Get a taste of Latvia! Discover some of the best restaurants and coolest places to eat in Riga.
Even though Latvia is so close to Sweden, I had never visited Latvia before this year. But then it happened. I visited Riga twice in two weeks, for two different blogger experiences. One with NBE Finland*, and one with Nordic TB*.
The thing that impressed me most in Latvia? The food. From the smoking hot back to the nature-meals, to banana pancakes with a view and the most fantastic brunch buffet and the rhubarb whine. Just the (very cheap) food experiences are worth traveling for. You can dine like a king on a budget and discover world-class cuisine at very appetizing prices.
From what I heard, the restaurant scene in Riga has changed a lot in just the last few years. The blend of various cultures in the city has inspired the chefs to undertake bold taste experiences and unexpected food combinations. While traditional Latvian food is all about meat dishes, cabbage, potatoes, rye bread and hearty soups, the restaurants and places mentioned in this post will give you a more modern a fresh take on Latvian and Nordic flavors.
The Baltic Capital of Gastronomy knows how to give you an exciting gastronomic journey.
WHERE TO EAT IN RIGA
1. Dinner at Restaurant 3
A dinner to talk about
What's cool? The amazing and well-presented food, as well as the interior
The restaurant I enjoyed visiting the most was Restorans 3. Everything about this place is just so cool. The dishes, the flavors, the interior. It's so modern and back to earth. Actually, Restaurant 3 is all about the forest-food path. They give you a taste of nature using only seasonal products, naturally grown goods and fresh ingredients from forest and field.
We entered their second floor (appropriately named the sky), to try their five-course “taste nature” menu for about €46. It was amazing! One of the coolest dishes was the wild fjord trout that was painted to look like a stone and blend in, in a bowl of stones.
The restaurant opened in 2015 and got the title “The Best New Restaurant in Latvia” the same year. It is also shortlisted in White Guide Nordic 2018. Needless to say, if you want a dinner to talk about, this is the place to go.
2. Modern Latvian brunch at Annas Dārzs
The best kind of Sunday brunch
What's cool? The atmosphere and impressive buffet options
Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city, cafe Annas Dārzs is the perfect place for a wonderful Sunday brunch in Riga. The atmosphere is so lovely and cozy. Sip a latte by the fireplace and enjoy their amazing buffet for just €14, while you sip a latte by the fire (or grab a seat on the porch during summer). They have all the things you can wish for. From Belgium waffles, freshly squeezed juice, salmon sandwiches, mini burgers, hot and cold dishes as well as lots of different desserts.
Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
3. Dinner at Kolonade
A stylish and pretty restaurant
What's cool? The romantic vibes and exquisite food
The restaurant Kolonade offers a postcard-perfect view of one of Riga's most gorgeous parks. It is located in the heart of Riga, near the Freedom Monument, Opera and Laima Clock.
Enjoy the beautiful cityscape while you try their exquisite and seasonal gourmet menu – emphasized on Latvian products and international highlights.
If you are traveling with your partner, this is the perfect place to go for a romantic dinner.
4. Restaurant MUUSU
Cozy and delicious
What's cool? The cozy interior and pretty dishes
Another place I really enjoyed visiting was the restaurant MUUSU (“ours”), located in a pretty 18th-century townhouse in the Old Town. Close to St. Peter’s Church. I love the Nordic interior with exposed brick walls, wood accents, and metals in combination with lots of green plants and warming fur blankets.
From what I heard, the head chef, Kaspars Jansons, is known as one of the best chefs in the city. Not surprising as the food is excellent! The restaurant serves modern European dishes with a Latvian twist. On the menu are everything from spinach pasta and pearl-barley and mozzarella croquettes to Fresh-cheese lemon mirror cake with white-chocolate glaze.
It's a great place to visit with your partner or friends for a relaxing lunch break in-between exploring. You can get a three-course lunch menu for under €20.
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5. Riga Central Market