What To Buy At Riga Central Market (Updated in 2023)

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 how to recognise the best produce and vendors.

Uzbek bread and pastries

uzbek bread stall at riga central market

Why? Because this little corner of Uzbekistan seems to be home to some of the finest bakers you’ll ever see. Plus, you can ogle and point at them through the glass window while they burn their fingers so you can have a tasty grain-based treat, such as a beef samsa or simple non bread.

Where? In the corridor between the fish pavilion and the vegetable pavilion as well as at the canal-side entrance to the market.

Smoked chicken


Why? Because your mouth will water at the taste of meaty log-fires, and Rubeņi does us all a great service, masking the smell of blood and bomži (Latvian hobos, typically drunk and/or disorderly).

Where? The Rubeņi stand at the Riga Central Market meat pavilion.

Pickles and fermented foods

pickled vegetables at riga central market

Sauerkraut, pickled garlic and spicy carrots probably do wonders to our guts. They allow you to taste your way around the average Latvian garden and are also just really delicious. If your budget stretches far enough, marinated mushrooms are worth the splurge.

Where? Stalls in the vegetable pavilion.

Sauerkraut juice


Why? This ghastly beverage is said to be potent enough to dislodge the dormant wildlife lining the twisted confines of your grotty intestine. It’s also reputed to be one of the best hangover cures out there. Vendors advise against drinking a full glass if you aren’t a regular sauerkraut consumer. You’ll soon find out why…

Where? Numerous stalls in the vegetable pavilion. Look for stacks of plastic cups!

Pelmeņi and vareņiki (dumplings)

pelmeni at riga central market

Why? Boiled or fried, these ravioli-a-likes are hilariously easy to cook and taste great. While not of Latvian origin, the two are staples in the average local diet. You can either eat some on the spot or take away to cook at home.

Where? Two stalls in the food court on the canal side of the dairy pavilion.

Dried fruit and nuts


Why? A bonus when buying fruit and nuts at Riga Central Market is the personal touch – your vendor will dip her hands into your bag of goods at least once during the transaction to get the weight just right. You wanted 500 g, correct? Let’s make that 498 g of raisins, and I’ll throw in 2 g of the skin off my flaky vendor fingers. But the raisins come fresh as can be from Uzbekistan and other nearby countries, are super juicy and just a whole lot better than their pre-bagged counterpart that you can pick up at the supermarket.

Where? Numerous stalls in the vegetable and “mixed food” pavilions.



Why? Because despite being the grumpiest vendor in the dairy pavilion, that little woman fries up the freshest, tastiest virtuļi you’ll taste this side of Riga.

Where? In the food court on the canal side of the dairy pavilion.

Honey products

honey stand at riga central market

Why? Because heck, you’ve bought honey at every other market in Latvia, why not buy it at Riga Central Market too?

Where? Numerous stalls in the dairy pavilion.

Turkey hearts, calf esophagi and other innards of the animal kind


Why? To treat that special someone – your feline or canine companion.

Where? The meat pavilion to the left of the canal-side entrance to Riga Central Market.

Shopping at Riga Central Market is a one-of-a-kind experience, and we wouldn’t change it for the world. We hope you’ll share our sentiment!

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