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10 Things to eat in Riga and where

Line, capital of Latvia, is a city appreciated both for its artistic and cultural beauties, and for its own culinary tradition made of strong and spicy flavors, the result of Nordic influences (especially Swedish, German and Russian).
Although the Latvian cuisine is based on vegetables and ingredients such as cabbage, herring and potatoes, the star of many dishes is also meat, especially pork and game. Soups are particularly popular such as vegetables or chicken and dairy products, for example creamy cheeses.
Being on the sea, Riga also offers fish delicacies, mainly salmon, sardine, herring and eel cooked in different ways (smoked, fried and marinated) and served as an appetizer or main course. The drink par excellence is beer: you will almost never find foreign brands, but local beers (in particular the Aldaris brand) and, therefore, your tasting will always be a surprise!
Let's see together, therefore, which are the 10 things to eat absolutely in Riga.



Index

  1. Fried herring
  2. Speka Piradzini
  3. Skaba Putra
  4. Borshch
  5. Rupjmaize
  6. Rasols
  7. Debessmanna
  8. Klingeris
  9. Smoked salmon
  10. Beef stew
  11. Where to eat in Riga: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Fried Herring

Fried herring is a very tasty appetizer and are served together with sour cream, a particularly used sauce, and onions. They are simply mixed with a mixture of egg, flour and salt and then fried in oil.


  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: herring, flour, egg

2 - Speka Piradzini

Speka Piradzini looks a lot like our calzones, with a tasty filling encased in a golden bread. They are made with a Latvian bread stuffed usually with bacon and onion, even if each family has its own recipe. They are prepared for the holidays or eaten as a snack, when the size is smaller, but they also lend themselves to being a main meal when, instead, they are larger. As well as in restaurants, they are readily available in stands as street food.


  • Recommended to: snack and lunch
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, bacon, onions

3 - Skaba Putra

Soups are very popular in Latvia and Skaba putra is one of them. It's a fresh and velvety soup, prepared with sour cream and barley. It is said to be very refreshing and regenerating: to try!

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: barley, sour cream

4 - Borshch

We are still talking about soups which, as mentioned, are very popular and consequently there are several variants. Borsch, made with beets, is the mother of all soups: with its unmistakable red color, it can be made only with vegetables or integrated with chicken meat. This soup is a real cure-all for our body, with its multiple properties, and allows you to stay in line as it is low in fat ... but rich in taste!


  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: beets, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, meat (optional)

5 - Rupjmaize

The Rupjmaize is a black bread typical of Riga made of rye flour. It will not be difficult to taste it, because you will find it almost everywhere, ready to accompany lunches and dinners. It is a sweet and sour bread rich in nutritional properties and of which Latvians are very proud: for them it is a symbol of family tradition and hard work.
You can find Rupjmaize in almost any restaurant, bakery and it will probably be part of your hotel's breakfast buffet as well.


  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: rye flour, water, sugar

6 - Rasols

Rasols is a particular one typical Latvian salad served as an appetizer or side dish. It is made from potatoes, carrots and peas mixed with mayonnaise and, sometimes, diced sausage or sausage is added. We can say that it looks a lot like Russian salad!

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, carrots, pieselli, mayonnaise

7 - Debessmanna

There are many Latvian desserts that delight the palate and, most of them, are based on honey, prunes and berries. One of the most gluttonous is Debessmanna: una soft milk mousse with blueberries, currants, strawberries, raspberries and other berries. It is often served in restaurants and bars, but Latvians like to make it at home too.


  • Recommended to: dessert at the end of a meal or snack
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: milk, berries, sugar

8 - Klingeris

With the Klingeris we are still in the field of sweets: it is about biscuits prepared with raisins, almonds and saffron with a delicious scent of cardamom. With the same ingredients, Klingeris can also take different forms from biscuits: it can have the appearance of a braid or a German pretzel.


  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, raisins, saffron, cardamom, eggs

9 - Smoked salmon

Salmon is one of the main ingredients in Latvian cuisine and is truly cooked in every way, but smoked is one of the most popular ways. It is a hearty and very tasty dish, often accompanied by potatoes, sauces or vegetables as a side dish.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 20,00
  • Main ingredients: salmon, potatoes, vegetables

10 - Beef stew

Another dish to try is the beef stew: one meat stew usually served with vegetables (especially cabbage). In Riga, meat in a "stewed" and braised version, it must be said, is present almost everywhere. The meat in the stew is very tender and the dish overall is substantial: it certainly won't disappoint!

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 18,00
  • Main ingredients: meat, broth, vegetables, onion

Where to eat in Riga: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Riga's gastronomic tradition is based on seasonal raw materials, like vegetables, which are often found on Latvian tables in the form of very hot soups.
The combinations are sometimes risky, but they create dishes with unmissable flavors.
Potatoes and cabbage are omnipresent in preparations, together with sauerkraut and beans.

Latvian cuisine loves i strong tastes, but it is easily appreciated by visitors, who are fascinated by its refined ability to mix flavors. Here's where to make your palate happy in the city.

1 - Folkklubs ALA pagrabs

  • Description: a brewery with high ceilings, fast food, wooden tables, fireplace and live music
  • specialty: platters of cold cuts and cheeses
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

2 - Black Magic

  • Description: historic café in Riga
  • specialty: delicious chocolates, black balzam
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: Get Directions - Official Site

3 - Fat Pumpkin

  • Description: vegan restaurant in central Riga
  • specialty: vegetarian and vegan specialties, smoothies
  • Average price: from € 8,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions

4 - Rīgas Centrāltirgus

  • Description: it is the central market where it is possible to taste traditional dishes and street food
  • specialty: local soups
  • Average price: from € 6,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

5 - Hello

  • Description: restaurant specializing in local cuisine, especially soups
  • specialty: Latvian soups, desserts
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page
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