According to a non-veggie local, eating in Vegafé is almost a spiritual experience. Depending on your love of delicious food and subtle incense, this might just be true. There’s a yoga studio above Vegafé and some of the yogic serenity seems to have drifted downstairs. The restaurant has a no-shoes policy, and half of the dining area is low tables and cushions. But there’s also a touch of luxury about Vegafé; in the wood furnishings, the excellent service and the hushed atmosphere.
An English version of the menu is available too, and there are pages of salads, juices, smoothies, and cooked food. Vegafé is one of the most popular vegetarian restaurants in Vilnius, so booking ahead is a good idea. There are two Vegafés in Vilnius, located at Augustijonų g. 2, Vilnius and Totoriu g. 3, Vilnius, Lithuania
Balti Drambliai is tucked away in the Old Town – so tucked away, that it’s easy to miss. To get there, you pass through an archway into a courtyard, and then down some steps into its cave-like interior. The restaurant is all stone walls and colourful furniture, and people linger at their tables long after they’ve finished eating. There are lots of options on the menu, the warm tofu and zucchini salad being a personal favourite.
As is true of a number of Vilnius restaurants, the food is cheap and the portions are big. Balti Drambliai is the kind of place that you could go to with a group of friends, and stay for most of the night. Vilniaus g. 41, Vilnius 01117, Lithuania
One of Vilnius’ newest vegan restaurants, Gyvas Baras has already made an impact. It can be hard to get a table there at lunch time, but the food is worth the wait. Gyvas is all about fun, hearty dishes and the tofu burger, corn fritters and sweet potato fries are among the best. No animal products are used, and the menu changes often to keep things interesting. Odminių g. 15, Vilnius 01121
The interior of Raw 42 isn’t much to look at. It’s small and slightly sterile, and the atmosphere is more ‘quick lunch’ than cosy restaurant. The food, on the other hand, is delicious. It’s light, fresh and nutritious – everything that raw food should be. From vegan sushi rolls to raw zucchini pasta with cashew cheese, the menu is exciting. Raw 42 is great if you’re travelling solo and looking for somewhere casual to stop for vegan food. Lithuania, Rūdninkų g. 12, Vilnius 01135, Lithuania
Despite the fact that the city is coated in frost and snow during winter, raw food restaurants seem to be on the rise in Vilnius. RawRaw is one of the more popular raw restaurants in Vilnius, possibly due to its beautifully presented food. The delicate-looking dishes are deceivingly rich – some are made with nut pastes and vegan cheese. There are also a couple of warm soups on the menu, if you can’t face the thought of a cold dinner. The prices are good, the staff is friendly and even the cakes are good for you in. RawRaw was recently renamed Botanique, and now serves a selection of cooked dishes. 3 Totoriu street, Vilnius, Lithuania
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