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A Foodie’s Guide to Riga’s Best Markets and Cafes

Latvia’s capital city, Riga, is a food lover’s paradise with its wide range of markets and cafes offering a variety of traditional and contemporary cuisine. If you’re planning a visit to Riga and are a foodie, then here’s a guide to some of the best markets and cafes in the city.

Riga Central Market

Riga Central Market is the largest market in the Baltics, and one of the largest in Europe. The market is located in a series of five pavilions, each with its own distinct character. The pavilions are named after different parts of the city and sell a range of fresh produce, including fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and dairy products. It’s an excellent place to find local Latvian specialties, such as smoked fish, rye bread, and sauerkraut.


Lido is a chain of Latvian restaurants that specializes in traditional Latvian cuisine. The restaurant’s menu features hearty dishes such as meat stews, potato pancakes, and grilled meats. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with wooden décor and traditional Latvian music playing in the background. Lido has several locations throughout Riga, including a large restaurant and brewery near the city center.

Street food markets

Street food markets have become increasingly popular in Riga in recent years, offering a variety of international cuisine in a relaxed and informal setting. The most popular street food market in Riga is the Street Food Festival, which takes place several times a year and features food trucks and stalls serving dishes from around the world. Other popular street food markets include Taste Latvia, which focuses on local Latvian cuisine, and Riga Food Market, which is located in the trendy Kalnciema Quarter.

Folkklubs ALA Pagrabs

Folkklubs ALA Pagrabs is a popular restaurant located in the historic Old Town of Riga. The restaurant is famous for its traditional Latvian dishes, including pork ribs and sauerkraut. The restaurant also features a range of locally brewed beers and live music performances. Visitors can enjoy their meal in the cozy atmosphere of the restaurant’s underground cellar.

Āgenskalna tirgus

Āgenskalna tirgus or Agenskalna Market is a historic marketplace located in Riga’s Agenskalns district, offering a unique and authentic shopping and food experience. The market features colorful stalls selling fresh produce, handmade crafts, and local street food.. The market is particularly known for its high-quality and locally sourced ingredients, which ensure that the food is fresh and delicious. Whether you’re looking to sample traditional Latvian cuisine or international dishes, Āgenskalna tirgus is a must-visit destination for foodies and shoppers alike.

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