The weather gods have been particularly friendly to Kaunas recently – the trees and flowers have bloomed earlier than usual and the temperatures during the day are often higher than +20. It’s only the beginning of May; we hope the trend will continue – with a reasonable amount of rain to keep the green alive! Anyhow, warm weather means eating outside is something everyone is craving for these days.
This is where Open Kitchen, a street food market that has a long history in Vilnius (and even longer in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Barcelona, Spain), the capital of Lithuania, steps in. The kaunastic version of Open Kitchen launched in 2016 in the Confluence park and moved to Nemunas Island last year. The 2018 season started on May 3rd – this means you can plan your lunch, afternoon snack and dinner by the river every Thursday before it gets too cold.
There are way too many reasons we love Open Kitchen Kaunas. Some fantastic photos by Martynas Plepys are worth a thousand words…
You can try dozens of different cuisines; both local or adopted Lithuanian (šaltibarščiai or Uzbek pilaf) and exotic (Asian, Carribean, Mexican – you name it). The portions are generous. You can satisfy your stomach with 6 to 8 Eur; most of the meals are made to share.
The Nemunas river view is outstanding, same as the company of Žalgirio arena, the biggest in the Baltics. Expect a lot of Žalgiris fans wearing green and white if the Open Kitchen Thursday coincides with a basketball match.
It’s kid and pet-friendly! The centrally located Nemunas island is also conveniently reached by bike.
Music is an additional bonus – the season was opened with an acoustic gig by Baltasis Kiras; expect no less than a laid-back DJ delivering some sunny grooves on an average Thursday. Foosball is also available; more attractions will be offered during the summer. That is if you think the food, the music and the riverside aren’t enough!
The Open Kitchen Thursdays start 11:30 am and end around 10 pm, so you can hop in any time you like. See you by Žalgirio arena every Thursday this summer, unless it’s too rainy or cold (hope not!).