Local Expert Recommendations on What to Do in Vilnius
Curious about Vilnius but not sure what activities you should enjoy when you get there? We’ve asked a local expert who has made some insider recommendations to help you make the most of your getaway.
Vilma Daubariene works for Vilnius Tourism and has provided you with some excellent local advice. Whether you want to know what to eat, where to go, or what to see, you should find some inspiring ideas here.
Which local snack would you recommend to a friend?
Try Lithuanian white cheese and black bread. As for drinks, you simply have to sample gira, the Lithuanian version of kvass. This is a traditional Balto-Slavic fermented beverage made from black or regular rye bread.
Which city sight-seeing tour would you recommend?
Take the Vilnius City Tour with audio guide, which is available in 11 languages.
Which cafe would you recommend to a friend and why?
Debut Café – It’s a restaurant–winery serving home cooking that uses only exceptionally high-quality products. It’s got a cosy atmosphere, and it’s a good place for lunch or dinner with a glass of wine.
Which museum would you recommend to visit and why?
The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is a historical residence with a museum that was founded in 2009. The museum collects, preserves, explores and presents the historical and cultural heritage of the Lithuanian State and its rulers.
It features rich and unique archaeological collections, as well as valuable collections of European applied and visual arts from Gothic to Baroque.
Which landmark would you recommend to visit and why?
TV Tower – It’s the tallest structure in Lithuania, with an observation deck and rotating platform that offer picturesque views of the city and its surrounds. It also has a small museum dedicated to the January Events of 1991, which lead to national independence.
Which local pub or bar would you recommend to a friend and why?
Liverpool Bar – It’s a spacious, loft-style bar with cosy atmosphere and indie-rock music. The venue features concerts of young musicians every week.
Skybar – This bar has priceless panoramic views of the city from the 22nd floor of a hotel. This cocktail bar also has a wide assortment of appetisers and desserts, plus live DJs play on weekends.
Which nightclub would you recommend to visit and why?
Barrington is a brand new nightclub in Vilnius. It's for people who like to listen to live music, dance, and enjoy the tasty cocktails created by Mr and Mrs Barrington.
What souvenirs would you recommend to buy?
Popular souvenirs include amber jewellery and linen dolls.
What local delicacy should visitors try?
Sakotis – A traditional Polish-Lithuanian spit cake – that’s nicer than it sounds!
Saltibarsciai – Our cold beetroot soup.
Cepelinai – Potato dumplings stuffed with meat, cheese or mushroom and named after Zeppelin airships.
What are your local expert recommendations?
Visit Bernardine's Garden in summertime and enjoy this green zone in the heart of the city.
Don't miss panoramic places and viewpoints, for example Campanile of St. John’s Church or the TV Tower.
Plan your trip on the dates when there are organised famous events, like Kaziukas Fair (March), Street Musician Day (May), Culture Night (June), or Capital Days Festival (September).
Do you have any more advice for people visiting Vilnius?
Užupis district of artists in the old town is a must-see – its bohemian atmosphere has been compared to Montmartre in Paris.
Visit Hales turgus (or Hales market) to buy fresh local vegetables and food.
Locals like the bars and pubs located on the corner of Vilniaus and Islandijos streets.
Learn more local knowledge tips with our Vilnius hotel recommendations.