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Lithuania is known as producing some of the finest linen in the world, and in Linen Tales’s tiny Old City shop you’ll find ridiculously soft sheets in a variety of colors stacked on shelves, as well as waffle-weave linen hand towels and a small selection of clothing. The most sophisticated selection of home goods by Lithuanian designers will be found at Locals, an upscale lifestyle boutique that feels a bit like Barneys New York, despite being in a mall.

The selection here is heavy on ceramics, tabletop, linens, and candles, mixed in with minimal fashions and accessories for men and women. Rastine Cafe’s name is misleading because while, yes, you can get coffee and matcha tea here, it is really an incredibly sophisticated stationery shop focusing on Japanese brands—from paperclips in the shape of animals to Blackwing pencils to colorful yet utilitarian pouches by Nähe Dritt. This is, by far, one of the best-curated shops in Vilnius and is located just around the corner from the MO Museum.

18th October 2018


Many consider Sweet Root to be the best restaurant in the city, earning praise for its “seven courses plus seven one-bite stories” vegetable-focused tasting menu, creatively created from local seasonal ingredients, many grown on the restaurant's farm just outside the city. Newcomer 14 Horses Brasserie’s menu also focuses on local and seasonal ingredients for its dishes inspired by Lithuanian and Baltic traditions.

Saint Germain is a local favorite for European bistro food (predominantly French and Italian) in a casual, rustic setting, with a great wine list but no cocktails. For barrel-aged negronis, Manhattans, oddly good spicy (pepper) margaritas and the like, head to Apoteka bar, but be sure to reserve a table in this intimate space in advance. If booked, the Hotel Pacai’s Sofija bar, named for the countess who once hosted parties in this very spot three centuries ago, is more spacious and comfortable, with generous, upholstered bar stools, tufted sofas, and cocktails served in beautiful barware.


The brand new MO Modern Art Museum is a must-visit. It’s a feast for the eyes indoor and out, with a sculpture garden connected to a rooftop terrace as well as a bookstore and cafe. A couple blocks away is the Contemporary Art Center, the home of the Baltic Triennial of International Art as well as the world’s largest collection of Fluxus works by the movement’s most famous artists, including George Maciunas and Yoko Ono. Both of these, and most of the best shops, are located in the city’s Old Town. While it’s the largest in Europe, its narrow, cobblestoned streets are still very manageable by foot. Avid travelers often shun organized tours, but fans of street art who want to see the most in the least amount of time should book the Alternative Vilnius tour to be expertly guided to pieces by the likes of Milos, Os Gemeos, and the famous Putin-Trump kiss by Dominykas Ceckauskas in the most efficient manner. Bonus: Milo’s piece spans an entire building across the street from Hales Market, with dozens of stalls where one can sample everything from halva to homemade pickles to local sausages, and even nosh on what many say are the city’s best bagels. Finally, Vilnius is one of the only European cities to allow hot air balloon tours, providing incomparable panoramic views of the truly stunning surrounding landscape of forests, lakes, and castles, even when covered in snow.