The launch of a modern gastronomic space at Paupio turgus, unlike any other in Lithuania
The Darnu Group, developers of spaces for living, working, and recreation, is opening a modern restaurant space at Paupio turgus in the historic area of Vilnius Old Town. The opening celebration will take place on Thursday in Paupys residential area. Paupio turgus will be a space for flavours, cuisines of the world and cosy food stores. It promises to become a new centre of attraction for residents and visitors to the city alike.
The new market will be used not only for meetings and communication, but also for educational activities, various events introducing different food cultures, concerts and dance evenings, and art work and tasting presentations.
“Markets are changing. For many years, food halls have gained popularity worldwide: London has Harrods; Lisbon has the Time Out Market; and Madrid has the San Miguel market. We want to follow their best practices. By opening Paupio turgus in Vilnius, we provide an avenue for experiencing the different flavours of the world, the best chefs, and traders offering local farm produce,” explained Sigita Survilaitė-Mekionienė, Managing Director of Darnu Group.
According to Survilaitė-Mekionienė, a market based on the principle of a food hall has no equivalent in Lithuania. The model of using casual spaces for dining came to Europe from the US and has gradually made its way to Vilnius. Darnu Group has implemented the American model in Paupys. The new market stands out in its concept, with modern space for interaction and events and scope for a variety of tenants.
“Innovative solutions have always been a priority for Darnu Group. We aim to be pioneers, to be the first to present modern ideas. With each project, we contribute to the development of high-quality infrastructure. We want the city to grow livelier and its residents to feel special in it,” Survilaitė-Mekionienė said.
The developer of the Paupys Market project utilised the best models of western food culture and created a modern, stylish gastronomic space.
“Although we focused on high quality food and the interpersonal skills of traders, we don’t see the market only as a food destination. It’s a communal experience, a place where friends with different tastes will easily find a compromise – a wonderful variety will surprise many,” Survilaitė-Mekionienė noted.
The market, located on Aukštaičių Street, will be open to visitors from May 6th. It will accommodate 16 restaurants, 3 bars, and 5 food stores.
There are 300 indoor seats and 150 outdoor seats, with underground parking for 200 cars.
The design of the market has been carefully considered. Its exclusive interior and lighting were designed by the architecture studio Plasma. The central wall is decorated with a huge painting by Jurgis Tarabilda. Also in the market is a green oasis – a winter garden with 1,300 plants. Darnu Group invested 2 million euros in these exclusive solutions.
Because of the Covid safety requirements, the market visitors will only be able to use outdoor seating or use the takeaway services. The opening hours of the restaurants are 11.00 to 21.00 Monday through Wednesday, 11.00 to 22.00 Thursday through Saturday, and 11.00 to 20.00 on Sunday. The opening hours of food stores are 10.00 to 20.00 Monday through Saturday and 10.00 to 18.00 on Sunday.