What trip is complete without tasting the local food? The unique architecture of Vilnius is also accompanied by a tasty collection of top restaurants and cafes. With 19 of the country’s top 30 restaurants located in Vilnius, the food scene is thriving and currently obsessed with local products, new Nordic cuisine and flavour adventures. Historic recipes are now served with a modern attitude, so even the most traditional of Lithuanian dishes are getting contemporary makeovers. Oh, and locals are super proud of their craft beer culture – everyone has their favourite.
When it comes to travelling, being a vegetarian or a vegan shouldn’t mean a constant diet of salads and apples. Don’t worry; the chefs in Vilnius have you covered – they’ve been exploring flavours and combinations for the perfect plant-based dishes, and their results will have you longing for more. Vilnius is a dynamic city, and there’s always something tasty popping up in town.
Indulge in gourmet desserts at Vilnius’ sugary heaven. One bite and sweet bliss floods the soul. The city’s confectioners are always hard at work creating masterpieces that will delight even the pickiest of eaters. Treat yourself to chocolate, colourful macaroons, fresh pastries and traditional cakes. It’s like love itself served on your plate.
If you’re looking for the freshest ingredients, check out the city’s food markets. Visit Hales Turgus for fresh local produce and dishes that make use of them, or even join a party on a weekend night. Vilnius loves street food, so don’t limit yourself – try something from one of the many different cuisines represented at Downtown Food Hall. Plus, you can either eat at a table or go see a movie with your dinner in hand.
Don’t forget to shop for some souvenirs so you can bring a piece of Lithuania back with you – apple cheese, rye bread, smoked eel and ham, as well as an array of herbal teas. You can also find local fruit wine and cider makers, walk around farmers’ markets to get fresh honey or local cheese, and combine them to create a flavour bomb.