Lithuanian winters are cold
Bring your eiderdown jacket. Don’t forget a hat and a scarf as well. Warm, waterproof boots are also a good idea. You can get some gloves or mittens here, if you like. Woollen ones, decorated with colourful handmade ornaments. Sometimes there’s so much snow here around Christmas time that children have to go to Santa Claus on their sledges and pick up the gifts themselves. In winter, you can go skating, ride sleighs pulled by horses with bells jingling, go ice fishing or roll around the snow naked after a boiling woodscented sauna. When nights become longer than days, we go into the countryside to spend some time in the frost-sparkled peace and quiet, dance all night in clubs filled with music and heat, admire art in galleries and do a lot of sports. Because winter is still winter here.
Bacon, beetroot and seaweed are just a few of the unusual ice-cream flavours offered by Lithuanian chefs. Continuing its tradition of the GASTRO travel guide across Lithuania, the national tourism promotion enterprise Lithuania Travel presents an interactive map of the locations where you can taste the most unusual flavours of ice-cream, a dessert much loved by Lithuanians.
A total of 831,000 foreign arrivals – a spike of 9.25% – was recorded in H1 2019, the highest in the past five years. The number of domestic and foreign tourists who travelled in Lithuania with at least one overnight totalled 1,750,000 or 11.30% more than in the same period in 2018.
Seasonal, hip and boldly weird is a fitting definition for the Baltic cuisine re-imagined by Lithuania’s best chefs.
Walking around downtown Vilnius, you’ll find the kind of cuisines that are common to all big cities – from Ukrainian dumplings to Jewish bagels (born in Vilnius, by the way), from Sichuan stews to Peruvian pastries.