In any city, the main touristic avenues are filled with traditional crafts or other touristic souvenirs. But how many times you bought something there and after coming home thinking for yourself “What I was thinking??” Or even worse: got weird looks from your family members…
Well, no need to worry about it in Vilnius! This city is filled with cozy unique shops where you can buy lots of cool things made in Lithuania by our local artists, designers, and businesses. For sure you will love to wear or use those items long after leaving Lithuania. And your friends will not stop asking where you got it!
In this list, we covered just a couple of easy to reach options in the old town. Make sure to read our previous post to get some more inspirations for Lithuanian souvenirs.
LTaste – No, it is not a grocery shop
Located in the heart of Vilnius – near the ticket office at the Palace of the Grand Dukes – this little shop is a combination of Lithuanian taste, aesthetics, and history. Since it is located in the museum, first of all, you will notice lots of historical books about Lithuanian heritage. But that is not all. Here you can find a variety of souvenirs – from collectible coins and t-shirts to apple cheese and special Lithuanian drinks. All the souvenirs are designed by Lithuanian authors, they are characteristic for Lithuania and Vilnius.
Address: Katedros sq. 4, Vilnius
Open: Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10 AM – 6 PM, Sundays: 10 AM – 4 PM
LOCALS.LT – Life is too short to buy boring things!
Lithuania is 25th in the world design rankings (WDR). Not a bad score for such a small country! So this shop is definitely must if you are interested to see the finest and most thrilling local design brands and creators. From writable T-shirts to puzzle carpets – things here are innovative and made with passion for good design! Here you can find brand names you might have heard before, but never knew they are Lithuanian.
Be aware that there are two shops LOCALS.LT. One is located on Gediminas avenue – Go9 shopping center. This one is much bigger and offers a wider variety of products. You can find it’s smaller sister in Užupis.
Address: shoping centre GO9 III floor, Užupio g. 10-23, Vilnius
Open: GO9 Mondays to Saturdays: 10 AM – 8 PM, Sundays: 11 AM – 6 PM; Užupio st. Mondays to Saturdays: 10 AM – 7 PM, Sundays: 11 AM – 6 PM
Ragaine – Dream of Baltic pagans.
Lithuanians were the last pagans in Europe, and we are still very proud of this fact. Right now Baltic symbols and jewelry made according to archaeological findings is a fashion rage among the locals. So join this wave and explore Ragaine – Baltic shop. It offers original Baltic ethnic souvenirs, pieces of jewelry, craft works and a variety of merchandise – the majority of which may not be obtained elsewhere. Moreover, here you can find the widest selection of non-commercial Lithuanian music: albums of the best-known national, folk, rock, alternative and underground music.
All in all, Ragaine is a nice place to drop in for information, discussion and listen to new music tune.
Address: Skapo st. 3, Vilnius
Open: Monday to Saturday: 12 PM – 19 PM
Mint Vinetu (Šv. Ignoto 16/10, Vilnius) – Even our president buys her books here!
Not technically a souvenir shop, but an amazing place to grab a cup of coffee while choosing a postcard for your family and friends. It is an independent bookstore, café and Internet hangout place where good people meet. Here you will find a decent selection of books and magazines in different languages and genres for a fraction of the price you pay elsewhere. They also sell few unique crafts and cozy things for home; Lithuanian souvenirs, unique coffee, etc.
And if you are a bit tired of walking around just check their events – this place is known for many poetry, movie, art, music, literature grassroots events they host throughout the year.
Address: Šv. Ignoto 16/10, Vilnius
Open: Monday to Saturday: 10.00 – 21.00
Magnetukai ir Stebuklai. Užupis curiosity room – Sending postcards was never so fun!
First of all, this is not an ordinary shop. Their task is to collect Užupis Republic artifacts and become a museum of this great place. Moreover, Curiosity room serves as (the Uzupis) post office: after choosing from a wide array of postcards, you can stamp them with the special Užupis stamp and send them back home for 1 euro. Aside from crafts and warm little objects for the home, you can find here art pieces by local residents and become proud art collector!
Attention: Curiosity room is one of the places where you can buy a printed copy of Užupis Constitution.
Address: Užupio st. 2A, Vilnius/ Art Incubator courtyard
Open: A mystery, usually afternoons during workdays. It is artistic Republic after all.
Baltic Shaman – we said we are crazy about Baltic stuff
Oh yes, we are. However, the name already suggests that this shop offers much more than just local crafts inspired by Baltic traditions. It is as well gallery, open space, place of goodness filled with folk arts, souvenirs, music and culture from around the world! Just drop in and discover shaman in yourself! Staff is extremely friendly and they will show you how to play Tank Drums!
Address: Užupio st. 2A, Vilnius
Open: Monday to Saturday: 12 PM – 8 PM, Sunday: 12 PM – 5 PM
Kolekcija… – If you fell in love with Užupis and want to show it to the world!
You fell in love with Užupis, but not sure about moving here just yet? What is another great way of showing your affection? Well, having a T-shirt or Jumper with Užupis symbols is one of the ways. The sizes of items are from XL to toddler, so your whole family can find something to wear. Besides this place has cute magnets with Užupis views and coat of arms!
Address: Užupio st. 7-2, Vilnius
Open: Monday to Saturday: 9 AM – 7 PM, Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM
Keistoteka – embassy of literature in the Independent Republic of Užupis
The ambassador for literature is living and working hard here. His task is to translate Užupis Constitution to a cat language. So it would be unwise to distract him from his task. However, you are more than welcome to visit the embassy if you are quiet and respectful.
In here you can buy a copy of Užupis Constitution, as well purchase used books, old pins, and postcards from the 1970s and new creations by our young illustrators. Note: a percentage of every purchase will be donated to the personal fridge of the ambassador, so feel free to spend money here!
Address: Paupio st. 2, Vilnius
Open: Monday to Friday: 10 AM – 7 PM, Saturday to Sunday: 11 AM – 6 PM
Senamiesčio krautuvėlė (Literatų g. 5, Vilnius) – Now this one is for real food
Candies and food is the best gift to all the friends back at home? Well, this place is perfect for you! This pretty little grocery store was the first of it’s kind in Vilnius old town. Soon it became popular and loved not only among locals but tourists as well. If you want to buy ecological products grown in local farms – this is a place for you. As well this is the place to try all the traditional local food: dark rye bread, curd cheese, honey and even Sakotis! For summer season you can buy handmade ice-cream as well and enjoy the sunshine in one of many parks or green spaces in Vilnius.
For gifts, on the other hand, we can offer to buy a variety of herbal teas with a jar of honey or handmade lollipops. Chocolate made by local businesses is an option too! Even the most choosy person will find something for himself there!
Address: Literatų st. 5, Vilnius
Open: Monday to Saturday: 10 AM – 8 PM, Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM
Rudininkų knygynas – Vinyl and more!
A small shop on the very edge of Old Town of Vilnius for all the music lovers. Here you can find and listen to vinyl records from Lithuania and abroad. They are also known for having books and a few eco and handmade souvenirs. But most of all they famous for small exhibitions of local artists, and events like poetry evenings or a mini-concert given by a (cover) band during the release of a new record. The gramophone is playing, the mood is relaxed, and they have something to offer even for the most choosy person.
Address: Rūdninkų st. 20, Vilnius
Open: Monday to Thursday: 9 AM – 7 PM, Friday to Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm, Sunday: 10 AM – 7 PM
Lietuviški drabužiai visai šeimai – something for a whole family!
The name of the shop says it all: Lithuanian clothes for a whole family. From socks to leather handbags, from jewelry to clothes. You can find it all here and dress from head to toe. Ok, maybe buying a new coat for yourself is a bit too much, but here you can find cute gifts for children and toddlers back home. Did we mention colorful socks already? Brands here are not some fancy designers, but small businesses or bigger clothing factories from across the country, so you do not need a deep wallet to buy stuff here. Enjoy! And remember – you are supporting the local economy!
Address: Trakų st. 6, Vilnius
Open: Monday to Friday: 11 AM – 7 PM, Saturday: 12 AM – 5 PM
Hopefully, this will help you find some awesome souvenirs from Lithuania. In the meantime enjoy your stay in Vilnius and make sure to join one of Vilnius With Locals tours 🙂