The heart and stomach of the city is at The Riga Central Market!
The Riga Central Market is a major feature of the city. Fresh local products as well as foreign imports are on sale in a huge area that has a unique character and is well worth a lengthy visit whilst staying in Riga. This is also one of the best places to try Latvian food.
Within the market you will find all kinds of fresh produce, from meats to milk, fish to bread, wild berries to fresh fruits and even clothes and hardware. Spend some time here and buy as much local produce as you can. In season you will see things like birch tree juice or wild mushrooms.
The trade area of the market consists of 5 pavilions which were constructed during the 1920′s and completed in 1930. The roofing of these pavilions was actually constructed using old zeppelin hangars that had been left in the South West of Latvia after the First World War. It is a great testimony to the engineers, who took it upon themselves to recycle these metal works, creating a great piece of architecture whilst preserving a part of history at the same time. The facades of the market pavilions are in the Art-Deco style and they are a great example of Latvian creativity and trade. When these pavilions were constructed, they were one of the largest covered markets in Europe. But the market is not only made up of these great structures, you will also find a huge area of outdoor trading, as well as the many brick warehouses that date back to the 1800′s within Riga’s Central Market. You may also wish to check out Spiķeri, an area of the market that is slowly developing into a creative part of the city.
Spiķeri is home to the Dirty Deal Cafe (cool bar and club), Restaurant Kitchen (brilliant restaurant), Desa & Co. (Sausage & Co. great game meats), Spiķeri Concert Hall and KIM (art center). Ask your hotel or the tourist information for more info. Or feel free to join our food tasting tour of the Central Market to get closer to the district.