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Eat well in Vilnius

The Vilnius food scene is booming and now boasts a wide variety of good and charming eateries. Here are 7 suggestions of places in the Lithuanian capital that serve great food - from pulled pork and street food, to fresh fish and French bistro delights.

French atmosphere at Saint Germain

A local favorite and considered by those in the know as the best French restaurant in Lithuania. Its location on picturesque side street Literatų makes it look like a Parisian gem, and the menu looks like it has just been taken out of a French bistro with classics such as oysters, foie gras, duck breast and creme brulée. The decor is cozy bohemian chic, with a mixed collection of Rococo furniture and white-painted recycled tables. If the weather allows, you can also sit outside.

Sain Germain

Literatų g. 9, Vilnius

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Open: Monday-Saturday 11am - Midnight, Sunday 11am - 11pm.

Street food at Turgus 2.0. Photo: Lise Hannibal

Weekend street food

If you’re in Vilnius during the summer, an absolute must is the Open Kitchen street food market on Tymo Turgus next to the river. Here you will find local food trucks, families and all sorts of people eating, relaxing, enjoying music and feeling at home, and you can get everything from beet soup to pancakes, spring rolls and tacos. A good place for when you want to enjoy unpretentious food with loads of atmosphere. In addition, a new funky street market, Turgus 2.0, was launched recently on Pylimo g. and is open every Sunday until October 1, and again with an alternative Christmas market in December.

Tymo Turgus

Aukštaičių g. / Maironio g.

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Open Friday and Saturday 11.30 am - Midnight

The catch of the day. Photo: Šturmu Švyturys

Šturmu Švyturys

The catch of the day from selected Baltic fishermen determines what appears on the menu. At fish restuarant Sturmy Svyturys in the Užupis artisan quarter, everything is prepared from local, seasonal products taken from the sea. The fish are displayed on ice, and you choose what you would like the chef to cook for you. And because the people in the kitchen know what they are doing, the result is fresh and breathtaking fish dishes, which has made the restaurant one of the most popular in Vilnius. Good wine and cozy maritime decor.

Šturmu Švyturys

Užupio g. 30, Vilnius

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Open daily 12pm - 10pm

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Amandus

Chef Deivydas Praspaliauskas is one of Vilnius' young gastro talents who has been voted Chef of the Year several times, and with Amandus has opened a gourmet’s paradise inspired by the new Scandinavian cuisine. An a la carte menu is available from 12pm to 11pm, but if you want to find out what the kitchen is all about, go for the taster menu, which is served on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7pm onwards. You can get snacks, soup, main meal and two desserts at a bargain price of EUR 50 - or EUR 80 with wine. A reservation is essential

Amandus

Pilies g. 34

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Closed Sunday - Monday. It takes about 2 1/2 - 3 hours to get through the menu.

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Dziaugsmas

At Dziaugsmas, Martynas Prazkevicius, one of the best chefs in Lithuania, runs a neighborhood kitchen in premises where Russian poet and Nobel Prize winner Jozef Brodzky once lived. Prazkevicius exclusively uses local ingredients, which are turned into gourmet delicacies, accompanied by natural wines. A stylish yet unpretentious place with decor in dark earth colors and a rooftop terrace for when the weather is nice.

Dziaugsmas

Vilniaus g. 28, Vilnius

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Åbent ma-lø 17-23.

Hales Turgus. Foto: Lise Hannibal

Markedet Hales Turgus

Outside this beautiful market hall dating from 1906, local retirees sell plums, flowers, apples and other goodies from house and garden. Inside, fresh fruit, seasonal vegetables, mushrooms, berries and honey are sold, along with fresh meat and charcuterie, fish bread, cakes and jams and pickles, as well as acrylic sweaters, cemetery lights and flowers. Although there is a juice bar, a Jamaica Jerk Chicken and a host of smart cafes, Hales Turgus is, above all, an everyday market, which is not especially hip or new, but full of delicious, fresh stuff and masses of local color. There is also a street food market next door to the market hall every Sunday during the summer season.

Hales Turgus

Pylimo g. 58, Vilnius

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Open Tuesday - Saturday 7am - 6pm, Sunday 7am - 3pm. Closed Monday

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