News & Views 1 minute 11 April 2024

Lithuania Joins The MICHELIN Guide Collection!

On 13th June 2024, the first MICHELIN Guide selection to Lithuania will be unveiled, covering not only the capital, Vilnius, but the rest of the country too. Watch this space to be the first to discover this new selection...

Michelin is pleased to announce that Lithuania is the latest gourmet destination to be joining The MICHELIN Guide family. The largest of the three Baltic States, it will complete the coverage of the region by joining the existing Estonian and Latvian restaurant selections. The inaugural selection of the country’s top restaurants will be unveiled at a special event on 13th June 2024.

The Michelin Inspectors have been exploring Lithuania extensively, in pursuit of the country’s best restaurants, including, amongst other regions: the port city of Klaipėda, located where the Danė River meets the Baltic Sea, and whose Old Town boasts wonderful 18th Century wood-framed buildings; Trakai, a town set within the historic National Park, where the spectacular 14th Century Trakai Island Castle sits at the centre of Lake Galvė; the elegant city of Kaunas, located at the confluence of the Neris and Nemunas Rivers, and renowned for its medieval fortress, cathedral, gothic spires and impressive Modernist architecture (recently included in the UNESCO World Heritage list); and, of course, Vilnius, the historic and evocative capital city characterised by a stunning mix of Gothic, Renaissance, Classical and Baroque architectures.

Vilnius Old Town / © Kipras Štreimikis
Vilnius Old Town / © Kipras Štreimikis

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On their travels, the Michelin Inspectors have sampled both classic and modern dishes, ranging from those with native roots, to those with French, Italian and Indian influences; from a delicious bagel in the market to exemplary tasting menus showcasing the finest local and seasonal produce. Preserving plays a key role, be it meat, fish or vegetables, which are kept and used during the cooler months, while whole beasts and ingredients are increasingly being used from nose-to-tail or root-to-tip.

The first Lithuanian restaurant selection of The MICHELIN Guide will be unveiled during a special event, to be held on 13th June 2024 at the Pirkliu Club in Vilnius.

Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of The MICHELIN Guides, commented: ”With the launch of the Lithuania Guide, we are proud to complete The MICHELIN Guide selection for the Baltic Countries, providing a comprehensive resource when it comes to top-quality dining experiences in this region. This new Guide will shine a light on the uniqueness of Lithuania’s restaurants, promoting the country’s talented chefs and embracing their passion, creativity and respect for local culinary traditions. Our Inspectors are currently finalising the first edition, which we look forward to sharing with food-lovers from around the world.”

Klaipėda / © Kipras Štreimikis
Klaipėda / © Kipras Štreimikis

The arrival of The MICHELIN Guide in Lithuania is supported by The Ministry of Economy and Innovation, whose Minister Aušrinė Armonaitė said: "Lithuania excels on the global stage, not only for its historical heritage and lush, green landscapes but also for its authentic culinary experiences now recognised by The MICHELIN Guide. This recognition, woven into the rich tapestry of our culture and celebrated alongside Vilnius’s 700th anniversary and Kaunas’s UNESCO-listed modernist architecture, underscores our unparalleled blend of culture, nature and culinary excellence. It extends an open invitation to explore the depth of Lithuania’s unique identity, offering discerning travellers a comprehensive experience that seamlessly marries quality with tradition and innovation."

Hero Image: Trakai Castle / © Giedrius Akelis

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