Lunch on Budget

Some of the canteens in Vilnius can take you back in time to the 1980s, or even earlier. The food served in these establishments is usually the same as it was decades ago. For curious travellers, these canteens are the perfect opportunity to sample the same meals that several generations grew up with in the Soviet era. 

Since canteens are rapidly disappearing nowadays, or some of them are transforming to become more and more like modern fast food places or bistros, it is becoming difficult to find authentic options. The Montuotojas, Pas Žilviną, and Sultiniai canteens can easily be considered classics in Vilnius.


This is a legendary canteen is familiar to most people in Vilnius. Although it is not very big and is only open for lunch, it’s worth coming here to try the inexpensive and hearty meals on offer, especially if you’re on your way to see the trendy Ševčenkos loft quarter, which is a must-see in Vilnius’ Naujamiestis neighbourhood.

Location: Naugarduko 34
Opening hours: I-V 09:00-16:00


This canteen located in the city centre transports you back in time as soon as you step foot in it. Food has been prepared and served here since 1969, but it seems like it was only yesterday – nothing much has changed. The authentic interior draws in the older generation who come for the nostalgia, curious visitors to the city, and even young people. The menu changes daily and you can be certain to find all the classics our grandparents once enjoyed.

Location: Jogailos 8
Opening hours: I-V 09:00-19:00, VI 10:00-18:00


In the very heart of the old town, in the premises of Vilnius College of Technology and Design, a new healthy food canteen has opened its doors.
For breakfast and lunch, you will find hearty and delicious dishes here, which are also healthy and inexpensive. You can also buy gummies made from natural fruit juices, healthy desserts and home made traditional kibinas here.

Location: Islandijos g. 3
Opening hours:
I-V 7:45-15:00

Upės Bistro

Not too long ago this was the location of a real canteen, Prie Neries, but even when the place changed its status to a bistro, the walls, counter, and canteen-style serving of food remained the same. In addition, every day you can choose from around 7 or 8 dishes, most of which are examples of traditional cuisine from previous decades.

Location: Žvejų 2
Opening hours: I-V 10:00-16:00

Pas Žilviną

This spot’s owner, with his down-to-earth attitude and attention to each and every customer, leaves a lasting impression. He spends his time in the kitchen, making traditional dishes and conversing with customers. And even though Pas Žilvina has been a legendary canteen for years, Žilvinas is ready to rebrand. “If McDonald’s can be called a restaurant, why not us, too?” he once said. 

Location: Švitrigailos 26
Opening hours: I-V 09:00-19:00

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