Autumn in Vilnius is more than the gorgeous transformation of nature and an abundance of exciting cultural events. Food lovers are in for a special treat in autumn, especially since it’s the time of year when farmers markets are filled with fresh produce that chefs use to create culinary wonders.
So what to do and experience in Vilnius when the leaves turn colorful and the rain jacket is no longer an option?
1. Listen to some Jazz music
Jazz lovers shouldn’t miss International Jazz Festival, taking place from 16th to 20th of October. This is a rare opportunity to see some renowned foreign jazz performers in Lithuania, discover musical innovations, hear the rising stars and get a taste of jazz avant-garde. More information: http://www.vilniusjazz.lt/
Not in Vilnius this October? Not a problem, Lithuanian capital is full of jazz the whole autumn, so we have another event – Vilnius Mama Jazz from 13th to 17th of November. In addition to prominent figures in the jazz scene, a festival presents a comprehensive panorama of jazz in Lithuania. Check here to find out more: http://vilniusmamajazz.lt/en
2. Taste great food
After getting food for soul it’s time to dive into gourmet tour – Gastronomy Week invites to try special menus and tasting dinners from seasonal products on 4-10th of November. You can also help select the Star of Gastronomy Week – vote for the best restaurants. And don’t think it only applies to those who dine out fancy. The participants of Gastronomy week offer tasting menus starting from 20 euros. If you wish to try traditional Lithuanian cuisine, than join our Food Tour that is a good way to learn about our culture and hide from cold.
3. Shop for some local crafts
For those, who want to try something local we would suggest spending a day in Savičius street on the 5th of October. Ancient Crafts Fair under the name of Saint Franciscan would give you unique possibility to experience traditional rural and urban Lithuanian crafts dating XV-XVII century. Weaving on the Loom, amber polish, bookbinding, pottery using coffee grounds – these are just couple of workshops to join from 11am to 19 pm. And while Lithuanians always had a tradition to sing along working – you will get a chance to learn some folk dances in the afternoon. All these events are free and child friendly.
5. See the city from a hill
If you are lucky enough to be in Vilnius on the day with clear skies, you shouldn’t miss to see a great colorful panorama of the city! Lithuanian major city is one of the greenest European capitals, and during the autumn those parks and forests turns into amazing palette of yellow and red colors. Altana hill, one of the highest hills in Vilnius is well-hidden in the independent republic of Užupis, but once you find it, the view it offers is spectacular. There’s not much climbing involved if you go to the Užupis Gymnasium and take the stairs and path behind it. You’ll have a perfect view of Gediminas’ Tower and the typical golden sunsets of Vilnius.
6. Relax with a cup of coffee
We know even if autumn has its own beauty, sometimes one dreams to fall in love with Vilnius during springtime. So why not to step foot into one of the most romantic cafés of Vilnius old town – Augustas ir Barbora love story café. An old cobblestone Jewish neighborhood street leads you to a special café that blooms all year round. It smells of coffee, sparkles with champagne, and seduces you with sinful desserts. There is a legendary story behind the title of this establishment, you can join our tours and ask one of our Vilnius with locals guides to tell this secret.