There’s beauty to be found in Vilnius at any time of the year. However, exploring the town in winter also requires knowing about places where you can step inside to warm up and nibble on a little comfort food – this is your handy guide.
Visit Džiugas Cafe to try desserts made from Lithuanian cheese that will tickle your tastebuds and go well with a coffee. Or head over to Holy Donut and grab a Vaidilutė – a donut with malt, honey and seeds. For something sweeter, pop into a Rūta shop and ask for medaus tortas – a layered cake with honey and lemon that’s a true local classic.
If you’re feeling hip, go to Chaika. The cafe’s located in a small house in the middle of the Old Town and has a distinct vibe. If you happen to be in Užupis, Kmyninė is a good choice – there’s a wide selection of traditional pastries and desserts from around the world. If you’re after a quiet corner, pop into Mint Vinetu – the pre-loved bookstore hosts a small cafe and the solitude you’ll find inside is perfect for opening a book.
Take a little time off from exploring the town and pay a visit to some of the locals’ favourite places for snacks. Pinavija offers kibinai (a traditional Karaim pastry) and desserts. For quality bagels, head to Beigelistai. And if pie or pancakes sound like your kind of thing, go to Pilies kepyklėlė – they are experts in both.
Unwind in Alaus biblioteka, with its excellent selection of craft beer from Lithuania and beyond. For a more local feel head over to Špunka and treat your tastebuds to a beer from a Lithuanian microbrewery in a true neighbourhood bar. And if you’d like to find a place that’s popular with locals, go to Peronas. The bar on platform zero of the Vilnius Train Station is unlike any other in town – you’ll find beers and cocktails on the menu.
For a fine dining experience, visit Ertlio Namas. This restaurant puts a modern twist on historical cuisine and offers a real culinary experience. Sweet Root is a good choice for seasonal dishes, but ultimately, you can’t go wrong with any of the top restaurants in Vilnius.