9 hours in Kaunas.

By Traveller February 7, 2018

9 hours in Kaunas.

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By Valeria Traveller February 7, 2018

Hello everybody.
My Parents and I will be in Kaunas for 9 hours on Friday the 16th of februar.. At 00.30 we have to get the bus to Kaliningrad.
What would you renommend to do and where to eat? We love good food :)
Thanks a lot!


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What concerns eating, suggestions depend on what you prefer: for local cuisine try Bernelių Užeiga in the Old Town (M. Valančiaus 9 www.berneliuuzeiga.eu) or Forto Dvaras (Rotušės a. 4, www.fortodvaras.lt). Both offer reasonable prices, wholesome food, good beer, and in my experience foreigners find them appealing, though locals often look a bid down on them as not trendy enough :) ). For posher atmosphere and wild game dishes you can try Madžiotojų Užeiga (Rotušės a. 10, www.medziotojai.lt). Two of the 30 best restaurants in Lithuania (by the vote of a conoicceurs society) are locaded on a street right next to the Town Hall square: Dia at Maironio 9 (www.restoranasdia.lt) and Uoksas at Maitronio 28 (www.uoksas.eu). However I would recommend to make reservations in advance, as with all the festivities going on downtown getting a table just walking in could be complicated.
Local February 7, 2018
First of all, February 16th is the Independence Day of Lithuania, and this year we are celebrating the 100 years jubilee, so 1) it will be a holiday, and 2) the whole city will be abuzz with all kinds of events, both indoors and on the streets. You can consider yourself lucky or unlucky, depending on your preferences.

The 9 hours is a perfect time span to both explore the city center (the bus station is almost in the center anyway) and to participate in some events if you feel like it.

Most of the events will be concentrated on the pedestrian Laisvės Alėja avenue and in the Old Town. The walk along the route from Nepriklausomybės (Independence) square by pedestrian streets all the way down to the Rotušės (Town Hall) square in the Old Town is just about 2.5 km long and is worth taking even on an ordinary day, and on this special day it could be both spectacular and interesting, though maybe a little bit crowded.

Right in the middle of the route, at the garden of Historical Presidential Palace, some of the most spectacular events of the day will be concentrated, like an opening of an ice sculpture park, a light and laser show, historical reenactments, live and DJ music, etc. (5 PM to 7 PM).

On those days we will also enjoy the Centenary Festival of Light which means spectacular light shows on 18 of the most important Kaunas buildings all night (also concentrated around the Old Town and Laisvės Alėja of course).
Local February 7, 2018
I would recommend Talluti (Laisvės al. 74). On Fridays it is open until midnight, but ou should reserve a table in advance. They have a menu online, so you can check that out as well.

You can take a walk around the Old Town, and take the steps to Aleksotas Funicular Railway for a panoramic view of the city (but it takes a bit of walking)

If the weather is cold, there's a billiard club ENTRY, if you're into that kind of thing, but you should also reserve a table to be safe.

Also, the 16th of February is a national holiday, so there will probably be some kind of a show/concert taking place in the Old Town.

14.30–16.00 - there will be a cabaret show near the Kaunas State Musical Theatre.

17.00 –19.00 - in the garden of the Historical Presidential Palace they will open an ice sculpture park. There will be an ice and laser show, and dj music. The palace itself will also be open for tourists for free until midnight, but you have to register for it through their facebook page.

You will also see a light festival, some of the most important buildings in the center and Old Town will be lit with colorful lights. Here's the list:

Local February 7, 2018
Unfortunately most of the public transport would have ended and restaurants usually close at 10pm. However there are some options close to Autobusų Stotis (Kaunas bus station) - presuming that's where you'll get your bus to go to Kaliningrad.

• Pepper Pizza & Grill is directly in front of Autobusų Stotis (you'll need to cross the street). They close at 12 AM and have decent food
• Al Diwan is only 5 mins walk away but is located in a slightly dark/creepy location. They also close at 12AM but they have amazing Lebanese cuisine
• Bless Pizza is 9 mins walk away but they close a little earlier at 11PM. They have really good pizza and chicken wings.

Hope this helps, and have a good journey!
Local February 7, 2018