Shopping and Eating in Kaunas, Lithuania
Kaunas is one of the largest cities in the country of Lithuania.
Shopping in Kaunas
You do not travel to Kaunas defined by AbbreviationFinder to shop haute couture. Not to Vilnius either, for that matter. Imported exclusive brands are not particularly cheaper than in Norway, but it is a fact that you can buy local products for a cheap price. And of course you will find shoes, jeans and similarly cheaper than at home. Also of brands you know from before.
If you visit Kaunas in the summer, know that you will find all the markets and shops you need between Laisves and Vilniaus streets. And at the former, there are often street vendors selling everything from souvenirs, used books, local products, and krim krams from the Soviet era.
A typical souvenir when visiting the Baltic is of course Amber. You know these amber jewelery with insects in. Some of these are very beautiful and worth bringing home as a memory or gift. For such a souvenir, we probably recommend that you try to shop outside the markets to avoid buying a fake edition. A good choice in this regard is Linas-Medis in the street Vilniaus 32.
The best markets in Kaunas
Perhaps the biggest market can be found in Urmas Pramones 16. In the large building that houses this market, you will find so many sales stalls that your mind brings us to China or Thailand, and you can buy anything from clothes to purse seines. Add restaurants and various events to get a good idea of what is happening here.
Open week through from 0900 to 1800 and Saturdays (Sundays) from 0900 to 1700 (0900 to 1500).
The Stoties Turgus station market in the street MK Ciurlionio 25, is a place where you will find cheap copy goods from China – yes there are also here – along with local vegetables and food. Open from morning to evening throughout the year.
Bagažiniu Turgus in Pramones 16 is an experience because they sell everything you don’t really need. And you are sure to bring something from here when you return to the hotel. The market is usually held once a month and from 0800 to 1700.
Vilijampoles Turgus in Varniu 48b is a large food market, which also includes some very decent eateries in case you get hungry to look at all the food. On Sundays, the market also includes a typical flea market. Open all weekdays except Mondays which are closed, from 0900 to 1730, and holidays from 0800 to 1700.
Acropolis Shopping Center
There are of course plenty of modern shops in Kaunas too. If you like shopping centers, we suggest the Acropolis Center in Karaliaus Mindaugo 49 street. This is the place for clothes, shoes, books, electronics and the like.
The Acropolis is also a great place to visit if you are in Kaunas with children. For here there is cinema, bowling alley and ice skating. Opening hours are from 1000 to 2200 week through.
Here you will find the Acropolis!
Eating in Kaunas
There is a decent variety of eateries in Kaunas, which means that you do not have to “dig” into old Soviet restaurants where all food is served with a scoop of cod. Although such eateries still exist to this day. And of course, one night you should experience such a “Soviet restaurant” as well.
There are some traditional dishes at most restaurants, and Lithuanians most often eat a pastry called spurga. Of course, a powerful case, which is eaten at all times, often with a cup of coffee or a cup of tea. You will also be guaranteed to see the dish šaltibaršciai on a menu. This is a traditional soup that is eaten cold. Not least is it popular in the summer. The soup is often accompanied by a plate of boiled potatoes.
If you get tired of local dishes and unknown food, know that several international fast food chains can be found in Kaunas. Kentucky Fried Chicken, you probably know the bearded man logo that reminds us a lot of Uncle Sam’s kind brother, is among the American restaurant chains that have infiltrated Lithuania.
However, do not expect that the taste is necessarily the same as in the United States. KFC can be found, among others, in the street Karaliaus Mindaugo 49. Open from 1000 to 2200 every day, except Fridays and Saturdays where it is open until midnight.
Some different restaurants recommended in Kaunas are:
This old Kaunas restaurant offers its guests a varied menu of both international and local cuisine. The food is good, the prices decent, and the patio great.
Open from 1000 to 2300 all week, except Thursday through Saturday where it closes midnight. The address is Laisves 93.
In a building on the street A. Mickeviciaus 19 you will find this very special pizza restaurant. Excitingly different, and much more fun (and better) than e.g. Pizza Hut. Open from 1000 to 0100, and to 0200 Fridays and Saturdays.
This is the tourist restaurant you just have to bring with you. About as mandatory to visit as the Hard Rock Cafe on Times Square in New York. Local food, dressed waitresses and lots of people.
The address is Karaliaus Mindaugo 49 (Acropolis), and opening hours are 1000 to 2200 throughout the week, but open two hours longer Fridays and Saturdays.
In the old town (in the town hall square) you will find the critically acclaimed restaurant Medziotoju uzeiga [see picture first in the article]. The interior is cozy and cozy. The specialty is wild, and then we think of moose, deer, bears etc. and not that the menu is “wild”. In addition, the restaurant has good wine to offer its guests. The address is Rotušės a. 10.
Nightlife in Kaunas
When it comes to nightlife after dinner, don’t worry about being lonely. In Kaunas there is full pressure, especially on weekends. The exception is the summer where the pressure cooker is on all week.
This is not Ibiza, so don’t expect huge clubs and trendy lounges. Instead, look for bars and cafes and some outdoor seating, as well as nightclubs that have a slightly different gender role pattern than you’re probably used to. New night spots come continuously, while still others go to the doll and have to close the doors.
Kaunas is also a university town, which means that there are plenty of “squeezes” with nice prices.
NB! If you are going to the casino, remember to bring your passport. Mexico Casino is located at 170 Savanoriu Street and is open 24 hours a day. But do not expect to win money, because only the few do.