 20:35 19:40 20:56 20:15 21:45 21:25 22:44 06:50 11:36 11:53 16:38 17:05 21:55 03:33 07:00 10:53 07:123 07:40 09:10 08:4513 11:33 10:18 12:05 18:50 20:20 18:5714 22:39 23:20 02:49 20:40 20:10 2 Local bus schedule Birštonas 07:10. 23. Tue. 22:45. tel. 06:35. 22:45. 11. 07:30. Thu. 15:10. 17:40. 2014.18:00. 11. JA International bus schedule 14:30 06:40 BERLIN 20:30 14:50 14:45 06:25 BERLIN 15:05 15:50 22:30 14:00 BERLIN 22:00 08:45 16:45 COLOGNE 10:152 14:50 14:301 05:45 LONDON 21:303 14:50 14:301 06:40 10:20 MINSK 01:50 04:35 09:00 13:30 MINSK 17:05 19:45 17:00 21:45 MINSK 20:00 23:30 10:00 17:15 PARNU 11:55 19:05 16:10 23:05 PARNU 07:50 15:00 22:30 05:05 PARNU 00:20 06:55 02:30 POZNAŃ 00:302 14:50 14:301 02:30 POZNAŃ 00:305 14:50 14:304 06:30 10:50 RIGA 07:00 10:55 08:00 12:15 RIGA 17:00 21:05 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 20:30 RIGA 10:35 15:00 18:30 22:25 RIGA 18:15 22:15 22:30 02:30 RIGA 02:55 06:55 11:50 ROME 15:007 08:40 20:156 19:30 STUTTGART 08:008 14:50 14:304 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 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 2 3 4 1 . 5 Service only on these days of the month: 7. No service on December 3 4 31.4 . 11.18:00. JA Baltic Travel Service Lufthansa City Center C-5. Rūdninkų 16. JA Visit Lithuania B-2. 07:50. Thu. 2014. 11:35. Thu.7. or Midsummer July 6 Crowning of King Mindaugas August 15 Žolinė (Assumption) November 1 All Saints’ Day December 25. www.14:00. 14:50. Service only on these days of the month: 5. 17:30. 13:05. (+370) 616 200 07. 18:40. 7 Only Mon and Fri 8 Service only on these days of the month: 2.inyourpocket. 07:15. www. Fri. Wed. 07:00. 13 Only Sat and Sun. 17. www. Sun. 14:50. 15:00. 11:00. 2014 departs from Vilnius at 06:26. 12:10. 19:45. More information at www. 5.. 9. 5 1 . (+370) 5 210 76 61. 11:10. Wed. 14:50. 16:15. Sat. 2013 and January 10.litrail. L.4 . 17:25. 21:10. 12:35. 13:00. (+370) 5 231 23 23. 08:20. 16:30. 09:002. 12 Odd days of the month. 13. 15:20. 18:10. 10. 11:30.. JA BPC Travel B-00. Sun. 09:15. QOpen 08:00 Fri. 08:40. Baltic Clipper G-3. JA Senamiesčio Gidas C-5. 11:45. 19. Sat 10:00 . Gedimino 64. 7 .. Valid until March 31. 11. 16 December 30. 10:40. (+370) 5 261 55 58/(+370) 699 540 64. Not all services listed. 13:20. 2013. 13:40.visitlithuania. 27. including radios if possible.. 14 Service only on these days of the month: 7. Closed vilnius. 23. 15:40. 08:10. 23.. 15:50. www. Konstitucijos 12. 08:25. 09:00. 16:00. 10:00.eurolines. 19:00 1 . Sat 10:00 . 06:30. 12:35. wrislit.. Arr.12 ARRIVING & GETTING aROUND Train schedule From Vilnius Dep. 20.15:00.. 16:10. National holidays 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 4 (2014) Mothers’ Day June 24 Joninės. Druskininkai 07:20. 18:10. Times when payments are required are marked on blue signs using Roman numerals to represent 12:50. 13. 6. 13:30. 17:10. 16:25. (+370) 5 231 33 14. Wed..19:00. Closed Sun. 28. Keep valuables hidden at all times. 07:40. www. NIDA 07:006 Palanga 08:50. 14. 09:30. Valid until March 31. 18:20. 08:202. Correct at the time of going to press and subject to change during the lifetime of this guide. Trakai 07:10. Fri. 14:35. 22. www. 12:45. Subačiaus 2. 19:20. 18:15.vilniuscitytour.3 . 16:05. 12:20. 09:20. 09:50. 18:05.-. 20:00. PETERSBURG 18:22 18:59 TRAKAI 19:27 20:07 20:26 21:03 TRAKAI 21:29 22:09 1 2 Mon. šiauliai 06:30. 10:352. 15 Service only on these days of the month: 4. 9. 26 Christmas (Catholic) 11:06 11:15 09:18 12:22 20:13 05:10 05:51 06:43 08:17 13:07 14:05 16:12 08:08 12:35 11:36 16:38 21:55 06:05 06:47 07:53 09:17 14:02 15:00 17:23 19:50 2 15 06:45 09:45 17:40 04:33 05:141 06:0616 07:40 12:30 13:28 15:35 ŠIAULIAI ŠIAULIAI ŠIAULIAI TRAKAI TRAKAI TRAKAI TRAKAI TRAKAI TRAKAI TRAKAI 08:56 13:55 19:11 05:25 06:041 07:13 08:37 13:22 14:20 16:43 www. Arr. Sat.22:00. 08:50. 17:45. 14:25. Sun. Signs can be hidden or placed miles away from the parking space in question. 07:006. 6Fri. Tue. QOpen 09:00 . 31. 08:552. tel. Sun.15:00. 11:00. 8.. Stuokos Gucevičiaus 1. 10 Mon. 15. Tue. 18:30. 10. 09:45. A. December 2013 .17:00. 28. 04:47 06:45 08:28 10:20 11:35 13:30 15:05 16:55 18:34 16:451 18:40 20:21 19:502 21:02 21:00 22:37 02:42 06:21 10:533 19:40 12:354 21:14 22:395 07:24 05:55 04:471 04:53 06:37 06:20 07:37 07:30 08:50 08:42 10:26 10:25 11:39 11:20 12:36 11:26 13:24 14:05 15:20 14:52 16:36 16:30 17:35 16:42 18:26 17:30 18:40 17:46 19:15 18:30 20:14 19:43 21:02 20:409 22:11 06:45 11:25 09:45 14:46 17:40 22:20 00:4812 05:10 05:55 09:25 13:58 17:45 15:55 21:45 17:14 20:44 17:35 23:19 19:5413 00:45 03:07 21:287 14:22 6 ARRIVING & GETTING aROUND Travel agencies Most of the following companies provide services for onward travel or simply for taking a holiday. Closed Sat. Closed is the best resource for up-to-date. 09:45. and numbers to represent times. 8 . JA The Beautiful Land Of Nevermind D-3. Colour-coded parking meters eat coins and regurgitate a little printed ticket. 15. Closed Sat. com.bts. although in order to use it you must have a local SIM card. 10:05.. . 09:50. Vilnius Airport Parking Street parking in Vilnius is divided into four colour-coded zones. PETERSBURG ST. 15:20. www. 16:45. Sun 10:00 . 29. 09:30. Aušros Vartų 7. 13:20. 25. 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.. The website at www. (+370) 5 212 02 20/1593. Vienuolio 6.6 -. 16:05. Correct at the time of going to press and subject to change during the lifetime of this guide.2 .18:00. tel. 12:00. 13 Train schedule continued To Vilnius Dep.18:00. 10:40. 10:30. QOpen 08:00 . (+370) 5 262 52 41.. 09:30. 9 Mon. 15. 19:20.6 -. 4Mon. 17:00. Thu. tel. 16:40. 16:10.2 .June 1. 14. 26.. 5September 1 . 20:153. Užupio 23-9. 22:45. More information at www.7. 11:00. Wed. QOpen 08:00 . Mon. 7.March 2014 Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. 18:40. namely blue.krantas. 30. JA Krantas Travel .. 11 Service until March 30. Sun. Wed. . 21. 17:00.

Totorių. hot wine and pancakes and the burning of Morė. in which some of Lithuania’s best-known rock singers team up with a full orchestra (the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. This year’s event is dedicated to family holidays. make sure you do not leave making plans until the last moment: you could be left out on the street. held up at is in Lithuanian only. find out how you can help them online at www. Another worthy cause is that of Alma Adamkienė. They will be performing all of their best-loved routines. the pagan Goddess of Death who will be dragged through the city’s streets before being set on fire whilst two people dressed as Kanapinis and Lašininis have a fight.madosinfekcija.14 CULTURE & EVENTS Events November 30 . Contemporary Art Centre Mados Infekcija Featuring an impressive number of top designers. rock. this rather special little concert features Ravel’s Bolero. rearrangements of movie soundtracks.Daukanto and Universiteto along the 6 Christmas in the capital Christmas in Vilnius this year will be bigger and better than ever. See www.inyourpocket. Maisto Bankas (Food Bank) is a worthy charity providing food to people throughout the country. 1991. Get there early. The biggest event of its kind in the Baltics. meet the public and generally celebrate the printed word in all its many forms. Gediminas and Parliament and back. December 1. lt (in French and Lithuanian).inyourpocket. beer. Church of Sts. December 30. no less) to belt out all your rock favourites. ethnic music. Gelbėkit Vaikus (Save The Children). You will almost certainly find more than a few of the local treats we write about in our Lithuanian food feature on pages 22-23. Dominikonų. The so-called Christmas Bus will once again be doing the rounds of Old Town . CULTURE & EVENTS Užgavėnės March 4 Known around the worl d va ri ou sl y as M a rd i G ras. the now twice-a-year Mados Infekcija started in 1999 as a small annual event and has grown to epic proportions.adamkiene-fondas. December 27. Pramogų Arena The Nutcracker One of the world‘s leading touring ballet companies visits Vilnius once again to perform their wonderful rendition of Tchaikovsky’s timeless The Nutcacker at the Pramogų Arena. Celtic and New Age influences to create a sound that is without question unique.Povilas Vanagas and Margarita Drobiazko . Vilniaus. a traditional tradesmen’s fair outside the Town Hall (see p. Congress Hall Rock Ballads II A follow-up to last year’s amazingly successful concert. which will be switched on on Christmas Day.March 2014 . as well as throwing up one or two surprises. Litexpo Vilnius International Book Fair Always worth a trip out to Litexpo this now well established annual event sees publishers and authors from both home and abroad converge on the Lithuanian capital to sell their goods. Go see her now while you can. If previous years are anything to go by. If you are in town for New Year. Vilnius Cinema Theatres Vilnius International Film Festival (Kino Pavasaris) The 19th Vilnius International Film festival arrives in town on March 20 for two weeks of screenings. Pramogų Arena Vaya Con Dios One of Belgium’s finest ever exports. Note that many of the venues we list in both our Restaurant and Nightlife sections will be hosting special New Year’s Eve parties: these usually include food and drink but almost all will require you book in advance. In Vilnius on the day itself expect much frolicking and prancing about in all sorts of colourful Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. December 29.30. this one is definitely worth at least a couple of visits. Litexpo Adventur Lithuania’s now annual travel and tourism fair. and easy-listening arrangements of popular works of classical music. Klaipėda and Nida) and usually features retrospectives of at least a couple of French directors. read all about it online at www. try living life in the spirit of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and spare a thought for those who won’t have enough to eat this Christmas. meetings. December 21. Their website at www. Without question the oddest and most fun sight you will see in Vilnius this Christmas: the race starts at 10:00. Find out more online at www3. spiritual. the French Film Festival is held at various cinemas around Vilnius (as well as in Kaunas. while Gintaras Rinkevicius conducts. Beginning of March 2014 Šeršėliafam Running in tandem with International Women’s Day at the start of March is this recommended women’s film festival featuring a wide range of open screenings. the festival features an array of classic catwalk shows and a number of other fashion-related events. ‘before lent’). Litexpo Convene A huge Litexpo-hosted event dedicated to the January 23 . the annual Kaziukas Fair. www. but that’s no excuse for not donating. jazz. Their voices range from tenore contraltino to basso profundo. Johns Farewell Symphony You have two chances to see the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra perform Haydn’s majestic Farewell Symphony on New Year’s Eve: at 18:00 and at 20:00. Šv. The city’s tree will be lit here on November for more information. January 24-26. The Turetsky Male Choir was established at the Moscow Choral Synagogue. based on the music of Queen. pancake-eating and of course drinking. The irresistible if somewhat incomprehensible and controversial fun continues into the night with much dancing. Written by British composer Tolga Kashif and first performed in 2002. The film will include animation featuring moments in the history of Vilnius combined with local folklore. Ask a local for more information.litexpo. February 12-13. year round.16) and Skalvija (see p. the Lithuanian version of the festivities held on the day before Ash Wednesday at the start of Lent is called Užgavėnės (literally. February 20 . St. December 31. Forever in need of assistance. (sadly the site is in Lithuanian only).maistobankas. Congress Hall Richard Clayderman Legendary French musician who has become the world’s most successful pianist thanks to his instrumental renditions of popular music. quite possibly the oldest event of its kind in the country (and certainly the biggest) comes to the Old Town again at the start of March.9 Kaziukas Fair Celebrating the Patron Saint of Lithuania. Benediktinų. Showcasing the work of a plethora of young and upcoming designers.16) cinemas as well as at other cinemas around the country. discussions and film-related events. December 27. Throughout December a Christmas Village will be open around the tree. Town Hall square The Christmas Race A tradition dating back to 1975. the Vilnius TV Tower will be decked out with lights. As is now traditional. and will remain in position until January 7th. Siemens Arena Turetsky Choir Russian male a cappella ensemble and musical collective under the direction of Mikhail to see how things are progressing. Vokiečių. We have found three worthy causes in Vilnius.70) on January 13. S.ziemosekranai. Gedimino. The programme for the 2014 event had yet to be published as we went to print: keep an eye out for it at the festival’s website. Congress Hall The Queen Symphony Yep. this rendition also features the Kaunas State Choir. 15 Giving at Christmas Christmas (Kalėdos . These days of course the band is based almost entirely around singer Dani Klein. Pramogų Arena Blazing Christmas Ice A chance to see Lithuania’s most famous and most successful pair of ice skaters . the wife of a former Lithuanian president who runs an educational fund for underprivileged children in rural areas. If you want to take part yourself. It starts and finishes in Town Hall Square and takes in Rotušės aikštė. and Christmas traditions old and new. performed by the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. you can register at www. perfect for souvenirs and Christmas presents: most of the little wooden huts will be serving local food and drink.lrs. March 20-April 3. with Cathedral Square very much serving as Vilnius Christmas Ground Zero.from Old Town Square to Pilies. The first is the main childrens’ rights organisation in Look out for their collection points at various supermarkets around the city. December 10. New Year’s Eve in Vilnius will once again be centred on the huge fireworks display in Cathedral Square. Vaya Con Dios has been one of our favourite bands for almost three decades. this is exactly what the title suggests: a full symphony. December 31. com for full details.70) complete with vilnius. Finally. A large event featuring everything from traditional arts and crafts to poetry readings and stalls selling fabulous beer from small Lithuanian microbreweries. Cathedral Square Christmas Miracle From December 25-30 a wall of the cathedral will be used as a screen onto which a 3D Christmas tale will be projected. performed like you’ve never heard them before. but also includes an entire hall dedicated to getting to know Lithuania. January 13 It’s over two decades since soldiers opened fire and killed a number of innocent protesting civilians at the base of the capital’s Television Tower (see p. Taking place inside the city’s Contemporary Arts Centre (see p. an event that’s gone down in local and national folklore as a moment of particular importance in the struggle for freedom. all of which would love a donation this December 2013 . Read more about the fund’s activities and find out how you can help at www. events and incentives industry. Still in the planning stages at the time of going to press. who recently announced that this current tour would be her last to feature the Vaya Con Dios formula. Shrove Tuesday and usually in the vernacular as Pancake Day.gelbekvaik. local kids will once again have to share the bus with large groups of British lads in football shirts. Sergej Krylov conducts. Their repertoire has grown since to include opera. December 28. See www. The evening will also inlcude work by Bach and Mozart. The chorus made its debut in 1990 with Jewish liturgical and folk music in the philharmonic halls of Tallinn and Kaliningrad.Ignoto. March 7 . It’s difficult to think of a more enchanting way to spend New Year’s Eve. Vilnius cinema theatres French Film Festival Now a much-anticipated annual event. playing. shorts. Congress Hall Tango & Bolero Part of the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra’s anniversary celebrations. as well as the amazing voice of the talented Lithuanian singer Ieva Prudnikovaitė. Congress Hall Clannad Irish family band who have over the past four decades combined traditional Irish music with folk. a distinctly pagan celebration marking something of a slightly preemptive return of the sun. meaning Solstice in Lithuanian) is an excellent time to spare a thought for people less fortunate than yourself.serseliafam. Latin women’s cinema and other events in Vilnius’ Pasaka (see p.23. Mulled wine will be omnipresent. The city is pulling out all the stops to keep both locals and visitors occupied. keep an eye on www. competitions. the Vilnius Christmas Race features hundreds of runners (many of whom dress in Santa Claus costumes) taking part in a race around the Old Town.kinopavasaris. February action. The Theme From Harry’s Game (released in 1982) remains the biggest selling Celtic song of all time. December 25-30. Several commemorative events are taking place throughout the city on the day. folk and pop music in 10 different languages. March 21-22.18).

J. QOpen 10:30 .klaidaspapercuts. The studio is now also home to Bugailiškis’ daughter. the nice people who run the organisation arrange a fascinating array of things for visitors to see and do including lectures. Closed Sat. Užupio 3-1. the painter Aistė Bugailiškytė-Kapočienė.18:00. with concert tickets often costing less than 30Lt. tel. Goštauto 2/15. 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. tel. Closed Mon. Q Open 17:00 . QOpen 14:00 . QOpen 12:00 .com . Closed Mon. Sun. The ceramic artist Mindaugas Rutkauskas is almost completely blind yet manages to produce some great ceramics from classic earthenware crockery to complete ceramic stoves. Hollywood blockbusters inside a large shopping centre.16:00. (+370) 5 231 23 18. tel. buy something as a unique gift or souvenir or ask about their regular workshops. photo by Virginija Rimkutė Užupio Kalvystės Galerija . J Arts & Crafts The Old Crafts Workshops of The Fine Crafts Association of this combined gallery and workshop presents some of the best examples of the work of Lithuanian goldsmiths. this old craft. J Meno Niša Basanavičiaus 29. ask your hotel reception or speak to the nice people at Vilnius Tourist Information. (+370) 5 261 15 Šv. Sat 12:00 . JA Multikino H-1. 1567. Closed Mon. QOpen 10:00 .19:00.20:00.multikino.inyourpocket. Sun. Q Box office open an hour before the event. (+370) 5 261 26 10. Sat 11:00 .18:00. a bit of worthy contemporary art and the occasional faded Western rock star. Operating out of studios and workshops spread around the city centre.16:00. eat.lmta. Also at S. Ignoto 4/3. Basanavičiaus 1/13. QOpen 11:00 .CULTURE & EVENTS 17 All you need to know about where to sleep. J. Fri 16:00 . J Jonas Bugailiškis Art Studio C-5.w3.inyourpocket. Naugarduko 20. Going to concerts and festivals in and around the city is a relatively inexpensive For information on purchasing tickets. which has been used to decorate homes during special celebrations for centuries. Ozo 18 (Ozas). J Molio Laumė A-4/5. www. Pranciškonų 6. Sun. Closed Mon. The best place in the city for arthouse and underground cinema and meeting people who like it in the attached café-bar. A combined workshop and gallery. Also at Ozo 25 (Akropolis). tel. www. or with patience and a steady hand you can learn how to do it yourself. www. (+370) 699 424 56. QOpen 11:00 . JA The Old Crafts Workshops of The Fine Crafts Association of Vilnius (Vilniaus Dailiųjų Amatų Asociacijos Senųjų Amatų Dirbtuvės) C-4. Most of the work on display is for sale. (+370) 5 231 38 11.kinopasaka. www.18:30. www. tel. Buy examples of the craft or attend one of their regular workshops. An extraordinary organisation dedicated to both preserving and promoting a wide range of traditional fine crafts including practictioners such as jewellers. drink. The ancient art of black ceramics brought to life inside this intriguing little hands-on gallery. Q By appointment only.ceramics.skalvija. He shares this workshop with several other artists. Closed Mon. (+370) 5 261 05 05. Sun. who’ll be only too pleased to explain what they’re up to. Print Amatų Gildija B-4. A. you’ll usually find somebody working there. Sat.March 2014 Lithuanian Music & Theatre Academy (Lietuvos vilnius. tel.vdaa. Read about more events and buy tickets online at the excellent www. hands-on workshops and even a few events for children. Standards tend to be high and the variety of events taking place is getting bigger every year. Sun. The place to come and see performances by the cream of the country’s next generation of professional musicians. tel. www. Watch people at work. QOpen 13:00 . Feel free to have a look A tiny gallery dealing in exclusive jewellery from a range of Lithuanian artists. Visiting is a good opportunity to buy some unique and special gifts and souvenirs. visit and enjoy Online Not surprisingly for a capital city there’s a lot of culture to be had in Vilnius including some cracking classical music. Q JW Skalvija H-3. ceramicists.21:00.bilietai. Concerts including established performers and conductors from Lithuania and abroad also take place here from time to time. J December 2013 .22:00. is available for sale. A Pasaka B-3. Known in Lithuanian as Sun call in A small working gallery dedicated to the art of the blacksmith. 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. (+370) 5 212 51 69. www. Sat 10:30 . www. Their website has good information in English.19:00. www. www. tel. book-binders and leather workers. Skapo 3 . QOpen 10:30 . tel.vilniauskalviai. JA Užupio Galerija D-3. (+370) 687 512 55. tel. Užupio 26. www. (+370) 5 212 05 20/(+370) 645 380 44. Savanorių 7. Gedimino 42. (+370) 5 219 53 78. Aušros Vartų 17-10. www. JW Cinemas Concert halls Muzikos ir Teatro Akademija) G-3. J Tautodailininko Dirbtuvė G-4. Mostly popular Hollywood films inside a dedicated multiplex close to the city centre. Art to hang on your body as opposed to your J Mobile Europe’s biggest publisher of locally produced city guides tel.16:00. 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. (+370) 652 366 13.Muziejus X-3. (+370) 687 906 50.forumcinemas. Savičiaus Forum Cinemas Vingis G-4.

QOpen 14:00 . tel. tel. Sun. (+370) 685 555 25. Kęstučio 51. To Be or Not to Be. (+370) 612 444 79. Trakų 9/1 (entrance on Kėdainių).20:00. Q Open by appointment only. tel. A.siemensarena. Gutauskas’ work is Vilnius In Your Pocket Contemporary Arts Centre (Šiuolaikinio Meno Vienuolio 1. tel. (+370) 5 212 30 20. Sun. A tumbledown house on the riverbank. Catherine’s Church (Šv.titanikas. QOpen 12:00 . . books and the Polish-language newspaper of the same (+370) 5 261 88 28. (+370) 5 212 29 49. converted 18th-century Baroque square metres of exhibition Q Box office open 10:00 . Ąžuolyno 9. Closed Mon. the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra was established in 1940. (+370) Opera & Ballet Centras) C-4. 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. A stunning construction opened in 1974 and offering the whole range of works.juvelyrinismenas. JA Piano. Vilnius’ very own monstrous carbuncle on the face of an old friend.16:00. (+370) 5 242 44 44. (+370) 5 262 04 21. Maironio 3. QOpen 12:00 . www.16:00. Sat 12:00 . a copy of the Constitution and much more. Sun 10:00 . Fri. Sun.nationalphilharmonic. Siemens Arena H-1. Closed Mon. Vilniaus 30. tel. www. Sat 12:00 . Aušros Vartų 5. lt.18:00. J Vartai B-3. Sat 12:00 (+370) 5 212 19 A series of exhibition halls owned and curated by the neighbouring Vilnius Art Academy. Hidden away down an Old Town backstreet. tel. A city-owned concert space inside a magnificent. features a superb reading room and hosts a rather good bar. J Znad Wilii D-3. Recommended. www. Closed Sun.22:00. A large ice-skating rink on the outskirts of the city that also hosts the occasional concert.18 CULTURE & EVENTS (+370) 5 266 52 33. www.19:00. exhibitions run the gamut from student shows to serious work from home and abroad in just about every conceivable medium. Sun 10:00 . http://www. The main venue for the OKT theatre company (see Theatres).kultura. Featuring a concert hall and a smaller chamber hall. Prospekto Galerija is a hit and miss affair but really worth the effort just in case. brightly painted and with a few works in the garden. Olimpiečių 3. workshop and the only place in the city to buy official Užupis Republic memorabilia. J Academy (Akademija) C-3. Closed Mon. QOpen 11:00 .znadwiliiwilno. J Užupio Meno Inkubatorius (Užupis Art Incubator) Galleries 5 261 20 94. www. Closed Sun. Closed Mon. this gallery is given over entirely to his painting. J Terra Recognita C-3. (+370) vilnius. www. Vartai also organises exhibitions by artists from abroad. www. paintings and graphic art. Stiklių 4. Closed Mon. There’s also a small shop where you can buy books and postcards featuring the work of many famous and obscure Lithuanian art. Worth a look inside even if you don’t plan on attending anything.18:30. Sat. Gedimino B-4. JA Lithuanian National Philharmonic (Lietuvos Nacionalinė Filharmonija) C-5. Concerts are performed by a range of ensembles including the aforementioned orchestra as well as the Čiurlionis String Quartet and the chamber ensemble Musica Humana to name but a few. Sun 12:00 . Vaitiekūnas’ latest show. www. J Titanikas D-2. QOpen 12:00 . An interesting gallery representing the work of the contemporary and conceptual Lithuanian artist Saulius Vaitiekūnas. Surplus to the 2.inyourpocket. colourful to say the least and all of it is for sale. Sat. tel.facebook. Closed Sun.18:00. sculpture and other media. J Teatro Arena I-3. QOpen 12:00 .19:00.umi. tel.20:00. (+370) 5 210 01 36. The quintessential all-purpose arena staging everything from international basketball matches to big name rock concerts.18:00. Closed Mon. tel. Ozo 14. www. Vilniaus 6/16. this small concert hall arranges concerts of many types including classical and jazz. are all on display inside. Concerts are varied and often very good indeed. Kotrynos Bažnyčia) Vilnius Congress Hall (Vilniaus Kongresų Rūmai) D-3.16:00.19:00. Q Box office open 14:00 . The weird and occasionally wonderful world of the Lithuanian artist Tadas Gutauskas. www. (+370) 615 899 29. souvenirs. (+370) 5 203 28 91/(+370) 613 947 70. A B-3. tel. Sat 10:00 . as well as his other exhibitions Once Again about the Clouds and Welcome Back to the Future. Arguably the best and most influential contemporary gallery in the country. QOpen 12:00 .lt. JU Jewelry Art Studio vilnius. J TaDas F-3. Stiklių 7.12:00. tel. 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. Pilies 44/2. Much of his work is both fun and thought provoking and is generally available for sale. Exhibitions include works from a wide range of contributors including established local artists. Vokiečių 2. school children and the occasional American professor of mathematics. Closed Sun. Išganytojo 2/4. Sat 11:00 . (+370) 5 262 07 27. tel. local artwork. the Contemporary Arts Centre also organises conferences and lectures. Exhibitions range from the sublime to the awful.18:00. www. news and documentary photographers past and present. Sun open an hour before the event. A Polish art gallery displaying and selling paintings. 1588. Sun 11:00 . tel. Home to the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra.19:00. St. Vilniaus 39 (Vilniaus Mokytojų Namai). Q Box office open 12:00 . this 1968 concrete masterpiece conceals one of the country’s leading galleries for both Lithuanian and international contemporary art. Find works in all media by the top Lithuanian artists working in their fields. this is Užupis’ unofficial Ministry of Culture as well as a lively gallery space. Užupio 2. www. Bordering on the naïve and childlike. (+370) 683 773 57.19:00.18:00.galerijavartai.vda. Q Box office open Mon .20:00. Admission 8/4Lt.cac. QOpen 12:00 .lt. (+370) 611 226 75. this city-centre venue features some fine acoustics and organises everything from serious classical concerts to shows for children.18:00. J Pramogų Arena E-2. www.15:00. tel. tel.teatroarena. JA Lithuanian National Opera & Ballet Theatre (Lietuvos Nacionalinis Operos ir Baleto Teatras) A-1. lt.pramoguarena. J B-1. Follow the riverbank north from Užupio Kavinė.lvso. Photography 5 261 83 38. QOpen 11:00 .photography. often let down partially by the artists themselves who submit badly presented work that’s often lit with no thought to the work. Owned and run by the Lithuanian Photographers’ Union. this large place on the edge of town is also a concert venue among other things.Thu 10:00 . gutauskai. Q Box office open 10:00 .opera. www. J Prospekto Galerija www. www.

go. Minkus. Closed Sun. A. Strauss.15:00 (open every second Saturday only). Bizet. (+370) 5 212 32 36. Otello G. 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. Closed Sat. tel. Verdi. Ballet 2 18:00 Anna Karenina R. Closed Mon. 14:00 . QOpen 09:00 .19:00. 14:00 .de/lietuva. Verdi. Mozart. A. tel.18:30. Fri 09:00 . Wagner. Founded in 1966 the National Youth Theatre stages works of all kinds from the classics to experimental to innovative reworkings of original stories. Worth a look around even if you’re not attending a performance. Wiener Blut Didžioji 23.okt. www. Carmen G. Nordic Council of Ministers Office (Šiaurės Čiurlionio 82b. dominoteatras. J Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (Lietuvos Nacionalinis Dramos Teatras) B-2. Bernardinų 8/8. Q Box office open 11:00 . A. Basanavičiaus 13. Adam. tel. (+370) 656 863 83. 29 18:30 Cornet O. (+370) 5 231 21 10. the company performs almost exclusively in public outdoor spaces. Q Open 10:00 .18:00. A. A.17:00. Currently they’re without a home but perform regularly around the city. Closed Sat. Verdi. tel. Wagner. Tchaikovsky. (+370) 5 262 05 52. Gytis Ivanauskas Theatre.usembassy.lenkijosinstitutas. Bizet. (+370) 618 757 80. Q Box office open 11:00 . www. Vilnius Old Town Theatre (Vilniaus Senamiesčio Teatras) A-5. 5 18:30 La Bayadère L. Išganytojo 2/4. 26 18:30 Ernani G.13:00. The Bat J. The Nutcracker P . Red Giselle P . Shchedrin. Première. opera.menuspaustuve. Verdi. The Nutcracker P . Closed Sun. www. 5 18:30 La Traviata G. The Nutcracker P . Vainiūnas. The Nutcracker P . Barbora Radvilaitė S.14:00. 23 12:00 The Tiny Lingonberry J. 19 18:30 Carmen G. 22 18:30 La Bayadère L. Tchaikovsky. Works include everything from Shakespeare to original works. tel. Bizet.rkc. K. w w w. The Bat J. Narbutaitė. Carmen ballet G. QOpen 09:00 . Tchaikovsky. 11 18:30 Eugene Onegin P .lt. Sat 12:00 . www. Prokofjev. www. 14:30 . 18). Housed inside a former tsarist-era printing house this intriguing centre features two theatre halls. (+370) 5 231 04 65. www. Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky.17:00. Pretty much what it says it is. tel. For Children 9 12:00 Cipollino K. Swan Lake P www. Górecki and other composers. The Bat J. Wagner. Wed 13:30 .lt. Sun. Ludwig van Beethoven.dki. Closed Mon. Vainiūnas. Cornet O. Tchaikovsky. http://vilnius. The only professional theatre in the country staging works exclusively in the Russian language. QOpen 08:30 17:30. La Traviata G. 12 18:30 Čiurlionis G. The Nutcracker P . Schnittke. Library open 13:30 . Look for the three muses guarding the main entrance. Antakalnio 2. Performances take place at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (see p. Closed Sat. January Opera 8 18:30 11 18:30 16 18:30 22 18:30 25 18:30 30 18:00 Operetta 4 18:30 18 18:30 Ballet 3. Bizet. Wagner. Arklių 5. this fine old building also hosts other events including part of the annual Vilnius Jazz Festival. 8 18:30 Eugene Onegin P . G. Gedimino 4. Opera & Ballet continued Concert 12 Freedom Defenders Day. 15:00 . tel. J Ministrų Tarybos Biuras) C-3. QOpen 16:00 . Closed Sat. (+370) 5 219 96 96. G.14:00. L’Elisir d’Amore G.senamiescioteatras. 9 18:30 5. Closed Sat. Tchaikovsky. Verdi. the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre promotes theatre from home and abroad and stages it in two venues inside the same building. Closed Sat. Strauss. Fri 09:00 . Strauss. M. The Nutcracker P . Arklių 5. giteatras. J 61.norden. Sat. www.17:00. Strauss. www. Q Box office open 11:00 . A. Verdi.embjapan. Narbutaitė. 16:00 . tel. 28 18:30 Tristan & Isolde R. A. La Traviata G. Sun 11:00 . info@giteatras.goethe. The Nutcracker P . Tchaikovsky. J American Center G-4. Akmenų 6.16:00. Tchaikovsky. The Nutcracker P . Schnittke. March Opera 1 18:30 Otello G. J. Dedicated to modern theatre and modern interpretations of the classics. Cultural centres 7 18:30 8 12:00 11 18:30 13 18:30 15 12:00 15 18:00 19 18:30 21 18:30 22 12:00 22 18:00 27 18:30 29 12:00 29 18:00 For Children 1 12:00 Cinderella S. Malcys. J The Sleeping Beauty P . Chachaturian. Ašmenos 8. Tristan & Isolde R. 19 12:00 5 18:00 10 18:30 17 18:30 19 18:00 23 24 26 29 31 18:30 18:30 12:00 18:30 18:30 Ernani G. The Blue Danube vilnius. Vilnius Small State Theatre (Valstybinis Vilniaus Mažasis Teatras) A-1. Sun. Delibes. Vilniaus 39. www. Verdi. Red Giselle P .teatraslele. Wiener Blut J.inyourpocket. Tue. Q Box office open 10:00 . J British Council J-3. Sun. Minkus. tel. (+370) 5 266 54 70.13:00. A. www. J French Institute C-3.20 CULTURE & EVENTS Teatras) B-4. Closed Mon. Lohengrin R. this very Lithuanian affair puts on shows inside a cinema. Gedimino 5. www. Tchaikovsky. (+370) 5 212 22 11. tel. Tchaikovsky. 21 18:30 WienerBlut J. Q Box office open 10:45 . www.19:00. Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs B. More info at www. Closed Sat. www. lt. www. Verdi. (+370) 687 916 Theatres Almost all performances are in Lithuanian or Russian. jaunimoteatras. Gedimino 22. The Nutcracker P . The Marriage of Figaro W. Górecki and other composers. J Japanese Information & Cultural Centre (Japonijos Informacijos ir Kultūros Centras) G-4. With a varied repertoire. Naugarduko 20. Sun. tel. CULTURE & EVENTS OKT/Vilnius City Theatre (OKT/Vilniaus Miesto 21 Opera & Ballet December Opera 14 18:30 18 18:30 Operetta 6 18:30 10 18:30 12 18:30 20 18:30 28 18:30 Ballet 4. (+370) 5 231 44 33. Check the website for a full list of their activities. (+370) 5 249 98 Première. Verdi. H. This inspired puppet theatre for children of all ages has been charming audiences in Vilnius since the company was founded way back in 1958. tel. tel. (+370) 5 212 24 December 2013 . For Children Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs 2. Operetta 15 18:30 The Merry Widow F . Lithuanian Russian Drama Theatre (Lietuvos Rusų Dramos Teatras) H-4. J Ar ts Printing House (Menų Spaustuvė) D-2. www. www. J National Youth Theatre (Valstybinis Jaunimo Teatras) C-4. Šiltadaržio 6. The Merry Widow F . tel. Tchaikovsky. M.March 2014 .16:00. J Poland Institute (Lenkijos Institutas) C-4. Tchaikovsky. www. The brainchild of a small collective of like-minded local thespians. (+370) 5 204 08 32.menofor tas. Tchaikovsky.15:00. Sun.inyourpocket. Otello The Nutcracker P . Carmen ballet G. Swan Lake P . 28 18:30 Giselle A. Lehár. Sun. Pawlowski. The Nutcracker P .teatras.rusudrama. Mal30 18:00 cys. See their website for when and where they’re performing.17:00. Closed Only finding a permanent home in 2005. Q Open 10:00 . Strauss. An Old Town theatre given over entirely to the visionary antics of the infamous Lithuanian theatrical director Eimuntas Nekrošius.inyourpocket. Barbora Radvilaitė S. 23 12:00 B. 20 18:30 Adam. J Goethe Institute B-2. Lehár. The Nutcracker P . Sun. Closed Sat.institutfrancais-lituanie.vmt. tel. Closed Mon. J Domino Theatre (Domino Teatras) G-4. The Nutcracker P . Sun. Sun 11:00 .lt vilnius. A. (+370) 5 261 61 26.20:00. J Italian Cultural Institute 13 18:30 La Traviata G. QOpen 09:00 . actor and choreographer Gytis Ivanauskas. Tchaikovsky. Didžioji 5. Tchaikovsky.18:30. The Nutcracker P . WienerBlut J. Strauss.19:00. February Opera 1 18:30 4 18:30 6 18:30 8 18:30 21 18:30 22 18:30 26 18:30 27 18:30 Ballet 5 18:30 7. Kuprevičius. 14 18:30 The Sleeping Beauty P . tel. Savanorių 7 (Forum Cinemas Vingis). Concert 31 19:00 Concert of the WDR Rundfunkorchester. 6 18:00 Lohengrin R.18:30.14:00. The brainchild of the still relatively young dancer. Missa Solemnis. The Marriage of Figaro W. (+370) 5 246 29 58. a place to collect and spread ideas and rehearsal rooms for various performers. (+370) 5 262 86 78. (+370) 5 261 10 76. J Russian Cultural Centre C/D-3. Strauss. Tchaikovsky.16:00. Some theatres provide occasional simultaneous translation. A. Tchaikovsky. Narbutaitė. 7 18:30 Coppélia L. Cornet O.18:00. Verdi. Universiteto 4.19:00. Strauss. Tchaikovsky. Lėlė Puppet Theatre (Vilniaus Teatras Lėlė) C-4.esteri.16:00. Minkus. 16 12:00 Pawlowski. La Bayadère L.17:00. Sat 10:00 . QOpen 09:00 . Strauss. (+370) 5 212 20 99. Didžioji 1. Concert 31 19:00 New Year’s Eve Gala Concert. Sun 11:00 . J Teatras Meno Fortas D-2. Chachaturian.17:00. Tchaikovsky. Tamulionis. 9 12:00 Cipollino K. Bizet. Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. Q Box office open 10:00 . QOpen 09:00 . Bizet. this interesting theatre company who stage a wide range of predominantly contemporary works are based inside a glorious building in the city centre. Ernani G. The Nutcracker P . Danish Cultural Institute B-3. (+370) 5 264 93 32. tel.16:00. QOpen 09:00 17:30. A. Check to make sure before booking tickets. this interesting experimental company are worth looking out for. Tchaikovsky. The Flying Dutchman R. Sun. 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rūkytos dešrelės. not least the testicles.17:00. For while Lithuanian food is not as immediately celebrated as certain other cuisines. And all covered in dill.14:00. 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.which is in fact usually served on Christmas Eve . M.gariunai. So sacred is bread considered that an old Lithuanian tradition states that if a piece is dropped it should be picked up immediately.000 shoppers every day. rye bread. Closed Mon. We hope not to offend anyone by stating that desserts are probably the most disappointing part of the Lithuanian menu. Kalvarijų 61. www. made with shoulder of smoked ham and served warm. Another version of the same soup is the raugintų burokėlių sriuba. marinated veal (kepta marinuota veršiena) and veal stuffed with liver served in a nut sauce (kepenimis įdaryta veršiena riešutų padaže).is ubiquitous during the summer and the whole country eats tons of the stuff: berries are often added for a local touch. While this is not entirely untrue. 23 Markets Shopping in a Lithuanian market (turgus). Finally. sauerkraut and potatoes. Made with a mix of raw and boiled potatoes the process of cooking them takes a bit of mastering. 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. Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. to the horror of traditionalists. 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. Closed Mon.halesturgaviete. Vilniaus 22/1 (Mano Guru). kissed and then eaten. Veal on the other hand is usually excellent everywhere. boiled. lunch and dinner. pigs are purchased by farmers shortly after harvest time and fattened-up until just before Christmas. the role of which in Lithuanian society is a doctoral theses waiting to be written. Lithuania is also a country rich in mushrooms. Featuring everything from old ladies selling garlic bulbs and carrier bags to the occasional bargain goat (cash only). particularly if you like pork. especially during the weekends. Often eaten twice a day the most legendary soup is the bright pink šaltibarščiai. items up for grabs include everything from Czechoslovakian clarinets to furniture to WWII-era Nazi propaganda posters in Lithuanian. If there is a way of cooking them then you can bet that the Lithuanians have mastered it: they are even used to make sauces (such as patermesas.often stuffed with apples – is popular on special occasions. along with cottage cheese). as are Žagarėliai (Angel Wings): sweet crisp pastry made out of dough that has been shaped into thin twisted ribbons. Collectors’ Club (Kolekcininkų Klubas) G-4. J Šaltibarščiai For all the importance of bread. 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. J Verslo Parkas Gariūnai 4km from Vilnius just off the Kaunas highway. fish or potatoes. mushrooms are used to flavour inumerous dishes. Sun. Our own favourite way of eating pork in Lithuania however is to devour a huge. Unusually for sausage in this part of the world the meat used to make skilandis is very lean. QOpen 09:00 . of which the most famous is the legendary Lithuanian smoked sausage. Lithuanian lamb . is an experience to be savoured if at all possible when visiting the country. however. (+370) 698 398 93. Poppy seed biscuits (aguonų sausainukai) are also good.inyourpocket. There is a huge variety of curd in Lithuania. cigarettes from the Roma girls near the main entrance. tel. Wed. December 2013 .13:00. QOpen 07:00 .kefir. Other dairy products . boiled eggs and lashings of dill. a sour potatoe sauce with caraway seeds). or served separately. www. made with potatoes or even onion. linen. given that potatoes didn’t actually arrive in Lithuania until well into the 18th century. Thu 03:00 .surininkunamai. QOpen 07:00 . wood carvings. The latest news is that several of the sellers now also operate at the weekly Akropolio Blusų Turgus every Sunday. And now. On the fish front. most of the animal gets eaten in one form or another. www.but has in recent times been supplanted by poppy seed milk soup). sour milk or kefir. Sour cream . manbags. from sour to sweet. Mushrooms can also be served as a stand-alone dish: try mushrooms in sour cream or mushroom cakes (grybų maltinukai). Besides making soup. some with caraway seeds added and even sweet cheese with raisins. glass-covered affair to the left selling clothing that went out of fashion in Albania in the 1980s and raw meat at the back is perhaps best worth avoiding. We might also add that . www. It also forms an important part of the kūčios Christmas meal. Lesser cuts of meat are used to make a more coarse sausage. Ice cream . although duck .vilniusclub. sometimes into January. (+370) 5 262 55 36. this country’s food is far more adventurous than people give it credit for. heavily-smoked knuckle (virtas rūkytas kumpis) served with lashings of horseradish sauce. tel. When it comes to vegetables. locallyproduced honey and cameras manufactured in the CCCP. (Beet soup was also once considered an integral part of the Lithuanian Christmas meal .lt.16:00. More than one Vilnius In Y our Pocket food correspondent has been pleasantly surprised by them over the years. Baked. Tue. J Kalvarijų Market (Kalvarijų Turgus) H-2. Minsk bicycles and cheap vilnius. tender beef is not traditionally a Lithuanian strong point. Most loaves are made with only the minimum ingredients: rye flour. herring (silkė) is a big deal . A trip through the doors rewards visitors with a nasal blast of several tonnes of smoked meat. and there are a number of veal dishes to watch out for: baked veal with apples (keptas veršienos kumpis su obuoliais). Sat. Remember that many things can be haggled down in price. Sūrininkų Namai (Cheesemakers’ Home) A-2. Every tourist destination has one. Lithuania is not all that big on poultry. Th e only market we list aimed exclusively at foreigners’ wallets is a predominantly lacklustre hotchp otc h o f s tall s s e l l i n g a m b e r.16:00. Thu. the might potatoe takes precedence over all others: surprisingly so in fact. with almost every part of the animal used in some kind of foodstuff. See the website to find out more about these very nice people. This country seriously knows its stuff when it comes to making the most of a pig.22 LITHUANIAN FOOD It’s been written many times by many people in many places (including. also find tropical fish. This is Vilnius’. but most of the stuff here is very average. when it is served in various sauces. Failure to do so and your home may have to do without any bread at all. look for the minibuses around the train and bus stations with Gariūnai signs on the front. often at breakfast.are all (in our experience) a cut above the competition provided by other countries in this part of the world. eel is another fish served as part of kūčios. Tue. When it comes to the meatier parts of the menu. given that over the past couple of years a new breed of restaurant keen not just on promoting local fare but also on taking it forward has begun to appear. a nod towards the Lithuanian dairy industry.17:00. Sun 05:30 . be it with meat. Sat 04:30 . Fri. Notable exceptions include poppy seed cake (pyragas su aguonomis) and the many varieties of honey cake (meduoliai). You should also keep an eye out for nettle (dilgėlių sriuba) and onion (svogūnų sriuba) soups: not always found on your average menu they are well worth trying if you get the chance. Traditionally. Considered a bit of a delicacy in these parts they may sound a bit spooky yet are actually rather tasty and amazingly tender. baked. although perhaps not for the faint hearted.16:00.14:00. we thought it was about time that we took a fresh look at the Lithuanian dining table. Some pieces are really nice.inyourpocket. 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. Pylimo 58/1. They are then slaughtered. Ground zero of Lithuanian food is bread. While Pilies 23. the skilandis. and as a result they play a key part in local cuisine. The modern. Lithuania is not to be found wanting. Occasionally.14:00. rye bread also plays an important role in all of the Lithuanian holiday meals. Halės Market (Halės Turgus) C-5.Lithuanians also make a soup from rye bread (duonos sriuba). tel. pike (lydeka) . Šakotis is a delicious local cake very similar to baumkuchen. both religious and secular. by our good selves in this very city guide) that nobody travels to Lithuania for the food. Rye bread’s almost spiritual importance to Lithuanians is perhaps best displayed in the way that Lithuanian expats all over the world will beat a path to any baker who can come up with a half-decent loaf. QOpen 08:00 12:00. QOpen 10:00 . Closed Mon. Indeed. and notable products made from the stuff include some very good cheeses: fresh. whereas the beautifully restored brick building dating from 1900 to the right is more than worth a look inside. Thu. for mushroom soup (grybų sriuba) is now almost as quintessentially Lithuanian (and just as ubiquitous) as its more famous pink usually surprise there given that this is very much a Baltic nation. Trendier bakeries in the cities will even these days sometimes add olives. (+370) 696 357 18. hand-knitted socks. Putino It usually comes with a side dish of boiled potatoes (themselves covered in dill). Eaten every day. salt and yeast. deep-fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. these are not usually traditional Lithuanian QOpen 05:30 . it is also a little unfair. fried or pickled you will often see herring served as an appetiser. There are hundreds of edible varieties. when it comes to desserts genuinely Cepelinai LITHUANIAN FOOD Lithuanian treats are few and far between. V. A taxi from a reputable firm costs around 30Lt to get there from the city centre. Wed. you may see variations on the classic rye loaf.March 2014 . While local cake shops. some restaurants are going the extra mile to make it so: Hazienda Steakhouse (see page 50) is one such place. One of the best places in town for meat.although hardly Lithuanian . Closed the most common. The most famous potatoe dish however are of course the legendary zeppelins (cepelinai): huge potatoe dumplings served with a variety of stuffing (bacon is the most popular. Closed Mon. Alternatively. which can be bought in here along with a few other specialities including fresh fruit and vegetables plus a nice range of locally-produced honey you can taste before you purchase. roasted. As with pigs. or cold beet soup. Trotters (troškintos kojos) are one such local delicacy: they are braised for hours and served with bacon and sauerkraut.although not always easy to find . Soviet-era bits and pieces and a few used in a huge variety of Lithuanian recipes. Sun 07:00 15:00. yoghurt and butter in particular . water. smoked. Sausages are made. it is perhaps the classic sour soup which is the staple of the Lithuanian diet. Tue 02:30 . if we’re honest. Specifically.delicious when simmered in beet juice . J Souvenir Market (Suvenyrų Turgus) C-2/3.much as you would expect . A weekly market inside Mano Guru selling locally-produced cheese from four small farms as well as chocolate and bread. Fri. When it comes to larger made with beetroot. although carp also makes the odd appearance on menus. and please watch your wallets. bakeries and restaurants are now skilled at preparing outstanding more observant readers would have noticed . Those of you who don’t like beetroot should fear not. with the tenderest cuts eaten and the rest of the ham and bacon smoked.

Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square express laundry. and of course the restaurant’s pretty good too. and don’t necessarily reflect the quality of those amenities or the standard of service provided. satellite television. Add in some good onsite dining and you have a winner. www. impeccable service. WHERE TO STAY Ramada Hotel & Suites Vilnius C-5.24 WHERE TO STAY Vilnius provides a wide selection of accommodation options in all parts of the city. Dvaras is a small hotel with grand ideas. Q 55 rooms (€99 . and even if you’re in a standard room. Good for healthy-minded visitors.cpvilnius. minibar. tel. And rightly so. welcome@moongardenhotel. from the bare brickwork (all original) in some rooms to ornamental wallpaper in others. fax (+370) 5 273 95 00. satellite television and minibars with add-ons including such opulence as a Jacuzzi in the luxury room and apartments. writing desk. www. fax (+370) 5 212 38 70. noticeable in everything from the décor to the price. with even the most basic featuring mini bars. Conference facilities are outstanding and can dazzle up to 2. suites and apartments inside a well located hotel boasting a splendid jumble of old and new. One of the favourite choices of visiting big-wigs and other VIPs. building and location say it all.groupeuropa. (+370) 5 274 34 01. satellite television and lovely views over vast and lovely grounds that give you a feeling of being away from it all. PJHARFLKDW hhhh Dvaras (Manor House) Walking up to Gediminas Castle December 2013 . info@congress.450).com. are on offer. If this hotel was a person. The choice of individual rooms and suites is impressive. 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. internet. Check the photos on the website to really appreciate what you’ll be getting here. reservations@narutis. (+370) 5 210 74 61. PJHA6UFKDCW hhhh Congress B-0.000 delegates with near-regal luxury and technical wizardry. We also like the free wireless internet.narutis.stikliai. plus business facilities. PTJHAR6UIFLKDXW hhhhh 25 Star spangled banter This guide uses the star system as defined by the State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy in which stars are awarded for amenities offered. fax (+370) 5 210 74 60. Decorated with the ultimate in style and panache. minibars and all mod cons.230). Q96 rooms (€250 . in terms of spaciousness. hotel@ from singles to luxury suites. M. Atrium blends together the antiquities of Old Town with the very best of modern hotel accommodation to great Conti B-5.vilnius@ radissonblu. Booking a room in advance is recommended. PJHARUIFKDXCW hhhhh Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. Universiteto 14. fax (+370) 5 210 77 70. K. minibars and other treats.950Lt). It doesn’t come much better than this. (+370) 5 264 95 95. tel. Rooms come with the absolute minimum of internet a French restaurant and a bar selling some of the freshest local beer in the city.inyourpocket. A wealth of tastefully decorated rooms plus a gorgeous apartment with its own sauna are available. Surplus to the marvellous views from the upper front rooms are air-conditioning An absolute winner for both facilities and location. PTJHARUFKDCWhhhhh+ Le Méridien Vilnius 19km north of Vilnius on the VilniusRiga A2 fax (+370) 5 255 33 11. free wireless internet. Stuokos-Gucevičiaus 1. One of the better places to stay in town if you can afford it. fax (+370) 5 273 97 30.inyourpocket. no doubt attracted by its discrete location in a magnificent 16th century building (something of a sight in itself). The only remaining features of Inturist’s flagship Hotel Friendship are the foundations. Q185 rooms (€90 . tidy confidence about it. Bazilijonų 10. tel. A good choice of singles. www.3200).140).lt. A taxi to Old Town costs less than 10Lt. tel. Q80 rooms (300 . Pilies Atrium C-2. artis@ centrumhotels. Q114 rooms (€199 . Everything has a neat. fax (+370) 5 262 28 82. PHAUFLKDXCW hhhh Crowne Plaza Vilnius F-4.259). Add to that a location to die for. www. vilnius@ vilnius. room interiors include everything from original 16th-century frescoes and wooden beams to Jacuzzis in the suites. Q8 rooms (260 .149). Tilto 3-1. Expect free internet in the rooms. and the results suggest that it was more than worth the wait. www. www. eu. tel. www. www. one or two arty internal elements and the hotel@atrium. climate control. Just eight rooms. the Stikliai is where millionaires have been taking themselves for a very long time indeed. as indeed does the list of the great and the good who choose to stay here when in town. The spa. fax (+370) 5 261 87 83. the staff are outstanding and overall you are in for a delightful experience. Relais & Chateaux Stikliai Hotel C-3. the Vilnius Kempinski comes with 96 magic rooms and suites. all given an old world treatment and all coming with life’s little luxuries. in a class of its own in the Baltic States. luxury spa.ramadavilnius. vilnius@ amberton.900). it would proudly strut about and puff its chest 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. tel. you’d be a nutter to stay anywhere else. doubles. www. business class rooms. the latter being some of the greenest and most pleasant in the city. (+370) 5 210 73 70. fax (+370) 5 251 42 80. views and facilities. (+370) 5 219 99 49. (+370) 5 212 01 10. L. tel. Pilies Q119 rooms (€110 . (+370) 5 210 77 77. fax (+370) 5 219 94 80. PJHAR6UIFKDCW hhhhh 24. tel. sauna.March 2014 . internet access and for the nervous. Ežeraičio village. PJHA6ULKDW hhhh Best Western Vilnius A-00. Q30 rooms (€60 . writing a Kempinski review seems a little daft as they specialise in some of the best hotels to be found anywhere. The name. lt.kempinski. tel. international press and the fabulous Medininkai restaurant. plus the upper floors provide some fabulous views of the city.ambertonhotels.450). Q52 rooms (€100 . There’s a couple of fancy restaurants as well.atrium.dvaras. meaning staying right in the centre is always an option. Perfectly located between Old Town and Gedimino. a fine restaurant and a magical spa especially so during the summer. fax (+370) 5 274 34 11. luxurious wall-to-wall carpeting. extras include conference facilities. 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. heated bathroom floors and everything else you’d expect when handing over this much money in return for a bed for the night.300). and will find yourself conveniently located mid-way between Old Town and the business district north of the river.inyourpocket. hotel@ cpvilnius. A beautiful collection of rooms and suites are on offer.440). Symbol key P Air conditioning O Casino T Child-friendly F Fitness centre R LAN connection K Restaurant D Sauna I Fireplace A Credit cards accepted H Conference facilities U Facilities for the disabled L Guarded parking 6 Pet-friendly J Old town location C Swimming pool W Wifi VAT (21%) and breakfast included unless otherwise Occupying a sumptuous building with Gothic and Baroque elements.vilniushotel. (+370) 5 212 28 94. www. fax (+370) 5 251 41 00. tel. Located opposite the Cathedral and tantalisingly close to one of the best Indian restaurants in Eastern Europe. a cracking little Argentinean restaurant and arguably the best location in Vilnius. tel. conference facilities and an equally ostentatious restaurant can also be found here. exceptional restaurant. the fully air-conditioned rooms come with such treats as satellite and cable television. After a good night’s rest you’ll be ready to take on the town. Prices remain lower than in Western Located in the heart of the city’s main business district just north of the river.vilnius@kempinski. some with spectacular views of Old Town. Vilniaus 2. fax (+370) 5 266 03 77. TJHARUILKW Upmarket Radisson Blu Astorija C-4. The 16th-floor restaurant-bar offers one of the prettiest places to get plastered in Lithuania. Q88 rooms (200 . there’s no need to roll off a list of everything in the rooms because they’ve really got it all boast wonderful large windows and will leave you feeling that you ought to have paid a lot more. PJHARULKW hhhh Art Hotel Moon Garden C-5. (+370) 5 266 07 70. PTJHAR6UFLKDW hhhh Q43 rooms (€160 1200). PTJHARULKDCW hhhhh (+370) 5 266 03 66. lt. com/vilnius. peepholes in all the doors. Q18 rooms (€110 . Totally gorgeous in every conceivable way. (+370) 5 255 33 55. The onsite restaurant is All rooms have been recently renovated and still offer aromatic furniture and soft. Pay TV. Subačiaus 2. Surplus to the location. tel.Preferred Boutique 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. all of it packaged together just a two-minute walk from the Cathedral. The lobby café’s a nice place for quiet drink. info@lemeridienvilnius. It took almost two years to complete the renovation of this historic building. air-conditioning and satellite television. www. Plonked west of the centre on the edge of one of the capital’s finest parks. Aušros Vartų 6. Complete with minibars. Also find marbled bathrooms.lemeridienvilnius. PTHAR6UIFLKDXCW hhhhh Cream of the crop The Narutis Hotel . tel. Not that it is made of damp straw we should point out. fax (+370) 5 212 17 62. bar. hotel@dvaras. The rooms are larger than the Old Town norm. Q54 rooms (€79 .219). Konstitucijos 14. tel. Čiurlionio (+370) 5 269 19 19. Liejyklos 11/23. A superb mix of the old and the new there is a great mix of stylish design on show. if you can afford it. PJHARLKW hhhh Europa Royale Vilnius C-5. Q98 rooms (€79 . info@contihotel. Something of a celebrity favourite.contihotel.radissonblu.445Lt). sales. the place has an elegant yet business-class feel about it. Q108 rooms (€69 . www. If you’re one of the lucky few who can afford to stay here we most certainly recommend that you give it a try. (+370) 5 251 41 the hotel also manages to pack in a gym and swimming swimming pool. Just minutes out of town and. Top notch accommodation with all the trimmings.899). Q118 rooms (€75 . Vilnius district.000Lt). all coming with wireless internet. PJHA6ULKXW hhhh Amberton Hotel B-2. pool and sports centre is also superb. Old fashioned in most senses of the Didžioji 35/2. PJHARUFLK� DXCW hhhh Artis Centrum Hotels B-3. Sauna. (+370) 5 273 97 00. mini bars and Turkish baths in the best suites. Gaono Also find meeting rooms. (+370) 5 220 11 00. this large white birthday cake-looking hotel has been catering to a better class of guest for years. www. good mannered staff and two of the best restaurants in the city next door in fact. Raugyklos 7/2. this luxurious place has played host to all sorts of stars. sometimes considerably lower. fax (+370) 5 220 11 70. fax (+370) 5 261 20 00. www. meeting facilities and an awful lot more. sales@ stikliaihotel.centrumhotels. (+370) 5 273 95 95. Celebrating the former manor house status of the building it’s located in. www. www.

lt. free wireless internet. or not to book a room. windmills. www. tel. hotelsarunas. Opened towards the end of the summer in 2012. mabre. The well appointed rooms all come with en suite facilities. co. this swanky hotel can be found on the border of Old Town and Užupis inside a lovely quiet courtyard.inyourpocket. the hotel also features an in-house gourmet restaurant and state of the art business facilities. Q43 rooms (197 . best of all. tel.500Lt). (+370) Comfort Hotel Lt A-6. doubles. lt. Scheduled to open shortly after publication this new place looks set to be a welcome addition to the still nascent well-priced-accommodationin-Vilnius scene. fitness centre and business options in a total of seven rooms complete with full services. fax (+370) 5 203 22 81. heated bathroom floors. tel.100). PJHAR6LKXW hhhh Neringa A-1. www. fax (+370) 5 210 73 07. free Wifi and even coffee. (+370) 5 212 Centro Kubas . Q92 rooms (€37 .com vilnius. www. And for good Located inside a grandlooking building close to the action and tantalisingly near to a clutch of superb Chinese restaurants and a 24-hour supermarket.novotel. fax (+370) 5 210 30 01.125).lt. There’s conference facilities available for those who need them plus an in-house café where meals can be ordered throughout the day. www. all coming with internet connections and en suite bathrooms. guests all get a free present on arrival. Q57 rooms (€86 . Q134 rooms (480 960Lt).390Lt).com. Just over the river in the northern business district. offering good value whilst still managing to provide everything the modern business traveller requires. tel. fitness centre and a super restaurant-bar good for personal dining or group hire. (+370) 5 264 48 80. www. domusmaria@vilnensis. fax (+370) 5 272 62 10. tel. Q60 rooms (€64 .100).26 WHERE TO STAY Grotthuss Boutique Hotel B-5. featuring compact. Everything is spotlessly clean. Geared towards all types of traveller with a healthy bank account. Great comfort and four-star luxury from the international Novotel chain inside a large modern building in the heart of the city. PHARUFLKDW hhh Apia Hotel B-3. (+370) 5 Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva A-00. it does offer excellent value for money. book@neringahotel. tea and cakes in your room. tel. (+370) 5 212 22 88.390Lt). PJHAR6UFLKDXW hhhh 5 266 62 00.centrokubas. triples. Simplicity and style get together and have a bit of a cuddle in this bare-basics but nonetheless comfortable little Q31 rooms (360 . Vilnius’ now well established Holiday Inn provides everything one would expect from one of the world’s best known quality hotel brands. family-run hotel in a wonderful location in the heart of Old Town close to several good bars and restaurants. www. Ligoninės 5. all of it refreshingly close to the action and. air conditioning and free wireless internet. Located inside a collection of fabulously restored 17th century buildings. Located north of the river it’s nevertheless well within comfortable walking distance of the Old Town. PJHAULKW hhh 26. extras include a fine in-house restaurant. 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. if you get there before us. fax (+370) 685 989 20.domusmaria. tel.hotel. The hotel also features a good restaurant. Corral. Gedimino 23. This excellent boutique hotel in a quiet Old Town street contains 20 rooms and suites complete with Italian furniture. www. mabre@mabre. all rooms include free internet access and satellite television plus there’s guarded parking and a friendly staff to help with whatever you need.271). Excellent value Old Town accommodation inside a 17th century former Carmelite www. family-run hotel in a quiet Old Town the location may not be the best in town but.Angel C-4. fax Šarūnas D-00. Q14 rooms (€49 . guarded parking and find 43 well appointed rooms including singles.citygate. lietuva. tel. JHAW hhh Domus Maria C-5.400Lt). Those who stumble back in at dawn should take advantage of their much talked about all-day breakfast. all of them light and spacious.algirdashotel. all coming with wireless com. Joyce. Four classes of room are available. (+370) 5 Mabre Residence D-3. POJHARU� FLKDXW hhhh fax (+370) 5 272 48 88. tel.comforthotel. Algirdas City Hotels JAR6LW hhh Comfort Vilnius B-5. a very good buffet breakfast. reservation@mikotelgroup. vilnius@campanile. HA6UFLKDW hhhh tel. (+370) 5 232 66 50. tel. (+370) 5 266 58 85. 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. PHA6ULKXW Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. rooms veer from more than adequate singles to the wonderful (and surprisingly affordable) presidential suite. tel. neringahotel. We have been told to expect more room than you should be getting for this little money. farming implements and an altogether rustic feel inside another favourite Vilnius hotel. fax (+370) 5 266 62 01. Quite the oddest little guesthouse that there ever was. The in-house restaurant gives the option of eat-all-you-can buffet food. (+370) 5 272 38 88. Ševčenkos 16. JHAR6ULW hhh City Gate C-5. Bazilijonų 3. minibars and satellite television. local art on the walls and the now almost standard inclusion that’s free wireless internet. www. all available for one of the best prices in town for the class. (+370) 5 New E-GuestHouse G-5. It’s been a long time coming and finally it’s (+370) 5 266 03 PJHA6UFLKW AirInn Vilnius Hotel Rodūnios Kelias JHARULKW hhh 266 07 30. that is the question.March 2014 . A small. fax (+370) 5 212 36 18. info. plus there’s even more free stuff in the form of a gym that’s open around the clock. The superb Neringa hotel stands out as one of the city centre’s major business-class hotels. The in-house restaurant also churns out a menu of better than average food plus the staff on reception are extremely helpful when it comes to getting hold of things generally difficult to find. info@airinn. Found inside a fabulous former monastery. Q116 rooms (179 297Lt). fax (+370) 5 266 03 www. info@ shakespeare. a small pool and the fabulous Neringa restaurant complete with original Soviet frescoes dating from 1959.shakespeare. internet connections and en suite bathroom facilities. h5209@accor. Maironio 13. Hidden away down a wiggly Old Town street a few metres from the historic centre’s main thoroughfare.mikotelgroup. T. www. fax (+370) 5 233 57 10.holidayinnvilnius. Q34 rooms (€44 . (+370) 5 210 73 06. sauna. original art on the walls. Choices of rooms include Superior and Executive class as well as a handful of suites. A good value business class hotel close to the centre of things and just north of the city’s emerging business district. Q291 rooms (€79 . bar with big people-watching windows. PTJHAR6U� FLKDW hhhh WHERE TO STAY Mid-range 22 25. Raitininkų 4. all coming with free wireless internet. (+370) 5 212 34 Novotel Vilnius Centre B-2.vilnius@choice. With a boutique hotel feel. free tea and coffee 24 hours a day and a lot more. tel. tell us what you think. fax (+370) 5 264 88 this place has been garnering constantly good opinions seemingly forever. modern and well thought out rooms. Q40 rooms (€118 . Mindaugo 27.inyourpocket. Q12 rooms (€70 150). info@e-guesthouse. www. 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. by all accounts. www. Angels. For what you get the prices seem very reasonable.760Lt).78). Surplus to the rooms are all manner of wireless internet and a choice of extras according to price including refrigerators and kettles in the deluxe rooms. com/lietuvahotel-vilnius. complete with all of the necessary add-ons for today’s demanding traveller such as satellite television. lt. www. from the recommended sauna and small pool to the in-house steak restaurant. Mano Liza offers a personal touch lacking in many similar places. (+370) Shakespeare Boutique Hotel D-2. bar.250). Q159 rooms (€80 . plus there’s a rather good restaurant and a refreshingly peaceful and recommended bar to PHARUFLKDXW hhhh 21 95. 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. JHAUILKXW hhh 250 51 11. apia@apia. To book a room. Campanile Vilnius Airport Minsko 14. (+370) 5 212 Does Vilnius ever look better than when covered in snow? on the top floor is one of the city’s legendary drinkers (and a must even if you are not staying here). just outside Old Town and looking not unlike part of the set from Gunfight at the O.K.radissonblu. Comfort Hotel LT offers flat screen televisions. especially if you get one of the less expensive rooms. and the numerous perks include good conference facilities.250).com. plus conference facilities for up to 60. (+370) 5 272 62 72. news filtering back from previous guests suggests this one is definitely worth further investigation. JA6LKW hhh 5 232 93 04. Konstitucijos 20. tel. Extras include a selection of international newspapers and magazines. Dickens. The high-rise Radisson Blu has been one of Vilnius’ defining landmarks for decades. quads and luxury. Located at the top of the hill a good 15-minute walk from Old Town inside a modern building. Q8 rooms (€40 . Ignoto 12. Šv.500). fax (+370) 5 232 66 54. Q200 rooms (160 . Good in-house restaurants. (+370) 5 210 30 00. Q42 rooms (190 . hotel@citygate. (+370) 5 266 08 60. JHAR6ULKXW hhhh Holiday Inn Vilnius B-00.airinn. plus there’s three conference halls to contemplate for prospective visiting business travellers. Šeimyniškių 1. The bar 203 22 82. ample business facilities and one of the best buffet breakfasts in the city. the Algirdas boasts everything necessary for a comfortable stay. The rooms are decent. fax (+370) 5 266 08 63. A quality bargain.66). lt. The rooms themselves are as luxurious as you would expect. Favoured by well-heeled visitors who like the personal touch. hotelinvilnius. A small. Definitely a welcome addition to the city and very much worth further investigation. Stiklių 3.e-guesthouse. Q 53 rooms (150 . The centre can be reached on foot in a matter of www. tel. fax (+370) 5 212 25 08. Gedimino 16. December 2013 . www. with many featuring magnificent Old Town views.93). www. Algirdo 24. Surplus to the excellent facilities in the rooms. minibars and widescreen televisions. fax (+370) 5 213 64 63. Small enough for the personal touch to still shine through yet not too small to cram plenty of useful gadgets in the rooms. some with splendid views and all with Q28 rooms (€38 . A bargain. hotel@centrokubas. hotel@AAA.vilnius@radissonblu. (+370) 5 264 88 33.149). www. Aušros Vartų 12. The former not very recommended hotel right next door to the airport has 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. Gėlių 5. tel. conference facilities and sauna. it may not be the cheapest option around but if you’re planning on visiting regularly they do offer a good discount scheme. tel. Facilities inside the rooms all include free internet and a number of other excellent facilities. PJHAR6ULKDXCW hhhh (+370) 5 212 22 99. fax (+370) 5 264 48 78. Bernardinų 8/8. plus there’s a host of communal features including bar.apia. there are good public transport links in all directions and a taxi to Old Town is more than affordable assuming you can afford to stay here in the first place. with those on the upper floors boasting some splendid views. tel. For the price. HA6IFLKDWhhh 27 AAA Mano Liza B-5. Q20 rooms (€116 wireless internet. Close to the Dawn Gate. A full review next issue: meantime. this is by far one of the best hotels in its restaurant. some of it dating back as far as the 17th century. The Scandinavian-styled rooms come in both standard and superior classes. fax (+370) 5 266 58 86. fax (+370) 5 212 22 40.grotthusshotel. Ligoninės 7. info@grotthusshotel. tel. info@hotelsarunas. As well as a superb choice of reassuringly expensive rooms and suites.

refrigerators. www.98). ambassador. (+370) 5 210 27 00. info@vilniushome.parkinn. (+370) 699 326 See the website for more information. good value apartments in Old Town. HAR6ULKDXCW hhh fax (+370) 5 212 63 72. Being in the freshly renovated hotel is HA6UKW hh Vilnius Apartments C-3/4. wireless internet and parking facilities.4. this clean and modern option provides a range of simple en suite rooms for between one and four guests. fax (+370) 5 236 22 33. Q101 rooms (€35 . tel.cornerhotel. (+370) 5 268 33 00. The best Mexican restaurant in town also just so happens to be right next door. centrally While it is very convenient to be across the square from the bus and train stations. Q (70 . free wireless internet and. cable television. info@senatoriai. and featuring everything necessary for a pleasant. fax (+370) 5 213 27 60. tel. Here it can also mean any kind of hosted accommodation. Q128 rooms (€49 . (+370) 5 233 88 22. J WHERE TO STAY Europa City Vilnius G-4.260Lt). Q104 rooms (€31 . T. Q (120 .lt. Rinno is a goodlooking three-star hotel in an admirable location for an affordable price. JW Barbacan Apartments D. www. A choice of several apartments to suit every taste and budget. its a clean and rather cosy kind of place with a touch of colour in all of the rooms. A new bed and breakfast and on first inspection a most welcome one. Hotel Tilto garners much praise from those who’ve slept in their JAR6KW hhh Senatoriai B/ which famously boast a computer in every one. www. 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. reservation@mikotel. (+370) 5 261 54 Mikotel C-6. Modern and classy apartments with all the trimmings on a fabulous Old Town street close to the oldest church in the city. Health fans will be happy to discover the hotel is located inside a large sports centre. perched on top of the hill not too far from Old Town. look no further. www. Just west of Old Town in a This surprising hotel rises above its location and offers wonderful views of Old Town and plenty of comfort and luxury without steep prices. www.gratahotel. the Q18 rooms (240 . The perfect budget business class hotel. Didžioji 8. Sodų 14. There is a well­ equipped kitchen and bathrooms are immaculate. vilnius@europastay. Facilities include underground parking. Peaceful.60). vilnius@rezidorparkinn. PJHAR6U� FLKDXWhhh+ 22 22. tel. An excellent budget choice close to Old Town at the top of the hill. All in all a decent place to stay in an admirable location that won’t break the bank. featuring comfortable rooms with all the conveniences from satellite television and minibar to top security card keys and internet connections. Add-ons include a fitness centre to keep in trim whilst you’re working abroad. Featuring 84 Standard and Business Friendly rooms. Q (150 .com. amenities include kitchen. Refreshingly welcoming. Apartments are available to rent for both long and short stays. Q (€30 .290Lt).lt. JHA6LW hhh Grata Hotel G-4. Panorama fully equipped kitchens and everything else necessary for a luxurious stay. Located in a little house in an Old Town courtyard. www. hotel@gratahotel. make sure to ask plenty of questions before booking something you never really wanted. www. a magical view of Gediminas Excellent value. www.vilniushome. the apartments are managed by a local husband and wife who run a small ceramics workshop and gallery in the city. .300Lt). Marvellous. www. Pylimo Senatoriai features a small selection of en suite rooms complete with chintzy curtains. JA6L hh Bed & Breakfast The Lithuanian definition of Bed & Breakfast conforms to the US Budget Rentida Apartments B-4. self-catering stay. Q18 rooms (€41 Q (160 . a street boasting several good restaurants. it’s just a short stroll and a quick run of the gauntlet to Old Town. A super little hotel practically on top of the Cathedral. and the service is outstanding.March 2014 Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. Satellite television in every apartment. www. most Lithuanian B&Bs are just 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. Gedimino 12. www. A swimming pool is also available. a commendable and professional outfit who’ve applied the same business sense to their less exclusive hotels they do to the others. JL (+370) 5 262 59 29. Mikalojaus 5. tel. feature classic business hotel blue carpets.155). Still. located at street level for easy access and coming with everything required for a self-catering stay. extraordinarily comfortable beds. but if you’re in the mood for a bargain complete with pleasant www. aparthotel. hoteltilto. and the combination of views. auksinistrikampis. gvidas@rentida. Each apartment is very different in style and amenities. tel. satellite television and wireless internet access in a choice of rooms from compact singles through to mini apartments.and three-room apartments in a quiet location and a lovely old building in Old it is a convenience that is also enjoyed by all manner of en suite bathrooms. unlike its dismal surroundings the hotel’s interior is clean and bright with the added touch of local artwork for sale on the walls. surprisingly good breakfast and a cavalcade of top sights on your doorstep. info@hoteltilto. All rooms feature free wireless internet.99). not really Bed & Breakfast as is so famous in Blighty. (+370) 656 050 36.rinno. info@domus247. (+370) 5 260 96 26. The rooms come in several categories from the good value standards through to luxury rooms complete with a large bath and minibar. www. Located 6km or so north of the city centre on the vilnius. w w w. JALKW hh Ambassador B-2. The 104 rooms are all en suite and come with satellite television and wireless internet. JAW December 2013 .domus247. Ecotel offers a choice of sleek and comfortable rooms. info@cornerhotel. Q34 rooms (€52 . So. Ševčenkos 16. in Lithuania it’s more of an apartment kind of tel. in Room N°9. Q11 rooms (€44 .86). tel. doubles or dorms. You can pick from various rooms: singles. fully equipped apartment with two bedrooms right in the heart of the Old Town action. rentida. The staff are friendly and the in-house restaurant is an extremely popular place for all manner of locals as well as a venue for rowdy weekend parties. large meeting room and free parking. Q26 rooms (€55 . It’s also just around the corner from Algirdo. The staff are a friendly bunch plus there’s a small bar specialising in draught Guinness in the cellar. fax (+370) 5 251 44 76. internet. Europa Stay Vilnius is the latest offering from the Europa hotel chain. fax (+431) 253 033 300 05. W (+370) 600 128 22. quiet street. satellite television.europastay. (+370) 5 251 44 77. tel. info@rinno. Corner Hotel Brits beware! If in doubt. B&B Vilnius A-3. basic comforts and reasonable prices is unmatched. free wireless internet and a better than average breakfast. (+370) 5 262 28 PTHAR6UFKDW hhh main road north out of the capital. Tilto 2a. Q 7 rooms (€11 . Corner Hotel is also worth considering if you’re coming to stay for a while. PTJA6ULXW Eugenijus Apartments A-2. eugenijp@takas. usually family-run hotel. HAR6ULKXW hhh 29 Rinno A-4. The rooms are a little old-fashioned. Ąžuolyno 7. Breakfast not included. tel. A range of extremely high quality two. Q (120 . Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Ukmergės 363. (+370) 5 210 00 21.120).260Lt). tel. guided tours and translation services. Vingrių 25. tel. Stiklių 6 -1. Spacious and close to all the major sights. com. is geared towards the business traveller but that doesn’t mean you have to wear a suit to stay here.120). tel. fax Europa Stay Vilnius E-2. (+370) 5 238 80 fax (+370) 5 210 27 07. A choice of two decent.28 WHERE TO STAY Short term rental Apartments satellite television and minibars. (+370) 655 043 09. www. tel. TJW stasys@apartment-vilnius. and with some great views out of the windows. info. J Hotel Tilto B-1. Q84 rooms (€50 . (+370) 615 126 88. JHA6LKW hhh 50. reservation@mikotelgroup. offering serviced en suite rooms with shared kitchen and laundry facilities. Extras include a restaurant. www.120). tel. PJAKDW hhh (+370) 5 233 88 32. facilities include wireless internet and cable television. A wide range of one. JHAR6ULKW hh Ecotel Vilnius B-00. Among the amenities are en suite facilities for all. info@barbacan. Tilto 8/3. all coming with telephone and television. Hanging around outside it is not. tel. (+370) 5 210 Stasys Apartments. Slucko 8. vilniusapartments. 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. Fortunately. fax 23 61.and twobedroom apartments for rent in Old Town for both short and long stays. the Ambassador provides adequate lodging for a fine price with the added advantage of one of the best locations in town. Tucked away in a fax (+370) 5 238 85 55.mikotelgroup. nona_mackiene@yahoo. The rooms. The receptionists are cheerful and outgoing at this modern hotel near the train station. 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. fax (+370) 5 260 96 27. plus there are further business facilities and the added bonus of a bowling alley across the street. An excellent location on a quiet Old Town street close to the Cathedral and other major sites. (+370) 604 486 A large. Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius provides the usual excellent Park Inn experience for visitors of all persuasions. Close to the main sights. whether being a room in a family house to something similar in a building run by professional staff. vilnius@europacity.35). Whereas in the United Kingdom B&B is more or less a small. quiet part of town just east of the city’s emerging business district. facilities include bright and comfortable accommodation with free wireless internet as standard and a host of other treats. fax (+370) 5 212 17 16. info@euapartments. info@ambassador. Šv. euapartments. (+370) 5 236 Auksinis Trikampis C-3.40). www. fax (+370) 5 210 00 20.700Lt).inyourpocket. 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. Pylimo 63. tel. and including a range for non-smokers and those with allergy problems. A highly recommended agency dealing in properties of all kinds for rent in Old Town and the city centre.87).ecotel. bar. Vilniaus 25-1.inyourpocket. Vytenio 9/25. Q224 rooms (€86 . (+370) 682 281 42. A magnificent throwback to an earlier age with a few 21st-century concessions. Bokšto 19/12. lt. Jasinskio 14. vagrants and weary commuters. The choice of places is impressive to say the least. the latter including such useful attractions as free internet and washing machines. senatoriai. conference facilities and a white tablecloth restaurant. tel. www. (+370) 699 424 56. Q (€60 . fax (+370) 5 210 23 64. Visitors from the UK should note that the two are as different as can hotel@ecotel. Other services include car and bicycle rental. Q139 rooms (196 . The rooms are compact with showers only and comfortable beds. Q166 rooms (199 .400Lt). (+370) 5 212 64 91.

com. cometovilnius@gmail. The staff dish out free maps on arrival and can also arrange everything from bicycle rental and tours to other tourist-related services. rooms come in range of choices from the usual dorms to twins. (+370) 5 261 51” Elle “Detailed. located in one of the best locations in the city.35). Luxuriously furnished apartments inside a 16th. Run by a nice family who’ve done the design and building work themselves.180Lt). this place can’t come recommended enough. tel. Do you need any more reason to come and stay here? Well. all options come with at least satellite television and internet connections. www. JAW Hostels 656 050 36. all with shared bathrooms. Q14 rooms (28 . Small. smack bang in the middle of Old Town. this place should be high up on your list of options. It’s a well-priced hostel on the edge of the Old Town that has an enormous Bob Marley mural painted on the (green) kitchen wall. Exceptional value and highly recommended. 6IW Litinterp Guest House D-2. To be found not too far from the centre in Antakalnis. Šv. www. spas and great little bars.inyourpocket. tel.cometovilnius. info@fortunahostel. there’s also laundry facilities. plus guests/residents have access to the adjoining hotel’s fitness centre and swimming Q10 rooms (€1500 . Bernardinų 7. Breakfast unavailable. From the same people as Old Town Hostel. a beautiful living room with a large fireplace and a quiet. Q6 rooms (70 . 90 . Q14 rooms (30 . There’s free wireless internet throughout plus a common room and a place to get your washing done. www. tel. Q6 rooms (€25 .70Lt). HA vilnius. www. Breakfast this industrial-feel hostel features a range of rooms from dormitories to more private spaces. Breakfast not included. Visų Šventųjų A backto-basics hostel in the quirky Užupis district. facilities are few and far between featuring shared rooms and bathroom facilities. Airport pick-up and help with car rental available. All information is also available on the publisher’s website. JA6KW (+370) 5 262 53 57. accommodation comes in the usual dormitory style or. A6LW Jamaika C-5. Breakfast not available. JRW Pogo Hostel C/D-2. Everyone speaks English. JA6W Long term rental Note that many of these places are also available for short-term rental . Vienuolio 4. tel. info@vilniushostel. apartments@stikliaihotel. There are even a couple of rooms with en-suite bathrooms if you stump some extra cash. plenty of colour and a crowd as mixed and friendly as you will find anywhere. with twin rooms for more privacy.30 WHERE TO STAY Bernardinų B&B House D-2. Q5 rooms (28 .March 2014 . Not strictly in the Old Town (but no more than a five minute walk way) this hostel packs a serious punch for the paltry amount of money it costs to stay here. JAW 609 274 64.bernardinuhouse.doremihostel. Featuring lots of exposed stonework alongside modern conveniences. Often fully booked (it really is that good and popular) reserve a room well ahead.” The Guardian “In Your Pocket: a cheeky.fabrikahostel. info@filaretaihostel. Stepono 15. fun and amazingly good value for money. www. Breakfast unavailable. Q6 rooms (€11 . com. Bicycle rental is also available.fortunahostel.52).lt/ vilnius@litinterp. Q6 rooms (€10 (+370) 688 767 apartments come fully equipped with lounge. fax (+370) 5 268 59 67. Breakfast not included. (+370) 670 795 91. hotelameda@gmail. www. Fortuna is located just south of Old Town close to the bus and train stations. There’s underground parking too. hostel@pogo.30). No breakfast though.filaretaihostel. Q16 rooms (70 . friendly and centrally located towards the western end of Gedimino. immaculately clean rooms (even the dorms).110Lt). tel. The breakfast is a delivered-to-your-door treat. Bernardinų 5. plus. A small hostel between the train and bus stations and Old Town. the In Your Pocket city guides make their rivals seem tame by comparison. mail@Fabrikahostel. Aušros Vartų 20-15. Tastefully decorated and located in the same building as the Relais & Chateaux Stikliai hotel. try spacious. Other hostel-type amenities include laundry and free wireless internet. and it also doubles as an interesting art gallery. 6IW 31 Saulės Namai J-3.inyourpocket. unless you cook your own. (+370) 656 222 91. tel. Rooms range from extremely affordable singles through to dorms that sleep up to 10 and the people who run it are very friendly. Saulės 15/23. (+370) 5 Stiklių Dvaras (Stikliai Apartments) B-3.200Lt). (+370) 5 210 61 12. 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. five minutes from the nearest trolleybus stop. free lockers and the staff are genuinely multi-lingual. and there are kitchen facilities too: perfect for families. (+370) 5 215 46 www.check the prices at the end of the From the same people behind one of the best bars in Lithuania comes this new hostel. www. Breakfast unavailable. (+370) Do Re Mi Vilnius Hostel G-3/4. Radvilaitės 3-1. stikliai. tel. unlike some. Fabrika Hostel & Bar A-1. Filaretų 17.3500).com. fax (+370) 5 212 35 59.180Lt). tel. oldtownhostel@lha. There’s a large kitchen where you can prepare your own food or have it made for you.hotelameda. www.saules-namai.” Wall Street Journal “Entertaining and honest: at times devastatingly so. PTJHARFLKDXC vilnius. B. plus there’s a good kitchen and even a place to park a car. An excellent value little guesthouse. with the recommended apartments also featuring such homely inclusions as fireplaces and fully equipped kitchens. JA6LW WHERE TO STAY Guesthouses Ameda Dominikonų 13. info@doremihostel. as is increasingly popular in hostels these days. Breakfast not included. Liepkalnio 2. one or two bedrooms plus satellite television and internet access. and is something of a favourite for old Vilnius hands when they return to the city for a offering more than a few extras alongside your rather basic dorm room bed. Do Re Mi offers a total of just six rooms of which four come with en suite facilities and the remaining two the sharing of bathrooms.250Lt). Bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared. reliable information on everything from where to book a reasonable B&B to how best to spend 72 hours in a city. A. JHAR6W Come to Vilnius B-6. hotel@saules-namai. The Litinterp has been offering good quality and outstanding value accommodation for more than two both for an excellent price. If you’re coming in and out of town by air and want a cheap place to stay with all the major sights within easy walking” Daily Mail “Solid.” The New York Times “Concentrating on both well-known and offbeat European destinations. info@bernardinuhouse. carefully researched guides. J6W 203 10 05. simple.” The Irish Times “In Your Pocket guides are each written by an English language writer who lives locally.55).com December 2013 . Filaretai J-4. As clean as a whistle. Q10 rooms (100 .oldtownhostel. leafy garden. tel. bathroom. Q6 rooms (35 .lt. tel. Aukų fax (+370) 5 260 84 10. An exceptionally good option for anyone looking to meet like-minded people with a youthful outlook and a taste for good beer. Q9 rooms (€10 . tel. (+370) Press Box “Brutally Q 20 rooms (30 . there are a number of interesting rooms with lots of stripped pine.” The Independent “The secret of the In Your Pocket guides is that they are written by native English speakers living in the city they are writing about. fax (+370) 5 212 38 70.” The Independent “From Albania to Ukraine In Your Pocket is a wonderful source of boutique www. Breakfast unavailable. tel. You can’t miss this place: just look for the Jamaican flag above the door. Smack bang in the city centre. Breakfast not included. Latvių 27.160Lt).220Lt).50Lt. Old Town Hostel C/D-6.” Sueddeutsche Zeitung Vilnius In Your Pocket 5 212 38 50/(+370) 689 985 17.and 17th-century building available for both shortand long-term rental. there’s free Wifi throughout. www. a fully-equipped kitchen. (+370) 601 704 well-written series of guidebooks. A perfectlylocated Old Town guest house which has become something of a Vilnius legend. kitchen. exposed brickwork and quirky paintings. tel. (+370) Fortuna Hostel D-6. (+370) 5 264 95 95. In Your Pocket‘s guides are compiled by locals and regularly updated. there’s no annoying curfew.

cooked to perfection and extremely good value considering this is basically a hotel restaurant. and the service is good too. We were particularly impressed with the fusion food and the banana tempura. Žirmūnų 68a.20:00. The closest Chinese restaurant to the Chinese embassy is a small affair with plenty of obligatory lanterns. A bit out of the way at the top of a steep Užupis hill. this is pure class without the unnecessary ostentatious overkill. the menu is impressive and features everything from classic Lithuanian and international savoury pastries to a mind-boggling array of cakes and desserts. plus there’s a special menu for children. QOpen 10:00 .lt. Sodų 9.24:00. any half-way decent addition to the generally grim selection of bakeries in Vilnius is more than welcome. Gynėjų 14. Sun 12:00 . if deserved. Stiklių 14/1. no preservatives and with an emphasis on citrus fruit although savoury treats are also on offer. Sun 12:00 . (+370) 5 261 29 51. breads and even marmalade using fresh ingredients. Fri 11:00 . a bargain at 8. www. Fri 10:00 .com December 2013 . Popular for large bookings when whole families take over the place. Amidst the more mainstream offerings of beef. one of the results being this new name in Asian cuisine. 18Lt. www. PJAW Belarusian Brazilian Grill Brazil C-4.grillbrazil. The food is gaining a reputation as being the real Tilto 6.kinuvirtuve. Also at Švitrigailos 29. QOpen 07:00 .18:00. (+370) 671 313 91. (+370) 676 608 89. JS Guda B-4. Although the bulk of restaurants worth visiting can be found within the city centre. www. Their Old Town venture is geared slightly more towards the tourist market. www. tel. QOpen Wed. Labdarių 8. whereas their other place on the top floor of Panorama is a much more local PJASW Argentinean V Home delivery Prices listed in the Restaurants section of this guide refer to the average cost of a main course for one. Reassuringly pricey in the way only a Slavic-styled Oriental restaurant can be. is up to the diner. QOpen 12:00 .lt. Tue. if you are not paying attention you will not know that there is a restaurant here). JASW Let’s start with the good news: the food here is very good. which also includes sandwiches and soup. (+370) 686 543 02.23:00.23:00.19:00. The legendary national chain of Čili restaurants is currently undergoing a major restructuring programme. as they still don’t take credit shantivilnius. Sun 12:00 . aka khachapuri. Magnificent and most highly recommended. www. JAEW Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. JVSW El Gaucho Sano C-2. J6SW Pinavija A-2. but it’s still fairly impossible to find the perfect loaf. QOpen 18:00 . this terrific little restaurant specialises in a worryingly large number of cuisines including Thai. an ambitious endeavour that appears to be paying off.19:00. Algirdo 28/15. QOpen 11:00 . but outstandingly recommended for those who aren’t. there’s also an accompanying set menu for the less adventurous. Japan. We ate the Miso Shiro (a traditional Japanese soy bean paste soup with tofu and seaweed. which we list when we feel that the plaudits is deserving. (+370) 675 877 77. Also at Saltoniškių 9 (Panorama). (+370) 5 277 41 11.19:30. Sat 12:00 .20:30.kepejai. In a fairly central if not exactly easy to stumble on location. QOpen 11:00 . PTJA6ESW Tie Kepėjai B-1/2. PTJAVSW Itališka Kepykla C-3. (+370) 617 938 00. taste superb and are. all located in a convenient central location. www.19:00. which was ample in proportions. Closed Sun. The aforementioned reason for visiting stretches all the Asian boundaries. The Thai food is especially good all things considered. Sun 12:00 . Chačapuri B-6. (+370) 676 444 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. onions and a rich sauce. Itališka Kepykla uses only the best ingredients to make bread to knock your socks off. PTAUVSW Pekinas H-5. Whereas the supermarkets get the recipes right but skimp on the basic materials (the wrong flour. with plate warmers on hand to keep the large portions piping hot as they’re slowly devoured. Hats off then to this oasis in the dessert. Not advisable for those in a hurry. tel. Trakų 16. excellent value for money.24:00. Užupio 19. A combined patisserie and buffet restaurant with a distinctly feminine feel to the place. considering the location. there’s a good selection of wines and lots of old pictures gracing the walls. Sun 10:00 . Soya focuses its attention on quality food from Offering both the choice of eating in or taking away. Closed Sun. The downside is the place itself: a non-descript (if well-located) building that hardly looks inviting ( Bakeries Buffet express Ponių Laimė C-3. A small shop just around the corner from the Cathedral specialising in the baking of additive-free biscuits and cakes. Probably not worth going out of your way to eat here. Sun 11:00 . Just make sure you’ve got some cash on you. Japanese (mostly sushi) and a few Western dishes but somehow manages to pull the whole thing off rather well. Recommended is the dish after which the place is named. QOpen 09:00 . Dominikonų 16. Both dishes were brilliantly presented. (+370) 5 212 43 61. tel.23:00. A marvellous restaurant specialising in churrasco and espeto corrido cuisine. The food. Stepono 19. with a menu featuring classic dishes from a number of different regional cuisines as well as some truly outstanding fusion offerings. tel. Fri 18:00 .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. About as authentic as you’ll get for an Asian restaurant in this part of the world. (+370) 5 212 35 00. Sat 14:00 . khachapuri. Currently making waves among the undergroundesque fashionistas of Vilnius. This cellar restaurant is prized by those in the know for its steaks. We say do not pass the place by: the food makes it a must. Thu 18:00 . Both are excellent and highly recommended. 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. tel. QOpen 11:00 . 35Lt. 30Lt. this is eating in a hurry at its best. Closed Sun. Sun 12:00 . (+370) 5 240 58 51.00Lt) as well as the equally reasonably priced Vecha (a warm salad with pork and cucumbers. Decorated with a feminine touch. The main supermarket chains in Lithuania have come a long way over the last few years when it comes to bread.22:00. there’s space to sit inside or stand outside if you don’t want to take it away.inyourpocket. eating out in Vilnius is both excellent and relatively affordable for all. The range on offer is pretty big considering the size of the place. Sun 10:00 . QOpen 11:00 .18:00.17:00. Last time round we went for the sirloin steak. 18Lt. tel. generally baked to order and consequently often taking a while to arrive. (+370) 5 210 77 73. 16Lt. by all accounts the walk is worth the effort. but the dishes are imaginative.17:00.cukatos. guda.inyourpocket.March 2014 . the suburbs also offer a few treats. (+370) 642 444 40. Sun 09:00 . friendly staff and a television and CD player vying for attention in authentic Chinese fashion.). PTJVS Green Oasis B-2. Pylimo 22d.01:00. QOpen 08:00 . w w w. and chopped fresh coriander was a nice touch). Vokiečių 2. Korea and Thailand.22:00. Sat 10:00 . Ginger G-3. and they know their stuff. Pilies 10. (+370) 5 215 16 20.22:00. tel.32 RESTAUrANTS With the exception of a handful of amusing and/or appalling disasters. PTJASW Thierry Kepykla X-3. QOpen 10:00 .23:00. Vilnius’ only truly authentic Belarusian restaurant fuses old and new and pulls the whole thing off very well indeed.22:00. www. chicken and vegetable dishes are a few exotic treats including snails and even ostrich. the brainchild of a local lady so enamoured by the kind of bread and pastries made by the Italians she introduced them here. tel.18:00. There’s also a good choice of drinks on offer and an excellent area for children at the back. pies. The brainchild of master chef Yu Chen. a situation likely to make visitors leave the shop with more than they originally bargained for. cheap fat etc. and were more or less thoroughly satisfied. PAVSW Wok & Roll B-6. not the easiest biscuit in the world to make.24:00. Sat 10:00 . Closed Mon. The slightly pricey menu is extensive and generally excellent. Sat 08:00 . Sat 10:00 .19:00. tel. We invested in a small bag of biscotti. Definitely worth a visit. making El Gaucho Sano an ideal place to head for diners bored of the usual offerings around town.24:00. Closed Sun. Recommended is the boletus and pearl barley soup followed by draninki. (+370) 5 264 95 81.19:00. Pylimo 27. A sweet little baker y churning ou t a range of cracking little cakes. There’s usually somebody there who speaks English to help decode the mysteries of Georgian baking. Sat 09:00 . Lurking in the still unusual-feeling part of the city just behind the Seimas building. tel. QOpen 11:00 .17:00. QOpen 11:00 . tel. tel. PTJS www. QOpen 09:30 . pork. Sat. A small bakery with a handful of tables offering mostly takeaway Georgian breads of various kinds. Tipping. 25Lt. tel. QOpen 10:00 . tel. it’s worth giving them a call before you make the decision to eat here. A good option for a few beers among interesting people with the added bonus of simple food on tap to stave off the hunger. but there’s also plenty of other Argentinean specialities on offer for those who like to experiment. New Asian Shanti A-3. 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. (+370) 5 212 35 and everything appears to be in perfect working order. Vienuolio 4. Thu. Šv. The two chefs here are an Uzbek and a Korean.24:00. Sat 12:00 . The city’s restaurants and cafés literally cater to taste buds of every persuasion. which is obscure to say the least. chačapuri. is passable if not exactly legendary and if you hit it on a good night you’ll certainly enjoy the vibe. it’s at least worth a visit if you find yourself passing. the Belarusian take on potato pancakes that coming in a sizzling metal dish complete with bacon.22:00.22:00. 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.23:00. Sat. perhaps the only major criticism to be levelled against them is the location. excluding drinks. Vilniaus 21. a smashing little bread bun-type thing filled with cheese. Sun 14:00 20:00. soya. TJASW Soya J-1. 15Lt. Unquestionably one of the best restaurants in the country. tel. RESTAUrANTS Symbol key 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 6 Pet-friendly J Old town location 33 Cukatos B-3. Sat 11:00 . this slightly out of the way little hit is a cross between a classic Asian fast food restaurant and a DJ bar. 90Lt.23:00. JAS vilnius. tel. with 10 per cent or a rounding up of the bill both being acceptable. 29Lt. The selection of ready-to-eat food may not be the largest in town. If that isn’t enough. Look for the old-fashioned bicycle parked by the entrance. Also at A. Sat.

More than recommended. white tablecloths and staff with impeccable style. PJAUSW Brasserie de Verres en Vers C-4. tel. www. Sun. QOpen 11:00 . Savičiaus 7.stikliai. tel.15:00. is equally impressive. www. A superb menu . Konstitucijos 12. particularly with families.laprovence.24:00. tel.22:30. www. There’s plenty of imitators hereabouts. The menu features an imaginative concoction of dishes from around the world. QOpen 11:00 . A small but magnificent menu of wonderful dishes featuring such classic favourites as black truffles and a proper sorbet.23:00. they could call the place anything and still it is a must: this is gourmet burger done properly. Vokiečių 22. 25Lt. As it is. our last outing to Balzac was as good as the previous one. Universiteto 14 (Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square). these people understand flavour like few others. (+370) 5 264 95 80. tel. 35Lt. with fine cuts of meat (not just beef).23:00.grotthusshotel. As one would expect from the Radisson brand. www. Sat.inyourpocket. PJA6SW Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. Sun 12:00 .24:00. The service is friendly and attentive. during the warmer months. You can’t help but want to reward someone who comes up with a name like that. tel. very good fries.kinuvirtuve.22:00. tel. from the sophisticated décor through to the mouth-watering food. A consistent winner in a city of losers. Ligoninės 7. Do yourself a favour and learn the exchange rate before ordering some of the four-figure bottles of Although meat and fish dominate. including one of the best kybyn (a Lithuanian Karaite speciality) in the country to a mouth-watering Chilean sea bass. Even though it’s often busy the staff seem able to cope. Closed Mon. this one really is hard to beat. Billed as the first gourmet restaurant in Lithuania. Pilies 24 (The Narutis Hotel .. PTJASW Stikliai C-3. QOpen 18:00 . Sun 12:00 . Breakfast menu served 07:00 .boasts a wide selection of both meat and fish (often with a local twist).22:00. and the drinks menu. La Provence has been packing them in since it first opened its doors way back in 2001. 70Lt. 90Lt. 65Lt.23:00. while treats such as the Lobster Thermidor and the tiger prawns underline the fact that they will pull out all the stops to be the very best. One of the top five restaurants in all of Lithuania. The five-star Ramada Hotel & Suites Vilnius’ flagship gourmet restaurant offers the ultimate in dining. 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. 18:00 . Overall of course a meal here will cost a small fortune. if not better. www. Using fresh ingredients to create works of art on every plate. including a couple of good champagnes. and is accompanied by an equally admirable wine list. Sat 12:00 . making decisions difficult considering they all more or less look the same as each other. and the wine list is a sensation: what’s more there is wine for all pockets. PTJASW son Blu Astorija Hotel). The menu is impressive and includes a wealth of classy dishes from a much talked-about Caesar salad to fresh lobster and foie gras.10:30.March 2014 .23:30.californiagourmet. tel. (+370) 5 266 03 22. PTJAULW La Provence B-4. radissonblu. PTJAUW but worthy of a review in itself. Exclusive. Subačiaus 2 (Ramada Hotel & Suites Vilnius). The staff remain friendly and helpful and the food. (+370) 614 892 23.QOpen 18:30 .22:00. A must. superb dressings and imaginative side dishes. The dining room itself is smart yet never stuffy. www. Lush burgundy and orange fabrics and glorious 18th-century frescoes. they also deliver to your door. (+370) 5 236 08 40. is more than good enough to keep visiting French visitors more than happy. (+370) 5 263 Narutis Restaurant C-3. theatrical and a magnet for all manner of well-heeled VIPs. www.23:00. Q Open 12:00 . eat in a choice of two halls. PTJAUSW La Pergola B-5. (+370) 5 255 33 55. Whereas most hotel restaurants are best avoided. 55Lt. QOpen 17:00 . and has become massively popular already. Quite frankly there are too many Chinese restaurants in December 2013 .34 RESTAUrANTS RESTAUrANTS 35 Chinese 63 63. meaning great service and great their in-house Vilnius Old Town restaurant is pure top class. The venue is industrial chic. PTJAS Fine dining Balzac C-4. but you will nevertheless leave feeling that you have had full value for money. If in doubt. The wine menu is both perfectly thought out and frightfully ostentatious.18:00. infusing it into a wide range of dishes from octopus salad through seasonal seafood to a classic tiramisu made on the premises. Recommended is the classic onion soup followed by a hotchpotch of small dishes to share with friends. Still impressively busy most times we walk The name derives from the fact that during most of Soviet period this was the main telegraph office in Vilnius. Gaono 7 (Stikliai Hotel).which changes frequently . 50Lt. Closed PTAVSW Didžioji Kinija (+370) 5 212 28 94. You know what? The name alone was reason enough to come. if not exactly like the stuff made from fresh local ingredients you’d expect from a roadside restaurant in the suburbs of Bordeaux. (+370) 5 262 02 57. great bread. The small but well-chosen menu features a cavalcade of classics with a predominantly French flavour. you could do a lot worse than opting for Didžioji Kinija. www. QOpen 11:30 . all served from soup to nuts by impeccable staff in truly sumptuous surroundings. People with style who know a good thing when they see it and who like to impress might like to book a table. Sat 12:00 . Fri 11:30 . Sun 12:00 . White tablecloth gourmet dining in sumptuous surroundings inside the Grotthuss hotel. The vegetable spring rolls are among the best we’ve ever eaten and the vegetarian options in general are more or less outstanding. PTJAUW Telegrafas C-2. (+370) 5 220 16 00. www. Tastefully decorated in cool browns. kempinski. Sat 12:00 . QOpen 11:00 . 80Lt. Didžioji 35/2 (Radis- Imperial by California Gourmet C-5. Not only do they deliver what they promise.inyourpocket. one with a little privacy and the other with large windows looking out onto the street outside. There’s fresh lemonade (two types) too.Preferred Boutique). The complimentary bread and spread provided while you wait is not only a welcome treat French Gourmet Burgers Drama Burger A-1. whilst the impressive menu continues to impress. balzac. tel. tel. The menu of international dishes includes plenty of options to keep everybody happy.24:00. that’s what people have grown to expect in this top notch Old Town hotel restaurant.24:00. QOpen 12:00 . QOpen 11:00 . (+370) 618 422 NEW 88.22:00. Deliciously expensive for a reason. but in Naručio Restoranas you get the real thing. Recommended is the slow roasted rabbit with sauté vilnius. or. 25Lt. Backpackers and stag parties might like to find somewhere else to eat. we’re still waiting to find a fault here and wonder if we ever will. on their lovely terrace just off a quiet street in the heart of Old Town. perhaps even the entire Baltics.24:00. this one is more than an exception. a longestablished favourite in the city with a huge menu of dishes we’re slowly going through and that has yet to disappoint. there are a couple of vegetarian main courses on offer to keep everyone satisfied. narutis. Gedimino 31. Recommended.23:30.

Sat 10:00 .inyourpocket. (+370) 5 212 21 228 05. Didžioji 31. 25Lt. Sun 11:00 . Thu 11:00 . Closed Sat.linassamenas. www. tel.05:00. QOpen 11:00 .lt. Antokolskio 13. tel. Sat 12:00 . PJASW 38. and the setting is simple yet charming: being able to draw on the tables is always a draw for some. Note that while it stays open until 22:00.marchedeprovence. Subačiaus 16/23.QOpen 10:00 . oven baked lamb and duck with orange. The service from the bowler-hatted waitresses can be a little hit and miss. Sun.fresh Belgian mussels. Fri 11:00 .uzupiokavine. QOpen 11:00 . QOpen 09:00 . Closed Sat. www.23:00. Pilies The teas and juices on offer are all made from local leaves and fruit and everything on the menu is open for discussion.23:00. J Design Block). Note however that as they insist on only selling fresh produce. An extensive wine menu and plenty of classic desserts finishes everything off perfectly. M.21:00. tel. Fri 11:00 . (+370) René C-4. 28Lt. Sun 12:00 . tel.23:00.zuvine. In fact. the tiny ‘breakaway’ republic on the left bank of the Vilnia.24:00. (+370) 662 743 39. Lithuanian chef Linas Samėnas’ CV is an impressive one. Užupio 2.21:00.March 2014 Vilnius In Your Pocket .as you might expect .24:00. JASW Užupio Kavinė (+370) 5 212 29 09. Tiflisi Dukani’s menu features enough Caucasian cuisine to keep mouths watering for months to come.23:00. With a menu of other similar snacks as well as larger dishes both from France and Italy. it’s cheaper than many places that have far less exotic views. PTAVESW Coco Restobar B-2. Didžioji 40. having cooked in some of Vilnius’ most talked about restaurants over the years. Sun 11:00 . This now well established Old Town restaurant specialises in not only the cuisine after which the place is named but also serves dishes from a number of other European culinary destinations. Recently deciding to go it alone. 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. this revolving place at the top of the Television Tower offers amazing views (reason for which there is a cover charge to prevent people coming up just for the view). 669 755 15. Trolleybus 16 from the train station runs close by. Sun 10:00 . Sat 12:00 . 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. Their shop in the same building offers a range of quality food from home and abroad. 23Lt.22:00. Mon. A couple of minutes off the main tourist route. good-looking dishes using a blend of sound knowledge and improvisation.24:00.22:00. (+370) 686 777 07. an equally agreeable staff and some real magic taking place in the kitchen. Good selection of Belgian beer. this otherwise unpretentious small restaurant on a spookily French-feeling corner of Old Town came up trumps when we needed a croquemonsieur in a hurry and of the kind you’ll find in Paris for the same price.23:00. tel. Fri 11:30 . Unquestionably the highest restaurant in Vilnius. Sun 12:00 . www. (+370) 5 252 53 vilnius. 44Lt. (+370) 5 212 68 58. QOpen 11:00 .23:00. Sun 12:00 . Box office open 10:00 .com December 2013 . PTSW Georgian Tiflisi Dukani A-4. QOpen 11:00 . QOpen 12:00 .21:00. we recommend you support this kind of venture and pay the place a visit.priced vilnius. There is plenty of other decent food to choose from vilnius. QOpen 11:30 .24:00. Somewhere between a café and a restaurant. an honest taxi will cost around 20Lt. find it inside one of the most fashionable designer shops in the city. Sun. The food and drink on offer is good. 10Lt. 20Lt. QOpen 12:00 . There’s also some super desserts and an excellent wine list to compliment everything. many of them sourced from local lakes and forests. PTJASW outrageously. Featuring pleasant décor. The regularly changing bill of fare is positively packed with good things including at the time of going to press sea snails.24:00.22:00. this classy little number serves a select range of predominantly locally caught fish accompanied with all manner of fancy additions. This place is the headquarters of the organisation behind the Republic of Užupis. tel. Sat 12:00 .24:00. if everything’s as good as the aforementioned toasted slice of magnificence then this is definitely one to keep an eye out for. Fri 09:00 . (+370) 682 191 72. a great gazpacho and main dishes including venison.36 RESTAUrANTS Fish Žuvinė C-4. Naugarduko 12. the staff are on hand to advise as to what dishes to order. 16Lt. JASW Marché de Provence C-3. the food is impressive and the location inside the historical Town Hall is more or less unbeatable. some days they will not have any mussels: phone ahead if you have set your heart on mussels and fries. 30Lt. The milkshakes are probably Republic of Užupis’ finest exports. Like Užupis itself this venue attracts a mix of offbeat and curious types. tel.05:00.inyourpocket.16:00. QOpen 11:00 .02:00. 29Lt. Reinaldas churns out a range of interesting. Highly recommended are any of the Georgian soups and the magnificent grilled meats. Because this is a real Georgian restaurant owned and run by people who know their business. Ševčenkos 16a (Lithuanian Café Montmartre C-4/5. tel. tel.24:00.inyourpocket. as well as artists and musicians. The style is very much upscale. not least the Irish lamb soup (unlikely to be found on any other menu in Vilnius).lt. tel. ASW One of few places in Vilnius you can get seriously good and most importantly . (+370) 612 892 69. Brushing aside the name. PTA6US RESTAUrANTS 37 Linas Samėnas D-5.19:00. last entry is at 21:00. A huge padded mirror over the door marks the spot where Coco Restobar can be located. PJASW Fusion Door smarts Open Closed Push Pull Atidaryta Uždaryta Stumti Traukti Fun Paukščių Takas Sausio 13-osios 10 (Television Tower).22:00. 60Lt. (+370) 656 Reinis The Cook G-5. www. From the same stable as the people with the same name in Palanga. Labdarių 8. While the food could never expect to live up to the setting it is perfectly acceptable and not .

Sun 12:00 . tel. PTJASW German KFC G-4. www.22:00.24:00. tel. Sat 12:00 . QOpen 11:30 . Sun 13:00 . QOpen 16:00 .mykfc. who’d like the real experience. (+370) 5 266 18 88. Sat 12:00 . PAESW 39 Bistro 18 C-3. unlike many other places to eat in town.04:00. 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. 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. beef steaks. bratwurst. QOpen 16:00 . 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. tel. www. www.suesindianraja. PTJ RESTAUrANTS Bel Ami D-3. Užupio 4. Open 00:00 . PJASW Druskos Namai X-3. Sun 12:00 .buntegans. Sun 12:00 . 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. Friendly welcomes from bar staff who remember your name is something of a rarity in Lithuania. (+370) 5 215 30 04. JAW Fast Food 72.01:00 (main res taurant). Sun 07:00 . (+370) 677 720 91. fresh fish and the house special dish of goose with fried potatoes and a host of other vegetables. www. There’s live music during the weekends and an extensive range of drinks including Grauer Burgunder and the recommended German beer Zoller-Hof from Schwabia. boar. Odminių 3. QOpen 11:00 . PTAUSW 421 vilnius.21:00. Also at Seinų 3.02:00. Sat 12:00 . 35Lt. pasta and scores of meat-heavy dishes such as beef and rabbit. and thoroughly recommended.March 2014 .38 RESTAUrANTS International belami. J. Ozo 25 (Akropolis). The imaginative. a sweet-tasting. but if you’re into classy dining on one of Vilnius’ poshest streets this might just be the place for you. 15Lt. 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 Fri 11:00 . For those Cozy C-3.22:00. and the aforementioned wine shop stocks a huge selection of booze. 30Lt.05:00. everything in this city centre branch tastes like it does in every other Mc Donald’s on the planet. Sun. A combined restaurant and wine shop. 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. tel. chicken with peaches and a whole lot more. 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. PTJAVSW vilnius.04:00.24:00.22:00. 40Lt. Užupio (+370) 5 205 99 83 12. (+370) 685 Indian Sue’s Indian Raja B-2. Recommended.druskosnamai. Bunte Gans churns out excellent German cuisine and other dishes in this Old Town favourite. all done in a family-friendly manner and staffed by equally gregarious and knowledgeable staff. we plucked for the bistro18. The philosophy behind Druskos Namai is to provide quality international food at affordable prices sourced as much as possible from local farms.22:00.03:00. Ukmergės 173. tel.02:00. (+370) 5 212 McDonald’s www. good value food on offer includes schnitzels. 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. 10Lt. Complete with a small outdoor courtyard (booking at peak times is highly recommended). 06:00 .22:00. Sun 10:00 . bangers and mash.17:00. There’s pudding too. QOpen 10:00 . and a great little dish of pork with cherry tomatoes and mashed potato to die for. If you’re only staying for a short while though there’s still plenty of reason 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 (+370) 5 261 11 37. Bistro 18 specialises primarily in dishes from the world of European seasonal cuisine including French onion soup. tel. 25Lt.24:00. Serving up all your favourite KFC dishes. The main Vilnius address for the Lithuanian KFC franchise is a large building located close to Gedimino and the river in the city Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. Stiklių 18. 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. 40Lt. Sat. Aušros Vartų 11. Jasinskio 14. There’s little sympathy for vegetarians here. Gedimino 15. Often full to overflowing with lovestruck Lithuanian teenagers. the perfect choice for daytime outdoor eating. making Cozy worth a visit for that reason alone.24:00. Sat 00:00 . Promising 365 meals a year from a range of imaginative and unusual ingredients including locally-produced organic cheese. lamb. 28Lt. Closed Sat. 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. (+370) 699 306 57. PTJA6S Burė N°1 B-00. QOpen 09:00 .com December 2013 . The best restaurant in Vilnius continues to impress with a fabulously pungent menu of dishes. Fri. tel. Kareivių 13. the owners keep a close eye on things. 30Lt.23:00. QOpen 10:00 .22:00. TJAESW Bunte Gans C-5. Dominikonų 10. find a menu stuffed with good things including mussels.24:00. find it tucked away on the left in the entrance to what looks like a courtyard at the front of the main building. info@druskosnamai.inyourpocket. (+370) 671 786 76.inyourpocket. QOpen 11:00 . Certainly worth the struggle up the hill to get there.cozy. One more good reason to take the plunge and go explore the city’s famously odd and quirky little district. Parsnip and ginger soup. The staff can even arrange to have everything delivered if you’re too busy to visit. tel. They also have counter on the top floor of the Ozas shopping centre if you happen to be visiting.00:00 (small window). www. Fri 09:00 . www. Lvovo 25. Sat 10:00 . Q Open 07:00 . the place is genuinely worth a visit if you’re a fan of Colonel Sanders as. The service remains excellent. Magic. 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 keeps the punters coming again and again. risotto.inyourpocket.

Sun. The food leans in the direction of healthy.inyourpocket.01:00. tel. www.inyourpocket. (+370) 600 864 91. The desserts are particularly fine. 50Lt.22:00.24:00. but there’s no crime in that. tel. vilnius. Sat 12:00 . 18:00 . Sat 14:00 . also find free wireless internet. Fri 11:00 .23:00. (+370) 600 019 77. Sat 08:00 . The food features such rarities in Lithuania as pheasant alongside a more conservative menu of international food all cooked with panache and a twist. PTJASW More restaurants online vilnius. Sun 12:00 .lt. Fri 11:00 . 27Lt. 30Lt.felicie. Thu. QOpen 11:00 .priekatedros. QOpen 11:00 . TSW 45. Sun 12:00 . tree-laden terrace that’s a real knockout during the warmer part of the year. An angular experience with plenty of creamy shades and exposed wooden features. PTJASW Qpolo A-4. A former nomenklatura favourite and still pulling in the cream of the city’s slightly older sophisticates. www.02:00. Mykolo 4. protected by the State along with much of the rest of the interior. a fact that along with several others brought about the concept at Felicie. December 2013 . Part of the classy Europa Royale hotel. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 12:00 . QOpen 11:30 . Fri. (+370) 688 805 58. The life-sized black horse masquerading as a standard lamp goes some way to explaining the ethos behind Qpolo. A good choice for the romantically inclined and/or small business occasions. 30Lt.24:00. 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.inyourpocket. A bustling restaurant in the city centre. Sat 10:00 05:00. especially when the food is this good. JAUESW Grill Inn B-3.24:00. tel. (+370) 604 445 39. www.March 2014 Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. plus there’s free wireless internet and a spooky-looking hologram to greet you at the bottom of the stairs. Pamėnkalnio 24. QOpen 12:00 . the menu is simple but good. Rumour has it that a grocery shop with a similar name once stood on this spot. Thu 11:00 . www. Felicie has brought things up to date with a smart-looking interior complete with pictures of the old city on the walls.24:00. The recommended dishes on offer include a recently eaten plate of miniature fishcakes that despite their laughable size tasted superb.21:00. with the soups worthy of a massive round of applause on their own. The food is also magnificent. Aušros Vartų 9. (+370) 621 770 16. honest fare. TJASW www. tel. JA6SW Neringa A-1. Basanavičiaus Holy Miko’s also features an interesting selection of live music events.02:00. tel. Thu 11:00 .24:00. There’s a choice of rooms in which to dine as well as the option of propping up the bar and getting quietly .lt. Lauro Lapas A-2. Complete with a peaceful. Šv. Sat 12:00 .23:00.24:00.01:00. The menu features all manner of good things.grillinn.23:00. PTJAW Medininkai C-5. Going from strength to strength. changing daily lunch special for a good price and a remarkably good wine list. Fri 11:00 . PTJAESW Jalta F-3. (+370) 5 261 40 58. all overseen by an award-winning chef who maintains high standards throughout. Closed Sun. Sun 12:00 . For those who can’t stand to be away from the office for too long.24:00. The beer snacks are excellent too. www. plus there’s also over 100 wines to choose from either from the menu or at unbeatable prices from the attached shop. from fresh seafood to pasta to some fine grilled meat. Trendy it may be. PTJAESW RESTAUrANTS 41 Felicie C-5. (+370) 688 222 10. (+370) 605 775 55.02:00. 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. Pretty much perfect for any occasion. meat-heavy dishes and a few peasant classics such as boiled pigs’ ears alongside a good choice of beers from local small breweries. tel. Gedimino 23. Sat 12:00 . Sun 12:00 .01:00. an unpronounceable restaurant whose combined surrealist elements add rather than subtract to the overall charm of the place. Among the favourite fare on offer are the mussels in a wine and cream sauce. Gedimino 50/2. 27Lt. Gedimino The warmer months of the year bring with them a welcome terrace on one of the prettiest streets in the city. PTJAUSW Prie Katedros B-2.24:00.23:00. QOpen 11:00 RESTAUrANTS Esse G-3. Jalta is an excellent reason to visit the leafy suburb populated with more than its fair share of wooden houses that’s Žvėrynas.22:00.23:00. www. The international food on offer is good. Fri 11:00 . A small. (+370) 686 004 88. Two recent visits to Prie Katedros have both been entirely positive. Sat 12:00 . Fri 07:00 .restoranasneringa. family-run restaurant on a quiet Old Town street specialising in both Lithuanian and international dishes served in sumptuous surroundings. Sun 08:00 .24:00. TJA6ESW A brave new venture by two young local chefs promising both quality and innovation. Q Open 11:00 . tel. diners can also take advantage of the adjoining hotel bar before or after their meal. Didžioji 11. Celebrating the multi-ethnic makeup of 19th century Vilnius through the cunning use of dishes that were allegedly available in the city at the time. featuring everything from soup in the largest soup bowls we’ve ever seen to wok-fried noodles to one of the best burgers in town that miraculously manages to fill your stomach without emptying your wallet. A good choice for those wanting to impress without breaking the bank. tel. Sat 12:00 . Friendly and well turned-out staff are on hand to serve a range of superb.medininkai.24:00. Definitely recommended. Closed Mon. Dominikonų 6. 35Lt. Lauro Lapas offers a limited choice of à la carte dining plus dishes from a daily specials menu.esse. this simple offering not only keeps the décor to a minimum but also doesn’t get carried away with the menu. tel. (+370) 674 510 Holy Miko’s C-3. There’s an extensive wine list too. (+370) 685 095 38.23:00. this positively mammoth restaurant features two dining halls separated by a bar with a fountain in it. QOpen 11:00 . although not likely to win any awards.02:00. 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. making this marvellous institution a good place to visit regardless of whether you’re after a full meal or not. Sun 12:00 . Of particular interest are the original 1959 murals. Tucked away in a small courtyard and featuring a peaceful summer courtyard (in the right season). tel. the food is predominantly nouvelle cuisine and is exquisitely presented.24:00.23:00.15:00. Aušros Vartų 8. Fri 11:00 . There’s also an imaginative. QOpen 11:00 . 24Lt. QOpen 07:00 . 18Lt. Kitchen C-4.24:00. expect plenty of red-eyed alternative types turning up on bicycles.laurolapas. 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. Vykinto 17a. 35Lt.

PTJA6W 63. Pilies 22. Run New RESTAUrANTS Rib Room B-00. (+370) 685 853 57. PTJALSW menu here is as imaginative as the person who cooks the dishes from it.23:00. Konstitucijos 7a (Europa).lt. Sat 11:00 . tel. QOpen 12:00 .22:00.: 746500800 Sort code: 70070010 IBAN: DE19 7007 0010 0746 5008 00 Bank ID Code: DEUTDEMMXXX | Reference: ‘Drying little tears’ vilnius. Odminių 3. Totorių 7. (+370) 5 231 48 21. Gedimino 9. juices etc. QOpen 06:30 . Vilnius has needed a seriously good new cafe for a while. QOpen 10:00 . 28Lt. PJASW New Coffee Inn A-2. 50Lt. Sumptuous and elegant. One of the hippest addresses in town. Try one of the more unusual coffees: made with Sichuan pepper. Studio 9 wouldn’t look or feel out of place Ozo 18 (Ozas). QOpen 06:30 . QOpen 07:30 22:00. Sun 10:00 . eating here is one option. Consistently great food and service courtesy of this exemplary in-house hotel restaurant. All overseen by friendly and efficient staff. tel. Sun 11:00 . Sun 07:30 . Gedimino 9. 30Lt. the Shakespeare’s in-house nosh-pit excels where others barely get off the ground.22:00. tel. (+370) 655 777 Riverside A-00.21:00. PTAUW vilnius. Bernardinų 8/8 (Shakespeare hotel).23:00. 15Lt. Note that at the time of going to press the kitchen was closing an hour earlier than the bar with the exception of Sundays. much of it very good indeed: it’s as though they are genuinely trying to prove that healthy eating doesn’t mean foregoing taste. www. cinnamon or vanilla. tel. PJAUSW Vero Café B-2. It all certainly looks impressive. Featuring their tremendous burger alongside a handsome menu of other excellent and unpretentious dishes. 18Lt.10. What’s more all the spices are the real deal: no artificial nonsense here. plus there’s plenty of other options including a couple of classic sandwiches served with fries. tel. desserts and biscuits either. Crème Brûlée and one of the best-looking business lunches in the city. Sat. this year sees the place expanding their outside seating even further and bringing with it one or two gimmicks to keep visiting and easily bored children amused.24:00. The international and Lithuanian food is surprisingly good plus there’s a superb selection of booze including Guinness. Vilniaus 17. Sat 08:00 .24:00. tel. It’s a quirky little place decorated with all sorts of bric-a-brac. Whilst still offering an extensive range of international dishes. 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.19:00. which in this case was a creamed beetroot affair that was simply perfect. Another Žvėrynas classic. tel. Didžioji 28. www. 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. as are many of the accompanying cakes. Chaika could well be it. Gedimino 1. Konstitucijos 16 (VCUP). (+370) 5 212 33 31. Sun 12:00 . Fri. We were looking for a snack and so opted for the soup of the day. Šeimyniškių 1 (Holiday Inn).by a young couple this lovely little house is difficult to miss. Pilies 3. Balčikonio 3.This Užupis venue has always been popular. PJAESW Time The interiors are slightly more interesting than most of their competitors and they play better music too. TAESW Zoe’s Bar & Grill B-2. to have too many beers with a friend in or to take a fussy elderly relative to. tel. Fri. Sat. 921 64. served Starbucks. we thought this place was almost certainly going to go off the boil soon after opening but it just keeps getting better. That rare treat a hotel restaurant worth eating in. 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. (+370) 5 212 28 03.23:00. everything here is polished to near perfection.02:00. QOpen 06:00 . www.inyourpocket.01:00. Modern and bright you will find a wide variety of health food on offer.23:00. making for the perfect environment to drink quality espresso and the like amidst a wealth of literature. even if only for a drink. Kęstučio 39. Leffe and draught Bernard.24:00. (+370) 5 260 96 53. Best of all though we liked the tables: round with a road sign printed on them.March 2014 . Sun 08:00 . Q Open 24hrs. QOpen 12:00 .very much hands-on . Sat 12:00 . Throwing in a few modern twists such as DJs at the weekend. Thu 11:00 . QOpen 11:00 .lt. Thu. Sat. a quality sadly lacking in most Vilnius restaurants. 12Lt.QOpen 11:00 . tel. Saltoniškių 9 (Panorama). Q Open 08:00 .24:00. Gedimino 52. 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. www.20:00. Sun 09:00 . Featuring everything from their recommended BLT to their excellently priced Thai dishes. tel. 45Lt. but it’s also an excellent bar that serves good draught Guinness and a DJ outstanding. Don’t forego the cakes. 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 Breakfast menu served 07:00 . Sun 11:00 . (+370) 682 Salentino Café 1 31. Under entirely new management everything about this place is changing for the better: the look.riverside. Zoe’s is more or less perfect for a simple snack to a full blown spread for large groups. wraps.24:00. (+370) 648 747 02. coffee and cake shop serving some of the best tea and coffee in Vilnius.42 RESTAUrANTS Cafés Chaika B-2. PTJAES Skonis ir Kvapas B-3. is a fine place to visit. (+370) 5 273 01 07. (+370) 618 554 Perhaps not the best location in town but worth a visit if you’re interested in food made with imagination. 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. Arguably one of the best places in the city to eat and drink for many a year. Konstitucijos 26. (+370) 5 266 58 85. Sat. There are sandwiches too (we had turkey with cheese and apples) as well as great desserts. Sun 12:00 . Veranda is a great place to eat in. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 07:30 22:00. 40Lt.21:00. The For donations: Deutsche Bank Munich | Account no. (+370) 5 210 30 12. Gedimino 2. PTA6UW Veranda F-2. Expect a full review next time out. Sun 08:00 . Sat 11:00 . The recently refashioned restaurant inside Vilnius’ Holiday Inn hotel has also seen a revamp of its menu. Savanorių 22. (+370) 656 490 New Sonnets D-2.zoesbargrill. so if you happen to find yourself in this part of town we can’t recommend this place enough. PTJAUSW 43 . Jasinskio 16. There’s live music several evenings a week. Trakų 8. Šviežia Kava’s Gedimino 9 outlet is housed inside a bookshop no less. Sat. Needless to say. the selection of tea and coffee . tel. Užupio 10. 43Lt. tel. they’ve really pushed the boat out here and now include several rib dishes that they claim to serve in surprisingly different ways.20:00. The bill just looks too small considering what you get for your money. PJSW Vilnius In Your Pocket 33.skonis-kvapas.22:00.brought from all over the world . www. QOpen 06:30 . Owned and operated by the club with the same name inside the same building. and out the back is a large garden complete with barbecue for splendidly lazy Sunday summer afternoons.23:00. (+370) 676 820 15.indd vilnius. Zoe’s manages to consistently get everything right from its enviable location to the eclectic menu of classic food. Recommended. tel. Also at Didžioji 30. The outdoor summer terrace. A long-standing Vilnius favourite that more often than not gets included on a list of recommended places to visit when we’re asked by newcomers to the city for a good place to eat. 27Lt. PTAULSW www. PTJA6EW Sole Respublika D-3. Vilniaus 10. opposite the increasingly popular area by the river. and now it just got a lot better. tel. Vokiečių 18. The coffee. The accompanying French bread was perfect and crispy and came with a great little bowl of flavoured butter.18:00. Stebuklai G-3.verocafe. and you will love it the moment you walk through the door. QOpen 10:00 . www. Good coffee and a range of snacks from an established chain café. This latest venture from the Čili people. Saltoniškių 9 (Panorama). Gynėjų 14. Ozo 18 (Ozas). and all the tea and coffee is for sale to take home too. In the meantime. Mindaugo 27 (Comfort Hotel Lt). salt. Knowing Lithuania as well as we do. (+370) 612 022 47.23:00. Gedimino 24.2013 10:30:29 December 2013 . tel. As well as serving one of the best buffet breakfasts in town.20:00. Didžioji 40. Also at Gedimino 35. tel.24:00. (+370) 698 529 99.solerespublika. Also at Trakų 7. QOpen 11:00 . is excellent.10:00. Saltoniškių 9 (Pan orama). We tend to steer clear of hotel restaurants in general but we made a rare exception in the case of this recommended eatery. there’s also an excellent buffet lunch and plenty of dishes from the menu until late. Oh.04:00.shakespeare. There’s a shop too. J. muffins. 7Lt. the price tag may be a little heavy but is worth every penny. Sun 07:30 . Fri.000km further west. find friendly staff on hand to serve dishes from a small but very good daily menu of international dishes alongside an inspired sx09343_AZ_Drying-Little-Tears_Lithuania_124x41. PJAVSW Šviežia Kava B-1. Ozo 25 (Akropolis). like the crumble cake with dried fruits and caramel. www. One of the country’s top coffee house chains.22:00.11:00. and of course the food. if you get there before we do drop us a line and tell us how you like Ozo 18 (Ozas). A diverse menu tempts diners with all manner of delicacies from classic Lithuanian dishes to ostrich with chestnuts. Well located tea.svieziakava. the feel. an act of contrition perhaps for all those years of supplying us with less than fit food (albeit rather tasty). Didžioji 6. Bright and swishy in an entirely unpretentious way. Konstitucijos 20 (Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva). Sat 11:00 . Ozo 25 (Akropolis). Fri 06:00 .lt. PJA6UW Fit Food G-2/3. Thu. Find it not inside the main building but via a separate entrance to the left. JASW Studio 9 B-1.

salads and pizza. 25Lt.23:00.mambo. QOpen 11:30 .miyako.21:00. whilst the warmer months add a magnificent 16th-century Renaissance courtyard into the bargain. and all very good indeed for Sat 10:00 . (+370) 679 594 Japanese www. Japanese Miyako 1315 www.24:00 09:00 . Sushi 10:00 . it’s all stone.20:00 11:00 . Fri 11:00 .03:00. Miyako A-00. the perfect enviVilnius In Your Pocket vilnius.inyourpocket. The often adventurous Italian food is a cut above the norm (try the duck liver ravioli: a taste sensation).22:00. TJAW 20. Valentino out as one of Vilnius’ most beloved and respected restaurants. Pizza CanCan Pizza (+370) 659 887 77 www. Sun 12:00 .cancan. while the cosy. With suave surroundings and a choice of rooms including a main area with large windows overlooking the Town Hall. (+370) 620 565 65. the service is friendly and there’s also a good value business lunch menu.90 LTL WWW.90 LTL 10. Trakų 11/2. 09:00 . tel.March 2014 . We’ve eaten here four times now and can’t complain at all. The good-looking sushi sets are well priced and flavoured.22:00.22:00. PTAISW this world. QOpen 07:30 .23:00. 11:00 .22:45 Sue’s Indian (+370) 5 266 18 88 www. Sat Čili 1822 www. Sun 10:00 . Miyako provides the full Japanese experience without shoving it down your throat. Sat 12:00 .fiorentino. Da Antonio is everything an Italian restaurant should be. There are fresh flowers on the tables. Q Open 11:00 . Redolent of a millionaire’s greenhouse.23:00. What you should shove down your throat are selections from the sushi and sashimi menus. 18Lt. (+370) 618 521 12.06:00.22:00. PTJAUSW ronment in fact for quality Italian food in the city. Sat 12:00 . Lithuanian.06:00. Sat 10:00 .vapiano. marble and oak with a particular emphasis on flora and natural light in here. the city’s business community (amongst others) continues to favour the place over its rivals. This fine restaurant and I talian delicatessen conceals some surprising magic taking place in the kitchen. www. Sun 12:00 . Thu.23:00. QOpen 09:00 . Tuscany is of course considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Inside it’s all plain white interiors and specials chalked on the blackboard. Vilniaus 47/ Sun 11:00 . tel.03:00. Sun 12:00 .44 RESTAUrANTS Italian Da Antonio A-2. native Italian chef Manfredo Molteni oversees a menu including fresh fish vilnius. Situated inside a fine Old Town building with a snazzy dining area at ground level and an atmospheric cellar.21:00. Fri 11:30 . Certainly. the tempura is terrific and the solitary noodle dish with beef is absolutely out of Labuki C-4. so it’s rather fitting that the restaurant should be here.stvalentino.LT VILNIUS TALLINN STOCKHOLM LONDON VIENNA AMSTERDAM BERLIN HAMBURG COLGONE BUDAPEST starting from SALADS Fiorentino C-3.24:00. 25Lt. tel.20:00 10:00 . We were particularly impressed with the fresh pasta. Submarine (+370) 800 233 23 www. People who prefer to eat with a knife and fork are strongly advised to ask for them when ordering their food. international Sun 09:00 .22:45. Sun 11:00 . Also at Vilniaus 6/ PTAVSW Home delivery Too lazy or hungover to go out and get something to eat? The following all provide home delivery services. 50Lt.sushi. Valentino B-3.24:00.24:00. The Korean chef also makes a mean soup and the classic Oriental desserts are very good indeed.23:00. Pizza.24:00. Sat 12:00 . (+370) 652 657 77. tel. Website Open Cuisine 10:00 . QOpen 11:00 .lt Fri 07:00 10:00 .21:00. Sun 10:00 . PASTAS starting from 13. 12:00 . clever interior layout affords discretion and privacy for those who require it. international Sun 11:00 . Featuring open kitchens making pasta.manoguru. Q Open 11:00 . Sat.24:00. Didžioji 28. Brilliant stuff.23:30 Pizza 07:00 . Sat. Vilniaus 23. Fri 07:30 . Closed Sun.23:00. Sun 12:00 . Fri. 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. Labuki offers a wealth of dishes to please all tastes and December 2013 . the food is made using fresh ingredients and comes in ample portions. PJAVSW Osteria da Luca B-4.22:00. although there’s plenty more on offer besides. www. Japanese. Nice one. A super place to eat in an area crying out for this kind of quality. w w Pizza. all prepared in the front bar area.inyourpocket. PTJASW RESTAUrANTS International fast-casual restaurant concept now in Vilnius! Best venue in town! 45 PIZZAS.suesindianraja. Sat Didžioji Kinija (+370) 5 263 63 63 www.22:00. all overseen by an Italian from the region with the kind of passion sadly almost never seen in the city. Sun Chinese 12:00 .lt. 35Lt. Mano Guru (+370) 5 212 23 99 www. 11:00 .24:00.1822. Gedimino 35 (Pirklių Klubas). A good choice of Tuscan dishes with accompanying Tuscan wine.labuki.22:00. QOpen 11:00 . St. 11:00 . An old favourite with several embassies in town. Universiteto 4. Note that the kitchen closes 30 minutes before they lock the doors. tel. www. Fri 11:00 . Sat 09:00 .lt Sat 10:00 . (+370) 5 262 01 09. Also at Ozo 18 (Ozas). An unbeatable location and years of terrific service mark St. 35Lt. (+370) 5 238 34 89. Konstitucijos 7a (Europa).24:00.23:00 Indian Raja Piazzetta Italia G-3. Venue Tel. Konstitucijos 7a (Europa). 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 .antonio.23:00 Mambo Pizza (+370) 688 888 88 www. Fri Chinese. (+370) 5 261 11 88. QOpen 11:00 . and it is rather easy to see why. Even better. if you don’t like what’s on the small menu they’ll happily modify it to suit your wishes.24:00.kinuvirtuve. Korean Labuki (+370) 686 884 88 www. Delivery charges range from free to 20Lt depending on venue and total cost of order.submarinas. 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. Classy without any unnecessary frills and with superb people-watching windows at the front. www. (+370) 5 212 09 25. 30Lt. PTJASW Vapiano A-00. Sun 12:00 . Not your typical Italian restaurant. More than recommended. Osteria da Luca opts for a more nouvelle cuisine approach to its cooking and does it well.22:00. (+370) 5 240 55 55. grilled beef fillet and a wealth of great pasta dishes for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Sat.23:00.VAPIANO. there’s also the option during the summer on its small outdoor terrace opposite the fine Franciscan Church. PASW

Sun 12:00 . QOpen 11:00 . Stiklių 8.02:00. We choose to list both types of restaurant together. We like what’s currently going on in this part of town. made in the oldfashioned unpasteurised fashion and a rare treat indeed. Vilniaus 19. Traditional with a twist. TJASW Forest B-4. Sun. 30Lt. 30Lt. Sat 13:00 . The limited menu focuses on unusual dishes including quail. Well worth your time and money. Forest is one of those places which is determined to prove that Lithuanian cuisine can be progressive. Visų Šventųjų 5.24:00. restoranasforest. Reserve in advance to avoid disappointment. Q Open 16:00 .22:00. with a couple of vegetarian options to keep everybody happy.22:00.March 2014 . Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. QOpen 11:00 . the menu is packed with classic dishes including the marvellous kepta duona. Osaka also provides good value takeaway lunch sets.23:00. Sun 12:00 22:00. It’s all prepared fresh on the premises using the finest seasonal ingredients. Also worth trying is the fresh in-house beer. ignore the international dishes and plunge into the traditional food. TJA6S Sofa de Pancho B-5. their unique crockery is available for sale. Also check out their fast weekday lunch if you’re in a hurry. Vokiečių 8. Sat 12:00 . 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.fortodvaras. This intimate. (+370) 686 047 08. If you’d like to take a little piece of the place home (and believe www. Lithuanian There are essentially two types of Lithuanian restaurant in Lithuania. Sat. tel. tel. www. hoso maki.24:00. you will). QOpen 11:00 . Complete with colour photographs to help you choose. and is served in a 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.inyourpocket. manage to keep their standards high and are very well regarded by many who know a thing or two about Japanese We like the place. The service. 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. www. A brilliant collection of medieval cellars designed for a slightly upmarket folk-themed dining experience.QOpen 11:00 .46 RESTAUrANTS The food is classic unpretentious local cuisine. pungent spicy 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. like the bar next door. Development may be slow. Sat. expect superb grilled meats and some of the best salads in the city alongside specials such as gnocchi and pacheri. but it’s always interesting. soup served in a loaf of bread and some simple but recommended desserts. 24Lt. Closed Mon. December 2013 . Vokiečių 24. tel. Fri 11:00 .com vilnius. The second is less easy to pin down. a good choice when waiting for a main dish. PJAS Mexican 673 890 02. 40Lt.zemaiciai. (+370) 698 167 28. 17Lt. (+370) 5 261 71 76. noodles and more inside a wee little restaurant between Old Town and tel. folk-themed restaurant is unquestionably one of the best examples of its kind in the country.23:00. Savanorių 1. 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.inyourpocket. Recommended quality Japanese classic and modern favourites including nigiri sushi. Those eating in groups should consider one of the big mixed platters. is friendly and efficient and the prices are exceptionally good considering the location.24:00. Pilies 16. (+370) 656 136 88. Sat 12:00 . (+370) 5 262 90 46. Ideal for meals out.senojitrobele. tastes good and is equally superb value for money.24:00.24:00. Simple yet One of Vilnius’ best known restaurants. (+370) Osaka A-2. venison and even beaver. contemporary setting. Sun 12:00 . QOpen 17:00 . Sun 12:00 . 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. tel. JAW Lokys C-4. 40Lt. Probably the best thing about the place 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. Also at Žirmūnų 2. Naugarduko 36.02:00. PTJAUSW lokys. this perfectly located restaurant on the busiest street in Old Town provides consistently good food at affordable prices. sashimi. PTJASW Forto Dvaras C-2. QOpen 12:00 . (+370) 609 990 02.23:00. tel. tel. which are good value and fun to share. 30Lt. One of a number of chain restaurants selling the idea of traditional local cuisine as a fusion of farmyard themes and sophistication. provided by girls dressed in neo-folk outfits. www. TAULVSW RESTAUrANTS 47 Žemaičiai B-4. especially on a sunny day when it’s possible to eat and drink on their fine terrace. Senoji Trobelė G-5. www.

order the croquetas caseras and you won’t be disappointed.lacrepe.24:00. 16Lt. Fri 08:00 . Ozo 18 (Ozas). Brilliantly designed and executed. PJAES quality of their limited menu. including everything from vitamin-packed salads to pasta dishes made from vegetables.24:00. The Mexican-owned Tres Mexicanos continues to be the best place in town for authentic Mexican food. 21Lt. Lithuania’s adventures into the world of pizza franchising are finally worth talking about with a positive spin. QOpen 08:00 .inyourpocket. 15Lt. QOpen 10:00 . Their summertime La Crepe Terrasse. PJASW Lizarran A-2. this intimate.22:00. www. as if the pizza isn’t temptation enough they even make their own pasta. 14Lt. which is a shame because they currently serve the best pizza in Vilnius. It’s also worth mentioning that the service is never bad. Sat 10:00 . Also on the menu for those who require more than a mouthful of egg and jam is a selection of more substantial Lithuanian and international dishes. Growing from strength to strength.23:00. 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. Avoid the weekday lunchtime rush when the place is bursting with locals taking advantage of the cheap business lunch deals and you’ll almost certainly come back and eat here again. other people are encouraged to visit not least because of the idea behind the place.pomodoro. www. Under new management and a much better experience all round. Jasinskio 16a. Boasting a superb location just around the corner from the Cathedral. the décor has some extraordinary touches downstairs and the wine list is impressive. Closed Mon. if you want something fast. JAS Raw42 B-5. (+370) 650 516 80. Fri. JASW Raw Pizza Quite possibly the most popular food eaten in Lithuanian restaurants today. Weekends can be exceptionally good fun. unlike at many other pancake places in town. QOpen 11:00 . usually playing a slide show of images of Morocco. it’s practically the only one in Vilnius these days. A good option for a snack if you’re in the area.20:00. 10Lt. tel. 23Lt. Thu. Sun 12:00 . it does to order. Popular particularly with women watching their weight. (+370) 5 259 61 28.01:00. lots of vodka and large groups of diners getting beautifully sloshed. Service is of course amusing.20:00. Sun 12:00 . brightly decorated affair features all the classic dishes plus proper beer to wash it down with. 26.24:00. Service is friendly. Step through the oriental-looking shop and be prepared for yet another welcome addition to Vilnius’ currently blossoming restaurant scene. to date this place hasn’t put a foot wrong. and one that’s well worth supporting. PJASW Salad Čili Pica A-1. 15Lt. (+370) 659 685 45.20:00. the pizza and pasta are up there with the best. Also at Didžioji 5. Opened way back in August 2004 and still going strong. Parked in a street just around the corner from the Užupis Angel. and can at times be exceptionally excellent. plus there’s a handful of other options including soup. PTJASW 55. The slice of deep-pan pizza we recently gobbled down hit the spot exactly. For the price. PJAW Spanish Gimme G-4. Begun on the initiative of local legend and resurrected mayor of Vilnius Artūras Zuokas. QOpen 11:00 . (+370) 652 655 51. the food stretches beyond sandwiches and they even offer short courses in making food.23:00. In keeping with the local need to stare at something whilst eating there’s a large television on the wall.22:00. Mon.24:00. (+370) 652 337 73. (+370) 5 261 55 Basilico A-4. tel. www. Sun 10:00 . Very trendy and very welcome. Tue. tel. Tilto 2. French-style pancake. Also a good selection of freshly squeezed fruit juices. QOpen 10:00 .21:00. As in many countries in the region. (+370) 5 261 90 71. Sat 10:00 . www.01:00. 24Lt. (+370) 647 166 72. affordable and dare we say authentic. Tue. Sat 10:00 . the range of fillings is admirable. Fri 09:00 . Sandwiches Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. and the early morning pancakes continue to be a fine way to start the day. 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. served as it should be in a glass and made from green tea leaves and fresh mint. tel. PTJASW RESTAUrANTS Pizza Hut Express H-1. PTAUSW 269 00 22. PASW Pancakes La Crepe A-1.03:00. 25Lt. Also at A. Basanavičiaus 11. (+370) 690 740 75. tel. www.05:00. this Spanish-themed restaurant-bar on two floors provides a bit of everything. Service is attentive.lizarran. Sat 11:00 . Eschew the other meals and stick to the house food and you’ll be just fine. tel.23:00. the recommended Mano Guru offers a mind-boggling array of substantial salads plus desserts and soft drinks in something of a boutique setting. QOpen 11:00 . QOpen 12:00 . Aiming to introduce tapas to the local population among other things. QOpen 07:30 . 25Lt. The small selection of sandwiches on offer is exceptionally good. from sweet to savoury to vegetarian. QOpen 08:00 . Lo- Russian Čagino A-3. (+370) 616 465 49. Sat. 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.rawraw. Named after the one-time owner of the building this restaurant finds December 2013 . tel.24:00. basilico-pica.18:00. Thu 11:00 .01:00. soft drinks and flapjack. (+370) 674 186 Sun 11:00 . Also at Gedimino 52. Sat 11:00 .lt.23:00. tel. Subačiaus 2. Sat on a corner next to a bus stop and an abandoned cinema Basilico is easily overlooked. you can’t swing a cat in the capital without hitting a 30cm margherita or quattro formaggi. Fri. 25Lt. French fries. Popular with families and busy during the week. Rūdninkų 12. www. Closed Sat. it’s a breath of fresh air to see a restaurant in Lithuania improve over time rather than the usual opposite. note that none of the food is cooked at a temperature higher that +42°C. Gedimino 23. with live music.22:00.06:00. Further proof that Vilnius is no longer a provincial backwater but a city to be reckoned with. Gimme is clearly rethinking its core market whilst thankfully not allowing the fact to change the vilnius.cagin. PTJAVSW cated in a little triangle of Vilnius currently making something of a name for itself. filling. Using proper mozzarella and baked in a wood oven. Also at P . www. Fri 07:00 . this hit-and-miss Russian affair offers classics such as chicken with smoked plums and blini in a splendid. Sat. Raw Raw C-2. Sun 11:00 . Užupio Picerija D-3.March 2014 . Sun 09:00 . Pylimo 21. Wed 11:00 . Essentially a tapas bar with a few larger items on the menu. QOpen 11:00 .manoguru. QOpen 07:00 . and the outdoor seating during the warmer part of the year is exceedingly pleasant. Goštauto 40c. www. Mon. and not a moment too soon. tel.23:00. True.03:00. tel. pizzas in Lithuania are eaten with frightening amounts of tomato ketchup and little regard for the feelings of the Italians who’d in general much rather go hungry than have to endure a local pica. From the intelligent staff to the equally enlightened menu. QOpen 11:00 . PJAS Tres Mexicanos C-2. The perfect accompaniment to coffee and therefore one of the best sources of fuel for visitors covering Vilnius on foot. Sun 11:00 . 17Lt. Lukšio 32. comes with terrific views of the capital alongside a regular series of themed evening events including film screenings and jazz concerts. (+370) 5 212 01 California Tapas & Wine C-5. Good healthy food made from unprocessed ingredients with almost nothing on the menu cooked. 15Lt. over half of the staff working here are recovering drug addicts involved in what’s probably the most enlightened project in the city.20:00. Whatever state it’s found in. QOpen 11:00 . Fri. As the name suggests. yet another Spanish restaurant arrives in Vilnius in the form of Lizarran. Vilniaus 22/ Sun 09:00 . which in the case of this long-standing chain of pizza restaurants the latter most definitely applies. Sun 11:00 . (+370) 699 520 22. QOpen 12:00 . After numerous visits to several Pomodoro restaurants it’s still almost impossible to fault them. an Italian may not be overly impressed with the pizzas but there’s plenty else on the menu Totorių 3.01:00. TJAVSW Mano Guru B-2. The mint tea is also a real the pizza they serve is decent enough if not exactly gourmet. 25Lt.21:00. this tip-top pizza joint is either bustling and busy or dead as a door nail. 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.24:00. Thu. Although it may not be the best Russian restaurant in the world. Recommended.48 RESTAUrANTS Moroccan Maghrib B-2. Vilniaus Gedimino 13. tel. La Crepe’s tour de force is the humble. whilst the steak continues to amaze and impress.22:00. 19th-century cellar. Totorių 22. Recently moving from their swanky Old Town address to this slightly out of the way location. 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. (+370) 5 www. tel. J. the selection of dishes on offer is fairly extensive. Domination of the local market means either an element of bad business practice or the ability to get things right. (+370) 5 215 36 66.tresmexicanos.23:00. Sun 11:00 . on top of the city’s VCUP shopping centre just north of the river. in the case of the grilled meat dishes is usually very good indeed and affordable for all but the most budget-conscious PTJA6ESW cili. which it does very well indeed 15Lt. PTJAUSW 49 Pomodoro A-2. tel. Also at Konstitucijos 16 (VCUP). Very recommended indeed. Jogailos 4/Vilniaus QOpen 09:00 . Sat 12:00 . tel. www. Paupio 3.

It would be really good news if Böff actually delivers on a regular basis what it promises. and the live music and parties can be fun. (+370) 5 261 11 37.24:00.markusirko. T. QOpen 11:00 . 12Lt. tel. www. widely regarded as the best in Lithuania. QOpen 11:00 . There’s something about Ukrainian food that. Jasinskio 16a. The treats on offer really are exceptionally good at any time of year. QOpen 12:00 . the restaurant that didn’t put the hip in hippy but that’s worth a visit all the same. (+370) 672 115 but you can’t beat expert knowledge from an experienced chef in the heat of a real kitchen. QOpen 10:00 .lt. The attached restaurant-bar upstairs is pretty good too. The place itself is terrific: a colourful. Boasts the most impressively adventurous sushi menu in Vilnius as well as the most skillful sushi chefs in the city: add in some suitably contemporary design and you have a winner. The food’s cheap and perfectly safe (try the massive plates of home-made French fries). Sat 12:00 . funky little venue that you want to hug and take home to your mother. (+370) 5 212 13 89. (+370) 663 509 69. a title it has held for more than a decade and a half. it’s possible to spend hours down there soaking up nothing more than the atmosphere and lots and lots of alcohol. a company specialising in teaching modern Lithuanian cuisine in several languages and using local produce. 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. tel.03:00. Closed Mon. Dominikonų 10. Ignoto 12-1.22:00. tel. The ice-cream is made locally to a traditional Italian recipe. Šv. The service is decent. (+370) 5 212 60 the charming Mabre hotel . Recipes are diverse and feature everything from caramelised beetroot to glazed duck with wild berry sauce.22:00. then the Disneyland stuff doesn’t matter. and there are non-sushi bites too. Sun 12:00 . 60Lt. tel. despite it mostly being the same as the rest of the traditional food found in this part of the world.24:00. if you’re the type of person who doesn’t agree with fancy food. 25Lt.02:00. J. tel. Sun. www. QOpen 11:30 Welcome to the crazy world of Balti Drambliai (White Elephants). Ševčenkos 16. There are two of these places in TJW Vegetarian Vieta B-3. Sat 12:00 .02:00. (+370) 699 693 43. PTJASW Ice-cream 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.21:00. Maironio 13 (Mabre Hotel). the steaks are very good indeed. 15Lt. Thu 12:00 .inyourpocket. 15Lt.24:00.02:00. TJASW Leleko G-3. tel. (+370) 51 Čiop Čiop Fri. PJASW Balti Drambliai B-3.23:00.22:00. which it is here.on a blackboard) and dive in: it’s guaranteed to be very good. www. The Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. Magnificent. QOpen 10:00 . sour cream with thyme and hazelnuts to kastinys. Sat 12:00 . Markus ir Ko is an institution that fails to go away. Good value and definitely recommended. 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.02:00.March 2014 . Gedimino 49/2. Sat 12:00 . Hazienda Steakhouse D-3.22:00. Fri. and note that of late they appear to have started posting the daily menu on their Facebook page: so you can check what you fancy from the comfort of your phone or desk).is not to be overlooked either. The delicacies in question more or less measure up to the real thing. Pilies 3. 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. A magnificent steak house. right down to knowing what the cattle were fed. PTJW Sushi Express G-3. (+370) 5 262 08 75. Vilniaus 41. and the prices are low enough to take a gamble if your Lithuanian isn’t up to much. Check out their website and give them a call for more information. tel. Closed Sun. www. PTJAEW Markus ir Ko C-3. Sat 18:00 . PTA6SW RESTAUrANTS Meat Lovers Pub B-3. stands head and shoulders above the rest.50 RESTAUrANTS 652 512 33. Closed Sun. 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. PJA best vegetarian restaurant in Vilnius. the walk is worth every bit of December 2013 . tel. 60Lt. Ignoto 14.24:00. 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.22:00. M. For the indecisive the set menus are good value. 12Lt. Once famed for cooking the best steak in the capital. Šv. www. PJASW Ukrainian Steak Böff Steak House Vilnius C-1. As for the food itself. QOpen 19:00 . Up at the far western end of Gedimino just around the corner from the main street. namely the best steaks in the country in pleasant surroundings. the English-speaking staff are frightfully nice and. tel. QOpen 12:00 . tel.23:00. Serving various bits of cow to those who can afford it for as long as many care to remember. QOpen 12:00 .lt. it’s actually not that far to reach over the bridge if you’re in the area around the National Museum. PASW Sushi Tapas Niño B-3.QOpen 11:30 . Just eaten some traditional Lithuanian food and wondered how it was made? The pink allure of chilled šaltibarščiai has you in its clutches but you can’t imagine how the stuff is produced? Recipe books are all well and good up to a point. 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. Let’s hope the good news continues. Enter Čiop Čiop. (+370) 5 262 31 85. PTJAESW Soprano C-2. and all things considered there are few places offering better value in Vilnius right now. (Oh. www.inyourpocket. The setting .22:00.soprano. The cracking little medieval cellar space under Cozy now operates in the guise of a lounge-like tapas bar.24:00. and though neither is in the Old Town if you crave decent sushi in this town then both are well worth seeking out and thoroughly recommended. Sun 12:00 . Cooking meat to perfection. (+370) 663 666 67. tel. we had a steak that couldn’t be argued with.ciopciop. 59Lt. Although the location could be a lot better. Start with a cracking bowl of borsch and let the friendly staff take you through the rest of the menu. Sat 12:00 . Fri 11:00 . Courses run from between two and four hours depending on how many dishes you want to learn about and subsequently cook and either take place on Čiop Čiop’s premises or they can come to you. Antokolskio 11. The restaurant can boast to know the provenance of every single steak they serve. Simply check what’s on the menu the day you visit (the daily specials are chalked up in Lithuanian . skanu@ciopciop.mabre. Olimpiečių (+370) 633 304 37. Sun 12:00 . All of the raw material is sourced locally from the finest beef farms.boff. where cattle graze on Lithuania’s best grasslands.24:00. www.

24:00. As well as a space for drinking the range of superb Lithuanian beers on offer from small microbreweries around the country. Thu 12:00 . plus there’s hot nachos and nuts. On the absolutely positive side. Closed Mon. tel. Sat 12:00 .01:00.23:30. (+370) 618 064 08. A taxi from Old Town shouldn’t cost more than 10Lt. Downstairs is a genuinely good bar. Mon 11:00 . tel.24:00. QOpen 17:00 . tel. The newest venue by the legendary Stikliai Hotel and Restaurant owners is this very upmarket club which has its eye firmly set on attracting the city’s most happening people.24:00.24:00.01:00. Sun 13:00 . The choice of beers is hardly inspirational and the food is adequate if little else. JAW vilnius. tel. the location could be more central. Fri. Sat 11:00 . Alynas A-2. Sun 12:00 . Sun 12:00 . True. Fortas can do no wrong.24:00.04:00. Rare for Lithuania. Highly recommended. JAEW New and miss affair. whilst the city’s gay and lesbian scene is almost as far underground as a Soviet nuclear test site. Following on from the success of their similar Kaunas venture. Fri. plus there’s a shop inside and a beer-tasting lounge for true aficionados. restaurant and nightclub. Vilniaus 31/1. PAW Glory Bar by Stikliai C-5.24:00. the owners of this relatively new place located on what many believe to be Vilnius’ shortest street have opened an intriguing venue for those who simply can’t get enough whisky. Tue 12:00 . PJAW Artistai C-4. You will have to go a long way to find a better selection of beer than this place offers. The beers in question range from light to dark and should keep all but the fussiest from hours of drunken appreciation. Fri. QOpen 11:00 . Tue. (+370) 650 687 52. Leave your trainers at home and have fun! NIGHTLIFE CASH lounge bar A-2. Totorių 18. Algirdo 17. Fri. QOpen 11:00 .05:00. QOpen 11:00 . tel. Note that face control is currently on the rise in Vilnius: if yours doesn’t fit. Part of a wider chain of beer shops. but when it’s as good as this there’s no particular need to complain.02:00. Sat 11:00 . A menu of bar snacks is also available. Wed 15:00 .01:00. A hit Microbreweries For the record.02:00. Not surprisingly. Šnekutis sneaks into this section on account of hoarding traditional.02:00. Didžioji 19/2. Trakų 2/Miesto Sienos. tel. Treading the fine line between bar.02:00. Sat 12:00 . Islandijos 1/31. Sun. Thu 10:00 . QOpen 08:00 .03:00. tel. Stiklių 7. Sat 10:00 . our definition of a microbrewery includes bars selling beer from microbreweries scattered around the Thu 12:00 . Sat 14:00 . (+370) 5 231 26 98. tel.04:00. www. Enjoy. We found a crowd of twenty and thirtysomethings from all kinds of backgrounds who all seemed to be set on having nothing more than a decent night out. Clubs remain almost exclusively mainstream. but open it they finally did.bix.03:00. (+370) 685 608 www. Vilniaus 22. usefully located between Old Town and the city’s main central street. PJAW Būsi Trečias www. meaning it only lasts a few days. Islandijos 4. (+370) 630 171 21. (+370) 5 212 12 68. QOpen Mon.alynas. PJ Fortas H-4. JAW Kas Kas A-2. don’t be surprised to find yourself fished out by the barman. PJASW Mažasis Pub’as B/C-3.24:00. Sat 12:00 . QOpen 11:00 . There is strict face-control (primarily designed to keep out teenyboppers) and you will need to be well-dressed to make it in. (+370) 652 011 38. this always busy spot plays host to everyone from shadylooking Russian-speakers without any hair to immaculately turned out Japanese tourists.inyourpocket. (+370) 5 260 90 87. don’t be surprised to find the place packed.01:00. Sun 12:00 . Exactly why it took just over a thousand years for somebody to open a really outstanding bar in Vilnius is anyone’s guess. (+370) 5 240 56 70. Artistai attracts a mixed crowd of mostly friendly locals.05:00. Thu 15:00 .busitrecias. (+370) 687 223 66. PAW 099 49. microbrewerybrewed beers from all corners of the country.07:00. Žukausko 20. Stiklių 4. PAW Alaus Studija I-1. Should this happen.24:00. Hidden in a picturesque little side street inside a rather lovely courtyard. QOpen 11:00 . Sun 14:00 . everything is located inside three different rooms including two bar spaces and a further one that also contains a shop. This is where the smart-set comes to party and feel superior: if you manage to make it in and join them no doubt you will too. 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. (+370) 654 905 41. tel.23:00. Top Piano Man A-2. which is consistently marvellous. Fri 11:00 . Kazimiero 3. fortas. tel. tel. it isn’t. Meaning something along the lines of You’ll be the third. QOpen 12:00 . 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.24:00. tel.02:00. (+370) 630 Vilnius In Your Pocket December 2013 . but it’s definitely worth popping by if you’re out on the prowl. It would be unfair to not to also mention the food. this is very much the thinking-man’s Vilnius boozer. PJAW Amatininkų Užeiga C-4. although we recommend you steer clear of the flavoured versions. Surplus to the usual improvised drinking sessions are a range of tasting events and suchlike for the connoisseur. (+370) 5 262 77 91. PJAW Bambalynė C-4.bambalyne. namely with the regular opening of a new place selling brown frothy drinks made in small microbreweries around the country. Not a microbrewery as such.04:00. Another addition to a street already overflowing with übertrendy places to hang out. Thu 11:00 .24:00.23:00. the Murphy’s is refreshingly affordable and goes down a treat. Vilniaus 29. Stepono 8. Fri 11:00 Šnekutis B-5. Mon. Also find the added incentives of free wireless internet and table football.02:00. serves cheap food and beer and has regular live music events to supplement the otherwise orthodox disco nights. Leičiai also doubles as a restaurant serving classic traditional local food. Thu. QOpen 17:00 . Tue. QOpen Mon 10:00 . Serving a number of superior brews from microbreweries all around the country.05:00.03:00. JAEW King & Mouse and has since changed practically nothing except its name. Amatininkų Užeiga (The Craftsmen’s Tavern) finds its way into the guide by default more than by anything else. Order at the bar. Featuring a rapidly approaching total of close to 100 types of beer from microbreweries across the country and a spooky brick cellar ambience. The bar stocks a good range of drinks including draught Guinness and Hoegaarden.02:00. tel. Vilnius wouldn’t be the same without it. Thu. tel. QOpen 11:00 . tel. Not exactly a bar and by no stretch of the imagination a restaurant. Etmonų 6. (+370) 678 833 63. Try it. Sat 17:00 . Even the DJs wear designerlabels: it is that kind of place and Vilnius is all the better for it. QOpen 10:00 . Quite refreshing actually. Sun 11:00 . Get in. the bar is fashionable among the capital’s more urbane guzzlers. A couple of large ones of these and you might find yourself rolling down the mysterious staircase by the toilet. QOpen 22:00 . QOpen 15:00 . Aušros Vartų 5. 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. especially when there’s basketball on the screens.March 2014 . Fri. this pleasant watering hole also features two dining halls.05:00. QOpen 11:00 . Some of this is live. PJAEW Gringo A-2. tel. (+370) 650 470 58. tel. Sun 14:00 . Sun. Fri. Sun 12:00 . The name (and the rather fetching chandeliers and impressive balcony) might scream ‘poser’s paradise’ but believe us. which in this part of the world spells bad luck. Fri 11:00 . it can get a little lively in here. there’s plenty of other options hereabouts.05:00. La Birra’s worth a mention not least because it shows international soccer games and has a good selection of local and international beers. Sat 13:00 . JAESW Bix C-4.18:00. Jogailos 6.01:00. (+370) 683 New 53 042 57.05:00. the mixed and predominantly chirpy crowd at Piano Man provides a buzz lacking in many of its competitors. Fri 12:00 . Now that the city’s wine-drinking crowd have been given their own places to imbibe. if you do choose to visit and were quite impressed like we were. Sat 10:00 . Far from being one to add to an evening’s itinerary. Vilnius’ nightlife entrepreneurs are turning their attention to the subject of beer. Wed 17:00 . 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. PJAW Leičiai C-4. Consistently busy during the weekend when propping up the bar is generally the only option left for people arriving after 21:00. Sat 17:00 . (+370) 604 455 08.24:00. Also at Polocko 7a.03:00.22:00. Fri. QOpen 17:00 . Šv. Thu 11:00 . Wed 12:00 .03:00.52 NIGHTLIFE The Lithuanian capital’s disparate nightlife options run the breadth of all things imaginable for any taste and budget. The in-house beer is good stuff. Wed. Impersonal and featuring a gaggle of forgettable staff.24:00. Thu 11:00 .24:00. Wearing a decent pair of shoes usually helps.artistai.23:00. Despite its rather small beer collection. 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.24:00. A little bit classier than its counterparts. a personable gentleman with a theatrical moustache. Perched up on top of the hill above Old Town. Sat 17:00 .24:00. this very Vilnius-type place was once known as Amerika. Sun 17:00 . tel. Featuring over 300 types from around the world as well as other offerings and plenty of decent food to accompany it. not unlike the hangover that goes with the superb 12 per cent Stačias from Panevėžys. forget it. the main central location is a top venue for serious connoisseurs of beer.02:00. Šv. Dominikonų 9. Selling only foreign beers alongside a few stronger options and decorated with leftover technology from the recently expired Lithuanian Film Studios. Fri 11:00 . S. 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). QOpen 11:00 .02:00. Šnekutis doesn’t have table service.05:00. The place has been decorated quite well and the staff are quite friendly. PJAS vilnius. 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. The two pool tables upstairs are a disaster.inyourpocket. The drinks on offer are also quite good. PAW La Birra A-2. www. The best are of course listed here. one with an open kitchen and a small beer garden out the back. (+370) 657 454 78. Fri 12:00 .02:00. Wed 10:00 . Closed Mon.05:00. there’s table football in the corner and from time to time there’s also the added bonus of live music. 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. Kas Kas models itself at least in part on the excellent Studio 9 although it doesn’t quite hit the mark. Sat 14:00 .03:00. Check their Facebook page for sports fixtures. A Vilnius institution that’s been kicking around almost forever. 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. Started by the legendary rock band from Šiauliai of the same name.02:00.03:00. The friendly bar staff certainly make a change from many others in the area. The next logical step in the evolution of the specialist Lithuanian beer bar. Mon 11:00 . Bars 85. the scruffy bar on two floors that is Bix is fairly tame during the week but can get busy and full of testosterone-filled men in leather jackets during the weekend. but quite good fun after a few beers.23:00. Sat 11:00 .

cheap food if you are hungry. a real treat with a couple of ice-cold beers. and from our experience so far it’s all cooked just as you like it. cheese and tea. www. QOpen 12:00 . Assuming you can get somewhere to sit (i. all of them of course made with apples. spunka. tel. Give them a call for information on upcoming events and reserving a table.04:00. this is the perfect place for a fireside tryst.22:00.24:00. Sat 17:00 . Vilniaus 16. JW Stars & Legends D-00. QOpen 15:00 . include not only the best panorama of Old Town there is but. Sat 10:00 . Totally recommended. Bernardinų 8/8 (Shakespeare Bou- tique Hotel). Raitininkų 4 (Šarūnas Hotel). Vilnius’ Contemporary Arts Centre offers a bit of something to just about everybody. tel. Sat 11:00 . QOpen 10:30 . which get snapped up quickly by visitors who head to the tables by the windows immediately on entering. Great service from a bunch of happy young waitresses all dressed smartly in black. they also sell a lot of other stuff for the kitchen including juice.24:00. sky-bar. Fri.05:00. NEw Plieno Paukštis H-4. tel. QOpen 20:00 . 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. Kalinausko 11b. which in Lithuania generally means basketball although they do show other stuff as well.24:00. Šv. a limited range of quality beer and the chance to literally rub shoulders with your fellow drinkers. Sat 18:00 . www. pogo. Fri 17:00 .24:00. a view to the vast concrete sleeping districts that house the majority of the city’s residents. Thu. Vilniaus 22. (+370) 604 195 Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. and that there will soon be a hostel here too. scruffy. Sat 12:00 . Highly recommended.05:00. Konstitucijos 20 (Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva.30Lt. PAULXW Modern industrial minimalist chic in the heart of the city. There are live bands some evenings too. 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. 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. QOpen 11:00 . expect friendly service. (+370) 678 833 63. good promoters come and go and expected crowds fail to turn up. The large outdoor terrace also includes a screen during the summer for big games. Sarkozy represents precisely what Vilnius is in dire need of.04:00. Fri. Fri.02:00. after we-know-not-how-many-years the default ‘where shall we go now’ option for many. hotpots and pasties 2014 .brodvejus. There are events most evenings (as well as often during the day) from exhibitions to concerts and DJ sessions.24:00. namely venues that eschew the safe and mundane themes the capital’s drinking establishments usually go for. PTJAESW Brodvėjus B-4. Mėsinių 4. Sat 20:00 . Discreet during the winter. (+370) 640 330 48. (+370) 652 156 16. If you do happen to stumble on a non-event. friendly. tel. QOpen 07:00 . Sun 18:00 .lt. QOpen 11:00 .21:00. tel. Thu. Stepono 4. www.06:00. the club reviews in this guide are written to provide a general overview of what’s to be expected if you visit them. QOpen 06:30 . PJAW NIGHTLIFE 55 SkyBar A-00.02:00.10Lt. less popular but an extraordinary contrast all the same.02:00. QOpen 15:00 some at more conventional tables) there is a something for everyone. Why aren’t there more bars like this in Vilnius? Small. JA6EW Clubs Due to the universal law stating that it’s impossible to be in all places at all times. With plenty of different seating areas (some on sofas.PJAW Wingo B-5. nights change with alarming regularity. plenty of theme nights and parties you are almost always guaranteed a decent night out here. (+370) 5 266 58 85. QOpen 18:00 . The aforementioned views.54 NIGHTLIFE moneyed intellectual crowd as well as other characters who simply like their cider. and the number of beers served here tops almost anywhere else in Vilnius.04:00. Tue 22:00 . Sun 12:00 . downstairs is for dancing while upstairs is for drinking (especially if you want to sit down). The Globe has been providing good alcohol and the chance of something decent to eat courtesy of friendly staff for years. In general terms.01:00.04:00. 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. Brodvėjus boasts two levels of mayhem and fun. Universiteto Pub B/C-3.04:00. www. Get absolutely old Lithuanian hands may not immediately recognise the old Universiteto from days gone by. the good news about clubbing in Vilnius is that entrance prices are relatively low and the city is remarkably small. of which Vilnius In Your Pocket at least always provides the former to help give readers even more information. affordable and packed with a stunning selection of outstanding local and foreign beer on tap and in bottles. tel. The beer is stupidly cheap and the kepta duona is what drinking was invented for. Fri. Entrance free .QOpen 22:00 .06:00. Thu 20:00 . NEW ŠMC Kavinė C-4. 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.starslegends. Still.24:00. whilst the warmer parts of the year trumpet the opening of a magnificent secluded garden. and while the lunch menu is a bit dearer than other places nearby it’s still reasonable and worth every extra penny. 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. Vilniaus 12. (+370) 693 318 26. On weekends from 5 .22:00. We doubt that anyone will fail to find something they fancy on the menu here. Entrance free on weekdays. PJAEW Here’s to the long winter evening ahead Who Hit John C-4. www.02:30.e. Primator stout on tap and sports on the televisions. There is plenty of good. As any serious clubber already knows. Churning out scores of excellent cocktails and still providing not one but two extraordinary views from the 22nd floor.03:00. QOpen 17:00 . tel. The food is good.01:00. Fri. Finally. Fri 10:30 . (+370) 615 616 December 2013 . The Steel Bird is one of those rare finds that leads to something akin to a love affair once discovered. Sat 15:00 . Full of staff from the American embassy during the week. if 10 people didn’t get there before you). tel. www. relocating to another club is both quick and affordable. 22nd floor). Sun 15:00 .03:00. An unexpected gem hidden away upstairs to the left past reception. (+370) 652 323 61. Sun 07:30 . PJAW V 4 Vilnius A-2. tel. (+370) 5 231 21 81. Fri. Sun 10:00 . but rest-assured it’s still the good time central venue it always vilnius. PJAW gourmet burgers. 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. a trip to Vilnius without a trip to SkyBar isn’t really a trip at all. One for the lads. Thu 07:00 . tel. Thu 11:00 . A combined shop and bar specialising in products derived from the humble apple. The crowd these days is younger and a bit more local than the one which made this an expat hangout for a good many years but with good bar food.23:00. Rewarding at any time of the evening. Note that it opens early (07:00) for breakfast. To be honest it would be rather easy to move in and take up residence. Well worth a visit.22:00. A top place. meet some eccentric locals and ask for one of their wooden boards of meat and cheese when you get peckish.and Wed 22:00 . (+370) 5 231 48 23. (+370) 652 577 90. some on bar stools.inyourpocket. tel.03:00. 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. Ribs. Užupio 9.05:00. (+370) 663 738 78. AW Pogo A-2. Vokiečių 2. One of those places which more deserves its Vilnius Legend status. tel.24:00. there should be a Špunka on every street. Sun 21:00 .23:00. PJAW was. Sun 15:00 .01:00. Sat. PJAEW Sarkozy A-2. much else besides. Add in lounge-style music and you have a winner. the place is given back to the locals at the weekend and is well worth the treck up the hill. Didžioji 19. Closed Mon. Recommended is their cheese-covered kepta duona. QOpen 17:00 . K. Dominikonų 9. Already popular with the city’s Špunka D-3. (+370) 615 810 37. The music remains much as it has for over a decade: a mix of just about everything.01:00.shakespeare. Blink and you’d miss it. Sat 22:00 . PJAEW The Globe D-2. Somewhat resembling a slightly stuffy gentlemen’s club. Sat. in particular some truly exceptional cider from Normandy. Closed Sun. Leave your pretensions at the door and you will love it.

com vilnius. tel. Fri.all mixed with precision. Entrance (Fri. the food. reading or exhibition. 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. Thursday nights are currently celebrated with live jazz.inyourpocket. tel. www. 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. for more details about all their events see their homepage (menufabrikas. deckchairs. Sat. Gedimino 23. Aušros Vartų 7. retro-style cellar club functioning as a nice place for food during the day and something altogether different during the weekend. JAS New Blusynė C-4. tel. QOpen 13:00 . non-profit cultural centre based inside a fabulous old factory providing creative opportunities. Point your phone’s web browser to m. Marché de Provence and Žemaičiai . Proving to be such a hit of late. JASW another wine bar. PJAW Opium A-2.05:00. cheap offers on cocktails. Sat 17:00 .03:00. this one is small and intimate with friendly staff and a good selection of booze and snacks. JAW cently renovated and now located above the slightly Asian restaurant Briusly (yes. JW after hiking in the countryside all day. Wed 11:00 . Fri 11:00 . Sat 16:00 .inyourpocket. Islandijos 1. You can even share your comments with your friends via the most popular social networks. A tough but fair door policy keeps the low life out.24:00. Featuring more than 100 cities across Europe. (+370) 5 262 12 10. All in all a most suitable venue for everyone. www. Closed Mon. One of the more quirky venues in the city. tel. J NIGHTLIFE Pabo Latino A-4. Entrance free . Sat 21:00 . Ignoto 4/ December 2013 . for the sophisticated drinker this is one very good night out. tel. JASW Tappo D’oro B-2.24:00. vilnius. (+370) 699 627 51.03:00. Hidden away between the Cathedral and the President’s Palace. A peculiar. QOpen Wed. However you approach this place: casual bar or tasting adventure. Recommended. it is at least the real thing unlike so many of the others in Vilnius. a wine bar. As well as a chilled cabinet full of speciality meats. QOpen Thu 21:00 . Often full of good-looking middle-aged locals and a smattering of tourists. (+370) 614 245 21. (+370) 5 212 01 35. Thu.04:00. the idea is to bring an Italian and Spanish pub-disco feel to the Lithuanian capital.where you can sit yourself at one of the sturdy workbench-style tables and sip one of more than 400 excellent wines. (+370) 615 999 09. expect to be bankrupt by the end of the evening thanks to the addictive allure of their magnificent mixology. T appo D’oro is part wine bar and part delicatessen. Tue. Frequented by a mostly young. Closed available in English).02:00. Tue. It’s a classy wine bar .17:00. a bit of a draw for arty types but a place which always has a warm welcome for just about anyone. PJASW 87.30Lt. The door policy may be tough but it does ensure a good night out for all who make it in. PJAEW 57 Menų Fabrikas G-5. tel. Entrance 15 . found at m. (+370) La Bohème B-3. Entrance 15 . QOpen 17:00 . tel.03:00. (+370) 615 242 58. 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 Šv. Closed Sun. An independent. Closed Sun. www. PJAW Cocktail’inė B-0. Sat 18:00 . Sat 23:00 . Magic. large television screens and a predominantly young crowd are the things to expect inside this heaving Old Town favourite.invino.inyourpocket. Fri. Priceless. It’s a bit cramped and starkly minimal. Opium is run by internationally successful DJs who’ve created a Berlin superclub in miniature. Entrance (Loftas) 15 . QOpen 16:00 .lt. (+370) 5 231 39 PJAESW Wine&Fire C-3. Sun 12:00 .com. tel. the grandiose medieval interior is perfect for group celebrations and the wine list is both thoughtful and extensive. (+370) 5 212 10 686 168 66. (+370) 612 998 00. film screenings and much more. quickly showing which are the closest to your current location. Hitching a ride on the coat tails of the city’s continuing obsession with wine bars and gourmet food.23:00. Didžioji 28. www. (+370) 5 212 12 10. from highly experimental molecular cocktails to coffee and more traditional drinks . Sun. Also at Vokiečių 8. the atmosphere is certainly one of the best in town. The music is both live and courtesy of DJs. PJASW In Vino C-5.06:00. Yet In Your Pocket is now available on all smartphones via our new responsive mobile platform.March 2014 . 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.24:00. L. (+370) 691 412 05.100Lt. tel. Thu. To get the best out of this place perhpas try one of the tastings. the cocktail menu is massive and if you don’t know how to dance Latin style. JA Alchemikas A-2. outlets and events for the community including parties.23:00. QOpen 11:00 .25Lt. If you do also choose to eat here. Fri. Good for either food or drink. but the place more or less remains the same as it ever was. Add in decent food and drink at decent prices and you have a place more than worth your time.30Lt. fashion shows. 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. Nights of foam in which the ladies get all wet and lathery. cheese and olives. Puts on events from time to time. Islandijos 4.24:00.inyourpocket. the owners now also operate a second bar in the heart of Old Town. right in the mobile platform.all dining legends in Vilnius . QOpen 11:00 .04:00.24:00. Smart filters can be used to ensure that only those places which matter to you are with music focusing on pop and old favourites. Closed now.02:00. Tue. Švitrigailos 29. Also known as Loftas (The Loft). Thu 19:00 .56 NIGHTLIFE rikas. Fri. QOpen 11:00 . don’t be surprised to be turned away. Perhaps best enjoyed on a Friday or Saturday night. tel. find a tastefully decorated drinking area complete with a long list of Italian wines. Wed. is affordable and generally fairly good although be warned the kitchen closes at least 90 minutes before they close.24:00. with each tasting allowing you to sample a number of cocktails for the one Wed.03:00. Q Open 11:00 . Closed Mon. Closed Mon. Sat 19:00 . www. Decorated inside to imitate French shambles chic and further reinforced with plenty of good outdoor seating during the summer. and if you do choose to stick around. including the odd concert. Pabo Latino is an oasis of Latin culture in a country where human warmth is far from overwhelming. Re- Wine Cocktails In Your Pocket Mobile 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. Tue. The brainchild of Italian Piero. Sat from 22:00) 10Lt. from passing lads on the pull to a coach-load of grandmothers. Juozapavičiaus 4.paparazzi. tel. they’ve obviously got a real appreciation for wine of which they stock a fair amount. Fri 11:00 . Sun. but really it’s more of If we tell you that this is the latest venture from the people behind La Provence. Savičiaus 5. QOpen 17:00 .02:00.inyourpocket.then you will already have enough reason to come and give this place a try. Featuring three halls and two bars of sheer vilnius.vynine.03:00. Sun.kokteiline. www. as well as rate them. Vilnius In Your Pocket Saint Germain C/D-3. Catching on to the current craze for wine bars in the city early on. QOpen 11:00 .also serving upmarket nibbles .lt. Saint Germain may be a French restaurant in the minds of some. PJAW Paparazzi B-2. QOpen 11:00 . Trakų 3/2. Sat 12:00 . www. QOpen tel. 20-something crowd out for a good time in a friendly environment.menufab- Neringa Café-Bar A-1. Still going strong after all these years. Totorių 1/10. Each night promises a different theme.03:00. Stiklių 10. Thu 11:00 . www. they even organise lessons for anyone willing to give it a go. whilst Friday and Saturday evenings attract a crowd of mostly middle-aged. PJAEX Salento DiscoPub C-4. Literatų 9/32. Specialising in both classic and modern mixed drinks. If you’re thinking of dropping by late at night after too many drinks somewhere else. Sat 17:00 . Seriously creative cocktails based on a number of themes. educational seminars. Sun 14:00 . this is one of the best places in town to mingle with the cream of the city’s C-list celebrities. which features not just French dishes. Q Working hours depend on repertoire. this little gem adds yet another string to the maestro’s bow also known as contemporary Vilnius. Pilies 25a. In Your Pocket Mobile allows you to view all venues in a city on a map. Although nothing to get too excited about. it’s worth paying them a visit just to have a peep at the extraordinary interior. Fri 11:00 .05:00. Stuokos-Gucevičiaus 7. and the wine list equally admirable.24:00.24:00. (+370) 5 262 10 45. idiots and people who buy their clothes at markets remain outside. You can also leave comments about venues. Bruce Lee). (+370) 676 820 15. Sun.salentodiscopub. In Your Pocket Mobile is an invaluable resource which puts our unrivalled content together with the technical capabilities of today’s smartphones. QOpen 22:00 06:00. or if you didn’t bother to get changed Notre Vie B/C-3.24:00. Intelligent face control ensures drunks.

05:00. there’s a long bar to keep everyone fed and watered. PJAW LGBT Friendly Attitudes towards minority groups in Lithuania are slowly changing for the better. above you and possibly even beneath you for a price. Konstitucijos 18. Sat 19:00 . Music ranges from jazz to art-rock to old fashioned rock and roll. who in a rather neat closing of the circle was of Lithuanian origin. with a handful of brave individuals spearheading campaigns for equal rights armed with both courage and a firm understanding of Lithuanian law. but the very best part might just be the deliciously innocent waitresses who somehow manage to keep all their clothes on. Well actually they mess around with a lot of toys. (+370) 700 555 55.70Lt. Closed Mon. NIGHTLIFE 59 Dolls A-00. Urvinis Žmogus (Defending the Caveman).30Lt. (+370) 5 212 Soho G-4. the first map was given away in a symbolic gesture of solidarity to Stuart Milk. JAEW Tamsta D-5. Entrance 80Lt. plus once a month they organise a so-called Open Mic Day where outsiders can come and improvise along with other like-minded musicians. make sure you know exactly what you’re getting yourselves into. QOpen 20:00 . who in 2012 along with a number of local LGBT activists launched a campaign encouraging restaurants and bars in Vilnius to display an LGBT Friendly sticker (pictured) on their doors. www. www. are willing to wiggle and jiggle their scantily clad flesh before you.paradiseclub. Fri.tamstaclub. QOpen 19:00 .02:00. Q Open 24hrs. Švitrigailos 7/16. Kalvarijų Although by no means expensive relatively speaking. strip clubs here aren’t exactly cheap. regardless of their sexual orientation.20Lt.sohoclub. www. the map offers visitors to the city.oldtown. www. An overwhelming December 2013 . New York’s finally found its feet as more of a live music club than anything else. The hardcore Eros on display here is unparalleled in this city. Catch a free limousine ride to the club from Old Town to visit the Barbie of your dreams. These ladies don’t mess around when it’s show time. www.nese. PJA Paradise A-2. Closed Mon. hotels and tourist information centres. See their website for more information. QOpen 22:00 . tel.04:00.oldtown. (+370) 699 395 67. Published in July. This perfect combination of gentlemen’s leisure and entertainment provides a range of services and facilities from saucy dancing to whirlpools. Dollicious! This is an absolutely fantastic place to indulge in the truly titillating. One such person is the gay young Lithuanian film director Romas Zabarauskas. www. tel. www. Outstanding vilnius.06:00.newyorkclub. Entrance 20 . What more could a man with a credit card need? They don’t call it Paradise for nothing. Available for free at an increasing number of places around town including restaurants. tel. Set among authentic theatrical décor. (+370) 630 111 12. Sun. PAW Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. Q Opening hours depend on repertoire. One main space for drinking and chatting and another for dance-orientated activities both sub-divided even further and decorated in a somewhat eclectic yet rather fetching throbbing. New York H-2. 2014 . erotically charged escapade. the project now puts out a map of Vilnius marked with the venues that have so far signed up to the sticker campaign. Thu 22:00 . bars.06:00. A.inyourpocket. (+370) 5 272 84 82. PJW Live events 44 98. Strazdelio 1. a simple way of knowing where Vilnius’ liberal-minded residents choose to go out and enjoy themselves. Entrance 100Lt. the nephew of the iconic gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk (1930-1978). QOpen 22:00 . A brave attempt by the people who run the excellent music shop downstairs to bring live bands of many persuasions to a halfstarved some of the best in town. (+370) 5 212 13 49. tel. If you want to grab someone’s attention punters here can send SMS messages to be displayed on a large screen. Entrance free or 5 . (+370) 699 155 87. tel. Pamėnkalnio 7/8 (Pramogų Bankas). Rūdninkų 14. and how much it will all cost. PA Old Town Strip Club C-4. Opened in 2004 in the style of an oldfashioned musical theatre. Wed. Vilniaus 29. Please: before you indulge. Entrance free .07:00. Closed Sun. evenings here include everything from the occasional cabaret act to all sorts of music shows to the theatre’s long-running play. Expect a thumping. QOpen 20:00 . Closed Sun. Sun. Entrance 80Lt. PAE Cabaret Casinos Nesė Casino A-2. tel.58 NIGHTLIFE Adult entertainment 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.

Stanislovo ir Šv. Founded in October 2005 by the Archbishop of Vilnius. 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. QOpen 07:00 . 11:00. put some decent parks in the spaces in-between and you’ll find it hard to not find a reason to visit. 61 Dawn Gate (Aušros Vartai) C-5. which in reality celebrates just the Lithuanian Catholic Church. tel.19:00. with serious albeit only partial restoration work beginning (presumably by the Poles) as late as 1930. the year the building was confiscated from the Catholics. QOpen 06:00 . the wife of Vytautas the Great. as a testament to the suffering endured by the ethnic Lithuanians. (+370) 5 261 74 53. Admission 6/3Lt. both of which come with public transport. tel. St. masterpiece is believed to have been built between 1495 and 1500 to a design by the Bohemian architect Benedikt Rejt (1453-1534).bpmuziejus. In 1610 it was used as a prison for the ruling classes. The sign ou tside reads that between 1940 and 1991 this building housed the representative institutions of the NKVD and KGB. somewhat bizarrely. In English. Stanislaus & St. Audrys Juozas Bačkis. the chapel is one of the country’s national treasures. liturgical articles. the exhibits inside relate almost exclusively to the period of oppression and the so-called genocide of the Lithuanian people by the Communist regime. Although most people flock to the city to visit this undeniable gem. Laurynas Stuoka Gucevičius (Pol. tel. the Dawn Gate is revered by both the Catholic and Orthodox faiths and is such an important part of the city’s cultural heritage that it remained open throughout the Soviet occupation. the current Archbishop of Vilnius. 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. The first historical records of a church here date from 1394.18:00. Sun 09:00 (Polish). Sun 11:00 . was embellished with gold and silver about 40 years after that. Closed Mon. tel. 10:00 (Polish). with a further 24-hour version without public transport for just 45Lt. but for a pleasant 30 minutes that takes in one or two especially lovely exhibits.18:00. www. (+370) 5 212 35 13. (+370) 5 Dating from the 13th century the castle was rebuilt in 1419 by Grand Duke Vytautas following the great fire of Vilnius. QOpen 11:00 . The three statues of Sts.genocid. was housed inside a purpose-built chapel above the gate in 1706 and is believed to have magic healing powers. Alternatively. QOpen 10:00 . (+370) 5 249 62 64. Watch closely as people walking underneath say a silent prayer.18:00.60 WHAT TO SEE The Lithuanian capital’s first period of growth took place immediately south of today’s Cathedral Square. Vladislovo Arkikatedra Bazilika) C-2. J Church Heritage Museum (Bažnytinio Paveldo Muziejus) D-3. with countless modifications and additions made after that. although this is hardly clear from looking at it. C-1. Neoclassical and Renaissance architecture now known as Old Town. who was also responsible for a number of other notable buildings in the city including the Town Hall. this recommended museum. there are plenty of other things to see when in town. vilnius-tourism. 1753-1798). 09:30. one of the country’s earliest symbols. 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. Rinktinės 2. Lithuania’s patron saint. Check the aforementioned website for more detailed information. was painted on eight pieces of oak in around 1630 by an unknown artist. (+370) 5 262 80 80. 17:30. Sun 09:00. Q Mass 18:00. Interestingly. Controversy aside. 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. www. 1989. The current image. The chapel is open to the public and is accessed via a small door on the left as you’re walking up the The free-standing bell tower has nothing to do with the original design. what the sign fails to point out is that between 1941 and 1944 the building was controlled by the Gestapo. (+370) 5 269 78 03.17:00. Anne’s has managed to escape the ravages of time almost unscathed and is arguably the least changed of them all. 10:00. 18:30. the place is a must-see for any visitor to Vilnius. Cathedral Square in winter Essential Vilnius 261 11 27. 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. Sun 08:00. this tremendous museum is packed full of displays including a room full of old cars and motorbikes. new bells in 2002. Mass 08:00. Admission 6/3Lt. Built in 1636 to house his remains. Spending several years as an art gallery and even mooted as a car repair workshop at one time. www. this often overlooked collection of clothing. Note that the walk to the top is a bit of a struggle for many.19:00. (+370) 5 278 20 85. lt. although the building that now stands in its place has little to do with the original structure. furniture. 17:30. although this is hardly needed due to the spectacular design of the structure. lt. Katedros 1. and the story of the Dawn Gate starts from this simple historic fact. of which some including an original gate can still be seen inside. Stanislaus. Sun 10:00 . 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. Ladislaus (Vilniaus Šv. features two floors of paintings. Aušros Vartų 12. Admission 5/2Lt. Fill the buildings with a reasonably interesting collection of museums and galleries. Sun. an image of the Virgin Mary was placed above all gates to protect the city. The 57-metre free-standing bell tower.emuziejus. 18:30. almost completely overlooked. vilnius. paintings and much more besides. www.March 2014 . Completed in 1522. Aukų 2a. Arsenalo 1. Find it hidden in a courtyard immediately west of the Applied Art Museum on Arsenalo. Inside the tower itself find models of the castle as it was in the 14th and 18th centuries. J Archaeology Museum (Archeologijos Muziejus) Vilnius City Card Available from any Tourist Information Centre in the city and online via www. Onos Bažnyčia) D-3. there are two different types of card valid for either 24 hours (58Lt) or 72 hours (86Lt). Housed inside Vilnius’ first power station. Šv. QOpen 11:00 . and. J Applied Arts Museum (Taikomosios Dailės Muziejus) D-1. a fascinating collection of machines and photographs dedicated to the post-war Soviet Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. 09:00. Unquestionably one of the city’s most famous landmarks and quite rightly so. 09:00. meals in restaurants and hotel bookings. 17:30 (Polish). Anne’s Church (Šv. Unlike other historical churches in Vilnius. 1988 during the eventful Sąjūdis Congress and was re-consecrated on February 5.katedra. although almost with exception each piece is fascinating in its own way. Anne’s starts with the alleged construction in the 14th century of a wooden house of worship on this spot in honour of Ona.lnm. being built only in 1873. and during the 1655-1661 Russian occupation the towers and defensive walls were almost completely destroyed. especially under the lunacy of Stalin. 17:30 (Polish). the church was given back to the Catholic Church on the country’s official conversion to Christianity in 1387. 11:15. J Maironio 8. Admission 10/5Lt. although the current Gothic ldm. built in 1903. J Lithuanian Energy & Technology Museum (Lietuvos Energetikos ir Technikos Muziejus) C-0. accordingly. Castle Hill. 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. Mass 07:30 (Latin). in a special ceremony. Arsenalo 3a. known as The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy.17:00. although the recent addition of a room dedicated to just this issue is a welcome addition. Rather awkward to find hidden away inside a courtyard opposite the funicular station. baptised by Cardinal Audrys Bačkis. Russia and Lithuania. supposedly representing Poland. 12:30. The rather plain nave betrays eleven chapels. QOpen 10:00 . locating the hole in the wall to find the entrance is definitely worth the bother. tel. a popular contemporary meeting place. The most important Catholic building in Lithuania. among them the must-see High Baroque Chapel of St. Michael’s Church in 2009. there’s no thread to the things on display. the effect is simply quite stunning. tel. J Gediminas Castle & Museum (Gedimino Pilis ir Muziejus) literature and some fine wooden carvings from the collections of some of the finest churches in the the history of St. The current building dates to around 1419.inyourpocket. eventually becoming the toothsome jumble of Baroque. tel. plus plenty of other fascinating bits and pieces concerned with the building’s history and knights in dented armour. 18:30 (Latin). 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. Casimir (1458-1484). As was common at the time. It received six Cathedral-Basilica of St. although there are plenty of benches thoughtfully provided along the way. and with an optional audio guide. Closed Mon. among them little models of how the city once looked. Tue. Blind you with its ingenuity it won’t. you can make use of the funicular-type train (tickets 3/2Lt) which runs up and down the hill’s northern slope.inyourpocket. 18:30. are 1997 copies of the 18th-century originals which were taken down and lost by the Soviets in 1950. Its present Neo-Classical form is largely down to the work of the Lithuania’s first true architect. and moved to the splendour of the former 17th-century St. the Cathedral was returned to the Catholic Church on October December 2013 . most famous for designing parts of Prague Castle. Admission 5/2Lt. Museums & Galleries St. Housed inside what was the far northeast corner of the city’s original defensive walls. It’s been said the façade incorporates the Pillars of Gediminas. J w w w. 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. Mykolo 9. Q Open 10:00 . 13:00 (Polish). this worthy inclusion into the city’s national treasures is stuffed full of good things to see. from the very Lithuanian eccentricities encountered over the imaginary border in the self-styled Republic of Užupis to the few remaining relics of a once thriving Jewish community to the occasional Soviet-era masterpiece. lt. Returned to pagan use after Mindaugas’ death in 1263. Closed Mon. tel. Helena and Casimir on the roof. The view on a good day is more than recommended.16:00. Wawrzyniec Gucewicz. J WHAT TO SEE Genocide Victims’ Museum (Genocido Aukų Muziejus) G-4. 11:00.18:00. (+370) 5 212 24 52. Temporary exhibitions also take place throughout the year. The interior is surprisingly free of ostentation. Composed of 33 different styles of brick assembled into a delicate and intricate whole. Closed Mon.

Of particular interest are the 19thcentury books illustrating the development of the Lithuanian Lithuanian Theatre. Muzikos ir Kino Muziejus) B-3. this relatively new museum’s best attribute is the fact that it’s free to enter. Money Museum (Pinigų Muziejus) B-2. Sat 09:00 . 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. and even the official tourist information website at www.19:00. (+370) 5 261 07 71. don’t forget to take advantage of the staff working in your hotel. Particularly involved in the preservation and standardisation of the Lithuanian language. and the Toy Museum (see p. Among the old radio sets.78) and Ozas (see p. Meeting point: Cathedral Belfry The price: 35 LTL. Made up of three main exhibition halls the museum charts the history of the railways in Lithuania. Closed Mon.vilnius-tourism. Online.March 2014 . J WHAT TO SEE Lithuanian Radio & Television Museum (Lietuvos Radijo ir Televizijos Muziejus) F-5. Sat 11:00 . tel. info@zaislumuziejus. The museum also puts on temporary shows. A little gem of a corridor lined with several December 2013 . QOpen 10:00 . (+370) 604 004 giving the place a really special atmosphere. Geležinkelio 16 (Train (Lietuvos Teatro. (+370) 5 269 37 41. JAW Toy Museum (Žaislų Muziejus) Šiltadaržio 2/7. parts of the collection inside this intriguing history lesson date back to the 13th century.19:00. Free with Vilnius City Card! Tickets can be purchased before the tour and in all Vilnius Tourist Information Centres Tel. Everything has been built around the old power plant turbines and steam boilers. Music & Cinema Museum www. Q Open by appointment only. but is still worth a visit if you’re in the area.lrtc.20:00. is bursting with old railway-related paraphernalia and also has a couple of models that children can play with.17:00. Bizarre and strangely compelling.litrail. Sun. keep an eye out for the sign on the wall along with a lot of other signs. If money’s your hobby then there’s no doubt it’s worth a visit. Une Baye or this bold endeavour showcases the work of a multitude of artists of Lithuanian origin from the 20th and 21st century. glass-fronted displays showcasing the history of radio and television in Lithuania from its inception through to the modern day. teddy bears galore and some simple wooden vehicles made in Lithuania during the Soviet period. www.16:00.18:00. J lnm. the excellent www. Many restaurants have kids’ menus.vilniusvaikams.17:00. The city’s many open green spaces also offer plenty of distractions. QOpen 15:00 .lt Vilnius for kids If you just so happen to find yourself in Vilnius with one or two little people in tow. Sun. tel. from the use of Polish letter combinations through some now obsolete diacritics to the letters used today. Tracing the history of toys and games from around the 12th century onwards. Several museums around Vilnius are worth dragging the kids along to. costumes and photographs of stars you won’t recognise is a fabulous selection of things dedicated to the tragic events of January 13. Both the Akropolis (see p. Among the many items on display. Admission 5/2Lt. (+370) 5 236 32 14/(+370) 5 236 32 09.17:00. +370 5 262 9660 E-mail tic@vilnius. tel. Sun 11:00 . A vital key for unlocking the secrets of the Lithuanian people.71) where bicycles and rollerblades can be rented by the hour and where during the summer a small zoo also operates immediately behind the large outdoor stage. 1991. of which some are truly outstanding. Konarskio 49 (inside the LRT building). QOpen 09:00 .com vilnius. Admission free. Highly recommended. National Art Gallery (Nacionalinė Dailės Galerija) © Žaislų muziejus tel. Originating in 1926 as a theatre museum and slowly collecting departments and exhibits over the decades until it became what it is Entrance is through the door just to the right. Sun.20:00. Closed Mon. tel. including the telephone used by Lithuanian television bosses to communicate with the KGB and a video camera complete with a smashed lens. Wed 11:00 . looks at some of the technical aspects of trains and the tracks they run on. J Lithuanian Railway Museum (Lietuvos Geležinkelių Muziejus) B-6. are a few classics for those interested in philology.inyourpocket. fear not. two rooms for children complete with touch-screen displays and interactive games aimed at explaining the basics of science. Find it to the right of the main entrance to the station. vilnius-tourism. Totorių 2/8. 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. www. (+370) 5 262 24 06. 1897-1961). Closed Mon. Admission free. QOpen 11:00 . this recently opened interactive museum is a private venture aimed at children of all ages from four to 90. Tue. translator and Lithuanian political figure Jurgis Šlapelis (1876-1941) and his operasinging. somebody should be available to help translate. the Lithuanian capital is surprisingly well equipped when it comes to things for children to see and do when in town. zaislumuziejus. tel. then it probably isn’t. the Lithuanian Railway Museum may not be to everybody’s taste. www. although telephoning in advance is recommended. 1939). Lithuania’s oldest alphabet. QOpen 11:00 18:00. Closed Mon. on the top floor. Admission 5/3Lt. Entrance is around the back of the building. Sat. Arsenalo 1. J National Museum (Lietuvos Nacionalinis Muziejus) C-1. Found inside a renovated and enlarged building that once housed the Museum of the Revolution of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic. Sun 11:00 . Among several badly ventilated rooms full of ndg. (+370) 5 268 03 34/(+370) 5 268 00 77. Konstitucijos 22. 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.16:00.61) which has an entire floor given over to interactive exhibits for children. which pretty much speaks for itself.17:00. On permanent display are religious and secular items highlighting the cultural and ethnographic life of the nation. (+370) 5 262 94 26. (+370) 5 219 59 60. QOpen 11:00 . Recently moving to much larger premises inside the train station itself. www. In Lithuanian only. paintings and much more. 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. Tue. Closed Mon.63). 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.17:00. despite the inclusion of lots of fancy interactive bits and bobs and plenty of information in English. Admission 6/3Lt. The museum is organised to highlight particular styles. including some fine photographs of Jurgis sporting a rather splendid moustache. Admission 10/5/2Lt. the former also featuring an ice-rink. which is in English as well as Lithuanian.18:00. Closed Mon. 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. Sun.78) shopping centres have facilities for pre-school children complete with adult supervision. Pilies 40.ltmkm.16:00. the museum features exhibits including a whirligig dating from the 14th century that was found during excavation work nearby. this mildly interesting cultural diversion inside a glorious 18th-century former palace and theatre charts the Lithuanian history of the three arts. 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. Closed Mon. including recreations of traditional homesteads. tel. QOpen 10:00 . who received a modicum of cinematic success in the United States in the 1920s.62 WHAT TO SEE industrialisation of the country and the history of Lithuanian manufacturing in general has stacks of information about activities for children albeit in Lithuanian only. www. courtesy of an unknown Russian soldier who shot it with his rifle. If it isn’t. played with and generally mauled. The museum also features several temporary exhibitions of painting and photography. Closed Mon. www.19:00. clothing. including the Lithuanian Energy & Technology Museum (see p. Not the easiest place to find in the world. Sat 10:00 . Thu 12:00 . Station).inyourpocket. Many of the things on display are there to be touched. J G-3. which we include with an appropriate symbol where appropriate. QOpen 09:00 . Also to be found are some of the things unearthed in the mass grave of Napoleonic soldiers nearby in 2001. Last but not least. Sun 11:00 . Admission free. linguist. bookshop-owning wife Marija (1880-1977) were both prominent figures in the Lithuanian national revival movement during the late-19th and early-20th century. Inspired by similar initiatives in Europe and around the world. Admission 12/10/ has taken the plunge and now offers several pages of excellent information in English. Thu 10:00 . tel.16:00. or for that matter if you’ve got a while to wait for your train. Admission 4/2Lt. most notably the vast Vingio Parkas (see p. Featuring five small rooms on two floors celebrating the history of world and Lithuanian money. J Vilnius In Your Pocket The doctor. who often know about upcoming events aimed specifically at children. Among the commendable cast of contributors. Vilniaus 41. 63 Join Vilnius Walking Tour Festive Tours in English and Russian Tours are organised: 28 December – 5 January at 12:00 (except 1st January) Take part in walking tours and feel the festive mood! During the two-hour guided tour you will see the best that Vilnius has to offer. J Marija & Jurgis Šlapelis Museum (Marijos ir Jurgio Šlapelių Muziejus)

19:00. All welcome! Other activities: • Mid-week Fellowship: Wednesdays 6 p. 1593/(+370) 5 212 02 20. Sun 10:00 . 17:00. Guided tours around the city. Slowly added to over the centuries. 10:30. the building. tel. The neighbouring monastery is the oldest part of the ensemble. Admission 6/3Lt.17:00. The interior is relatively plain.lithuanianholidays. December 15 at 16:00 the church will host a Candlelit Carol Service which will be followed by refreshments.16:30.64 WHAT TO SEE The  International   Church  of  Vilnius   English language ecumenical worship every Sunday at 9. QOpen 14:00 . Closed Sat. remained opened throughout the entire Soviet occupation. Closed Mon. J 5 275 13 75. Tours in English are available. (+370) 5 275 12 23. The park complex comprises the manor house. QOpen 07:00 .inyourpocket. The church was fully restored inside and out in 2009 QOpen 09:00 .lt.17:00. On the other side of the Presidential Palace from the University. Closed Mon. of which some are well worth checking out. 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. 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 the 19th-century Tuskulėnų Dvaras manor house. Michael & Constantine (Šv. Sat. They also put on temporary exhibitions here. As the old photographs on display show. JA vilnius. Sun 09:30. Ecumenical Protestant).18:30. the church. 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. two years after the first German-speaking Lutheran community is said to have arrived in Vilnius. Originally dating back to the middle of the 14th century. a copy of which can be found on the fresco over the main entrance. and calling in advance to make sure everything’s open is recommended. Tue 07:30. In 1501 it was given to an order of Dominican monks who built a monastery nearby. Ignore them if you can. Returned to the monks soon after independence. A. The jewel in the crown however is the columbarium (kolumbariumas). Sat the most outstanding feature being the painting. 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. the former stable building next door that now houses an art gallery and the Secrets of Tuskulėnai Manor exhibition. The building now houses the Vilnius Art Academy. tel. (+370) 5 263 60 64.vilniuschurch.bts. The small square in which the church is located also features a stylised. Current highlights include 14 magnificent rococo altars and the oldest known crucifix in the country. classrooms and dissection rooms for anatomy classes inside. QOpen 08:00 . Wed. Service Sat 10:00. this rather absurdlooking Russian Orthodox church is famed hereabouts for its garish green domes. (+370) 5 212 42 58. Inside is a wealth of Baroque and rococo splendour. Sun 10:00 . Goštauto 1. Closed Sat. Tuskulėnai Peace Park Memorial Complex (Tuskulėnų Rimties Parko Memorialinis Kompleksas) I-3. the building was returned to its congregation in 1991 and has since become the predominant house of worship for the capital’s multi-denomination. the Dominican Church of the Holy Spirit was built on the site of a former wooden house of worship that met a fiery fate.17:00. 18:00. Sun 08:00.March 2014 Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius.inyourpocket. Closed Sun. Stanislaus & St. soon after the start of tsarist rule in Vilnius. Sun 12:00 .com. Q Mass 17:15.16:00. December 25 at 9:30 there will be a Christmas Day Service.17:00. which supposedly incorporates elements of both the Rostov and Suzdal styles. Exposition open 10:00 . tel. J Vilnius Picture Gallery (Vilniaus Paveikslų Galerija) C-3. Daukanto 1. Admission 6/3Lt. 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. • Mid-week Ladies Bible study • Carols by candlelight: 15th December 4 p. www. 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. 18:00. QOpen 09:00 . Sun Thu 08:00. Jewish and other Vilnius tours. www. J 65 Church of the Holy Cross (Šv. tel. tel.19:00. QOpen 11:00 . Fri 17:00. (+370) 5 215 37 47. Vilnius City Tour December 2013 . Interestingly.15:00. Vokiečių 20. Vytauto 21/1. kasiuliomuziejus@ldm. Evangelical Lutheran Church (Evangelikų Liuteronų vilnius. tel. Sun 12:00 . info@vilniuscitytour. Among the numerous icons hanging inside are potted plants that make the place feel really alive. Thu. (+370) 5 262 95 appearance dates to the mid-18th century when the church was rebuilt after serious fire damage. dating from the 15th century. QOpen 09:30 . 18:00. JA lt. The current building’s appearance started taking shape towards the end of the 14th century. drawing and sculpture plus a couple of rooms stuffed full of exemplary furniture.15:00. 1700-1767). The museum also has space for temporary exhibitions and plays host to a range of music concerts. How to find us: The church is located at Vokiečių gatvė 20 67 64. Between (+370) 616 011 Built in 1903 and topped with several beautiful Neo-Byzantine cupolas. dedicated to both the history of the estate and the crimes that took place there during the Soviet occupation. (+370) 699 540 64. 13:00. Maironio 14. Gaining rare access to the church’s crypts promises a ghoulish adventure amidst some 2. On closer inspection.18:00. QOpen 08:00 18:00. Built in 1555. tel.m. Mass only in Polish 15:00. Its present Baroque Church of the Holy Spirit (Šventosios Dvasios Bažnyčia) B-3. including the attached Bonifratri Monastery.m. In 1808. region and country. and only really recommended for serious enthusiasts. Opened to coincide with Lithuania’s 2013 Presidency of the Council of the European Union and housed inside a fine Neoclassical building dating from the first decade of the 20th century. J Sightseeing tours Baltic Travel Service Lufthansa City Center C-5. the church interior was truly breathtaking before the Soviet authorities took control of the building. this is one of the best loved Russian Orthodox churches in Vilnius. and enjoy a great collection of local painting.000 corpses in varying states of repair. Tue. Sat 08:00 . Sat. J WHAT TO SEE Vytautas Kasiulis Art Museum (Vytauto Kasiulio Dailės Muziejus) A-0. Tours of the historic centre in a number of languages. Fri 08:00 16:00. tel. 16:00.18:00. Soviet-era bust of Laurynas Stuoka-Gucevičius (1753-1798). Mass Mon. Sun. but as everything in the church is written in Old Church Slavonic you’ll need a translator to help work them out. Basanavičiaus 95. Built in 1913 at the very end of tsarist rule within the city as part of the 300th anniversary celebrations of the Romanov Dynasty. Closed Mon. constructing a library.ldm. QService Tue. Žirmūnų Pastor Jim Wagner: +370 6382 7360 Email: internationalchurchofvilnius@gmail. J. Wed 18:00. Sun 08:00 .com 1944 and 1947 over 700 Lithuanians.30 a. the bodies are supposedly victims of the plague. Maironio 10. Must be booked in advance. www. www. 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. Konstantino ir Michailo Cerkvė) G-4. Ladislaus among other buildings in the city. well worth further investigation. J Bernardine Church & Monastery (Bernardinų Bažnyčia ir Vienuolynas) D-3. this combined museum and art gallery contains a permanent collection of work by the Lithuanian-born artist Vytautas Kasiulis (1918-1995) who escaped Lithuania in 1944 for Austria and then Germany and who from 1948 until his death spent the rest of his life living and working in Paris. Sun 09:30 (English. is a beautiful design. 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. The small interior is well worth having a peep at if the main doors aren’t bolted as they usually are.17:00. Housed inside the charming 17th-century Chodkevičiai (Chodkiewicz) family palace. www. 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. (+370) Lithuanian Holidays B-00. QOpen 11:00 18:00. tel. a mammoth restoration project continues to this day. Sun 09:00 (English). Lithuania’s first serious architect who was responsible for the contemporary look of the Cathedral-Basilica of St. 18:00. 09:00. 27. which functions as Vilnius’ Polish Catholic community’s main church. 12:00. a Lithuanian of German extraction and the city’s foremost architect at the time. Once famed for its extensive library and independent-minded monks. On Wednesday. Sun 09:00. Subačiaus 2. Aušros Vartų 7. the current vast Gothic church with Baroque and Renaissance additions dates from the early part of the 16th century onwards. 11:00 (Lithuanian).m. Q Service Sat 09:00. Fri 07:30. 10:30. an extraordinary underground burial chamber that’s more of a mausoleum and where the remains of the deceased are now kept. Sun 09:00 . (+370) 5 212 17 90. 13:30. Dominikonų . tel. Church of the Holy Mother of God (Skaisčiausios Dievo Motinos Cerkvė) D-3. J Church of Sts. and is notable as being the only church in Vilnius converted from an ordinary house rather than being purpose-built. English-speaking Christians. Admission 6/3Lt.16:00. On Sunday. QOpen 08:00 .17:00. Kryžiaus Bažnyčia) Churches (go through the archway and iron gates: the church entrance is on the left under the bell tower) How to contact us: tel. Dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. tel. Church of the Apparition of the Holy Mother of God (Znamenskaya) G-3.ldm. the church is now more or less late Baroque in appearance with a few rococo flourishes. Didžioji 4. Šeimyniškių 1a. ca. In 1994 the remains of the bodies were discovered and the area has since been turned into a memorial Bažnyčia) B-4. Also audio guides available. S. tel. Sun. Serving as a workshop and basketball court under the Communists. www. as early postcards showing the original dome designs attest. (+370) 5 261 B-2. (+370) 5 260 93 47. the building fell into the hands of Vilnius University who divided it into two floors. all of it representing the last several hundred years of achievement. dating from 1741 and the work of Johann Christoph Glaubitz (Jonas Kristupas Glaubicas. Like many of the city’s churches. Holy Virgin Mother of Snow on the high altar. (+370) 5 212 21 25. Sat 10:00 .

Aušros Vartų 10. construction on the mighty building began in 1604 and was St. or the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Franciscan Abbey in Vilnius to give it its full title. Q Mass 08:00. ca. monastery and convent although it’s the church interior that’s of most interest. barely visible frescos both inside and out. 09:00. The origin of the Protestant Church in Lithuania. Vilnius’ oldest surviving church was built in 1320 by German merchant immigrants.20:00. laying abandoned for seven decades before being almost completely rebuilt in 1864 only to suffer major fire damage during WWII. and Antanas. the Russian Orthodox Church (who significantly altered its appearance). take Kalvarijų north to the Santariškės roundabout. Founded in 1991 by the Lithuanian sculptor Gintaras Karosas. 1790-1860). turn right towards the Green Lakes (Žalieji Ežerai) and follow the signs. Eustachius.9m gate was built in 1761 to a design by Johann Christoph Glaubitz (Jonas Kristupas Glaubicas. (+370) 5 262 30 69.inyourpocket. Renovation work is slow. a free-standing bell tower. a magnificent cupola and rich blue and green colours. with the exception of the latter much of it in a state of hideous disrepair. The Franciscan Church. Built at the behest of the Belarusian national hero Konstantin Ivanovich Ostrozhsky (Konstantinas Ostrogiškis. J St. C-4. tel. which had been rebuilt on several occasions due to December 2013 . The elaborate. J Holy Trinity Church & Basilian Gate (Šv. eventually becoming a cinema. Amidst the hastily assembled wooden seating. Trakų 9-1. Sun 09:00. 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. services are conducted in Lithuanian once a week on a Sunday. 19:00 (Polish). Cerkvė ir Bazilijonų Vartai) C-5. 14:00. At the time of our last visit. including the Soviets who turned the whole place into a museum of atheism no less. 10:00. Q Open 10:00 . The work of one of the best local Neo-Classical architects of his day Karolis Podčašinskis (Pol. 12:00. Mentioned for the first time in 1387. Originally in the hands of the Uniate Church. At the Park (+370) 5 212 77 65. bus N°36 goes part of the way there but requires the last couple of kilometres to be made on foot. mathematician and astronomer Tomas Žebrauskas (Pol. Service 08:00. St. 09:00. 11:30 (Polish). Didžioji 34. Didžioji 2. Sun 10:00 (Lithuanian). WHAT TO SEE Europos Parkas tel. Karol Podczaszyński. J C-3. giving some indication of how things will eventually look. 1991. although this particular church. Consisting of a church. 18:00. Of particular interest inside are three late Baroque altars and a recently discovered 17th-century crypt containing dark bas-reliefs featuring miscellaneous religious motifs. Predating the country’s conversion to Christianity by some seven decades. Kėdainiai and Vilnius. With the addition of a restaurant and gift shop. dates from the middle of the 14th century. was built considerably later between 1830 and 1835. (+370) 5 212 17 15. ca. the building.March 2014 . belongs to the Uniates or Eastern Catholic Church. couriers of Algirdas whose remains are displayed dressed in white at Christmas. in black during Lent.europosparkas. tel. the church. the charming albeit somewhat diminutive Orthodox Church of St. Pylimo 20. fell into disrepair around the time of the Third Partition of 1795. 1700-1767). Buses leave from the Žalgirio stop on Kalvarijų. Over the centuries the church fell into the hands of the Augustinians.000 televisions with a prostrate Lenin at its centre. monastery. ca. 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. Karosas’ crumbling shrine to propaganda made up of some 3. work continues both inside and out to restore it to its original beauty.19:00. the entire ensemble is comprised of the church. the church was closed by the Soviets in 1953. this wildly different and recommended countryside excursion brings together a number of names in local and international sculpture including Karosas himself. almost completely empty with the exception of some wonderful. J 67 Europos Parkas (Open Air Museum of the Centre of Europe) Joneikiškės. 10:00. (+370) 655 436 78. 10km north of Vilnius. pile of bricks on the sanctuary and scaffolding towers. being positively bursting with frescos. tel. the Chapel of the Virgin Mary. restoring its predominantly Baroque style with Gothic and Renaissance touches. J completed in 1635. the Holy Trinity Church originally dates from 1514 and features elements of Gothic. 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. The church is a complete mess inside. Founded by the Jesuits and dedicated to Lithuania’s patron saint Prince Casimir Jagiellon (1458-1484). 13:00 (Polish). Featuring close on 100 works by artists from countries as diverse as Armenia. www. 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. Sun 08:00. During the disputed annexation of the Vilnius region during the two World Wars. Thomas Zubrówka. Sun 07:00.two hours before sunset. the Lutherans (who used it as the garrison church for the occupying German Army during WWI) and others. Casimir’s in many ways represents a microcosm of Lithuania itself. 17:00. Mikalojaus Bažnyčia) Evaldas Pauza. Aušros Vartų 7b. Dvasios Cerkvė) C/D-5. 1714-1758) restored it to more or less the form it’s seen in today. Currently a beguiling building site of crumbling Gothic and Baroque magnificence. J B-4. Admission 25/11Lt. Baroque and Neo-Byzantine architecture. dates back to John Calvin’s lifetime in 1557. 17:00.18:30. was nearing completion. To get there by car. Burnt to the ground just 20 years later when the Russians invaded in 1655. 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. Unusually for a Russian Orthodox Church in Lithuania. (+370) 5 261 42 42. which was extensively altered after a serious fire in the middle of the 18th century. Q Service in Lithuanian Sun 11:00. considered one of the finest examples of Neo-Classical architecture in the country. this was the only church in the city open to the city’s small Lithuanian-speaking Catholic community. 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…’. Reconstructed in 1949. a fact the church now betrays courtesy of the cinema seats still in use. a peculiar faith which fuses together many Orthodox beliefs whilst recognising the Pope as God’s representative on Earth. Trejybės Orthodox Church of St. Japan and Venezuela. WHAT TO SEE Franciscan Church (Pranciškonų Bažnyčia) B-4. 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. icons. vilnius. Mikalojaus 4. (+370) 5 237 70 77. Sat 09:00. 10:00. QOpen 10:00 . complete with a statue of the lady reputed to have miracle-working powers. including a minibus N°146 to Skirgiškės which goes all the way to the park itself. 1460-1530). Napoleon’s Grande Armée. in red on all other occasions with the exception of June 26 when they’re put on display entirely naked. (+370) 5 212 25 78. work is slowly moving forwards. the building closed in 1961.inyourpocket. belfry and beautiful rococo gate. opening a year later as a museum of painting before being returned to the Orthodox Church on May 31. Šv. 17001767) who spent four years on the rococo design between 1749 and 1753 and later 19th-century Neo-Byzantine Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit (Stačiatikių Šv. Sat 08:00. Paraskeva (Pyatnickaya) modifications. Q Mass 17:30 (Lithuanian). the building was consecrated in 1991 and has since undergone a massive renovation project. 17:00. conflagration visited twice again within the next century in 1709 and 1749 before the architect. Returned to the Catholic Church in 1988. Casimir’s Church (Šv. tel. Sun 09:00 (Russian). J Ref ormed Evangelical Church (Evangelikų Reformatų Bažnyčia) A-3. There’s also a small chapel on the right as you enter. 17. Kazimiero Bažnyčia) Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. whose three traditional strongholds still exist in Biržai. QOpen 07:00 . Nicholas’ Church (Šv. 10:30. the impressive. 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. Service only in Ukrainian 07:00. the park offers a splendid few hours away from the city for people of all ages. Mass 17:30. QOpen 07:00 . tel. 18:00. tel.

16:30. Aušros Vartų 14. 17:00. The work of architect brothers Algimantas and Vytautas Nasvytis. close to the village of Purnuškės some 26km north of Vilnius. was closed and made into a warehouse.68 WHAT TO SEE 02 29. Čiurlionis’ House (M. 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 Moscow-backed government with the storming of the Television Tower and other buildings in the early hours of January 13. Theresa’s was completed in around 1650.president.18:00. a fact that can clearly be seen by its elaborate façade. Antakalnio 1. Featuring a galaxy of projectors aimed at the inside of the building’s dome. the Grand Hetman of the Lithuanian armies. tel. 17:30. meaning a gathering or assembly. With its origins in the second half of the 15th century. (+370) 5 212 74 76. 11:00. Q Free tours of the Presidential Palace take place on Fridays and Saturdays. The present building. are a Jewish sect who can be traced back to Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) who adhere to the Old Testament and the 08:30 (Polish). something needs to be done to ensure that they stay around for many years to come. WHAT TO SEE Sts.18:00. The word Seimas refers to the Lithuanian parliament and can be traced linguistically to the Polish word sejm.2m. Didžioji 12. Sun 10:00 . Liubarto 6. 18:00. Kėdainis). tel. Many illustrious figures have spent a night in the building over the centuries. S. multi-faith Grand Duchy of Lithuania and that was demolished by the occupying Russians at the start of the 19th century. www3. sculptors N. Tours must be booked two weeks in advance. Teresės Bažnyčia) C-5. Probably Vilnius’ best surviving example of Early Baroque religious architecture. 13:00. K. Yawn. Vilnius’ dated but charming Planetarium is available for pre-arranged tours of 15 people or more or take your chance at the times listed below if you number less than 15 people in total. Guided tours of the Seimas run daily during the week. 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. (+370) 5 234 apart. (+370) 5 212 35 13. Sts.2m. underneath the bridge can be found Kunotas Vildžiūnas’ contemporary work Grandinė (Chain). 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. The organ. Built at the behest and expense of the then Deputy Chancellor Steponas Pacas (Pol. 10:00. 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. Lithuania has the proud and noble distinction along with at least six other places of being smack in the middle of Europe. which convened in Kaunas in 1922-1923. K. 13:00. the church was handed over to the adjoining University. J Jono 12. see the palace’s website. their Moorish-looking kenesa. On the dissolution of the Jesuit Order in 1773. Admission free. Petrulis and B. For more information. 18:30. Johns’ Church was given to the Jesuit Church in 1571 by Zygmunt II August (Žygimantas Augustas. belonging from 1609 until 1827 to the Uniate Church. QOpen 09:00 . Literatų. sculptor B. Gedimino 53.inyourpocket. J M. info@valdovurumai. plus there are plenty of temporary exhibitions promised for the future. Nikolajaus Cerkvė) C-4. For up to date information about exhibitions and events in English and seven other European languages. J Literatų Gatvė C-3. mixed-media prints. peace (4m. Financed by two of Pac’s cousins and completed under several master craftsmen including the Polish Jan Zaor and Italian Gianbattista Frediani. see www. the palace recently reopened its doors with the help of a speech by the current Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaitė. has been commemorated with the construction of an expensive monument. the Lithuanian Karaite. Vyšniauskas). and are in Lithuanian unless otherwise requested. J Kenesa The current 103-metre metal construction dates from 1952 and was originally named after a Red Army general. much of it added in the middle of the 18th century. 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. which during Čiurlionis’ time was both a family house and a shop. immediately south of Konstitucijos.000 astonishing stucco mouldings representing miscellaneous religious and mythological scenes. Believed to have been built on the site of a site of worship to tel. The presidential flag can be seen flying over the building when the President is in residence or in the city.16:00.16:00. tel. (+370) 5 268 71 55. Mass Tue . 11:30. Šv. industry and construction (3. the pagan goddess of love. Widely criticised as a patriotic white elephant using up vast amounts of money that should have been directed at other more important (and original) historical buildings in need of repair. J Seimas (Parliament) G-3. Originally erected in the 17th century. the vast and imposing Sts. is a riot of golds and pinks. drawings and paintings celebrating everyone from Jonas Mekas to Czesław Miłosz to Romain Gary. This is the house in which the great man lived for a short time in a small room that can be visited. the highly recommended permanent outdoor gallery on Literatų is dedicated to writers past and present who’ve all left their mark on the city. 07:30. grew from humble beginnings in 2008 and now features over 100 superb pieces. Closed Sat. Although more famous for his painting. Tours are limited to 25 people and are currently in Lithuanian only. Centre of Europe (Europos Centras). tel. J C-4. J St. features reproductions of his paintings and a small concert space which stages musical productions almost every Wednesday evening. sculptors B. The forerunner to this church supposedly dates back to the second decade of the 16th century. the new Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania opened with much fanfare in 2009 as part of the country’s thousandth anniversary only to be closed again almost immediately due to a lack of anything to see inside it. tel. 18:30. albeit with numerous radical alterations through the centuries. Johns’ Church (Šv.president. among them Tsar Alexander I. The Karaite. After independence in 1990 the building served several purposes until assuming its current role in 1997. JA 69 Hill of Three Crosses (Trijų Kryžių Kalnas) X-1. this breathtaking Late Baroque masterpiece was commissioned to celebrate victory over the Russians in 1668 by Michael Casimir Pac. Lithuania’s unofficial national bird. QOpen 11:00 . Sun 11:00. Criminally rusting and falling vilnius. Sun 11:00 . Andrzej Jastrzębiec (?-1398). 1991. are on the edge of extinction. 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 December 2013 .19:00. At some time during the 18th century the original church burnt down and was replaced soon after in the Late Baroque style. Meanwhile. Apaštalų Petro ir Povilo Bažnyčia) J-3. Find the entrance on Šnipiškių. which can be reached by driving out of the city on the A14 in the direction of Molėtai and looking for the signs.2m. Q Services Sat 09:00. Comprised of small. Closed Mon. Curiously. the gallery. Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania (Lietuvos Didžiosios Kunigaikštystės Valdovų Rūmai) C-2. Peter & Pauls’ Church St. Planetarium (Planetariumas) A-00. Green Bridge (Žaliasis Tiltas) B-0. 13:00 (Polish). J Presidential Palace (Prezidentūra) C-2/3. Changing of the Guard takes place on Sundays at 12:00. (+370) 5 262 24 51. Q By appointment. Katedros 4. Stefan Pac). predominantly the work of the Swiss-born Constantino Tencalla (1610-1647) who also worked on St. with just 150 or so remaining members of a people who settled in the region in the 14th century. built in 1922. With its predominantly Catholic tower and typically Orthodox dome the church is one of the most peculiar looking houses of worship in the capital. the barricades are protected by huge sheets of glass but are clearly visible and retain the original political graffiti of the time. Mikėnas and J. sculptors J. Sun 07:30. www. 17:30. Like the country’s other remaining kenesa in Trakai. The Lithuanian Karaite or Karaim are the smallest ethnic historical community in Vilnius. Pundzius) and that old Soviet chestnut. One of a few examples of blatantly Soviet art still in a public place. Legend has it that long ago seven Franciscan monks were crucified here. (+370) 5 272 41 48. During the Soviet occupation. The crosses are a great symbol of both Lithuanian mourning and hope. Admission 10/6Lt. almost certainly Muslim and who were converted to the Karaite faith in the 13th century. who number less than 500 nationwide. Napoleon Bonaparte and Polish national hero Józef Piłsudski (1867-1935) to name but a few. Ultimately one should remember that Europe is a concept and not actually a continent at all. Located on the western side of the building. A bridge of one description or another has stood on the spot of the Green Bridge since 1536. Savičiaus 11. dedicated to the people of Lithuania who gave their lives whilst defending the country in 1991. QOpen 10:00 . A reproduction of an original building dating back to the 15th century that for four centuries served as the political and cultural centre of the multi-ethnic. is used extensively in classical concerts the church is now famous for. the church was confiscated on the orders of General Muravyov and converted into a Russian Orthodox church with several Neo-Byzantine additions made in 1865. Bučas and P . www. Čiurlionio Namai) Presidential Palace Daukanto 3. youth (3. work on the first incarnation of St.planetarium. The official residence of the President of Lithuania. Theresa’s Church (Šv. Nicolas’ Church (Šv. from whom they get their name. tel. the straightforward idea behind its construction was to create the most beautiful church in the city. The four groups of extraordinary sculptures at each corner represent agriculture (3. The Lithuanian Karaite were originally Tatars living on the Black Sea. Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911) has quite a reputation as a composer. Permanent parts of the museum include a history of the development of the original building and the parallel history that went with Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. Sun 09:00. when they gather for winter migration. (+370) 5 239 62 02. Konstitucijos 12a. 17:00 (Polish). all the work of local artists. QOpen 07:00 .lt or call tel. Mass 07:30. the Socialist Realist masterpieces have evaded removal on the grounds that they represent no real people living or dead. QOpen 10:00 . of equal magnificence are the 20th-century altar containing a wooden figure of Christ.March 2014 . Jonų Bažnyčia) C-3. Sun 09:00. At the height of the tensions between the Russians and several other ethnic communities in the city. Gaining its late Classical appearance much later. the largest in country and that received a complete overhaul in stages between 1974 and 2000. Enigmatic and as yet not properly understood. 18:00. Vaivada). and only in 1989 were they rebuilt according to the original plans. the rather plain façade betrays an interior by Giovanni Pietro Perti and Giovanni Maria Galli that’s quite simply out of this world. Peter & Pauls’ Church (Šv. but don’t accept the Talmud. making the whole affair slightly ridiculous in the first place. 1520-1572). The spectacular and predominantly rococo the contemporary Seimas is based on the First Seimas.valdovurumai. An excellent view of Old Town is also to be found at this spot. Admission 10/5Lt. (+370) 706 640 73. who never lived to see its completion. Containing over 2.lrs. Built at the same time as Lithuania’s conversion to Christianity in 1387. J it. Also find a memorial to the people of Chechnya and the diminutive Chapel of the Virgin Mary. Stalin had the crosses removed and buried. The rest of the building. George’s Chapel inside the city’s Cathedral. shows include the fabulously named Venture into Space and Stars and Music. Mass 07:00. Inspired by Aidas Marčėnas’s Sts.inyourpocket. The exact point. the word seimas is also used to describe storks.17:00. the building is almost always locked. (+370) 5 261 85 59. www.Thu Places of interest poem Literatų Gatvė about a wistful young man drinking and smoking with his friends on the street of the same name. tel. Sun. 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. the Presidential Palace started life in the 14th century as a much smaller structure built at the behest of the city’s first Bishop.

its granite base is inscribed with the names of the 96 soldiers from Lithuania who died during the war. Well worth your time. Sun.70 WHAT TO SEE Stebuklas C-2. Find it on the stretch of Žirnių to the east of the road to the airport. and in a big burst of billowing balloons the surprisingly beautiful figure of an angel was revealed. most notably the English author Stephan Collishaw’s chilling and evocative 2004 novel Amber. 1275-1341) is buried. 1200-1263). their stories. 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. Užupis Angel D-3. 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 QOpen 11:00 . who’s generally Rasos Cemetery (Rasų Kapinės) I/J-5. The cemetery is still in use. tel. The tallest building in Li thuania. of which depending on your definition of what a courtyard is. the covers were finally lifted. whose claim to fame was giving birth to the founder of the forerunner of the KGB. A map can be found at Universiteto 7 explaining where everything is. an event mentioned in Tolstoy’s War and Peace. QOpen 09:30 . stand on the miracle. the Lithuanian author and historian Simonas Daukantas (see him on any 100Lt note) and the Lithuania-born Polish Nobel Prize-winning author Czesław Miłosz. K. Admission 5/1Lt. J Lazdynų Pelėda C-5. jogging and the launching of hot-air balloons during balmy summer evenings. although the 40-second ride in the lift to visit the combined 270m restaurant and viewing station isn’t. Balėnas. 71 sio 13-osios 10. Independence has seen it flourish with the assistance of the Lithuanian and Polish governments. J Žvirgždyno 3.22:00.inyourpocket. w w w. there are either 12 or 13. 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. Nestled inside a loop of the Vilnia river just east of Old Town. scientists and painters buried here find a few surprises including Geleda Dzerzhinskaja (18491896). all guarded by a stunning Pietà. Perhaps most poignant are the graves of the border guards murdered by the Soviets at Medininkai on July 31. a new cemetery was opened in a remote area in the southern part of Vilnius close to the airport. tel. 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. Karių Kapų 11. although much work remains to be done. the cemetery fell into disrepair soon after WWII before being finally shut in 1970. from which the Lithuanian language gets its word for . lies to the left of the entrance. Today it’s the Artists’ Palace where you can see gallery art. this extraordinary cemetery stretched over a large area divided by a main road is still in use today. and the final resting place of the often overlooked Lithuanian composer Antanas Rekašius (1928-2003). J WHAT TO SEE headstones. Among the eminent university professors. Obydovas and K. The now largely forgotten conflict. sostinė. After a long and sometimes tedious unveiling ceremony. concerts on the park’s Soviet-era outdoor stage.17:30. Vilnius University is also famed for its lovely courtyards. The park is more famous these days as the setting for rock concerts. Midvikis’ granite likeness of the man sees him sitting on his sostas (throne). Commissioned 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. Alternatively. during the summer. were written in Polish by Marija and then translated into Lithuanian by her sibling. Užupio. The University itself claims 13. R. Born into a family of Polish-speaking nobility in the village of Paragiai in northeast Lithuania. J Vilnius University (Vilniaus Universitetas) C-2/3. an extraordinary tale based around the true story of Collishaw’s Lithuanian brother-in-law who served in Afghanistan and who counts among the many whose battle scars are to be found largely on the inside. Parks & Gardens Bernardinų Sodas (Sereikiškių Parkas) tc. take trolleybus Nº1. Taking pride of place outside the National Museum since July 6. www. It’s believed that Alexander I was at a ball here when he received news of Napoleon’s invasion in 1812. 2002. J considered to be the founder of the Lithuanian state. The tower has since become a potent Lithuanian symbol. Founded in 1801 and the final resting place of many of the country’s social elite. J Frank Zappa A-3. Admission 21Lt. or miracle. The work of Virginija Bakšienė and Antanas Kmieliauskas. Hot Rats! Deceased Town Hall (Rotušė) C-4. the official independence day of the wacky district. The ticket office also sells several Television Tower souvenirs. Hadżi Seraja Chan Szapszał. Lithuanian Karaite & Tatar Cemetery (Karaimų ir Totorių Kapinės) Žirnių. Arkikatedros Square.March 2014 vilnius. Also home to the Hill of Three Crosses (see Places of interest). turn a complete clockwise circle and make a wish. weapons used to beat protesters and some disturbing photographs. (+370) 5 268 72 98. Visitors to Vilnius are hardly likely to walk past the monument. Nearby stands a small collection of Tartar graves complete with Islamic symbols. Of particular interest are the columbaria. often full of political observation. The exhibition is free. part-time classical composer. Originally belonging to the Catholic Church. 1991 and the civilians killed by Soviet paratroopers during the January 1991 demonstrations. the 750th anniversary of the crowning of the country’s one and only king in 1253.vilniausrotuse. First mentioned in 1503. one of the park’s four hills and now a spiritual gathering ground for many followers of the country’s pagan Romuva organisation.Christmas Tree t h e di sin te gration of the USSR reached a frenzied pace and Moscow attempted to retake control of the Lithuanian media. the rest of him lies in Poland’s most sacred burial place under Kraków’s Wawel Cathedral. B. Universiteto 3. the fourth having been destroyed during construction work on the neighbouring Presidential Palace. the author and publicist Jonas Basanavičius (1851-1927). find it at the junction of Užupio and Malūnų. To the soldiers’ right is the ghastly Soviet memorial encasing the graves of Soviet Lithuania’s dignitaries. but if anyone does find themselves drinking in the excellent Alaus Studija it’s worth walking the 100 metres or so to pay one’s respects. Mendog. 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. 7 or 16 to the Televizijos Bokštas stop. the statue is notable as being the first monument of the man to be erected anywhere in the world. distinguished by undulating rows of identical Mindaugas C-1. Still in use. the Town Hall most likely dates from the 15th century. 1991 as Television Tower .18:00. Vilčiauskas. Established in 1579 and one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe. Soviet tanks surrounded it in an assault that killed 13 unarmed civilians. Buried with his mother under a black granite slab and surrounded by the graves of Polish soldiers. Q Open 10:00 . J here include the Polish Romantic poets Adam Mickiewicz and Juliusz Słowacki. 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. Until the reestablishment of independence it served as the Lithuanian Art Museum. mid-1960s of the original cemetery in Lukiškės.22:00. December 2013 . although by rights the correct number should be 12 as one of them only has three walls. Kalinausko 1. 3. playing a trumpet and generally being rather awesome. Take a hike up the stairs on your left to reach the ‘red star’ graves of Soviet soldiers who died fighting Lithuanian partisans. 19th-century version of Lithuanian that predates its written standardisation. the 326m Television Tower was buil t from reinforced concrete and steel between 1974 and 1980 to a design by V. is supposedly the site where the founder of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. rock gardens and some of the best childrens’ playgrounds in the city. famous past students who’ve studied Vilnius In Your Pocket rock and roll pervert. which are marked in an extraordinary mixture of Hebrew (Lithuanian Karaite) and Arabic (Tatar).inyourpocket. whose grave is inscribed with a peculiar. Among the graves. and the heart of Marshall Józef Piłsudski (1867-1935). once used for holding urns full of ashes and now slowly crumbling away.000 men originating from what was at the time the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic. (+370) 5 261 80 07. According to tradition. this wooded park covering 160 hectares of pine woods was famed as far back as the 16th century. This five-metre monument in the former territory of Vilnius’ Soviet military barracks shows a mother holding her dead child was unveiled in 2006. and in particular Lithuania’s involvement in it. Rasų/ Sukilėlių. Essentially a piece of stone believed to perform wonders and with the word stebuklas written on it. firework displays. After a long and singularly strange career as an oversized egg cup. 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. To the left and deeper into the cemetery. Founded in 1810 by Bernardine monks. 2003. Last entrance vilnius. A symbol of freedom and hope. Kalnų Parkas (Hill Park) is a popular retreat for walks and. S. If you’re now wondering what the connection between Lithuania and Frank Zappa is. Grand Duke Gediminas (ca. In 1810 the governor general ordered that the Town Hall housed a theatre. J Vingio Parkas E-4. Located over a little less than four hectares on a rolling hill running down to the Vilnia river. Situated to the west of the city along the meandering Neris river. has given rise to other art Redesigned and renamed the Youth Park after WWII. Afghanistan War Memorial (Paminklas Afganistano Kare Žuvusiems) I-1/2. Hidden away here find the artist and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911). Lazdynų Cemeteries Antakalnis Cemetery (Antakalnio Kapinės) J/K-2. There isn’t one. Latvians and Estonians stretching the 650km or so to Tallinn was formed on August 23. 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. J Kalnų Parkas which gave performances on and off until 1924. Television Tower (Televizijos Bokštas) Sau- Monuments Seen as one of the major contributing factors towards the collapse of the Soviet Union. 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. Closed Sun. the cemetery is perhaps the most attractive and romantic cemetery in Vilnius. before the ski slopes on the north side. the site marks the spot where one end of the human chain of some two million protesting Lithuanians. QOpen 07:00 . Covering some 25 hectares immediately northeast of Old Town at the confluence of the Neris and Vilnia. The Polish soldiers’ graveyard. (+370) 5 252 53 33. Thought to have begun life as a cemetery way back in 1809. the park has recently seen the benefit of a massive investment and is looking better than ever. women are forbidden from visiting. www. Clumsy in his personal affairs and switching from paganism to Catholicism and back to paganism to suit his needs. but is generally closed to visitors (although the fence surrounding it is hardly very high). Karmelitų & Arklių. The ensemble was fully restored in 1979 and is well worth investigating. Arsenalo Didžioji 31. was a bit of a character to say the least. Radvilaitės 6b. is that of the Lithuanian Karaite scientist. the decade-long Soviet war in Afghanistan involved military personnel from all 15 Soviet republics including some 5. the University became a secular seat of learning in 1773 and has remained so ever since. the area the park now occupies is shrouded in a number of contentious mysteries. large Soviet soldiers guard the (no-longer burning) eternal flame. 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. As well as housing the oldest library in the country. A taxi from Old Town costs somewhere in the region of 20Lt. tel. About halfway between the Cathedral and the bell tower is the stebuklas. this immensely popular place for walks at any time of year was once the site of the city’s late 18th-century botanical gardens. providing an extraordinary snapshot of the cultural history of the city. The work of the Lithuanian sculptor R. No such evidence exists to support the claim however. 1873-1961). while the present Classical structure was built at the end of the 18th century. don’t. Since then its interior has been a museum. literally ‘the place where the throne is’. Following the destruction in the Pelėda (Hazelnut Owl) was the collective pen name of two sisters. J Bernardine Cemetery (Bernardinų Kapinės) J-4. the former traditional home of the city’s Lithuanian Karaite and Tatar communities. Felix Dzerzhinsky (Feliksas Dzeržinskis). On January 13. historian and head of the Lithuanian and Polish Karaite communities Chadži Seraja Chan Šapšalas (Pol. Mindaugas (Pol. Žukausko/Žygio. Boasts loads of avant garde fountains. Closed for much of the 19th and the first 18 years of the 20th century. The so-called Gedimino Kapo Kalnas (Gediminas’ Grave Hill) for example. 1989. Sofija Ivanauskaitė-Pšibiliauskienė (1867-1926) and Marija Ivanauskaitė-Lastauskienė (1872-1957).

read Kazimierz Sakowicz’s extraordinary book Ponary Diary. Outside is a small monument to Japan’s pre-war Vice Consul to Lithuania. (+370) 5 261 25 23. This new Jewish cemetery was actually opened just before the war and nowadays. 1941-1943. J Jewish Cemetery (Žydų Kapinės) E-1. Rachel Kostanian. J Žydų Kapinės) J-3/4. 1720-1797). turn left from Olandų onto Krivių and it’s a few metres up on the left. take bus Nº73 from the Lukiškės stop or Nº43 from the station. It also supplies visitors with kosher food and needed religious items and services. 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.16:00. Q By appointment only. Shimon Alperovich (Simonas Alperavičius). Fri 10:00 . the museum (also known as the Green House) has been led for many years by the indomitable champion of Holocaust truth-telling. accurate account of the Holocaust in Lithuania and the massive local involvement in the actual killing. is a place where Jewish people visit the graves of their beloved and you can meet interesting locals. For a chilling. Ponary to the Poles) is about 8km southwest of Old Town. Perhaps best remembered for writing the screenplay to the 1962 WWII blockbuster The Longest Day. 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. The museum is famous for its unvarnished. To get there by public transport from the centre. Paneriai 680 812 78. no-nonsense straighttalk and a sharp wit. approximately 100. 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. Find it at the top of a steep driveway and invisible to anyone simply walking along on the street below. in 1945. QOpen 10:00 . Ouch on Shabad.17:00. J 03. find several monuments and the remains of the pits where the victims were burned. A resentful rumour circulates among some that it’s a recycled Soviet-era bust of Marx or Engels. 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. especially on Sundays. famous for numerous social acts as well as being the leader of the Vilnius (Wilno) branch of the Folkspartei. Closed Sat. A statue of Doctor Tsemach Shabad (1864-1935). By Soviet order. To the left of the entrance is a small office where maps of the cemetery can be obtained if it’s open. Provides credit courses and the famed month-long summer programme in Yiddish. the Užupis Old Jewish Cemetery survived until after the war when it was destroyed by the authorities and its gravestones. This is the country’s primary address for its living Jewish people. Dr. Paneriai Memorial Museum (Panerių Me morialinis Muziejus) Agrastų 17. this is the only one out of over 100 prewar Jewish prayer houses that still functions. drive out on Savanorių in the direction of Kaunas until you reach the E28 highway. After a distinguished war record as a pilot in the Free French Air Force (Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres). By the 18th century Vilna had become the world capital of traditional Talmudic learning. Chiune Sugihara (1900-1986) was Jewish tours Professional guides lead tours in English and Hebrew through the Baltics and Belarus. a large memorial marks the site. (+370) 655 174 91 representative of the Jewish Community also commemorated in the statue. Closed Sat. J Jewish Community of Lithuania (Lietuvos Žydų Bendruomenė) A-2. (+370) 699 054 56 Justina Petrauskaitė Tel. Closed Sat. Sun.lzb. J Holocaust Exposition (Holokausto Ekspozicija) the Kaunas-based Japanese consul to Lithuania for the briefest of periods during 1939 and 1940. at which everybody is welcome. tel. get off at Paneriai and turn right on leaving the station. (+370) 5 262 07 30. eye-witness account of the events that took place here. The building also houses a youth club. During the Holocaust around 95 per cent of Lithuanian Jews were murdered. The classic Lithuanian Jew (Litvak) is known in folklore for a love of education. Born and raised a few doors from here at what’s now J. has been in the news for several years as one of the Jewish antiNazi partisan veterans wanted for questioning by Lithuanian prosecutors.judaicvilnius. used in the construction of several building projects in the city. Rūdninkų 18. his posture conveniently allowing passers by a quick cuddle and photograph. (+370) 5 268 71 87. J Chabad Lubavitch Centre (Chabad Lubavitch Žydų Religinė Bendruomenė) D-4. Towering over the many great Jewish figures the city has produced is unquestionably the Gaon of Vilna (Eyliohu son of ShloymeZalmen. Yulik Gurevitch Tel. Between July 1941. Established inside a former Jewish theatre. Romain Gary became a prize-winning French author after moving to the country with his mother when he was 14. com.inyourpocket. to get them out of the country. Built in a Moorish style in 1903. tel. Sugihara and a Dutch colleague saved around 6. a feature considered by some a revolutionary form of modernisation and assimilation at the time it was built. Chiune Sugihara A-00. Issuing stamps right up until the moment his train departed for Berlin. Union of Former Ghetto and Concentration Camp Inmates and the Union of WWII Jewish Veterans. 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. tel. now in her late 80s. or Jewish People’s Party. who based his infamous character Dr. eventually becoming known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania. Jewish Student Union. tel. (+370) 699 907 09 Ilya Lempertas Tel.18:00. One of its founders. Led by the redoubtable Dr. Pylimo 39. conferences.16:00. Romain Gary was married December 2013 . To find it. along with the gravestones from the Šnipiškės cemetery. Krivių. (+370) 5 261 30 Mindaugo.17:00. Professor Dovid Katz (www.17:00. her cause has been taken up by US congressmen. J Vilna Shul-hoyf (Vilnius Synagogue Square) B-3. symposiums. 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.72 JEWISH VILNIUS Lithuanian Jews can be traced back some seven centuries. Closed Sat. Admission 7/4Lt. JEWISH VILNIUS Museums Centre for Tolerance (Tolerancijos Centras) A-4. Not recommended for children. Bokšto 19/12. a scene recreated in his autobiographical Promise at Dawn (1961). this is where you can meet the genuine Jewish locals. Fri 09:00 . old-fashioned exhibits are far from high modern. and August 1944. Prior to WWII this space was filled with dozens of prayer houses as well as the Great Synagogue. Sugihara even handed his stamp out from the train window to a Jew on the platform who continued stamping on his behalf. held the unique (and illicit) distinction of winning the Prix Goncourt on two occasions and suffered from depression.16:00.000 Jewish residents who lived in the city prior to the Nazi invasion of June 1941. QOpen 09:00 . QOpen 09:00 . and have since championed his cause. The Gaon’s grave attracts visitors from many countries who leave notes of supplication by the graveside. Rabbi Chaim Burstein. (+370) Choral Synagogue (Choralinė Sinagoga) H-4. To get there by car. Daukanto Courtyard). Between the wars. Education Européenne. Today’s small and largely aged community of three to four thousand makes bold efforts to maintain its heritage. Pamėnkalnio 12. Its modest. the Centre for Tolerance’s activities include visiting exhibitions and a permanent exhibition on the upper floors. Corner of Mėsinių and Dysnos. but she may just be a chum. Catch a Trakai.March 2014 . Founded in 1828 at around the same time as the city’s original Jewish cemetery in Šnipiškės was closed. Unable to return to Lithuania from Israel. relocated from Oxford in 1998 by its founder. 1980. Sun 10:00 . the girl on his arm is presumably Choral Synagogue Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. or Jerusalem of the North. Admission free. as the capital was and still is known in Jewish culture (more precisely in Yiddish as Vilne). who issued thousands of visas against orders. 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). but the heartfelt creation of local Holocaust survivors. Chiune Sugihara. against the orders of their superiors. published by Yale. Between July 31 and September 1. find a map showing the size and positioning of the area where the city’s Jewish population were kept before liquidation commenced. Map of the Ghetto (Geto Žemėlapis) B-4/5. both old Jewish cemeteries were destroyed after the war. including the vast majority of the 80. Along with the two functioning houses of worship. Pylimo 4. a fact that led to his suicide in Paris on December 2. Sun 10:00 .com vilnius.000 Jews by issuing visas. J Romain Gary H-4. J C-2/ an enormous structure built several stories underground so that it wouldn’t surpass the height of any churches.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). Corner of J. Lithuanian. Russian. Vilna (at that time under Polish rule and known as Wilno) was a bustling international centre of modern Yiddish culture and scholarship. tel. Paneriai (Ponar to the Jews. peel off here and look for the pitifully few signs put up in order to help you get there. members of the British House of Lords and others internationally. Unveiled in 2007. officiates. The term Choral Synagogue relates to the inclusion of a choir section. QOpen 10:00 . tel. discussions and seminars. stands in the territory of the former ghetto. J Užupis Old Jewish Cemetery (Užupio Senosios Jewish life (+370) 615 838 44. The smallest but most important and best known component of the three addresses that collectively comprise the city’s Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum.16:00. legendary for standing up for Jewish rights however and whenever the community comes under challenge. On the site of the former gate to the larger of Vilnius’ two ghettos. Led by the Boston-born Rabbi Sholom Ber Krinsky. Fri. Gary published his first novel. Sun. A traumatic but necessary part of any Jewishrelated visit to Lithuania. tel. Now little more than a few broken stones on the side of a steep hill with a couple more on the top. (+370) 5 262 96 66. J A-2. (+370) 687 132 85 Regina Kopilevich Tel.or Kaunas-bound train. Sudervės Kelias 28. www. communal and social services from kindergarten through to senior level. saving many Jews from certain death. Many of those he saved later settled in Palestine. a highly recommended book of which a large part is set in this part of town. It is a beautifully restored building and is used for art exhibitions. who is here part of each month. Sun. providing a wide range of Romas Kvintas’ Vilnius statue shows a little boy clutching a galosh. Basanavičiaus 18 as Romain Kacew (Katsev). Admission 7/4Lt.inyourpocket. www.dovidkatz. (+370) 699 540 64 Daniel Gurevich Tel. the only truly resident rabbi in Lithuania over the last decade and a half. Old Campus Vilnius University (S. including a small tribute to the Litvak Cubist painter Jacques Lipschitz. Closed Sat. the highest percentage in Europe. Basanavičiaus and Vilnius Yiddish Institute (Vilniaus Jidiš Institutas) Tsemach Shabad B-4. QOpen 10:00 . 73 Statues & Memorials Naugarduko 10/2. The site is at the very end of the road. Gravestones are covered in the writing of many languages including Yiddish. Polish and English. many by local collaborator-killers. 1940. Jews were settled from an early date in Vilna. Chabad is especially known for its festive Jewish holiday celebrations. www. Rachel Margolis.

What little nightlife there is in Trakai tends to take place in its restaurants. The only exception is that the town remains without a youth A taxi to the Castle will set you back around 10Lt. PTHAR6LKDW hhhh Trasalis Gedimino 26. Admis sion 15/10/ Trakai is both a tempting daytrip as well as a destination worthy of further attention thanks to the aforementioned park. Open 10:00 . but do be thankful that you won’t have to pack sandwiches. If you can handle the frill of it all. tel. (+370) 528 561 78. Sat. Mass 17:00 (Polish). Castle Drawing mild comparisons to the vast. with the usual wars and border changes complicating each new project as it arose. A veritable monster of a place 2km south of the town centre. fax (+370) 528 517 60. for a look around the Castle if nothing else. A taxi. the town can also provide sustenance from one or two other corners of the December 2013 . with the Castle visited and admired by many foreign dignitaries including the Flemish diplomat Guillebert de Lannoy (1386-1462). www. More like playing a giant game of snakes and ladders designed by MC Escher than an enriching cultural experience.22:00. the rooms are clean and comfortable. despite being home to just 5. its completion came at more or less the same time that its military importance came to an end after the victory of the combined Polish-Lithuanian armies led by Vytautas against the Teutonic Order at the Battle of Grunwald ( Sun 10:00 (Polish). Don’t expect too much in the way of fine dining.770Lt). www. It’s not colourful and it’s got more than three windows. (+370) 528 510 55. Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Švč. and by far the most expensive option in town.inyourpocket. tel. QOpen Train Station Vilniaus 5. hotel@trasalis. but what it lacks in stature it more than makes up for in location. Poles (who still make up a substantial percentage of the population and who know the town as Troki). Ironically it was during the Soviet occupation of Lithuania that the Castle was eventually restored to its former glory. More than worth the modest admission fee however. as it says on the menu) kibinai is a small collection of other Karaite dishes plus a few more of Turkic origin. among them Lithuanians.19:00. Russians. Russian and German only. a good 20-minute walk north up Vytauto. and can take anything from 20 minutes to an hour or more. cosy winter restaurant expands to mammoth proportions during the summer. (+370) 528 515 88. ask a local. The journey time is around 30-40 minutes.trakaimuziejus. 18:00 (Lithuanian).lt. the church’s current Baroque form dates from 1717. tel. The price includes two hours in the water park and an average buffet breakfast. As with the train station it’s also a ridiculously long way away from the main sights. The Castle’s demise came with the war with Muscovy in 1655. although a couple of clubs do open for the summer. ivory walking stick handles and the like and the latter a collection of items dug up in the vicinity of the will cost 60-100Lt. 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. tel. Highly recommended is the šorpa. Trakai Castle (or Trakai Island Castle as it’s also known) may not be as grand as its Germanic cousin to the west. Mon 12:00 .22:00. red brick Teutonic fortress in the Polish town of 28). TRAKAI Getting there Several ludicrously cheap buses leave daily from Vilnius’ bus station. Tatars and the Lithuanian Karaite. PHARUFLKDCW hhh Hotels authentic Karaite food. a night here is like something straight out of Alice In Wonderland. a fabulous soup complete with big lumps of beef and potato and just a hint of spicy warmth. with work beginning soon after the end of WWII. an intriguing. This hugely popular Karaite restaurant is a must-see for anyone visiting Trakai. Alongside their delicious classic beef or mutton (not lamb. JALS Where to eat To visit Trakai and not eat kibinai is like going to Japan and circumventing the noodles. the Trakai History Museum is spread around the Castle and linked via a baffling array of higgledy-piggledy wooden steps and dark. The small. (+370) 528 513 33. 07:00 . PTAUSW pirosmani. (+370) 528 551 79. Kybynlar Karaimų 29. Closed Mon. karaimai.17:00. They even do take-away. Entrance to the island and area around the Castle is free. (+370) 528 555 all coming with cable television.kybynlar. Georgian kybynlar. although for good value central accommodation you’ll be pleased to know that every other house has a room or two to rent. QOpen 11:00 . take the A1 (E85) highway west out of the city. Apvalaus Stalo Klubas Karaimų 53a. A trip to the centre shouldn’t cost more than making for a truly lively place to eat and drink.21:00. starting before dawn and running until the early evening. and was completed at the start of the 15th century by his son. In a word. Built as part of an expansion programme of the neighbouring Peninsular Castle. www. Q17 rooms (210 .March 2014 . the interiors appear to have been designed by a committee of hairdressers and old ladies. Castle & Trakai History Museum (Trakų Pilis ir Trakų Istorijos Muziejus) Kęstučio 4. which is also known as the Trakai Madonna and which is reputed to have magic powers. Q Open 10:00 . two attached restaurants and wireless internet throughout. 20Lt. tel. the owners have put their money where many others’ mouths are and actually gone and taken a risk in Trakai. Sun 11:00 . (November 1 . The two main collections are to be found inside the western casemates (casements) and the Ducal Palace. 75 Bus Station Vytauto 90. QOpen 09:00 . Žalgiris) in 1410. Turkic-speaking offshoot of the larger Judaic Karaite movement who arrived in the town from the Crimea at the end of the 14th century and who are currently teetering on the border of extinction. conference centre.340Lt).74 TRAKAI First mentioned in 1337 by the Teutonic Knights and one of Lithuania’s former medieval capitals. Named after Georgia’s most famous painter. Just 28km west of Vilnius. if called in advance. Trakai’s bus station is a shabby concrete shell with no facilities whatsoever. Reached by crossing two footbridges and one About as feminine as it gets. tel. This building made of whitewashed logs doesn’t look very Karaite at all. who mentioned it favourably in his memoirs.18:00. magnificent. Trakai Castle is essentially two structures. The menu offers a range of Karaite dishes that extend beyond the usual pastry pockets. To reach Trakai by road. Of particular note inside is the 16th-century painting on the main altar.22:00. Its second life as a resi dential palace saw it enter a golden age.23:00. Crowned by a magnificent Gothic castle. info@ (+370) 528 539 46. Vytautas the Great. tel. the town of Trakai is well known for its many different inhabitants both past and present. Q It works 15 minutes before train leaves. Sat splendidly on a diminutive Lake Galvė island in the northern end of the town. Driving time depends on traffic. www. Overlooking the fairytale Gothic towers of the Castle. plus there’s a small barbecue which churns out spectacular grilled meat. extras include a sauna. As well as the aforementioned Karaite speciality. (+370) 528 559 07. which saw it seriously damaged and eventually vilnius. Starting and ending around the same time as the buses although running less frequently. M.400 souls the town of Trakai and the national park it’s located in provide plenty of opportunities for visitors to experience and enjoy this unique part of the world. and the service is pleasant and prompt. info@asklubas. Where to stay Trakai’s accommodation options run the gamut from leaky tents to presidential suites complete with wireless internet and Jacuzzis. the Blessed Virgin Mary with Child. The menu is bursting with classic and extremely good Georgian food. free wireless internet and showers that knock you over when you walk in. What to see Houses of worship Birutės 5. Attempts to rebuild it have been ongoing since the 19th century. A combined hotel. www. www.trakubaznycia. QOpen 11:00 . fax (+370) 528 515 89. a huge collection of coins. namely the defensive outer section and the Ducal Palace. This is truly the cream of the crop. 15Lt. with the usual history of fires and wars paving the way for additions and reconstructions over the centuries. 13Lt. 12:00 (Lithuanian). Marijos Apsilankymo Bažnyčia) Karaite Karaimų 13 Karaimų 13. 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.20:00. Closed Mon. trains take about 40 minutes to make the journey and cost buttons. asklubas. the former and least interesting made up of 19th-century European glassware. But it is very Karaite because it’s home to both the Karaite Community Centre and a lovely little restaurant with Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. but much remains in Lithuanian. Taxis are usually parked outside both the bus and train stations. plunging spiral staircases. If in doubt. www. water park and many other things besides. construction on this Gothic masterpiece began in the 14th century at the behest of the then ruler of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania Kęstutis. PTULSW Pirosmani Karaimų 2. (March). QOpen 11:00 . (+370) 528 519 11. Fri. Some of the explanations are provided in English. A church of one sort or another has stood on this site since 1409. Q103 rooms (180 . lt. A good spot tucked away from the meandering crowds. a small exhibition dedicated to the Karaite and a few life-size models of medieval gentlemen with enormous handlebar moustaches. Jews. tel. tel.

Closed Sat. Kenesas are allegedly similar in layout to synagogues inside. www. postcards. Panevėžys. If you can’t find a free connection.15:00.09 0. www. open 10:00 . tel. a nifty. Kęstučio 4. making a visit finally something to look forward to rather than the nightmare it was in the past. boasts two sights worthy of further investigation for the hardcore tourist.15:45.teo.03 1. The Peninsula Castle territory now plays host to the town’s intriguing little Sacred Art Museum. places to stay and lots more. this small museum on three floors features a wealth of religious paintings. with scores of hotels. 112 Postal rates Lithuania Letter (44g) Postcard (20g) CD (130g) 1.76 TRAKAI Tourist information Tourist Information Centre Vytauto 69.50 Local (Lt/min) 0. Closed Mon. Laptop login Wireless W Free wireless internet in the centre of Vilnius has more or less reached saturation point.17:00. Closed Sat. Vytenio 9/25. (+370) 528 539 45. J Infostruktūra provide 3G services for laptop connection to the internet allegedly wherever you are within Lithuania. Closed Sat. chalices. (+370) 5 212 32 58. bars and even shopping centres providing fast connection speeds at no cost. Aguonų 10. who in 1405 built a monastery here and settled an order of Benedictine monks inside. 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. Not much of it remains. Pilies 23/15.19:00.15 Coverage 99% 99% 96% (+370) 699 232 30/1501. history. This was the birthplace of Vytautas the Great. The museum is hidden away immediately behind this. A Omnitel B-1. Fri 08:00 . Sun. this one dating from the early 19th century. Sun. Tyszkie wicz) family who lived in it until 1939.aiva. QOpen 08:30 . www.22:00. Tue.March 2014 . Simply dial tel. tel. Kėdainiai. Russian Orthodox Church (Rusijos Stačiatikių Bažnyčia) Vytauto 32.17:00.omnitel. Its relatively plain interior complete with peeling paint provides a rare glimpse inside small-town Eastern European religious faith. Alternatively. Trakų. Also at Saltoniškių 9 (Panorama).10 0. hassle-free dialup option is available for those who can’t find any other connection. tel. this typical small-town Russian Orthodox church is full to bursting with a peculiar mix of icons.85 Top-up (Lt) From 5 From 5 From 5 SMS (Lt) 0. Closed Sun. J Bitė F-5. tel.10 Voicemail (Lt/call) 0. it’s not hard to see why they moved the capital up the These are the people to see if you need a camping or fishing permit too. We’ve been using Mezon for several months now and have no complaints whatsoever. 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. www. Calls are charged at a standard 0. Sun.48 London (Lt/min) 2. turn right on exiting the station followed by the first left onto Trakų and follow the road all the way vilnius. ISPs Prepaid SIM cards Card Bitė (Labas) Omnitel (Ežys) TELE2 (Pildyk) Price (Lt) 6 0. 2nd floor). Far from perfect. MAIL & PHONES Places of interest Peninsula Castle Predating the Island Castle by a few 77 Post decades and located nearby on the southern shore of Lake Galvė. built on land formerly occupied by the local Tatar community.17:00. a fact which may or not betray the Turkic (Islamic) origins of the Lithuanian Karaite community.30 2. and are subject to change during the lifespan of this guide. highlights include an array of heart-stopping and extraordinary black and white Karaite photographic portraits. QOpen 09:00 . 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. Built in the 19th century in a neo-Renaissance style. 1533. The above-mentioned mobile operators also offer the so-called pre-4G services. QOpen 07:30 .lt. Sat 09:00 .18:00. After spending an hour or so here. J Central Post Office (Centrinis Paštas) B-1. Q Open 24hrs. Karaite Ethnographic Museum (Karaimų Etnografijos Muziejus) Karaimų 22. the national Zebra network offers a range of paid services including a handy option for browsing over a 24 hour period for just 5Lt. Q Service Sun 07:30. designed by the prominent French landscape gardener Edouard André (1840-1911).95Lt 2. 3G/4G Bitė (www. The castle is long gone.22:00. Also at Sodų 22 (Bus Station). climb the flight of stairs and fight with the teenagers for a battered albeit perfectly decent PC. J. Sat 11:00 .75Lt Telephones Express mail rates Comparative rates for sending a package weighing a maximum of 500g.bite. (+370) 700 554 00. Gedimino 12. but the church can still be visited. Three small rooms dedicated to the life. the defensive Peninsula Castle covered an area of four hectares and had an impressive 14 towers. Both the monastery and church are undergoing renovation work. www. Also at Sodų 22 (Bus Station). open 08:00 . QOpen 08:00 . (+370) 685 240 24. Saltoniškių 9 (Panorama). which functions as Senieji Trakai’s main house of worship. a fact that remains elusive as the Trakai kenesa is seemingly forever locked. Selecting a ticket in English should send you to a window where somebody speaks it. JW Trakai Historical National Park Information Bureau (Trakų Istorinio Nacionalinio Parko Direkcija) Karaimų 5. QOpen 09:00 . They also stock a number of brochures.bite. Closed Sun. a Lithuanian Karaite prayer book translated into English and examples of Karaite national dresses.trakaivisit. tel.50 Free and Omnitel ( December 2013 . tel. www. Senieji Trakai provides no other forms of enlightenment or entertainment and can’t even boast a café. The people to call if you want a new telephone line.17:00. candles and stepladders. Fri 08:00 .99 4. Admission 4/2Lt. (+370) 5 239 17 11. Konstitucijos 16 (VCUP). Sacred Art Museum (Sakralinio Meno Muziejus) Aiva Sistema A-5. Trakai. www. Trakų is lined with mostly wooden houses and sup posedly represents many elements of a typical Dzūkai village.16:00. tel. Closed Sun. tel.14:00. Also find inside a kiosk selling snacks and coffee around the clock.45Lt 5. come here for armloads of brochures and information on current cultural events. Q Open 08: 00 . albeit in a poor state. Kenesa Karaimų 30. (+370) 528 519 34. QOpen 08:00 .35Lt 2. Reasonably central. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 10:00 .09 0. culture and memory of the offshoot Karaite communities of Lithuania. (+370) 528 557 76. Mobile phones Senieji Trakai The Lithuanian capital for seven medieval years before handing the baton over to Trakai. In the 19th century part of the monastery was converted into a neo-Gothic church. tel. To get from the former to the 0. Ge- Emergency numbers Police Fire Ambulance Tel.mezon.12Lt/ min at all times from a private line (this figure may well be a lot higher in a hotel).lt. Tue.trakaimuziejus. Žemaitės 15. which is available via SMS to anyone with a local mobile and Saltoniškių 9 (Panorama).90Lt Outside EU 3. The graves by the entrance belong to former priests. and an interesting excursion for those with a developed interest in either the history of Trakai or obscure Eastern European rural churches. www. A walk around the palace grounds is free. seniejitrakai. but the grounds. the Karaite remove their shoes before entering a kenesa. a taxi will set you back somewhere in the region of 30Lt. www. but the monastery remains. Built to commemorate the 1863 www.90Lt 11. and Vilnius. Housed inside a former chapel that forms part of a 19th-century Dominican monastery which itself lies inside the territory of the Peninsula Castle. Closed Sat. London Paris New York DHL EMS TNT UPS 170Lt 215Lt 163Lt 174Lt 170Lt 213Lt 181Lt 192Lt 240Lt 210Lt 265Lt 279Lt TEO Ukmergės 223. the Peninsula Castle met the same fate as its younger brother but as yet hasn’t received the same kind of rehabilitation. (+370) 601 102 00. Poland and Ukraine. www. Kudirkos.19:00. QOpen 10:00 . Senieji (Old) Trakai. the palace itself is closed. tel. Jasinskio 1/8 (entrance from V. Only the Trakai and Vilnius kenesas still exist in Lithuania.18:00. 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. Admission 4/2Lt.200-hectare park.65Lt 1. Fri 08:00 .is. In its glory this mansion. knowledgeable locals. Museums Internet cafés 86. You decide. there were once 20 of these throughout the Russian Empire including in the Lithuanian towns of Biržai. The train station is 1km north of the church and monastery.50Lt EU 2. which can be ordered with the help of a local for a period of two weeks for just 29Lt. 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). Look for the wooden tower behind the bright blue Trakai Historical National Park Information Bureau (+370) 528 552 Taškas G-4.17:00. Closed Sat.omnitel. belonged to the prominent Tiškevičius (Polish.15:45. Closed Sat. Late night post offices operate in two of the city’s large shopping centres at Ozo 25 (Akropolis).com Vilnius In Your Pocket Note All prices quoted are for peak-time calls. Sun. Q Open 09:00 .inyourpocket. Hard to miss. 2.18:00. restaurants. vilnius. 1817. tel. Sat 09:00 . 6km or so southeast of Trakai. To get there in good weather. A ticket machine has been installed with instructions in English. During the summer this is a prime spot for a picnic or horse riding. rebellion against the tsarist occupation. J TELE2 G-4. Staffed by house of the Karaite. Curiously. The traditional religious meeting 17. Užutrakis Palace Užtrakio dimino Also at Savanorių 18. catch the passenger ship from the Castle and be sure to mention you want to get off at Užutrakis.teo. although some renovation work has been carried out. They can and will organise excursions inside the 8. J Zebra Tel. statues and other items connected to the Catholic Church from the 16th to the 20th century from Lithuania and Western Europe. and everything is charged directly to whoever’s telephone account you’re using. find it located inside the large blue wooden former Post Office building. Sun.tele2.inyourpocket. At Trakų’s southernmost tip as it curves around to the right is the site of the town’s once grand castle.19:00. Closed Mon. At the height of its activity. 1817. souvenirs and maps. have become something of a tourist attraction. although the only true 4G service is provided by Mezon (www.

JA December 2013 . PTAULKXW Amber According to local legend. QOpen 11:00 . Ozo 18. A wide range of works for lexicographers. www. QOpen 10:00 . 80. This three-floor shopping centre features a large Iki supermarket at ground level. Limited retail and dining just north of the river. religious objects and other works of art from Lithuania. QOpen 10:00 . A wide selection of paintings. tel. A huge place full of shops and the flocks that visit them. amber. tel.22:00. www. Lithuania. when he discovered her passionate love affair with the mortal fisherman Kastytis. Dominikonų 5. furniture. www. 1588.vaga. Mykolo 8. Stiklių 9/10. Q Open 10:00 . may be small but it’s the best anybody’s managed to do so far.15:00.18:00. (+370) 5 262 30 This former largish bookshop recently removed half its stock and replaced it with a café operated by the best café chain in the country. Extended during the summer this is now easily the biggest bookshop in the Baltics. Pylimo 42. QOpen 08:00 . K. Glossy books about art. The streams of resin swept down rivers and into the Baltic Sea. Šv. Konstitucijos 16. www. 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. you can try ice-skating. Also find a decent selection of books about Lithuania in English. which if you don’t speak Lithuanian can be confusing.18:00. or see a film. tel. It’s this fossilised resin that now sits in deltaic deposits off the coasts of Kaliningrad. tel. In case shopping isn’t your thing. not generally being of the pagan faith.78 SHOPPING Shopping in Vilnius is fun and. Ozo 25 (Akropolis). Classic and original artworks. Bookworms and cheapskates should note that in addition to the following bookshops. Dominikonų 16. Amber C-5.22:00. a handful of average shops downstairs and up the escalators some fashion outlets. Blue and black amber are more rare here. Sat 10:00 . The English-language novels can still be counted on one hand. QOpen 10:00 .21:00. Saltoniškių 9. Hooray for the lovely people who opened this very welcome second-hand bookshop with small attached café in Old Town. this former flagship Soviet shopping sensation looks more like a corner shop than an experience these days. QOpen 10:00 . Jasinkio 16. silverwear and other curiosities.18:00.March 2014 . vilnius. Also at Šv. plus the usual dictionaries. Closed various polished beads and blobs that you can use to make your own jewellery and fine finished creations. A rather cute little shop on the very edge of Old Town. (+370) 5 272 19 68. Universiteto books old and new and some nice pieces of art) and parts of the city’s classiest street. amber ( gintaras) originates from the tears of the sea goddess Jūratė and the stones from her castle.beataamber. Antiques Unless the item in question is less than 50 years old. Sat 10:00 .lt. www. interior design. which was destroyed by Perkūnas. with sofas. www. info@ ek-art. www. a hell of a lot cheaper than it is in the West. of which some offer a pre-ordering service for newspapers and magazines they don’t usually stock. www.18:00. the shop now also stocks a range of antique Persian carpets. Ozo 25. entertainment centres and restaurants close to the centre in Žvėrynas. PAULW SHOPPING Europa A-00. Antakalnio 60. JAW Humanitas B-3. a small kiosk selling readymade sushi. Closed Sun. QOpen 11:00 .rudninkuknygynas. JA Vilnius Antiques Centre (Vilniaus Antikvaro Centras) C-3. a fact that the last couple of years has shown in Vilnius to be anything but the truth. There’s also a good range of restaurants and a constant cacophonous argument between the cheap car alarms in the enormous car park. QOpen 07:00 . photography etc. Aušros Vartų 9. (+370) 5 262 89 61. In a truly local style the owners have decided to make individual entrance and exit doors for the place. Gedimino 2. (+370) 5 268 50 80. sculptures and more.18:00. (+370) 5 266 16 80. An incredible collection of An astounding Aladdin’s cave of amber. The knowledgeable and friendly staff speak English. The main shopping areas in Vilnius can be divided neatly into the two areas of Old Town (antiques. visit anywhere selling the stuff and you’ll soon see it comes in such diverse colours as blue. It’s therefore always a pleasant surprise to discover a bookshop that stocks foreign language books (in this case most of them in English).lt. Find inside a veritable cavalcade of shops selling everything from designer clothes to food. a shoe C-4. icons.20:00. The choice of books. tel. but now there’s a reason to visit. (+370) 5 210 01 50/1588.k. JA Vilnius In Your Pocket e. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 10:00 .19:00. PTAULKXW Panorama F/G-2. www. Sat 10:00 . www. white and yellow.ambergift. Sat 11:00. A great little place apt at displaying amber at its best. QOpen 10:00 . (+370) 605 222 22. Sun 10:00 . sometimes sweeping up a stray bug along the way. As much a wholesaler as retailer. find three floors of mostly clothes shops plus a couple of restaurants and a handful of little pods for drinking coffee in.humanitas. Konstitucijos 7a. think different.akropolis. www. (+370) 5 262 11 53.18:00. Worth visiting even if you’re not interested in shopping. tel. Poland and Sweden. Mostly of interest to collectors and dealers. In the heart of the business district just north of the river. and can waffle on for hours about the stuff if you want to know all about Books etc. Not very central. of which Rotas stocks more than the current standard offering that takes less than 30 seconds to browse before leaving empty handed.ek-art. QOpen 10:00 .com Mint Vinetu B-3. (+370) 616 956 79 Shopping centres Akropolis G-1. at the time of going to press. which you’ll find in the back room downstairs. find 12inch records from home and abroad. Scientists. JA Fabra Ars C-4. QOpen 11:00 19:00. where among other things you’ll find all the clothing and footwear shops we’ve chosen not to list here. reference books and paperback The walls and ceiling are plastered with glowing chips of the stuff while display cabinets are full of jewellery. Ask most people and they’ll tell you amber is a dark honey colour. as well as stationery and toys. architecture. reading matter can be found at various libraries listed in our Directory. Sun 10:00 . tel. the country’s first electric go-carting centre and smoking rooms next to the public toilets. One would imagine that in an increasingly international city the choice of books in languages other than Lithuanian would also be growing.inyourpocket. Šv. tel. shoes and Jamie Oliver. www. tel. tel. tel. Mon 12:00 . www. www. Čiurlionio 84 (Crowne Plaza Vilnius). furniture. a Forest restaurant and. Recommended.19:00. Rūdninkų 20. Ignoto 16/10. the pagan god of thunder. black. However.21:00. A reputable antiques salesperson will assist you with this.humanitas. Also at M. Germany and beyond established over two decades ago and one of the most reliable places in town to buy The large Prisma supermarket stocks one of the most extensive ranges of alcohol in Vilnius. Konstitucijos 20 (Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva).lt. Gedimino (designer clothes. Closed Sun. (+370) 5 238 77 52. QOpen 10:30 . Closed Mon. Once colossal. cigarettes and amber). tel. a top floor of restaurants.iki. You’ll do well not to spend an entire afternoon (and loads of money) here. JAW Rotas B-5. If they can’t. Sat 11:00 . QOpen 10:00 .com Akademinė Knyga C-3. Žirmūnų 2. Didžioji 20. International press is best found in the city’s better hotels.vcup. 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. The city’s markets are also well worth a visit for an authentic. PTAULKXW VCUP A-00. A Draugystė B-2. PJAW 79. Loads of retail outlets. in the case of certain products (notably Lithuanian alcohol. including titles in English. Closed Sun. There are hunks of raw amber. White amber is called royal amber and is widely available in Lithuania. JA vilnius. JA Rūdninkų Knygynas B-5.22:00. JA Didysis Pegasas G-1.inyourpocket. (+370) 5 261 02 66.19:00. Also available are a few eco and handmade souvenirs. In short. (+370) 5 212 19 88. QOpen 10:00 .15:00. Also travel guides and atlases. (+370) 5 273 15 15. PJA Amber Museum-Gallery C-3.mintvinetu. Fri 10:00 . you might like to think again about making the purchase. (+370) 618 203 47. tel. blast to the past experience if nothing else. tel.20:00.19:00. Many high street Closed Sun.panorama. Some 40 million years ago or thereabouts the earth got warmer. (+370) 5 219 58 11. Opened in August Also at J. tel. Closed Sun.23:00. causing an increase in the secretion of resin in the pine forests in the region. find it about 3km north of the action. tel. you can pick up amber at a variety of stages of production here. One of the better places in town for foreign literature. Sun 10:00 .lt.20:00. Sun 10:00 .22:00. tel.15:00. tel. Closed Sun. PTAULKW IKI Commercial Centre X-00.18:00. Russia. An excellent place to know about for all serious collectors. armchairs and scatter cushions for reading on. www. mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. (+370) 5 262 74 www. the large Ozas shopping centre offers more gargantuan shopping and restaurant services to the city. QOpen 10:00 . JA Beata Amber C-3/4. (+370) 5 212 47 60. www. Didžioji 27. mobile phones and more books).rotas. QOpen 11:00 . (+370) 652 815 58.pegasas. some degree of bureaucracy will almost certainly be required to get antiques out of the country. Sat 11:00 .15:00.19:00. And it’s a proper bookshop too. Mykolo 12. PAUL Ozas H-1.16:00. tel. as well as a good selection of a fine range of English language magazines on the subject of design. as indeed are the increasing number of large shopping centres around the edge of the city. Sat 10:00 .

including a range of goods from the UK-based Infinity Foods. Pilies 10. Also at Aušros Vartų 4. As well as being an ordinary shop. www. Sun 09:00 . Gedimino 9.18:00. Find a few English books QOpen 10:00 . Also at Užupio 7/1. Also a range of snacks and smoked fish. Among the selection are Fair Trade organic basmati Notable for having top-notch in-house bakeries in the bigger stores. Pylimo 21. (+370) 696 101 57. tel. A seriously good chop house selling the finest cuts of meat as well as burgers and the but is actually a fair reflection of the range and beauty of creations made exclusively from this versatile natural fibre. Sat.17:00. http://marche-boutique.sveikiproduktai.18:00. They have a great selection.17:00. House & Garden Wool socks at Souvenir Market www. QOpen 10:00 . Fresh baked goods are a key attraction.23:00. Sat 08:00 . QOpen 10:00 . Delicious chocolates made daily in Trakai and delivered fresh. kitchens and much more besides.zoraza. QOpen 08:00 . JA Senamiesčio Krautuvė C-3. JA IKI G-4.20:00. pickles.16:00.nshop.blogspot.16:00.17:00. A.19:00. All the food for sale is local. Krokuvos 6. Gedimino 1. www. Sun 11:00 .19:00. vilnius. A fine selection of PC laptops plus spare parts.22:00. Pilies 38. it also sells bread freshly baked on the premises. QOpen 10:00 . JA Aukso Avis C-3. Belgium and Germany. Užupio 23. Sun. Verkių 29. QOpen 11:00 . support your local confectioner and buy some of their treats as a gift or for the simple pleasure of stuffing them in your face. Stiklių 7. Sat 10:00 . shoes.19:00. One of the city’s top shops. Stiklių 7. Gedimino 9. Tucked away in handy locations nationwide. Sat. www. as is the decent range of groceries. QOpen 11:00 . wreaths and bouquets. there’s also a window for buying without having to get out of your car. Applying a soft touch with stunning effect. (+370) 5 212 23 22. tel. QOpen 10:00 . 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. Sat 11:00 .vaga.18:00. 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. (+370) 687 517 31. Stiklių 3. JA Lino Kopos H-3. (+370) 5 261 51 61. tel.20:00. tel. Also at Konstitucijos 7a (Europa). Also at Lukšio 34. Linen. QOpen 11:00 . QOpen 07:00 . especially red ones. JA Gifts & Souvenirs Textile works of Lithuanian artists. Sat 10:00 . Mindaugo 11 (Maxima). and the girls who work here are really helpful. QOpen 11:00 .dovanukrepsys. where coffee and other drinks are served alongside the aforementioned wonderful food. QOpen 07:00 . QOpen 11:00 . AL AJ Šokoladas C-2. During the summer months the shop turns into a bit of a café. (+370) 5 252 52 55.senukai. with edible treats and a few household goods on offer.18:00. tel. Literatų 5. JA Vilnius In Your Pocket www. tel.18:00.19:00. Marche de Provence Boutique specialises in fresh and gourmet food and drink from Lithuania and further afield. Pilies 7. tel. saldumynai. An excellent option for those living in Lithuania looking for something unique for their homes as well as visitors looking for some outstanding gifts and souvenirs. Ukmergės 369 (BIG). is a certain wacky The people who run this place also offer glassblowing workshops.22:00. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 07:30 .17:00. (+370) 5 273 17 38. Closed www.19:00. Again. QOpen 09:00 . www. Jakšto 5. QOpen 08:00 . Sun 11:00 . Sat 10:00 . Originally. Mozartkugel. Find it right in front of the main door as you enter. Jasinskio 16. A Eastanbul H-3. QOpen 11:00 . www. a small selection of wine. Not for the straight-laced.17:00. QOpen 09:00 . QOpen 10:00 . foie gras and other welcome treats. Also at Konstitucijos 7a (Europa). info@linentales. www. www. Ozo 18. www. J. with chairs and tables in the street. courtesy of another internationally successful local designer. Stiklių 9/10. And if you just so happen to be in Lithuania on International Women’s Day (March 8). Architektų 43/31. QOpen 10:00 . the fabulous rarity that’s haloumi and much more besides. Also at Konstitucijos 7a. tel. (+370) 5 231 28 36. peripheries. including fruit. add a hint of daring and/or fruity nonsense and press the puree button.stiklopaslaptis. tel. (+370) 5 261 04 21. QOpen 11:00 . Sat 11:00 .20:00. Closed Sun. Vilniaus 15. tel.19:00. Q Open 07:00 . are symbols of the communists. which was a firewood market before that and even further back served as a cemetery for the church across the street. (+370) 212 94 94. from laptops to iPods. QOpen 10:00 . olives.21:00. remember that superstition remains rife here and it’s easy to make a mistake.20:00. www.18:00.lgstudija. sausage. bread. Closed Sat. December 2013 .ra munepiekautaite. Also at Literatų 3. Yellow is the colour of jealousy.19:00. Julija is the sort of designer who’d like to get to know you before you get dressed. A fine selection of mostly food products. sparkling wine and schnapps. A huge shopping centre with building materials. Pilies 8. Vokiečių 13. (+370) 5 231 22 70. (+370) 656 188 91. Kalvarijų 24a (Ibrahim). Vilniaus 12. Sun 11:00 . is available for just about any part of the body or home. the market was moved to its current location. in particular hams. Gedimino 2. rosy-cheeked people and transforms it into a total Lithuanian experience. but isn’t particularly welcomed unless it’s a single red rose for the one you love.ajsokoladas. Decent little deli serving a terrific selection of Spanish goods. Lithuania’s first supermarket chain. Ozo 25 (Akropolis) Also at Saltoniškių 9 (Panorama). cakes and drinks. Sun 10:00 .vilniausalus. JA Rūta A-1. (+370) 5 249 83 92. Sat 11:00 . JA 81 Linen Linen Tales D-2. (+370) 687 292 44. florid frocks.19:00. Sun 09:00 . Sun. JA Julija Fashion House C-3. The only thing we can find in common among all the creations tucked away in this bristling boutique. vegetables. tel. (+370) 5 212 20 68. Gedimino 16.17:00. Sat 09:00 .lt. boots. QOpen 10:00 . JA Didžioji Krautuvė I-1. JA Inmira D-3. JA Ispaniškas Maistas B-1. so you can be as picky as you like. Also at Ozo 25 (Akropolis) and Klaipėdos 1. www.20:00. (+370) 5 274 15 28. all made by Lithuanians to the highest possible standards. avoid. An intriguing selection of decorative and functional Lithuanian glassware. JAVSW Marché de Provence Boutique C-3. One of the best places to buy linen and amber. (+370) 618 059 09. Žirmūnų 64 (Rimi Hypermarket).20:00. JA Computers 26. QOpen 08:00 . Užupio 10.19:00. tel. Also at Universiteto 10. J.17:00. A combined shop and small restaurant specialising in Austrian cuisine including chocolates. Sun 10:00 .18:00. Sun 11:00 .16:00. PTJA Austrian Gourmet & Bistro H-1. QOpen 10:00 .lt. Firstly. unless somebody just died.22:00. Lilies and chrysanthemums are potent symbols of death and should be left well alone unless heading to the cemetery. Everything is locally sourced and meets the highest ethical and environmental standards. or even indulge in a classic Viennese schnitzel with potato salad. Vokiečių 13. JA Sauluva C-3. Also at Didžioji 10. QOpen 11:00 . Closed Sun. tel. Pilies 21/12. Sodų 22. Sat 10:00 16:00. (+370) 5 249 83 40. tel. which sounds like a laundry nightmare. QOpen 10:00 . www. QOpen 11:00 . Closed Sun. Rūdninkų 11/11. Sat 11:00 . service and software. Closed Sun.idealsolution. Carnations. Gedimino 50/2. tel. Žukausko 17.inyourpocket. The best place in town for Apple products. JA Linen & Amber Studio C-4. Sat.17:00.inyourpocket. www. If giving flowers to members of the older genera- Food & Drink Lithuanian Couture Julia Janus C-3. Spain. A Gegio Stalui www.eastanbul. Visitors to the restaurant can enjoy a decent cup of coffee with an authentic slice of apple A good place to pick up a few unusual bits and pieces for the kitchen. tel. An old Vilnius favourite on two floors.iki. tel. An interesting idea that takes the old-fashioned deli idea of fresh products laid out in baskets sold by friendly. Didžioji 20. As well as a shopping space there’s also a small café inside.21:30. S.16:00. several kinds of ajvar.19:00. After the erection of the 1983 Monument to the Soviet Partisans on the site. the fabric that really breathes. tel. An early contender for the prize title in the city’s delicatessen sweepstakes. Sat 10:00 . Closed Sun.17:00. www. Not only can she design your personal Gedimino 46. herbs and spices. Find the shelves bulging with an ever-increasing collection of things to eat including hummus. (+370) 655 955 55. the lovely Užupio Krautuvė offers a fine selection of Mediterranean gourmet food including olive oil. Closed Sat.Q Open 24hrs. JAV SHOPPING IKI Express B-2. (+370) 5 240 54 Flowers & Plants If you’re thinking of giving flowers to somebody in Lithuania.16:00. (+370) 653 800 85. This predominantly Turkish food shop is the only thing of its kind in the city. www. (+370) 615 999 09.21:00. bathrooms. Užupio 10-25. this is the place to come for individual flowers. organic peanut butter and large tins of ghee. JA Zoraza C-3. Sun 11:00 . There are certain rules that should be adhered to if you wish to keep on the right side of your sweetheart and/or future parents-in-law. Put elegance and confidence in a blender. Didžioji 11. Pilies 38. Fri. JA The Notebook Shop I-1. A Ramunės Piekautaitės Mados Namai C-4. Closed Sun.20:00. A highly recommended deli in the heart of Old Town selling a superb range of food and drink. Pilies 22. flowers were sold in a small market at Reformatų. (+370) 686 793 50. com. (+370) 5 269 72 81. tel. A good selection of flowers and plants for the home and/or special occasions. J Gėlės ir Manufaktūra B-5. Bags. A iDeal Solution B-2. JA Užupio Krautuvė I-4. tel. Stiklių 7.19:00. AS Biosala B-4.20:00. Sat 13:00 . chalva (halva).lt. Sat 09:00 . (+370) 5 275 12 00. and still sticking to their core values of quality and freshness. (+370) 622 011 90. Closed Sun.22:00.22:00.18:00. Established in Šiauliai in 1913 and still based in the city. Basanavičiaus 42. www. but your whole house too. tel. Portugal. tel.19:00. Sveiki Produktai A-2. (+370) 687 677 SHOPPING Vaga G-3. it’s appropriate for men to give red tulips to their female colleagues at work.15:00. QOpen 11:00 19:00. furry things.linokopos. Closed Sat 10:00 . One will (+370) 612 956 13. 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.22:00. olive oil and wine. German and Latvian beer in bottles. The name means linen dunes. Gedimino 28. expressing Lithuanian culture through a modern context.17:00. mostly from small producers in Italy. Sun 10:00 . (+370) 659 441 44. Bernardinų Also at Žirmūnų 2. tel. tel.juliajanus. tel.sododizainas. Pilies 25a. (+370) 686 262 52. A good selection of mostly organic food in tins and packets plus a few extras such as bio-degradable washing powder etc. A tions avoid yellow ones. Turkish yoghurt. Sun. A Senukai Ukmergės vilnius. JA Lino Namai C-3. electrical equipment.19:00.March 2014 . some basic office furniture. Sat 11:00 . (+370) 5 261 02 13. Fri 10:00 . Closed Sun. Inside the building that houses the restaurant of the same name. Didžioji 38. www. garden centre and outdoor furniture. shiny things.sauluva. Flower Market (Gėlių Turgus) G-4. Sat 10:00 . QOpen 10:00 . (+370) 5 240 44 30. and a glitzy upholstered toilet. JA Mamma Mia! C-4. Sun 09:00 .17:00.19:00. other than the fact that they’ve tumbled from the presumably chaotic cognitions of designer Daiva Urbonavičiūtė.siulas. Sold by the gramme. Or just pop along here to see the results. Closed Sun. Sat 10:00 . miscellaneous household essentials. Over 20 different types of live Lithuanian beer from the good people at the Vilniaus Alus brewery plus a range of Lithuanian. Sat 11:00 . JA Stiklo Paslaptis (World of Glass) C-3/4. Everything from chocolate bars to caramel to truffles. www. tel. Sun 09:00 . Notable as being the only 24-hour market in the city.linentales. Tilto 33a. make sure you only give an odd number of flowers or stems. meat. tel. tel. Beautifully designed and crafted linen for bedrooms. Sun 11:00 tel. Vokiečių 6.


juratesakmeneliai. Closed Sun. A. tel. The entire Lithuanian civil registry archives from 1940 to the present day. QOpen 09:00 .17:00. Capable of changing just about any convertible currency as well as all Baltic denominations and Belarusian roubles.laumesskrynia. Sat 10:00 . tel. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 08:30 .18:00. www. Englishspeaking staff will make your hair swell with style. Sat 10:00 . Vokiečių 28/17. Sat 11:00 . V. folk. www.hotelofthings. tel. Sat 09:00 . See the website for more information. JA De’ Žavu The full range of dry cleaning and laundry services.inyourpocket. Stiklių tel.15:00. Sat 11:00 . lithuaniavisits. QOpen 09:00 . A Vilbra Foto G-5. Orders accepted. tel. (+370) 5 212 42 63. tel. Vilius Vaseikis provides a unique and fascinating service arranging tours of Lithuania for people of Lithuanian descent. The bright-eyed. (+370) 5 231 29 22/ (+370) 652 224 49. Fri Closed Sun. QOpen 11:00 . tel. Savičiaus 5. location and approximate date are essential. Lithuanian Design Block G-5. Also. Femina Mobile I-1. A superb range of jewellery for both men and women. An excellent little place to rummage around. www. www.18:00. info@senamiesciosalonas. Šv. QOpen 08:00 .19:00. JA LIFESTYlE DIRECTORY Vilniaus Antikvaro Centras Fotoprekių Skyrius Beauty Institute B-3. Kareivių 6. Worth a peep at least.18:00. K. tel. www. JA Rūdninkų Knygynas B-5.17:30.16:00. (+370) 5 212 28 56.18:00. http:// shop. interior decorations and other crafted items from a range of Lithuanian . tel. www. (+370) 5 262 91 87. Sat 11:00 . Hard drive recovery et al. 08:00 .20:00. Sat 10:00 16:00. paintings. Driving lessons Dry cleaners & Launderettes Joglė G-3. Closed (+370) 5 262 00 82. Closed Sun. Silver and gold melt together in fantastic medleys. C Gates G-2.19:00. www. JA Senamiesčio Grožio Salonas C-4. The good news is that if they don’t stock it they can order it fairly quickly. A rather cute little shop on the very edge of Old Town. (+370) 5 262 64 76. They also sell a range of old-fashioned hi-fi equipment for those who don’t know their iPods from their elbows. from clothing to impossible-looking cardboard tables to the latest swanky offerings from the Lomo people. www. Closed Sun. tel. and experimental music. www.17:00. Sat 08:00 .lt.15:00.rudninkuknygynas. Doing everything from helping to locate lost relatives to providing a translator. Closed Sat. Closed Sun. The best choice of dSLRs and digital compact cameras for the serious enthusiast in the city. Lukšio 17. paper and chemicals alongside such hard-to-find things as cable releases. Vytenio 10. A Rūdninkų 16. Closed QOpen 09:00 .lt. tel. photographs. In order to use this Sat 10:00 . QOpen 10:00 .lt. QOpen 11:00 . tel. classic.feminamobile.17:00. Also at Šv. 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. J Thelonious C-3. The Old Town Beauty Salon offers a superb selection of procedures and services for the benefit of both mind and body. info@rudninkuknyg ynas.lfs. Closed Sun.84 SHOPPING C-3. (+370) 671 253 46. Also available are a few eco and handmade souvenirs.inyourpocket. Closed Sun. flashguns.19:00. clothing. A multitude of things for the Q Open 09:00 .18:00. QOpen 08:00 . paper cuts and a host of other similar articles.17:45. Vilius is also the man to speak to if you’re thinking of relocating to Lithuania or are simply looking to rent an apartment. tel. Promoting ecologically-friendly products and worthy of much over-needed applause. (+370) 5 212 15 56.19:00. (+370) 5 230 13 01. (+370) 5 213 54 54. www. Closed Sun. (+370) 662 350 11. Cleaning services Computer repair DD Projects Laisvės 77-323.18:00.sugihara.cgates.bitinelis.19:00.18:00. Sun. Jasinskio 16 (entrance from A. Also at Gedimino Also at Ozo 25 (Akropolis). among the other many things they provide are waxing procedures. QOpen 11:00 .grozionamai. (+370) 615 940 01. Closed Sun. tel.19:00. tel. tel.17:00. as well as a good selection of 12inch records from home and abroad find a fine range of English language magazines on the subject of design. lt.ebareket. JA Komisas G-4. Sat 11:00 17:00. Šopeno 12/26. jewellery. www. Wood Carvings (Kaziukas Fair) Bareket H-3. mostly jazz but also a few other gems you won’t find in a mainstream music tel. QOpen 11:00 . www. manicure and a lot more besides. Find everything from old wedding dresses and sunglasses to shoes to ties to mirrors. P. (+370) 699 599 88. Konstitucijos 7a (Europa). Pylimo 22d. Sun. Matrix G-5. Mindaugo 11 (Maxima). JW Information Bureau. Fri 09:00 . These people can rent you anything they have vilnius.ona. J Recorded music Franko C-3. lighting. Closed Sun. accessories. (+370) 5 279 15 45. Kazimiero 12. Genealogy Speciality shops 5 233 78 46.20:00. Sun 10:00 . JA Jewellery IMuzika H-3. Kudirkos 1/7. lenses etc. www. Sat 11:00 . Sun. Sun.21:00. Fri 09:00 .fototechnika. Goštauto).15:00. Q Open 24hrs. Closed Sat. Located in an area rapidly making a name for itself as the place to come for expensive designer bits and pieces for the home. the Bareket people are also deep into the diamond business.jogle. A small and rather natty boutique selling vintage clothing and accessories as well as a small range of new fashion. www. Fri 09:00 . tel.16:00. Closed Sat. Former journalist and six times European Ham Radio Operator champion. A Currency exchange Citadele B-6. Closed Sun. designers and producers in If you’re looking to propose. J Kino Studija I-1. Ozo 25 (Akropolis).19:00. Rūdninkų 20. 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 including Leicas and some Soviet classics. Švitrigailos December 2013 . matrix.17:30. indie. QOpen 11:00 . Sun. Also at Pylimo 41. Mon. Sat 10:00 . QOpen 10:00 . Ask your landlord/lady or a local friend about which one is available in your area. photography etc. (+370) 5 261 02 66.senamiesciosalonas.19:00.16:00. Closed Sun. Ševčenkos 16a. Closed Sun. (+370) 5 212 10 76. www. Closed Sun. Although this is arguably the best photography shop in Vilnius if not the country. QOpen 11:00 . Sat 09:00 . Get a you thful sprucing-up in this freshly renovated salon right on Pilies. Sun. QOpen 10:00 . tel. (+370) 698 000 24. Ukmergės 120. JAW Yurga B-3. hair care. Sun. Closed Sat. www. QOpen 10:00 . Stanevičiaus 21a. QOpen 11:00 . the selection remains rather small.19:00. QOpen 08:00 . (+370) 5 264 91 64. Closed Sun. all of it hand-crafted and made by a talented local designer in a range of materials.17:00. Kalinausko 21. yurga. Sun. JA Laumės Skrynia D-3. (+370) 5 213 45 74. Sat 10:00 . QOpen 11:00 . J Bitinėlis B-6. (+370) 683 461 41. massage.19:00. don’t go getting too excited. Sat 11:00 . including records of all births. tel. deaths and marriages.16:30. they also buy stuff as well as sell it. www. A Vilnius In Your Pocket Photography 70. Closed Mon.19:00. high quality ingredients and highly trained professional staff. televisions. Fri 11:00 . (+370) 656 688 28. all made by small-scale Q Open 09:00 . Although they stock an impressive range (for local standards) of cameras. Individually designed. tel.15:00. Using a combination of natural. Fri 08:00 . tel. (+370) 5 270 04 06/(+370) 676 378 89.17:00. Buy from one of their experts in the shop or directly from their website. Devoted to the cause. Second-hand clothes. film stock. www. tripods.17:30. JA Jūratės Akmenėliai A-3. Sat 09:00 . Sat 11:00 . Closed Sat. Init S. hi-fi equipment and more.19:00.20:00. Dominikonų 16. A superb choice of second-hand CDs and vinyl. A Ona D-4. Užupio 15. QOpen 08:30 . J.15:00. Closed Sat. Geležinkelio 6. Smolensko 10a. furniture. exclusive hand-made QOpen 09:00 .19:00. Lithuania’s biggest label and one hip shop presenting jazz. QOpen 09:00 .17:00. Yurga also makes one-off pieces to order including engagement and wedding rings as well as a handsome selection of corporate gifts. (+370) 5 212 30 87.March 2014 Dress hire vilnius. tel. Lithuanian Central Registry Archive (Istorijos Archyvo Skyrius) G-3. Thelonious now organise the occasional jazz concert.19:00. www. (+370) 5 210 75 75. Trakų 16. Pilies 23.vilbrafoto. Sat 11:00 . www. (+370) Fototechnika G-5. Sat 10:00 . JA 85 Barbers & Beauty in stock from their wide range of silly costumes. Closed Sun. (+370) 5 262 02 79. Vasario 16-osios 16-2. Goštauto 3/24. (+370) 5 239 41 30. Ignoto 3/1. tel. A glorious little shop selling a range of locally-produced honey plus everything you ever needed to star t producing the stuff yourself.imuzika. QOpen 08:00 . Lithuanian Design Block is packed with goodies.keitykla. 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. (+370) 5 233 05 Cable television The companies listed below provide cable television services to different parts of the city.

B.21:00. Prices start from around 50Lt.19:00. www. economics.JA East Island Exotic C-4.S. (+370) 5 244 46 46. ProCentras G-4. Vilnius’ long established International Women’s Association welcomes women from all cultural backgrounds living in the Lithuanian capital. (+370) 5 249 70 28.19:00. They also offer their all body massages alongside a range of facials. Lingua Lituanica A-1. They have previously refused to tattoo tongues. QOpen 09:00 . (+370) 5 212 55 Gerosios Vilties Gedimino 26. www. (+370) 5 276 91 32. QOpen 09:00 . Sat 10:00 . Sun. Montvilo 29.17:00. Milašiaus 21. Spice up your life with a range of massages including several delivered with the aid of stones.19:00. this recommended kindergarden provides care and pre-school education to boys and girls from three upwards in either Lithuanian/English or Lithuanian/German. JA 87 Saulės Gojus J.19:00.procentras. The same as the Lithuanian Central Registry Archive (see above). Fri 08:00 . Sat 10:00 . Aušros Vartų 15. QOpen 10:00 14:00. Rusų 3.21:00. QOpen 11:00 .ambermassage.inyourpocket. Heels stuck back on in 15 minutes. Sat 09:00 .17:00. Dynamic library with an extensive collection of exhibitions Didžioji 40/ 2014 . Closed Sat.gyvreg. Closed Sat. J French International School J-2. Sun. The sensible thing for non-nationals to do is to use this service with a Lithuanian intermediary. tel.18:00. tel.inyourpocket. Closed Sat.14:00. House calls can be There’s a sauna too. info@procentras. Drakono Ženklas B-3. this strange and rather beguiling addition to the city’s growing wellness community provides a range of massages using amber. Sat 10:00 .veterinaras.cac.15:15.archyvai. Closed Sun. and the International Christmas Charity Bazaar as well as many others. When the Nazis invaded Lithuania.16:00.15:45. Sun. tel. body scrubs. J Amber Massage SPA C-5. Thai masseurs on hand for the ultimate authentic experience. A bus ferries everyone from the city and back again. Mikalojaus 5. QOpen 09:00 . www. law.16:00. (+370) 5 231 32 39. QOpen 12:00 . Sun 09:00 . QOpen 07:30 .lt. Tumėno).19:00. (+370) 5 247 78 11. literature and culture. Especially if you’re trying to remove a Lithuanian surname. tel. (+370) 5 260 89 60. tel.17:00. www. one of their first tasks was to prepare an extensive set of records of everyone living in the country. The library organises regular film evenings.17:00. They limped home. Sat 10:00 . iwavilnius@gmail. tel. plus spa treatments. Closed Sat. Closed Sat. tel. QOpen 07:30 . member social Archives of information on contemporary art.19:00. Piercing is offered. talks by lecturers from the USA and by diplomats. tel. Also at Pylimo 49. www. Prices are competitive compared to courses offered by the universities. no matter how dark and evil it is. theoretical books. A good few kilometres east of the city. QOpen 08:00 .lt/lt/lcva. Closed Sat. (+370) 5 212 10 31. (+370) 5 262 88 63. www. Sun. and there‘s an English-language discussion club. Sun. Open 11:00 . Q Open 11:00 . book club and is involved in a number of charitable activities. and can boast the most ecological school building in the country.22:00. QOpen 09:00 . QOpen 08:00 . (+370) 5 213 27 52. Closed Sun. Photographic services 261 49 23. but did once tattoo someone’s foot. As well as organising such traditional social events as coffee mornings. Savanorių 22. tel. info@aziaspa. Appointments can be made outside of office hours. tel. Vivulskio 4a.aziaspa. JUW The U.lingualit. Sun. www. QOpen 09:00 . J Language courses International Women’s Association. tel. although the usual turnaround is more usually a day. Šilo Lithuanian State Historical Archives (Lietuvos Valstybės Istorijos Archyvas) F-5. Liejyklos 6/21.html.15:00. www. videotapes and CDs. Closed Sat. (+370) 5 271 77 88. www. 2 (Contemporary Art Centre). 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 December 2013 . (+370) 655 Avalynės Taisykla B-4. tel.15:45. 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 vilnius. Many of the books are about politics. www. www. Two-week summer and winter courses are also available and include plenty of sightseeing and cultural immersion.86 LIFESTYlE DIRECTORY 521 69. tel. (+370) 5 276 15 64. proving that every cloud. QOpen 11:00 . tel. Sun (only July .22:00. tel. The brainchild of a lady from Israel. Labdarių 1/ and the whole thing has been designed to re-energise owning to amber’s peculiar proclivity to generate small amounts of electricity. Vilnius International School D-3. A range of Eastern-style massages with a Buddhist philosophy. Sun. American history. aromatherapy and more. like Blossom of Hope. Grigaičiai. They can also print and mount images and scan negatives up to impressively large sizes.18:30.18:00. Subačiaus 41. www. tel.eastisland.aisv. Embassy Informa tion Resource Center (JAV Ambasados Amerikos centro biblioteka) G-4. tel.14:00. QOpen 08:00 . Closed Sat. QOpen 10:00 . Akmenų 6. Sun.saulesgojus. (+370) 633 681 19. J LIFESTYLE DIRECTORY nicely. Sun 10:00 . Closed Sat. tel. Registry (Gyventojų Registro Tarnyba) G-4. J International schools American International School of Vilnius I-5. Closed Sun. (+370) 5 213 74 82. Learn Lithuanian with courses of varying length suitable for everyone from short-term visitors to those who wish to make a life here. playgroup. 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. QOpen 08:30 . Closed Sun. does indeed have a silver lining. J Raktinė D-2. Loads of books and DVD‘s in English (all of which can be borrowed). (+370) 5 261 40 64. Sun. but they won’t touch your naughty bits. J Shoe repair Key cut Fri 09:00 .21:00. Fri 08:00 . Reports from parents say that the standard of care is exceptionally high and that the country setting is delightful. It’s just a shame they don’t open during the weekends. (+370) 699 612 65. 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). (+370) 5 266 54 02.August). Tue 10:00 . Special interest groups Libraries Lithuanian Central State Archive (Lietuvos Centrinis Valstybės Archyvas) O.19:00.html. Sat.18:00. Sun 12:00 . http://vilnius. Fri 07:30 .iwavilnius. QOpen 10:00 . J Tattoos & Piercing Vets & Pets Senamiesčio Veterinarijos Klinika B-2/3. only these archives are from the church registry up until 1940. Radvilaitės Fri 10:00 . usembassy.lnb. Closed Sat. (+370) 698 334 13. JA Azia Spa B-4. They’ve also now opened an accompanying primary QOpen 08:00 . Special massages for couples also available. Those looking to trace people living in Lithuania during the period of 19411942 should consult this archive. Note that the opening hours listed here are a guideline. honey and even chocolate. Vokiečių Martynas Mažvydas Lithuanian National Library (Lietuvos Nacionalinė Martyno Mažvydo Biblioteka) G-3. body masks and scrubs. periodicals. Gedimino 51 (Entrance from A.22:00.16. Šv. Closed Sat.18:00. Unless you’re very sexy. Vilniaus 45. Closed Sat. Sat 11:00 . but changing the name of a former lover into an anchor and chain usually involves a bit of work and costs more. and rather annoyingly can take up to a month to process. Transparency films get done in batches.21:00.archyvai. JA Wellness CAC Reading Room (ŠMC Skaitykla) C-4.17:30. (+370) 5 Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius.

pressexpress. A Medicine General Private Clinics (+370) 5 216 90 69. Closed Sat.15:00. www. tel. massage. Europe’s leading provider of locally produced urban information in print. QOpen 07:30 . A highly trained team of consulting doctors will come to the inyourpocket. Sat 08:00 . they also specialise in dental procedures for Westerns at considerably lower prices. (+370) 5 262 97 facebook. You can also indulge yourself with a massage or various other forms of pampering.exoticspa. The centre comes complete with an Oriental ambience including representations of Buddha on the wall and a tranquil Eastern soundtrack.inyourpocket.newz. Klaipėdos 2/14-3. 5 262 75 91. Broad range of medical services.whitening 780Lt. Konstitucijos 26 (Forum Palace 1st floor).provansokvapai. Sun Operos Vaistinė A-1. (+370) 5 212 61 16. Raugyklos (+370) 5 239 05 00. tel.600Lt. Closed Sun.baltictimes. Sat 10:00 . www. QOpen 09:00 19:00. JA A ir B Mackevičių Odontologi jos Klinika B -2 .sugihara. It’s a fresh approach which will leave you feeling very alive and refreshed. QOpen 07:30 . Closed Sat. Treatments are available for both men and women and as well as one-off treatments they also provide a wide range of treatment packages.800 . Šv. QOpen 08:00 . Upės 5. Sun. (+370) 5 212 12 15. QOpen 08:00 . QOpen 09:00 .lt. Also at Gedimino 49a/2. extraction 50 . Closed Sun. tel. as well as Belarus.17:00. (+370) 5 262 00 73. cleaning 260Lt. filling 165 . Sugiharos 3. Žirmūnų 64. Sat. Hospitals Vilnius University Hospital (Respublikinė Vilniaus Universitetinė Ligoninė) Šiltnamių 29. A wide range of massages and spa procedures. tel. Č. (+370) 5 247 24 70. www. Check-up 30 . cleaning 5 . A Kūno Akademija A-0. An Asian atmosphere permeates and soothes. lt. Fri 08:00 .20:00. tel. Sat 10:00 .lithuaniatribune.19:00.dentaltravel. Sat 09:00 15:00. JA HIV & AIDS Online news lithuaniatribune. tel. as do all the treatments and services including Sun 10:00 .lt. body and facial procedures for everything from the removal of stress to general health and beauty. solarium and more.19:00. a wide range of Thai massages.6Lt/ vilnius. tel. Vienuolio 14-3. Check-up 20Lt. Closed Sun. (+370) 5 262 Print media 5 234 20 20/(+370) 698 526 55. Information is gathered from other news sources. Closed Sun. L . tel. Closed Sun. and contacting them directly for more information is recommended. Pylimo 9.16:00. www. Fri 07:30 .2.eastisland. As well as offering quality. tel. J Gidenta A-1. www.17:00. Sun. implant from 6. www. Didžioji info@newz. Bernardinų 9-4. economics and international relations. The Baltic Times contains news about all three Baltic states. J Idzumi Spa I-2. See the website for a full list of services. (+370) 679 250 55. Fri 08:00 . implant 1. Closed implant 2.400Lt. QOpen 10:00 . (+370) 5 270 57 10.kunoakademija. sauna. Sat 10:00 .000 . tel.21:00. (+370) 5 230 44 02.19:30. www. tel. Order foreign magazines and newspapers. J In Your Pocket D-2. Sporto www. mud wraps and a lot more. (+370) 5 261 25 12. One of the city’s largest treatment with magnifi cation (microscope and lens). www. QOpen 07:30 .gidenta. Sun. editor@ 14d. Also at Nemenčinės 54a (Baltic-American Clinic). tel.19:00.000Lt.19:00. Closed Sat.rvul. Sun. academia and the political world and translated into English. whitening 123Lt/tooth. www. facials etc. QOpen 09:00 . Published fortnightly on the second and fourth Thursdays on the month. and a wealth of cosmetic procedures to make you feel reborn. Practical information from Belfast to Moscow. twitter. The website publishes news updates several times per day. lt. JA Sugihara Beauty Therapy & Surgery Clinic E-2. Laser-whitening 1. rega. Provanso Kvapai features a shop and two rooms specialising in a wide range of spa treatments using natural. The list is A Gedimino Vaistinė A-1. services here include aromatic bathtubs. www. Closed Sun.18:00. tel. www. QOpen 08:00 . Vienuolio 6-21. kardiolita. A range of massage.200Lt.3. spa treatment packages for couples and a few saucy options for gentlemen. English-speaking services to resident foreigners. Q Open 24hrs. Also at Gedimino 9. now bigger and better than ever. Closed Sat. Closed Mon.17:00. (+370) Benu I-1. Lithuania Tribune Tel. Baltic Times B-5. prosthetic-CAM-DAM CEREC 3 system 800 -1. www.19:00. Mikalojaus 5. video. Translating as Scents of Provence and located inside the city’s Amberton Hotel. (+370) 5 272 22 27. JA Šeimos Medicinos Centras (Family Medical Centre) A-3.19:00. JA Vokiečių Vaistinė C-4. Newz. body scrub using salt from the Dead Sea.inyourpocket.March 2014 Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. Closed Sat. Among the many things on offer are aromatherapy body massage. JA Pharmacies Closed JAW Provanso Kvapai B-2. QOpen 09:30 .21:00. benu. A recommended site featuring news about Lithuania on subjects including (+370) 5 212 12 19. all inside an atmospheric Old Town Sat 10:00 .120Lt. spa@exoticspa. JA Medical services 48 92.20:00. tel. Sun 10:00 .18:00. (+370) 684 331 00 (appointments). (+370) 607 921 96. fax (+370) 5 276 79 68.200Lt/tooth. Q Open 24hrs.88 LIFESTYlE DIRECTORY Exotic Spa Morocco B-4.15:45. A. A. Sidaravičius A-3. A team of young dental professionals providing an extensive range of dental services. organic products. Gedimino 27.200Lt/tooth. PDF and now on the iPhone. QOpen 08:00 . A Opticians Optometrijos Centras B-4. bringing together miscellaneous sources of news and current affairs and serving them on one easily digestible page.optometrija. Pilies 32. 10:00 . JAW Spa Centre East Island G-3. (+370) 5 260 86 84. Stuokos - Dr. (+370) 5 219 77 99. . tel. tel. tel. (+370) 614 312 15. Sat 09:00 . JA Universiteto Vaistinė C-3. filling 80 . mackeviciai@mail.16:00. tel. QOpen 08:00 . QOpen 09:00 . find it for sale in a handful of bookshops as well as for free in a number of hotels. (+370) 5 230 01 25. JA Rega www. Sun 11:00 . An independent news portal in English. Druskininkai (SPA Vilnius). tel. tel.21:00. QOpen 09:00 .lt. Stuokos-Gucevičiaus 1 (Amberton Hotel). QOpen 09:00 . Vokiečių 26. A Kardiolita Laisvės 64a. Highly recommended modern professional health care and diagnostics. (+370) 5 278 89 91.20:00.20:00. (+370) 5 212 42 32. (+370) 5 261 01 35. Regularly updated around the clock. Kūno Akademija also makes visits by prior arrangement. Dineikos 1. L. J Press Express M. www.16:00. Tallinn to Tirana. tel. tel. www.22:00. www. tel. laser . QOpen 11:00 . QOpen 07:00 .com. Closed Sat. Gedimino 1a-19.18:00.21:00. Sun. Tr a n s m i t t e d D i s e a s e s & A I D S C e n t r e (Užkrečiamųjų Ligų ir AIDS Centras) Nugalėtojų rescue if your beauty is slipping away. www. Sat 09:00 QOpen 08:00 . (+370) 5 212 29 76. (+370) QOpen 10:00 . www. Sleževičiaus 7. Universiteto 2. A HEALTh Dentists Dentists in Vilnius are of a high quality and relatively inexpensive by Western standards. cosmetics. Excellent English-speaking doctor for general and family health located in the city centre opposite the Cathedral. Sun. JA Baltic-American Clinic Nemenčinės Privately-run general hospital. www.16:00. 89 Gucevičiaus 9 -9.inyourpocket. Q Open 24hrs. info@kunoakademija. High quality care. Founded after a merger of The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996. tel. QOpen 07:30 .com/inyourpocket December 2013 . The following dentists all have English-speaking staff.000Lt/tooth.

www. Chess remains a favourite sport (call it a game in front of a serious player at your own peril) among the Lithuanians. QOpen 17:00 . spa. Sun 12:00 . www. info@narutis. where prices are also higher.20:00. Sat. www.inyourpocket. (+370) 607 435 55. brought here by the ruling classes from Western Europe. Konstitucijos 25. 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. Very nice people indeed. Closed Sun.23:00. It’s skating in a shopping centre.21:30. (+370) 5 233 99 Q Open 11:00 . TAEKDC Water sports Winter sports (+370) 659 919 74. Ąžuolyno Akropolis Ice (Akropolio Ledas) www. Konstitucijos 26. There’s a sauna.sebarena. Sat 10:00 . Whether it’s relaxation or action. Also at L. AFDC Impuls Plus I-1. . fax (+370) 5 212 17 62. Fabijoniškių 97a. Strength and cardiovascular workout gear. Fri. 18:45 . A big explosion of aquatic fun with a pleasantly up-lifting Polynesian theme throughout. Kareivių 14.23:00. QOpen 10:00 . For information about cycling in Vilnius. tel. PJW Bowling & Billiards 66 00.18:00.radissonblu.22:00. spa bath and some fitness kit are all present. therapies. Closed Sun.13:55. (+370) 5 240 70 15. tel. Matulaičio 7-38. There’s also classes. we’ve hand-picked a bunch of options and stuffed our pages with stuff to do.lvjc. tel. JA The Narutis Hotel – Preferred Boutique C-3. www. including the great Polish master Akiba Rubinstein (1882-1961). the year the first chess club was founded in Lithu ania. Others claim its history goes back a good deal further. Sat 07:30 .22:00. tel. (+370) 5 249 Teniso Pasaulis E-1. courses and other such things aimed at achieving a strong and healthy body and mind combined with inner balance for a harmonious lifestyle. (+370) 5 212 01 10. famous for beating the world champion at the time in an albeit informal game way back in 1937. Konstitucijos 6. Sun 08:00 . Sun 08:00 .forumfitness. Complete with Lithuanian dishes and beer. www. And then join them. www. balance training. QOpen 08:30 . The first international tournament took place in Vilnius in 1912. tel. 40 . yoga.23:00. QOpen 11:00 . 25m pool. There are dizzying water slides. a pretend beach with real waves. saunas. Sat 11:00 . all overseen by professionals and the vast majority of it available in English. tel. steam room and a modest pool with spa bath.boulingoklubas.21:00. there might be occasions when you might want to actually do something. QOpen 06:30 . P Table tennis Chess The general consensus among historians is that chess (šachmatai ) arrived in Lithuania in the 17th century.120Lt/hour depending on when you want to play. QOpen 06:30 .02:00.22:00. the six lanes squeezed next to each other allow for much drunken bowling. tel. PW Free Ball H-3. JA Saunas Sostinės Stalo Teniso Klubas I-1. Sat 12:00 .22:00. Gym. modern equipment and the option of a personal trainer to shout at you while you use it. Didžioji 35/2. Diugonis (Scuba-diving) J. Focusing on Callanetics but also offering Pilates. to making mosaics to gongs. A vast(ish) and gleaming facility tucked away under one of the city’s finest hotels. it’s possible to find the game being played every evening in a few bars. Ozo 14c.vilnius@ radissonblu. Savanorių who can arrange dives in the lakes around Trakai. PJA Boulingo Klubas G-3. tel.bowling. lectures and workshops featuring everything from fractal painting.21:45. A Vichy Aqua Park H-1.narutis. Ozo or take bus N°53 if you’re feeling cheap. Sun 10:00 . who won and took the title back to his native homeland.24:00. A PADI dive centre.90 SPORT & LEIsURE As tempting as it may be to just sit around in cafés and bars enjoying the city. www. Pilies 24. (+370) 5 246 08 36. Out in the northern Scuba gear available for hire. Sat. aerobics. Sat. info@stimulus. exercises for expectant mothers and a host of other things. Better lanes and equipment upstairs. attracting many skilful exponents from abroad. tel. www. Lakūnų 24. pool and waterslide. the taxi fare’s still worth it.21:00. Sun 09:00 .lt. despite being in a children’s and youth centre. (+370) 654 020 59.15:00. good shower facilities and the option of coaching or just playing for pleasure. it’s not just for kiddies. Wonky lanes and pins on strings. www.20:15. Sat 12:00 .com. Sat 11:00 . A hidden treat on the main tourist promenade of Old Town. modern dance exercises. Closed Mon. Q Open 06:00 . What is undeniable however is the fact that the first ever documented game played in the country took place in 1887. modern table tennis club complete with lots of tables. sales. fax (+370) 5 262 28 82. Forum Sports Club G-2/3. www.24:00. (+370) 5 273 33 33.23:00.akropolis. pool. A pleasant enough space featuring a bar and several pool tables in excellent condition. Ozo 25. Check the website for more information about the full range of their activities.24:00. (+370) 656 205 80. Konstitucijos 16 (VCUP).impuls.stimulus. www. J. Fri. tel. PAW Cosmic Bowling G-4. oodles of pools of various types (one with a bar) and all sorts of saunas and spa baths. A Lietuvos Vaikų ir Jaunimo Centras G-2. Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. tel. (+370) 615 400 72. vandensparkas. 118. click here. and as well as one or two specialist clubs in Vilnius.22:00. aerobics. And a nice little fountain. sauna. Fri 07:00 . Opened in 2009 and the first of its kind in the country. (+370) 5 212 28 94. the Stimulus people have one location in Vilnius new business district as well as two more in Panevėžys and Klaipėda. Fri 11:00 . Vytenio 6/23. with English-speaking staff. A Racquet sports Fitness & Gyms (+370) 5 210 31 49. A large. tel. Thu 11:00 The pool is only 25m long but it’s clean as a whistle and. Jasinskio 16. and it’s cooler than it sounds. tel. ADC Stimulus B-00. You can watch people swimming while you’re on the treadmill.22:30. Wed. QOpen 07:00 . Radisson Blu Astorija QOpen 10:00 .lt. Asanavičiūtės 15. QOpen 12:00 . Sun 07:30 .16:00. Lithuania’s most notable exponent was a man by the name of Vladas Mikėnas (1910-1992).

Canada A-2. Čiurlionio 76. Mykolo C/D-3 Šv. (+370) 5 260 79 14. tel. Tumo-Vaižganto 2. tel. Azerbaijan G-3. tel. (+370) 5 231 31 83. tel. Armenia F-3. Philippines (Consulate) A-2. (+370) 5 219 96 00. Lithuanian officials (+370) 5 266 37 11. Jogailos 4 (A corps). Vilniaus 23. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (LR Užsienio Reikalų Ministerija) G-3. Malta (Consulate) C-5. (+370) 5 260 89 19. (+370) 5 231 39 61.fscenter. China H-5. Jogailos 4. Akmenų 6. tel. (+370) 5 215 05 75. tel. Sun. T. tel. Kalinausko 24 (2nd floor). Sirvydo B-1 K. Finland G-4. K. Norway A-3. (+370) 5 213 22 55. Smėlio 22a. Daukanto 3. tel. Kosciuškos 36. (+370) 5 272 38 93. Algirdo 36. (+370) 5 212 29 December 2013 . tel. fax (+370) 5 262 05 35. Georgia F-3. tel. Jogailos 4. Spain G-4. tel. Šopeno B-6 Žemaitijos B-4 Žiupronių D-5 Ž. (+370) 5 266 80 10. (+370) 5 269 00 69. A. tel. Aguonų A-4/6 A. Government (LR Vyriausybė) B-1. tel. tel. tel. Kosciuškos 36. Thailand (Consulate) A-2. tel. tel. J.inyourpocket. G/H-5. Accounting services. 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. Austria C-3. Estonia F-3. tel. tel. Skapo C-2 Stiklių C-3/4 Stoties B-6 Subačiaus C/D-5 Šaltinių A/B-5 Šermukšnių A1 Šiaulių B-4 Šiltadaržio D-2 Švarco C-3 Šventaragio C-2 Šv. tel. Dvasios D-5 Šv. www. Basanavičiaus A-3/4 J. (+370) Financial Services Center B-1. Birutės 20a/35. Birutės 16. (+370) 5 264 87 60. tel. Radvilaitės C/D-2 Didžioji C-3/4 Dominikonų B/C-3 Dysnos B-4 Rödl & Partner B-1. Belarus G-4. Greece C-4. Mickevičiaus 4a. Daukšos D-5 Mėsinių B-5/C-4 Mindaugo A-4/6 Naručio D-6 Naugarduko A-4/5 Odminių B-2 Palangos A-3 Pamėnkalnio A-2 Pasažo C-5 Paupio D-3 Pelesos C/D-6 Pilies C-2/3 Plačioji B-5 Pranciškonų B-3/4 Punsko A-6 Pylimo A-2/C-6 Radvilų B-1 Raugyklos A-6/B-5 Rožių A-3/2 Rusų C/D-3 Rūdninkų B-5/C-4 Savičiaus C-4 Seinų B/C-6 Sodų B-5/6 S. tel. Hungary A-2. Kosciuškos 28. Škirpos D-1/2 Kūdrų D-4 K. A. tel. QOpen 09:00 . Vivulskio 19. Jablonskio A-5/6 J. (+370) 5 266 08 20. (+370) 5 246 29 00. (+370) 5 212 35 90. UK J-3. K. Denmark I-3. Conference organisers 212 00 03. tel. (+370) 5 212 00 33. (+370) 5 269 00 38. European Business Network P. tel. tel. Didžioji 16. (+370) 5 213 12 60. Romania G-4. JogaiVilnius Chamber of Commerce. Z. tel. (+370) 5 207 50 40.18:00. (+370) 5 21 23. Ukraine A-3. Sabaliauskas ir Partneriai B-1.inyourpocket. Bernardinų 9-4. (+370) 5 266 55 00. France C-3. Sierakausko 24. Australia (Consulate) 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. Gaono 6. Ireland C-2. (+370) 5 233 07 82. 251 44 91. tel. (+370) 5 266 10 54. tel. (+370) 5 261 05 26. Freight forwarding 67 50. tel. Italy G-4. (+370) 5 Litexpo (Lietuvos Parodų ir Kongresų centras Litexpo) E-5. (+370) 5 278 02 00. A. Parliament (LR Seimas) G-3. Kalinausko A-3 Klaipėdos A/B-3 Kruopų B-5 K. Germany G-4. tel. Lenktoji 17. Laisvės 5. KonstituciAssociation of Lithuanian Chambers of Commerce. (+370) 5 212 Latvia F-4. tel. Stepono A-6/B-5 Teatro A-3 Tilto B-1/C-2 Totorių B-2/3 Trakų A-4/B-3 Turgelių D-6 T. 1528. Ignoto B-3 Šv. Didžioji 33/2. (+370) 5 261 00 00. tel. British Chamber of Commerce C-3. S. Antakalnio 2. Invest Lithuania (Investuok Lietuvoje) A-2. tel.92 BUSINESS DIRECTORY Banks Kazakhstan F-3. Lelevelio A/B-1 Jogailos A-1/2 Karmelitų C-4/5 Kaštonų A1 Kauno A/B-6 Kėdainių A/B-4 K. Stuokos-Gucevičiaus B/C-2 M. (+370) 5 262 74 38. (+370) 5 210 64 00. Jakšto A-1 Alkūnės D-6 Arklių C-4/5 Arsenalo C/D-1 A. Box 1125. Liauksmino B-1/C-2 Žydų B-4/C-3 Žygimantų B/C-1 Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. tel. K. (+370) 5 261 30 27. Antokolskio C-3/4 Maironio D-2/4 Malūnų D-3 M. Jakšto 11. (+370) 5 231 05 57. Algirdo 4. tel. tel. they are at least on the map opposite which we call Old Iceland (Consulate) F-5. Kalinausko 24 (3rd floor). (+370) 5 216 28 62. Strazdelio D-5 A. Liauksmino 3. Vašingtono 1/63a. Industry & Crafts (Lietuvos Prekybos. (+370) European Commission Information Centre (Europos Komisijos Atstovybės Lietuvoje Informacijos Centras) B-1. Department of Customs (Muitinės Departamen tas) H-3. Moldova F-2. tel. STREET REGIsTER 93 SEB Bankas B-4. Čilė (Consulate) A-1. tel. Konarskio 28a. tel. Stulginskio A-2/1 Ašmenos B-4 Augustijonų C-4 Aukštaičių D-4 Aušros Vartų C-5/6 A. vilnius. Gedimino 16. Czech Republic F-4. tel. Confused? Don’t be. Ž. tel. Office rental Start Office A-2. J Foreign representations 5 212 33 69. tel. European Commission (Europos Komisijos Atstovybė Lietuvoje) B-1. Jono C-3 Šv. Tilto 1. Gedimino 1. (+370) 5 219 56 01. President’s Office (LR Prezidento Rūmai) C-2/3.March 2014 . Čiurlionio 82b. tel. (+370) 5 231 04 62. tel. tel. Didžioji 5. (+370) 5 269 00 62. (+370) 5 212 06 20. Gedimino 11. (+370) 5 Municipality (Savivaldybė) A-00. (+370) 5 239 60 60. (+370) 5 268 18 92. (+370) 5 210 European Commission 5 231 31 91. Liauksmino 3. (+370) 5 268 68 12. Turkey C-4. tel. tel. tel. Sweden C-4. T. K. USA G-4. tel. (+370) 706 641 54. Didžioji 37. K. Smetonos A-1/2 A. tel. Legal & Financial services (+370) 5 262 05 34. Jogailos 9/1. Japan F-4. (+370) 612 669 00. Kalinausko 2b. (+370) 5 210 46 20. Business connections jos 26. Pramonės ir Amatų Rūmų Asociacija) G -3. tel. (+370) 5 273 69 59. A. los 4. tel. Muitinės 41. Belgium A-3. Jakšto 1/25. (+370) 5 261 21 02. Algirdo 31.O. (+370) 5 249 09 50. tel. tel. tel. (+370) 5 213 55 50. Interpreters balTICK Language Services D-2. Vytauto 1. tel. Industry & Crafts (Vilniaus Prekybos. (+370) 5 211 20 00. American Chamber of Commerce G-3. Netherlands I-3. Poland J-2. 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. Poškos 13. Latvių 53/54. tel. Miglos 61a. tel. tel. (+370) 5 262 94 60. (+370) 5 236 42 00. Pramonės ir Amatų Rūmai) (+370) 671 811 57. Vytenio 46. M. Vokiečių 9. tel. Konstitucijos 3. Švarco 1. K. 236 24 44. Closed Sat. Subačiaus 2. Gedimino 16. (+370) 5 212 42 44. Griniaus A-2 K. T. Vatican I-3. Gedimino 35. (+370) 5 270 90 01. DPD Lietuva D-6. D. info@ fscenter. Volano D-3 Bazilijonų C/D-5 Beatričės A1 Benediktinių B-3 Bernardinų C-2/D-3 Bokšto C-3/D-5 B. (+370) 5 212 36 96. (+370) 5 266 05 80. M. Gedimino Teatro 4. AIM Group Baltic G-3. Vrublevskio C-1 Universiteto C-2/3 Užupio D-3 Vienuolio A1 Vilniaus B-1/3 Vingrių A/B-4 Visų Šventųjų B/C-5 Vokiečių B-3/C-4 V. Ž. Russia F-3. Kazimiero C/D-4 Šv. Liepkalnio 180. Jogailos 4. tel. (+370) 5 268 50 10. Mikalojaus B-4 Šv. tel.

VILNIAUS G. AZ Žalgirio stadionas SPO SCALE 1:7000 G. TRAK Pranciškonų g. Š KI Kalnų parkas Gedimino kalnas KS M . M DO INIK Ų ON G.VR U Dvaras GEDIM R.JUO ZAPAVIČ IAUS G. TO G A.DA U hotel RA SŲ G. ŽV EJ ŲG . IKL G. Bernardinų B&B House ŠILTA D P. KO DU ŠV. Presidential Palace J. ŽIUPRONIŲ G.Sirvydo skveras IKL IŲ G. Amberton Hotel OD Katedros aikštė ŠVENTARAG IO G. Mabre Residence BERNARDINŲ T.S ŲG 6 Fortuna Hostel panoramic view ST OT R TU A medical centre SO D G. KO Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva A O G. IO G G.Kudirkos aikštė G. . ŽVEJŲ G. A. PILIES T. ETM O NŲ G PY L PL AČ LIT Ų G Grybas house MT Ramada Hotel & Suites Vilnius PAS A ŽO S KG .GOŠTAUT O G. MAIR DŲ G. K. G. ŲG GRI VIN Ų Vingrių šaltinių skveras G. US IA G. BOKŠTO DIDŽ J. . ŠV Apia Hotel N . UNIVERSITE ŲG . OS ANTAKALNIS A. V. Lazdynų Pelėdos skveras ŠVE NT Ų PŲ 5 KR UO ŠV. IŲ CI AN VO Hostelgate SAVI ČIA U S G.RA PILIES G. KŲ UŠ SL VA 0 NERIS ŽALIASIS T. MIELAGĖ NŲ G. NŲ G AL Ū G. City Gate Alexa ŠR A. O Žemaitės skveras BEATR IČ ĖS 1 UO Neringa LIO G.D A U G. AU TOTORIŲ G. X VARŠ U VOS G. SLUC KO G . JI G G. BLE VS IN K IO V.L IA U Trijų kryžių kalnas K. ONIO NT O K OLSK IO O N Ų G. RT O G. ER U NIV SG AITĖ DVIL B. AGUON Ų G.JO O G. ŠVARCO G. 2012 G. SM ET ON OS Ambassador NL HU CA PH Novotel Vilnius Centre GEDIM INO P IE R. KŪDRŲ G. D .VIEN Hotel Tilto . ON INĖ AR K LIG L IŲ G . JŲ G . ŲG AUGUSTIJON Ų G. SO D Ų . ČIŲ PIE IM OL KAL VAR IJŲ G. NO G TE P O . A.Cvirkos aikštė DIJ RI Ų G AN OS S -G U ISL CE Shakespeare Boutique Hotel Litinterp Guest House ROŽIŲ AL. SUBA Č IAU S G. . IdaBasar S UB A ČIA US G. ĖS G. NARUČIO GE KENOS G.ST EP ON OG . ŠV . The Narutis Hotel . UŽUPIS N VIL PYLIMO G. post office G. Vartai KA VI E RM SŲ Comfort Vilnius Dawn Gate BAZILIJO NŲ G. Ų IŲ G. A. K. Šarūnas X 00 ŠEIMYN Holiday Inn IŠKIŲ G. Vilnius University ŠV. Ų IVI KR M . VA R V ŠU OS G. IRV YD OG INO G T INO P .SKA LOS G. ia Sereikiškių parkas E SIT 2 TO G. Centro Kubas .STULGIN G. TEATRO G. G.ŠO Comfort Hotel LT train station PENO ĖS ŪN ALK G. G. EL INK L EŽ recommended view LI Ų ĖS police G G. .D ŠALTIN IŲ G. LIEJYK L OS G. G.S TU G. LI T E T RA Ų G. parking LK Ū GE YBĖ SG . G.VIEN UOLIO ŠERM U KŠN CL . PO G . .V hostel synagogue museum J. LA T AK O G. G. MIND A UG O G . TIL TO G. PAUPYS M A I R O N IO G . AT FR I ŠGA N YTOJO G. G. MĖS INIŲ G . Conti VA R . G.JAK Š TIL T I LŲ KAŠTO NŲ G . IG S. RI S UP ĖS G. V IČ I AU 2 LABDARIŲ G. TO AN KR G.J U O ZA PAV IČIA US G .Moniuškos skveras RI NO T O G. S. SKIO G. Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square Pogo Hostel . B . A. Artis Centrum Hotels VILNIAUS G.JABLO B&B Florens official building AUŠR theatre AN guesthouse AG B&B ĖLIO G.M Y KO LO G. G. cinema PELESO bus station outdoor stage S G. VILNIUS 00 CENTRE SP OR TO INĖS G RINKT ŠN IPI ŠK IŲ G. ST Relais & Chateaux Stikliai Hotel K. ČIAUS SUBA IM O IO Grotthuss Rūdninkų G. 3 KLAIPĖDOS G.BASA N AVIČ IAUS G . . ln Ų G. ŠK PY L I MO DA IN M. G. G.KALINA USKO G.Daukanto aikštė T O G. public toilet K EP A Map data: Data Base of the Georeference Background of the Republic of Lithuania GDB10LT © National Land Service under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania. GĖLIŲ G. R UL I Ų KA G KŲ NIN ŪD Radisson Blu Astorija TR Z IM IE RO G.Preferred Boutique Bernardinų sodas RU Arts Academy Hostel SŲ FLUXUS T. Panorama market SEINŲ G.Angel Vi P AU PIO ST G. .S PT Senatoriai Ž. Latako B&B House POLO . BG L YK IEJ OLD TOWN TO ŠV . Domus Maria VASIO KŠ O S .STRA OS Europa Royale Vilnius Z DEL IO G . LVOV Ecotel Vilnius KALVARIJŲ G. Rotušės aikštė EČ I Kūdrų parkas ŠT O G. information centre FR embassy LI . 4 NAUJAMIESTIS UG NA AR G.Žemaičio aikštė TO S. U Ž U P IO G. TI L T O Government of the Republic of Lithuania RA DV KARALIAUS MINDAUGO T. Town Hall DI D ŽIO J I AŠMENOS G. IŠKIŲ G ŠEIMYN RAIT ININ C KŲ G G. PIRČ IUP IŲ GO G. OJ AU SG . G. TOTO L. 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98 INDEX AAA Mano Liza 27 Academy 18 A ir B Mackevičių Odontologijos Klinika 89 AirInn Vilnius Hotel 27 Air Lituanica 11 Air Taxi 11 Aiva Sistema 77 AJ Šokoladas 80 Akademinė Knyga 79 Akropolis 78 Alchemikas 56 Algirdas City Hotels 27 Alynas 53 Amatininkų Užeiga 52 Amber 78 Amber Massage SPA 87 Amber Museum-Gallery 78 Amberton Hotel 24 Ameda 30 American Center 20 Apartments Domus247 28 Apia Hotel 27 Art Hotel  Moon Garden 24 Artis Centrum Hotels 24 Artistai 52 Arts Printing House 20 Atrium 25 Auksinis Trikampis 28 Aukso Avis 81 Aula 46 Austrian Airlines 11 Austrian Gourmet & Bistro 80 Avalynės Taisykla 87 Aviavilsa 11 Avis 11 Azia Spa 87 Baltic-American Clinic 89 Baltic Clipper 13 balTICK Language Services 92 Baltic Times 88 Baltic Travel Cars 11 Balti Drambliai 51 Balzac 35 Bambalynė 53 Barbacan Apartments 28 Bareket 84 Basilico 48 B&B Vilnius 29 Beata Amber 78 Beauty Institute 85 Bel Ami 39 Benu 89 Bernardinų B&B House 30 Best Western Vilnius 25 Biosala 80 Bistro 18 39 Bitinėlis 84 Bix 52 Blusynė 56 Böff Steak House Vilnius 50 Boulingo Klubas 90 BPC Travel 13 British Council 20 Brodvėjus 55 Brussels Airlines 11 Bunte Gans 38 Buses & Trolleybuses 9 Būsi Trečias 53 Bus Station 11 Vilnius University Hospital 89 Vilnius Veža 10 Visit Lithuania 13 Vokiečių Vaistinė 89 Who Hit John 55 Wine&Fire 57 Wingo 55 Wok & Roll 32 Yurga 84 Zebra 77 Žemaičiai 47 Znad Wilii 18 Zoraza 80 Žuvinė 36 Vilnius In Your Pocket vilnius. Catherine's Church 18 Stebuklai 42 Stikliai 34 Stiklių Dvaras 31 Stiklo Paslaptis 81 Stimulus 90 St. 75 Trakai Historical National Park Information Bureau 76 Trasalis 75 Tres Mexicanos 48 Universiteto Pub 54 Universiteto Vaistinė 89 Užupio Galerija 17 Užupio Kalvystės Galerija Muziejus 17 Užupio Kavinė 36 Užupio Krautuvė 81 Užupio Meno Inkubatorius 18 Užupio Picerija 48 Užutrakis Palace 76 V 4 Vilnius 55 Vaga 80 Vapiano 44 Vartai 18 VCUP 78 Veranda 43 Vero Café 42 Verslo Parkas Gariūnai 23 Vichy Aqua Park 90 Vieta 51 Vilbra Foto 84 Vilniaus Antikvaro Centras Fotoprekių Skyrius 84 Vilnius Antiques Centre 78 Vilnius Apartments 28 Vilnius Congress Hall 18 Vilnius International Airport 11 Vilnius International School 86 Vilnius Old Town Theatre 20 Vilnius Small State Theatre 20 Vilnius Tourist Information 6 VilniusTransfer. 90 Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva 26 Raktinė 86 Ramada Hotel & Suites Vilnius 24 Ramunės Piekautaitės Mados Namai 80 Raw42 48 Raw Raw 48 Rega 89 Registry 86 Reinis The Cook 37 Relais & Chateaux Stikliai Hotel 24 René 36 Rentida Apartments 28 Rimas 12 Rinno 29 Riverside 42 Rotas 79 Rūdninkų Knygynas 79. 41 Neringa Café-Bar 56 Nesė Casino 58 New York 58 18 Piano Man 53 Piazzetta Italia 44 Pinavija 33 Plieno Paukštis 54 Pogo 54 Pogo Hostel 31 Poland Institute 20 Pomodoro 48 Ponių Laimė 33 Pramogų Arena 18 Press Express 88 Prie Katedros 41 ProCentras 86 Prospekto Galerija 18 Provanso Kvapai 88 Qpolo 41 Radisson Blu Astorija 24. 78 Paparazzi 56 Paradise 59 Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius 28 Pasaka 17 Paukščių Takas 36 Pekinas 32 Peninsula Castle 76 88 Niño 50 Nordic Council of Ministers Office 20 Norwegian Air Shuttle 11 Notre Vie 57 Novotel Vilnius Centre 26 OKT/Vilnius City Theatre 20 Old Town Hostel 31 Old Town Strip Club 59 Omnitel 77 Ona 84 Operos Vaistinė 89 Opium 56 Optometrijos Centras 89 Osteria da Luca 44 Ozas 78 Pabo Latino 56 Panorama 28. 75 By bus 9 By plane 9 By train 9 CAC Reading Room 86 Café Montmartre 36 Čagino 49 California Tapas & Wine 49 Campanile Vilnius Airport 27 CASH lounge bar 52 Castle & Trakai History Museum 74 Centro Kubas .com . Preferred Boutique 24 The Narutis Hotel – Preferred Boutique 90 The Notebook Shop 80 The Old Crafts Workshops of The Fine Crafts Association of Vilnius 17 Thierry Kepykla 33 Tie Kepėjai 33 Tiflisi Dukani 37 Time 43 Titanikas 18 Tourist Information Centre 76 Town Hall 70 Train Station 10. 84 Russian Cultural Centre 20 Russian Orthodox Church 76 Rūta 81 Sacred Art Museum 76 Salentino Café 42 Salento DiscoPub 56 Sarkozy 54 Šarūnas 26 Saulės Gojus 86 Saulės Namai 30 Sauluva 81 Senamiesčio Gidas 13 Senamiesčio Grožio Salonas 85 Senamiesčio Krautuvė 81 Senatoriai 29 Senukai 81 Shakespeare Boutique Hotel 26 Siemens Arena 18 Sixt 12 Skalvija 17 Skonis ir Kvapas 42 SkyBar 54 ŠMC Kavinė 54 Šnekutis 53 Sofa de Pancho 47 Soho 58 Sole Respublika 42 Sonnets 42 Soprano 50 Souvenir Market 23 Soya 32 Spa Centre East Island 88 Špunka 54 Standart Taxi 10 Stars & Legends 54 Stasys Apartments 28 St. Sidaravičius 89 Druskos Namai 39 Eastanbul 80 East Island Exotic 87 Ecolines 11 Ecotel Vilnius 29 E-GuestHouse 27 78 El Gaucho Sano 32 Esse 40 Estonian Air 11 Eugenijus Apartments 28 Europa 78 Europa City Vilnius 28 Europa Royale Vilnius 25 Europa Stay Vilnius 28 Exotic Spa Morocco 88 Fabra Ars 78 Fabrika Hostel & Bar 30 Femina Mobile 85 Filaretai 30 Finnair 11 Fiorentino 44 Fit Food 42 Forest 40 Fortas 52 Forto Dvaras 46 Fortuna Hostel 31 Forum Sports Club 90 Fototechnika 84 Franko 85 French Institute 20 French International School 86 Gedimino Vaistinė 89 Gegio Stalui 80 Gėlės ir Manufaktūra 80 Gimme 49 Ginger 32 Glory Bar by Stikliai 52 Goethe Institute 20 Graf Zeppelin 47 Grata Hotel 28 Green Oasis 32 Grill Brazil 33 Grill Inn 40 Gringo 52 Grotthuss Boutique Hotel 26 Guda 33 Gytis Ivanauskas Theatre 20 Halės Market 23 Hazienda Steakhouse 50 Hertz 11 Holiday Inn Vilnius 26 Holy Miko's 40 Hotel Tilto 28 Humanitas 79 iDeal Solution 80 Idzumi Spa 88 IKI 80 IKI Commercial Centre 78 IKI Express 81 Imperial by California Gourmet 34 IMuzika 84 Information Bureau 85 Infostruktūra 77 Init 85 Inmira 80 International Women's Association 87 In Vino 57 In Your Pocket 88 Ispaniškas Maistas 81 Italian Cultural Institute 20 Itališka Kepykla 33 Jalta 40 Jamaika 31 Japanese Information & Cultural Centre 20 Jewelry Art Studio 18 Joglė 85 Julia Janus 80 Julija Fashion House 80 Jūratės Akmenėliai 84 Kalvarijų Market 23 Karaimų 13 75 Karaite Ethnographic Museum 76 Kardiolita 89 Kas Kas 52 Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square 24 KFC 38 King & Mouse 52 Kino Studija 85 Kitchen 40 Koldūninė 47 Komisas 84 Krantas Travel 13 Kūno Akademija 88 Kybynlar 75 La Birra 53 La Bohème 57 Labuki 45 La Pergola 34 La Provence 34 Laumės Skrynia 84 Lauro Lapas 41 Leičiai 53 Leleko 51 Lėlė Puppet Theatre 20 Le Méridien Vilnius 24 Linas Samėnas 37 Linen & Amber Studio 81 Linen Tales 81 Lingua Lituanica 86 Lino Kopos 80 Lino Namai 81 Lithuanian Music & Theatre Academy 17 Lithuanian National Drama Theatre 20 Lithuanian National Opera & Ballet Theatre 18 Lithuanian National Philharmonic 18 Lithuanian Russian Drama Theatre 20 Litinterp Guest House 30 Lizarran 49 Lokys 47 Lux Express 11 Mabre Residence 26 Maghrib 48 Mamma Mia! 81 Marché de Provence 36 Marché de Provence Boutique 81 Markus ir Ko 50 Martynas Mažvydas Lithuanian National Library 86 Matrix 85 Mažasis Pub'as 53 McDonald's 38 Medicine General Private Clinics 89 Medininkai 41 Meno Niša 17 Menų Fabrikas 56 Mikotel 29 Minibuses 10 Mint Vinetu 79 Miyako 45 Molio Laumė 17 Multikino 17 Narutis Restaurant 34 National Youth Theatre 20 Neringa 26.inyourpocket.Angel 27 Chačapuri 32 Chaika 42 Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 75 Čili Pica 48 Citadele 85 City Gate 27 Cocktail'inė 56 Coco Restobar 36 Coffee Inn 42 Collectors' Club 23 Come to Vilnius 30 Comfort Hotel Lt 27 Comfort Vilnius 27 Congress 25 Contemporary Arts Centre 18 Conti 25 Corner Hotel 29 Cosmic Bowling 90 Cozy 39 Crowne Plaza Vilnius 25 Da Antonio 44 Danish Cultural Institute 20 DD Projects 85 De' Žavu 84 Didysis Pegasas 79 Didžioji Krautuvė 80 Diugonis 90 Dolls 59 Domino Theatre 20 Domus Maria 27 Do Re Mi Vilnius Hostel 30 Drama Burger 34 Draugystė 79 Dr. Valentino 44 Sue's Indian Raja 38 Sulčius 46 Sūrininkų Namai 23 Sushi Express 50 Sveiki Produktai 81 Šviežia Kava 42 TaDas 18 Tamsta 58 Tappo D'oro 57 Tautodailininko Dirbtuvė 17 Teatras Meno Fortas 20 Teatro Arena 18 Telegrafas 34 Terra Recognita 18 The Beautiful Land Of Nevermind 13 The Globe 54 Thelonious 84 The Narutis Hotel . 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