Riga has become famous for its great nightlife, attracting visitors from all over the world, but after a good night out a great breakfast must always follow. Read on for our selection of the top breakfast and brunch spots in the Latvian capital, a city full of history and beautiful architecture. Our picks go from French-style breakfasts and high-end brunches to comforting diner-style food, so there’s something for everyone.
Mierā means ‘peace’ in Latvian and this cafe definitely lives up to its name. It’s actually named after the street it’s on, Miera, but the relaxed and cozy atmosphere make the name all the more appropriate, as does the friendly service. The pancake breakfast on Saturday mornings, a local favorite, is highly recommended. The rest of the menu veers towards a Continental-style breakfast, with fresh croissants and cakes. Plants, books, and accessories like frames and jewelry boxes add to the relaxing ambiance.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
Address & phone number: Miera 9, Riga, Latvia, +371 29 360 260
Miit is know for excellent coffee, vegetarian food, and bicycles, because the space doubles as a bike shop, but let’s focus on the stellar breakfast offerings. Here too, Miit shines: there’s not only award-winning coffee but also an all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet every weekday from 8am, with omelettes, fresh bread, couscous and fresh salad or porridge. There’s also a pancake brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Opening hours: Monday 7am-9pm, Tuesday-Thursday 7am-11pm, Friday 7am-1am, Saturday 9am-11pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
Address & phone number: Lāčplēša iela 10, Rīga, Latvia, +371 2889 1351
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 7.30am-11am for the gourmet breakfast, Saturday-Sunday 12pm-4pm for the brunch menu
Sit down in this historic townhouse or at its outdoor terrace in the summer for an affordable, good-quality breakfast. Located in the Old Town next door to a former Dominican monastery and opposite Saint Peter’s Church, Domini Canes offers one of the best breakfasts in this part of the city, focusing on traditional Baltic and Eastern European dishes instead of international classics. Even better, everything is surprisingly affordable compared to the rest of the Old Town.
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 10am-11pm
Address & phone number: Skarnu street 18/20, Riga, Latvia, +371 22314122
Breakfast is pretty good, but how about breakfast AND books? Sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it? Fortunately, this dream has been made reality at Biblioteka 1, right next to the Vērmanes Garden at the edge of the Old Town. It’s a beautiful setting at any time of year, but being able to sit on the terrace in warm weather is a highlight. The Sunday brunch is made with fresh ingredients every Saturday and Sunday morning, and includes an alcoholic apéritif.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 12pm-12am, Sunday 11am-12am
Address & phone number: Tērbatas iela 2, Riga, Latvia, +371 20 225 000
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 12pm-12am
Locale has made it its mission to create an Italian version of traditional Latvian cuisine. The result is surprisingly appealing, bringing a little Mediterranean warmth to cold Latvia. The Sunday brunch is a selection of antipasti, main course and desserts, with sweet dishes such as omelettes and pancakes or savory ones like smoked ham. All this comes with a glass of prosecco. For those who don’t fancy alcohol with their brunch, Locale also has a fairly large selection of tea and coffee.
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 12pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-1am, Sunday 12pm-11pm
Address & phone number: Grēcinieku iela 8, Rīga, Latvia, +371 66 119 677
Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 7.30am-8pm, Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 10am-7pm
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