Vilnius Travel Guide: Vilnius Old Town Tea Store - a Vilnius Must See!
On Pilies Street in the Old Town of Vilnius there are three interesting and unique stores all in a row they are the Number 1 Linen store, AJ Sokoladas and the Gruman's Tea Store. If you want to buy interesting gifts to take home from your trip to Lithuania then these stores are a good place to start. The stores are also worth visiting just for the ambiance they have and quaint Lithuanian charm as well as being close to many other Vilnius tourist attractions and Vilnius hotels.
The Gurman's Tea ShopThe Gruman's Tea Store is situated on the corner of Pilies Street and a side ally in the Vilnius Old Town, you would most likely pass this little gem by if it wasn't for the outside wall on the side of the ally. Along the wall tea pots have been cut in half and stuck on the wall. The pots are of all shapes and sizes and have become such a Vilnius landmark and tourist attraction that you can even buy posters of this wall online! Unfortunately due to vandalism or the passing of time the teapots are slowly getting knocked off or broken, which means now is the time to see this Vilnius tourist attraction before it is too late.
The company name of this little spot is Kavinukas which means coffee pot and they mainly carry the Gruman's brand which has branches in eight other European countries and this brand gives the store it's name – Gruman's House of Taste.
There are 9 Gruman's House of Taste tea stores in the main Lithuanian cities but the Vilnius store has become a tourist attraction. Each of the stores is small, cozy and overloaded with character although not a sit down cafe, there is a snug corner with a fireplace and bench if you choose to sit for a while and sip your tea. Inside the Vilnius tea shop one wall is covered with small bottles of different kinds of tea. Among other teas they have White Tea, Yellow Tea, Black Tea, Lapacho Tea, Mate Tea, Honeybush Tea, Rooibos Tea, Pu-erh Tea, Fruit Tea, Green Tea, Herbal Tea, Oolong Tea and Elite brands of tea. If you are looking for a gift to take back from your trip to Vilnius ask for a Lithuanian blend of teas which they keep behind the counter. One of the traditional Vilnius teas is made from brewed acorns!
The tea can make a unique gift from Vilnius and the store has beautiful bags and boxes to wrap your purchase in. Don't leave without trying some of their small selection of specialty chocolates like the dried whole strawberries in white chocolate! The Vilnius tea store also sells coffee beans and ground coffee. The staff at the Vilnius Gruman's Tea Store are polite and helpful and they speak just enough English to introduce you to the various specialty teas.
You will find JSC Kavinukas, Gruman's House of Taste on the corner of Pilies Street and Ateities Street in the Vilnius Old Town. You can also visit their website at Gruman's.
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