With so many café and restaurant chains coming to Vilnius, it’s always nice to find a place that is independent, somewhere that’s just a little bit special, a bit different. Užupio Klasika has truly got it in spades.
Užupio Klasika. Photo by Julius Bailey-Augalistas
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In the very heart of Užupis, there is a restaurant just as exceptional and alluring as the Užupis itself — Sweet Root. It may be presented as the pioneer of the local cuisine, but you will not find any traces of cliched Lithuanian food on the menu. Instead, they serve dishes made strictly from seasonal locally-grown ingredients, spiced with some true Lithuanian emotions, memories and habits. To top it off, the restaurant is about to release its own book—“Proud of Lithuania: A Fairy Tale by Sweet Root”. Margarita Knysh talked to the mastermind behind it and the owner of the restaurant, Sigitas Žemaitis, about the trends in the food industry, sustainability, and the search of the true spirit of Lithuania.