There are many reasons. I’ll try to look at more interesting and trendy ones. As a Lithuanian who spends more days in a year abroad than back home.
Login. One of the events definitely worth visiting is Login: “the biggest tech community gathering in the Baltic states”. It grew enormously in recent years and became the biggest and the strongest in its category in Baltic region and appeared on Europe’s map too. And you definitely don’t have to be directly associated with tech to visit it: it’s much more than tech, I’d say. And if you’re planning to be there this year – drop me a line so we can have a coffee and I can show you around. I’ll be heading to Login from somewhere in Europe. Featured on Techcrunch.com
TedxVilnius. No need to talk about what “TED” is. I’m glad it also started in Lithuania. Haven’t had a chance to attend one yet but it’s definitely on my schedule. Maybe not this year’s Vilnius’ one but on the agenda.
Fashion Infection. Maybe it’s just me (and a few of my model friends) but last time I was there it was really boring. Don’t get me wrong – it’s definitely a good place to see lots of established as well as upcoming fashion designers and brands in one event, on one stage. But I would rather choose Kiev Fashion Days. But that’s my personal view and if you’re into fashion – I would recommend visiting Fashion Infection at least once: to see what it’s all about.
No sugar. I’m quite happy as there are more and more new places (as well as old, good and established ones) and it looks like quite a few worldwide food/restaurant trends are already in Vilnius. “No sugar” – with or, actually, without sugar and with the best ingredients that you can imagine: apart from coffee itself it’s the coffee machine, interior… Known as a third wave of independent coffee/shops worldwide, it’s greatly represented in Lithuania by this new establishment.
Ciop Ciop – a culinary loft, that’s what they say. With their cooking courses and parties that are held…in the kitchen. They don’t have an English version of their website or Facebook page hence no link. But if you’re into food – make sure you ask around :)
La Provence. And if you fancy a little bit more of a fine dining – make sure you visit La Provence. One of the best restaurants in Vilnius. Guarantee. And you can also pay a visit to their sister location – Marche – for some quality game. Both locations also have a good wine list.
For places or, actually, for a place after dinner I would highly recommend “Glory Bar by Stikliai“. The only problem is that it’s usually very, very crowded but if you’re with friends or business partners you can order a table in advance. There are few more bars/clubs (from hipster to more luxury) – so if you fancy any more info on that topic, you can simply drop me a line.
Last few times when I was back to Vilnius I’ve stayed at Vilnius City Hotel – a great combination of comfort, price and service. Check out the great idea that they’ve implemented by getting a superb images of Vilnius taken by a professional photographer and then using those images as a huge wall art pieces.
Instead of staying in one hotel all the time I prefer choosing different ones – to be able to compare and to always have something different. So far I’ve stayed in such hotels (in Vilnius) as Europa city, Kempinski or Stikliai and as you can see tried a different levels of luxury (Europa City Vilnius belongs to Europa Hotel Group, Stikliai goes into the world’s famous Relais & Chateaux group of luxury hotels worldwide and Kempinski… Oh well, Kempinski is Kempinski). All of the above are different and great and really depends on your budget.
to be continued
Tomas Grizas is a trends observer living between London and Vilnius. He writes his own blog “Tomas Grizas” (mainly in Lithuanian) and is one of the people behind dinner parties “Supper Lithuania”.