What’s a city without a market, right? There are two markets in Vilnius that are worth attention – Halės market near the railway station and this one. But due to recent reconstruction Halės has lost part of its former charm. It’s now very clean and orderly and even has a glass dome – kind of posh for a market! Kalvarijų is still open-air, hasn’t seen a reconstruction in ages, but this is what draws people here: this means vendors pay less to rent a stall, hence more of them turn up and the prices are more affordable.
Ideally, you’d want to come here on a Saturday morning and join the crowd of locals who are all here to shop. I like how lively it is then. And this market has it all: groceries, clothes, pets, books, mobile phones, tools and furniture. A cow-pattern sofa? Check. Grannies selling homegrown vegetables? They’re here too. Oh, and if you meet a gypsy woman telling you something in Russian – she’s trying to sell cigarettes. That’s right, they’re smuggled.
If you make it to the other side of the market (near Rinktinės Street) on a weekend morning, you’ll find a small fleamarket here. Books, shoes, records – all things people would like to get rid of as well as some collectables. Whatever you’d like to buy, don’t forget to bargain – any self-respecting vendor will always try and charge you a price that is somewhat higher that what he’d be happy to sell his goods for.