Found the biggest brunch spot in Lithuania: Vilnius is akin to London and New York

On the weekend, you should leave home and have lunch in the city – this fashion is dictated by the largest cities in the world, it is already a tradition in London, Paris, Berlin, Mexico, Bangkok, New York, Dubai. Many other megacities. The last breakfast of the weekend is called “Brunch” in English around the world. It is a combination between breakfast and lunch. Satisfied for half a day, and sometimes until the evening. A more filling breakfast than usual is usually eaten later than on weekdays. After all, there is no need to rush anywhere on the weekend, so you can sleep and relax longer. And the most important thing is that we should not eat what we use every day. Something more complicated to make, more gourmet and interesting. The people who popularized brunch have hammered into people’s heads that they should take a break from the pots on the weekend and leave the cooking to the professionals. Agree – beautiful and correct thought.

While touring the already mentioned big cities of the world, it is amazing to see how young, old, families, couples dress, breathe and flock to the late morning breakfast spots on Saturday and Sunday. From 11 am to 6 pm, it is very difficult, or almost impossible, to find free tables in good cafes and restaurants. Residents of those cities know very well that to eat at their favorite place, it is necessary to reserve a table in advance. And in places where reservations are not possible, there are long lines of people wanting to eat. Stopping by for an hour or two in London or New York is no longer scary, it’s even a tradition of sorts.

A good fifteen-twenty years ago, eating a late breakfast was very strange, expensive and incomprehensible to Lithuanians. “Why eat in cafes, if you can cook an egg at home”, – then our parents and grandparents put everything on the financial side of the matter. Times were when people preferred to celebrate holidays at home, at house balls, and not at fancy restaurants.

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But the more we travel, the more good traditions from foreign countries we apply here at home. First, Lithuanian youth began to eat late breakfast in the city, then the elders followed their example. Now in Vilnius it’s like the West, it’s very difficult to find a free table in a place that prepares good food on Sunday, there are such cafes and restaurants where you have to book a week in advance.

Last week, while I was traveling in Mexico, I got a message from my old friend Egidiges, who is currently in charge of marketing and communications for Poupis Market, asking me if I had already eaten at a great brunch in Lithuania. To be honest, I didn’t hear anything about it, so I promised to have breakfast together as soon as I got back to Vilnius. It happened today, at 11 in the morning I went to Papios market, I haven’t visited since the beginning of autumn. And I can say with confidence – as soon as I walked through the door, in a second I felt like I was transported to an amazing place in New York, in my opinion, the best restaurant market in the world, Chelsea Market. It is a street food empire, a brunch sanctuary, a gathering place for friends and relatives. When staying in New York, it is simply forbidden not to visit and eat there. What I saw at Papio Market today was comparable to the action I saw at Seven Dials Market in central London a couple of years ago. They invite musicians, artists, organize all kinds of shows and at the same time provide delicious food.

Found the biggest brunch spot in Lithuania: Vilnius is akin to London and New York

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Cafes and restaurants in Poupios Market have created new brunch menus especially for Sundays. Sixteen food stalls under one roof and double or triple the food and beverages. In other words, it is the biggest brunch place in Lithuania. And at the same time, a culinary tour around the world. La Paella Restaurant makes a traditional Spanish omelette with potatoes and garnished with chorizo ​​sausage or anchovies. “Bebro blininė” bakes sweet pancakes for a late breakfast with mascarpone, bananas and jam. Japanese restaurant Yakitori Boutique prepares the perfect kimchi pork soup for a hangover. Bakery “Druska Miltai Vanduo” offers special eggs benedict flavored with crab meat, as well as special waffles with fried chicken, fried egg and honey butter sauce. Chefs of “Chachapuri” restaurant prepare traditional khachapuri from Sakartveli region of Adjara with quail egg, eggplant rolls and salad. Seafood restaurant Mollusca prepares mussels with Parmesan and pears. For those wanting something less exotic, Barna House cooks up perfectly classic, rustic scrambled eggs with plenty of bacon. Today it is a part of the whole variety of delicacies that can be enjoyed by those who flock to the market.

Found the biggest brunch spot in Lithuania: Vilnius is akin to London and New York

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Just like popular food markets around the world, Vilnius also offers live music. It creates a real holiday mood.

“We decided that the people of Vilnius need a holiday on Sundays, that’s why we created this project. We encourage all our tenants to offer more interesting menu offers and organize a cultural event ourselves. We invite musicians, performers, DJs. Everything to make people want to get out of the house more,” he said. Says my friend who handles marketing communications. Today, on the occasion of World Radio Day, many musicians of different styles were invited to perform at Poupis and the radio station “LRT Opus” broadcasted everything live.

Found the biggest brunch spot in Lithuania: Vilnius is akin to London and New York

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Lithuanians are wonderful people, I was convinced again today when I met my former teacher Mrs. Nijole at a brunch celebration. Dressed elegantly in a black hat and red sweater with an embroidered flower, she waited for her daughters Vaida and Raminta to bring her croissants and coffee. Looking at the young people who were eating around them with love, they danced to the beat of the music played by the DJ. I could not pass without talking to such an extraordinary woman. “Every Sunday before dinner, my daughters and I go to the city to talk about life and eat sweets. This is a very important tradition of ours that has been going on for fifteen years,” Nijole happily introduced herself. It was a woman’s second breakfast, which she ate first at home, early in the morning. And After that, she and her daughters came every week from Pilaitė to the center of Vilnius. Nizole was happy that in the middle of winter, among the abundant plants at Poupis market, she felt like she was in a park. This woman was not aware of the global trend of brunch, but she was happy that Vilnius is so lively and full of people on weekends.

Found the biggest brunch spot in Lithuania: Vilnius is akin to London and New York

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Ulizona and Mingile, two schoolgirls who are currently on vacation, are trying to create a similar tradition of late breakfast in the city. The girls sat in the market for several hours sharing different stories and listened to the concert. “Today feels like a special holiday. Such beautiful people, delicious food”, he enthused.

Found the biggest brunch spot in Lithuania: Vilnius is akin to London and New York

© Valerija Stonite

Even Lithuanian celebrities came to try the big brunch at Papio’s Market. The national Eurovision selection saw the singer Auguste Vedrikait, the wife of Richard Jonaitis, the actress Jovita Balciunite, the presenter and director Vytenis Polyukaitis, the lover of TV presenter Simona Albavicioti-Bandita, Andreas and their daughter, and many other faces. .

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