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Funny carved heart shaped chairs.

Great combination of colours! Yellow walls match blue artificial flowers.

Low door, so everyone has to lean over to enter the canteen.

Fresh coffee and an espresso machine!

A sink to wash hands.

A coatrack.
Head spinning corridors with old squeaky floors.

Young diners.

Eating in the canteen felt like sitting in a sauna.

Painting on the wall and cleanliness.

Architecturally interesting building for a walk after lunch.

Impressive pink walls.
Unexpected location for a canteen – a dormitory between skyscrapers.

Colourful carpet on the wall.

Young diners.

Exceptional service for newcomers.

Food portions with a little bit extra.

School kids, who willingly show you the way to canteen.
Microwave oven – you can use it to warm up your own food.

Company store selling sweets at the same place.

Easy to read sign of WC – you will never have to ask for the way.

A smell of chocolate and cheap candies (and somehow cheap portions of ice-cream too).

Fan-page on the Internet.

Sophisticated food that one won't find in other canteens (escalopes, Chicken Kiev, etc.).
Furniture, walls and interior details that remind of the Soviet times.

A long table always served for the banquet.

A male cook in the kitchen.

Soft and nice music.

Special enclosed corridor for the queue. Very interesting thing.

Conveyer for dirty dishes.
Very talkative canteen worker.

Most of the things in the canteen are marked with „Vilniaus degtinė“ logos.

Everything is new.

Canteen is full of flowers. Orchids included.

Various types of dishes, even after lunch time.

Cosy interior.
Availability of alcohol.

Great window view.

Enormous mirror near the exit.

Lithuanian soap operas on LCD TV (it is also possible to see the view of the other canteen hall on the TV).

White tablecloths that enrich the dining experience.

Awarded a Diploma for good service.
Vintage interior.

A cash-lady using old school cash register.

Free art and fresh gossips.

A bar with nice service.

Talkative diners.

Disco for people over 30 on weekends and disco style attributes in the canteen.

Two huge palms near the window.

Enormous picture on the wall. Painted poppies could open a discussion about a landscape painting.

Background music (only Russian).

A corner bar with all facilities.

Lots of tables at the windows.
Visually handicapped and deaf people work in the canteen.

Silence during lunch time.

The location is hard to find.

Big tables if you want to have lunch with a group.

A lot of artificial flowers.

Sincere concern of a cook: „How come you’re not eating soup? That is not healthy.
A worker with plates with lunch dishes running among tables.

Long, but quickly moving queue on lunchtime.

Barely heard music.

Freshly made carrot juices.

Examples of folk art (i.e. wicker lampshades).

No tray system – all dishes are served to your table.
Barred windows and interior.

Unique composition of daylight lamps.

Flower shop with a great variety of plants from all over the world. In addition, a great variety of wrapping paper.

Old-fashioned bar near the canteen with the same workers as in the canteen.

Old-fashioned russian samovar in case you want some tea on lunch.

Surprisingly pleasant smell of flowers mixed with freshly mashed potatoes.
One won’t find two identical plates in the canteen.

If you are in a hurry, you can eat your quick lunch sitting at the bar.

If you are bored, you could try guessing the names of the plants at the windows of the canteen. I guess that would take you at least a week.

A coat rack.

A good location in a center of the city.

Air conditioning system (though, it was not working on my visit day).
Vintage interior.

Long conveyer for dirty dishes.

The students in the canteen are open for discussions about physics, law, economics or communication science.

A microwave oven for heating food you brought from home (though heating your food is not allowed, but when the staff doesn't see...)

Radio announcing about the situation on the roads for drivers.

No queues in the canteen during lectures.
Enormous work of ceramics on the wall.

Red colour that makes a place look mysterious.

80’s style corner bar with glossy lamps and curved lines.

Flowers everywhere.

Students and quite intelectual discussions among them.


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Canteens in Moldova.

Reportage from Chisinau.

We have visited Chisinau and in three day made reportage about local canteen life. We have worked together with local photographers.

Photography by:
Anastasya Semanina
Yurii Kriventsoff

Canteens in Moldova. Part II.

Reportage from Chisinau.

We have visited Chisinau and in three day made reportage about local canteen life. We have worked together with local photographers.

Photography by:
Anastasya Semanina
Yurii Kriventsoff
Max Kuzmenko

"Kompotas.lt" nominated for "Pravda freshman awards"

questionary about canteens

Questionary in order to get people's opinions about canteens. (Lithuanian language)


Canteen guide is out.

After very hard night work, canteen guide for Vilnius and Kaunas canteens is available for you!

"Canteen guide" is published! You can buy it in Contemporary Art Centre, Vokiečių str. 2, and during the exhibition "Urban stories" in Gediminas ave. 27.

Also in the Gallery "Liefhertje en de Grote Witte Reus", Stationweg 56, in The Hague.

Excursions around Vilnius canteens.

Every thursday at 12 am, next to Gedimino st. 27, there will a bus waiting in order to bring you for lunch to our favorite canteens.

October 1, 12.00

049_canteen Dzūkija
Panevežio st. 15

October 8, 12.00

041_canteen-cafe, "Svetingumas" Panerių st. 41
coffee: 042_canteen-cafe, IMRIDA Panerių st. 45

October 15, 12.00

026_canteen-cafe, Laisvės pr. 60 in a Press House

October 22, 12.00

046 "Vilniaus vodka" canteen, Panerių st. 47/Smolensko g. 2

October 29, 12.00

053_canteen "Vilniaus pergalės" fabrike, Stirnų st. 25,
kompotas: 052_canteen in a printing house "Puntukas", Saltoniškių st. 29/3

November 5, 12.00

029_canteen, Metalo st. 2
coffee: 030_kavinė "Širdele", Meistrų st. 6.

November 12, 12.00

045_aklųjų kombinatas, Skroblų st. 19

November 19, 12.00

021_Automechanikų ir siuvėjų mokyklos bendrabučio, canteen, Geležinio vilko st. 16
coffee: 025_PRIE NERIES, Žvejų st. 2a

registration: virginija.vilnius@gmail.com


Exhibition in The Hague 

The Hague, Stationweg 55, NL

Gallery Liefhertje en de Grote Witte Reus invited Indre Klimaite with Isabella Rozendaal to present the project to public in The Hague. Artists tied to explain phenomena of canteens and will present different methods and experiments on how to emphasis disappearing canteen culture in today's Lithuanian society.

thumbphoto: Roos van Put


Opening of the first exhibition went very successfully!

Gediminas ave. 27,
Vilnius KOOP: VILNIUS COOP: gaps, fictions and practices

KOMPOTAS is a part of
10th Baltic Triennial of International Art "Urban Stories"

In the first group exhibition where author Indre Klimaite will introduce whole idea and what was done during 6 months. Also you will have a possibility to see first canteen guide and to get more information about excursions to the canteens.

Exhibition will be held 2009/09/25 - 2009/11/12

Opening dinner of trienale was held in canteen of a Press House. There were seven canteens invited to make food for the opening.

Fashion in the kitchen

Is it possible, that canteen style can influence fashion?

Is it possible, that canteen style can influence fashion? Next weekend Isabella Rozendaal, Wyne Veen and Indre Klimaite are going to visit one canteen in Kaunas and make an experiment in order to find out, what canteen style could be. During the experiment team will look for influence in cooking ladies outfit, their daily routine and even canteen interior.

Come back soon if you want to see the result.