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The Inside Guide to Kaunas, Lithuanian Capital of Culture for 2022

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As European Capital of Culture in 2022, Lithuania’s second city is finally getting the applause it deserves. Like the capital, Vilnius, it has a laid-back old town, a ruined riverside castle and lively bars and restaurants, but Kaunas’ unique appeal is its concentration of in-between architecture. wars in his new city. Much of it was built between 1919 and 1939, when the city briefly served as Lithuania’s capital, and it’s hoped its modernist quarter will be approved for UNESCO World Heritage status next year.

Before you soak up the architecture, however, head to the farmers market, who sets up next to the castle every Saturday. Many of its stalls sell only one specialty, whether it be pickles, dark rye bread, forest honey, skilandis (smoked pork sausage) or sakotis, the traditional and sweet ‘tree cake’ baked on a spit. Nearby, on Jonavos gatve street, the two-storey building wise old man mural, which appeared in 2013, was one of the first efforts to revitalize tired public spaces with street art. New murals are constantly being added to the town – you can pick up the Wallographer’s Note Card from the tourist office to create a personalized walking tour.

Connect the old town to the new town, Laisvés Alėja (Freedom Avenue) is a mile-long boulevard flanked by lime trees, terraced bars and art deco buildings. Make a straight line for Spurginea 1960s donut bar with a counter laden with fluffy fries Euphorbia donuts. Opt for one of the savory options, stuffed with ground pork, or treat yourself to a sweet variety filled with apple jam or chocolate.

Freedom Avenue is also home to the best craft brewery in Lithuania, Genis. Try a beer flight on the terrace, in the shadow of the neo-Byzantine dome of St. Michael the Archangel Church, built in the 1890s when Kaunas was part of the Tsarist Russian Empire. Where to look Kamerinisa cocktail bar in a greenhouse, hidden inside the Kaunas Chamber Theatre.