Food & Drink

Cheese In Latvia

Cheese in Latvia is like the weather in the UK. Mostly slightly bland, often a little disappointing, but every so often it’s truly wonderful and you forget all the bad experiences, even if just for a day or two. If you’re even half as excited about cheese as I am, then you may require a […]

Alternative Dining In Riga: Off The Beaten Menu

There’s more to the Riga food scene than the city centre restaurants and hipster haunts, gaining an increasing amount of international coverage. Look a little further off the beaten track and you’ll find genuinely cheap and cheerful bistro-type places where the average Latvian might go for a casual bite to eat or even just a […]

Being Vegetarian In Latvia: Easy Or Not?

Latvia has long been a meat-loving nation and many menus reflect this love of meat. I’ve had many disappointing experiences of being stuck with bland risotto, soggy eggplant and undercooked chunks of cheese. However, the last few years have brought positive change! Being vegetarian in Latvia is actually now a joy. And we’re not just […]

Local Markets In Latvia

Latvians love a market. I’m not talking the well-known Riga Central Market here (although that counts for something, and it is pretty special). I’m talking about smaller farmers or local product markets. It often feels like when a space frees up in Latvia, the authorities come along and have a discussion. “Do you think we […]

Lunch In Riga

Don’t be put off by the signs advertising what seems like a “complex lunch”. A common sight in Riga, there’s nothing complex about it. Kompleksās pusdienas are set lunches and most often consist of soup, a main course and dessert or a drink. Since the name doesn’t even sound too appealing in Latvian, many trendier […]

At The Supermarket In Latvia

Supermarkets can be challenging, hilarious and often quite fun in foreign countries, and luckily Latvia is no different. There’s the usual range of products you’ve probably never seen. The notable absence of products you’ve bought your entire life, and some fun things to discover along the way. Latvians are very fond of their own local […]