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11 Fantastic Cafes in Vilnius

11 Fantastic Cafes in Vilnius

There are so many cafes in Vilnius to get a great cup of coffee. It seems every week I find a new place that makes a smooth flat white or strong espresso.

There are places that do fluffy croissants with your coffee and other places that have full-blown menus with food as good as their brews.

These are the best spots for coffee in Vilnius that you won’t want to miss.

Best Cafes in Vilnius

There are a few cafes around Vilnius that are roasting their own beans and having the coffee at the flagship spots is really lovely. But most of the other cafes on this list use the beans from these three roasters and if you’re looking for coffee and breakfast, then the other cafes are slightly better options.

If you are spending time visiting Vilnius be sure to check out my article about the best things to do in the city, this one about the best restaurants, and of course, the best bars in Lithuania’s capital.

best cafes in vilnius with outdoor seating surrounded by autumn leaves

While autumn can be a little bit chilly for outdoor seating, I find that on a sunny day in October, it’s nice to sit outside with a morning coffee in Vilnius.

1. Taste Map Roasters

Taste Map Roasters is probably my favorite coffee roasters in all of Lithuania. I have seen these beans are far away as Kleipeda and they taste just as good there as they do here in Vilnius.

They have every type of coffee you could possibly want. There are Aeropress, Chemex, and V60. They have a full selection of espresso drinks including killer flat whites. 

They also have a nice selection of teas if you prefer to start your day that way.  

The cafe location is in the New Town area of the city. This is great if you are planning to head to the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights nearby. It’s also just a nice neighborhood to walk around.

On a sunny day, I like to grab a table outside and order a flat white or a cold brew to have in the sunshine. However, they also have some indoor seating.

The best thing to eat at Taste Map is their desserts. They do make sandwiches and wraps, but the cakes, pies, and pastries are utterly delectable. 

Location on Google

cups of coffee with patterns in the milk

Coffees in Vilnius are always beautiful as well as delicious.

2. Crooked Nose & Coffee Stories

Another great roaster in Vilnius that you’ll spot around town is Crooked Nose & Coffee Stories. 

If you plan to come here, be sure you have time to sit down. Not only because they believe to enjoy your coffee you should sit down and relax for a minute. But also because they want to reduce the waste they create as a business.

They do not offer takeaway cups. However, if you have your own you can bring it for a take-out cup. They also sell some. 

They are dedicated to running a sustainable business in every way that they can. All of the coffee filters used here are reusable linen, steel, or cotton filters. 

Besides having a sustainable business model and a very friendly staff, the coffee is excellent. They only do drip coffee and they do it very well. Don’t come here for food or tea or a cappuccino. It’s all about the beans here.

Location on Google

3. Backstage Cafe & Roastery

There are two locations for these roasters — one where they roast the beans and operate as a full cafe and one where they just operate as a cafe (this location is better if you’re based around the old town).

Regardless of which you choose, you will have a delicious cup of coffee and tons of breakfast options. This is probably my favorite place for an afternoon coffee and sweet treat. I am a particular fan of their cinnamon buns, but they also have great tarts and cakes. 

However, if you want a nice start to the day or a light lunch, they have a great selection of breakfast options and sandwiches which are available all day long. 

Original Location on Google and Old Town Location on Google

person pouring milk into a cup of coffee

4. Daily Poison

If you’re staying in this area where there are a lot of hotels and you want a great cup of coffee and a healthy breakfast, Daily Poison is the place to go.

They have a nice selection of smoothie bowls, filling oatmeals, breakfast sandwiches, and egg dishes. They also brew up smooth but strong cups of coffee. There is both plenty outdoor and indoor seating, so you don’t have to worry too much about grabbing a seat on a busy Sunday morning.

Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or you just want a lighter start to the day, they have a really excellent selection of healthy breakfast options. But fear not, they also have some hearty meaty brunch dishes to keep everyone in the group happy.

Location on Google

5. Beigelių krautuvėlė

For the best bagels in Vilnius with a great cup of coffee, this is your spot. As a native New Yorker, I am a serious bagel snob and these pass the test with flying colors. The bagels are fluffy but dense. They are firm on the outside but so light on the inside. 

You can have them simply with butter or cream cheese. However, they also have smoked salmon, eggs, and other meat options available to have a bagel sandwich. 

It’s a full-fledged Jewish bakery, so they also have challah bread, sweet pastries, and shakshuka on the menu. Their coffee is from Crooked Nose & Coffee Stories, but here you can get yourself a cappuccino or flat white, which is my personal favorite.

Location on Google

bagel with salmon next to cup of coffee

The incredible bagel from Beigelių krautuvėlė. Just looking at it again makes me want to indulge in another one!

6. Elska Coffee

Located right on the edge of the hustle and bustle of the Old Town neighborhood, this one of my favorite places to go for coffee when I’m downtown. They have a few breakfast options and really nice croissants and pastries. But the coffee is the main reason I come back for more.

They have both espresso and pour-over method types of coffee. 

Besides delicious pastries and good coffee, they also have avocado on toast, yogurt and fruit bowls, a few egg dishes, sandwiches and oatmeal.

Location on Google

pour over coffee method

Pour over methods are becoming very popular here in Vilnius and are easy to find at most cafes in Vilnius.

7. BREW. Specialty Coffee

I love this cozy cafe that feels more like you’re sitting in your friend’s living room than in a stuffy cafe. They are also one of the local roasters in Vilnius toasting up their own beans. You can buy them here to take home or sit down for a coffee.

This is the place to come if you want to warm up on a cold autumn or winter’s day with a delicious coffee and a pastry. They change up the pastry offerings regularly, but if you can get one of their cinnamon pastries, don’t miss out.

They also have freshly made piping hot waffles with different sweet toppings. In addition to sweet foods, they also have yogurt bowls with housemade granola and local honey. 

Location on Google

8. Beigelistai

Tucked inside the narrow streets of Vilnius’ Old Town, this is a great little cafe for breakfast and a coffee. As the name suggests, it’s a great place for a bagel, especially in the mornings when they are freshly baked and still warm. 

The cafe is quite small inside so if you come on a busy weekend you may only be able to get things to go. But it’s close to Bernadine Park, so if it’s nice and sunny, take it to the park to enjoy while watching the river pass by.

One of the things I like about Beigelistai is that they have sweet toppings available. If you like Nutella and banana on your bagel or honey and fruit, this is a great place to head.

In addition to tons of bagel sandwich options, they also have a selection of salads.

Location on Google

empty cafe with cup of coffee on a wooden table

Most cafes in Vilnius have plenty of indoor seating, but like everywhere in Lithuania, during the summer months everyone dines outside.

9. Espresinė

Located in the upscale neighborhood of Žverynas, this is a great place to come before or after a stroll through nearby Vingis Park.

This simple cafe is only open until 1pm on weekdays and is completely closed on Sundays, so it’s best visited during the week for a morning coffee in Vilnius. 

They import their beans only from small farms around the world and work closely with their producers to ensure from ground to mug, the coffee is the highest possible quality.

They have espresso-style drinks, pour overs, and matcha available for the non-coffee drinkers visiting. They don’t have a food menu, but they do often have delicious cakes and tarts.

Location on Google

10. Pinavija Café & Bakery

This gorgeous Vilnius cafe is perfect for a summer morning where you can sit outside and enjoy their beautiful exterior and people watch as the city wakes up. It’s also lovely inside, with a real high-tea feeling at each table. 

They do absolutely stunning cakes that taste as good as they look. They have savory tarts and quiches, meat pies, flaky and buttery croissants, and creamy cheesecakes. They also have healthy omelets, eggs benedict, and bagel sandwiches available. But I do really recommend having a slice of cake.

Their coffee is excellent. Strong, but smooth with any espresso-style coffee available. They also have a nice selection of teas and other non-coffee drinks available. 

Location on Google

baristokrat coffee cup at the train station in vilnius

I was so incredibly impressed with the flat white I just had to take a picture so I wouldn’t forget the name of the cafe

11. Baristokrat

Whether you’re just arriving in Vilnius and you need a pick-me-up or you want to take a coffee with you when you hit the road, Baristokrat isn’t your average train station coffee.

Also, how clever is the name?

The flat white I had at the Vilnius train station rivals all the others on this list. They use Taste Map Roasters beans here and they take excellent care of them, brewing up strong and delicious cups of coffee.

They also have plenty of snacks to take with you on the journey including healthy granola bars and, slightly less healthy but perhaps more delicious, croissants.

No need to go anywhere else before heading to the train station in the morning, this place is utterly delicious.

Location on Google

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