The most characteristic dish of Vilnius is cepelinai [also known as Didžkukuliai] - potato dumplings stuffed with minced meat. Another dish served for dinner is koldūnai, small dumplings stuffed with meat, boiled and served in beef broth. On hot summer days the city residents eat šaltibarščiai – cold Lithuanian beet soup based on a sourdough starter and served with green cucumber, boiled eggs, chives, sour cream and potatoes.
One of the most delicious sausages in the world is kindzukas, famous Lithuanian dried sausage served thinly sliced. The best for quenching thirst is lietuviška gira – non-alcoholic drink made from rye bread. Medaus gėrimas – the regional honey to drink is best for cold days.
Bistro 18 at Stiklių g. 18 is a place with short but perfectly composed menu offering delicious dinner meals and wine. Cili Kaimas restaurant located at Giedomino g. 14 near the Town Hall offers exquisite regional dishes such as cepelinai and koldūnai. Waiters working at the restaurant speak Polish. Koldunine restaurant located at Saviciaus g. 6 serves regional delicacies – different kinds of dumplings at affordable prices and in cozy interiors.
Most of Lithuanian restaurants serve beer with a snack – fried bread with cheese.
Visitors who would like to enjoy the Lithuanian cuisine for a little longer should visit one of Vilnius’ biggest bazaars, for example the one at Bazilijonų g. next to the Gate of Dawn, and buy traditional Lithuanian bread, sausage, cheese and herbal tinctures.