Dozens of performances, exhibitions, concerts and other events lure people to Kaunas this year. And not just at weekends - the European Capital of Culture program runs 24/7. But what to do if you don’t have any more days off and want to attend an event? The answer is simple - combine screen time and cultural activities in a kaunastic workation.
For a day, a week or even longer, you can spend your time in a city that is home to all of Europe, its culture, architecture, gastronomy, and magnificent Lithuanian nature. And where is the cosiest and most efficient place to work? We are happy to share our insights and experiences of the cosiest and most efficient places to work in Kaunas.
When you have to write or read hundreds of pages or maybe put together an Excel symphony, you don’t want any distractions, especially domestic ones. A cosy hotel room for a couple of nights is a wise decision, even if you live in the same city. When the view from the window is much more spectacular than on the TV screen, even the most tedious tasks tend to be swiftly completed, allowing you enough time to explore the area or enjoy the hotel’s spa.
If your best friend is nature, and the only passers-by who don’t annoy you are the pine trees, you’ll love the Monte Pacis in Pažaislis Monastery by the Kaunas Lagoon. It is where Lithuania’s most awarded writers finish their novels!
For true urban cowboys and cowgirls, the destination address is Moxy, the hippest hotel in Kaunas. The regulars at the lobby bar will help you celebrate finishing that project. You’ll feel at a minimalist Scandinavian home at the Radisson Hotel Kaunas, and a unique artistic atmosphere hides in the rooms of the Bohem House in the Old Town.
Workation can be as short as half a day, especially if you’re not distracted by the city’s buzz. It’s great to start your morning on the train. After visiting a couple of exhibitions, it’s time to settle for a few hours in a café. The flow of caffeine and snacks is guaranteed, and there’s always free Wi-Fi and sockets for your convenience.
So, what’s your preference? A cosy and instagrammable interior (Caffeine on Laisvės Alėja, Chaika in the Old Town), minimalist aesthetics (Habits by Soboras), or fun neighbours (Kavalierius and New York Café, both on Laisvės Avenue), inspiring area (Caif Cafe by the Art Deco Museum, Vero Cafe on Vienybės Square) or real coffee stories (Vagabond Coffee by the Kaunas Municipality, Koffee Lab by the Kaunas Castle)?
Coworking spaces are a great invention of the modern world, allowing one to combine work with a holiday in a new city and continuously expand the circle of contacts. Who knows, maybe the next unicorn will be born after a chat by the vending machine, or perhaps you’ll decide to move to Kaunas permanently?
Here’s a list of coworking spaces open in our city. A number of them offer test days for free or a nominal fee, so you can visit a few before committing for a month or more.
Local libraries are also perfect for the cost-effective digital nomad, welcoming not only readers but also writers (or programmers, illustrators...). Absolutely free of charge. Just hurry up - for example, at the Vincas Kudirka Public Library, the best seats overlooking the Laisvės Alėja fountain are occupied early in the morning. The libraries of the Kaunas University of Technology and Vytautas Magnus University are open to non-students, too. And when the Kaunas County Public Library on Parodos Hill opens its doors after reconstruction, we will remind you about it.