Useful Addresses In Riga: International Food

Shock horror, your local Riga supermarket isn’t guaranteed to have an ethnic food section! And there’s no Asian supermarket as of yet. So what do you do when you crave a kickass korma or desire a decent dhal?

Well, you could just visit the one-and-only Stockpot bistro that rates its food on a scale of 1 to 10 from mild to numbingly spicy. Or, you could pay a visit to Indian Raja, Wok n’ kurry, Singh’s, Banana Leaf or fellow Indian food restaurants in Riga. But if you’re looking to cook a beast of an ethnic feast at home, then you may have to shop around for spices.

Here’s a few addresses to get you going:

Avokado
49/51 Tērbatas iela, Rīga
Spice shop

Gastronome
68A Krasta iela, Rīga
High-end gourmet food shop

Rudra yoga store
31 Skolas iela, Rīga and online

Hanumans
56 Kr.Barona iela, Rīga
Vegetarian shop located in the Hare Krishna temple building. Lots of Indian flavours here

Tiger
Various locations in Rīga
No spice pastes at this Danish chain store, but they do have a surprisingly good selection of dried spices

Spice stalls at the Centrāltirgus (Central Market)
Spices by the kg

Gourmet Studio
9 Lienes iela, Rīga

4 Decorasian
53 Tērbatas iela (enter from Stabu iela) and 24 Kr.Valdemāra iela, Rīga
Curry mixes, bags of spices, tea and other imports from India

Sky supermarkets
Various locations in Rīga

Stockmann
8 13.janvāra iela, Rīga

India Mini Mart
In the Upīša Pasāža arcade

Rimi supermarkets
Numerous locations in Rīga. The bigger the store, the more spices and pastes you’re likely to be able to pick up.

If you know of anywhere else that stocks a good range of exotic spices, be sure to add it to the list via the comments section!

Photo: Adam Baker

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