Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, has a surprisingly cool cafe scene that has been expanding each year. In Vilnius, you’ll find cat cafes, outdoor cafes, fancy patisseries, chains, and laid-back used-book store cafes, but here I’ll focus on the best cafes for digital nomads.
All of the following cafes t have fast, free Wi-Fi and comfortable seating for you to crack open your laptop and bang out some work. Read on to see my top 5 suggestions!
1. Single origin coffee at Taste Map Coffee Roasters
Taste Map Coffee Roasters is a cafe and roastery that serves coffee made from its own beans (which they’ve sourced from all over the world) and delicious treats.
Try their pistachio ice cream from a local artisan gelateria. I equally love the chemex coffee and the espresso macchiatos that have a perfect milk to coffee ratio. What you order just depends how much coffee you want to drink!
Taste Map Coffee Roasters is a great place for a productive work meeting, which you could hold at one of their larger tables. Additionally, Taste Map is a great spot if you’d like to take a walk in the huge Vingis Park before or after your time spent working.
2. Work amongst used books at Mint Vinetu
Mint Vinetu comprises a used book store, local art shop, and great cafe. They have cappuccinos that are approximately the size of a child’s head, which goes great with anything you happen to be working on.
Snuggle up with a blanket on a back bench, in a window seat, or at the typewriter; you are sure to feel inspired. Creativity surfaces at each corner of Mint Vinetu, even in the restroom!.
3. Check out the kitsch at Chaika
This tiny but kitschy cafe has the largest selection of drinks that you’ll find in any cafe in Vilnius. Try Chaika’s delicious chili hot cocoa, which is perfect for a cold day, or their matcha latte if you are looking for something different.
They also serve toasted paninis and vegan and gluten free cakes, so this is a perfect spot if you are looking to eat while you work. The cafe is very small, so there aren’t always seats available around lunchtime (12nn - 2pm).
But, if you do get one, remember that all work and no play makes a boring person! Take a break from time to time to look at the fake grass on the wall and the games, dishes, and objects from the Soviet times.
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4. Get a large coffee at Second Cup Coffee
A Canadian chain that serves the largest cup of coffee in Vilnius, Second Cup Coffee is where to go if you really need a pick me up to get your work done. The cafe is also pretty quiet, so it should be easy to focus. Grab a large coffee and an almond croissant or cake to help motivate your work.
5. Taste coffee made to your specifics at Green Cafe
Located in a great spot on Vilniaus gatve, the Green Cafe serves specialty coffee, packaged salads and sandwiches, and fancy desserts. Before preparing your coffee, they give you a choice of the beans (sour, bitter, light, or bold) and really seem to take care when preparing your drink. I’m a fan of their espresso macchiato.
Digital nomads will appreciate that the music isn’t too loud, the Wi-Fi is fast, and the seats are comfortable. Also, if you are looking for a spot to get coffee, but are pushing a stroller, Green Cafe is a perfect spot as the entrance doesn’t have stairs and there is ample space inside.
Cafes to help you be productive!
In Vilnius (and many other cities in Lithuania), you’ll find a cafe on nearly every block. There are even more than 5 cafes on the short, tree-lined Vokieciu gatve in Vilnius.
Large chains, such as Vero Cafe and Coffee Inn, are also good options for fast Wi-Fi and cheap coffee, although they tend to be loud and crowded, making it easy to be distracted from work.
Digital nomads in Vilnius will also be happy to hear that Lithuania remains a budget destination in Eastern Europe. Add this cool country to your travel plans!
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