What's the food like in Lithuania?
Lithuanian cuisine is typically simple, but consists of a variety of hot and hearty dishes meant to keep you warm during the cold Eastern European winters. You’ll find rye bread and potatoes to be staples, with various meats, root vegetables such as beetroot, mushrooms, berries and dairy products all common ingredients.
Bread, or duona¸ has been the centre of Lithuanian cuisine for centuries and played a role in many agrarian rituals. Dark rye bread can be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner and kepta duona is a form of fried rye bread, which is seasoned with garlic and salt.
Popular starters include beetroot soup, which is served cold in the summer, and salted herring. Lithuania’s national dish is known as cepelinai, and consists of stuffed potato dumplings filled with meat, mushrooms or cheese and doused in a cream and bacon sauce. Potato pancakes are also very popular, as are fried curd cakes and grybukai, a type of mushroom-shaped cookie.
Mead, Lithuania’s former nobleman’s drink, and beer are the most popular alcoholic beverages, with local beer brands including Švyturus, Utenos and Kalnapilis. Gira is a traditional soda drink made from fermented bread.
Safe eating while travelling in Lithuania
Food hygiene standards are generally high in Lithuania, so travellers are unlikely to fall ill during their trip. However, as with any destination, it’s still important to follow basic food safety precautions. Check that meat and fish has been cooked thoroughly, fruits and vegetables are washed and avoid anything that looks old, unclean or poorly prepared.