48 Hours in Vilnius: A Local’s Guide

Vilnius (by Radvilė Bieliauskienė)

Sveiki atvykę and welcome to Vilnius! Our city is known to have nearly 50 churches and a lot of statues… We have Frank Zappa and John Lennon statues and even a statue for the Easter Egg. We have a rich Jewish heritage, a separate Republic of Užupis, and a baroque old town, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.

But there’s a lot more than buildings! It is impossible to see it all in 48 hours, but it’s enough to see some highlights of Vilnius and to plan what you want to see on a longer trip next time :). I’m happy to show you around to some of the local spots that I like most!

Vilnius Town Hall (by Radvilė Bieliauskienė)

Day 1: 09:00 – 14:00

In Lithuania we have a saying:”start your day with a big hearty breakfast for yourself, share your lunch with a friend and give your dinner to your enemy.” I totally agree with the part about breakfast. So let’s start your 48 hours in Vilnius with a really good breakfast at Stebuklai.

Stebuklai Vilnius (by Radvilė Bieliauskienė)

After the filling breakfast grab an Orange bike and take a ride via the main street of Vilnius – Gediminas avenue. Gediminas was a Grand Duke of Lithuania, the founder of Vilnius city in the 14th century and a very contemporary ruler at the time. At the end of the Gediminas Avenue you will reach the Cathedral square with beautiful neo-classical Vilnius Cathedral, the miracle tile and the statue of Grand Duke Gediminas himself. Take a bow to this very important person to every Lithuanian, step on the miracle tile, and climb up to the Bell tower of the Cathedral to admire the picturesque panorama of Vilnius.

As you can see from the Bell tower, Vilnius is a very green city, situated on the banks of two rivers Neris and Vilnelė. Take a walk in Bernardinai park to feel the power of nature right in the heart of the city center.

Day 1: 14:00 – 19:00

It’s time for lunch. While you are at the Bernardinai park, you can grab a snack and coffee at the very Scandinavian Strange love café. If you are hungry, try lunch at St. Germain cafe serving a very decent French cuisine.

St Germain cafe is in Literatų street. After lunch take some time to explore this cobbled street with a great number of artwork mounted on the walls. The entire street is a big monument to Lithuanian literature, famous writers and poets. As you climb up the street, you will pass the oldest tattoo salon in Vilnius called Angis and reach the very middle of Pilies street. Give yourself an hour or so to explore this street, to admire the Vilnius University surroundings.

Holy Donut (by by Radvilė Bieliauskienė)

From there head towards the Town hall and to Vokiečių street where you can have a vegan feast at Zatar, huge and delicious donuts at Holy Donut or very fancy cakes at Sugarmore.

Day 1: 19:00 – ???

Alaus biblioteka Vilnius (by Šarūnas Andriušaitis )

Now is the best time to start exploring the bar culture and Vilnius. Head to the beer library Alaus biblioteka for over 60 different kinds of beers from all over the world or to the King and Mouse for over 300 different types of whisky. As the night sets in I recommend you to try Tamsta music club for a good gig. Otherwise if you are in a mood for more drinks go to Dėvėti, Peronas or Kablys. If you‘re a hardcore party lover, visit all of these places in a row!

Tamsta Vilnius (by Radvilė Bieliauskienė)

Day 2: 09:00 – 14:00

How is your head today? I bet you are ready for a big breakfast :)

Yesterday you were partying hard in the railway station area but I am sure you did not have time to see some cool stuff it has to offer. So grab something to eat at Halės turgus and head down to see some really famous murals of Vilnius done by such famous street artists as Sepe & Chazme, Millo or OsGemeos.

Don’t forget to check out the hit of Vilnius murals. Yes, I am talking about the one with Trump and Putin. As you are at the mural, you may as well check out the barbeque place Keulė Rūkė and have a burger for lunch. From there head to Aušros vartai, towards the town hall. As you reach the Philharmonic building, take a small side street called Subačiaus and go to Vilnius bastėja to explore the remains of the medieval city wall of Vilnius.

OsGemeos and Keulė Rūkė (by Radvilė Bieliauskienė)

Day 2: 14:00 – 19:00

You should give yourself half of the day to explore the very bohemian part of Vilnius called Užupis. This is a special place of Vilnius, full of art, bohema and free spirit. People of Užupis call it a separate republic. It has a border sign and its own Constitution stating that they seriously mean it. People of Užupis support the freedom of Tibet and even have a cultural info center of Tibet.

Angel of Užupis (by Radvilė Bieliauskienė)

A visit to Špunka  is a must while you are in Užupis. This is a perfect place to grab a local beer with locals. Sit down by the statue of Angel and relax after a long day. If you love fish, have dinner at Šturmų švyturys. Or go back to the “main republic” and have dinner at Blusynė – a place where you will feel like visiting an old friend’s home. Before the dinner stop at Senųjų amatų dirbtuvės for really authentic crafts and souvenirs hand made by local artists.

Day 2: 19:00 – ???

Piano man (by Radvilė Bieliauskienė)

Go party at Piano Man bar or any other bar on Islandijos street. There you will find bars only steps away from each other.

Thank you for joining my 48 hour journey in Vilnius. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Cheers and until the next time! Iki!

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