AkropolisIf you ask any of the locals about shopping centers in Vilnius, they’ll almost always point you in the direction of Akropolis, a gigantic mall complete with movie theater, skating rink, food court, and children’s play area. Clothing, accessories, specialty, shoe, furniture, and cosmetic shops from Europe and Lithuania are found here, including Mango, Mexx, Esprit, Zara, The Body Shop, Aldo, Ecco, Tamaris, and Swatch. Restaurants serve everything from sushi, to Chinese,to ice cream, pizza, and coffee. A huge Maxima, Lithuania’s own supermarket chain, stocks foodstuffs, alcohol, housewares, and personal care items. Akropolis is always busy, so be prepared for crowds. Because it’s located about 5 kilometers from the city center, it’s necessary to take public transportation to Akropolis. Take a taxi or number 53 bus. Open daily 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.
EuropaEuropa, compared to some of the other shopping centers, is miniature. However, if you’re already in Old Town Vilnius, it’s possible to walk there if you don’t mind a short hike. Shops include L’Occitane, Guess, Marc O’Polo, and Karen Millen. A handful of restaurants and cafes mean that you can fuel up while you’re there. Europa is located across the river on Konstitucijos Prospect and is open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.
PanoramaPanorama has the potential to be a better shopping experience than other shopping centers. It’s neither as crowded as Akropolis nor as small as Europa. A good selection of clothing, accessory, cosmetics, and other shops as well as restaurants fill three floors of this mall. Also find a Rimi Hypermarket here. Panorama is located at Saltoniškių 9, which means you can walk across the river from Gediminas Prospect and reach it in about 20 minutes. Or you can take trolleybus numbers 8, 9, or 19 or bus numbers 30, 47, or 49.
Gedimino 9Gedimino 9, located on Gediminas Prospect, continues to be a viable place to shop if you aren’t dependent upon its mishmash of stores for finding exactly what you want. Unfortunately, the many empty storefronts can be discouraging. Because it contains several shops under one 19th-century roof, if you’re on Gediminas Prospect and want to get out of the weather, Gedimino 9 might be just the solution. Open Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Gedimino 22Browse a variety of fashion brands, including Pennyblack, Marc Cain, Esprit, and Max & Co. in Gedimino 22. Find it just down the street from Gedimino 9.
Marks & SpencerThe UK department store, Marks and & Spencer, is also located on Gediminas Prospect at no. 20. Rifle through its collection of clothing, cosmetics, and accessories, or pick up a snack at the small grocery connected to the department store. Grocery is open Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Stores are open Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
If you can’t find what you are looking for at any of the above shopping centers, malls, or department stores, consider exploring opportunities for shopping in Old Town Vilnius. Small boutiques, luxury goods outlets, shops selling souvenirs from Lithuania, bookstores, and specialty shops cluster along main roads in Old Town Vilnius. You’ll see the city, enjoy an afternoon in a cozy café, and stock up on gifts and fashion items.