Food & Drink

Latvia’s Answer To Poland’s Milk Bar – The Ēdnīca

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As I slowly savoured every piece of my pierogi on a recent trip to Warsaw, I wondered why Poland’s “bar mleczny” or milk bar has achieved cult status while its no-less-deserving cousin, the “ēdnīca” leads a much less celebrated life in Latvia. Here, it’s either a place we just don’t talk about or joke about. […]

Mouthwatering Things To Eat In Riga

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Inspired by Lonely Planet’s hot-off-the-press Ultimate Eatlist, I set about putting together Life in Riga’s own list of things to eat in Riga. It doesn’t require too much of a crazy adventurous spirit to eat your way through it. No Black Balsam shots or Laima chocolate, lots of greasy, hearty goodness instead. May it bring […]

Best Falafel In Riga

Do you, like me, enjoy the occasional falafel wrap? If yes, then follow my tips on where to find the best falafel in Riga! Reigys Ausmeņa Kebabs The original Ausmeņa Kebabs is in Rēzekne and became so popular among Rigans that they opened a branch in a hipster-loved area of the capital. It’s probably the […]

What To Buy At Riga Central Market

Riga Central Market is our favourite place to shop in Riga, and we’ve put together a shopping list for your first or next visit. If you don’t yet feel confident enough to explore it on your own, start with a guided tour of the market! The guide will give you additional tips and insights on […]

Best Cocktails In Riga

It now seems completely normal to have to pay 5 EUR for a regular mixer in Riga, so prices around 7 – 10 EUR for a cocktail don’t shock me entirely. That’s as long as it’s a well-made cocktail in suitable surroundings. Here’s Life in Riga’s tips on where to find the best cocktails in […]

Best Pizza in Riga

Latvians haven’t taken to pizza quite as much as our southern neighbours. You’d be forgiven for thinking Čili Pica and Charlie Pizza, both Lithuanian chains, are the only places for pizza in Riga since they’ve snapped up some of the best real estate in town in terms of getting passing traffic. But look ever so […]

Latvian Ice Cream Is Amazing

On 2 January, 2014 Estonia’s then-president Ilves journeyed to an unassuming Latvian town just south of the border. His goal? To buy something in euros! We’d just adopted the currency. Media followed Ilves into the local supermarket so that Latvians across the land could see him fork out on a tub of Rūjienas saldējums, the […]

Best Coffee In Riga

So you’ve been googling ‘coffee in Riga’. Well you won’t find it at Starbucks. There are no Starbucks in Riga! The city’s home to a whole host of wonderful local roasters and age old coffee shops. We’re happy to share some of our favourites. All small businesses doing magic. Buy us a cup of coffee […]

Where To Buy Spices & International Food In Riga

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 […]

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 […]