The Old Town is Riga’s very heart, and a place where ancient history, Latvian culture, and lively nightlife meet. It’s only natural that this mix be accompanied by a wide range of excellent restaurants. We list the 10 best in this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Great food, friendly staff, and a perfect location just a few minutes’ walk from St Peter’s Church: Domini Canes has it all. It’s no wonder this restaurant consistently finds itself in the top five best restaurants in Riga on travelers’ and locals’ lists. It is great by Latvian standards but also measures up to all the best of London, Tokyo, and Paris. The scallops, for example, are particularly worth exploring. In addition, all products are locally sourced and the menu is seasonal. Booking is recommended.
3 pavāru restorāns
3 pavāru restorāns, as the name indicates, is the creation of three well-known local chefs: Mārtiņš Sirmais, Artūrs Trinkuns, and Ēriks Dreibants. It is located in the historic Jacob’s Barracks, adding a bright and hip interior to the eighteenth-century building. Patrons can watch as their food is prepared in the open-plan kitchen in the center of the dining room, cooking such elaborate dishes as slow-cooked ox heart with ox tongue, goat cheese puff pastry tart, or, for vegetarians, wild mushroom risotto with spinach and Brie.
Torna 4, Riga, Latvia, +371 20370537
One of the few vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Riga, Fat Pumpkin is a cosy establishment with food that even carnivores will enjoy, as well as delicious smoothies, vegan pastries, and a small lunch menu. It’s a pleasure finding vegan variations on common dishes and desserts, enabling vegetarians and vegans to taste them while providing others with new flavors. For example, at Fat Pumpkin clients can find vegan crême brulée, vegan tiramisu and vegetarian burgers. The staff are extremely friendly, which is a nice plus.
Grēcinieku 30/25, Riga, Latvia, +371 67 304 069
Makonis is operated by a friendly team, who have recently returned from London. Consequently it is quite the international place, with a German chef and staff speaking fluent English, ideal for travelers who don’t speak Latvian. The space itself is tiny but extremely cozy: four tables downstairs and a few more upstairs, with two additional floors reserved for private parties. The lunch menu, available every day until 4pm, changes daily, and the evening menu every week. Many of the items on display are on sale (even the tables).
Palasta 7, Riga, Latvia, +371 29 765 445
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