You can easily walk past this little hidden gem on Baznīcas street in the Central District, but you definitely shouldn’t. Muklājs in Latvian means ”sort of a swampy area”, a place you’ll find in the vast Latvian forests on a foraging adventure and umm.. in Riga too. Well Riga centuries ago used to be just sand dunes and swamps, so the name actually might be very appropriate. Like so many other places around St.Gertrude Church they also have a lunch offer, with 2 options, one of them being vegetarian. The vegetarian meals tend to be more “world food” like, although carnivores need not to worry as theirs won’t be a plate of greasy potatoes with pork, but a more modern take on old classics.
Towards evening Muklājs turns into very intimate cafe/bar. Having more wine on tap than beer they have made it clear what kind of establishment this is, but also take into account that they have Riga’s widest selection of calvadoses and some great single malts too. Interior and the vibe is very laid back, you sip your drink slow and don’t feel like you’re in Riga at all. A great place for a conversation and sophisticated boozing.