Last Updated on January 26, 2021 by Nina Ahmedow
Vilnius may be one of my favorite destinations for female solo travelers in Europe, but Lithuania is not exactly known for being a culinary paradise. But despite the small number of vegan restaurants in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital didn’t disappoint me. I was able to try two vegan restaurants and went to a vegan store during my short stay in Lithuania’s capital. When I travel I choose to support vegan places, so I can only report on those, but there are several other restaurants that you could go to which offer vegan options. When I was out and about doing the best things to do in Vilnius I saw several places that offered vegan options.
Since my trip, there have been some changes with regard to the Vilnius vegan restaurants I originally talked about so I updated the post in May 2020 to reflect this. Let’s get into the vegan spots in Vilnius.
Vegan Shop in Vilnius
During my time in Vilnius, I decided to make my own breakfast at home, so I went to Veggo with the intention of buying some local products. The lady was friendly, and I explained to her that I was primarily looking for breakfast but also for Lithuanian products.
I ended up buying granola, chocolate milk, two buckwheat bars, a smoothie, crackers, hummus (from Veggo’s own brand), a pâté, and chocolate. Unfortunately, most of these products weren’t Lithuanian, as there isn’t a big market for veganism in the Baltic states yet. But there were a lot of interesting Polish products that I hadn’t tried yet. The products covered me for breakfast and some snacks and, as there was some pasta at my Airbnb, I didn’t have to go out for food twice every day.
You have to check out Veggo if you want to self cater in Vilnius or want to see what Lithuanian vegans eat. They moved to a new location since my visit which I’d love to check out.
Verkių g. 29. Open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.
The Only Fully Vegan Restaurants in Vilnius
As of May 2020, there is only one vegan restaurant in Vilnius, but because of its two separate locations, we might as well speak of two vegan restaurants in Vilnius. I went to the location on Barboros Radvilaitės and can’t speak for the second location.
RoseHip Vegan Bistro was my second experience with Vilnius vegan restaurants. The waiters could have been a bit friendlier, but the food was excellent. I had the pulled jackfruit burger and the golden milk. I loved that they told me the golden milk would take a bit longer because that meant they were making it correctly. And yes, it was definitely the best golden milk I’ve ever had. The burger was very flavorful, too, so, unsurprisingly, I went back the next day.
This time, I ordered a green tea and the pink hummus bowl, and the dish was exactly as good as it looks in the picture. (For traditional hummus recipe check out my 30 vegan recipes from the Muslim world.)
As opposed to the first time I went I still had room for dessert, so I got the panna cotta which was incredibly tasty. I really recommend RoseHip Vegan Bistro if you’re going to be in Vilnius. Note that the place is always rather full, so you may have to wait a few minutes until you get a table but trust me, it’s going to be worth it.
Now that there are two bistros they make up the entirety of Vilnius vegan restaurants, but since the food was so good that’s not really a bad thing.
B. Radvilaitės g. 7. Open Monday to Thursday 11:30 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 10:30 pm, Sunday 11 am to 10 pm.
Hopes for More Vilnius Vegan Restaurants
In the first version of this post, I reported on my very poor experience at Gyvas Baras where I had perhaps the worst food ever in my life. The seitan burger was so bad that it made me stay away from seitan forever. The waiter was super friendly though, and I felt really bad when he asked me how the food was and I couldn’t say anything nice. He admitted that they had recently hired a new cook who still needed to learn how to prepare the food properly.
But Gyvas Baras has closed down and announced that they will make changes and reopen in a new location. I’m very hopeful that the improvements will turn Gyvas Baras into one of the top vegan restaurants in Vilnius so that there will be more options for vegan travelers to choose from.
While there are still no additional vegan restaurants in Vilnius there’s a new vegan snack shop that I would like to try out next time I’m in Vilnius. It’s called Veggie, and although it’s not in the very center of the city, Vilnius is small enough to walk there. Jono Basanavičiaus 53. Open Monday to Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.
Vilnius is a delightful city for a weekend break. And while there are not many vegan places, I enjoyed the food I got from both Veggo and RoseHip Vegan Bistro.
Please let me know in the comments if you’ve had other great vegan food in Lithuania.