Lithuania — Shopping and Leisure
Lithuania isn’t renowned for its shopping culture, but there are actually plenty of fascinating purchases to be found in the larger cities and busy resorts at a host of modern department stores and shopping complexes.
Vilnius is certainly regarded as the most cosmopolitan city in Lithuania, and therefore contains a range of internationally-influenced shopping malls. Favorites for high-end designers and fashion are the Akropolis Mall, Panorama and Ozas. Louis Vuitton, Dolce and Gabbana, ZARA, Mango, and United Colors of Benetton are just a small sample of what lies within Vilnius’ largest shopping centers.
Stikliu Street is a great place to find hip and trendy designer duds, which is a popular spot for youngsters to hangout. The souvenir-rich Piles Street or Vilnaus Street have handicrafts to suit all gifts. Gariunai is the largest open-market in the Baltic region, so naturally it’s constantly crowded with shoppers. Expect bargain prices, but not quality products.
Kaunas is another destination in Lithuania that boasts a phenomenal range of shopping malls and centers. Laisves Avenue in the heart of the city welcomes thousands of tourists a day for wondrous boutiques and goods. Akropolis, Molas, Urmas, Savas, and Mega are just some of the major malls.
Klaipeda is the largest city on the Lithuanian coastline with the ever-present chain, Akropolis, found right in the heart of the port. A number of other spots to shop include Mega Plaza, Banginis, Arena, BIG, and the aptly named BIG 2.