Working in Vilnius: Spaces and Communication
Landed with an assignment in Vilnius? Below there are a few hints and a list of locations that should help you find a way around working spaces and accomplish what you came here for.
Working in Vilnius is convienent. You can conduct interviews in any cafes in and around Vilnius, but the ones usually listed as laptop friendly are cramped and not suitable for conversations, rather just for writing emails. Most Vilnius libraries are spacious, though. They don’t require a registration or any IDs if you don’t intend to take loans. And – if you need to record or film an important interview – they rent private rooms and have their price lists ready. However, in January or May public libraries can be too busy. Thus, below there is a selection of coworking spaces suitable for interviews or filming and a list of transport options to reach them.
Wifi for public use is available almost anywhere in Vilnius: coffee shops, restaurants, and grocery stores. Most often it is protected with a password, so you will have to ask for it.
If you need a SIM card with a Lithuanian extension – prepaid cards are easy to find in any kiosk or grocery store. They cost just a few euros and purchasing doesn’t require a document.
National Library, 51 Gedimino Avenue, also called Mazvydas library is the largest one in Lithuania. It offers private rooms, a cafeteria, and a photo lab. Some spaces require a booking, and filming can be agreed on for a fee.
Vilnius County Library, 10 Trakų St., also called Mickevich library, occupies the palace in the Old Town dating back to the 15th century. Its beautiful halls are available for group meetings and filming.
Science Center, 5 Saulėtekio Avenue. The Scholarly Communication and Information Centre in full is the only place you can visit 24/7. It offers a great variety of quiet and shared working spaces.
Vilnius University Library, 3 Universiteto St. The oldest library in Lithuania, with a unique collection of antique books on display, is based in medieval premises worth touring around and also rents its unique halls.
Old Town Library of Military Academy, 6 Ignoto St. Officially called the Library of Military Sciences and Technologies of the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania. It is based in the backyard of the Ministry of Defence and also offers some of its premises for events or group meetings.
Coworking spaces suitable for journalists
Workland is a generalist coworking spaces business with the widest variety of spaces in five locations all around Vilnius. It offers a variety of workrooms, including podcast booths, and has a flexible pricing policy, including a free trial day. Also present in other Baltic capitals.
Talent Garden, 33 Vilnius St., is a part of the European network of creative spaces designed for digital entrepreneurs. It offers meeting rooms with flexible fees, including a day pass.
Spaces, 49 Gedimino Avenue, is part of the international network of over 3000 coworking spaces worldwide. It offers meeting rooms with an option of an hourly charge.
NVO Avilys, 12 Tauro St., is a budget coworking space run by a local community uniting NGOs and social innovators. It offers a meeting room with an option of an hourly charge.
Bus and trolleys are the cheapest means of transportation. If you don’t have tons of equipment they are also the best way to travel while working in Vilnius and one of the best ways to learn about the city. Tickets are available on apps: trafi.com, m.Ticket, or as a plastic card called Vilniečio kortelė.
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