Food in Lithuania
Meat, potato, veggies, and a curd sauce of some kind are common ingredients in Lithuanian meals. The cepelinai, or zeppelins, are meat-filled potato-starch-based zeppelin-shaped masses that are typically coated in a sour cream, butter, and pig cracklings sauce. Pork is more often consumed than beef. Vegans will, unsurprisingly, have a difficult time dining out, but some major restaurant chains may provide vegetarian options.
Fast food in Lithuania may be available all throughout the city, including Kibinai (from the Karaim people), tiny turnovers typically filled with spiced lamb, and Cheburekai (a Russian snack), huge folds of dough with a minimal filling of meat, cheese, or even apples.
Many restaurants offer English and, to a lesser degree, Russian menus (typically in the Lithuanian menu). However, keep in mind that menus in other languages may have increased pricing, but this is rare and won’t be seen in Vilnius or the more well-known brands like Cili Pizza.
Drinks in Lithuania
Svyturys, Kalnapilis, Utenos, Horn, and Gubernija are some of the most well-known beer brands in Lithuania. A visit to a kiosk reveals that this tiny nation may have more than 50 distinct beer brands. The amount of alcohol in each drink is listed on the label, and it typically ranges from 4 to 9.5 percent. Beer is often inexpensive in comparison to other European nations, costing between 0.50 and 1 € per half litre in stores and 0.75 to 2 € per half litre in bars (beer is sold by the half or full litre, a full litre being found rarely). The beer is delicious, putting international brands to shame, and Lithuanian lager is on par with Czech, Slovak, German, and Polish lager in terms of quality. Even at a Chinese or other foreign-themed restaurant, requesting a Lithuanian beer usually inspires goodwill.
Try one of the bar snacks, which are extremely popular among Lithuanians, when you go to a bar or restaurant without planning to eat. A bowl of garlic bread pieces coated with cheese is the most popular of these treats.
In addition to beer, Lithuanians drink vodka (or “degtin” in Lithuanian), which is relatively inexpensive but of excellent quality, although not to the degree that is typical of this region of the globe. Also, each area has its own home-made specialty, the most famous/notorious of which is “Samane,” which should be avoided. The bigger stores offer a huge selection of vodka from all of the major vodka-producing nations.
Lithuanian mead, often known as “midus,” is a government-controlled beverage. It’s produced from a variety of Lithuanian plants, including leaves, berries, and tree bark. The percentages of alcohol vary from 10% to 75%. (considered medicinal).
Quality sparkling wines, such as Alita or Mindaugas, and local liqueurs are popular souvenir items for visitors.
Keep in mind the legislation that bans the sale of alcohol in stores between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., which went into force in January 2009. (bars, cafes, restaurants etc. are exempt from this).
Different types of tea and coffee are readily accessible in stores and cafés. Coffee is available in a variety of flavors, ranging from northern European to French. You may expect to spend up to 1.50 € for a cup of coffee at a coffee shop. Some cafés also provide a selection of specialty coffees with varying pricing. Many cafés (kavins) still provide “lazy” coffee, which is just coffee grounds and boiling water, unfiltered, with grinds at the bottom of the cup, which sometimes surprise the drinker – inquire before you purchase! Tea is often offered for half the price of coffee. Some of the fantastic beverages, such as the Marganito, are excellent for fun-filled party drinks and are regarded as one of the best types of wine in the nation, making them ideal for weddings.
Unlike tourist-oriented restaurants or pubs, bars (Baras) may be frequented by strong drinkers and therefore be rather raucous. Even yet, a visit may be extremely rewarding, particularly if you accept an offer to sing karaoke.
In May 2006, a legislation prohibiting smoking in cafés, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, discothèques, and other public places was enacted, and it took effect on January 1, 2007. Many nightclubs, however, offer interior smoking areas with some ventilation.
In many areas of Lithuania, tap water is safe to drink. Locals in other regions choose to buy bottled water or filter tap water using water filters. A 5 litre bottle is not much more costly than a one litre bottle if you require bottled water. When in question about tap water, consult a local expert.
Mineral water is also available at restaurants, cafés, and stores, but it costs a little more than tap water. Birut and Vytautas are two well-known brands.