Multiculturalism serves as the foundation of the new Lithuanian gastronomy, calling on French, Italian and German culinary traditions as well as Jewish, Karaite, Polish, Ukrainian and other cultures that reached Lithuania through its ethnic minorities throughout history.
Vilnius is therefore teeming with restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, and visitors can find such ethnic food as Karaite Kybin (pastry stuffed with meat or mushrooms), traditional Litvak kosher food (bagels or chopped herring), Ukrainian borsch and Georgian khachapuri, among countless other cuisines.
Hipster Street Food
Food trucks and veganism
Hipster culture has moved dining outdoors and combined it with cultural events, music performances and street art. Every Friday and Saturday during the summer months, Open Kitchen food market starts a food art festival – a special place in the city that offers invigorating music and a variety of food stands offering everything from Lithuanian cuisine and burgers to Korean, Thai, Armenian and Turkish food.
The oldest market in Vilnius, Halės Turgus, hosts food counters, cafes, gourmet and local delicacies shops and cocktail bars, with a DJ playing every night on the weekends.
Food trucks in Vilnius
Keulė Rūkė is a half barbeque place-half street art gallery that deals in pulled pork burgers, smoked ribs and graffiti art, and features constantly changing, intriguing murals like the famous Putin and Trump mural.
Plenty of vegan restaurants have also cropped up along with specialty coffee houses, likely to spur on a wave of young, curious foreign travellers to the city. Over the past few years, coffee culture has flourished in Vilnius, with a growing number of cafés in the city focusing a lot of attention on the origin and quality of the beans they use and offering different brewing methods; and organising gatherings for coffee amateurs and professionals. There is even a Good Coffee Map for coffee lovers to the Vilnius Coffee Festival, the largest coffee festival in the Baltics.