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A refreshing “waterhole” in Vilnius…………“Pinavija”

Nice to hear that Pinavija is still a great place to eat

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Vilnius has an abundance of coffee houses, in fact after my most recent visit I would suggest that it has more coffee shops per head of population than any other country in Europe.

DSC_0029.jpg Pinavija Cafe

There are also many cafes, bistros and restaurants that the visitor can seek refuge in, many offering decent food at still reasonable prices.

After an absence from the city of about eighteen months I decided to seek out the finest kibinai shop this side of the Ural mountains, namely “Pinavija” at Vilniaus g. 21 (just down by the right hand side of the Novatel).

My friend Mike and I discovered this eating-place several years ago and every time we return to Vilnius we make a pilgrimage to sample the food (in fact we usually make several pilgrimages during each visit).

12017582_10153133344171198_3509700446264201087_o.jpg The exalted Kibinai (aka Cornish Pasty)

What attracts us, quite simply the variety of kibinai…

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Pinavija – my favourite Kibinai cafe in Vilnius

P1010213I know I’ve mentioned eating kibinai more than once and you don’t have to go to Trakai to get some good ones.

Over the last couple of years you can get them in many cafes, even from a mobile van outside VCUP.

My favourite however is the one on Vilniaus g. (which runs off Gedimino pr. near the Novotel Hotel).

A family-run business, it opened a couple of years ago as Kibini Inn but is now called Pinavija.


Kibinai were traditionally stuffed with mutton or beef, but here you can get them stuffed with pork, beef, chicken, or turkey and even veggie kibinai.

Prices are between 6.5 and 7.5 Litas each i.e. an average of £1.75.

P1010216The cafe doesn’t just sell kibinai. Apart from soup and freshly pressed juice and coffee there is a good range of  wonderful cakes and gateaux.

It gets busy at lunchtime but the bakers keep churning out fresh kibinai. They don’t stay on the  shelf for long!


There is also a children’s play area at the back.


And if you are having a celebration, they will cater for you. As they say “delicious baking for your celebration”