Obviously, we haven’t eaten in every vegan restaurant in the Baltics, but Rose Hip Vegan Bistro was so delicious that it should make a “Best of” list somewhere. I mean look at this rainbow on a plate– not only was it yummy but a feast for the eyes.
So before I give you the low down on the cafe, let’s first talk about the beautiful city of Vilnius and why you should visit.
One of the Greenest Cities in Europe
Probably the first thing you will notice about Vilnius is the beautiful green spaces. Almost 50 percent of Vilnius is dedicated to parks, squares, and forests. It also has the cleanest air and some of the best drinking water in Europe.
You’ll see lots of streets lined with lush green trees and little ‘pocket’ parks dotted all around the city with a bench or two to relax, or a little cafe to grab a bite.
But the best use of all the green space areas is the parks. There are so many beautiful parks in Vilnius, and when the weather is warm you will see people out in droves enjoying the sunshine.
Vingis Park is the largest at 400 acres and probably the most popular of the parks in Vilnius. There are lots of activities including an amphitheater for concerts, playgrounds, running trails, carousels, cafes, restaurants, biking, skating….you name it.
It’s Very Walkable
Vilnius’ UNESCO-listed Old Town is one of the most walkable in Europe. In fact, it’s so walkable there is an entire website devoted to the walking routes around town called “Walkable Vilnius” .
With over 83 places to visit and 23 walking routes, it’s a great way to see the sites.
It’s So Clean
Just look at these streets, they sparkle! And that was everywhere. Not only were we impressed with all the greenery, but how clean it was too.
Although cleanliness probably isn’t a huge reason to travel to a place or not –I think it has a deeper meaning.
It indicates the pride the people have in their city. As travelers, we recognize that and truly appreciate it. These are the kinds of places we like to visit.
Rose Hip Vegan Bistro
Finally, let’s talk about the cafe. As vegan travelers, if the city has a good vegan restaurant then we already love it there. Sound reasoning? Nope–we’re just strange that way.
So the day we arrived in Vilnius, we both thought stereotypically (we have to stop that), that in this part of the world there would never be a vegan restaurant. DING, DING, DING….wrong again!
We consulted our handy dandy Happy Cow app, the apps of all apps for Vegan Travelers….and lo and behold there were 41 Vegan/Vegetarian options in Vilnius…who knew?!
And our little pink gem Rose Hip Vegan Bistro was only 2 blocks from our hotel. Look at it….it’s hip, trendy, and from first hand experience delicious.
As you can see from the menu and the decor, pink has a big impact on the cafe, I think from all the beetroot. It’s not a huge menu, but we ate there 2 days in a row and found plenty to eat. We had burgers one day and a bowl the next, all delicious. The portions are huge and great prices as you can see.
If I had one ‘con’ I would say they need a website. Here’s a screenshot from their facebook page:
I am not going to end this post without telling you about my wasp sting! It’s probably what I remember most about Vilnius unfortunately.
Yep, I was just minding my own business and a wasp decided my foot would be tasty…then a week later we were in St. Petersburg and I got stung again in the arm. Needless to say, it was an unpleasant few weeks.
And forget finding Benadryl or Cortisone in Lithuania or Russia…it’s not possible….we tried. Here’s a lesson for you. Bring your own!!
Until next time…..Happy Trails 👣,