What makes up a true Lithuanian dish? Well, it’s largely the work of centuries of different cultures creating an array of dishes. What would you like today? The country’s famous potato dumplings with meat, fancy food reminiscent of a noble feast, traditional fare with a contemporary twist, or the staples that every Lithuanian grandmother has perfected over the years? The options are impressive and the flavours might surprise you, even if you’re a true foodie who thinks they’ve tasted it all.
Try the local stars – potato dumpling filled with meat or potato sausages – in the clean minimalistic interior at Queensberry. Pair the restaurant’s traditional dishes with local wines; there are 50 unique varieties to choose from. If you’re hungry at night and want to satisfy a craving for something truly representative of Lithuania’s culinary heritage, visit Amatininkai, a restaurant offering tasty potato dumplings or their renowned pig’s leg dish. For a classier environment, sit under the centuries-old vaulted ceilings at Aula restaurant while indulging in old Lithuanian cuisine – slowly baked chicken thighs, traditional dumplings, and a selection of Lithuanian cheese. For a more rustic experience, head over to the heart of the Old Town to the Old Green House to taste some traditional potato dishes, ribs or snacks with beer. If you’re into taking a walk after dinner, visit Belmontas to enjoy traditional dishes in a restored authentic inn and finish things off by exploring the Pavilniai Regional Park afterwards.
Traditional Lithuanian cuisine is more than just potatoes, and the variety you can find will have you celebrating everyday with a feast! Dine like nobility while tasting authentic pigeon and game dishes at Ertlio Namas, or discover local culinary traditions that date back to the 19th century at Mykolo 4, a restaurant known for its stuffed quail, lamb’s leg, and mead – all prepared according to the old recipes developed in the kitchens of Vilnius.
Džiaugsmas was crowned the best restaurant in Lithuania in 2018, and is definitely worth a try. Chef Martynas Praškevičius offers a simple yet spectacular array of dishes that will impress with their ability to bring different flavours out of some of the most common Lithuanian ingredients. Another option is to take on the tasting menu at the second-best restaurant in the Baltics, Nineteen18. The plates are filled with historically themed culinary experiments and are made using the slow food philosophy. Immerse yourself into a subtle food story at Sweet Root, tasting a puzzle of various dishes and one-bite delicacies made using local produce.
Lithuanian grandmothers are like any other – they’ll stuff you with food until you can’t move. Visit Kiškio Kopūstai for food ranging from everyday fare to festive delicacies, including meat jelly, Olivier Salad, boiled scones, or schnitzel. Drop by the legendary Sultiniai to get some buns with various fillings or try their Chicken Kiev. For a super filling dinner go to Šnekutis – it’ll feel like you’re visiting the entire family at once.
Tasting mead, the oldest Lithuanian drink enjoyed by the Grand Dukes, is a must when passing through Vilnius. Even though it probably won’t be served in a horn, it certainly tastes like a drink made for the gods. There are a number of different styles of mead to try at the bar Girta Bitė, and the aromas will surely transport you to the meadows of Lithuania. If alcohol isn’t your thing, you can opt for the non-alcoholic mead nectar instead.
Life experience will make the travel memories last forever. If you have only few days to spend in Vilnius, want to taste Lithuanian meals and experience something unique – look no further than the folk dinner, organized by feelZcity. The participants enjoy 3 meals of their choice from the special national cuisine menu as well as the show of the professional folk band. You will definitely find Zeppelins, Cold Beetroot Soup, Curd Cheese or deserts “Šakotis” and “Skruzdelynas” here. So be invited to taste ethnic Lithuanian delicacies, surprise yourself with new tastes, indulge local drinks, play the drums or sing a part in a live folk music performance and get your legs loose in ethnic dancing. Feel the freedom of Lithuania within yourself!