This little cute place in Vilnius called Beigelių Krautuvėlė (The Bagel Shop-Cafe) is a real gem! From the very first day it became such a busy spot that sometimes it was hard to get your bagel. Of course, Lithuania is not America, where almost five million bagels are baked daily, but I’m pretty sure that whenever you visit the Bagel Shop-Cafe, you will find a fresh bagel.
When I think about this spot, the word “wonderful” comes to my mind. It’s a place where people know what they are doing and can always help if you do not know what to choose. Food and snacks are healthy, have an extraordinary taste and you can take everything with you to-go! Above all, you can be sure that all the food is made under the supervision of a rabbi versed in kosher food rules.
The fun fact is that I used to eat bagels in my childhood very often, but I never referred to this traditional Jewish food product as a bagel. I called it a “baronka” in Lithuanian as many of Lithuanians did. The bagel is not only a type of pastry, it symbolizes the “wheel of life” due to its roundness. In addition, the Bagel Shop was founded as a tolerance campaign against public expressions of anti-Semitism and hate.
Visit the Bagel Shop-Cafe and enjoy your memorable meal!
N.B. It’s closed on Saturday, the Jewish Shabbat.