Pictures by Evaldas Virketis for Kaunas city municipality
God knows who and when invented donuts; obviously the American version of the baked goodie is ruling the Western world. Almost. One of the most important spots for any foodie visiting Kaunas is Spurginė (The Donut Place), a cafe that might change the way you look at donuts forever.
Visitors from other Lithuanian cities and abroad (a group of Germans wanted to buy the recipes!) flock to Spurginė for two reasons. First is the taste of the donuts, second is the authenticity of the place. ‘The Sweet Side of the 80s’ could be a perfect slogan for it – but for now, it’s just a quote from one of the numerous positive reviews on Facebook.
A cafe in the very same location was opened in the 1960s – and has been opened ever since. The interior dates back to the 1980s and is a perfect example of the late Soviet groove. Take time to examine all the little details hidden in the small café that also works as a takeaway. Most of the staff members have worked there for decades and are a very important part of the vibe. They know most of the frequent customers well and can prepare the orders well before the sweet tooths open their mouths!
Time to taste the donuts. There aren’t too many options – choose between the standard jam-filled donut, curd donut, a roll and a meat-filled pastry (you can order some broth to accompany the latter). A cup of coffee or cacao is optional yet recommended. Don’t underestimate the power of Lithuanian donuts – they tend to be very filling. The same recipes have been used for 40+ years, so most of the customers associate the donuts with something their grannies would definitely bake.
As it’s a veteran location, the café has its perks. July is the official holiday month, for example. A good month for a diet, isn’t it?
Visit Spurginė: Laisvės alėja 84
Cash or card: Cash
Wifi: Public street wifi
Nearest PokéStop: A sculpture of a sitting rock just outside the cafe