Top Places To Have Lunch In Riga (Updated in 2023)

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 establishments have now rebranded the classic as a business lunch or biznesa pusdienas. Often due to their setting these tend to be a bit pricier and are less likely to include a drink. Commonly, you get a main course and starter or dessert.

Dienas piedāvājums or offer of the day is yet another name for the same, age-old concept.

While a “complex lunch” can cost as little as 4 euros in cafes on the outskirts of town and areas around the Central Station and Riga Central Market, usually, you should expect to pay around 5 – 7 euros. In comparison, an average business lunch is more likely to cost between 7,50 euros and 15 euros.

Struggling to find a good place to eat? Some of the best places are hidden but well known among locals. It’s common for colleagues to eat lunch together so ask to join someone and you’re bound to get intel.

Lots of us Latvians flock to ēdnīcas at lunchtime – cheap and cheerful canteens in office and academic buildings throughout town.

  • Pipars, a cafe at Alfa and Olympia shopping centre food courts
  • Divi Labi, in the offices of the Central Statistical Bureau and the Ministry of Economics
  • Spināti un sviests, Old Town
  • Lauvas nams, Brīvības iela 82
  • Olafs, Pulkveža Brieža iela 12 and elsewhere
  • Trīs Lūši, Krišjāņa Barona iela 31
  • Daily brand canteens across Riga
  • Delicio brand canteens across Riga
  • Mr. Bobs, Rūpniecības iela 54 and elsewhere

I’m a big fan of the canteen, so much so that I’ve dedicated a post to ēdnīcas in Riga with a longer list of spots to try!

Foods You Can Expect At Typical Canteens

Frikadeļu zupa – meatball soup
Borščs – beetroot soup
Soļanka – a hearty tomato and meat based soup

Karbonāde – a chicken or pork schnitzel fried in a light batter rather than breadcrumbs
Vārīti kartupeļi – boiled potatoes
Maltās gaļas mērce – minced meat sauce
Griķi – buckwheat
Rasols – a heavy potato and cream based salad
Kāpostu salāti – cabbage salad

Šokolādes krēms – a cocoa-based dessert, like a chocolate and cream jelly
Maizes zupa – Latvian rye bread dessert

Kompots – sweet fruit compote
Kefīrs – kefyr, a soured milk drink

Keen to try more typical foods? Here are my top tips on what to eat in Riga.

Lunch Spots Locals Love

Austra, Miera iela 41 (on premises of Walters & Grapa bar)
Mazā Terapija, Skolas iela 28
Miit, Lāčplēša iela 10
Stockpot, Krišjāņa Valdemāra iela 36
Buberts, Dzirnavu iela 15
Terra, Blaumaņa iela 9

Cepiens, Meža iela 4a

On air cafe, Blaumaņa iela 32
Himalaju virtuve, Blaumaņa iela 14

Kozy Eats, Blaumaņa iela 34

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