Lithuania‘s third largest city and only port, Klaipeda is a popular destination for summer tourism, cruise ships, and as a gateway to the stunning Curonian Spit. Due to centuries of international influence, Klaipeda has a different feel than Vilnius or Kaunas, making it a must-visit for architecture lovers as well as foodies. Klaipeda has some excellent restaurants and cafés, so visitors should be prepared to feast!
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Serving traditional Lithuanian food in a 19th-century stone basement, Stora Antis is a must-visit during any trip to Klaipeda. The homemade borscht served with Lithuania’s dark rye bread is to die for. In addition, the staff are very pleasant, sometimes even treating customers to vodka shots and sharing the long history of the building. Stora Antis has an ample menu with numerous options, thus we suggest it as a stop for all visitors to Klaipeda looking to taste the highest quality Lithuanian dishes.
The wonderful Momo Grill is another highly recommended stop for foodies visiting Klaipeda. This small, hip restaurant features wooden and tile interiors, a partially open kitchen, and chalkboard menus. Their menu largely features grilled meats cooked to perfection with tasty sides. The herbed butter that accompanies the bread is also a treat. Because of the small number of tables, reservations are recommended.
The stellar food at Monai is plated as beautifully as it tastes, illustrating the time and energy spent creating their dishes. This fine dining restaurant serves succulent fish and tender meat dishes created using locally sourced ingredients. Their moreish dessert creations are also top-notch.
This highly rated restaurant and bar serves up delicious sandwiches, soups, and delectably sweet desserts. Often featuring live entertainment, Kastonas/ChestNut is popular for date nights or fun dinners and drinks out with friends.
Rene is a Belgian restaurant serving up mussels, delicious ribs, and double-fried French fries. Located in Klaipeda’s old town, this large, sunny restaurant is perhaps most popular for its flavorful ribs and warming soups — perfect for Lithuania’s cold winters. The waitstaff are also very attentive, and the large bar is stocked with ample drink choices.
Looking for a little French romance while in Lithuania? La Maison du Croissant has beautiful interiors with a lofted section overlooking the bottom floor of the restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, La Maison du Croissant is known for their high-quality breads, and tasty, affordable lunches. The menu includes pumpkin soup, meat dishes, and pastas. La Maison du Croissant is a good choice for diners looking for a romantic meal out at any time of day.
Piccolini restoranas, Klaipėda | Courtesy of Piccolini
With abundant vegetarian and meat-heavy dishes, Piccolini will surely satisfy all diners. Menu items include beetroot soup, roasted vegetables with white wine, beef stew, and more. The business lunch menu changes daily and offers workers affordable yet satisfying meals. Desserts and coffee are also available for a sweet end to a family meal out.
For foodies seeking an extensive seafood menu, look no further than Monte Cristo Fish Restaurant. Dishes include mussels, whole roasted sea bass, mackerel, cod, and more. The nautical-inspired interior further transports you to the sea.
Coco Restobar is an Asian fusion restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Dishes include Indian samosas, tiger prawns, curry dishes, and stir-fried noodle bowls. The late hours and extensive drink menu makes Coco Restobar a good option for late meals followed by drinks.
This fine dining restaurant is located on the Meridianas ship moored along the Dane River. The newly renovated restaurant features a menu full of high-end ingredients such as black truffles. The menu contains several seafood dishes and meat dishes, although options for vegetarians are limited to a simple pasta. A set tasting menu is also available for guests, featuring the Meridianas’ top offerings, such as chicken liver pâté, cod with Hollandaise sauce, lamb rump, and two desserts.