Welcome to Vilnius, a city where the old meets the new, and where the local spirit thrives beneath the surface of popular tourist attractions. Step off the beaten path with our Spotters and uncover an alternative side of Lithuania’s capital, filled with fascinating stories, secret nooks, and delightful treats that will make you feel like a true local.
Morning | Unravel the Stories of Užupis – Get Lost in the Bohemian Soul of Vilnius
Begin your day in the enigmatic Užupis district, a bohemian haven and a self-proclaimed republic within the city. Wander through its cobbled streets, and let the colorful street art and charming cafés speak to your soul. Don’t forget to chat with local artisans and discover their captivating crafts, inspired by the area’s free-spirited atmosphere.
Angel of Užupis – Symbol of the tiny republic
Užupis, a unique independent republic within Vilnius, Lithuania, is known for its vibrant arts scene and unconventional constitution. As a symbol of their republic, a 9-meter high statue known as the Užupis Angel was erected in the central square a decade ago. According to Šarūnas, the Angel represents the heart of Užupis and serves as an iconic attraction. Locals and visitors alike are drawn to its presence, embodying the free-spirited nature of the republic. While in the area, visitors are encouraged to stop by Špunka, a local bar near the Angel, offering the best beers and a true Užupis experience. For more information, read the full article here.
Mid-Morning | Unearth the Flavors of Hales Market – A Culinary Adventure in Vilnius’ Oldest Market
Aside from the shopping, Halės Market features excellent eating spots, such as City Chef for meat and BBQ lovers, Wingis for jerk chicken enthusiasts, and Beigelistai for bagel aficionados. Additionally, there’s a bar called Youngs’ Club that opens after the regular market closes, offering patrons a unique perspective on the marketplace. Even without a specific shopping list, visitors are likely to leave with their hands full.
Afternoon | Explore the Bernardinų sodai: Embrace Nature and Local Culture in Vilnius’ Green Oasis
Take a break from the city’s hustle and bustle by immersing yourself in the serenity of Bernardinų sodai.
Bernardinų sodai, a unique 19th-century park in the heart of Vilnius, offers more than just a serene green space for city dwellers and visitors. Also known as Sereikiškių Park, it was renamed after its 2013 reconstruction. Spotter Kamilė highlights its diverse offerings, noting that “Bernardinų sodai is a very specific place where you can find everything that you might need.” The park is a hub for socializing, relaxation, and appreciating nature’s beauty. It also serves as an educational space, showcasing Lithuanian flora and offering activities like chess, petanque (the only open-air court in Vilnius), musical fountains, and various playgrounds for children. To discover more about this vibrant urban oasis, read the full article.
Evening | Dūmų Fabrikas: A Revived Hub for Beer and Culture in Vilnius
Šarūnas recently discovered a new, vibrant spot in Vilnius that rekindled his love for the city. Located in the once-forgotten Naujoji Vilnia (a.k.a. Vileika) area, the former scythe factory has been transformed into the Dūmų Fabrikas, a dynamic hub housing the Sakiškės brewery, a bar, and an alternative event space. The venue is perfect for hosting concerts, art exhibitions, and even circus acts. A visit to the Dūmų Fabrikas is not complete without trying the fresh beer from Sakiškės brewery, considered one of the best in the country. The terrace offers a unique experience, where visitors can feel both the past and present of the area. For more information on events and an online tour, visit the full article.