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10 Things to eat in Vilnius and where


During your trip to Vilnius, you certainly cannot miss the opportunity to taste the real one Lithuanian cuisine. It is a poor cuisine, of peasant derivation and closely linked to the land, however it is able to offer rather tasty and rich dishes.
Lithuanian cuisine has undergone considerable Polish, German and Scandinavian influences, undergoing constant evolution over the centuries. The main dishes consist of potatoes, beets, soups and meat, mainly pork.
In the many restaurants, cafes, bars and bistros of Vilnius, you will be able to try traditional cuisine, accompanied by a glass of great beer (alaus), here considered by all to be a national drink.
So let's see i 10 traditional Lithuanian dishes you absolutely must try in Vilnius.



Index

  1. You will see
  2. Cepelinai
  3. Kibinai
  4. Skilandis
  5. Kepta Duona
  6. Kugelis
  7. Šaltibarščiai
  8. Spurgos
  9. Pig ears
  10. Šakotis
  11. Where to eat in Vilnius: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - You will see

In all the clubs in the city you will find the You will see, one of the most popular traditional dishes in Lithuania. It is a chopped potato sausage stuffed with pork intestine: a very tasty dish, usually served with fresh vegetables or mashed potatoes.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 4,00-6,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, barley, sour cream, pork

2 - Cepelinai

Among the typical Lithuanian dishes, one of the tastiest are certainly the cepelinai, large potato gnocchi with a meat or cheese filling, served with a sour cream sauce, and accompanied by bacon or mushrooms.



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 2,00-3,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, meat, cheese, sour cream

3 - Kibinai

I kibinai are the typical dish of the Trakai region, and it is a sort of panzerotto of puff pastry, filled with minced meat and various aromas, but there are also several vegetarian versions, the tastiest one based on cheese and mushrooms. You can find them practically in all the restaurants in the city.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 2,00-3,00
  • Main ingredients: puff pastry, minced meat, spices, cheese, mushrooms

4 - Skilandis

Lo skilandis is a typical Lithuanian smoked cured meat, it is a pork meat product seasoned with salt, spices and stuffed into the pig's bladder. After maturing, it is smoked at a temperature of 18-30 ° C, with smoke obtained from the sawdust of hardwood. In 2010 it was recognized Guaranteed Traditional Specialty (STG).

  • Recommended to: appetizer, snack
  • Average cost: € 2,00-3,00
  • Main ingredients: pork meat

5 - Kepta Duona

One of the classic appetizers to accompany beer is the Kepta Duona, strips of black rye bread with garlic and fried, usually accompanied by cheeses.


  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: fried bread, garlic, cheese

6 - Kugelis

One of the traditional recipes of Lithuanian cuisine is the Kugelis, a delicious potato-based flan with pork. You can't say you've been to Lithuania if you don't try it at least once!


  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 3,00-4,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, onions, milk, pork stew, bay leaf

7 - Šaltibarščiai

Another typical dish of the Lithuanian tradition is the šaltibarščiai, that is to say the cold beetroot soup, a dish of Polish origin that will surely amaze you. To be consumed in summer, due to its refreshing flavor, it usually goes well with boiled potatoes for dipping. Its hot variant (barščiai) is called burokėlių sriuba on the other hand, it is excellent to be consumed in winter, and is served with sour cream.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 3,00-4,00
  • Main ingredients: beets, cucumbers, kefyr, sour cream

8 - Spurgos

As for the desserts, one of the typical dishes that you must definitely try are the spurgos, similar to pancakes served with jam or varške (a cheese similar to our ricotta), to be eaten hot.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 2,00-3,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, milk, eggs, jam, varške

9 - Pig ears

Another characteristic dish of Lithuanian cuisine, typically served as an accompaniment to beer, is le smoked pig ears, similar to bacon.


  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 2,00-3,00
  • Main ingredients: pork meat

10 - Šakotis

Another typical dessert of the Lithuanian tradition, of Polish origin, is the šakotis, whose consistency recalls that of a biscuit, and is characterized by its rather particular shape, which recalls that of a fir (in fact its name means "tree with many branches"). These are those definite sweets spit cake, a variety of European sweets made in the same way: layers of dough are gradually wrapped around a cylindrical tool and cooked on a spit.


  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: eggs, sugar, flour, cream

Where to eat in Vilnius: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

The raw materials most used in Vilnius cuisine are vegetables, legumes and berries, which are abundant in the area. With them also potatoes, beets and mushrooms, often accompanied by handcrafted cheeses and dairy products.
Meat and potatoes are often combined in multiple variations, in complete and succulent single dishes, and much used are pork and chicken. Soups are also often eaten with meals, all accompanied by great local beers.

A great option to appreciate local food in addition to the city atmosphere, is eat in one of the characteristic pubs, always very lively and popular. Lithuanian cuisine is now open to the world, and adds more and more flavors to its tables to be enjoyed if you pass through these areas. Where to taste the typical Lithuanian flavors? Here is a selection of the most delicious restaurants.

1- Dvaras

  • Description: restaurant with a family atmosphere with waiters dressed in traditional clothes
  • specialty: Goulash
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Get Directions - Official Site

2 - Džiaugsmas

  • Description: restaurant-bistro that focuses on the choice of local raw materials
  • specialty: appetizers and quail
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

3 - Snekutis

  • Description: informal restaurant with wooden tables and benches
  • specialty: cepelinai, potato flan, pancakes
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Get Directions - Facebok Page

4 - Queensberry

  • Description: wine shop with cuisine with a sober but refined atmosphere, with revisited traditional dishes
  • specialty: selection of local wines
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions

5 - Vegafe

  • Description: original place with a selection of vegetarian dishes
  • specialty: Hummus
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page
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