A Comprehensive Neighbourhood Guide to Vilnius

Autumn in Antakalnis |© Mindaugas Danys/Flickr
Autumn in Antakalnis |© Mindaugas Danys/Flickr

To experience the full potential of such an incredible city as Vilnius, visitors must first do the research into its many fascinating neighbourhoods. From the Old Town to Antakalnis to Užupis, every single neighbourhood in Vilnius has something new to offer its visitors, making the Lithuanian capital a must-visit city.

The Old Town

Vilnius’ Old Town has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List for its historic relevance, stunning architecture, and originality. Every visitor simply must visit the Old Town of Vilnius to understand what Lithuanian culture is all about. The Town Hall, in the center of the Old Town, attracts many tourists from all over. There are also a lot of old churches located all across the Old Town, making it a heaven for architecture buffs.

The Old Town is the best neighbourhood in Vilnius to have your favorite food or try some of the traditional Lithuanian dishes. Also, the Old Town is the place for all the best parties during the weekend, as all the main bars and clubs are located there.

Vilnius Town Hall | ©Guillaume Speurt/Flickr


Žvėrynas is the most expensive neighbourhood in Vilnius, with many private houses and abundant green space. It is a calm and quiet place, located right next to the centre of Vilnius, so Žvėrynas might be a perfect place for visitors to stay, who want to be close to all the action, but appreciate their privacy and a quiet night of sleep. Also, the most popular park in Vilnius, Vingio Parkas, is next to Žvėrynas. People who enjoy their morning walks, surrounded by birds and trees, must definitely visit Vingio Parkas and Vilnius University Botanical Garden, which is located in the park.

Way to Vingis park | ©Gytis Liutkus/Flickr


The neighbourhood of Užupis is one of those places you can never forget. The local artists declared it an independent state and even wrote a constitution, which hangs in the main street of Užupis. There are also a lot of artsy sculptures, including an egg and an angel, that can be found in Užupis. On top of that, Užupis impresses its visitors with unique street murals and incredibly tasty cuisine. Anyone who has a taste for the bohemian life must visit Užupis at least once in their lifetime.

Constitution of Uzupis | ©Alberto Garcia/Flickr


One of the largest neighbourhoods of Vilnius, Antakalnis is an extremely attractive place because of its location. There are four lakes and numerous forests in Antakalnis, making it one of the most desired areas to live in Vilnius. Also, the whole neighbourhood is situated by the river Neris, which makes it perfect for long evening walks or jogging sessions.

Autumn in Antakalnis | © Mindaugas Danys/Flickr

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