Rūdninkų knygynas is a small shop on the very edge of Old Town of Vilnius, where you can find and listen to 12inch records from home and abroad. They also have a large selection of English language magazines on the subject of design, photography, music etc., some books and a few eco- and handmade souvenirs. As they claim "We love music, so we offer a big selection of vinyls. We have second-hand records as well as completely new and sealed albums. We have old and contemporary rock, eletronic, pop, jazz, classic, folk and even Lithuanian fairytales - something for everyone. Everyday the gramophone is playing, and you can listen to second-hand records before you buy them. We are trying to bring together the cozy community of Vilnius. Most of the time we have small exhibitions of local artists, and hold events like poetry evenings or a mini-concert given by a (cover) band during the release of a new record. Come and feel the mood :)"
What to buy: You will find Lithuanian music on CDs, DVDs and LPs.
Eco and handmade souvenirs that will remind your stay in Vilnius.
What to pay: Well, you can spend 2Litas (0.60€) for the postcard or ~100Litas (30€) for the new released vinyl.
Gedimino 9 is one of the newest shopping mall in Vilnius. The building was once Central Headquarters of the Lithuanian Communist Party. The building was built in 1893. At the shopping mall you can find Lithuanian products such as Lindex, La Senza and other well known trademarks.
Built in a renovated former headquarters of the Vilnius city government, the shiny new Gedimino 9 shopping centre has a lot of small shops in a very central location. For many travellers the little Rimi supermarket is your best bet on Gediminas, and probably the entire old town. There are also a lot of clothes shops to choose from.
Hello, there are two main places for old things shopping in Vilnius - Tauro kalnas (Tauras hill in the center of Vilnius, walking distance from Gedimino street) market on Saturdays (from morning to noon) and Kalvariju turgus (Kalvariju open market)Kalvarijø street 61, open daily, but only until afternoon.
You will find many small antic things shops and also people selling small antic things on the streets in turistic places as well.
In Summer 2011 we flew to Vilnius to use the city as a starting point for a trip to Belarus. Already from our first trip to Lithuania we knew that we could get the visa for Belarus from several travel agencies in Vilnius.
So this time I got in contact with a few of these agencies by e-mail before our trip. We finally decided to order the visa through the travel agency Viliota, which is also recommended in the Lonely Planet guide.
The lady in charge was more than helpful and also quite quick in answering our questions by e-mail.
We even sent copies of our passports in advance so that everything was already prepared on our arrival.
We went to the travel agency Viliota on a Monday morning and could already collect our visa to Belarus on Tuesday afternoon.
The cost for this express service was 151 Euro for the visa, 10 Euro for the invitation letter and 11 Euro for the mandatory insurance.
The travel agency Viliota is located about 1 km west of Vilnius old town, just near the crossing of the streets Algirdo and Vivuskio.
Address: Viliota, Algirdo g. 6, 03011 Vilnius
Website Viliota: http://www.viliota.lt/
The cashier when I bought tickets to lifts leading to the viewing platform of the Vilnius TV tower offered very poor choice of gifts. Additionally I found all of them less or more kitschy, although... if you like... say small figure if TV tower or ceramic dishes with churches of Vilnius painted or...
What to buy: None. Better save for delicious Lithuanian food :-).
What to pay: Very high prices as for Lithuania. 43 or 78 Lt (larger) for a figure of TV tower. 29 or 39 Lt for a ceramic dish. 20 Lt for a T-shirt.
Pilies St is lined with market stalls of vendors selling all kinds of goods. It's right in the centre of the Old Town with numerous restaurants and hotels so the sellers count on tourists as their clientele. Artists display their paintings, craftsmen local crafts. The atmosphere is very pleasant and you can find some unique souvenirs like a wooden bear at his (also wooden) computer.
What to buy: Amber jewelry, paintings, linen, embroidered tablecloths, original children's toys made of wood, Russian 'babushkas' and many more local crafts.
What to pay: The prices are lower than in the shops. Amber jewelry is cheaper than in Poland.
What to buy: Here's something I haven't seen elsewhere. These cakes or pastries, whatever, looked very nice so we had to taste some. It was sweet and vanilla flavoured and a bit like home made waffles. You can buy these in different sizes and with or without decorations. They even had nice gift packages for easy transportation. There's something different to take home as a souvenir.
What to buy:
Amber can be found at the seashores of the Baltic countries and the smaller pieces are so common that they aren't very valuable. You can see items made of amber in many different colours yellow being the most usual. The white and green ambers are more valuable. The white one has minimal air bubbles trapped in it and the green one some foliage. Amber becomes red when heated and any items made of red amber are more expensive, too. Sometimes there's even an insect inside.
What to pay: The bigger the lump of amber, the more expensive.
Europa is a big 3-storey shopping centre accross the Neris river from the Old town. It covers 21 000 m2 and there are over 80 shops to choose from. Most of the shops were expensive ones, so not really for my budget but it was nice to do some window shopping.
VCUP department store is a 5 storey building located in the centre of Vilnius on the right bank of the river Neris. It's been operating for 33 years which makes it the oldest in Vilnius. It's a typical Soviet style building, so not very beautiful in my eyes but the surroundings are nice. There's a nice café upstairs where you can sit and enjoy the views.
Vilnius is full of high end luxury womens clothes shops like Versace, Gucci,... amazing. You could shop all day and not get to the end of them. Lots of malls also. The clothes and shoes are not much cheaper, but you certainly have a great choice, enjoy!
What to buy: luxury clothes, but also many war remenants and local goods markets.
Helios City offers to have dinner, to take a cup of coffee and to go shopping under the one roof. On the first and the second floors of the Helios City restaurants, cafes, small shops, beauty salon, dry cleaning and other service companies are located. Occupying a considerable territory of the commerce arcade a branch of SEB Vilniaus bankas has started its activity.
The centre of the city or the Old Town and the new leisure and service centre are separated by less than 1,5 kilometres. It is convenient to access the Helios City from any place of the city – either by public or proper transport.
It is the only music shop in Lithuania selling new music scores.
If you are looking for musical editions, go to the antiquaries. They may have the fundus of some deceased music teacher and there you can find older Eastern editions of music.
They had a CD of Early baroque Lithuanian music which is worth hearing and costed about 10 Euros.
What to pay: There was a beautyful publication of Lithuanian Keyboard Music of the 17th century for 18 Lita.
And two huge books of songs from the Aukstatia for 12 Litas each.
Excuse, it's more Lithuanian (and Latvian) shopping tip than only Vilnius tip. I will transfer it to my Lithuania page soon.
I could find quite many small supermarket chain groceries called MINIMA in Lithuania and Latvia. They were open daily from 8.00 am till 10.00 pm :-).
MINIMA groceries were run by private Lithuanian joint-stock company VP Market founded in 1992. The company operated a supermarket chain consisting of numerous supermarkets called: MINIMA, MEDIA, MAXIMA, HYPER MAXIMA, SAULUTE (former name: T-MARKET) mainly in Lithuania, but more and more in Latvia, and Estonia as well.
MINIMA, MEDIA and MAXIMA and HYPER MAXIMA supermarket chains were named according to their sizes of which MINIMA were surely the smallest ones and most numerous.
What to buy: Food and drinks - very good choice. Look for famous Lithuanian honey (lietuviskas midus), Svyturis beer (alus) or vodka (by Vilnius degtine)... if you like it.
What to pay: Prices for food were a little bit lower than in Poland (in June 2004) which meant that they were lower in western Europe, sometimes even much lower than in say Germany. Great option for budget travellers!
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