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  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 14 reviews )
Contact 67986939

Laisvės al. 100, Kaunas, Lithuania,

Est. in the city centre since the 2000s as a vegetarian cafe and switched its menu to be all-vegan in 2012. Confirmed vegan Dec 2016. Open Mon-Fri 8:00am-8:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-7:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Western, Buffet, Lithuanian

Reviews (14)

First Review by wildfang

cute nostalgia - Edit

Arbatine is one of those places which still has unique nostalgic feel versus those new cafes geared towards foreign tourists. Most likely table next to you will be occupied with a locals. Together with a next door pharmacy this cafe is a family owned for more than 25 years. It was opened with the idea to support the not so well doing pharmacy. From regular cafe it shifted to vegetarian and then vegan. The friendly staff who is not so fluent in english adds more to an adventurous feeling, that you are still in eastern Europe. In summer time there are few tables outside and the food gets nicely decorated with pretty flowers and berries from the gardens of staff who works there. Cute small place with a surprisingly broad menu which deserves a visit if you are in Kaunas.

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A bit confusing - Edit

Staff spoke some English and told me the entire cafe is vegan, but I'm not sure about the feta cheese for example - although she said that it was soy based, this was not mentioned on the menu. I had potato pancakes which was nice. Good place if you want to try some traditional Lithuanian food I guess!

Pros: english menu, supposedly all vegan

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Very pleasant visit - Edit

I personally enjoy the cute, cozy, vintage interior. It's kind of a nostalgic setting. The food is great and the prices are reasonable. The service is great and overall the experience was worth a visit.

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Not great - Edit

We were the only people in there and the only lady on the floor was not very polite. Vegan items not clearly marked. Vegetable soup not vegan. I ended up getting a bean soup which was quite nice. I just expect more, ie. Staff simply saying hello when you walk in rather than a blank look. Wouldn't return because of this

Pros: Cheap options

Cons: Vegan items not marked

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Nice place - Edit

The restaurant is very conveniently located at the very center of Kaunas. The menu is also rather unique, with many "old school" dishes. Prices range from 3 to 5€ which is a good value because portions are not small.

The only negative thing is also mentioned in other comments: it's a health food restaurant rather than a place motivated by ethical vegetarianism or veganism. Some dishes look suspicious because it is not clear what ingredients exactly they use. When you ask, they say there are no butter, eggs, milk, etc., but they may be using margarine that has casein or vitamin D3 in it (there were several cases when such thing was found out). Nevertheless, some dishes are clearly vegan and there are quite many of them.

Pros: location, value, interesting menu

Cons: unclear ingredients

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A nice place to visit - Edit

If you are visiting Kaunas, Arbatine is a place you must visit not just for vegetarian/vegan food but also for the experience of eating in soviet like environment. They have improved a lot in the past few years and now there is only one vegetarian desert(quinoa cookies) on the menu. Or at least they claim so. I personally choose to avoid most of the rolls there because of the uncertainty but that is just what works for me. The menu has a lot to choose from and is also in english. They also sell organic and healthy stuff. The staff is quite friendly but not all of the seats are comfortable. All in all, the food is tasty and the place is really worth visiting.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Friendly staff, Unique experience

Cons: Uncertainty about some of the foods

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Nice cosy place - Edit

It is a really nice cosy place! There were a lot of vegan options and the lady serving could speak English! The food is comforting, not pretentious at all but delicious! I really enjoyed eating there! Not expensive! Not greasy! Heathy food to comfort a traveling belly!!

Pros: Part of the menu wasn't in English

Cons: Centric, Terrace, Healthy food

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amazing - Edit

This is a perfect place. It is very cheap, has many options, and the service was sooo nice and helpful. They immediately told me everything was VEGAN and indeed it was, even if I double-checked for ingredients. It is quick and really delicious. I visited for one day, but after eating lunch there, i came back for dinner. I can really recommend this place! Plus it is easily found, on the main street!!

Pros: delicious, all vegan, cheap

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Nice place for tea - Edit

'Arbatine' is in the very center of Kaunas, very easy to find. The interior is nice and cozy. The place is very popular with elderly ladies and health-conscious individuals.
Most of the dishes are vegetarian, but if they run out of agar agar (for example), they can use animal-derived gelatin in some meals. They never properly disclose non-vegan ingredients of their meals, even if you ask they might not tell the truth (seriously). Most of their rolls are not vegan (you have to ask about ingredients). Their white soy sauce is made of soy powder that contains casein (again, maybe things are different now, so you have to ask). Also, they sell fish oil and some other non-vegan supplements.
The menu is in Lithuanian only and the staff do not speak much English.
Still, if you are lucky, you can get a nice meal. They usually have vegan salad. All the portions are quite small, but the food is tasty.

Pros: Nice place, Yummy teas

Cons: Very few vegan options, No clear information about ingredients

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Not bad but not many vegan options - Edit

Arbatine is a nice playe to sit down and watch the people passing by on Laisves aleja. Unfortunately there are hardly any vegan options, at least there weren't when I was there (2008).
The staff spoke hardly any English so I had to communicate in Lithuanian...
For vegetarians it might be a nice place to eat at, however. Food might include some sort of quiche or other simple dishes. There is also a range of salads, tea etc.
On the contrary to Morku Selsmas, not far from Arbatine, it's all about "healthy living", not about animal rights (they wouldn't allow displaying animal rights flyers).

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