The tastes of Vilnius



This post is a dedication to all the amazing dishes and drinks I was able to try while visiting Lithuanian capital.


Traditional restaurants:
Šnekutis (Šv. Mikalojaus g. 15 / Šv. Stepono g. 8)
Klaipėdos senamiestis (S. Daukanto a. 2)
Etno Dvaras (Pilies g. 16 / several other locations)
Bernelių Užeiga (Gedimino pr. 19, A. Vienuolio g. 1)

Restaurants:

Rosehip (vegan restaurant) (B. Radvilaitės g. 7)
Grill London (Vilniaus g. 33)
Talutti (Vilniaus g. 35)
MMO modern art museum bistro (Pylimo str. 17)
Tarbushi kavine (Turkish restaurant) (Gynėjų g. 4)

Cafes:

Žalia žąsis (Malūnų g. 3)
Storytellers (Pilies g. 42)
Cat Cafe (Gedimino pr. 5)

Shops:
Majai (sweet shop) (Gedimino av. 9)
Šokolado namai (Trakų g. 13)



(Šv. Mikalojaus g. 15 / Šv. Stepono g. 8)
First of them was a cosy old restaurant/pub, where you can try traditional Lithuanian food. We've ordered variety of different starters, from fried garlic bread sticks with cheese, to fried meat dumplings. As my main dish I chose Zeppelin, a big potato dumpling with minced meat filling and cream sauce. The meal was completed with their home crafted dark beer. 


And let me also mention their very affordable prices, most starters cost between 2-4€ and small servings of main dishes starts from 3-4 € on.


(Malūnų g. 3)
During our daily sightseeing, we just bumped into this lovely place, located somewhere between st. Anna's church and the end of Užupis, by the river just opposite the Tibetan square. Beside very free atmosphere on their big open terrace, they serve wonderful coffee and the amazing Ekselence ice creams (actually produced in Latvia).



(B. Radvilaitės g. 7)
This is a small charming vegan bistro across the street from the main (Bernardine) park. Despite (me) not being vegan, after talking about vegan burgers for two days in a row, they just sounded as a perfect choice for lunch. We got ourselves the ones with crisped tofu and fried onions, served with loads of fresh vegetables, sauce and fries.


(Vilniaus g. 33)
It might sound funny to come from London and decide to visit this restaurant, but after getting few must try recommendations, it became our dinner place on my second day. The most exciting thing about it is the ability to completely customise your meal, from choosing the type of meet and hot garnish (potatoes), to adding your favorite sauce and vegetables. The first bite charmed me right away and made me want to visit this ''piece of London'' anywhere in the world. (honestly, I've never seen it or heard of it before anywhere else).

The dinner was completed with their popcorn spritz cocktail. At first it did not taste anything like any drink of choice would, but the amazing aftertaste of the popcorn syrup was just purely divine. The closest I could compare it to is the taste of the popcorn flavoured jelly beans. And let me also say it was totally worth breaking the law for it, since my friend stopped being old enough to drink with the new Lithuanian age limit.



(Pilies g. 42)
This small and from the public eye hidden cafe offers a perfect escape for a tranquil afternoon coffee or tea. After asking for 'something special', I've got myself a chai latte, that wasn't just served in the most beautiful and eye catchy way, but was also perhaps the best and most flavoured chai latte I ever had. And a special person that I am, let's not deny I had to degustate and eat all the spices that was put aside as a decoration.



(S. Daukanto a. 2)
Another traditional place with their main restaurant located in the north, in city of Kleipada, offered the dish that we just couldn't skip. Serving of cheese fingers will get you 4 big fried sticks, filled with melted cheese and served with an amazing sauce. Since the portion is very filling, I'd recommend to share it with a friend and enjoy every bit of this portion and time spent together.



(Gedimino av. 9)
Inside the most central shopping centre GO9 you are able to find a very colourful candy shop with beauties from all over the world. After watering my mouth looking at the sweets of all sizes, shapes and colours, I decided to give a try to this rainbow of munch-mellows. 



(Vilniaus g. 35)
The only place in the city I knew before the visit (I had no idea what are the sightseeing spots and others must-sees) was this amazing restaurant, that doesn't just offer mouthwatering divinities, but also candies for the eye. Therefore I visited it 3 times (during my 3 day-stay there).
The first visit was late after dinner dessert, consisting from peanut butter 'mad monster' cocktail with pretzels for me, and 'Gregory' waffles with M&M's plus fresh lemonade for my friend.


During my second visit I had an after-lunch of sweet potato fries called 'Lesly', while my other friend was munching on a burger named 'Luis'.

On the last day, right before heading to the airport, we stopped there for one last time, during which I tried creamy cocktail with caramelised pears and my friend got a 'mad monster' with bunch of munch-mallows and a pink doughnut, meaningfully named 'Simpsons'.



(Pilies g. 16)
A very traditional restaurant with very traditional dishes and ''etnical'' decor. One located right in the center, they provide most of their dining space downstairs, in kind of a dungeon looking basement, which adds to the whole experience and feeling of travelling back in time for a traditional meal.
They offer things from small starters to full sized stakes, but again, my food of choice were potato dumplings Zeppelini, this time filled with meat and accompanied by delicious mushroom sauce. My meal was completed with some dark house beer.


(Gedimino pr. 5)
Perfect place for all the furry ball lovers, to spend some relaxed hours in this cosy vintage environment, surrounded by cats and everything dedicated to them. Despite being called cafe, there's many food choices available, from starters, pasta and salads to so called Mur-Burgers, variety of desserts, all sorts of drinks, such as hot chocolate and Cattuccino and even treats to feed the cats. Minimum spend is 5€, but the time you can enjoy here is unlimited.

(Pilies str. 8)
A chocolate shop, where you can purchase all sorts of pralines, chocolate bars, ice cream or sit in for chocolate infused coffees, cocktails and other drinks, pieces of all sorts of cakes and creatively crafted desserts.
But it's certainly most outstanding feature is so called ''chocolate room'', an entire corner, with furniture, crockery, decor and even a lady, cat and a fire place, all in the natural size, made entirely out of chocolate.



(Gedimino pr. 19, A. Vienuolio g. 1)
Finally a traditional restaurant where I didn't eat the zepellinis. Although they certainly have them on the menu, together with traditional soups, like mushroom one served in a bread bowl, smaller snacks, salads, meat portions and desserts .

Instead I went on to try deep fried meat stuffed dumplings with the amazing mushroom sauce, and the dish was absolutely lovely. 

This was also a great chance to try out traditional Lithuanian midus, a honey-beer like refreshing drink.


(Gynėjų g. 4)
This is a small Turkish bistro, that was recommended by a local. So, if you actually want to eat as a local, who perhaps doesn't dine in traditional restaurants all the time, here's a place that would make you feel like an average young Lithuanian.
Best part of it is it's totally customise menu, from which you can design yourself a perfect platter of falafels, meat or veggies, or create your own wrap with the sides. Everything by student friendly prices.


(Trakų g. 13)
A chocolate shop with amazing chocolate designs. You'll find incredible figures for any occasion, from chocolate animals, to little every day things, astrological signs, motives for different holidays (since we were there shortly after easter, there was a lot of chickens, bunnies and eggs all around), to classic tablets with unclassical addings and pralines with all sorts of fillings. Amazing fragrance of cocoa in the air will make it impossible to leave empty handed, and luckily, despite all the craft invested into designs, everything is very affordable.


(Pylimo str. 17)
Only opened in late 2018, Modern art museum certainly has some interesting exhibitions to offer, from interactive exponents to unique art concepts, all located on several floors of a very modern building. Beside inspiring walk trough, we can also visit a bistro on their ground floor, offering variety of European cuisine with Asian elements.
We stopped there for some gathering on my last night, and after a long walk I couldn't be happier than getting a wonderful vegetable smoothie.






   

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