Tasty insider scoops from a local.
Irina Kuzmina is the co-founder and designer behind European brand of stylish camera bags called POMPIDOO. She has been living in Riga for 16 years and endlessly loves this city for its charming old town, Art Nouveau architecture masterpieces and tons of cozy cafes and restaurants, and for so much more! All travelers are cordially invited to this hidden jewel of Europe. A passionate traveler herself, Irina’s favourite destination is Cuba with its colorful cities, beautiful nature and openhearted people. Going abroad gives her endless possibilities for inspiration as well as charges her up for new challenges and achievements.
Hours: Mon-Sat 12 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Call: +371 25 772 552
Muusu features nice authentic Nordic interior design, including raw brick walls and linen fabrics. Critically acclaimed Chef Kaspars Jansons adds seasonal accents in the menu, fresh and locally picked products that will make you want to come back again and again!
2. Café Mio
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
Call: +371 28 143 139
Café Mio is one of the coziest places to dine and offering some of the best traditional French Riviera cuisine in the city. Not to mention, the natural flower decorations inside for a complete atmosphere and truly unique romantic dinner. Braised beef cheeks with onion marmalade are unforgettable and an absolute must-try.
3. Mr. Fox
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Call: +371 29 277 391
If you are into vegetarian and vegan food, Mr. Fox is a place you must visit for lunch. Trendy food served in a stylish manner, this restaurant offers nicely decorated interior for a lovely eating experience. Afterward you can check out arbOOz cafe next door for a piece of mouth-watering delicious cake or macarons.
4. Aqua Luna
Hours: Mon-Thu 12 p.m.-12 a.m.; Fri-Sat 12 p.m.-3 a.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Call: +371 67 650 922
At Aqua Luna, you can enjoy magnificent views of the Daugava river along with delicious food during the day, or sip tasty cocktails and dance your feet off in the open terrace in the evening. Better yet, why not do both?
Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Call: +371 67 221 318
Perhaps the most popular choice on this list will be LIDO Vērmanītis. It’s a chain of restaurants offering tasty, hearty and affordable Latvian cuisine. The food tastes much like homemade favorites and served by staff wearing traditional Latvian garb. This place is definitely worth a visit.