The maze of Riga’s tiny streets hides a never-ending trail of treasures for foodies. The food tour across Riga starts in one of the oldest European food markets based in former zeppelin hangars, and finishes in a cozy restaurant or bar on the Daugava river shore or in the old town. Traditional Latvian, Russian and Jewish dishes neighbor with delicacies from Italy or France, for those who know where to look. We explore Riga’s top ten restaurants and cafes.
The hip place to be in Riga, Koya boasts a stunning location on the Daugava River and an unmatched view on the marina. A modern interior, spacious rooms, large terrace and a light breeze blowing in from the river make it especially enjoyable during the summer months. Koya regularly hosts bands and DJs, offering a repertoire that ranges from jazz to house. The menu has international fare with a strong undertone of fusion: most dishes are composed with influence from cuisines and a great deal of sophistication. Staple dishes include mussels from France or Ireland, tuna steak and fried sweet potatoes with rosemary and garlic. Breakfast and brunch options are equally appetizing.
One of the pearls of Riga’s riverside restaurants, Fabrikas Restorans sits on the Daugava shore, opposite the old town. Situated in an old factory building, the venue is highly esteemed by locals and tourists alike. Its classy and romantic décor, occasional live piano music by maestro Uldis Stabulnieks and a no-rush atmosphere make it the perfect location for a relaxed dinner in a stunning setting. On Fabrikas’ menu, you will find a solid selection of international dishes, but French recipes inevitably take the lead with delicacies such as foie gras with artichokes and mushrooms, julienne with mushrooms or freshly sourced seafood. In addition to Fabrikas’ chic and raw interior décor, patrons can enjoy their meal on the summer terrace, which sits directly on the river.
Uzbekistana is the perfect example of a proper Uzbek cuisine, dedicated to presenting Uzbek culture through a variety of honored traditions. Within walking distance from the city center, Uzbekistana is always filled with businessmen and local families. Its universal popularity is down to the food and ambience. Uzbekistana offers filling meals of meat, grilled vegetables, honey pastries or the king of eastern dishes, pilaf, prepared according to the strictest traditional Uzbek recipes and served in the middle of the table by the chef himself. The table settings, décor, prices and service are all great examples of eastern ambience and hospitality.
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