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Latvia is the best place to spend your summer vacations! Lingering ‘white

nights’, concerts, festivals, bars, restaurants, exhibitions and activities will

keep you up and graciously busy. We are under a real ‘star rain’ this July/

August: open-air super-gigs by Rammstein and Ed Sheeran, an exquisite

avant-garde classical star constellation at Riga Jūrmala, Inese Galante

Summertime, Artissimo festivals, to be enjoyed at the open-air Dzintari

Concert Hall, a few steps from the beach. Newest electronic, pop, rock

music during worldwide popular Positivus Festival. The serenity and

harmony of Latvian nature on the floating Ezeri festival in the middle of the

lake. Circus and ethno during Laba Daba and Kometa festivals. Jazz galaxies

revealed at Rīgas Ritmi, World Jazz Fest, Summer Jazz sessions. Best

trendiest street food, places with a view, children and family events, well

being and activities, shopping and sports. I’s all here conveniently packed

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DIRECTORY

arriving in riga

AT THE AIRPORT

Information desk, departu re hall, first floor,

tel. 67207009. www.riga-airport.com

The airport is about 10km south-west

of Riga, the highway A10 links it to

Jūrmala directly. The bus Nº22 goes

to the centre for the price of €2 – purchase

your ticket with the driver. The

bus will take approximately 30 minutes

and it leaves every 15 minutes

from 05.50 until 23.15. A taxi takes

about 15–20 min. The cost for a ride

to the centre is about €15.

AT THE CENTRAL TRAIN STATION

The central train station is located

close to the Old Town (Stacijas laukums).

Automatic locker service and

luggage room open from 04.00 until

01.00. The information bureau is situated

in the main hall.

AT THE BUS TERMINAL

The bus terminal is also situated in

the centre, next to the train station.

The luggage room is open from 05.30

to 23.00.

AT THE FERRY TERMINAL

The ferry terminal is 1.5km away from

the centre, take trams Nº5, 6, 7 or 9 and

go two stops to the Old Town. The tram

stop is situated on Ausekļa iela right in

front of the terminal.

getting around

Riga’s public transport system consists

of buses, trams and trolley

buses. They run daily from 05.30 until

about 00.30 but some of the routes

stop their service as early as 22.30.

Tickets (e-Talons) may be purchased

on the public transport from the

Discover the city with the Riga

Pass! Free unlimited use of public

transport, free sightseeing tours

and exclusive deals and discounts

in the best museums and restaurants

and for other services. Prices

range from €25–35, depending on

the duration (max. 72h). Purchase

online from www.LiveRiga.com or

at their office.

driver or at any post office or kiosk

(Narvesen) or ticket machines on the

main stops. For sche dules, check:

www.rigassatiksme.lv

TAXIS

Taxi charges are based on area and

time. The tariff to get in the taxi

is from €1.00, afterwards you pay

€0.65/km. For taxi orders and bookings

by phone, contact the following

free 24-hr numbers:

Taxi.lv, tel. 80001010.

Baltic Taxi, tel. 8500.

Or order a taxi via the free Bolt or

Yandex Taxi phone app.

tourist information

RIGA TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

6 Rātslaukums, tel. 67037900, 10.00–18.00.

16 Kaļķu iela, tel. 67227444, 10.00–18.00.

1 Prāgas iela (Bus Terminal), tel. 67220555,

10.00–18.00, info@rigatic.lv.

www.liveriga.com

telephone

Local numbers have eight digits and

start with 6. GSM cell phone numbers

start with 2. To call abroad from Latvia

dial the international code (00)

followed by country code. Latvia’s

country code is 371. Telephone directory

inquiries: 1180, 1188 or 1189.

post (Latvijas Pasts)

POST OFFICE Nº50

1 Stacijas laukums, tel. 67018780, 08.00–

19.00, Sat 08.00–18.00, Sun 10.00–16.00.

POSTAL CENTRE Nº53

International Airport Riga, Mārupes nov.,

tel. 67213171, 08.00–17.30, Sat, Sun

09.00–16.00.

POSTAL CENTRE “SAKTA”

32 Brīvības bulv., tel. 67502800, 07.00–

22.00, Sat, Sun 08.00–20.00.

mobile network

BITE (Vodafone)

Tel. 25850110. Prepaid phone cards:

Bite 1 & 2. www.bite.lv

LATVIJAS MOBILAIS TELEFONS (LMT)

Tel. 80000076. Prepaid phone card:

LMT KARTE. www.lmt.lv

TELE2

Tel. 67060600, 24hrs. Prepaid phone cards:

ZZ. www.tele2.lv www.zz.lv

money

The national Latvian currency as of

January 2014 is the Euro (EUR).

€1 = 1.34 USD.

cleaners

NIVALA

21 Lāčplēša iela (enter from 2 Akas iela), tel.

67281346, mob. tel. 29535650, 08.00–20.00.

84 Krasta iela, tel. 67704032.

Self-service laundrette, as well as dry

cleaners.

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DIRECTORY

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tourist assistance

For general emergencies, call the

free number 112.

Call (from within Latvia) the official

Tourist Hotline 1188 for

essential information such as

public transport timetables, addresses

and working hours of

shops and services, contact

information of private individuals,

etc. Calls cost €0.58/min

(+ mobile roaming tariffs).

Cheaper to use their website:

www.1188.lv

The Riga Municipal Police has a

specialised Tourist Unit, which

ensures public order, as well as

provides information to foreign

visitors about the opportunity for

assistance in case of incidents

like theft, lost property and fraud.

A 24-hour information Hotline

67181818 has been introduced

for foreign nationals. Information

is provided in Latvian, Russian

and English.

Other useful numbers:

• loss of bank cards, tel.

67092555

• psychological help during

crisis, tel. 67222922

• SOS search and rescue at sea,

tel. 67323103

• 24-hour veterinary assistance,

mob. tel. 26539900 (LV/RU

only)

• emergency unlocking of car

locks, doors and safes mob.

tel. 29212680 (LV/RU only).

hospitals

AMBULANCE

Tel. 112

ARS

5 Skolas iela, tel. 67201001, 67201007,

emergency home service tel. 67201003.

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

45 Vienības gatve, tel. 67622997,

67612277.

GAIĻEZERS HOSPITAL

2 Hipokrāta iela, tel. 67042424.

LINEZERS HOSPITAL

6 Linezera 6, tel. 67040355 (info),

67040210, 67040285 (clinic), fax

67821154.

RIGA 1 ST HOSPITAL

5 Bruņinieku iela, tel. 67366323.

STRADIŅŠ HOSPITAL

13 Pilsoņu iela, tel. 67069600, 67069280.

UNIKLINIKA

8 Antonijas iela, tel. 67505047.

VESELĪBAS CENTRS 4

117 K. Barona iela, tel. 67847100.

www.vc4.lv

veterinary

ALFAVET

73 Viestura prospekts, tel. 67395695,

09.00–20.00, Sat 09.00–17.00, Sun

10.00–17.00. www.alfavet.lv

DR. BEINERTS

101 Ģertrūdes iela, tel. 67288539, mob.

tel. 26539900. www.vet.lv

KAVET

347 Brīvības gatve, tel. 67543421, mob.

tel. 29475105, 24hrs.

www.kavet.lv

dental care

DR. OLGA GALKINA’S DENTAL

SERVICE

57/59-39 K. Valdemāra iela, mob. tel.

28803173, dr.galkina@gmail.com.

www.rigadentalservice.com

Full ran ge of dental services—

emergency services available.

DR. ZANE NORVELE

Ars, 5 Skolas iela, mob. tel. 29392347,

zane.norvele@gmail.com

Treatment plan, hygiene, aesthetic

dentistry—tooth filling with composite

(white) or amalgam (silver),

root canal treatment, prosthetics,

teeth whitening, consultations.

Also dentistry for children. Languages

spoken: Latvian, Russian,

English.

medical help

If you are an EU citizen in need of

medical attention while in Latvia,

make sure that the medical centre

accepts the European Health

Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC

confirms the right to receive the

necessary (emergency) medical

treatment. If you are not an EU citizen

and do not have an EHIC card,

but require emergency medical assistance,

you must pay the full cost

of the services. Acquiring a travel

insurance policy is recommended!

More info: www.latvia.travel/en

MEDICAL INFO

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CULTURAL AGENDA

JULY 1, MONDAY

20.00 tango Artissimo Festival Richard

Galliano (accordion) /France/. Piazzolla

Forever. Dzintari Concert Hall.

JULY 2, TUESDAY

18.00 jazz Rigas Ritmi Festival Festival

opening. Radio Trio and singer Kristina

Kovalyova /Russia/, winner of Jazz Artist

Contest Riga Jazz Stage 2018. Origo

Summer Stage, 1 Stacijas lauk.

19.00 sacred Brahms Requiem Berkeley

Community Chorus, DeCoro Choir

/USA/, JVLMA Orchestra Programme:

Brahms Requiem. Free entrance. Riga

Cathedral.

20.00 a capella Artissimo Festival 10

Grammy awarded Take 6 /USA/. ‘Piazzolla

Forever’. Dzintari Concert Hall.

20.00 indie Laura Pergolizzi in concert.

Sigulda Livonian Order castle, Sigulda,

18 Pils iela.

JULY 3, WEDNESDAY

19.00 jazz Grimbergen Summer Festival

in Bergs Bazaary Beāte Zviedre Quartet.

Berga Bazārs, 83 Elizabetes iela.

19.00 jazz/world music Rigas Ritmi

Festival New Orleans funky master Jon

Cleary and union of musicians from

three continents Freedoms Trio or Steinar

Aadnekvam /Norway/ (guitar), Rubem

Farias /Brasil/ (bass), Deodato Siquir

/Mosambique/ (drums). Riga Congress

Hall.

19.00 organ The Antique and the Modern

Diāna Jaunzeme–Portnaja (organ),

Lauma Ilsuma (flute). Programme: Bach,

Schnittke, John Rutter, Marģeris Zariņš.

Riga Cathedral.

19.30 dance/ballet ‘Todes’, Alla Duhova.

Dzintari Concert Hall.

20.30 jazz Rigas Ritmi Festival Virtuoso

gypsy-jazz trio Kristjan Rudanovski

(violin), Jaanis Kill (guitar), Robert Nommann

(double bass) /Estonia/. Trompete

Taproom.

21.00 jazz Rigas Ritmi Festival Riga Jazz

Stage All Stars — Russian singer, winner

of Jazz Artist Contest Riga Jazz Stage

2018 Kristina Kovalyova and instrumental

band of local winners from other

years. Egle open-air leisure venue.

WED & FRI IN JULY–AUGUST

CLASSICAL CONCERTS

IN RIGA OLD TOWN

Chamber music concerts with a

broad spectrum of music dating

back to the Baroque period all

the way through the 20 th century.

Tickets: €10.00. Venue: Our Lady of

Sorrows Church, 5 Pils iela. Time:

Wed at 13.00 and Fri at 19.30.

JULY 4, THURSDAY

19.00 sacred ‘Ave Maria’. Concert by

Olga Pjatigorska. St John’s Church.

19.00 jazz Rigas Ritmi Festival A Bu and

Freedoms Trio. VEF Jazz Club. VEF Cultural

Palace.

19.00 R&B/soul Rigas Ritmi Festival

Jamison Ross (vocals, percussion),

Judith Hill (vocals) /USA/. Riga Congress

Hall.

20.30 jazz Rigas Ritmi Festival Performance

by Italian saxophonist Federico

Milone who combines the jazz heritage

of the Salernitana and Neapolitian

schools in a new repertoire. Trompete

Taproom.

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RAL AGENDA

22.07, Iveta Apkalna, Dzintari Beach

15.08, Ленинград, Dzintari Concert Hall

26–28.07, Komēta Festival, Daugavgrīva Fortress

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1.08, Валерий

Сюткин, Dzintari

Concert Hall

21.00 jazz Rigas Ritmi Festival Performance

by virtuoso gypsy-jazz trio

/Estonia/ with violinist Kristjan Rudanovski,

guitarist Jaanis Kill and double

bass player Robert Nommann. Egle

open-air leisure venue.

JULY 5, FRIDAY

19.00 jazz, world music Rigas Ritmi

Festival Performance by Paloma Pradal

/France/. Programme: Spanish and

Cuban songs in salsa rhythms and flamenco

moods, bright pop jazz and funk

music star Jonah Nilsson /Sweden/.

Riga Congress Hall.

19.30 рок Борис Гребенщиков и

Аквариум. Dzintari Concert Hall.

20.30 jazz Rigas Ritmi Festival Performance

by jazz pianist and organist Agita

Rando trio /Germany–Latvia/. Trompete

Taproom.

21.00 jazz/world Rigas Ritmi Festival

Chinese ‘Tianchang Combo’ of musicians

from Western jazz and Eastern folk

music megaproject ‘Tianchang Band’.

Egle open-air leisure venue.

JULY 6, SATURDAY

19.00 jazz/world Rigas Ritmi Festival

Chinese music night. Performance by

piano prodigy A Bu and Western jazz and

Eastern folk music megaproject ‘Tianchang

Band’. Riga Congress Hall.

19.30 classical Denis Matsuev (piano).

Dzintari Concert Hall.

21.00 jazz/blues Rigas Ritmi Festival

Performance by The Coco’nuts. Egle

open-air leisure venue.

JULY 7, SUNDAY

19.00 organ 32 nd Organ Music Festival

EVERY WEDNESDAY

CYCLING SUMMER

With the aim of promoting an active

and healthy lifestyle, as well as

cycling activities for children and

youth, each Wednesday the Uzvaras

Park track will host cycling competitions

(ages two to 25) in various

bicycle classes - non-pedal bike

for children, 16’’ children’s bikes,

miniMTB, BMX, 24’’ and 26+’’ MTB

classes. Parents are invited to participate

as well!

Venue: Uzvaras parks (Victory Park).

Further info on fb.com/ritenvasara

UNTIL 10 SEPTEMBER

THE GREAT MODERNISTS

Multimedia show, presenting the

works of 16 of the most reputable

masters of modernism. A total of

5,000 works from more than 20

museums from all over the world in

a unique combination of animated

video projections accompanied by

exquisite musical setting.

Venue: 23 Pils iela, Doma laukums.

Tickets and more info on modernisti.lv

Riga Cathedral 2019 Concert in Honour

of the 175 th birthday of Charles-Marie

Widor. Liene Andreta Kalnciema (organ).

Programme: Bach, Liszt, Widor. Riga Cathedral.

JULY 8, MONDAY

20.00 ска/рок концерт Гарика

Cукачёва и его юбилейная программа

‘59:59’. Dzintari Concert Hall.

JULY 9, TUESDAY

19.00 sacred ‘Ave Maria’. Olga Pjatigorska.

St John’s Church.

20.00 operetta Moscow Operetta

Theatre. Gala concert ‘Grand Cancan.

Dzintari Concert Hall.

JULY 10, WEDNESDAY

19.00 organ 32 nd Organ Music Festival

Riga Cathedral 2019 ‘Fairly Latvian’.

Organ duo ‘ABI’—Iveta and Jānis

Pelše, with Ivars Kalniņš and Mārtiņš

Miļevskis (percussions). Programme:

Ravel, Arvo Pärt, Marģeris Zariņš, Imants

Mežaraups. Riga Cathedral.

19.00 jazz Grimbergen Summer Festival

in Bergs Bazaar Alise Kante. Berga

Bazārs, 83 Elizabetes iela.

20.00 поп/соул Концерт испол нительницы

Ёлка. Dzintari Concert Hall.

20.00 baroque Early Music Festival Venetian

Baroque Masterpieces. Dmitry

Sinkovsky (violin/counter tenor), Ilze

Grudule (cello), Ieva Saliete (harpsichord).

Programme: G.B. Fontana, G.F.

Händel, C. Monteverdi, R. Rognoni, J.H.

Schmelzer, G. Verocai, A. Vivaldi. Small

Guild Hall.

JULY 11, THURSDAY

19.30 pop rock Bonnie Tyler. World Tour.

Dzintari Concert Hall.

20.00 baroque Early Music Festival

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26–28.07, Natascha Kann at Komēta Festival,

Daugavgrīva Fortress

26–27.07, Múr at Positivus, Salacgrīva

26–27.07, Husky Loops

at Positivus, Salacgrīva

17.08, Ezera Skaņas, Vestiena, Kāla Ezers

‘Händel and the Coronation of the King

of England’. Riga Cathedral boys choir

and Sinfonietta Rīga. Conductor: Christian

Frattima. Soloists: Elīna Šimkus (soprano),

Rūdolfs Bērtiņš (alto), Normunds

Ķirsis (alto), Kārlis Rūtentāls (tenor),

Jānis Kokins (bass). Programme:

G.F. Händel. St John’s Church.

JULY 12, FRIDAY

18.15 pop-rock Ed Sheeran /UK/. Lucavsala.

19.00 jazz Lounge FM Jazz Cruise with

Evilena Protektore. Rīgas Pērle boat.

rigasperle.lv

19.00 organ 32 nd Organ Music Festival

Riga Cathedral 2019 Pro Ennt Contra.

Con cert in honour of the 80 th birthday

of Maija Einfelde. Larisa Bulava (organ),

Ilo na Meija (flute), Leons Veldre (cello).

Pro gramme: J. Ivanovs, M. Einfelde,

S. Men ce, Dz. Kurme–Gedroica. Riga

Cathedral.

19.30 поп/юмор концерт Максима

Галкина. Dzintari Concert Hall.

20.00 baroque Early Music Festival Spirit

of Mexican Baroque. Concert by the

Latvian Radio choir. Soloists: Andrew

Lawrence-King (baroque harp, leader),

Eero Palviainen (baroque guitar), Jānis

Semjonovs (bassoon), Mikus Bāliņš (percussion),

Aigars Reinis (positive organ).

Programme: Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla,

18–21 JULY

LAIMA RENDEZVOUS

JŪRMALA

The brightest stars and most

brilliant discoveries of previous

festivals will perform. Participants:

Chris Norman, Kristine

Opolais, Hibla Gerzmava, Filip

Kirkorov, Grigory Leps, Mons

Selmerlev, Stas Mikhailov,

Vakhtang Kikabidze, Xenia

Sidorova, Valery Meladze, Elena

Vaenga, Nino Katamadze, Leonid

Agutin, Semen Slepakov, Maxim

Galkin, Andrei Makarevich, Mario

Biondi, Uma2rman, Verka Serduchka,

Lolita, Sunsay, Manizh,

DAGAMBA, Intars Busulis, Renars

Kaupers, Vera Brezhneva, Potap

i Nastja, Vremja i Steklo, Nani

Bregvadze and others.

Venue: Dzintari Concert Hall. Further

info on www.jurmalarandevu.lv

JULY–AUGUST

CONCERTO PICCOLO

Every day short solo organ

concert with the most prominent

Latvian organists.

Time: 12.00. Venue: Riga Cathedral.

Tickets: buy at the venue. More info:

www.doms.lv

Gaspar Fernandes, Santiago de Murcia,

Luys Milán and others. St Peter’s Church.

JULY 13, SATURDAY

20.00 rap Jah Khalib. Dzintari Concert

Hall.

JULY 14, SUNDAY

19.00 organ 32 nd Organ Music Festival

Riga Cathedral 2019 Evening melody. Ilze

Reine (organ), Dārta Tisenkopfa (harp),

Ieva Pudāne (flute). Programme: Franck,

Mozart, Jehan Alain, Romualds Jermaks,

Ilze Reine. Riga Cathedral.

19.00 эстрада концерт Григория

Лепса. Dzintari Concert Hall.

JULY 17, WEDNESDAY

19.00 jazz Grimbergen Summer Festival

in Bergs Bazaar Jazzatomy. Berga

Bazārs, 83 Elizabetes iela.

19.00 organ 32 nd Organ Music Festival

Riga Cathedral 2019 Hymn to the Sun

Concert in Honour of the 140 th birthday

of Alfrēds Kalniņš and the 100 th birthday

of Tālivaldis Ķeniņš. Vita Kalnciema

(organ), Inga Šļubovska-Kancēviča

(so pra no). Programme: Alfr. Kalniņš,

T. Ķeniņš, R. Jermaks. Riga Cathedral.

JULY 18, THURSDAY

19.00 sacred ‘Ave Maria’. Concert by

Olga Pjatigorska. St John’s Church.

JULY 19, FRIDAY

19.00 classical/orchestras Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival Bavarian Radio Symphony

Orchestra & Mariss Jansons. Julian

Rachlin, violin. Programme: J. Sibelius,

S. Prokofiev, R. Strauss. LNO.

19.00 organ/jazz 32 nd Organ Music

Festival Riga Cathedral 2019 Air of Jazz

Aigars Reinis (organ), Aigars Raumanis

(saxophone), Ernests Mediņš (percussions).

Programme: Gershwin, Philip

Wood, Jan Laukvik. Riga Cathedral.

23.30 nu-garage/post-garage Gateway

Riga Festival Line-up: Future Garage rep-

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CULTURAL AGENDA

26–28.07, Alisher at Komēta Festival,

Daugavgrīva Fortress

4.08, Hibla Gerzmava, Dzintari Concert Hall

9.07, Moscow Operetta Theatre, Dzintari Concert Hall

resentatives: Sorrow, Vacant and Bucky,

atmospheric music representative: SQZ

ME /Ukraine/, talented producers: Menual

and La Soul /Russia/, McAlvis /Latvia/.

Club One One, 18a Šarlotes iela.

JULY 20, SATURDAY

14.00 classical/orchestra Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival Pianist: Lukas Geniušas.

Programme: F. Chopin, S. Prokofiev, L.

Desyatinkov. Great Guild Hall.

19.00 classical/orchestra Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival Julian Rachlin (violin).

Rudolf Buchbinder (piano). Programme:

F. Schubert, L. van Beethoven, J. Brahms.

LNO.

JULY 21, SUNDAY

14.00 classical/orchestra Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival Pianist Martin James

Bartlett solo concert. Programme:

J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, F. Liszt, R.

Schumann, E. Granados. Great Guild

Hall.

19.00 classical/orchestra Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival Bavarian Radio Symphony

Orchestra & Mariss Jansons. Rudolf Buchbinder,

piano. Programme: J. Brahms,

L. van Beethoven. LNO.

19.00 ballet ‘Hamlet’. ‘Tell Me (No)

Tales’. Conductor (Hamlet): Aigars Meri.

Music performed by Jānis Šipkēvics,

Conductors: Matīss Čudars, Kaspars

Kurdeko (Tell Me (No) Tales). LNO.

EVERY THURSDAY IN JULY/AUGUST

LIVE JAZZ IN THE OLD TOWN

Well-known and popular jazz

melodies performed by talented

musicians.

Time: 17:00. Venue: Small Guild Hall

yard. Free entrance

26–28 JULY

KOMĒTA FESTIVAL

A cosmic culture festival with

international live music, DJ sets,

contemporary circus, cinema,

workshops, lectures, exhibitions

and performances.

Venue: 2 Birzes iela, Daugavgrīva

Fortress. Further info on

festivalskometa.lv

JULY 22, MONDAY

04.00 sacred Jūrmala Festival Sunrise

concert by Iveta Apkalna (organ). Free

entrance. Jūrmala, Dzintari beach.

JULY 23, TUESDAY

20.00 classical Jūrmala Festival Opening

Concert. ‘Born in Latvia’. Performers:

Intars Busulis (soloist), Iveta Apkalna

(organ), Aleksandrs Antoņenko (tenor),

Vestards Šimkus (piano), Latvia’s Youth

Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ainārs

Rubiķis. Dzintari Concert Hall.

23.00 jazz Jūrmala Festival Afterparty.

Frank Sinatra & Friends. Performers:

Daumants Kalniņš & ‘Beach Band’, DJ

Programme: L. Armstrong, F. Sinatra, Ray

Charles a.o. X.O Beach Lounge & Club,

Jūrmala, Dzintari beach.

JULY 24, WEDNESDAY

19.00 jazz Grimbergen Summer Festival

in Bergs Bazaar Krists Saržants Quintet.

Berga Bazārs, 83 Elizabetes iela.

20.00 classical Jūrmala Festival Kristīne

Balanas (violin), George Harliono (piano)

/UK/, Jūrmala festival orchestra. Conductor:

Ainārs Rubiķis. Programme: Tchaikovsky—Piano

Concerto, Mendelssohn—

Violin Concerto. Dzintari Concert Hall.

23.00 jazz Jūrmala Festival Afterparty.

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CULTURAL AGENDA

10.07, Ёлка, Dzintari Concert Hall

23.07, Aleksandrs Antoņenko, Dzintari Concert Hall

26–27.07, Positivus Festival, Salacgrīva

Raimonds Pauls’ music night. Performers:

Kristīne Prauliņa & the Beach Band, DJ.

Programme: Music by R.Pauls. X.O Beach

Lounge & Club, Jūr mala, Dzintari beach.

JULY 25, THURSDAY

19.00 sacred ‘Ave Maria’. Olga Pjatigorska.

St John’s Church.

20.00 classical Jūrmala Festival 3

Osokins. Performers: Georgijs, Andrejs

and Sergejs Osokins (piano), chamber

orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga. Dzintari Concert

Hall.

23.00 jazz Jūrmala Festival Afterparty.

Elvis Presley & Ray Charles. Performers:

‘Big Al & The Jokers’ soloist Aļģirdas

Šuminskas & ‘Beach Band’, DJ. Programme:

Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Ray

Charles. X.O Beach Lounge & Club, Jūrmala,

Dzintari beach.

26–27 JULY

POSITIVUS 2018

An annual music festival since

2007, offering visitors a wide array

of amazing performers, plentiful

entertainment options and a lively

atmosphere.

Line up: Disclosure DJ set, The

1975, Royal Blood, Underworld,

Royal Blood, Cut Copy, Elderbrok,

Ivan Dorn, Superorganism, Adam

Naas, Husky Loops and many

more.

Venue: Salacgrīva (110 km from Riga),

6 Sporta iela, Fishermen’s Park. Tickets

and further info on

www.positivusfestival.com

JULY 26, FRIDAY

19.00 organ ‘Autem’. Aija Ziņģīte

(organ), Ivars Bezprozvanovs (cello).

Programme: Vierne, Reger, Jānis Ivanovs,

Jean Alain, Dzintra Kurme-Gedroica.

Riga Cathedral.

20.00 classical Jūrmala Festival ‘Cavalleria

Rusticana’. Pietro Mascagni. With

Aleksandrs Antoņenko (tenor), Deniz

Uzun (mezzo-soprano, Germany), Jānis

Apeinis (baritone), Alisa Zinovjeva (soprano),

Andžella Goba (mezzo-soprano),

Jūrmala festival choir, Jūrmala festival

orchestra. Conductor: Vello Pähn /Estonia/.

Dzintari Concert Hall.

23.00 jazz Jūrmala Festival Afterparty.

Champagne Night with Moët. Performers:

Dināra Rudāne & ‘Beach Band’, DJ.

Programme: ABBA, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga

a.o. X.O Beach Lounge & Club, Jūr mala,

Dzintari beach.

JULY 27, SATURDAY

19.00 70s acid jazz/funk World Jazz

Festival 2019 Incognito /UK/ and Igor

Butman (saxophone) and orchestra. Riga

Congress Hall.

20.00 jazz/musical Jūrmala Festival.

Broadway night. Soloists: Ian Virgo /

UK/, Damian Humbley /UK/, Sarah Fox /

UK/. With the Jūrmala festival orchestra.

Conductor: Robert Purvis /UK/. Dzintari

Concert Hall.

23.00 tango/latino Jūrmala Festival Afterparty.

Tango, Latino, Rum and Tequila.

Performers: Aija Vītoliņa & the Beach

Band, DJ. Programme: Astor Piazzolla,

Selena, Julio Iglesias a.o. X.O Beach

Lounge & Club, Jūr mala, Dzintari beach.

JULY 28, SUNDAY

20.00 classical Jūrmala Festival. Gala

concert. Italian opera arias. Performers:

Aleksandrs Antoņenko (tenor),

Egils Siliņš (bass baritone), Deniz Uzun

(mezzo-soprano) /Germany/, Alisa

Zinovjeva (soprano), Jūrmala festival

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AL AGENDA

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12.07, Ed Sheeran, Lucavsala

25.08, Yuja Wang, Dzintari Concert Hall

27.07, Incognito, Riga Congress Hall

26–28.07, Cigarra at Komēta

Festival, Daugavgrīva

Fortress

choir, Jūrmala festival orchestra. Conductor:

Vello Pähn /Estonia/. Dzintari

Concert Hall.

23.00 a capella Jūrmala Festival Grand

Closing Afterparty. Performers: Framest

& the Beach Band, DJ. Programme: Louis

Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind

and Fire a.o. X.O Beach Lounge & Club,

Jūr mala, Dzintari beach.

JULY 31, WEDNESDAY

19.00 sacred ‘Bach and Bach’. Una

Cintiņa (organ). Programme: Bach,

Schumann. Riga Cathedral.

19.00 jazz Grimbergen Summer Festival

in Bergs Bazaar Equanimity Trio. Berga

Bazārs, 83 Elizabetes iela.

AUGUST 1, THURSDAY

19.00 sacred Ave Maria, concert by Olga

Pjatigorska. St John’s Church.

19.30 рокабилли Kонцерт Валерия

Сюткина. Dzintari Concert Hall.

AUGUST 3, SATURDAY

19.00 ballet 20 th International Ballet Festival

‘Ballet Stars in Jūrmala’. Soloists

from The Hamburg Ballet, Les Ballets de

Monte Carlo, The Stuttgart Ballet, Hrvatsko

Narodno Kazalište u Splitu, Latvian

National Ballet. Dzintari Concert Hall.

AUGUST 4, SUNDAY

19.00 organ ‘Toccata alla Fantasia’.

Jānis Pelše (organ). Vocal group Putņi.

Programme: Bach, Boelmann, Widor,

Aivars Kalējs. Riga Cathedral.

19.30 classical Hibla Gerzmava concert

‘Classic & Jazz’. With Yakov Okun jazz

band and DaGamba. Dzintari Concert Hall.

AUGUST 5, MONDAY

20.00 jazz/hip-hop/funk Inese Galante

Summertime 15 Grand Opening of the jubilee

festival. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

/USA/. Dzintari Concert Hall.

AUGUST 6, TUESDAY

19.00 classical ‘Bach, Beethoven,

Brahms’. Orchestra RIGA. Conductor:

Guntis Kuzma. Organist: Liene Andreta

Kalnciema. Soloist: Evija Martinsone

(soprano). Riga Cathedral.

19.30 heavy Rammstein. Europe Stadium

Tour 2019. Lucavsala.

20.00 latin jazz Inese Galante Summertime

15 Puerto Candelaria /Colombia/.

Dzintari Concert Hall.

2–4 AUGUST

11 TH LABA DABA FESTIVAL

Latvia’s most atmospheric

and family friendly festival.

Enjoy reggae, ethno-folk, rock,

electronica, punk, ska and other

music performed both by local and

international musicians Special

cinema tent, sporting tournaments,

theatrical and artistic performances,

creative and educational

workshops.

Venue: Ratnieki, Līgatne parish, Līgatnes

region. More info on labadaba.lv

AUGUST 7, WEDNESDAY

19.00 world music Grimbergen Summer

Festival in Bergs Bazaar Rihards Lībietis

Orchestra. Berga Bazārs, 83 Elizabetes

iela.

20.00 balkan jazz Inese Galante Summertime

15 Emir Kusturica & The No

Smoking Orchestra /Serbia/. Dzintari

Concert Hall.

AUGUST 8, THURSDAY

19.00 sacred ‘Ave Maria’. Olga Pjatigorska.

St John’s Church.

20.00 jazz Inese Galante Summertime

15 Stephen Ridley (vocal, piano) /UK/.

Dzintari Concert Hall.

AUGUST 9, FRIDAY

20.00 jazz Inese Galante Summertime

15 Daniil Kramer and Denis Mazhukov

/Russia/. Jazz’n’Roll for two pianos.

Dzintari Concert Hall.

AUGUST 10, MONDAY

18.00 classical Inese Galante Summertime

15 ‘To Jūrmala With Love’. Inese

Galante (soprano), Martin Achrainer

(baritone; Austria), Greta Erharter-Sargsyan

(piano) /Austria/. Favourite opera

arias and duets. Dzintari Concert Hall.

19.00 sacred 22 nd International Sacred

Music Festival Opening concert. Conductor:

Māris Sirmais. With the State

Choir Latvija, musicians from instrumental

group Dagamba, string quintet.

Programme: Valsts Pūce, Līga Celma-

Kursiete, Vytautas Miškinis. World premieres.

St John’s Church.

20.00 jazz/funk Inese Galante Summertime

15 BRUUT! Groove, Funk, Smooth

Jazz /Amsterdam/. Dzintari Concert

Hall.

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CULTURAL AGENDA

AUGUST 11, SUNDAY

20.00 jazz Inese Galante Summertime

15 Gala concert ‘Gala Galante’. Inese

Galante (soprano), Martin Achrainer

(baritone), Camille Bertault, Sergejs

Jegers (countertenor), Intars Busulis

(vocal), Daniil Kramer (piano), Denis

Mazhukov (vocal, piano) a.o. Dzintari

Concert Hall.

AUGUST 13, TUESDAY

19.00 classical ‘Bach, Wagner, Vasks’.

Orchestra Riga. Conductor: Kaspars

Ādamsons. Aigars Reinis (organ). Riga

Cathedral.

19.30 русский рок Вячеслав Бутусов.

Наутилус Помпилиус. Dzintari Concert

Hall.

20.00 rock Father John Misty /USA/. Palladium

Riga.

AUGUST 14, WEDNESDAY

19.00 World Music Grimbergen Summer

Festival in Bergs Bazaar Ieva Kerēvica.

Berga Bazārs, 83 Elizabetes iela.

19.30 rock Mumiy Troll. Dzintari Concert

Hall.

AUGUST 15, THURSDAY

19.00 sacred 22 nd International Sacred

Music Festival Jazz concert. With

Vanisha Gould (vocals) /USA/, Tuomo

Uusitalo (piano) /Finland/, Toms Poišs

(bass), Ivars Arutjunjans (drums), Riga

Cathedral Gospel Choir. Conductor: Una

Stade. Programme: gospels, jazz improvisation.

Zirgu Street Concert Hall.

19.00 ballet ‘Peer Gynt’. Conductor:

Mārtiņš Ozoliņš. LNO.

19.30 рок/ска Ленинград. Dzintari Concert

Hall.

AUGUST 16, FRIDAY

19.00 organ/multimedia Engravings of

Riga Larisa Carjkova (organ), Zane Pumpure–Prāmniece

(sand art). Programme:

Romualds Jermaks, Jāzeps Vītols,

Alfrēds Kalniņš, Müthe. Riga Cathedral.

19.00 classical/orchestras Riga Jurmala

Music Festival Misha Maisky, cello.

Lily Maisky, piano. Programme: L. van

Beethoven, F. Schubert, P. Tchaikovsky,

D. Shostakovich. Dzintari Concert Hall.

19.00 opera ‘Carmen’. Conductor: Normunds

Vaicis. LNO.

3.08, Ballet Stars In Jūrmala, Dzintari Concert Hall

5.07, Борис

Гребенщиков и

Аквариум,

Dzintari Concert Hall


CUL AGENDA

13.08, Father John Misty, Palladium Riga

8.07, Гарик Cукачёв,

Dzintari Concert Hall

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6.08, Rammstein, Lucavsala

10.07, Dmitry

Sinkovsky, Small

Guild Hall

AUGUST 17, SATURDAY

14.00 classical/orchestras Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival Guitarist MILOŠ’ solo

concert. Programme: J. S. Bach, E. Granados,

M. de Falla, H. Villa–Lobos, P. Mccartney,

H. Arlen, G. Harrison/S. Assad,

C. Domeniconi. Dzintari Concert Hall.

19.00 classical/orchestras Riga Jurmala

Music Festival Joseph Calleja (tenor),

Vincenzo Scalera (piano). Programme:

W. A. Mozart, G. Donizzeti, J. Massenet,

G. Verdi, G. Puccini, P. Tchaikovsky, P.

Tosti, J. Vella, A. Donaudy, R. Leoncavallo.

Dzintari Concert Hall.

19.00 ballet ‘The Three Musketeers’.

Conductor: Andris Veismanis. LNO.

18.00 jazz/pop/classical ‘From Wagner

to Pauls’. Musical legends in Riga by Orchestra

Riga. Conductor: Valdis Butāns.

Soloists: Ieva Parša, Emīls Kivlenieks,

Beāte Zviedre, Daumants Kalniņš and

others. Programme: music by R. Wagner,

I. Kalniņš, R. Pauls. New Hanza Platform.

AUGUST 18, SUNDAY

14.00 classical/orchestras Riga

Jūrmala Music Festival Singer Benjamin

Appl (bariton), Simon Lepper (piano).

Programme: F. Schubert, M. Reger,

J. Brahms, F. Schreker, J. Brahms,

F. Schubert, A. Strauss, F. Poulenc,

B. Britten, R. Vaughan Williams, H. R.

Bishop, P. Warlock, J. Ireland, E. Grieg.

Dzintari Concert Hall.

19.00 classical/orchestras Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival Russian National Orchestra

& Mikhail Pletnev. Mischa Maisky,

cello. Programme: G. Bizet, C. Saint-

Saens, S. Prokofiev. Dzintari Concert Hall.

AUGUST 19, MONDAY

20.00 stand up Семён Слепаков.

Dzintari Concert Hall.

AUGUST 20, TUESDAY

19.00 jazz Performance by Nargiz.

Dzintari Concert Hall.

19.00 sacred 22 nd International Sacred

Music Festival Marvels of French music.

Conductor: Loïc Pierre /France/. Participants:

State Choir Latvija, Piret Aidulo

(organ) /Estonia/. Programme: Francis

Poulenc—Praise of St Anthony of Padua,

Gaspard Corrette—Messe du 8 e ton

(organ solo), Francis Poulenc—Litanies

to the Black Virgin, Louis Vierne—Étoile

du Soir op 54 (organ solo), Charles-Marie

Widor—Mass. Riga Cathedral.

10 JULY, 7 & 21 AUGUST

OPEN-AIR CONCERTS AT

SPĪĶERI

The Spīķeri open-air concert

series will feature five concerts

this summer, where visitors are

invited to enjoy performances

by some of Latvia’s top musicians

while enjoying an outdoor

concert atmosphere and positive

emotions, while loading up extra

energy for the rest of the work

week. Each concert will feature

performances by two local bands

or singers.

Time: 19.00. Venue: 10 Maskavas

iela. Further info on www.spikeri.lv

AUGUST 21, WEDNESDAY

19.00 ballet ‘Hamlet’. ‘Tell Me (No)

Tales’. Conductor (Hamlet): Aigars Meri.

Music performed by Jānis Šipkēvics,

Conductors: (Tell Me (No) Tales) Matīss

Čudars, Kaspars Kurdeko. LNO.

19.00 world music Grimbergen Summer

Festival in Bergs Bazaar Jolanta Gulbe-

Pashkevich. Berga Bazārs, 83 Elizabetes

iela.

19.30 pop Concert by Ani Lorak. Dzintari

Concert Hall.

AUGUST 22, THURSDAY

19.00 opera ‘Nabucco’. Conductor:

Mārtiņš Ozoliņš. LNO.

AUGUST 23, FRIDAY

19.00 ballet ‘Antonija #Silmači’. Conductor:

Jānis Liepiņš. LNO.

19.00 sacred ‘Bach and Romanticism’.

Ilona Birģele (organ), Juris Vizbulis

(tenor), Inita Malnača (cello). Programme:

Bach, Mendelssohn, Bruch.

Riga Cathedral.

19.00 classical/orchestras Riga Jurmala

Music Festival Pianist Jan Lisiecki’s

solo concert. Programme: F. Chopin,

R. Schuman, M. Ravel, S. Rachmaninoff,

F. Chopin. Dzintari Concert Hall.

AUGUST 24, SATURDAY

14.00 classical/orchestra Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival Pianist Denis Kozhukhin’s

solo concert. F. Mendelssohn, E. Grieg,

G. Gershwin. Dzintari Concert Hall.

19.00 opera ‘Madama Butterfly’. Conductor:

Modestas Pitrenas. LNO.

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CULTURAL AGENDA

17 AUGUST

EZERA SKAŅAS 2019

(LAKE SOUNDS)

A musical, visual and metaphysical

event starting before sunrise,

at 04.00. Events unfolds on the

stage in the middle of a lake.

The performance grows up with

the rising light and culminates

with the sunrise. Music and visual

objects complement the natural

landscape and have a stimulating

nature, leaving an open space for

each ones imagination.

Venue: Vestiena, Kāla Ezers. Further

info on www.ezeraskanas.lv

Buy tickets on ekase.lv

19.00 classical/orchestra Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

& Zubin Mehta. Pianist Murray

Perahia. Programme: L. van Beethoven,

G. Mahler. Dzintari Concert Hall.

19.00 sacred 22 nd International Sacred

Music Festival Closing concert. Duruflé.

Kalniņš. Conductor: Māris Sirmais.

Participants: State Choir Latvija, Liepāja

Symphony Orchestra, Laura Teivāne

(soprano). Programme: Maurice Duruflé—Requiem,

Imants Kalniņš—Symphony

№6. Riga Cathedral.

AUGUST 25, SUNDAY

14.00 classical/orchestra Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival Alexandra Conunova

(violin), Denis Kozhukhin (piano). Programme:

F. Poulenc, R. Strauss. Riga

Congress Hall.

19.00 ballet ‘Swan Lake’. Conductor:

Mārtiņš Ozoliņš. LNO.

19.00 classical/orchestra Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

& Zubin Mehta. Pianist Yuja

Wang. Programme: S. Rachmaninoff, H.

Berlioz. Dzintari Concert Hall.

AUGUST 27, TUESDAY

19.00 classical ‘Bach, Beethoven, Brahms’

by orchestra Riga. Conductor: Guntis

Kuzma. Liene Andreta Kalnciema (organ).

Soloist: Evija Martinsone (soprano).

Programme: music by J. S. Bach, L. van

Beethoven, J. Brahms. Riga Cathedral.

19.00 jazz Maestro Raimonds Pauls and

Andris Bērziņš. Dzintari Concert Hall.

AUGUST 28, WEDNESDAY

19.00 ballet ‘At the Blue Danube’. Conductor:

Mārtiņš Ozoliņš. LNO.

19.00 World Music Grimbergen Summer

Festival in Bergs Bazaar Trimanos/Borderless.

Berga Bazārs, 83 Elizabetes iela.

19.30 pop Concert by Elena Vaenga.

Dzintari Concert Hall.

AUGUST 29, THURSDAY

19.30 r’n’b Concert by Monatik. Dzintari

Concert Hall.

19.00 opera ‘L’incantesimo’. Pagliacci.

Conductor: Jānis Liepiņš. LNO.

AUGUST 30, FRIDAY

19.00 classical/orchestra Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival London Symphony Orchestra

& Gianandrea Noseda. Seong-

Jin Cho (piano). Programme: N. Rimsky -

Korsakov, S. Prokofiev, D. Shostakovich.

Dzintari Concert Hall.

19.00 opera ‘Turandot’. Conductor:

Mārtiņš Ozoliņš. LNO.

AUGUST 31, SATURDAY

14.00 classical/orchestra Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival Ying Fang (soprano), Ken

Noda (piano). Programme: G. F. Händel,

F. Schubert, W. A. Mozart, G. Bizet,

S. Rachmaninoff. Dzintari Concert Hall.

19.00 classical/orchestra Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival London Symphony Orchestra

& Gianandrea Noseda. Vadim

Repin (violin). Programme: B. Britten,

M. Bruch, P. Tchaikovsky. Dzintari Concert

Hall.

19.00 ballet ‘Le Corsaire’. Conductor:

Farhards Stade. LNO.

SEPTEMBER 1, SUNDAY

14.00 classical/orchestra Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival Cellist Edgar Moreau’s

solo concert. Programme: J. S. Bach.

Great Guild Hall.

19.00 classical/orchestra Riga Jūrmala

Music Festival Pianist Lucas Debargue’s

solo concert. Programme: D. Scarlatti,

N. Medtner, F. Liszt. Dzintari Concert

Hall.

ARĒNA RIGA

21 Skanstes iela, tel. 67388200. arenariga.lv

DAILE MUSIC HOUSE

31 K. Barona iela. www.dailesnams.lv

DAILE THEATRE

75 Brīvības iela, tel. 67279566.

www.dailesteatris.lv

DZINTARI CONCERT HALL

Dzintari, Jūrmala, 1 Turaidas iela.

www.dzintarukoncertzale.lv

EGELE OPEN-AIR LEISURE VENUE

1a Kalķu iela. spogulegle.lv

GREAT GUILD HALL

6 Amatu iela, tel. 67213798.

NEW HANZA PLATFORM (Jaunais

Hanzas perons) 16a Hanzas iela.

HOUSE OF BLACKHEADS

7 Rātslaukums, tel. 67044311.

KAŅEPE CULTURE CENTRE

15 Skolas iela. www.kanepes.lv

LATVIAN NATIONAL OPERA (LNO)

3 Aspazijas bulv. www.opera.lv

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF LATVIA

3 Mūkusalas iela 3,

tel. 67806100. www.lnb.lv

PALLADIUM RIGA

21 Marijas iela. www.palladium.lv

RIGA CATHEDRAL (DOME)

1 Doma lauk., www.doms.lv

RIGA CONGRESS HALL

5 K. Valdemāra iela, tel. 67043678.

kongresunams.lv

SMALL GUILD HALL

3/5 Amatu iela, tel. 67229094.

SPIĶERI CONCERT HALL

4 Maskavas iela, tel. 67205485.

SPLENDID PALACE

61 Elizabetes iela, tel. 67181143.

ST JOHN’S CHURCH

24 Skārņu iela, tel. 67224028.

ST PETER’S CHURCH

19 Skārņu iela, tel. 67229426.

CULTURE PALACE ZIEMEĻBLĀZMA

36 Ziemeļblāzmas iela, tel. 67848849.

VEF CULTURE PALACE

5a Ieriķu iela. www.vefkp.lv

ZIRGU STREET CONCERT HALL

8 Zirgu iela.

EVENT VENUES

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ART GALLERIES & EXHIBITIONS

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Contemporary jewellery at Putti Gallery

Anda Munkevica at Bulduru Izstāžu Nams

Ērika Zutere at Istaba

Dace Lielā at Daugava

427 GALLERY

70 Stabu iela, Wed, Thr 16.00–19.00.

MUSEUM LV & GRATA JJ

2 Pumpura iela, tel. 67016602, 11.00–19.00,

Sat 11.00–17.00. Closed Sun.

museumlv.com fb.com/galerijamuseumlv

National contemporary art in Latvia and

Switzerland. Sell art selecting the best

for your home and your art collection.

Until 27.07 Project ‘Grata Award: Source

Of Power’.

ALMA

64 Tērbatas iela, 12.00-18.00. Closed Sat,

Sun. www.galerija-alma.lv

Until 16.08 ‘Cheerleader’. GolfClayderman.

ANTONIA

157 Brīvības iela, 10.00–18.00, mob. tel.

29210081. www.antonia.lv

BASTEJS

7 Alksnāja iela, tel. 67225050, 12.00–

18.00. Closed Sun, Mon. www.bastejs.lv

BULDURI IZSTĀŽU NAMS

Jūrmala, Bulduri, 6 Muižas iela, 12.00–19.00.

Closed Sun, Mon.

Until 13.07 ’Nospiedumi Gaismā’. Anda

Munkevica.

CAREVA

24 Kaļķu iela, 12.00–18.00, Sat 12.00–16.00.

Closed Sun, Mon. carevacontemporary.com

DAUGAVA

1 Ausekļa iela, mob. tel. 28668857,

11.00–18.00. Closed Sun, Mon.

www.galerijadaugava.lv

Until 27.07 Dace Lielā. Paintings.

7.08–07.09 ‘Personal Code’. Verners

Lazdāns.

ELKOR PLAZA SHOP

201 Brīvības iela, 10.00–22.00. futurelive.lv

Until 11.08 ‘Live Systems’. Interactive

exhibition for the whole family.

ISTABA

31a K. Barona iela, tel. 67281141, 12.00 -

21.00. Closed Sun.fb.com/galerijaISTABA

Until 3.08 ’Cross Cut’. Ērika Zutere.

GALLERY ISSP

13 K.3 Marijas iela, 12.00–18.00, Wed

12.00–20.00. Closed Mon, Sun. www.issp.lv

4.07–7.08 ‘It Could Just Swallow You Up’.

Photography/video. Ieva Raudsepa.

15.08–28.09 ‘Parallel’. International group

photography exhibition.

JĒKABS

26/28 Jēkaba iela, mob. tel. 29528684,

12.00–18.00, Sat 11.00–15.00. Closed Sun.

www.paintings.lv

JŪRMALA CITY MUSEUM

Majori, 26 Tirgoņu iela, 10.00–17.00. Closed

Mon, Tue.

LATVIAN NATIONAL LIBRARY

2 Kuģu iela, Mon, Sat 10.00–17.00, Tue,

Thr 09.00–17.00, Wed, Fri 12.00–20.00.

Closed Sun. www.lnb.lv

LATVIAN SCIENCE ACADEMY

1 Akadēmijas lauk. (2 nd floor). www.lma.lv

MICRORIBOCA

14 Bruņinieku iela. www.riboca.lv

Until 31.08 ‘Brownie From Bruņinieku

Street’. Inga Meldere.

MŪKUSALAS MĀKSLAS SALONS

42 Mūkusalas iela, mob. tel. 28640886,

12.00-18.00, Sat 11.00-16.00. Closed Sun,

Mon. www.mmsalons.lv

NOASS (Floating Art Centre)

2 AB dambis, 15.00–22.00. fb.com/noass.lv

Live concerts every Wednesday night,

starting at 20.00.

Until 13.07 ‘Despite Everything’.

Until 13.07 Laimdota Malle Steķe. ‘Kāds

savāds, garš milzis’.

PUTTI

16 Mārstaļu iela, 10.00–18.00, Sat

11.00–17.00. Closed Sun. www.putti.lv

Until 10.09 ‘Sunlight In Butterfly Wings’.

Contemporary and conceptual art jewellery.

RĪGAS MĀKSLAS TELPA (Riga Art Space)

3 Kungu iela, tel. 67181328, 11.00–18.00.

Closed Mon. makslastelpa.lv

Until 25.08 ‘Art Nouveau In Riga. A Decade

Of Collection’.

RIIJA CONCEPT SHOP

6/8 Tērbatas iela. www.riija.lv

RIXC GALLERY

2 Lenču iela, 12.00–18.00. rixc.org

Until 28.07 ’Electronic Sculptures’. Eirik

Brandal /Norway/.

RIXC GALLERY 2

35 11. novembra krastmala (entrance from

Minsterejas iela), 12.00–18.00.

SLAZDS (Trap)

12/14 Aldaru iela, mob. tel. 28812114,

12.00–20.00. www.slazds.lv

ST PETER’S CHURCH

1 Reformācijas lauk. peterbaznica.riga.lv

10.07–1.09 ’Creative Dominant. Summer

Element’. Art and crafts exhibition.

VEF CULTURE PALACE

2 Ropažu iela, tel. 67181635, 09.00–20.00.

www.vefkp.lv

Until 7.10 ‘VEF Special Creations’. Technology

from late 70s and 80s.

Until 31.12 ‘100 Years VEF’. Virtual

exhibition.

XO

14 Elizabetes iela, 12.00–18.00.

www.makslaxogalerija.lv

Until 22.07 ‘Études’. Neonilla Medvedeva.

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MUSEUM

‘Seen.Unseen.Chosen’ at the

Museum of Decorative Art and Design

Rimma Pancehovska at

the Riga Porcelain Museum

Hilda Vīka at the Latvian

National Museum of Art

Contemporary Crafts Festival at the

Ethnographic Open-Air Museum

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ARSENĀLS MUSEUM OF ARTS

1 Torņu iela (I-2), tel. 67213695, 11.00–

18.00, Thr 11.00–20.00, Sat, Sun 12.00–

17.00. Closed Mon. www.lnmm.lv

EXHIBITIONS & HAPPENINGS

4.07 at 17.30 ‘Feminine expansions—Flesh

and History’. Lecture. Anne and Ainārs Sauka.

6.07–9.07 at 11.00–16.00 Summer School

for 21 st Century Children ARS mini. Price:

€20/4 days. Book in advance!

11.07 at 17.30 Talks At The Museum ‘This

Camera Is too Heavy For You’, Alise Zariņa.

20.07 at 14.00 Talks At The Museum—Psychoanalist

Jānis Gailis.

Until 25.08 ‘Dance At The Lonely Hearts

Club’. Kaido Ole /Estonia/.

Until 14.07 ‘Euro Femmes’. Group

exhibition. Elīna Brasliņa, Vivianna Marija

Stanislavska, Mētra Saberova, Daria Blum,

Kirstin Barnes, Camila Gonzalez Corea.

26.07–25.08 ‘Burtķermeņi’. Hanele Zane

Putniņa and Amanda Ziemele.

ART MUSEUM RIGA BOURSE

(Mākslas muzejs ‘Rīgas Birža’)

6 Doma laukums (J-2), tel. 67226467,

10.00–18.00, Fri 10.00–20.00.

Closed Mon. www.lnmm.lv

EXHIBITIONS

20.07–15.09 ‘Saved Icons’. Nikolai

Kormashov collection.

12.07–15.09 ‘The Dialogue of Beautiful

Muses’. Photo exhibition.

THE KGB BUILDING

(History of KGB Operations in Latvia)

61 Brīvības iela, 10.00–17.30, Wed

12.00–19.00, Sat, Sun 10.00–16.00.

http://okupacijasmuzejs.lv

The Soviet regime was

supported by the Soviet

political secret police, the

so-called Cheka. It was

founded in December 1917

as ‘The All-Russian Special

Commission’ for combating

counterrevolution and

sabotage. It quickly established

a large and oppressive

apparatus that searched for

and physically eliminated

opponents and suspected

opponents of the Bolshevik

regime. The KGB building

houses an exhibit about KGB

operations from 1940–1991.

KIM?

(Contemporary Art Centre)

2 Sporta iela, 12.00–18.00, Tue

12.00–20.00 (free entrance). Closed

Mon. www.kim.lv

EXHIBITION

Until 4.08 ‘A Very Small Window’.

Group Show.

ETHNOGRAPHIC OPEN-AIR MUSEUM

(Etnografiskais Brīvdabas muzejs)

440 Brīvības iela, tel. 67994106, 67994515,

fax 67994178, 10.00–17.00.

www.brivdabasmuzejs.lv

Authentic 16 th to 19 th century Lat vian

houses, farmsteads, windmills and

fishermen’s villages. Situated in a vast

pine forest by lake Jugla, it occupies

an area of about a 100 hectares. On

weekends you can watch traditional

craftsmen at work, such as a blacksmith

and a woodcarver. The museum

even has its own bee-farm and you

can taste fresh honey served with

country bread.

HAPPENINGS

3–4.08, 10.00–17.00 9 th Contemporary

Crafts Festival.

LATVIAN MUSEUM OF

ARCHITECTURE

19 M. Pils iela (J-2), tel. 67220779, 09.00–

17.00, Mon 09.00–18.00, Fri 09.00–16.00.

Closed Sat, Sun. www.archmuseum.lv

Located in the complex of medieval

dwelling houses christened ‘Three

Brothers’, in the oldest masonry dwelling

house in Riga (end 15 th -beginning

16 th century).

EXHIBITION

Until 10.09 ‘Micro Districts. Splendour

and Decay’. In the cycle ‘The Riga Which Is

Gone. Maps And Plans’.

LATVIAN NATIONAL HISTORY

MUSEUM

32 Brīvības iela, tel. 67221357, 10.00–17.00.

Closed Mon. www.lnvm.lv

EXHIBITION

Until 29.12 ’Latvia’s Century’. Joint

museum exhibition.

COSMOS ILLUSION MUSEUM

1 Doma laukums, mob. tel. 22423588, 11.00-

21.00. fb.com/Iluzijumuzejs

Absolutely unique to Latvia: an inter-

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MUSEUMS

active, unpredictable and attractive

curiosity venue, located in the heart

of the Old Town. See the world from

a different angle. Suitable for all generations.

Don’t forget to bring your

camera with you, you will have stunning

selfies!

LATVIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART

(Latvijas Nacionālais mākslas muzejs)

1 J Rozentāla lauk, tel. 67325051,

10.00–18.00, Fri 10.00–20.00,

Sat, Sun 10.00–17.00. Closed Mon.

www.lnmm.lv

The richest collection of national art

in Latvia. It houses more than 52,000

works of art reflecting the development

of professional art in the Baltic

area and in Latvia from the middle

of the 18 th century until the present

time.

EXHIBITIONS

Until 25.08 Hilda Vīka (1897–1963). Paintings,

drawings.

6.07–22.09 ‘UN/green’. RIXC Art and

Science festival.

LATVIAN PHOTOGRAPHY MUSEUM

(Latvijas Fotogrāfijas muzejs)

8 Mārstaļu iela (entrance from Alks nāja

iela) (K-3), tel. 67222713, 10.00–17.00, Thr

12.00–19.00. Closed Mon, Tue.

www.fotomuzejs.lv

The collection contains photographs

from those developed by the primitive

techniques of the 19 th century to

modern ones.

EXHIBITIONS

4.07–11.08 ‘The Last Conversation with

Academician Sakharov’. Agnieszka Rayss

/Poland/.

15.08–22.09 ‘On Disappearance’. Group

exhibition /Finland/.

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MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ART

AND DESIGN

(Dekoratīvās Mākslas un Dizaina muzejs)

10/20 Skārņu iela (K-3), tel. 67222235,

11.00–17.00, Wed 11.00–19.00. Closed

Mon. www.lnmm.lv

EXHIBITION

11.07–15.09 ‘Seen.Unseen.Chosen.’

Exhibition dedicated to the museum’s 30 th

anniversary.

LATVIAN RAILWAY HISTORY

MUSEUM

2/4 Uzvaras bulv., tel. 65832849, 10.00 -

17.00. Closed Mon, Tue, Sun.

www.railwaymuseum.lv

Contains more than a thousand items,

documents and photographs related

to railway communications and signalling

equipment, tools and instruments,

uniforms and badges.

MENTZENDORFF’S HOUSE

(Mencendorfa Nams)

18 Grēcinieku iela, tel. 67212951, 10.00 -

17.00. Closed Mon, Tue.

www.mencendorfanams.com

MUSEUM OF RIGA’S HISTORY AND

NAVIGATION

(Rīgas Vēstures un Kuģniecības muzejs)

4 Palasta iela, tel. 67356676, 11.00–

17.00. Closed Mon, Tue. www.rigamuz.lv

EXHIBITIONS

Until 30.12 ‘Used in Riga’. Second half of

19 th century to 1918.

Until 30.12 ‘The Reformation 500: Commemorate

medals between the 16 th to 19 th

centuries’.

Until 30.12 ’The Dome Museum—Temple

for Science and Art’.

Until 1.12 ’Where Will I Gain the Strength

of Latvia?’

Patricia Rodas,

‘On Disappearance’

at the Latvian

Photography

Museum

Laimdota Malle

Steķe at Noass

Floating Art Centre

Mia Damberg,

‘On Disappearance’

at the Latvian

Photography

Museum

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MUSEUMS

‘Euro Femmes’ at the Arsenāls Museum of Arts

‘Micro Districts.

Splendour and Decay’ at

the Latvian Museum of

Architecture

‘Saved Icons’at Art

Museum Riga Bourse

Kaido Ole at the

Arsenāls Museum

of Arts

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Until 29.12 Calendars from the 1920s and

30s, from the museum’s collection.

MUSEUM OF WAR (Kara muzejs)

20 Smilšu iela (J-3), tel. 67228147,

10.00–18.00. Closed Mon, Tue.

www.karamuzejs.lv

The formation of the Latvian Riflemen’s

regiments and the ensuing

battles of WWI spurred the founding

of this museum in 1916. The museum

moved into the Powder Tower

in 1919, known as the Sand Tower

in the 17 th century. The 15 th century

edifice in its own right holds great

historical value and connection to

warfare, its 2.5m-thick walls are still

scarred and studded with old cannonballs.

FUN CHILDREN ACTIVITIES

ARSENĀLS MUSEUM OF ART

1 Torņu iela (I-2), tel. 67213695,

11.00–18.00, Thr 11.00–20.00, Sat,

Sun 12.00–17.00. Closed Mon.

www.lnmm.lv

HAPPENING

14.07 at 13.00 Elīna Brasliņa,

drawing master class for children.

Reserve beforehand!

BOTANICAL GARDEN

2 Kandavas iela. www.botanika.lu.lv

CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND

116a K. Barona iela.

Football field, two basketball

courts, volleyball court, skate

park, bicycle park and 7,000 m 2

playground.

ZILI BRĪNUMI (Curiosity Centre)

Jūrmala, Majori, 37 Jomas iela, mob.

tel. 25301855. www.zilibrinumi.lv

A children’s science and curiosity

centre of wonders.

RIGA ZOO

1 Meža prospekts, mob. tel.

29386963. www.rigazoo.lv Box office

open 10.00–19.00. Indoor exhibitions

open until 18.45. All outside exhibitions

open until 19.00.

HAPPENING

Until 1.09 Animal feeding shows.

daily from 11.30 to 14.15.

ZINOO

(in s/c Galleria Riga, 5 th floor), 67

Dzirnavu iela, mob. tel. 28391669,

12.00–20.00.

16–18 AUGUST

WINGS OF RIGA 2019

Dedicated to the city and aviation.

The airport building was built in

monumental Baroque style and

its interior boasts heavy luxurious

chandeliers, marble facing.

Artists, photographers, sculptors,

museums from different countries

will present their works.

Venue: historic building of airport

‘Spilve’. Contact: mob. tel. 29548273,

wingsriga@vip.lv.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

OF LATVIA (Dabas muzējs)

4 K. Barona iela, tel. 67356024, 10.00–17.00,

Thr 10.00–18.00, Sat, Sun 11.00–17.00.

Closed Mon, Tue.

www.dabasmuzejs.gov.lv

EXHIBITIONS

3.07–7.07 Exhibition of roses.

10.07–14.07 Exhibition of lilies.

1.08–4.08 Exhibition of daylilies.

21.08–25.08 Exhibition of tomatoes.

5.09–8.09 Exhibition of dahlias.

RIGA ART NOUVEAU MUSEUM

12 Alberta iela (entrance from Strēl nieku

iela), tel. 67181465, 10.00–18.00. Closed

Mon. www.jugendstils.lv

The current display of the museum

shows the characteristic furnishings

of an apartment of a Riga inhabitant

in the beginning of the 20 th century.

The author of this interior project is

the architect Liesma Markova.

EXHIBITION

Until 1.09 Irises in Art Nouveau.

RIGA FILM MUSEUM

10 Peitavas iela, tel. 67358873, 11.00–18.00,

Thr 13.00–20.00, Sat 11.00–16.00. Closed

Sun. www.kinomuzejs.lv

RIGA PORCELAIN MUSEUM

9/11 Kalēju iela (K-3), tel. 67503769, 11.00 -

18.00. Closed Mon.

www.porcelanamuzejs.riga.lv

EXHIBITION

Until 7.07 ‘Porcelain Dance’. Rimma

Pancehovska.

LIVE SILVER MUSEUM

3/5 Jēkaba iela, mob. tel. 29356858,

10.00–18.00. livesilvermuseum.com

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MUSEUMS

The Fashion

Museum

Style through the ages

open daily

11.00 — 19.00

24 Grecinieku Street, Riga

+371 200 33 450

www.fashionmuseumriga.lv

STRADIŅŠ MUSEUM OF MEDICINE

(P. Stradiņa Medicīnas muzejs)

1 Antonijas iela (G-3), tel. 67334223,

11.00–17.00. Closed Sun, Mon, every

last Fri of the month. www.mvm.lv

EXHIBITION

Until 1.10 ‘Sexual and Reproductive

Health’.

ROMAN SUTA & ALEKSANDRA

BEĻCOVA MUSEUM

57a Elizabetes iela, tel. 67288800,

11.00–18.00, Tue 11.00–19.00. Closed Sun,

Mon. www.lnmm.lv

A historical apartment of two prominent

figures in the history of Latvian

art—representatives of Classical Modernism.

EXHIBITIONS

Until 17.08 The Story Of A Painting: Tennis

Player.

22.08–1.02 Latvian Artists from the Penza

Art School.

FASHION MUSEUM IN RIGA

24-1 Grēcinieku iela, mob. tel. 20033450,

11.00–18.00. www.fashionmuseumriga.lv

With interactive, hands-on exhibits

for children and adults, the museum

showcases clothing styles over the

centuries. The exhibitions are made

possible thanks to the generous contribution

of the Alexandre Vassiliev

Foundation.

EXHIBITION

Until 13.10 ‘The Brilliant 80s’. Fashion

history.

THE WORLD OF HAT ETHNIC MUSEUM

(Muzejs Cepures Pasaule)

7–12 Vīlandes iela (entrance from courtyard),

mob. tel. 20620600, 10.00–18.00. Closed

Mon, Tue. www.worldhat.net

Experience a trip around the world

in five halls, filled with varieties of

traditional headdresses. Helmets not

only for soldiers, but also for tough

Afghani brides, crowns of African

shamans and kings, colourful headwear

of kids from India, China and

Pakistan and many more. Most of

the exhibits of the museum are made

by hand, many are literally taken off

the head of locals. Every item has got

its story.

ŽANIS LIPKE MEMORIAL MUSEUM

8 Mazais Balasta dambis, 12.00–18.00.

Closed Mon, Sun. www.lipke.lv

During WWII, in the yard at the end of

this tiny street, an underground bunker

was dug out. This is where Žanis Lipke

had made a hiding place for people

saved from the Jewish ghetto. 8-12

people used this 3x3 meter hole in the

ground as a shelter, often for long periods

of time. The German police never

found it and Lipke was never caught.

SHERLOCK ART HOTEL

3 M. Monetu iela, mob. tel. 26665630.

fb.com/sherlockriga Rates: from €90.

Paying homage to the Sherlock

phenomenon, this debonair

hotel offers not only comfortable

accommodation, but also a

chance to make great selfies in

their charming yard. Seventeen

large Sherlock Holmes case and

personage-themed apartments.

Each filled with antiquities,

equipped with a kitchenette and

uncovers alluring Old Riga view.

Graceful home away from home.

‘The Brilliant 80s’ at the

Fashion Museum in Riga

‘A Very Small Window’ at KIM?

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MOVIES

Midsommar

Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood

Spider-Man: Far From Home

cinema programme

EXHIBITIONS, CLASSICAL &

THEATRES ON SCREEN

Venue: Kino Citadele

6.07 at 22.00 concert pop/broadcast

‘WestLife: The Twenty Tour Live from

Croke Park’.

8.07 at 18.00 theatre ‘NT LIVE - Hamlet’,

W. Shakespeare. Director: Lyndsey

Turner. Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch.

National Theatre /UK/.

10.07 at 18.30 opera ‘Il barbiere di

Siviglia’, Gioachino Rossini. Metropolitan

Opera /USA/.

11.07 at 19.00 concert/documentary

‘WestLife: The Twenty Tour Live from

Croke Park’. Director: Tim Pope.

17.07 at 18.30 opera ‘Aida’, G. Verdi.

Metropolitan Opera /USA/.

23.07 at 18.00 theatre ‘NT LIVE - Frankenstein’.

Director: Danny Boyle Cast:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee

Miller. National Theatre /UK/.

27.07 at 19.00 classical waltz/broadcast

‘André Rieu’s 2019 Maastricht

Concert—Shall we Dance?’

31.07 at 18.00 opera ‘Samson et Dalila’,

Camille Saint-Saëns. Metropolitan

Opera /USA/.

KINO CITADELE & CINAMON

From 5.07 ‘Spider-Man: Far From

Home’, directed by Jon Watts, starring

Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson.

From 5.07 ‘Anna’, directed by: Luc

Besson, starring: Sasha Luss, Luke

Evans, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren.

From 12.07 ‘Annabelle Comes Home’,

directed by Gary Dauberman, starring

Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman,.

11 & 25 JULY, 1 & 22 AUGUST

OPEN-AIR CINEMA

Enjoy excellent films on the bigscreen,

while enjoying the warm

summer nights of Riga.

Venue: Spīķeri Quarter, 8 Maskavas

iela. Free entrance. Time: 21.30–23.50.

Further info on www.spikeri.lv

From 18.07 ‘Kino Kults: Inglourious

Basterds’, directed by Quentin Tarantino,

starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz.

From 19.07 ‘The Lion King’, directed

by Jean-François Richet, voices Seth

Rogen, Donald Glover.

From 19.07 ‘Midsommar’, directed by

Ari Aster, starring Florence Pugh, Will

Poulter, Jack Reynor.

From 2.08 ‘Fast & Furious Presents:

Hobbs & Shaw’, directed by David

Leitch, starring Dwayne Johnson.

From 9.08 ‘Once Upon A Time... In

Hollywood’, directed by Quentin Tarantino,

starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad

Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino.

From 16.08 ‘Good Boys’, directed by

Gene Stupnitsky, starring Jacob Tremblay,

Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon.

From 16.08 ‘Crawl’, directed by Alexandre

Aja, starring Kaya Scodelario.

cinema theatres

APOLLO CINEMA (IMAX)

257 Maskavas iela. www.apollokino.lv

CINAMON

372 Brīvības gatve, tel. 8444. cinamon.lv

KINO CITADELE

8 13.Janvāra iela. www.forumcinemas.lv

K. SUNS 83/85 Elizabetes iela, tel.

67285411. www.kinogalerija.lv

SPLENDID PALACE 61 Elizabetes iela, tel.

67281105. www.splendidpalace.lv

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SIGHTS

the old town

CAT HOUSE

19 Meistaru iela. The house was named after the two black cats

perched on the roof. At the turn of the century, the owner of

the building was exiled from the Great Guild across the street

and ordered the cats to be turned with their tails towards the

Guild. The cats were eventually turned back after a long court

battle, and the man was admitted back to the Guild.

RIGA CATHEDRAL (DOME)

Doma laukums. The largest cathedral in the Baltics was founded

by Latvia’s Teutonic conquerors in the beginning of the 13 th

century under the bishop Albert. This well-known historical

church has become an icon of the Old Town of Riga. In the

past centuries it has been destroyed and rebuilt many times,

so presently it is a composite of different architectural styles.

The cathedral’s last reconstruction took place in 1776 the

tower was raised to the height of 90m. The famous organ of

the Dome cathedral was made in 1884, it was the biggest organ

in the world comprising 6,718 pipes!

OLD TOWN RIGA SYNAGOGUE

6/8 Peitavas iela. jews.lv/en/organization/riga-synagogue

The Peitav-Shul synagogue is the only Riga synagogue,

that has survived the Holocaust. Architects Wilhelm Neumann

and Hermann Seuberlich created the Art Nouveau

design of the synagogue in 1903. The synagogue is decorated

with ornaments featuring elements of ancient Egyptian

and Assyrian–Babylonian styles. In 2007 and 2008,

the synagogue building was fully renovated, thanks to the

financial support of the European Union, government of

the Republic of Latvia, Council of Jewish Communities of

Latvia and donations from private investors.

DOMINICAN MONASTERY

Jāņa Sēta. This monastery was founded at the site of the first

palace of the bishop Albert, near the fortification wall. It was

then passed into the possession of the Dominican Order in

1234. Instead of the monastery’s chapel, St. John’s church

was built next to it at the end of the 13 th century. After the

Reformation, the monastery was turned into a shelter.

GREAT AND SMALL GUILD

6 Amatu iela and 5 Amatu iela. Both Guild houses were built over

a century and a half ago. The Great Guild and the Small Guild

are the “family nests” of two Riga families of tradesmen and

craftsmen. The Great Guild, also known in the Middle Ages

as St. Mary Guild, united merchants, jewellers and writers.

The eclectic Gothic style building was constructed in the

middle of the 19 th century. In 1963, after a fire, it was rebuilt

as a concert hall and now hosts the Philharmonics Society.

The owners of the Small Guild were an esoteric fellowship

of craftsmen formed in the 13 th century. In the middle of the

last century they represented more than 400 professions and

trades. Now the Small Guild serves cultural and entertainment

needs.

HOUSE OF BLACKHEADS

Rātslaukums. First mentioned in 1334, the building was owned

by the Great Guild. In the 15 th century the house was rented out

to the Blackheads Merchant Guild and became their property in

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1713. Blackheads was an organisation

of unmarried foreign merchants, existing

in several Baltic medieval towns.

The beautiful Gothic building was

destroyed in 1941, but was rebuilt for

Riga’s 800 th anniversary in 2001.

POWDER TOWER

20 Smilšu iela. First mentioned in 1330,

used to be called the Sand tower because

it defended the city from the

side of the Big Sand Road. The tower

received its present name in the 17 th

century when it was used to store

gunpowder and cannonballs. The latter

are still stored in the outside walls

of the tower!

ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH

10/20 Skārņu iela. St. George’s church

was founded on the spot of the Riga

Castle chapel built for the Order of

the Sword Brothers in 1204. After the

Reformation victory in the first half of

the 16 th century, when most Catholic

monasteries and churches had

been destroyed, the ‘Brown Dove’ and

the ‘White Dove’—were placed in the

church. Now the church houses the

Museum of Decorative and Applied Art.

ST. JACOB’S CHURCH

2 Klostera iela.

St. Jacob’s is one of the oldest

churches in Riga, references date

back to 1225. At that time it was a

church for the suburban residents.

After the religious Reformation in the

early 16th century it became Lutheran

in 1522, in 1582 it was given to the

Catholic Order of Jesuits, in the 17th

century it belonged to the Swedish

garrison and in 1922 the church was

turned over to the Catholic community.

Now it is Roman-Catholic.

ST. JOHN’S CHURCH

24 Skārņu iela. St. John’s church was

built in the Dominican monastery after

1234, first intended as a chapel.

After expulsion of the Dominicans in

the period of Reformation, the building

was privately owned—it was used

as a furniture workshop and later as

a weapon arsenal. In 1582 it became

a part of the Latvian parish. In 1587-

89 the eastern part of the altar was

added. In the 15th century two monks

were immured here of their own free

will. Only a small window in the wall

to pass them food and drinks was

left. The spot where the monks were

ALTERNATIVE SHOPPING

VIDZEME FLEA MARKET

The biggest weekly flea market

in Riga—selling antique, collectible

and vintage items, decorative

arts, jewellery, furniture

and other desirable items.

Venue: 90 Brīvības iela. Open: each

Sat 10.00–16.00. Further info on

fb.com/fleamarketvidzeme

RIGA OPEN-AIR FLEA MARKET

SPĪĶERI

Design fans, treasure hunters

and lovers of vintage oddities

will all be welcomed at the

artsy Spīķeri quarter for some

fun alternative shopping.

Venue: 6 Maskavas iela. Open:

10.00–16.00 on 6 and 20 July, 10 and

24 August. Further info on

fb.com/spikeri

walled up, and subsequently buried,

can be easily seen today, marked by a

cruciform barred aperture in the wall.

ST. PETER’S CHURCH

19 Skārņu iela. The St. Peter’s church was

mentioned for the first time in the year

1209. The church is one of the best

examples of Gothic architecture in the

Baltics, meant to be the main church

of the town. The church tower seemed

to be jinxed, it was burned down and

rebuilt many times through the centuries.

It first collapsed in 1666 and

the last destruction it suffered was

on St. Peter’s Day in 1941. In 1973 the

tower was restored for the last time.

From the observation platform of

the tower you can enjoy a wonderful

eagle’s-eye view of Riga.

RIGA CASTLE

3 Pils laukums.

The first castle built by the Order of

the Sword Brothers around 1209 and

originally named Wittenstein Castle

(“made of white stone”). The castle

was destroyed by townsfolk in the

civil war. Townspeople built a new

castle for the Livonian Order at the

site of the Holy Spirit hospital under

the condition of dismantling part of

the town’s fortification wall and opening

the town from the castle’s side.

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fragment of the fortification wall were

added to the castle that was built

under the supervision of Master D.

Kriege in 1330-1353. In 1484 the citizens

destroyed this building as well,

but they were forced to rebuild it and

the reconstruction was completed

by 1515. In the 18th century several

wings were added and the castle was

used as a public building by Polish

and Swedish officials. Now the castle

is the president’s residence.

SWEDISH GATE

11 Torņu iela. The Swedish Gate was

added to the city’s old fortification

wall in 1698 to celebrate the Scandinavian

occupation of Riga. At the

time the city’s executioner resided

in the apartment above the gate. An

exceedingly romantic and considerate

fellow, he placed a red rose in

his window the night before a good

execution, duly notifying the sick

and the curious public of the pending

sordid act—thoughtful, eh? A fragment

of the fortification wall has been

restored nearby on Torņu street.

THREE BROTHERS

17, 19, 21 Mazā Pils iela. The ‘Three Brothers’

are the best examples of residential

buildings of medieval Riga. The

‘eldest brother’ (Nº17) was built in the

15 th century and is the oldest stone

dwelling-structure in Riga. The other

two were built in the 17 th and 18 th century

respectively.

other sights

ART NOUVEAU ARCHITECTURE

Alberta iela, Elizabetes iela, Vīlandes

iela, Strēlnieku iela. Art Nouveau,

or often also referred to as Jugendstil,

dominates Riga’s architectural

heritage. Spread through out the city,

but you will find the most expressive

specimens concentrated on the above

mentioned streets.

MEŽAPARKS (Forest park)

Meža prospekts (Take tram Nº11 to

its final stop). It used to be and still is

the most luxurious residential district

of Riga. The construction was started

in 1902, although most of the houses

were erected before WWI and in the

1920s-1930s. You can admire different

architectural styles: Art Nouveau,

National Romanticism, Bauhaus.

FREEDOM MONUMENT

Brīvības iela. Designed by the famous

Latvian architect Kārlis Zāle and constructed

in 1935. The bronze casting of

a woman (fondly nick-named ‘Milda’ by

the Latvian folk) holds up three golden

stars in her hands, which symbolise

three Latvian regions: Latgale, Kurzeme

and Vidzeme. The guard of honour

stands sentinel at the monument.

LAIMA CLOCK

Corner of Brīvības iela and Aspazijas bulv. A

favourite meeting place of the Latvian

youth, strategically located next to the

Freedom Monument. At present, Laima

is the major sweet manufacturer

in the Baltics. They mainly produce

chocolate, so this is a great place to

meet your ‘sweetheart’.

ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL

Brīvības bulv, near Esplanāde square.

It is the largest Orthodox cathedral

in the Baltic provinces built with the

blessing of the Russian Tsar Alexander

II. During the construction of the

Esplanāde from 1876 to 1884, the

Orthodox Cathedral of Byzantine was

built on the Brīvības iela side, after a

design of R. Pflug.

coaches

LUX EXPRESS

1 Pragas iela, tel. 67781350, 06.40–20.00.

luxexpress.eu Lux Express Group is the

largest international express routes

coach operator in the Baltic region who

offers bus services in 7 countries. The

main directions are Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius,

St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk and

Warsaw. We operate on international

and Estonian domestic routes. Lux Express

Group offers bus services under

Lux Express, Lux Express Lounge, Lux

Express Special and Lux Mini.

guides & tours

RIGA BY CANAL

Boarding near Bastejkalns, 10.00–20.00 (trip duration

1h), mob.tel. 25911523. www.rigabycanal.lv

Sightseeing round trip on a charming

wooden boat. See the major sightseeing

spots in Old Riga and the

left bank of the Daugava—bridges,

the legendary Central Market, picturesque

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OLD TOWN WALK

Start your walk at the Rātslaukums

(the City Council Square) and admire

the splendid gothic House of Blackheads

(1). Although it was completely

destroyed during the WWII, now it is

“reincarnated” from the ashes. Walk

around it and you will bump into the St.

Peter’s Church (2), one of the dominant

landmarks of Riga. From St. Peter’s take

Skārņu (Butcher’s) street. The building

of whitewashed bricks is the oldest

stone building in Riga. It is the former St.

George’s Church (3) that now houses the

Museum of Decorative Art and Design. A

few buildings further up the street you

will discover St. John’s Church (4). Enter

the St. John’s Yard (Jāņa Sēta, left from

the church entrance) (5). Walk through

the small door and enter the small maze

of the Convent’s Yard (Konventa Sēta)

(6), which is now a hotel complex.

Now walk through to Kalēju (Blacksmith’s)

street, turn right, walk up the

small Gleznotāju (Painters) street and

turn left to Vāgnera street, named after

Richard Wagner. On your right, the Wagner

Concert Hall is situated. You have

now reached the Liv Square) (Līvu laukums)

from where you may see the merchants’

Guilds on Amatu street founded

in Riga after 1221.

The restored building of the Great Guild

(7) now houses a concert hall. Just opposite,

is the Small Guild (8). The present

building was constructed at the end of

the last century in eclectic English Gothic

style. Across from Līvu laukums, you will

see a building with two towers on which

two cats are perched. This is the Cat’s

House (9). From Amatu street turn left

onto Šķūņu street and you are on Doma

laukums (Dome square), the heart of the

Old Town.

The massive Dome Cathedral (10) has

undergone multiple “face-lifts” over the

centuries. If you have time later on in the

evening, it is worth attending an organ concert.

After having visited the Dome square

take Smilšu (Sand) street and walk up to

the Pulvera (Gunpowder) Tower (11). The

only tower of the old fortification system

that is still standing. Now it houses the

Museum of war. Turn left to Torņa (Tower)

street – Jacob’s Barracks (Jēkaba Kazarmas)

(12) stretch along the right side.

The Barracks are the longest building in

Riga. Opposite is the restored fragment

of the old fortification wall (13). Now

walk through the Swedish Gate (Zviedru

Vārti) (14), which were “carved through”

an already existing dwelling house in

1698. Walk down Aldaru (Brewer’s) street

and turn right into Trokšņu (Noise) street.

After you have crossed Jēkaba street, you

will find on your right the Saeima-building

(15), the Parliament of Latvia, constructed

in eclectic Renaissance style. Just opposite

the Saeima is the only Riga church

with a ‘balcony bell’ in the cupola – St.

Jacob’s Church (16). Walking further past

the entrance you arrive at Mazā Pils (Small

Castle) street just opposite to one of the

Riga symbols—three medieval dwelling

houses christened “Three Brothers” (17).

Continue walking along Mazā Pils street,

turn right at the beginning of it and you’ve

reached the Riga Castle (18).

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AQUA LUNA

gourmet

4 Andrejostas iela, tel. 67650922, 12.00–last client, Mon 11.00–last

client. www.aqualuna.lv

Rich and fancy yuppie magnet. Panoramic windows with a

serene view of the sun rising and setting on the river, a fireplace,

two bars–one inside, the other on the terrace–wood,

sofas, DJs. French Italian classics and Asian influences.

Latest culinary trends. The menu was created by Belgian

Michelin restaurant chef Kenny Ber naerts. The design is

made by fabulous Zane Tētere and received the Year Design

Award 2013. Soulful house, nu-disco music by invited DJs

on weekends. Excellent Sunday brunch from 11.00.

BARENTS

NEW

- breakfast menu - children friendly

- live music - inexpensive

- smoking allowed - moderate prices

- take away - upmarket

- home delivery - WiFi available

- RTW’s choice! - DJ weekends

- local eco-produce - no credit cards

- Jūrmala location - outside terrace

3 Smilšu iela, mob. tel. 20021022 , 18.00–23.00. Seafood Bar open

12.00–23.00. Closed Sun, Mon. www.barents.lv

Riga hits yet another level of exquisite with this gem.

Housed in a 1910 Art Nouveau treasure, the interior is the

handwork of leading Latvian design bureau ‘Krassky’. The

hand-made bar counter is made from 2,000 y.o. black oak,

lacquered piano wood is entangled with brass and stone,

bringing you an amazing posh and classy eco-minimal

Art Deco. Head chef Ivans Šmigarevs worked in Michelin

star-graced establishments: Alinea /USA/, Maaemo

/Norway/, Noma /Denmark/, ensures that your finest, seafresh

Nordic fish and seafood is comme il faut (the way it

should be) ensuring the best preparation for the fragile products.

Try the three experiences: à la carte (including also 5 or

7-course Tasting Menu), seafood bar and chef’s table. Everything

gets prepared in front of your eyes on their open kitchen.

Their sommelier Kaspars Reitups will enhance your bouquet

with niche wines from Germany, Austria, Burgundy and Champagne

denominations. Expert vegetarian and meat dishes.

THE CATCH

12–19 Antonijas iela, mob. tel. 27770091, 12.00–23.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–

last client. fb.com/thecatchriga

The establishment is the perfect gourmand’s catch itself.

This sushi bistrot + robata, serves cream-of-the-crop seafood

fillets actually melting on your taste buds. Salmon,

bluefin tuna, Kamchatka crab, delivered by air-mail from

Japan, Scotland, Russia, never deep frozen, served plain on

ice, not to ruin the aristocratic authenticity of the raw/fresh

taste. Also tempura, thick ramens, robata grill (V.S. and

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rare for the Baltics), seafood-rich sushi rolls and Japaneseminded

cocktails (try Yuzu-Zuzu for a start). Busy, cheerful

gourmet bar ambience. The happy epicurean, enthusiastic

owner is here every day to keep up the level. Unmissable!

COD ROBATA GRILL BAR

45 Tērbatas iela, mob. tel. 25725670, 12.00–23.00, Fri, Sat

12.00–01.00. Closed Sun. www.facebook.com/codgrillbar

Ranked as one of the top Baltic restaurants by the prestigious

White Guide Nordic 2018, COD offers a higher end of

Japanese gastronomy in Riga. The cuisine revolves around

robata-grilled dishes and an exclusive selection of sushi,

unlike any other in the region, both in presentation and produce.

The COD menu blends authentic Japanese recipes

with a modern approach by brand chef Uvis Janicenko, who

worked in Tokyo’s 3-Michelin-star restaurant RyuGin. Here

the ethos is to highlight the natural and pure flavour of each

ingre dient, be it a simple mackerel or a delicacy such as

wagyu beef or black cod. In line with the Japanese philosophy

of purity and minimalism, the restaurant’s interior is a

sophisticated combination of simplicity and understated

elegance, making dining at COD a truly unique experience.

FABRIKAS HERCOGS

70 Balasta dambis, tel. 67873804, 12.00–22.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–23.00.

Mārupe, 4 Vītiņu iela, mob. tel. 29106538, 11.00–22.00, Fri, Sat

11.00–23.00. 13A Kokneses prosp., tel. 67518679, 12.00–21.00, Fri,

Sat 12.00–22.00. www.hercogi.lv

We may breathe out: legendary local celebrity and politician

favourite Fabrika restaurant is in the new, good hands

of Andris Rumitis and his Hercogs team. An unprecedented

combination of haute gastronomy, breathtaking river and

Riga view and cheerful family-oriented vibe. Enjoy young,

creative, ambitious chef Sergejs Gjačs’ fairly priced satisfactory

gourmet with all of your family. Seasonal local eco

and selected imported products made using steaming,

sous-vide, circulation and even molecular cuisine trends.

We loved the 48h braised velvety-structured lamb tongue

served on hot stones and otherworldly d’Or Blue cheesecake.

Elegant-loft-jazzy-marine atmosphere. Pleasing in all

ways! Gourmet breakfast menu Sat–Sun until 14.00.

KOYA

15 k5 Andrejostas iela, mob.tel. 27757255, 12.00–22.00, Sat

12.00–23.00, Sun 11.00–22.00. www.koyarestaurant.com

Contempo-industrial dining and cocktail lounge by the river,

to indulge in Riga’s all-season serenity. KOYA is built on the

remnants of an old port technical building, transformed into

a contemporary restaurant with a unique design, generating

an atmosphere of tranquillity, light and spaciousness. Chef

Pāvels Skopa offers an outstanding menu inspired by the

fusion of international cuisine. During the summer season,

enjoy the scenery and the restaurant offering on the spacious

terrace. The perfect gateway for a memorable meal for two

or in the company of friends, a business meeting or private

event to enjoy in a relaxed atmosphere. Parties on summer

weekends, as well as Sunday brunch and daily business lunch

offers. A place with a special magic all of its own!

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DEGUSTATION MENU RESTAURANTS

Rise up your gourmet experience with a special degustation

menu, which only Riga’s highest caliber establishments

have on offer. The menus consists of an array of

one-bite seasonal dishes, each usually paired with the best

matching drink, showcasing the chef’s signature and expertise.

A degustation—we like to compare it with a symphony:

often it takes place over the course of several hours,

is divided into 4–5 main parts with anything up to twenty

courses of small bites. An opening of senses—the sonata,

the slow savouring—the adagio, a minuet or scherzo with

more consistency, and allegro as a set of desserts and

digestives. This is our careful selection of the degustation

menu restaurants. Please note to reserve beforehand!

RESTAURANT 3

3 Kalēju iela, mob. tel. 26660060.

BIBLIOTĒKA Nº1

2 Tērbatas iela, mob. tel. 20225000.

INTERNATIONAL

1 Hospitāļu iela. riga.international.lv

MAX CEKOT KITCHEN

42 Jelgavas iela. www.maxcekot.com

VINCENTS

19 Elizabetes iela. www.restorans.lv

Restorāns 3

Vincents

Max Cekot Kitchen

MUUSU

6 Skārņu iela, mob. tel. 25772552, 12.00–23.00, Thr, Fri, Sat

12.00–24.00. www.muusu.lv

The Nordic interior—clean lines, raw brick walls, linen fabrics

and wood in combination with metal are an exquisite background

for this contemporary European cuisine restaurant.

Try seasonal highlights, such as asparagus jelly and local

delights—goat’s cheese foam or grilled venison meat in a juniper

berry port wine sauce. Muusu chef Kaspars Jansons is

in the top 10 of Riga’s haute cuisine chefs, and he so deserves

it. Time will fly on the Muusu sofas!

VINCENTS

19 Elizabetes iela, tel. 67332634, 67332830, 18.00–22.00. Closed Sun,

Mon. www.restorans.lv

Since Vincents was founded in 1994, it has grown to become

one of the premier gourmet establishments in Eastern

Europe. It is famous for having catered for numerous

celebrities such as HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Princes Charles

and Andrew, Pierre Cardin, Elton John and the Emperor of

Japan. The prestigious restaurant guide White Guide Nordic

2017 has named it the best Baltic restaurant. Offering

only the very best ingredients, often seasonal, grown exclusively

for Vincents by local suppliers. The menu changes

constantly, according to the culinary season. They have a

superb sommelier, Raimonds Tomsons, who has the title of

7 th best sommelier of the world 2016 and the 1 st sommelier

in Europe & Africa 2017. And we think that they deliver the

best service in town. You simply cannot leave Riga without

a visit!

THE PILS RESTAURANT

(in Hotel Grand Palace) 12 Pils iela (J-1), tel. 67044000, 10.00–01.00,

Thr, Fri, Sat 10.00–03.00. www.grandpalaceriga.com

The place where you go, when you want it posh and graceful.

The allure of the Grand Palace restaurant hides in its

dignity, elegantly caring and with a respectful approach to

the client and immense attention to details. The spacious,

light, silver/marble, glass roof gallery enhances the subtlety

of your gourmet fusion treat by Roberts Lismanis. His menu

is influenced by Mediterranean cuisine, but the main idea is

to use local products and recipes which uncover their true

flavours in the best way. Enjoy also their Pils Bar for a digestive

and a cigar.

RESTAURANT 3

&

3 Kaļķu iela, mob. tel. 26660060, 12.00–23.00, Fri, Sat 11.00–23.00.

www.restaurant3.lv

Generously decorated with local awards and listed as the

second best restaurant of Latvia in ‘White Guide Nordic’,

this concept is the fulfilment of merging latest contemporary

gastronomy trends and seasonal, natural, handpicked

forest goods, game and fish. Chefs Ēriks Dreibants and

Juris Dukaļskis have assembled 5–7 course tasting menu,

served after 18.00, to guide you through the texture, taste

and aesthetics of products grown and raised in a totally

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and lemonades, savoured in the eco-minimalistic interior.

Also serves lunch and Sunday brunch. Excellent!

set menu gourmet

MAX CEKOT KITCHEN

42 Jelgavas iela, reservations mob. tel. 20112102, Thr, Fri, Sat

19.00–23.00. Closed Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed. www.maxcekot.com

The concept and cuisine of Max Cekot Kitchen are unique

for Riga and it is safe to say, that the restaurant will generate

a new niche in the local scene. Max Cekot Kitchen is

created by chef Max Cekot and everything that is made

here solely depends on ideas, inspiration and skills of the

chef and his highly professional team. A finely thought set

menu with a vegetarian option is offered and a pairing of

wine or soft drinks are thoughtfully selected to compliment

every dish. 9-course dinner menu €70, 9-course vegetarian

menu €60, wine pairings €45, juice pairings €35. Located

in a beautifully renovated wood factory, away from the city

buzz. Must visit destination in Riga.

mediterranean/nordic

IKOS OLIVIA

&

25 K. Valdemāra iela, 17.00–23.00, mob. tel. 27338866, 13.00–23.00,

Sat 12.00–23.00, Sun 13.00–22.00.www.ikosolivia.lv

Alexander Kardash worked in numerous Michelin-star establishments

in the Nordics and Monaco. He is a wizard

chef who combines haute Mediterranean (Italian, Greek,

French, Spanish) cuisine with Scandinavian gourmet trends!

The seafood comes from Norway, Kamchatka and the Mediterranean.

His fish ceviche, crab and Norway turbot was on

the menu for the queen of Norway. Using molecular cuisine,

circulation, slow-cooking, even smoking fish and game in

their own smoke-house, Alexander gets the perfect texture

for each slice and fillet on your plate. Airy, gentle sauces,

bisques and stocks, are made slowly, using the waters and

juice of the very products prepared. And the prices—yet too

good for this kind of level. Two-storey, mansion restaurant,

housed in a National Romanticism pre-war wooden villa in

the Art-Nouveau district. Epic, unique!

european

EQUUS

&

(in Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel) 24 Jēkaba iela, tel. 67815440,

12.00–23.00. Breakfast 06.30–11.00. www.equus.lv

The fabled Baron Munchausen, who was keen to tell embellished

tales about his adventures around the world, allegedly

kept his horse stables right where the hotel restaurant

Equus (Latin for ‘horse’), stands today. The subtle and elegant

interior is thoroughly Scandinavian, combining warm

wood, sober brick walls and neutral natural colours in a chic

tribute to local patterns. More than 20 sorts of exclusive tea

are served in their ‘Tea Deli’ tearoom.

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FAZENDA BAZĀRS

14 Baznīcas iela, tel. 67240809, 09.00–22.00, Sat 10.00–22.00, Sun

11.00–22.00. www.fazenda.lv

Grandma’s country house in the middle of the city centre,

with a small market selling local hand-selected berries,

fruits, vegetables and greens at the entrance. Old local

grandma recipes are turned into full course eco-local menu.

Also pastas, woks and additional thumbs up for their homemade

desserts and bakery. Liked the bakery? Head to the

Fazenda Boulangerie around the corner, for a vast selection

of scrumptious, crunchy little pirāgi and bulciņas, as well as

weighable takeaway local herb teas.

FAZENDA BAZARS II

7 Nometņu iela, tel. 67616196, 09.00–22.00, Sat 10.00–22.00, Sun

11.00–22.00. www.fazenda.lv

The second ‘Grandma’s country house’ is located in the picturesque

old Agenskalns neighbourhood. Same retro wornout,

granny’s jam-scented interior, daily prepared bread

and pastries. Also very affordable day menu with salads

+ Italian-style gastro-sandwiches, plus creative evening à

la carte menu. If you are looking for that very special local

feeling, peculiar cuisine, handmade interior, and particular

location—it is the greatest delight!

OSTA (Port)

&

15 Matrožu iela, mob. tel. 20009045, 11.30–23.00, Sat, Sun

11.30–21.00. fb.com/restoransosta

You will praise yourself for having taken the trip to the residential

and serene Ķīpsala district, on the other bank of Daugava.

A carefree view over the river, trading port and famous Riga

silhouette. Enjoy it in the tranquil atmosphere of the summer

terrace by the water in summer or through the panoramic

windows in winter. Jazzy music, attentive service and loungy

atmosphere, accompanied by famous light seasonal grill

dishes from the à la carte menu. Start your Sunday mornings

with ease by enjoying a refined brunch (11.00–15.00)!

SNOB BAR & RESTAURANT

NEW

5/6 Raiņa bulv., tel. 60008606, 12.00–01.00.

Appreciated by local and foreign snobs, the restaurant is

spread over several eclectic, elegant, differently designed

rooms, inviting you to find your own personal space. Their

creative European menu is fresh and seasonal and also includes

a special Latvian gourmet tasting menu. Proceed to

the Snob Bar for more chamber vibes, classic and innovative

mixology art, huge and special champagne and wine list.

Trusted, big-league, yet amiably friendly!

latvian

ALA

19 Peldu iela, mob. tel. 27796914, 12.00–01.00, Wed, Thr, Fri

12.00–05.00, Sat 14.00–05.00, Sun 14.00–01.00. www.folkklubs.lv

See also Riga This Night: Music Clubs.

Latvian/Australian owned and operated tavern offers live

Latvian and world music, seasonal traditional meals, such as

grey peas, pork leg, bread soup, as well as 28 only local microbrewery

beers on draught in a Latvian country-side interior

with loads of traditional fun! Organises massive karaoke evenings,

as well as Dance & Beer events. Sundays are hangover

days, so the best local cure to fix your aching head and dry

throat is a good bowl of solyanka!

ALUS ARSENĀLS

4 Pils laukums (enter from Arsenāla iela) (J-1), 12.00–23.00,

Fri, Sat 12.00–24.00. www.alus-arsenals.lv

Traditional Latvian ‘krogs’ (taverna), standing proud since

1997, located in a historical Old Riga building, dive into

rather simple, but happy Latvian gastronomy traditions—

one of local favourites. Home-made meter sausages, pork

legs, pork ribs and local beer on draught. We recommend

rustic Užavas, Piebalga, Rīgas. Try the special non-filtered

Alus Arsenāls beer. Priekā!

LIDO BEER YARD

6 Tirgoņu iela (J-2), tel. 67222431, 11.00–23.00, Thr, Sat 11.00–02.00,

Sun 11.00–23.00. www.lido.lv Located just off Dome square,

this self-service joint is pretty rowdy and bubbling over with

Latvian youth. In addition to tasty dishes, a wide range of

favourite Latvian beers is available, the most popular being

our LIDO Special and LIDO Medalus. The Beer Garden features

the characteristic LIDO interior and furniture design.

LIDO DZIRNAVAS (The Windmill)

74/76 Dzirnavu iela, tel. 67284228, 10.00–22.00, Sun 10.00–21.00.

www.lido.lv Country-style moderately priced cafeteria where in

the open kitchen food simmers mouth-wateringly before your

eyes and customers are often at a loss as to what to choose.

Don’t miss out on the delicious shashliks! The bistro also

features the characteristic LIDO interior and furniture design.

LIDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RIGA

Riga International Airport, tel. 67068771, Bistro 08.00–20.00; Restaurant–Bar

10.00–22.00. www.lido.lv

Bar, bistro, restaurant, also offer breakfast buffet.

LIDO LEISURE CENTRE

76 Krasta iela, tel. 67504420, 11.00–24.00. www.lido.lv

The favourite place for recreation among the residents and

guests of Riga includes Europe’s biggest three-storey log

building, an amusement park, a winter skating rink and a

magnificent garden. The basement has a beer cellar and

small brewery, the ground floor has a bistro with the widest

choice of dishes in Latvia, a pastry shop and juice bar, while

the restaurant upstairs offers exquisite cuisine in a quiet

and romantic atmosphere. Live music every night.

LIDO ĢERTRŪDE

54 Ģertrūdes iela, tel. 67289396, 08.00–23.00, Thr 08.00–00.00, Fri,

Sat 24h, Sun 00.00–23.00. www.lido.lv

Being among the first LIDO bistros, Ģertrūde opened in

1993, and is the only one that offers early breakfast buffet

and is open round-the-clock on weekends and holidays.

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LIDO SPICE

29 Lielirbes iela, tel. 67609202, 10.00–22.00. www.lido.lv

Situated in s/c Spice the bistro boasts the widest choice

of dishes, as well as a pastry shop and cafeteria. With an

open kitchen, so you can see how food is prepared. It also

features the characteristic LIDO interior and furniture design.

In addition to tasty meals, extensive entertainment

opportunities and theme events are offered in the children’s

amusement town.

LIDO VĒRMANĪTIS

65 Elizabetes iela, tel. 67286289, 09.00–22.00, Fri, Sat 09.00–23.00,

Sun 10.00–22.00. www.lido.lv Light-hearted, ethnic Latvian

self-service eatery with open kitchen offering good, filling

Latvian food, accompanied by Latvian music. Diverse menu

and fair prices. Offer breakfast buffet. Features the characteristic

LIDO interior and furniture design. Choose between

two cosy dining halls—groups are welcome.

NIKLAVS

1 Mārstaļu iela, tel. 67820200, mob. tel. 20019156,

09.00–22.00. www.restoransniklavs.lv

Situated in Riga’s Old Town, this restaurant offers an artistic

twist to your food. Focusing mainly on traditional Latvian

cuisine, it will surprise you with fine, but filling, fish, meat

and vegetarian dishes as well as delicious homemade

desserts. The chef’s special selection is based on seasonal

local produce and ingredients. An inexpensive lunchtime

menu is available during the working week. Sunday brunch

with welcome drink.

nouvelle latvian

BIBLIOTĒKA N°1 RESTORĀNS (Library Nº1 Restaurant)

2 Tērbatas iela (in Vērmanes park), mob. tel. 20225000,

11.30–23.30. www.restoransbiblioteka.lv

Lay your eyes on the beautiful Vērmanes park from

the exceedingly mellow and elegant restaurant, where

notable chef Māris Jansons prepares seasonal nouvelle

Latvian cuisine combined with handpicked Italian wines.

Perfect location, famed chef, trendy, but classy.

KAĻĶU VĀRTI (The Kaļķu Gates)

11 Kaļķu iela (J-3), tel. 67224576, 12.00–24.00. www.kalkuvarti.lv

Kaļķu Vārti is a sophisticated local dining treasure indeed,

and is one of not so many Diplomatic Mission destinations

in Riga. The new airy and romantically elegant design emphasises

the taste and performance of the chef’s culinary

masterpieces. Carefully thought-out contemporary Latvian

cuisine and proper European service, will mark your dining

experience on a sky-high aesthetic level. A lot of the ingredients

are from local organic farms.

KOLONĀDE

26 Brīvības bulv. 07.30–24.00, Fri 07.30–02.00, Sat 09.00–02.00, Sun

10.00–24.00. www.kolonade.lv

All conditions to introduce the Latvian gastronomical-cultural

traditions have flown together: a wooden national romanticism

villa, surrounded by Latvian symbols such as the

Freedom Monument, the famous dating place ‘Laima’ clock,

the Opera building, Bastion hill, that are located around

this place. Each material used in the interior is created by

Latvian craftsmen and artists. Modern fairly priced Latvian

cuisine by top chef Māris Jansons (Biblioteka N1). Looks

like the birth of a gourmet super nova.

MELNĀ BITE (Black Bee)

13 Audēju iela, tel. 67130675, 12.00–24.00. www.melnabite.lv

Astonishing, intricate, knotted surreal yet contemporary

elegant interior is thought up to every inch. Wood, metal

textures, sophisticated lamps and chairs, the waitresses’

elegant bug-inspired uniforms remind of Tim Burton animations.

The restaurant serves contemporary European and

Latvian cuisine recipes, selected dishes are made using

honey. Try their bonafide Black Bee’s rib eye steak with Café

de Paris butter and Bourbon sauce. Moderate prices, excellent

location, sophisticated performance make the place

one of the best venue to start your tasty adventure of Riga.

NEIBURGS

25/27 Jauniela (K-2) (in Neiburgs Hotel), 11.00–23.00 (last client).

www.neiburgs.lv

Evokes the feeling it has been there forever. The white

and simple interior is saturated with local art (exhibitions

change monthly) and with design icon furniture. Serves nouvelle

Latvian gourmet cuisine and European classics. One of

the rare places that make gourmet business lunches.

3 PAVĀRU RESTORĀNS (3 Chefs’ Restaurant)

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4 Torņa iela, mob. tel. 20370537, 12.00–24.00.

At least one of the three award-winning, talkative, and easygoing

chefs, the inspirers of the concept, Mārtiņš Sirmais,

Ēriks Dreibants or rising star Juris Dukaļkis, are always here

to chat and to prepare your meal right before your eyes.

Sous-vide technique: mostly eco-local, seasonal products

cooked in airtight bags in water bath for about 72h(!) at

around 60 ºC, in order to prepare all ingredients evenly and

to keep them juicy and healthy. High cuisine by celebrity

chefs and warm ‘Sunday morning’ residential atmosphere—

a natural wonder!

RIITS

72 Dzirnavu iela, mob. tel. 25644408, 09.00-23.00.

fb.com/RestoransRiits

This petit restaurant is immensely meticulous regarding

what arrives at your plate. Only Latvian, fresh, mostly eco

farm produce (except seafood, served on Thr and Fri) governs

their menu, compact and seasonal. Prepared in the

open kitchen in the coal oven. Daily chef’s gastronomy set

or go for their breakfast until 12.00, business set or à la

carte. Fresh juices, smoothies and amazing author’s, Latvian

produce themed, liquor cocktails from their internationally

experienced cocktail master, Kristaps Birzulis. Attentive,

cozy family-style service. Adored by locals.

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ITALISSIMO

italian

27/29 Baznīcas iela, 12.00–23.00, mob. tel. 26564867.

fb.com/Restaurant.Italissimo

The biggest Italian cuisine restaurant in town is operated by

Italian gastronomy and life-style enthusiasts caring to bring

the special dolce vita atmosphere to you. The restaurant’s

heart is a traditional wood fire oven, custom-made in Rimini.

The pizzaiola worked 7 years in Italy, honing his verissimo

pizza standards and a few special ones: black truffles, octopus

and tiger prawn carpaccio. Entrecôte steaks, monkfish

medallions, Mediterranean octopus are made on the wood

fire grill. The chef Janis Sokolovskis ensures that your pasta

is handmade every day on the spot. For dessert try their

homemade gelato. Sommelier Reinis Sniedze, assembles

and pairs your meal with niche wines from the Mediterranean

area. They also boast a children’s play-room with

professional supervision on weekends. Top it off with noble

spirit and a cigar in the smoking lounge. Bellissimo!

CASA NOSTRA

10b Elizabetes iela, tel. 66956609, 11.00–23.00.

fb.com/CasaNostraLatvia

If you fancy it real, then treat yourself to a meal at this Italian

family owned trattoria, with pizzaiolo and chef from

Calabria. The charming owners, Sandra and Adriano, handcrafted

the interior with family mementos (among them the

original armours from the 1958 Ben Hur movie) and are

always around to make sure you are satisfied. Traditional

antipasti table, day menu, vero pizza Italiano, pastas and

desserts, meticulous wine selection. Easy and yummy,

heart-breakingly welcoming (even with pets who also will

be fed!)—praiseworthy!

DA SERGIO

65 Tērbatas iela, tel. 67312777, 11.00–23.00. www.dasergio.lv

Simple, charming and friendly, as a real trattoria should be.

Dishes made according to different Italian regional recipes

are absolutely autentico (the countless awards of the chef

are the clear evidence). Famous award-winning crunchyjuicy

margarita and merluzzo Napoleone.

LOCALE

8 Grēcinieku iela, tel. 66119677, 12.00–23.00. www.locale.lv

Each morning, the restaurant’s co-founder starts by

hand-picking the best local seasonal eco produce at the

market. Then, under guidance of their award-winning

Italian chef Andrea Bressan, the ingredients are fused

for delicious Mediterranean-Italian cuisine. Decidedly

everything here is handmade on the spot: bakery, pasta,

ravioli, pizza. Bonafide steaks and grill, creative salads.

Their sommelier/bar master will bring a perfect match

form their wine cellar. Also amazing author’s cocktails,

more than 40 kinds of home-made liquors in a top-notch,

creamy elegant setting.

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IL PATIO

6 Kaļķu iela (J-3), tel. 67220758, 12.00-24.00. 26 Vaļņu iela (K-4),

tel. 67226901. Jūrmala, Majori, 63 Jomas iela, mob. tel. 26424800.

Delivery tel. 67221177 (12.00-22.00). www.rrg.lv

The menu offers a variety of meat, seafood and vegetable

dishes. IL Patio—a family restaurant chain of Italian cuisine,

where each of the restaurants represents a different

It alian city. The combination of good service, home-like

atmosphere and reasonable prices makes the restaurants

a popular place for family pastime. Be it a special occasion

or simply going out with your children or together

with friends in the weekends. Benvenuto IL Patio!

MONTEROSSO

9 Vaļņu iela, tel. 67507170, 12.00–24.00. www.monterosso.lv

Absolutely veritable Italian cuisine, offering a variety of selections

with a few hints of contemporary flavours are on

French chef Patrick Pages’ menu. P.S.: They claim their wine

cellar maintains the best selection of wines in town!

NAPLES

2k-2 Andrejostas iela, mob. tel. 25775540, 12.00–24.00.

www.firstdacha.com

Whimsy wooden home-restaurant on the industrial/romantic

island of Andrejsala. Simple, yet playful interior and

location cuts you completely off of the city buzz, putting

you in a charming country-house romance with all-seasonmarvellous

Daugava view. Homemade pizzas and pastas,

freshly baked bread, salads. Young chefs use local produce.

The restaurant works as a summer lounge for the First Dacha

glamorous crowd. Swimming pool, chaise longues, girls

in bikini, open-air bars, yacht park and interconnection with

the First Dacha club.

PICCOLO UNO

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4 Ģertrūdes iela, mob. tel. 25657322, 11.30–20.00. Closed Sun, Mon.

fb.com/pizzariga

This small pizzeria/cafeteria/trattoria specialised in Roman

style ‘pizza al taglio’ (or ‘al trancio’ by the cut). Using

amazingly yummy, crazy-creative seasonal combinations,

try: gorgonzola-pear or peach, mortadella-onion-banana,

grilled zucchini-goat cheese and many more! Amazing

gentle home-made pasta, soups and salads. Ecstatic, stateof-the-art

cannoli to go with real Italian coffee. Also yummy

smoothies (sample espresso-banana-almond milk) and

home-made sorbetto. Easy-homey trattoria vibe. Specialty

shop. Italian gastronomy treasure!

PIZZA AL FORNO RIGA

37 Elizabetes iela, 11.00–22.00, Fri Sat 11.00–23.00, Sun 11.00–21.00.

fb.com/Pizza-al-forno-Riga

Promising newcomers are remarkably serious about your

pizza being Italiano vero! The distrust in local products and

the local pizzaiola’s aptness to make the right Italian recipes,

encouraged them to ‘simply’ import everything from Italy.

Pre-prepared yeast-free, slowly fermented dough, Sicilian

mashed tomatoes, bona fide mozzarella, salami, prawns

etc are brought to your pizza from the Italian regions where

they originate. Makes it hard to ruin when prepared locally—

juicy-yummy and a perfect franchise idea.

PIAZZA ITALIANA

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17 Miesnieku iela, 12.00–23.00, mob. tel. 25665665.

fb.com/piazzaitalianariga

This Resto-Rātors restaurant is housed in a beautiful and

carefully restored XVII century storage building, it boasts

six halls spread over three floors with VIP lounge, wine

cellar, tables with a view and cozy hide-aways. Brand chef

Remo Mazzucato’s alumnus Sergey Barmin delivers the

real Italian fine-product based, authentic gastronomy with

a slight author’s twist into your plate. Almost all dishes on

the vast menu will be prepared from scratch when ordered.

Pasta fresca, carpaccio (separate menu), paper-thin pizzas,

meat/poultry/sea-food, gelato/sorbetto a.o. Matched by

their sommelier Guntis Berziņš with appropriate direct supply

I.G.T. wines. This place is a song! Perfectly orchestrated,

lively, balanced, self-assure. We love it!

PORTOFINO

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7 Ausekļa iela, tel. 67133701, 12.00–23.00. www.porto-fino.lv

We know, how strikingly hard it is to survive or even flourish

in the neighbourhood, that has placed Riga on the European

gourmet map. Portofino restaurant is a rare story of

success. Aristocratic Ausekļa street Art Nouveau location,

sky high ceilings, noble Old-World wood and brass interior

design set the right mood for Italian gastronomy. The establishment

is known for its upscale seafood meals, gentle tartares/carpaccio

and bonafide steaks and grills. Also serves

less pricey but not less luscious pastas, pizzas and salads,

for the trendy-healthy, they have special gluten free menu.

american

T.G.I. FRIDAY’S

6 Kaļ˚u iela, 12.00–23.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–24.00, tel. 67229071. Also at

Riga International Airport, tel. 67350206. www.rrg.lv

Find your reason to visit Friday’s in Riga! More than ten

years experience in Latvia. Bartenders compete in T.G.I. Friday’s

World Bartenders Championship, come and watch the

flair! From Sunday ‘till Thursday 17.00–19.00 Happy Hours

for more than 100 cocktails. High food safety standards

and quality products. Every season new promotions, parties

and celebrations with birthday specials. Delivery service

and full menu available for take away (in Airport as well).

Reservations for big groups. Welcome to T.G.I. Friday’s!

nordic

ST. PETRUS

11 Skarņu iela, mob. tel. 25727357, 12.00–23.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–last

client. fb.com/stpetrusrestaurant

Modern Latvian cuisine with a Nordic taste accent. Combines

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nomic experience: the first floor reflects a lively gastrobar

ambience with its open kitchen, where guests can observe

how their dishes are created, while the second floor provides

the classic restaurant atmosphere, offering a refined

and romantic setting with a picturesque view on St Peter’s

Church. Also a cozy, separated hall for eight people, perfect

for special occasions. An internationally trained team and

talented chef Dmitry Fedosevich (White Guide Nordic listing),

each season craft a new creative menu that perfectly

unites the modern Baltic cuisine and gastronomic world

trends with New Nordic Food. Also boasts a rich wine list.

Can host up to 40 people for a fine-dining banquet or 70

people for a cocktail event. For very special occasions—

a covered VIP rooftop terrace for up to 10 people, which

opens an unforgettable view of the city. Remarkable Old

Town terrace experience!

cut-price gastronomy

ATVĒRTS (Open)

8 Kaļķu iela, mob. tel. 25700000, 12.00–23.00. www.atverts.lv

Mind-blasting cut-price gastronomy restaurant Atvērts

brings the bloodless revolution to the dining business

in town. The concept ensures you with the ‘price without

interest’ on each option in their vast, suiting-all, European

cuisine menu. The chef, Roman Uglanica, is giving you the

top-notch tartars for €2.80, pizzas for €3.07, steaks €7.70,

beer/wine for €1.20 list goes on and on! You just have to pay

the entry fee 12.00–17.00 it is €2, after 17.00 it is €4, if they

have live music it is €5. Elegantly urban interior, fast service,

Old Town location, children’s room. Devastating! Definitely

reserve beforehand.

health food

ASPARAGOOSE

Riga International Airport, mob. tel. 25965396, 06.00–23.00.

Resto-Rātors’ healthy, nutritious trendy restaurant/hub,

for express and take-away dining. Vegans, vegetarians,

flexitarians and sweet-lovers will be overwhelmed with their

yummy yet healthy seasonal selection replenished daily. All

meats are sous vide, whole-milk yoghurts with whole-grain

and fresh fruit toppings, fiber-rich bread, fresh seasonal salads

all with less salt and sugar is replaced by maple syrup

and honey. Also raw and gluten-free desserts. Dozens of

creative smoothies. Specialty coffee from eco-farms. Brilliant

idea for a fast meal and take-away!

MR. FOX

34a Dzirnavu iela, mob. tel. 29277391, 07.30–18.00. Closed Sun.

fb.com/mrfox.lv

Superb contemporary eaters’ concept—‘real-life gastronomic

application’, developed thanks to the girl-power

of immensely experienced and amiable Anna and Karina

(also arbOOz confectionary, next door). At Mr. Fox you are

fine-tuning and totally adjusting your seasonal meal to your

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mood and vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free/lactose-free preferences.

Their menu looks like a painter’s palette, choose

the vegan base and complete it with seafood, corn chicken

or tofu. They use sous-vide and stir-fry to keep all nutrients

alive. Ask for the day-cake/tarte tailor-made by arbOOz

confectionary. Many healthy take-away options. Set in a

snug’n’chummy mid-century chic interior.

mediterranean

RIVIERA

33 Dzirnavu iela, mob.tel. 26605930, 12.00–23.00.

www.rivierarestorans.lv

This white’n’blue sea style restaurant is located in the posh

embassy district. It is the hottest spot for local bohemia

and businessmen already for quite a while. Yummy, fairly

priced Mediterranean style meals. Fast, kind and knowing

waiters. Good looking, self-respecting, international clientele.

One of not so many restaurants where you can trust

any meal from the menu to be done right.

caucasian

ALA VERDI

8 Grēcinieku iela, 2 nd floor, tel. 66119677, 12.00-23.00.

Closed Mon. http://alaverdi.lv

Their hearty Georgian chef, Shota Mujirishvili makes everything

on the spot, sauces (adjika, tkemali) from Tbilisi

imported spices and local veggies, hinkali—big dumplings,

made to keep the stock inside are never frozen, prepared

only when you order them, suluguni cheese is also handmade.

Georgians are unbeatable grill masters. All is

paired with rare, niche Georgian wines. You can describe

it in one word, which exists only in the Georgian language:

Shemomechama (means: ‘it was so delicious that I ate everything’).

Also amazing, exclusive b&w photo gallery from

Tbilisi Photography Museum.

ARMENIA

62 Dzirnavu iela, mob. tel. 29502222, 11.00–23.00, Fri, Sat

12.00–23.00. www.restoranarmenia.lv

Despite its ‘ritzy’ interior, this Armenian family-owned restaurant

is hearty, the waiters are keen and attentive. All Armenian

dishes are prepared on coal, so, the food is very light and

juicy. Combine your chanahi (gently baked vegetables and

lamb/beef meat) with a salad from the extensive European

menu. Have an Armenian fruit or berry wine or the famous

Ararat brandy in the maran wine cellar. Also serves Georgian

cuisine favourites hinkali and khachapuri.

comfort food

CĒPIENS

4a Meža iela, mob. tel. 22192444, 08.00–20.00, Fri 08.00–23.00, Sat

09.00–23.00, Sun 11.00–18.00. fb.com/cepiens

The answer to the itching question ‘Where do those locals

eat?’. Located in the picturesque resident Agenskalns district.

It all started as the yummiest student eatery, now it is

a dining pearl magnetising people from the offices around,

neighbouring districts and stealing clients from the city centre

restaurants.

HANDMADE KITCHEN RIGA

14 Tērbatas iela, tel. 67788900, 10.00–20.00, Sat, Sun 11.00–20.00.

www.handmadekitchen.lv

The new yummy-ness concept in town (see also Street

Fries Kitchen). Absolutely straight-forward from A to

Z handmade, homestyle yet in-style cuisine. Probably

the biggest choice of gourmet dumplings in the country:

salmon/shrimps, pumpkin/ricotta/parmesan, duck/

sun-dried tomatoes, Kamchatka crab/fresh cheese, tuna

fillet/ginger—all made before your eyes by their chef Anastasya,

on the open kitchen. Choose you size: S, M or

L and pair with their homemade berry liquors. Also USstyle

pancakes with salmon, granola, meat or berries,

ciabatta crocque Monsieur/Madame, heavenly salmon/

spinach, chicken/mushrooms quiches. Legendary fingerlicking

tarts with pear. Try their classical honeycake with

plum or raspberry and Napoleon cake. All is available for

takeaway and home-preparation + special orders for your

event. Children portion of dumplings for the kids under

seven y.o. for free! Wow!

HOLY MOLY

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21 Grostonas iela, mob. tel. 20021982, 08.00–21.00, Fri 08.00–23.00,

Sat 11.00–23.00, Sun 10.00–20.00. fb.com/holymolyriga

Sunny California-vibe saturated upscale comfort food restaurant

in the business quarter. Inspired by posh, exquisite,

yet relaxed gourmet food of the USA’s South-West. Dashy,

creative specialty rolls (we liked the mango/salmon/avocado

and tuna/truffel), Hawaiian seafood or chicken ‘poke’,

classical Californian Cobb salad, snazzy pizzas, burgers

and Tex-Mex dishes. Yummy children’s menu and filling

breakfasts with pancakes. Smoothies, milkshakes and

uber-creative craft brews. We loved their airy waffles with

sweet or salty toppings. The interior is American Art Deco

instagenic eye-candy. A rare combination of yummy and

subtle cuisine.

STREET FRIES KITCHEN

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18–1 R. Vāgnera iela, tel. 67224279, 11.00–22.00, Sun 11.00–21.00.

fb.com/streetfries

Irresistibly uncomplicated delectability concept. Burgers,

pancakes, fries and waffles. Swift service, hefty portions all

made on the spot from local ingredients using bulletproof

recipes. Seriously, what can be more yummy-tasty than

Belgian fries (crunchy on the surface, puree underneath)

or puffy US-style pancakes assembled in a layer-cake with

custard cream, caramel and berries. More than 12 sizeable

burgers with brioche buns, try out the aristocratic with foie

gras or massive with triple cutlet (480gr of meat!). Otherworldly

Flemish big thin salty pancakes with chili con carne

and real Belgian waffles. All formulas developed to supe-

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riority. Besides, wow-selection of Belgian beers including

trappistes, saisons, krieks, doubles and triples. Street food

festival under the roof of a single diner.

japanese

PLANETA SUSHI

26 Vaļņu iela (J-3), tel. 67226901, delivery tel. 67221177

(12.00–22.00), 12.00–24.00. Jūrmala, Majori, 63 Jomas iela, mob. tel.

26424800, 12.00–22.00. www.planetasushi.lv

True Japanese approach, combining original washoku

recipes and ancient traditions with a modern minimalistic

design and the best technologies. We suggest you to try

the new menu of traditional Japanese dishes: Dim Sum,

ramen, dishes with brown rise, new sushi and sashimi as

well! Japanese say: “With a pleasant host the taste of rice is

more delicious!”. Likewise you will be served in the highest

standards here.

RAMEN RIGA

14 Stabu iela, 12.00–20.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–21.00.

fb.com/RamenRiga

Ramen and Japanese bistro place from the famed chefs

Ēriks Dreibants and Mārtiņš Sirmais. This strikingly simple

concept is to not provide you with the menu, but with a

tiny meal selection, depicted over the cash register. Just

choose from seven ramens: beef, duck, seafood, mushroom/tofu

and complement them by gyoza dumplings,

yakitori and small salad. Sauces, spices, udon noodles

are imported from Japan, ramens are made in the preprepared

stock with fresh ingredients cooked in the stock

for each bowl. Thickness and spiciness are adapted for

European stomachs. Funky, whimsical extremely accurate

replica of a Japanese bistro interior. Mellow J-pop

on the background.

SAMURAI SUSHI

25 Marijas iela, mob. tel. 60001301 (also for deliveries), 11.00– 23.00,

Fri, Sat 11.00–24.00, Sun 12.00–23.00. fb.com/samuraisushi.lv

All sushi sets come with a free extra: prices per set vary

from €5.90–12.90 (and you get the same set for free!).

Also sashimi, nigiri, gunkan, woks and salads. They have a

bulletproof classical cocktail selection, many of which are

complemented by seasonal fruits and berries and are available

in a huge 1.5l glass with two straws for couples. Just

perfect for big companies and sharing. Amiable lounge atmosphere,

open kitchen. Food is yummy, gentle and freshly

made when ordered. Also delivery service.

fusion

RESTBAR MO

9 11. Novembra Krastmala, mob. tel. 22162000, 12.00–22.00, Fri, Sat

12.00–03.00. www.morestbar.lv

Asian fusion restaurant-cocktail rooms. Thai, Japanese,

Vietnamese: wok, stir-fry, sushi, sashimi, ramens,

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tom-soups, dim-sums, gyonza, each prepared with a slight

step forward to European stomachs, keeping the yummiest

gentle essence of noble fillet meat/seafood Asian cuisine.

Extraordinary exotic signature cocktails (ask for a scent

library to invent your own taste). Local lounge DJs in the

weekends. Serene Daugava river view.

SKYLINE BAR

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(in Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel) 55 Elizabetes iela,

26 th floor, tel. 67772282, 12.00–02.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–03.00, Sun

11.30–02.00.

The highest Riga cocktail lounge! This legendary Riga bar

is an unquestionable must for any city guest. Enjoying its

popularity for decades, the Skyline Bar proves that the sky is

not the limit. The short menu by prominent chef Aaron Stout

/New Zealand/—gentle fish and meat fillet ‘Asian tapas’

(€9-15 each)—is perfect for sharing and suits their cocktail

menu perfectly. Each cocktail is invented by internationally

acclaimed mixologist John Collingwood and has a funky

local adjustment: we recommend a non-alcoholic ‘Jurmala

Colada’—add a shot of rum though for a special effect. Or

try the seasonal ‘Ligo Spritz’. Comfy, posh, intelligent. Live

music or DJ performances on Fri and Sat.

indian/thai

SINGH’S

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32 Ģertrūdes iela, tel. 66220000, 11.00–23.00, Fri 11.00–24.00, Sat

12.00–24.00, Sun 12.00–22.00. 2 Pulkv. Brieža iela, tel. 63311909.

Grill House–28 Vaļņu iela, tel. 63311908. Sky&More, 19A Duntes iela,

tel. 63311999. www.singhs.lv

A team of Indian businessmen, living in Riga for more

than ten years, were waiting for a real Indian treat to appear

in town. Giving up the wait, the gentlemen invited

four selected cooks from Northern India, to bring the true

Panjabi cuisine to Riga! All meals are made slowly (mostly

24h!), in a traditional way in the clay oven and tandoor,

using authentic recipes of Patiala, Dheli, Bengal, Goa,

Kerala and Panjab regions and also some Indo-Chinese

fusion dishes. All tikkas, sauces, meat and vegetables

are gentle and aromatic, without being too spicy. A perfect

concept, which introduces contemporary Indian cuisine,

rooted in century-old traditions, prepared using local

produce, paired with Old and New World wines and

Indian specialty brews, to be enjoyed in delightfully

elegant surroundings. Try also their exceptional spicy-zesty

author’s alcoholic cocktails. Upper Swarovsky-Velvet-Silver

coated Maharaja zone with separate bar, charges +15% VIP

fee. Vast selection of vegetarian meals. Remarkable gastronomic

idea and its realisation. Setting a new standard in

Indian food in Riga.

INDIAN RAJA

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7 Skārņu iela (K-3), tel. 67223240, 12.00–23.00. www.indianraja.lv

This Indian gastronomy pioneer in Riga, stands proud since

late 90ies and has never changed its Indian owner and core

crew. Enjoy a variety of absolutely authentic Northern and

Western Indian cuisine specialties: spicy curries, tandoor

baked naan breads, tikkas, samosas, paneers and a wide

choice of vegetarian meals, enjoy overlooking picturesque

ancient St Peter’s Church square. All is made from natural

ingredients and with India-imported spices and will be suggested

to pair with selected wines and spirits.

grill

CHEF’S CORNER

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5 Jeruzalemes iela, mob. tel. 27001101, 12.00–23.00, Fri, Sat, Sun

12.00–02.00. www.chefscorner.lv

As long-time field professionals, we are entirely flabbergasted

by the clash of Riga’s new gourmet titans, which skyrockets

the whole Latvian restaurant industry. Chef’s Corner

is no less than the newest gastronomic institution in town.

Only the finest, thoroughly selected cuts, aged right on the

spot will get to their ‘Josper’ grill. Masterful seafood preparation

and pairing. Going by the newest culinary trends,

but keeping portions sufficient and satisfactory. They are

also seasonal, fine-spirit cocktail masters. The newly built

Art Deco/Bauhaus villa sits in the centre of the embassy

quarter—their newfangled, elegant and posh interior is sohip-it-hurts.

A sparkler!

C.U.T.

(in Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel) 73 Elizabetes iela, tel. 67772345,

67785555, 09.00–01.00. www.radissonblu.com

Serves delicious grilled dishes prepared with fresh

produce. Special daily lunch offer and salad bar as well as

an à la carte menu. Great tasting tapas at affordable prices—ask

the waiter to recommend you the wine to go with

them. You can enjoy dining in the glass-enclosed courtyard

and polishing off the evening with a decadent dessert.

EASY BEER

8 Audēju iela, mob. tel. 26854696, 12.00–23.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–02.00.

http://easybeer.lv

Easy Beer grill bar with the first ‘Beer Wall’ in the Baltics. 20

self-service beer taps allow you to conduct your budget and

to sample any kind! Aleksandrs Šnaidermans, the only restaurant

beer sommelier in Latvia, will poetically and expertly

introduce you to the world of craft beer. 150 meticulously

selected first-rate international brews: Belgian trappistes

and dessert krieks, seasonal IPAs and Imperial stouts,

Scandinavian, German, Dutch, the list goes on and on, not

forgetting the craft from Latvia and the Baltics. Supplement

your draft with worldwide fusion comfort cuisine! A variety

of snacks, salads, craft burgers, Tex Mex, ribs, and so on are

specially made in the beer menu. When the food is ordered,

it is possible to observe the process of making it thanks to

the open kitchen.

GRILL & BAR 36. LINE

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Jūrmala, Lielupe, 36. līnija, 11.00–23.00. www.lauris-restaurant.lv

This wooden, Scandinavian style house stands on a dune

facing the sea and offers freshly grilled vegetables and

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meat in the special Lauris Alekseyev’s seasonal author’s

menu. Polite, experienced waiters.

OGLE (Coal)

4 Kaļķu iela, mob. tel. 22722287, 09.30–24.00, Fri 09.30–02.00, Sat

08.30–02.00, Sun 08.30–24.00. fb.com/ogle.Riga

Dynamic, hip concept uniting the urban comfort of pizzas,

pastas, steaks and burgers with Lebanese, Bulgarian and

Georgian specialties, such as Lebanese hot or cold Meze

appetisers (falafel, hummus, babha ghanoush, dolma). The

short menu was assembled by both Lebanese and local

chefs and will be updated seasonally by invited concept

chefs. All is prepared in the coal oven and legendary

Josper grill in the open kitchen. Seasonal author’s cocktails

by World Class competition nominees-bartenders.

DJ + live music collaborations through weekend evenings

on the lower lounge level.

uzbek

UZBEGIMS

10b Elizabetes iela, tel. 66103334, 10.00–23.00, Fri, Sat. 11.00–24.00,

Sun 11.00–23.00. www.uzbegims.lv

True Eastern rich and cosy atmosphere and service.

Same terms can be used to describe the food: generous

portions, selected ingredients, beautiful appearance.

Whatever you choose, thin-dough steamed lamb/

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pakhlava for dessert, everything is expertly prepared by

Uzbek staff. Order the core meal of the Middle-Eastern

cuisine—plov, always served by the special plov chef. Also

yummy vegetarian meals, such as gul honum.

UZBEKISTANA

33 Bruņinieku iela, tel. 67292270, 11.00–23.00, Fri, Sat 11.00 -last

client. Jūrmala, Majori, 48 Jomas iela, tel. 66102222.

www.restorans-uzbekistan.lv

The chef Tajibaev Arhol, who brought his cooks, recipes,

spices as well as a special authentic atmosphere from distant

Tashkent. Also salads, appetizers (such as aubergine

wraps and homemade sausage ‘Kazi’) and home-made

Asian sweets, made from honey, paper-thin dough layers

and nuts, that should be enjoyed with an airy 95 th green

tea.

russian

LIDO RUSSIAN YARD

3 Ķengaraga iela, tel. 67134930, 11.00–22.00,

Fri, Sun 14.00–17.00. www.lido.lv

Situated in Ķengarags, LIDO Russian Yard differs from other

LIDO bistros with its traditional Slavic atmosphere and interior,

and it offers a wide range of Russian dishes at fair

prices. Open kitchen. The bistro features the characteristic

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LIDO interior and furniture design. On Sunday nights guests

can enjoy live music.

MEMORIES

Jūrmala, Bulduri, 17 k1 Bulduru prosp., 09.00–22.00,

Fri, Sat 09.00–23.00, tel. 67869711. fb.com/memoriesrestorans

You will appreciate the remarkable Resto-Rātors team’s

signature restaurant location—housed in architectural

monuments (see also Piazza Italiana). This national Romanticism

hacienda located 2 min walk from the sea,

boasts a veranda, wine room, kid’s room and vip/banquet

lounge on the upper level. Warm, light, aristocratic

vibrance and disquisitive Russian home-gourmet cuisine:

a perfect match for the Jurmala getaway. All-day

breakfast (also vegetarian/vegan options), real Russian pyrogi-pies,

royal ‘Olivier salad’ with crab meat and caviar are

best with vodka, then ukha (light fish soup) and a selection

of meat or fish rissole, home-made semifredo-style berry

ice-cream or tarte/eclair baked daily at their ‘Bakeberry’

confectionary!

UNCLE VANYA

16 Smilšu iela (J-3), mob. tel. 27886963, 11.00–last client.

fb.com/DjadjaVanjaRestorans

Named after Chekhov’s play, the restaurant offers a

refined and satisfactory menu using original recipes from

1903. Wide array of alcoholic drinks, semi-strong (nastoyka,

nalivka), strong (vodka, hrenovuha) all are homemade from

berries and fruits, try also home live beer and kvass. Seasonal

ingredients for all meals are bought from local suppliers

on the market. We suggest to eat Russian zastolye

way—propose a toast, drinking and eat afterwards, repeat

same procedure as many times as you can handle! For Fri/

Sat reserve beforehand.

gastropubs

ANDALŪZIJAS SUNS

83 Elizabetes iela, tel. 67288418, 10.00–01.00, Fri 10.00–03.00, Sat

11.00–03.00, Sun 11.00–01.00. www.andaluzijassuns.lv

A true Riga legend just two years younger than your favourite

city guide. Changing with the trends, though keeping its

old-time clients (such as ourselves) loyal throughout three

decades. Their upper-style, seasonal, yet filling pub-style

menu varies from burgers, fresh and light salads to Mexican

cuisine, from delightful steaks to local dishes. Business

lunches through the working week. The bar is unique with

Latvia’s biggest gin collection—more than 90 kinds from 14

countries. Enjoy the constantly changing young local artist

works exposition. Andalūzijas Suns offers also banquet organisation

and service—both in and on the terrace of the

café. Picture perfect Berga Bazārs location.

DUVEL’S GASTROPUB

10/12 Meistaru iela (J-3), tel. 67225436, 11.00–23.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–

last guest. fb.com/gastro.pub.riga

Grill and seasfood beer restaurant, from the creators of

Bon Vivant. Wonder-chef Andrey Kudravets turns comfort

food traditionals into gourmet objects. The menu is

more than satisfactory and goes perfectly with the more

than vast selection of Belgian draught beer. Also specialises

in Belgian cuisine—we personally recommend the

mussels and burgers. Beer degustation each Mon, Tue, Wed

15.00–18.00. Great historical location, perfect Old Riga

view and the best sports TV.

MEDUS (Honey)

NEW

9 Skārņu iela, tel. 67806464, 12.00–24.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–01.00.

fb.com/medus.riga

Spacious, mellow honey-coloured interior with wood, copper,

stained glass and velvet textures, cosy, elegant steampunk.

Smart menu by brand chef Vadim Jevseyev is made to

fit all: vegetarian, street-food, salads, tapas, fish and meat,

soups and even Caucasus cuisine specialties. In-vogue

craft beer from local ‘V1’ brewery, perfect tasty anti-lavish

niche wines. And highest level, devil-may-care author’s

cocktails by award-winning mixologist Kristaps Birzulis.

Check out their prohibition era cocktail selection. Perfect

Old Riga location. Surprisingly affordable!

seafood

BURŽUJS (Bourgeois)

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84 Dzirnavu iela, mob. tel. 29343355, 10.00–22.00, Sun 10.00–18.00.

www.burzujs.lv

Restaurant Buržujs has expanded its premises and now

boasts an oyster bar with 12 kinds of sea-fresh oysters.Enjoy

fresh or fried, grilled or in the dishes. The oyster master

and chef Renars Purmalis upholds the standards and

shares his experience in his oyster workshops (reserve

beforehand). Working tightly with a wine/champagne

connoisseur, he suggests the best pairing for your kind

of oyster! Pick your juicy, rich, buttery oyster just a couple

of days away from the French, Irish, Dutch and even Portuguese

coast, push it flat with your tongue, catching the

nuances of the flavour with all receptors, find the muscle

while savouring, bite and slide-it-in. Melt the aftertaste

together with a sip of light, flowery champagne or wine.

Every working day starting from 10.00 the restaurant offers

a quality breakfast and business lunch 12.00–17.00.

Mon–Sat from 18.00 an elegant à la carte menu available

with a rich seafood offering. Boost your day with a tasty

speciality coffee and home made ice-cream! Restaurant

Buržujs—gourmet undercover.

FISH HOUSE BRASSERIE DE LUXE

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29 Skolas iela, mob. tel. 26497777, 12.00-22.30, Sat 10.00-22.30, Sun

10.00-14.00. Closed Mon. fb.com/fishhousebrasserie

Blame this place for shifting the whole Riga gourmet establishment

hierarchy. Impeccable, sophisticated haute seafood

cuisine, le French way, from the chef patron Janis Zvirbulis,

included in the prestigious Relais Chateaux chef list, living

in between Lyon /France/ and Riga. We loved the Fish House

seafood salad with fresh lobster, scallop, squid, avocado

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under yuzu sauce and seared Nordic turbot resting on the

heavenly tomato-saffron stock. Prime steaks to please carnivores.

All is paired with amazing wines. Housed in an airy

white-blue mansion. Caring service, unbelievable price vs

quality value. Also serving à la carte breakfasts. Very special!

FISH RESTAURANT LE DOME

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(in Dome Hotel & SPA) 4 Miesnieku iela (J-2), tel. 67559884,

07.00–23.00. www.zivjurestorans.lv

The author’s menu by Le Dome chef Sergey Shiporov unites

seasonal eco-local produce and mostly local sea and lake

fresh fish, brought every day from Pāvilosta. Pair subtle

Mediterranean/Latvian inspired menu with a conoisseur’s

wine and champagne selection.

ZIVJU LETE (Fish Counter)

41 Dzirnavu iela, tel. 20291653, 12.00–23.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–24.00, Sun

12.00–22.00. www.zivjulete.lv fb.com/ZivjuLete

The very first and only explicitly affordable seafood bistro in

town! Forget about haughty, nose-up speculations, and have

your fish like a true fisherman. The menu consists of alltime

European favourite recipes: tartares, salads, mussels,

pastas, fish&chips... Watch the chefs at work in the open

kitchen or even pick your own fish from their ice counter

and ask to prepare it, the way you prefer. Our favourite is the

seafood saute: prawns, scallops, mussels and calamari in

white wine sauce, perfect for two to share and to be topped

off with a craft beer. Industrial shabby-chic, chop-chop

fast—a total must!

craft beer

ALUS CELLE (Beer Cell)

35 Baznīcas iela, 12.00–22.00, Sun 12.00–20.00.

The best craft beer from all over the world—producing and

consuming it proves to be a true religion. A dozen international

diversities of IPA, stout, ales, Belgian ales, bock

beer, smoked beer, beer with underwater fermentation, beer

matured in wine or whiskey casks. The ‘cleric’ bartender

is more then happy to ‘preach’ to you about each of them

from his ecclesiastic pulpit equipped with beer taps. Join

the sect!

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BEERFOX

59 Stabu iela, mob. tel. 28309525, 11.00–21.00, Thr, Fri, Sat

11.00–22.00. Closed Sun. fb.com/BeerfoxCallous-Alus

This magic portal gets you into the astonishing world of sophisticated

craft brews. The hearty, long-bearded American

owner-brewer-vendor, had a similar concept bar/shop in

Omaha, Nebraska, which gives him huge expert credit. Being

a beginner or a pro, ask for advice, to pick from the best

of dozens IPAs, stouts, ales, porters, saisons and a way to

combine them. Connoisseur selection on USA and Denmark

brews. Also local Malduguns (among them pumpkin porter,

made by the owner) and the famous Estonian Pohjala. Here

you can even buy a real kilim rug from Kahetia, Georgia as a

longer-lasting souvenir.

BEER HOUSE Nº1

11 Kaļķu iela, mob. tel. 26133605, 10.00–03.00, Fri, Sat 10.00–05.00.

www.beerhouseno1.com

Excellent all-world beer pub, from true professionals

(see also S. Brevings Craft Beer & Single Malt Bar). Simply

the largest draft beer choice in Latvia and not only

the largest, but the most expertly diverse. 65 beer, five

cider sorts. Best Belgium, Czech, USA, UK, Denmark and

other brew-leader representatives. Enjoy your pint with

the excellent, filling International pub menu including pork

chops, ribs, salads, burgers and few Latvian specialties.

Perfectly located on the main Old Riga vein—Kaļķu street.

Boasts enormous terrace. Not enough? The most actual

sports broadcasts for any taste on seven large screens,

karaoke and live music on weekends. Wow!

S. BREVINGS CRAFT BEER & SINGLE MALT BAR

4 Tirgoņu iela, mob. tel. 28348716, 11.00–24.00. www.brevings.lv

God’s bliss for beer sect adepts. German Mönchshof, Bockbier,

British Fullers ESB and Wells, London Porter, Celis

White, De Ranke XX Bitter (sounds like a prayer) and other

countless beer kinds from Ireland, Scotland (Brew Dog) and

other countries, which you cannot find in any other pub. A

great choice of exquisite single malt whiskies. Also filling

international/Saxon meals. This ‘beer church’ is located in

a very corresponding place—in the Old Art Nouveau ‘Cake

house’ on Doma laukums.

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ALĶĪMIĶIS

bars-breweries

12 Lāčplēša iela, mob. tel. 26686828, 12.00–23.00, Fri, Sat

12.00–24.00. fb.com/AlkimikisAlus

Riga has earned this full-scale local craft beer house!

Located in a tomato-red National Romanticism wooden

villa, this slick steampunk craft beer bar-breweryrestaurant-shop,

is to our mind, the most consistent

and successful local brand. The beer chef Gordon

Van Hautan /USA/ brews more than 15 kinds of seasonal

IPA’s, APA’s and stouts—among them ultra-au

fait kinds with rhubarb, coffee, passion fruit, gingercydonia

etc. Each with a funky-whimsy-surrealistic

label design. The interior is an amazing, intelligent,

warm locally-crafted eco-steampunk. Besides, serves

filling, yummy seasonal comfort cuisine. Even ladies

and non-beer fans love it!

LABIETIS

9 A. Briāna iela, mob. tel. 25655958, Mon 16.00–22.00, Tue

15.00–23.00, Wed, Fri 15.00–03.00, Thr 15.00–01.00, Sat

13.00–15.00, Sun 13.00–01.00. www.labietis.lv

Located in the famous loft complex party quarter near

Piens club, One One club, Deli Snack a.o. The first brewery/bar

in Riga. Perfect handmade eco design, eight

beer styles on draught and takeaway. Follow the process

of beer art and ask technological questions from

the bartender/owner/beer cook. Unfortunately, now the

weakest link in Riga’s growing craft beer industry. You

will have a hangover five minutes after consuming any

of the beers. So sad!

STARGOROD

1 Republikas lauk., 12.00–24.00, Sat 12.00–02.00, tel. 67878787.

www.stargorod.net

Huge Ukrainian chain Czech-style beer brewery/restaurant

with a view over the river. Filling Czech cuisine by

brand chef Radek Konechny, the freshest, just prepared

Dunkles, Helles, and Pils style beers. Beer excursions

every day from 17.00.

Alķīmiķis

BROOKLYN PUB AND WHISKEY ROOM

35 Lāčplēša iela, mob. tel. 26072627, 11.00–23.00,

Fri 11.00–01.00, Sat 13.00–01.00, Sun 13.00–23.00.

www.brooklynpub.lv

Named after Brooklyn pale ale, this solid saxon style pub

offers an exquisite hard working days pint. 26 beer kinds

on tap, among them local few Latvian craft beers, Belgian,

American, British a.o. carefully selected brews.

LAUVAS ALUS (Lion Beer)

NEW

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30 Tallinas iela, mob. tel. 26496947, 13.00–22.00. closed Mon.

fb.com/Lauvas-alus

The biggest selection of Latvian craft beers. This local,

family-owned bar and shop is warm and welcoming. The

hosts will guide you through the eclectic selection of local

beers, offering an array of tastes that you’ve never experienced

before. This is a true find for beer enthusiasts and

connoisseurs. Also featuring beer collectibles and accessories:

glasses, coasters, caps, labels and more. You’ll also

notice that the prices are moderate compared to similar

places. Use the code RIGATHISWEEK for a free tasting of

this week’s draft beers.

TROMPETE TAPROOM (The Trumpet)

24 Peldu iela, mob. tel. 25745299, 12.00–24.00, Thr, Fri, Sat 12.00–

02.00. fb.com/trompeteLV See also Riga This Night: Music Clubs.

This is a case where the place is much more than a mere

restaurant or a music stage—it’s a genuine social club.

Though opened only recently, it already feels legendary. In

an unbeatable Old Town location, with a plain but warm, lofty

NYC neighbourhood atmosphere, incredible cuisine and the

best local and international live jazz shows. And, what is

remarkable—absolutely anti-snobbish prices and vibes! Try

their downright gourmet day menu (with meals such as bouillabaisse

on the base of tomato/saffron stock) and heavenly

carrot/kurkuma brioche burgers. Unmissable! Magnifico!

international

INTERNATIONAL

1 Hospitāļu iela, tel. 67491212, 12.00–22.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–24.00.

Jūrmala, Bulduri, 6 Vienības prospekts, tel. 67767735, 12.00–23.00,

Sat, Sun 11.00–23.00.

At the restaurant we always want to try out foreign specials,

but money and portion-wise we usually can afford only one/

two meals. That’s why the International crew has created

a special cross-culture menu with small sample portions,

to choose and mix, four, five or ten specific world cuisine

traditionals. Also international cocktails at the bar!

TOKYO CITY

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40A K. Barona iela, tel. 67227764, 12.00–23.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–02.00,

delivery tel. 67220220. Also on 2 Tērbatas iela, 11.00–23.00, Fri,

Sat 11.00–03.00; 2 Krāmu iela, 12.00–23.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–02.00;

Jūrmala, Majori, 65/67 Jomas iela, 12.00–22.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–00.00.

www.tokyocity.lv

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Popular affordable restaurant chain with prime Riga and

Jūrmala locations. You will never get bored with the restaurant’s

trans-national menu. The best from Japanese,

Chinese, Italian, American, Russian, Latvian and other

cuisines. Burgers, sushi, rolls, pizzas, pasta, wok, salads,

scrumptious desserts and alcoholic drinks in all possible

variations. All prepared using local seasonal produce. The

sushi bars have a two-meals-for-one price proposition. Special

children’s menu. Travellers must!

vegetarian

FAT PUMPKIN

11a Grēcinieku iela, tel. 67304069, 10.00–22.00, Fri, Sat 10.00–23.00,

Sun 12.00–22.00. fb.com/fatpumpkin

Breaking of concepts! The words ‘vegetarian’, ‘vegan’ and

‘raw food’ always sounded a bit unappealing to me. When

people told me ‘greens and veggies are the real food’, I

replied them ‘no way’! But, you know what? When combined

and done properly—it is satisfactory, overwhelming

and incredibly yummy, even for robust meat eaters

such as myself! The Fat Pumpkin, tiny restaurant is a rare

catch, revealing green gourmet in Riga. Also vegan-raw

food creme brûlee, power balls, an endless list of raw food

smoothies, super food, seasonal and eco local.

MERCATO TEATRI

25 Lačplēša iela, mob. tel. 29118088, 12.00–19.00.

Closed Sun, Mon. fb.com/MercatoRiga

Located in the yard of the legendary New Riga Theatre, this

Mercato vegetarian & fish brunch is a pearl to explore. Emblematic

Rigan Bohemian interior is nothing less than the

continuation of the theatrical stage. The shabby chic ambience,

fireplace and lovely theatre yard view gives you an immediate

taste of local intelligencia. All meals are balanced

out so well, they bring satisfaction to even the most die hard

meat lovers. Also sells Latvian craft souvenirs.

MIIT

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10 Lāčplēša iela, 10.00–19.00, Thr 10.00–21.00, Fri, Sat 10.00–02.00.

Closed Sun. www.miit.lv See also Shopping: Concept Shops.

So cool we had to mention this place several times. One

of the most creative vegetarian menus, which easily can

turn meat-eaters to greenies. Vegetarian pastas, salads,

burgers, soups in the manner of almost every world cuisine,

wow-yummy and surprisingly filling. Additional ‘bravo’

for the pastry shop, tarts, cakes, pies, cookies, all homemade

to be enjoyed with local quality-crazy Andrito filtered

coffee brand. Cheerful young tattooed hipster-staff, all is

refreshingly affordable. Personal gratitude! Keep it up guyz!

RĀMA

56 K. Barona iela, tel. 67274134, 10.00–19.00. Closed Sun.

This Hare Krishna eatery isn’t as cheap as the simple

shabby Krishna establishment should be. Still, we have to

admit that it certainly has its constant clients among Riga’s

bohemia, businessmen, hipsters and yuppies. The food

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is prepared according to Krishnaite traditions. Part of the

money spent on your meal will be donated to the homeless

soup kitchen they run.

soviet gourmet

RASOLS. POST-SOVIET CONCEPT CAFE

9 Strēlnieku iela, mob. tel. 20257898, 10.00–23.00, 11.00–last client,

Sun 11.00–21.00. fb.com/cafe.rasols

We know you are spoiled by the epicurean Riga dining scene

and how desperate you are, striving to flabbergast yourself!

Check out this shiny pearl with a strong personality and selfironic

concept. Family owned and operated, Rasols is a delusive,

expensive kitsch, bringing together soviet Art Deco,

Petersburg intelligentsia apartment and NYC loft ambience,

fascinating vintage and antique objects, local art and only

vinyl music on the background. Amazing Russian/Latvian/

soviet cuisine is elevated to the complete gourmet level.

Try their soups, soviet tapas with homemade vodka, large

choice of soviet-inspired cocktails. Also selected wines and

craft beer. Dazzling!

bistro

BALTS (White)

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27 Ģertrūdes iela, mob. tel. 29020200, 10.00-20.00, Sat 11.00-19.00.

Closed Sun. fb.com/balts.lv

This trendy bistro is a clean, clear concept of speedy, but

quality dining. Everything here is conscious and straightforward—the

elemental exposed-brick interior puts forward

their Asian/European fusion menu: sushi, noodles, salads,

soups. Dishes are made daily on the spot, using mainly a

slow-cooking method and are served in takeaway, but fully

biodegradable corn fibre dishes. Takeaway dishes doesn’t

mean you can’t dine in. Combine your own day menu (€7–9),

or stop by for vogueish filter coffee or matcha tea-to-go with

your invigorating dessert. Easy, brisk and delicious!

ONZE

11 Sporta iela, tel. 67809990, 08.00–16.30. Closed Sat, Sun.

fb.com/pusdienurestoransONZE

Giving away rare insider’s intel—breakfast-lunch buffet

restaurant. Positively seasonal local products, vegetarian,

vegan, flexitarian, varying and replenished almost

hourly. Two meals: salad or soup + the main will cost

you €4.50 (whaaaaa?!). From their trendy coffee corner

choose your perfect brew, made by Riga’s top 10 barista.

Natural local lemonades, French style patisserie/confectionary.

You get everything lightning-fast! Nicely wrapped

for takeaway. Located on the ground floor of the ‘11’ office

building.

TERRA

9 Blaumaņa iela, tel. 67650001, 10.00–22.00. www.terra-restorani.lv

Admirable concept: affordable, fast, but not simple, meals

which you choose and combine yourself. Terra Boxx: base

(potato, barley or salad) + sauce + meat or mushrooms +

hot vegetables and cheese/herbs/seeds on top. Or Terra

Salad Boxx—the same, but greener. Also soups and scrumptious

desserts: all ingredients you choose are made using

recipes of the award-winning young German chef. The interior

recalls industrial NY cafeterias.

czech

SVEIKS, ŠVEIK!

23 Stabu iela, tel. 67314674, 11.00–23.00, Sat, Sun 12.00–23.00.

www.svejk.lv

This hearty pub is spread over two floors. The upper floor

has a fire-place. Offers filling Czech dishes—try the famous

knedli and stewed pork chop on huge platters to accompany

the best of Czech beer. Also has a selection of vegetarian

dishes as well a big choice of Czech wine. Always full, beloved

by locals.

comfort farm cuisine

CRAZY TURKEY

56 Mūkusalas iela, mob. tel. 28908987, 08.00-23.00.

fb.com/CrazyTurkeyRiga

The kitchen area of this family-owned restaurant/grillhouse

mirrors the dining space in size. It includes a separate minifactory

for daily fresh bakes, huge Caucasus style coal grill,

smoke-house for fish and meat, storages for local favourites,

such as pickled vegetable mixes, supplied from the owners’

parents’ farm. The intercontinental menu includes burgers,

pastas salads and soups and Caucasus, Russian, Tex-Mex,

Jewish and surely Latvian cuisine. Huge country-style portions

for big family/friends gatherings. Each Sunday, the

brunch contains specialties from a different country cuisine.

Finger-licking cakes according to old Latgalian recipes.

Hearty, warm, welcoming, budget saving! view over Daugava

river and Zaķusala.

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CENTRĀLAIS GASTRO TIRGUS (Central Gastro Market)

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3 k.2 Centrāltirgus iela, 11.00–22.00, Fri, Sat 11.00–01.00, Sun

11.00–20.00. www.centralais.lv

There is no way you can underestimate the historical moment

of lifting the whole idea of the Riga Central Market

to such heights! The largest European market and bazaar

with more than a century of history, has turned a new glossy

page thanks to the adamant power and cosmic ambitions

of Victor Ravdive and the whole Resto-Rātors crew. Now

Riga has a food court, occupying almost the entire pavilion,

offering the world’s yummiest street-food and snacks.

Oysters and prosecco, burgers, pizzas, fish’n’chips, gastro

hot-dogs, craft beer, pancakes, wafers, raw food, falafels,

sabychs, shawarmas, ramens and Thai soups, sushi, sashimi,

seafood tacos, tempura, Georgian khinkali and khachapuri

and dozens more in the comfort of a single location

with DJ music in the background. All are prime products

and quality combinations. At last, the Riga market vibe is

hip, fun, trendy. I think we never saw so many young and

sexy people on the Central Market territory. Keep it up! All

our support!

israeli

SHAMNA VE SALTA

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7 Gleznotāju iela, mob. tel. 27772254, 12.00–21.00, Sat 12.00–22.00.

Closed Sun. fb.com/shamnavesaltariga

We love Israel and Mid-Eastern cuisine. From the first bite

of their babha-ganoush and hummus-falafel we understood

that we would go the extra mile for a restaurant like this,

even in TLV. Israeli owned and operated, this compact

restaurant, located on a picturesque Old Riga street gives

you the proper spicy-nutty-creamy-fresh-green-filling Israeli

gastronomy satisfaction. All including hummus, pita, dozens

of sauces are handmade here from scratch, all special

ingredients: seeds, nuts, spices and wines are imported

from Israel. Loads of vegetarian dishes. Take-away juicy

pita-falafel €5. Mazel tov!

ZULA

DINING

63 Terbatas iela, mob. tel. 26589519, 12.00–23.00.

fb.com/zularestaurant

Rich, creamy, green, fresh Mid-Eastern gastronomy by Israeli

chef Shimon, made without any compromises. The

competitive array and representation of the most delectable

Israeli, Lebanese, Moroccan, Tunisian meals would

be very hard to find, even in Israel. The best way to enjoy

the food is by sharing—take a Zula Plate, fresh salads,

hummus, falafel, baba ganoush etc as a starter. Proceed

with their Zula grill mix: shish kebab, mergez home sausages,

chicken skewers, beef fillet skewers, also Turkishstyle

shawarma or Moroccan-style fish Rajma. Everything

is made on the spot by hand in their open kitchen. Huge

portions, plenty of vegetarian/vegan options. All paired

with niche and seasonal Israeli wine. Amazing desserts:

we loved Israeli coconut milk panna cota with rose jam—

Malabi. Homey-industrial Tel Aviv atmosphere, Israeli music

and heartiness! Beteavon!

cafes & bars

CABO CAFE

19a A.Sakses iela, Mežaparks, mob. tel. 29400263, 11.00–last client.

www.cabo.lv

Marvellous surf hangout right on the Ķīšezers lake. Perfect

summer cuisine, mainly cold soups and crunchy salads.

Also serves Belgian Leffe and Bellevue Kriek. Try the finger

licking Cabo burger or the orzotto. Huge terrace spread over

the small beach, where you can witness local surf contests.

Got inspired? Take surfing lessons on the spot—reserve at

the bar! Vintage surf music disco nights on weekends. Sexy

boys and sexy girls!

HERBĀRIJS

67 Dzirnavu iela, mob. tel. 27343393, 11.00–23.30, Thr, Fri

11.00–01.30, Sat, Sun 11.00–01.00. fb.com/herbarijs

Absolutely one of a kind, insta-perfect, fairytale roof-houseorangerie

on the 8 th floor of the Galleria Riga s/c roof terrace.

The interior is almost entirely made of live plants, changing

along with the seasons, so does their deliberate cocktail

ALKOHOLA LIETOŠANAI IR NEGATĪVA IETEKME. ALCOHOL PUTS YOUR HEALTH AT RISK

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menu conducted using local herbs, giving you the real taste

of Riga. An amazing 360 degree roof-top and chimney view,

makes it a must to blend in with the sunset here.

LATVIJAS 1.ROKKAFEJNĪCA / ROCKCAFE.LV

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2/4 Mārstaļu iela (K-3), Mon, Tue 11.00–24.00, Wed, Thr 11.00 – 02.00,

Fri, Sat 11.00–06.00, Sun 12.00–24.00. www.rockcafe.lv

The Rockcafe is so massive—you could even call it an ‘independent

alternative republic’. Located in the historical

‘Reutern Residence’, spread over three floors, in the heart

of Old Riga, it houses three bars and two stages. Also has a

restaurant and deli, which uses mainly local ingredients for

its very affordable menu. The venue is also a museum with

paraphernalia from the most famous Latvian rock bands

and also a shop.

LIDOJOŠĀ VARDE (The Flying Frog)

31a Elizabetes iela, tel. 67321184, 10.00–01.00, Fri, Sun

10.00 -03.00. fb.com/flyingfrog.riga

Not much has changed since the restaurant was opened...

nobody recalls now how long ago. Located in the centre of

the Art Nouveau district, it is still jam-packed with locals

and ex pats. True homey Latvian cuisine with huge portions.

Their pork leg sorrel soup and lemon cheese cake are

amazing.

VEST

1 Stabu iela, mob. tel. 26106505, 08.00–23.00, Fri, Sat 11.00–01.00.

fb.com/VestRiga

Welcome home hipsters! Made by Riga hipster culture

father-figure barista/craft beermaker Ingemars Dzenis (see

also Innocent Cafe). From the pre-after party hip bar, Vest

has grown into a ‘razor-sharp’ all-day, all-in-one bruncheria/

cafeteria/bike shop/bar club. Great old centre grey insideout

brick/wooden habitat with handmade furniture. Serves

home style breakfast buffet and brunches on Sundays,

yummy Latvian eco-minded lunches from mid day. Sports

TV. Serious wine-list, connoisseur craft beers, handmade

strong liquors (try hrenovuha) and old world cocktails in the

evening. Themed drink and gastronomy happenings.

steak houses

BEEF EATER’S

75 K. Valdemāra iela (enter from Zaubes iela) mob. tel. 24117511,

12.00–23.00, Sun, Mon 12.00–22.00. www.beefeaters.lv

To uncover a restaurant like this, even for a Rigan, is a genuine

treasure! Located a wee bit off the tourist track, on the

gorgeous Bauhaus/National Romanticism Zaubes street,

this meat house is the genuine predator’s refuge. We loved

their ‘Just Meat’ menu: ‘Fillet Mignon’, ‘Stripolin’ or ‘Rib Eye’

steak, plus homemade sauce—we recommend the 48-hour

simmered ‘demi-glace’—and grilled veggies. It is made immaculately

from local beef (except the ‘Rib Eye’ from Australia/Argentina),

without any additives or marinades. Also

soups, salads, kebabs, burgers, tartares, dumplings, even

pâté—all is exclusively home-made and wow-delectable!

Strikingly open-hearted service! We would say ‘like at home’,

but we doubt that anybody can do it so good at home.

STEIKU HAOSS (Steak Chaos)

25 Meistaru iela (J-3), tel. 67222419, 12.00–24.00, Fri, Sat, 12.00–

01.00. 2 Audēju iela (K-3), tel. 67225699, 12.00–23.00,

Fri, Sat, Sun 12.00–last client. 41/43 Tērbatas iela, tel. 67272707,

12.00–23.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–24.00. www.steikuhaoss.lv

Riga’s trailblazer in the aesthetics and cuisine of the Wild

West has expanded into three restaurants over the last ten

years. Of the 17 different steak dishes listed on the menu,

any one could stand alone as a featured item, whether it be

the naturally strong-flavoured Argentinian bife de chorizo,

beef tenderloin matured in olive oil, or the lean, yet succulent,

fillet mignon. Since the chefs have interned at Copenhagen’s

Noma (rated as the world’s best restaurant for three years

in a row), they brought new dimensions to Steiku Haoss:

the appetizers, soups, salads and condiments have become

more refined, the desserts—ever more enticing, and the wine

list—decidedly selective. The Tērbatas branch offers to buy

steaks, burgers and shashliki, all properly prepared and

ready-to-be-grilled, with the chef’s recipe on how to serve.

burgers

LATE NIGHT MUNCHIES

21 Peldu iela, mob. tel. 22333839 (also for delivery), 11.00–23.00, Thr

11.00–02.00, Fri, Sat 11.00–05.00. fb.com/latenightmuchies

Bombastic US-style comfort food micro restaurant, the new

best Old Town solution for a dark-hour chow-down. All is

juicy, thick and chewy, freshly and briskly made before your

eyes. Burgers with home-baked buns and 300-400gr(!) burger

patties, pizzas, fries, local brews on tap. Incredibly affordable!

And you are all set to go on partying in Trompete,

Ala and Pūce clubs, two steps away.

STREET BURGERS

4a Meža iela, 10 Blaumaņa iela, mob. tel. 26611311 (delivery) 11.00–

22.00. www.streetburgers.lv 100% young bull’s meat of Charolais

and Angus sorts—now also local lamb—grilled on coal, middone,

in between homemade gluten-free buns, special house

sauces (street, garlic) plus not so common add-ons such as

blue cheese and pesto, making the whole extremely yummy!

Greatest craft brews from Brew Dog. Light youngster streetculture

atmosphere, froghurt and macaroons as dessert,

affordable prices makes the place irresistible! Plus ask the

cheerful staff to help combine your own burger!

wine bars

D’VINE

55 Elizabetes iela, tel. 67772217, 12.00–22.00. Closed Sat, Sun.

fb.com/DvineBar Operating since 2007, two level bar-restaurant,

with panoramic glass-walls overlooking Esplanāde

park and Freedom monument. Riga’s heartbeat can be felt

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open-air restaurants

DOMA DĀRZS

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1 Tirgoņu iela, 12.00–24.00. fb.com/domadarzs Huge 650-place

beer terrace on Dome Square. 21 beers on tap.

EGLE — OPEN-AIR LEISURE VENUE (FIR TREE)

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1a Kaļķu iela (near Town Hall Square) (K-3), mob. tel. 26469161,

11.00–last guest. www.spogulegle.lv

The it place to witness Latvian traditions in the open!

Cultural live shows on three stages, craft fair, the biggest

open-air restaurant (with around 1,000 seating

places) in the Old Town—delicious Latvian traditional

food and drinks. Latvian live pop, rock & folk music. Really

wide choice of beer. Selfie favourite mirror fir tree—

a unison of leisure and sightseeing.

KASDĀRZĀ

1 Radio iela, mob. tel. 22003555, 10.00-02.00. kasdarza.com

Enjoy the quintessence of summer on this tremendous

garden terrace overlooking the Riga Canal. Cheerful,

smiling service. Perfect whether in big company, with

family or in a ‘tete a tete’ mood. Live music and DJ in

the evenings will prep you for the right pre-party mood.

LEGEND. BEACH

Bulduri, Jūrmala, mob. tel. 23777389, 12.00–23.00. legendbeach.lv

The summer spot by the Resto-Rātors team—THE place

to go to be seen spending money. Creme de la creme

audience, cocktails, sea food, coal grill, steaks, swimming

pool and chaises-longues.

MUUSU TERASE

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1A Eksporta iela, 11.00–23.00, Thr, Fri, Sat 11.00–01.00. muusu.lv

Muusu Terase’s specialty is VSOP open grill, where the

chef prepares seafood, aged meat (choose per weight,

to try out full variety) and even desserts before your

eyes! No time for a la carte? Drop by for speedy lunch.

Eco-local seasonal zummos and liquor cocktails.

O TERASE

NEW

7 Skārņu iela, mob. tel. 20007946, 12.00–23.45.

www.facebook.com/O.Terase

Black veranda with hammocks, huge bar, live music

and lounge zones with water-pipes, in the heart of the

Old Town. Open-air Middle-Eastern grill: kufta, kebab,

skewers by the grill chef Ismet Kabak. Groovy local DJ’s

and highly decorated mixologists with seasonal, mindblasting

cocktails.

VINA STŪDIJA TERASE

NEW

12 Audēju iela, tel. 67283205, 14.00–22.00. www.vinastudija.lv

Old City pop-up terrace by the Resto-rātors team. With

an accent on the seasonal all-world wines, paired with

wine region special delicatessen and grill. Live jazzy

music from 19.00. Posh, elegant, classy, affordable.

Brīvības street. Serves compact, but seasonal selection

of European meals, prepared before your eyes in the open

kitchen. Perfect for the fast business lunch (starting at €7).

Tapas evenings every Thursday (upon reservation).

EASY WINE

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4 Audēju iela, mob. tel. 25966376, 12.00–23.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–02.00.

http://easywine.lv

We just love their easy and crystal clear anti-snobbish concept.

Take your own ‘wine credit card’ and a glass at the bar,

approach their wonder-wine dispenser machine and choose

among 60 wines, carefully selected by sommelier Anastasija

Vinogradova. You also choose the quantity: 50, 100 or

150 ml, no queues, possibility to one-sip sample premium

segment wines—full budget control. Pair your finding with

European-Mediterranean meals and local cheese, game or

seafood, now also oysters (2 €/piece). Housed within the

elegantly smart Old Riga scene, graced with works by local

artists. Connoisseurs’ distilled spirits collection. Works

also as a wine shop. Thematic degustations. Art de vivre!

GARAGE

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83/85 Elizabetes iela (in Berga Bazārs), mob. tel. 26628833, 10.00–

24.00. www.vinabars.lv No kidding, you easily can meet Kylie

Minogue or Sting here, but while you wait, go through their

hand-picked wines complemented by bestselling tapas.

Two seasonal menus from the local products in the famous

Zaiga Gaile’s awarded ‘yacht-garage’ house in the middle of

the luxurious Berga Bazars high-lifestyle arcade. One of the

best yard terraces in town.

TINTO

(in Splendid Palace) 61 Elizabetes iela, tel. 67289085,

08.00–24.00, Sat, Sun 10.00–24.00. http://tinto.lv

The oldest and classiest Cinema Riga has its own corresponding

multi-concept cafeteria. Tinto simultaneously

is a wine shop, wine studio, tapas bar, cafeteria and

restaurant. In the mornings, they bake crunchy croissants

and serve proper continental breakfast, during the day reliable

European cuisine, but closer to the evening they prepare

tapas with authentic Spanish ingredients to go with the

wide selection of handpicked wines.

VĪNA STUDIJA (Wine Studio)

10 Elizabetes iela, tel. 67283205, 12.00–24.00. 16 Audēju iela (in

Galerija Centrs) (K-4), tel. 67104430, 10.00–22.00. 30 Stabu iela, tel.

67276010, 11.00–24.00. www.vinastudija.lv

Vīna Studija is one of the wine bar starters in town. Puts

forward a hip loungy factory/wine cellar design and an

undeniably high-quality wine assortment and serving standards,

plus sophisticated wine snacks. No matter the price,

the quality and selection will never disappoint you. Choose

any bottle from their shop, pay a bit extra and drink it in an

always pleasantly packed restaurant area.

VĪNA VEIKALS

37 Kalnciema iela, 16.00–22.00, Sat 12.00–22.00,

Sun 12.00–20.00. Closed Mon. www.kalnciemaiela.lv

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All wines are hand selected from the Marche region of Italy,

by wine possessed owners. So relax and pick any bottle

from the wooden vintage cabinets of the renovated timber

hut. Buy it for takeaway, or have it on the spot.

belgian

BON VIVANT (Belgian Beer Cafe)

8 Mārstaļu iela (L-3), tel. 67226585. 11.00–01.00, Sat, Sun

13.00–02.00. www.bon-vivant.lv

Certainly the first and only gastro pub, pardon, gastro ‘brasserie’

in Riga. The best choice of Belgian beers—in itself a

gastronomic experience—more than 30 sorts! Beers on tap:

Hoegaarden, Kriek Belle Vue, Leffe Blond and Leffe Brune

as well as De Koninck. Epicurean fantasies of Belgian and

European cuisine, presented by wonder-chef Andrey Kudravets,

brings that gentle gourmet satisfaction. Rest assured,

the traditional brasserie attributes, such as sports TV and

laid-back atmosphere are still there! Try his solyanka in rye

bread, steaks and salads. Favoured by local big business

bosses. Group discounts available.

art cafes

GALERIJA ISTABA (art shop + cafe)

31a K. Barona iela, tel. 67281141. Gallery 12.00–21.00.

Closed Sun. Cafe 12.00–23.00. Closed Sun.

This Bohemian maisonette consists of the Latvian

artists’ shop/gallery, selling cute ‘impracticals’ and jewellery,

also holding monthly exhibitions. A bar/restaurant

upstairs, dining spaces are decorated as separate rooms.

Filling, acurate, rustic nouvelle Latvian cuisine.

KOLEKCIONĀRS (The Collector)

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7 Blaumaņa iela, mob. tel. 26213848, 10.00–23.00, Sat, Sun

11.00–23.00. fb.com/Kolekcionars

Co-owned by Latvian restaurateur, designer and Latvian

art and craft cognoscente Edijs Eihmanis, Kolekcionārs is

an aesthetic’s eye candy. The monochrome, geometrical,

masculine urban interior is rim-packed with cutting edge

state-of-the-art furniture, lighting, tableware, visual arts

and supplemented by gentle eco-local food. Regional seasonal

fish, meat, game and vegetables, herbal teas, local

wines and ciders good selection of vegetarian eats. Specialty

Andrito coffee and curious untraditional European

wines. You can order and buy each object you notice here.

Weekend brunches, day set meals. A Riga guest’s crucial!

OSIRIS

31 K. Barona iela, tel. 67243002, 08.00–23.00, Sat, Sun 10.00–23.00.

www.cafeosiris.lv

Favourite historical artist bohemia hot spot, already for

more than 20 years, started by the imposing ex-Opera

head Andrejs Žagars. The place where intelligentsia

meet up before/after gallery exhibition openings and

theatre premieres. The interior is laconic and we hope

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will never change. International meals or business

lunches, wines and cocktails and daily foreign specialty

papers/magazines available for your perusal. Snobbish

and fully Rigan.

tea

APSARA TEAHOUSE

Elizabetes iela (opposite house Nº75), tel. 67212436, 09.00–23.00.

Also on 2a K. Barona iela, 09.00–23.00.

Choose among 70 different kinds of tea. Walk into this cute

little wooden tea hut and you are in for the whole caboodle,

from Japanese and Chinese teas to the magnificent produce

spawned of the high-plateau plantations of Darjeeling!

Sprawl amongst the pillows tossed on the floor. Enjoy meditating

upon park view whilst sipping aromatic teas served in

accordance with the rituals of the old.

STRADA

5 Jāņa iela, 10.00–last client.

A coffee and tea studio in the heart of the Old Town. The

only place in Riga, where you can find Starbucks and the

most exclusive coffee in world—Cope Luwak. Choose your

favourite coffee and they will roast it on the spot. Besides

great coffee connoisseurs, the owners are recognised tea

professionals offering the best Chinese teas served in the

proper ceremonial way. Rare seasonal teas on offer. Kids

are welcome!

TEA DELI BY PULLMAN

(In Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel) 24 Jēkaba iela, tel. 67815440,

67815444. www.pullmanriga.lv www.equus.lv

A gorgeous environment for cozy and pleasant tea drinking.

It’s all about tea drinking. It’s all about tea diplomacy.

Various methods. Different styles. Teas from all around the

world. Recreation for travellers. The art of brewing. Tea

ceremonies.

XCHAIRIGA

7 Kaļķu iela, upon preliminary reservation, mob. tel. 26741302.

fb.com/XRIGA

Tea connoisseur Jury Podusov author’s project. ‘Membership

Only’ tea rooms in the Old Town. World Tea trends, live

music concerts. Creative workshop.

confectioneries

ARBOOZ

34a Dzirnavu iela iela, mob. tel. 26530164, 10.00–20.00, Sat.

11.00–18.00.Closed Sun. fb.com/arbOOz.lv

Extremely gentle and aesthetic hand-made, confections by

local enthusiast-confectioner Karina, who has sky-rocketed

her expertise to the state of fine-art. All ingredients are natural,

seasonal and mostly local. Indulge yourself in seven

kinds of macarons, eight kinds of cupcakes, marshmallows,

molecular meringues, cakes and tarts, also gluten-free

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KALNCIEMA IELA QUARTER

35 Kalnciema iela

Located in Pārdaugava, in the Agenskalns district, 35 Kalnciema iela is an old

wooden house quarter with interior design, gastronomy, wines and more. It is a

small residential showroom of local ecological lifestyle. Go through all the places

that are not even competitors, they complete one another. We recommend a visit to

all of them: interior shop Excelsior, exhibition space, wine shop, Māja restaurant.

Seasonal markets (10.00–16.00)

on Saturdays where you can

buy local seasonal products

from biological farms, as well

as handcrafts, souvenirs. Wine

degustations and even concerts.

Street Food Festival (18.00-

23.00) each Wednesday—enjoy

a variety of street food prepared

by professionals and enthusiasts

alike.

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yummies hand-made daily, using top-secret author’s recipes.

Aristocratic, fragile, velvet-silky texture of dreamlike

dainties will make you moan!

BAKEBERRY

11 Audēju iela, tel. 67130667, 08.00–21.00, Sat, Sun 09.00–21.00.

www.bakeberry.lv

Bakery-confectionery by the Resto-Rātors team. Same high

level of service and inventiveness. Bakes scrumptious pastries

and confectionery, also prepares sandwiches and salads

to go with competent coffee drinks. Their interior in surprising

way, combines charming European-Old World-vibes

with slick modern eco-minimalism. Old Riga location. Now

also healthy take-away lunch from Asparagoose!

KŪKOTAVA

10/12 Tērbatas iela, tel. 67283808, 08.00–20.00,

Sat 10.00– 18.00. Closed Sun. www.gardi.lv

Delicate pastries and pies, made from local seasonal

berries, fruits and vegetables, using fingerlickin’ recipes

from granny’s cooking book. Also French tarts, scrumptious

mascarpone cakes, home made fetuccini cookies

and bread. The loungy/homey Kūkotava atmosphere

envelops you. A local favourite Sunday brunch.

MADAM BRIOŠ

6 Doma laukums (in Art Museum Riga Bourse), mob. tel. 25660076,

08.30–18.00, Fri 08.30–20.00. Jürmala, Pumpuri, 9-1 Mellužu iela,

mob. tel. 20785555, 09.00–21.00,

Fri, Sat, Sun 09.00–22.00. fb.com/madam.brios

This cafe, shop, boulangerie, confectionery, salon de the is

an inspiring example of fully local, absolutely unabridged

sweet tooth gastronomy concept. Set in adorable Francophile

interior, they specialise in each piece they create.

Several kinds of family recipe bread, Russian pies, French

croissants, slow-food brioches, éclairs traditionnels, USAstyle

cheesecake.

MAMMA KŪKA

316 Brīvības gatve, mob. tel. 20008873, 09.00–18.00, Sat 10.00–14.00.

Closed Sun. fb.com/Mamma-kūka

The trendsetters of romantic-homey-local gourmet Fazenda

restaurants were praised so much for their desserts, they

could no longer avoid opening a confectionary. Generous

usage of the owner’s own farm eggs, home-made jams

and creams, butter, no additives and synthetic colourants.

Curious fusion of traditional Latvian recipes and contempo

confectionary trends.

coffee

INNOCENT CAFE

34 Blaumaņa iela, mob. tel. 29349507, 08.00–23.00, Sat, Sun

09.00–19.00. fb.com/innocentcafe instagram.com/innocentcafe

Coffee makers here are actually not so innocent at all, and

this place is one of the most characteristic neighbourhood

areas in the centre of Riga. Loved by locals and visitors, Innocent

Cafe is run by 1000% coffee obsessed professionals.

Cafeteria/Italian coffee brand Illy showroom, where you

can also buy Illy products. Plentiful brunch every day, lunch

and dinner, cocktails, freshly squeezed juices, smoothies,

cookies and pies, as well as éclairs and cakes. Vegan options

are available too.

PARUNĀSIM (Let’s Talk)

4 Mazā Pils iela, mob. tel. 25663533, 12.00–23.00, Fri, Sat

12.00–23.45, Sun 12.00–22.00. fb.com/parunasim

Sheltered in the layer-by-layer recovered 400-year old ex-

Jacob’s church chapel, Parunāsim brings that disarming

romantic enchantment of truly local artistic-bohemian

vibe. Interior is a DIY eclectic mix of elements of steampunk

(the bar is made from a pipe of the firefighting depo,

one of the tables is an actual carpenter’s bench) and antiquities,

trophies of super-dedicated owner Edgars Ludans.

Cakes, tarts, éclairs and macarons They don’t have a

menu, so you have to negotiate through your fish/meat/

veg meal.

RIGA MAGIC BAR

10 Kaļķu iela (J-3), tel. 67222877, 10.00–01.00. www.since1752.lv

The showroom for Riga’s star drink—Black Balsam, which

was created in 1752. During the day, enjoy lovely desserts

and special drinks made with Black Balsam. Witness the

scientific part of alchemical transformation—the very moment

of the creation of the Black Balsam.

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arbers

KNOCKOUT

16 Marijas iela, mob. tel. 27579888, 11a Kaļķu iela,

mob. tel. 27579333, 11.00-21.00. Closed Sun.

fb.com/knockoutbarbershopriga

An American-styled barber shop. This is a perfect place

for the modern man. Haircuts, grooming, beard trim

together with a beer and Playstation perfectly combines

a personalised outstanding look with great relaxation and

socialising.

WOOD RELIGION

28 Kaļķu iela, mob. tel. 28861999, 7 Grēcinieku iela, mob. tel.

28861888. 8 13. Janvāra iela (in Stockmann, 2 nd floor), mob. tel.

29888825. Riga International Airport (Terminal C, walk-in only), mob.

tel. 27579333. fb.com/woodreligion

Founded in 2013 by Edgar Rosenvald, Wood Religion was

the first ever barber shop to open in Latvia. Their fundamental

values include love for the clients, high quality service

and upholding long-standing traditions of the barber

craft. Wood Religion is truly a legendary place and can

be ranked amongst must-visit attractions of Riga, same

as tasting sweets at Laima, taking a walk to the Freedom

Monument and drinking authentic Rīgas Balzams. Different

kinds of classic men’s haircuts, beard and mustaches

trim, beard styling and straight razor shaving. The biggest

choice of men’s cosmetics in Baltics.

tattoos

INKFECTED TATTOOS

15 Stabu iela. www.INKfectedtattoos.lv All of their tattoo masters

are professional graphic artists, so your tattoo of any scale

and complexity turns into a real piece of art. Customise

your own design or choose one in a distinctive style.

REBEL TATTOO RIGA

7 Pulkv. Brieža iela, mob. tel. 26248986, 11.00–18.00. Closed Sat, Sun.

fb.com/rebeltattooriga

spas & beauty parlours

ELIEN SPA

7 Kaļķu iela (3 rd floor), mob. tel. 25731471 10.00–22.30.

www.elienspa.lv

Specially developed travellers’ rejuvenation SPA treatments.

Conveniently located in the middle of the Old Town, in spacious

and light premises, this SPA offers the highest quality

massages, SPA rituals and therapies, cosmetology procedures.

All treatments are performed by professional specialists.

Daily special offers on the website. Try out: Classic Massage,

Relaxing Aroma Massage, Massage Anti-Stress.

AMBASSADE DE LA BEAUTE

33 Elizabetes ieal, mob. tel. 27702734, 09.00–20.00, Sat 10.00–19.00,

Sun 10.00–17.00. www.ambassadedelabeaute.lv

Hairdressing, manicure, pedicure, cosmetologist, waxing,

massage, SPA treatments. Exquisite French brand, yet affordable!

Riga celebrity favourite.

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ACTIVITIES & WELL-BEING

AQUA VILLA BOUTIQUE SPA

17 Pēterbaznīcas iela, tel. 67814686, mob. tel. 29196349, 10.00–

20.00, Sun , Mon by appointment.

Passion is forever—one of our favourite spa spots was

recently reincarnated. Maintaining perfect top-notch quality

standards, the salon offers a variety of massages and

treatments for face, feet and full body. Try a steam batch on

a cedar bed or in the wooden barrel. Official distributor of

the lavish Gerard’s products. Free consultations. Gift cards

available. Impeccable service.

ELISANGE SPA

15 Blaumaņa iela, mob. tel. 28809888 (call beforehand to reserve).

www.elisangespa.lv

Oasis of peace and harmony, offering various treatments

for pure relaxation and professional care, massage, peeling,

wrapping, facial care, Russian bath treatments and turkish

Hammam rituals, with high quality cosmetics such as For

Two Sapropel Mud, Thalion Marine cosmetics and PAŅPURI

Organic cosmetics. Day SPA, SPA for Couples and SPA Parties

are offered as well.

ESPA RIGA

4a Baznīcas iela, tel. 67715222, 07.30–22.30. www.espariga.com

A unique luxurious concept SPA in the Baltics. Located

in a restored Art Nouveau building, neighbouring

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, this is a 6-story ‘aesthetic

kingdom’, offering refined stone/mosaic/tropical wood/

plastic finished spaces for the best around-the-globe treatments

and rituals. Everything from the 18m swimming pool

facing fireplace or open-air jacuzzi with a view on the park

and city roofs show that this is a SPA jewel indeed!

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HEDONIC SPA

5/6 Raiņa bulv., tel. 60008613, hedonic@semarahhotels.com,

07.00–22.00. www.semarahhotels.com

15 meter-long swimming pool with 4 extra massage seats,

Jacuzzi with hydro-massage, bio-sauna, Finnish sauna,

steam room, aroma room, fitness centre.

KEMPINSKI THE SPA

(in Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga) 22 Aspazijas blv., tel. 67670127,

09.00–21.00. www.kempinski.com/riga

Spend a day-off or take a rest after being on your feet the

whole day and indulge in the pure relaxation. Let peace and

clarity dwell in your mind, beauty in the body and inspiration

fill your soul. Six treatment rooms, a swimming pool, rasul

mud room, bio sauna and a health club with fitness centre.

WELLTON CENTRUM HOTEL & SPA

33 Kalēju iela, tel. 67130680, Active SPA zone:

09.00–22.00 (last visit at 21.00), SPA procedure cabinet:

09.00–21.00. www.wellton.com/lv/spa/wellton-spa-centrum

The active area of Wellton Centrum Hotel & SPA has a secluded

pool with an anti-stress function, Finnish sauna and

Turkish steam sauna, as well as a jacuzzi and comfy chairs.

To take care of your wellbeing, Wellton SPA Centrum offers

a wide range of beautification and SPA services. Qualified

professionals will help you find what you need by gladly

picking the procedure which satisfies your desires and

needs at the time.

WELLTON SPA OASIS

49 Vaļņu iela, tel. 67869952, Active SPA zone: 09.00–22.00 (last

visit at 21.00), SPA procedure cabinet: 09.00–21.00.

www.wellton.com/lv/spa/wellton-spa-oasis

Wellton SPA Oasis offers a wide range of procedures. The

active SPA area has a massage pool, hydromassage lounge

chairs, sauna and Turkish steam sauna.

WOW BEAUTY LOUNGE

2 E. Melngaiļa iela, mob.tel. 24886886, 10.00–20.00.Closed Sun.

www.wowbeauty.lv

Caring, professional staff specialising in makeup, brow

shaping, hair colouring, haircuts and styles, manicure and

pedicure. Individual approach for bringing out your individual

beauty. Your wellbeing will be in safe hands with

their SPA and beauty specialists, assisting you in choosing

the procedure taking into consideration both your needs

and desires.

PARK SPA

9 Kalpaka bulv., mob. tel. 29121111, 11.00–22.00. www.parkspa.lv

Enjoy luxury spa rituals for couples: various treatments,

massages and relaxation in a private suite with aromatic

sauna and jacuzzi. They pride themselves on an undisturbed

atmosphere, impeccable service and highly qualified staff.

Offers massages, peeling, wrapping, sauna and facial treatments

with excellent Thalion Thalasso marine cosmetics.

dental spa

DR OLGA GALKINA DENTAL SPA

57/59-39 K. Valdemāra iela, mob. tel. 28803173.

www.rigadentalservice.com

Cosmetic consultations, smile evaluation. Services include:

porcelain and composite veneers, esthetic crowns,

Invisalign braces, beauty injections (Botox, Juvederm). The

Riga This Week team personally recommends this highly

certified professional friendly doctor. She will probably even

speak your native language!

hairdressers

KITCHEN HAIR LAB

22 Antonijas iela, tel. 25622888, 10.00–20.00, Sat, Sun 10.00–15.00.

fb.com/KitchenHairLab Co-founded by the legendary hair artist

and singer Diana Payton. When popular stars perform in

Riga, when top models visit the town, guess who they turn

to for a perfect hairstyle? Official Riga Fashion Week hairstylist.

Kitchen Hair Lab is a common space for exhibitions,

seminars and even live music events.

illusion rooms

ILLUSION ROOMS RIGA

19 Vaļņu iela, mob. tel. 20036262, 10.00–21.00.

fb.com/Illusion.Rooms.Riga

Is this world real, or is it just an illusion? More than thirty interactive

attractions and curious exhibits, some of them interesting

and funny (optical art, mental exercises) some of them

are seriously challenging (Tornado Tunnel, the biggest mirror

maze)! Dozens of ideas for uber-creative selfies! Great place

for couples, families with children and team-building fun!

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ACTIVITIES & WELL-BEING

billiards & snooker

BAMS

18 Cēsu iela, mob. tel. 25604604, 16.00-23.00, Fri 16.00-02.00,

Sat 13.00-02.00, Sun 09.00-17.00, Mon 13:00–23.00. 2 Krāmu iela,

mob. tel. 26618800, 16.00–01.00, Fri, Sat 16.00–02.00. Closed Mon.

www.bams.lv Pool, billiards, darts, table tennis, novuss. Weekends

live music & DJs.

horseriding

NATIONAL SPORTS SCHOOL

75 Kleistu iela, tel. 67426727.

DRESSAGE IN-DOOR RIDING SCHOOL

Piņķi, 200m from highway Jūrmala - Riga, mob. tel. 29677845, answer

tel./fax 67752055, dressage@tl.lv, 07.00 - 23.00.

kayaking

KAYAKING IN RIGA

1a Eksporta iela, mob. tel. 29333032. rigaslaivas.lv

Safe two-seater kayaks on the Riga canal, river Daugava, river

coves, canals and tributaries. Several routes are available

for daytime and night-time activities for beginners as well

as for more experienced rowers. Also offers guided tours.

indoor sports & games

FANTASY PARK

71 Mūkusalas (s/c Riga Plaza, 2 nd floor), 12.00–00.00, Fri 12.00 –last

guest, Sat 10.00–last guest, Sun 10.00–00.00.

One of the biggest of its kind in Riga. 12 bowling lanes for

all type of players, 9 standard pool tables and one Russian

Billiards table. 29 video games and simulators for all

ages, bikes, drift simulators, air-hockey, boxer, basketball

and mini-bowling. Children playground AbrakaDabra. Corporate

event planning: catering, drinks, DJs & programme.

BRAZILIJA BEACH SPORTS CENTRE

100 Jurkalnes iela, mob. tel. 25400000, 07.00-23.00, Sat, Sun 08.00–

23.00. www.brazil.lv Beach volleyball all year round in a

sand-covered indoor court. Also offers Zorb bumper ball

games, darts, novuss, table football, Slackline, laser tag.

swimming pools & water fun

BALTIC BEACH

Majori, Jūrmala, 23/25 Jūras iela, tel. 67771400,

fax 67771410, info@balticbeach.lv. www.balticbeach.lv

Unique in the Baltics: a professional 25m lap pool with heated

sea water offering guests a relaxing swim or energetic

aqua-exercises.

ELEKTRUM OLYMPIC SPORT CENTRE

6b Grostonas iela, tel. 67388478, 67387710, 07.00–23.00, Sat, Sun

08.30-22.00. www.olimpiskais.lv

HOTEL JŪRMALA SPA

47/49 Jomas iela, Majori, Jūrmala, tel. 67784415, 08.00–22.00.

www.hoteljurmala.lv

The ‘Wellness Oasis’ of the hotel spans on three floors.

Swimming pools with hydromassage, Jacuzzis and ‘Aqua

Bar’ so you can have your drinks without getting out of the

water. Upstairs make use of the gym.

LĪVU AKVAPARKS (Livonian Aqua Park)

Lielupe, 24 Viestura iela, tel. 67755636, 12.00–23.00,

Sat, Sun 12.00–22.00. www.akvaparks.lv

Latvia’s largest aqua park—seven sliding tubes, river, swimming

pool with artificial tide.

RADISSON BLU DAUGAVA HOTEL 24 Kuģu iela, tel. 67061111,

06.00–23.00, Sat, Sun 08.00–22.00. radissonblu.com

RTU ĶĪPSALA SWIMMING POOL

5 Ķīpsalas iela, tel. 67616989. www.baseins.rtu.lv

Family swimming courses, water areobics.

WELLNESS & SPA LIELUPE

Jūrmala, Lielupe, 64/68 Bulduru prosp. , tel. 67753306, 08.00–22.00,

wellness@semarahhotels.com. www.semarahhotels.com

25-Meter indoor swimming pool, kids shallow swimming

pool, jacuzzi, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath, experience

shower, fitness centre.

electro karting

ELEKTROKARTINGS

25 Matīsa iela (enter from K. Barona iela), 12.00–21.00,

Sat, Sun 10.00–23.00, mob. tel. 20454321. www.elektrokartings.lv

Positive energy go-karts with slick design, great acceleration

and no CO 2

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SHOPPING

art & souvenir shops

AMBER LINE

Main locations: 4 Torņa iela, 10.00–20.00. 6 Šķūņu iela, 10.00–20.00.

17 Tirgoņu iela, 10.00–20.00. 6 Kaļķu iela, 10.00–20.00. 16 Audēju iela

(in s/c Galerija Centrs), 10.00–21.00. www.amberline.lv

Everybody knows that Latvian amber is an excellent gift

for your beloved. This shop chain offers beautiful amber

jewellery by different designers. Styles vary from ethnic

to elegant or posh, amber is accompanied with crystals,

pearls or corrals.

ART NOUVEAU RIGA

9 Strēlnieku iela, tel. 67333030, 10.00–19.00. www.artnouveauriga.lv

Only store in Latvia dedicated exclusively to Art Nouveau.

EGLE — OPEN-AIR LEISURE VENUE (FIR TREE)

1a Kaļļu iela (near Town Hall Square) (K-3), 11.00 - last guest.

www.spogulegle.lv

Mittens for granny? They sell ‘em. Earrings for your wife?

Check that! Amber souvenir for your colleague? No problem!

Egle literally sells every traditional Latvian gift you can

think of—arts and crafts galore!

ELKOR GIFTSHOP

19 Brīvības bulv., tel. 67214077, 10.00–22.00. Also linen and amber

shop on 9 Tirgoņu iela, tel. 67210025, 09.00–21.00.

Latvian handmade gifts and exclusive souvenirs.

GRIEŽI

1 Mazā Miesnieku iela, tel. 67507236, 10.00–19.00.

Handmade linen, renovated antique furniture, pottery, copies

of ancient jewellery, wooden toys. On Mondays craft

performances in English, Thursdays traditional cooking performances—reserve

beforehand.

LAIPA

2/4 Laipu iela, tel. 67229962, 11.00–17.00, Sat 11.00–15.00. Closed

Sun. Goods in amber, silver, ceramics, wood, leather, woolen

and linen clothing.

LĪVS

7 Kalēju iela, tel. 67229010, 11.00–17.00, Sat 11.00–15.00. Closed Sun.

Specialises in linen and original Baltic jewellery in silver and

bronze.

SENĀ KLĒTS (The Old Barn) (The National Costume Center)

1 Rātslaukums, tel./fax 67242398, info@senaklets.lv,

10.00–19.00, Sat, Sun 10.00–17.00. www.senaklets.lv

See the largest Latvian national costumes’ exhibition of

the world. Top-quality Latvian handicraft, linen, jewellery,

ceramics and souvenirs.

TĪNE

2 Vaļņu iela, tel. 67216728. 10 Audēju iela, tel. 67350111.

1 Kungu iela, tel. 67227215. 09.00–19.00, Sun 10.00–17.00.

fashion & accessories

HOUSE OF ANDELEMANDELE

7 Palasta iela, mob. tel. 26424119, 16.00–20.00, Fri, Sat 11.00–15.00.

Closed Sun Mon. fb.com/Andelemandele.Showroom

A legendary local start-up, crystallised from the uberenthusiastic

Līva Jaunozola’s idea to connect the most

voguish Latvian fashionistas through exchange groups on

Facebook, on-line shop, then organising fashion markets

and get-togethers.The shop offers a top-of-the top selection

of cutting edge brands, pre-used, but in great condition.

Female fashion hunter’s must!

META

2 Stacijas laukums (s/c Origo), mob.tel. 23377997, 10.00–21.00.

www.metashop.lv

Everyday and evening clothing for men and women. Also

offer wonderful additions to outwear: a collection of accessories,

such as scarves, hats, gloves and bags. Practical,

easy to wear and at a good price.

MONTBLANC BOUTIQUE

69 Elizabetes iela, mob. tel. 28800800, 10.00–19.00, Sat 11.00–17.00.

Closed Sun. fb.com/MontblancRiga

The Grand Montblanc boutique located in the centre offers

an extensive range of backpacks, travel bags and wallets,

document cases and briefcases, business card holders, cufflinks

and money clips, fragrance and eyewear. Individual

approach and complimentary gifts to each guest of boutique.

Tax free service. Welcome to the Montblanc World!

PLAZA

25 Kungu iela, tel. 67350971, 11.00–20.00, Sun 12.00–17.00.

Located in Old Riga, luxury multibrand store PLAZA is an

official representative and retailer for such brands as Christian

Dior, Dolce&Gabbana, Tom Ford, Celine, Saint Laurent,

Gucci, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney,

Valentino, Gianvito Rossi, Sergio Rossi, Loro Piana, Ermanno

Scervino, Brunello Cucinelli, Christian Louboutin, Fendi,

The Row, Brioni, Kiton, Zilli, Billionaire, Santoni, Lalique,

Daum, Bernardaut, Puiforcat, Elie Bleu, Saint Louis. Sells

men’s and women’s clothes, shoes, accessories and interior

design objects.

PODIUM

21 Brīvības bulv., tel. 67165551, 67165552, 10.00–20.00, Sat, Sun

10.00–18.00. www.podium.lv

The Podium fashion centre is based in the heart of Riga,

alongside the Freedom Monument and Old Riga. On offer

are more than 30 brand collections of apparel, footwear

and accessories, including luxury brands such as Salvatore

Ferragamo, Armani Collezioni, Moncler, Philipp Plein, Corneliani,

Paul&Shark, Tod’s, D&G, Monnalisa, Hugo Boss, and

many others. Men’s wear and footwear collections are on

the first floor, as are women’s bags and footwear, while the

second floor features collections from the world’s leading

fashion houses for women and children. An elegant and

exclusive interior, a nice and unforced atmosphere, and professional

and knowledgeable staff will help you to find your

individual style on the basis of the most modern aspects of

globally known brand names!

SKALA BOUTIQUE (Contemporary Fashion & Denim)

36 Tērbatas iela, tel. 67290788, 11.00–19.00. Closed Sun. Jūrmala,

Majori, (in Baltic Beach Hotel) 23/25 Jūras iela. Jūrmala, Majori,

92 Jomas iela. www.skalastyle.com

Alexander Wang, N.21, Golden Goose, MSGM, Isabel Marant,

Off-White, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Dsquared2, Neil Barrett, Y-3,

Stone Island, Marcelo Burlon, Eleventy, C.P.Company, Jacob

Cohen, Joseph, Vivetta, Mira Mikati, Katja Dobrjakova

and more.

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SHOPPING

UNITED COLORS OF BENETTON MEGA STORE

29 K. Barona iela, tel. 67240168, 10.30–19.30, Sat 11.00–19.00, Sun

11.00–17.00. fb.com/Benettonbarona29

International brand, combining colour and energy with Italian

style since 1965. The pursuit of quality is in the very

DNA of their knitwear, thanks to years of experience and

the innovation that characterised their growth, making them

one of the most famous brands in the world. Visit the Mega

Store and check out BENETTON Women’s, Men’s, Kids, UN-

DERCOLORS and SISLEY YOUNG Collections.

street wear

BANG BANG

18/20 Kalēju iela, 10.00–20.00, Fri, Sat 10.00–21.00, Sun 12.00–18.00.

www.bangbangshop.lv

Cafe + shop offering the latest sneakers and clothes from

Premium street fashion and surf culture brands, such as

Volcom, Insight, Nixon, Element, Cheap Mondays, Obey,

Stussy, Makia, Carhartt, Herschel, also selected local designer

items.

ITK

18 Z.A. Meierovica bulv., tel. 67671505, 11.00–20.00, Sat, Sun 12.00–

18.00. www.itkkit.com, fb.com/itkkit/ instagr.am/itk_brotherhood/

The main contemporary men’s wear destination in Riga.

Carefully curated brands: Comme des Garçons, Gosha Rubchinskiy,

A.P.C., Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Champion,

top tier sneakers by Adidas, Nike, New Balance and many

more.

HOODSHOP

72-k2 Brīvības iela (enter from the yard), mob. tel. 27006864,

11.00–19.00. fb.com/hoodshop.eu

This street culture maisonette is owned and operated by

legendary Riga hip hop star Ozols. Truly swag sneakers,

T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps from limited edition USA-designed

and -made (!) Asics, Vans, New Balance, Mitchell

& Ness and a few local designer brands selected by Ozols

himself. Also vintage boom-boxes, vinyls and rare books

on street art, fashion and music. Additional room is always

reserved for local artist exhibitions. Faultless concept,

cheerful and friendly. Don’t hesitate to ask anything

about the street culture from the owner, he has much to

say!

VOLGA

35 11. Novembra Krastmala, room 95, mob. tel. 26762229 (by appointment)

marketplace.asos.com/boutique/volga-volga

Iconic vintage clothes inspired by 90s and early 2000s.

Each piece is selected personally by legendary Rigan vintage

fashion blogger and vlogger Sergey Hatanzeysky.

Brands, fakes, oldfangled unbelievable accessories, also

swimwear and shoes for him and her from all over the

planet. Also full look stylist suggestions.

latvian fashion

ANNA LED SHOP STUDIO

84 Dzirnavu iela (Berga Bazārs), tel. 67455432, mob.tel. 29502901.

www.annaled.com

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Latvian fashion grand maître, Anna Ledskalniņa is known

also in Russia and Japan. ANNA LED dresses, sweaters,

blouses, trousers, scarves and many more, all are made

from high quality materials: linen, wool, silk, cashmere etc.

As the true master of textures, she plays around with the

geometry of minimalism and romance of knitwear, evening

and leisure, stylish, uncommon and very pleasant to wear.

The Berga Bazārs location is a studio also, so you have a

chance to become acquainted with the designer and have

your item tailored, which makes it more personal. Also

handmade accessories and home items.

GALLERY ETMO

4-3A Torņa iela, mob. tel. 29134999, 11.00–18.00. www.etmo.lv

Gallery ETMO is a Latvian contemporary design shop located

in Old Riga. ETMO has become well-known for its exquisite

hand-woven scarves, linen clothing line and home accessories.

Every product at ETMO is born in Latvia, parented

by Latvian artists and craftsmen, and most of the items are

available only in one original piece. Visit the shop or enjoy

internet shopping at www.etmo.lv.

NATĀLIJA JANSONE SHOWROOM & STUDIO

3 Jāņa iela, mob. tel. 28365391, 09.00–18.00. Closed Sat, Sun.

www.natalijajansone.lv

A well-known and recognised designer in Latvia. She has

designed for the Latvian National Orchestra, the Latvian

Olympic team and for stage shows and performances such

as Eurovision Song 2005 and Miss Universe 2005. Her work

also includes advertising collections for a variety of well

known brands. She has been the stylist for popular public

places, such as hotels, bars and restaurants.

NOLO

16 Audēju iela (s/c Galerija Centrs), tel. 67281260, 10.00–22.00. www.

nolofashion.com

Remarkably self-confident, exceedingly alluring, women’s

smart-urban fashion by talented Latvian designer, highly

recommended by the best local stylists. Based in light, oxidising

eco-minimalst interior. Try it on!

NONAME PLACE

1-3A Alberta iela (enter from Antonijas iela), mob. tel. 28397438,

11.00-–19.00 Sat 11.00–18.00. Closed Sun. instagr.am/noname_place

Selected high-quality Latvian designer Multibrand boutique.

Sells clothes, footwear, accessories, bags for him and her.

Also lingerie, pyjamas, ceramics, silk scarves. Even the

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micro makeup and eye brow correction studio Brow B Bar.

Drop by for a cup of coffee!

INCH 2

19 Elizabetes iela, by appointment mob. tel. 26633399.

Owned and operated by a fanatically dedicated young

couple, Inch 2 footwear is a debut award winner—handmade,

charismatic, AA class quality concept, bringing not

only your, but also Latvia’s appearance to a sky-high level.

Men’s and women’s design is a never-ending play with the

old world footwear design traditions, mixing them in a curious,

one-of-a-kind, personal, timeless, state-of-the-art and

sexy way. Each model can be customised to your individual

taste. Just get a pair!

PAVILJONS

3 Ieriķu iela (s/c Domina), 10.00–22.00, tel. 26441063.

www.paviljons.lv

Just the hippest, the most cutting-edge local young

designer showroom. Their philosophy is based on slow

retailing, paying attention to uniqueness and value of

each product, keeping the exclusivity in limited editions

and hand-made pieces, some even unique items. Products

include fashion, footwear, accessories and paintings.

QOO QOO

3 Zirgu iela, mob. tel. 20013933, 11.00–19.00. Closed Sat, Sun. Shop

online http://beqooqoo.com

Numerously awarded, sexy youngster brand by probably

the best known local gorgeous ‘yuccie’ Alyona Bauska,

who rocketed in 2010 and already occupies the hearts and

wardrobes of most local fashionistas. Best known for crazyprint

leggings, the label has a wide range of knitted and silk

dresses, tops, stockings and swimwear. All garments are

produced in their workshop, environmentally friendly and

under fair work conditions. Total must-have! Meet Alyona at

her shabby-chic studio, showroom or shop on-line.

TOOCHE

11 Antonijas iela (call for appointment), mob. tel. 27455013.

www.tooche.me

Exclusive shoes, bags and even sandals handcrafted from

natural wool felt with leather details. Order a unique one-ofa-kind

custom-made pair or a bag, especially for you! Any

colour combination is possible, just free up your imagination

and start to create! Visit their shop/atelier to meet the

designers.

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RIIJA

6/8 Tērbatas iela, tel. 67284828, 10.00–19.00, Sat 10.00–17.00.

Closed Sun. www.riija.lv

This magnificent contemporary Latvian lifestyle concept

shop, run by prominent local designers, gathers the quintessence

of local contemporary furniture, interior objects,

textile, tableware and jewellery design. Everything is made

in Latvia (many items are handmade), absolutely useful and

of a very corresponding price. It’s barely impossible to leave

without buying one of those curious ethno-contemporary

goods as a souvenir!

concept shops

BOLD CONCEPT STORE

45A Tērbatas iela, mob. tel. 25652553, 10.00–19.00, Sat, Sun

11.00–19.00. fb.com/BOLDconceptstoreriga

The largest Baltic design store accommodates a brilliant

collection (selected by three co-owners, prominent designers

and industry names themselves). Interior objects, gifts,

amazing works by celebrity-photographer Ulvis Alberts,

men’s and women’s accessories, fragrances, fashion by

Bruno Birmanis, M Couture, D. Efect, Trousers of London,

Keta Gutmane, Inch2 footwear, Mint furniture and many

more. This Baltic lifestyle showroom has a cozy bar for a

cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Also offers exclusive Anna

Panna confectionaries (available here to order). An epicurean’s

must!

CHEVALIER BY AKCENTY

20 Kaļķu iela, tel.67199800, 10.00–20.00, Sun 11.00–20.00, Instagram

@chevalier_by_akcenty, fb.com/ChevalierByAkcenty

An absolute must-visit in Riga for anyone searching for a

meaningful gift for a dear person or just a present for their

self. Over fifty collections from both European and local

Latvian jewellery, accessories and perfume producers and

interior designers—all handmade and with respect to the

oldest traditions of craftwork. This place is something in

between a boutique and a museum of craftsmanship and

art. As many objects are unique editions, they will only

underline your individuality. They sell works by designers

and craftsmen who count Steven Spielberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo,

Madonna, Hillary Clinton and many more amongst

their clients. Don’t trust their taste? Visit this place yourself!

IMAGE HOUSE

40 Brīvības iela, tel. 67285404, 10.00–20.00, Sat 11.00–18.00.

Closed Sun. www.imagehouse.lv

The first and largest (450sqm) combined design concept

in Riga offering interior design, high and contemporary

fashion and a cafe. Breaking the borders

between different design scenes to offer guests a creative

shopping experience. A unique selection of internationally

known interiors brands: Minotti, Poliform,

Wittmann, Gubi, Tom Dixon, Muuto, &Tradition etc.

Enjoy a cup of coffee with gourmet starters and

desserts while being inspired and guided by their amazing

team.

STAG

1-8a Alberta iela, tel. 67809601, 11.00–19.00, Sat 11.00–15.00. Closed

Sun. www.stag.lv

Refined, high level, hand-picked urban gentlemen clothes,

shoes, perfumes, glasses, watches and other accessories.

Located on the beautiful Alberta iela, the boutique sells

brands that are unique for Latvia. If you are lucky, you will

get the latest trend news and style suggestions from the

shop owner Armen. The modern dandy’s must!

fashion outlets

CATWALK RIGA

10 Kalpaka bulv., mob. tel. 28728472, 10.00-20.00, Sat 10.00-18.00.

closed Sun. www.catwalkriga.com

Cozy boutique store in the heart of Riga. Operated by two

charming local friends and enthusiasts: Santa and Juta.

Offering men’s and women’s fashion items (clothing, accessories)

from well-known international brands such as Calvin

Klein, Michael Kors, Pepe Jeans, Lacoste, Desigual, Diesel

etc. Online store for your convenience with worldwide delivery:

www.catwalkriga.com

OSKURO OUTLET

5 Āzenes iela (in s/c Olympia), 2 nd floor, mob. tel. 25439251,

10.00–21.00. Also on Andrejostas iela 5k-7. fb.com/oskuro.outlet

Concept shop where the edgiest Rigans converge for valuable

outlet prices and distinctive, unique fashion pieces.

The brands sold are at the top of their game, so expect prices

to match up for labels such as Diesel, Takeshy Kurosawa,

Humor, Liu-Jo, Gas, Gaudi, Tommy Hilfiger, Stefanel, State of

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TRENDY GIFTS

Natalija Jansone SS19

special offer summer

top. 100% linen. Price:

€60. Buy it at 3 Jāņa iela.

Riija linen scarf, light pink.

Price: €18.00. Buy it at Riija

concept store, 6/8 Tērbatas

iela. More on riija.lv

Nomination Italy, composable collection ‘Nomination

Loves Latvia’. Silver and enamel. Price: from €16.

Buy them at Goldtime and Cucu shops in s/c Domina,

Akropole and Spice.

The Bastard Urban Large Complete—your steak will be

perfect! Price: Summer Special—€944 (RRP €1,349).

Buy it at 224B Brīvības gatve, building 3, mob. tel

22110013 or online on facebook.com/commerce/

products/2138639679588533

Dace Bahmann cotton

dress with leather details.

Price: €490. Buy it online

on dacebahmann.com

Soulstones by Agnese Zeltiņa. Royal Men (lava, tiger

eye). Price: €31.00. Rose Quartz (pink quartz).

Price: €25.00. Buy it at Agnese Zeltiņa studija, 45

Bruņinieku iela or online on soulstonesshop.com.

Love Moschino rain boots in two

different prints and various sizes.

Price: €115. Buy it at Catwalk Riga,

10 Kalpaka blv.

Vai Viegli Jaunam Būt? Crewneck by Stils,

fashion project by legendary Latvian hip hop

star Ozols. This item is dedicated to a 1986

Soviet movie. Price: €39.00. Buy at 72 k2

Brīvības iela (in the yard) or online on

hoodshop.eu

Hand woven linen scarf. Price:

€60.50. Buy it at Gallery ETMO,

4-3A Torņa iela or online on

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Art, Gant, Karl Mommoo, Sorbino, Antony Morato, Energie,

Miss Sixty, Guess, Zu Elements, Datch, Jack Jones, Rifle

and many more. Trousers, jeans, socks, jackets, sweaters,

shirts, bags, shoes, boots in a chaotically chic ensemble.

Lower prices up to 70% off are guaranteed.

OUTLET BAZAAR

72 Brīvības iela. 71 Mūkusalas iela (in s/c Riga Plaza), mob. tel.

25666640. Jūrmala, Majori, 37 Jomas iela (in s/c Korso), mob. tel.

25666682. fb.com/outletbazaar

Sells Twin Set, Valentino, Moschino, Guess, Takeshy Kurosawa,

Stefanel, Pal Zileri, Bench, Scoth & Soda, Rinascimento,

Silvian Heach, Souvenirclubbing, Vicolo, Saxx.

PLAZA OUTLET

18 Smilšu iela, tel. 67226074.

Sells men’s and women’s brands at great discounts: Christian

Dior, Dolce&Gabbana, Tom Ford, Celine, Saint Laurent,

Gucci, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney,

Valentino, Gianvito Rossi, Sergio Rossi, Loro Piana, Ermanno

Scervino, Brunello Cucinelli, Christian Louboutin, Fendi,

Lanvin, Isabel Marant, Etro, Brioni, Kiton, Zilli, Billionaire,

Santoni.

interior design

IKEA STORE LATVIA

Dreiliņi, 2 Biķeru iela, tel. 63301000, 10.00–21.00. Restaurant

09.30–20.30. www.ikea.lv

books

ROBERT’S BOOKS

51 Dzirnavu iela (entrance from courtyard), 10.00–19.00, Sat

12.00–17.00. Closed Sun. www.robertsbooks.lv

Have a cup of coffee or glass of wine while browsing

shelves with new and second hand English language books.

CDs, vinyls and local artist paintings as well. Their motto: a

paradise of written word and slowly enjoyed life.

alcohol & tobacco

ALKO MARKET

1 Audēju iela, tel. 66907005. 2 K. Barona iela, tel. 66907015.

37 Brīvības iela, tel. 66907077. 148A Brīvības iela, tel. 63509977.

39 Burtnieku iela, tel. 63510011. 81 Elizabetes iela, tel. 63509998.

12 Teātra iela, tel. 63510005. 10.00–22.00.

www.alkomarket.lv

CIGAR LOUNGE

(in Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga hotel) 22 Aspazijas blv., tel. 67671111,

10.30–23.00. www.kempinski.com/riga

Pass the lobby of Grand Hotel Kempinski Hotel to enter the

Cigar Lounge. For get-together with friends or your personal

after-work cigar in the stylish and comfortable surroundings.

Exclusive cigars, cognacs and gourmet cocktails.

THE OAK LOUNGE RIGA

10 Jeruzalemes iela (enter from Dzirnavu iela), tel. 67338787,

11.00–01.00, Sun 12.00–22.00. http://eng.theoaklounge.lv

The biggest choice of cigars in Latvia, buy to go or enjoy

together with one of 120+ whiskies in the lounge. Also have

port wines, wines, champagnes. Regular tasting of cigars,

whisky and fine spirits.

RIGA SPIRITS & WINE OUTLET

4 Andrejostas iela, mob. tel. 27854450, 10.00–18.00. spiritsandwine.lv

All world famous spirits, wine and beer brands at lowest

prices. The only large ‘cash & carry’ style alcoholic beverage

shop in Riga. Convenient parking facilities right beside

the Passenger Terminal in the harbour area in Riga city

centre.

delicatessen

ATELIER PATRICK FONT

Available: Le Petit Paris Cafe, 23-1A Cēsu iela. Auto Port Cafe, 1A G.

Astras iela. Wholesales and retail: mob. tel. 24240232.

www.fruitsinbottle.com www.patrick-font.com

With an agricultural know-how rooted in the family tradition,

Patrick Font develops recipes that sublimate thoroughly

selected, best quality local fruits and vegetables. Over the

years, the workshop has developed a wide range of juices

and nectars that will delight the taste buds of gourmets!

Thanks to a demanding selection, artisanal manufacture

methods and the finesse of the recipes, the juices and nectars

of the Atelier Patrick Font are now recognised in the

world of gastronomy and are present on the tables of the

greatest chefs.

DAUGMALES JĀŅA BIŠU MEDUS HONEY ROOM

(Latvian Honey)

17 Pēterbaznīcas iela, tel. 67224355, 10.00–19.00.

EMILS GUSTAVS CHOCOLATE (Hand-made Chocolates)

24 Aspazijas bulv., tel. 67228333, 08.00–21.00.

GOLDBERRY (Satori Alfa)

Available in supermarkets or order via their website www.goldberry.lv

Mob tel. 28677677.

100% GMO-free pure smoothies from Latvian grown sea

buckthorn, lingonberries, cranberries and blueberries.

LAIMA (Latvian Chocolate & Sweets)

Central location: 16 Smilšu iela, 09.00–19.00, Sat 09.00–16.00.

Closed Sun. Factory shop: 12 Palīdzības iela, tel. 67379521.

www.laima.lv

latvian cosmetics

BIO2YOU

Mob. tel. 29250765. Order from their website www.bio2you.lv or buy in

major department stores and shopping centres.

Specialises in products from sea buckthorn.

DZINTARS

Main locations: 6 Audēju iela, tel. 67214001, 10.00–20.00, Sat 09.00–

17.00, Sun 10.00–17.00. 37 Vaļņu iela, tel. 67704975 09.00–20.00, Sat

10.00–18.00, Sun 10.00–18.00.

www.dzintars.lv

MADARA COSMETICS

(in s/c Alfa) 372 Brīvības gatve, 10.00-22.00. (in s/c Galerija Centrs) 16

Audēju iela, 10.00-22.00.

STENDERS

Main locations: 1 Laipu iela. 16 Audēju iela (in s/c Galerija

Centrs). 2 Stacijas lauk. (s/c Origo). Riga International Airport.

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MAGNUM BAR

2A Strelnieku iela, mob. tel. 28777718, 18.00–23.00, Thr, Fri Sat

18.00–01.00. Closed Sun, Mon. www.lemagnumbar.com

This bar is a piece of art, awarded as the establishment

with the ‘Best Champagne list in the Baltics’. Art deco, mid

century chic interior by the acclaimed Ilse Crawford, with

meticulous combination of natural textures and materials:

leather, onyx, glazed lava, brass, wood and beautiful antiquities.

The wine list consists of the trendiest handpicked

vintages of champagnes negotiants and growers, sorted by

the locations of Grand Champagne. Also wines from the old

and new worlds and small dining sets of select cheeses and

meats. Whispering, fast, caring, unobtrusive service. Not as

expensive as it sounds—a bottle of champagne with cheese

set will cost you around €60. Exceptional!

MODERNISTS

31 K. Barona iela, tel. 67229967, 11.00–22.00, Fri, Sat 11.00–23.00.

Closed Sun, Mon. www.modernists.lv

Welcome to the multi-faceted world of prodigious

Mārtiņš Pilēns—the Latvian-born architect, who studied in

Germany. Probably Europe’s most voguish shop/showroom/cafe

selling interior design items and... champagne.

‘Mid-century chic’ design furniture, lighting, rugs, tableware

icons by Richard Lampert, Tacchini, Wilde+spieth, New Tendency,

String, Myklios, Mārtiņš’ own brand Modernists and

many more. Hand chosen boutique bio-eco sparklings and

champagne supplied from top-notch micro-winery family

produce from France and Austria: Charles Dufour, Emmanuel

Brochet, Georges Laval, Larmandier-Bernier etc, paired

with artisan yummies. Everything here is deliberately selected,

state-of-art limited editions, which will surely widen

your aesthetic world!

cocktail rooms

BALZAMBĀRS

(in Jēkaba Kazarmas) 4-1B Torņa iela (I-3), tel. 67214494,

11.00 -24.00, Fri, Sat 11.00–01.00. Cocktail Happy Hours

16.00–19.00. www.bbars.lv

Popular bar where you may savour the legendary ‘Riga Black

Balsam’ (a liquor prepared from herbs) and other local

drinks or famous cocktails, prepared by Riga’s most famous

bartenders. European and national cuisine for snacks and

hot meals. Every month special offers.

CLOUD NINE

1b Strēlnieku iela, mob. tel. 22999919, 16.00–23.00, Fri, Sat. 16.00–

02.00. Closed Mon. fb.com/cloudninelv

This elegantly slick cocktail bar fits in the posh embassy

district just right. Cloud Nine is a part of prestigious cocktail

competitions and a member of ‘Embassy of Champagne’,

meaning your cocktail is a genuine masterpiece, where premium

spirits, traditional expertise and enthusiastic creativity

are fused together in an exceedingly spectacular way.

The bar menu is expertly divided into nine parts, among

them are: shots, hot cocktails, non-alcoholic cocktails, pre-

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and after dinner drinks, sparklings, long drinks etc. Each

and every drink is Cloud Nine exclusive know-how. Selected

lounge DJs play top-notch voguish deep house. Friendly, attentive,

luxurious and playful!

CYNIC BAR

1/3 Baznīcas iela, mob. tel. 26970740, 20.00–01.00, Fri, Sat

20.00–03.00. Closed Mon. fb.com/cynicbar

A real cynic amongst Riga’s nose-up posh’n’glossy cocktail

rooms. Anti-snobbish, grungy industrial bar’s mood would

definitely inspire and fit the vibe of the greatest XX century

authors-drunkards: Bukovsky, Kerouac, Capote, Hunter

Thompson a.o. The chapters in the menu/manuscript are

taken from their literary artworks, the drink classification

is constructed to fit and enhance your mood and demeanour.

We love the ingenious, hooligan, avant-garde cocktail

engineering and presentation. All time favourite music hits,

vintage game arcades. This place will immediately find its

place in your heart!

COD BAR

45 Tērbatas iela, mob. tel. 25725670, 12.00–23.00, Fri, Sat

12.00–01.00. Closed Sun. fb.com/CODgrillbar

Situated on the lower floor of COD restaurant, this intimate

hidden gem of a bar is where some of the finest drinks in

town are served. Bar menu offers a quality selection of

sake, Japanese whiskies and premium spirits as well as a

signature list of cocktail creations. With gent ly lit lounge

ambience, COD bar is a perfect backdrop for enjoying a

pre-dinner drink or spending a relaxing evening with friends.

Full a la carte menu is also available from the restaurant

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In 2017, Latvia and Lithuania joined World Class, creating

one of the biggest bartenders competitions in

the Baltics, gathering 107 bartenders. We give you the

bullet-proof list from our partners World Class on the

trendiest Riga cocktail rooms, where the fine drinking,

hospitality, cocktail/food pairing, style and performance

hit the sky! See Dining and Riga This Night sections

for the spot descriptions.

3 PAVĀRU RESTORĀNS 4 Torņa iela

ANDALŪZIJAS SUNS 83 Elizabetes iela

CLOUD NINE 1B Strēlnieku iela

COCO LOCO 17 Pēterbaznīcas iela

COD BAR 45 Tērbatas iela

ENTRESOL 22 Elizabetes iela

EPILOGUE 22 Ģertrūdes iela

EQUUS RESTAURANT 24 Jēkaba iela

GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI RIGA

22 Aspazijas bulv.

GRAND POET HOTEL 5/6 Raiņa bulv.

MĀKONIS | COCKTAILS & DESIGN 42 Stabu iela

MO RESTBAR 9 11. Novembra krastmala 9

OGLE RESTORĀNS 4 Kaļ˚u iela

PAGALMS 2B Kronvalda bulv.

RIVIERA 31 Dzirnavu iela

SHOT CAFE 4 Torņa iela

THE LEFT DOOR BAR 12 Antonijas iela

COD Bar

upstairs and on special nights COD hosts exclusive events

from sake tastings to guest bartending evenings.

LE KIKI

10 Palasta iela, mob. tel. 27025144, Wed 19.00–01.00, Thr

19.00–02.00, Fri, Sat 19.00–04.00. Closed Sun, Mon, Tue.

www.fb.com/lekiki.bar

Elegant cocktail bar and dancing club is a magnet for hip

and trendy in their late twenties. The sexy, boudoir-style

Art Deco/mid-century chic interior, with brass, velvet and

mirrors is correspondingly supplemented by deep/electro/

disco house intelligent beats from Baltic, Spanish and UK

DJs. Surprisingly friendly prices for their inventive cocktails

(starting from €7). All bartenders are World Class competition

nominees, meaning the cocktails are seasonal, creative,

based on the fine spirits. Friendly, flirtatious, fun!

PILS BAR

(in Grand Palace Hotel) 12 Pils iela (H-1), tel. 670444000, 10.00–01.00.

www.grandpalaceriga.com

Legendary international solid’n’elegant clientele’s choice for

decades. Here Art Deco is fused with hunting trophies (the

biggest one is from the Prince of Belgium) in an unbelievable

old-world-tasteful manner. Correct softness of your Art Deco

armchair, gentle aristocratic interior, right bone-china for your

tea, specific glass for your wine or single malt, precise cigar

selection—all delivered with impeccable manners, yet not

snobbish at all. Seafood, salads, steaks eco local, innovative,

but satisfactory though not overpriced. Thematical weekend

evenings. Join the club!

RESTBAR MO

9 11.Novembra Krastmala, mob. tel. 25444022, 12.00–23.00, Thr

12.00–24.00, Fri, Sat 12.00–02.00. www.morestbar.lv

The newest Asian-style cocktail rooms with late kitchen on

weekends. Extraordinary exotic signature cocktails (ask for

a scent library to invent your own taste). Local lounge DJs

on the weekends. Serene Daugava river view, chic crowd.

You will find yourself asking for MO…

STAGE 22

22 Aspazijas bulv. (in Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga), tel. 67670122,

17.00–23.00, Thr, Fri Sat 17.00–02.00. www.kempinski.com/en/riga

This stylish, aristocratic rooftop restaurant & bar is an ideal

spot for savouring some ingenious, locally sourced drinks

and snacks and relishing the city sights with selected

lounge music on the background. 11 signature cocktails

and 11 classic cocktails, the restaurant specialises in sharing

sea food towers along with individual plates with the

finest Nordic dishes infused with local ingredients.

XIII

1a Strēlnieku iela, mob. tel. 26761313, 16.00–23.00, Fri, Sat

16.00–01.00. Closed Sun, Mon. www.bar13.lv

Recommended even by other prominent establishment bartenders.

Classy Old World interior by Sintija Vaivade: a nimble

combination of Art Deco, Empire, Art Nouveau and Bauhaus.

Keen bow-tied smiley bartenders know exactly what they are

doing. Two menus, ‘classy’ and ‘special’, each consists of 13

drinks, one has Old London bar time-honoured standards, the

most recommended from which is whiskey sour, the other

one offers contemporary drinks, made with local fruits and

berries (take Bloody Mary). The finest champagnes, single

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malts, cognacs and rums. Jazzy-lounge music. Small seasonal

menu and a cigar room. Local models and fashion designers

are playing DJ sets here every Thursday.

bar-clubs

APTIEKA (Pharmacy)

1 Mazā Miesnieku iela (J-2), 17.00–01.00, Fri, Sat 17.00–05.00.

The club owner uses the same concept of’ ‘Pharmacy bar’

in Washington, USA. Besides, he is one of the musicians of

Latvian/American band ‘Mācītājs on Acid’. His dark green

basement club-bar, offers spirits and music therapy. Here

you will blend in with the massive crowd stopping by to

switch on their clubbing mode, while playing favourite tunes

on the original jukebox.

CARTEL

4 Torņa iela (in Jēkaba kazarmas), tel. 64904300, 17.00–02.00 Wed

17.00–03.00, Thr 17.00–04.00 Fri, Sat 17.00–05.00.

fb.com/CartelBarRiga

Located in an iconic historical building—Jacob’s Barracks.

The interior is hand-crafted by four friends/musketeers/

bartenders/co-owners. Offers informal at mo sphere and a

friendly priced drinks list with timeless classics, also curious

signature cocktails and a selection of home-made infusions

and liquors. Even more friendly priced during the

daily Happy Hours. Groovy sets by well known local DJs Thr

to Sat. Start your afternoon here with a filling lunch on the

exquisite terrace right under the legendary Powder Tower.

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COCO LOCO

17 Pēterbaznīcas iela (K-3), 10.00–02.00, Fri, Sat 10.00–05.00, Sun

10.00–24.00. www.cocolococlub.lv

Coco Loco is a legendary drink and dance spot, very well

known to Riga clubbers of two generations, it has appeared

and closed in several places and was extremely crazy in the

90s and 00s. Now, the latest incarnation with new owners,

feels same good about Rastafara attitude, reggae/ska/

Cuban/Latin DJs, cocktails and Jamaican mood.

CUBA CAFE

15 Jauniela (K-2), tel. 67224362, 12.00–04.00, Fri, Sat

12.00–06.00. Happy hours working days 17.00–19.00.

www.cafecuba.lv

One of the oldest and proudest cocktail dance bar in the

Old Town. Salsa, bachata, funk, disco, afro jazz, latin vibes,

relaxed sexy crowd, best mojitos and caipirinhas by the famous

establishment’s owner and soul—Arnis. Best choice

of rums in Riga, upgrade real Cuban cocktails, best mojitos,

caipirinhas, daiquiris to sazerac and old fashion cocktails.

The only bar in Riga with DJ playing set every day! True timeproof

Riga legend.

LASKA BAR

NEW

8b Birznieka Upīša iela, mob. tel. 29139062, 17.00–24.00, Fri 17.00–

03.00, Sat 14.00–03.00, Sun 14.00–24.00. fb.com/LaskaBarRiga

Beautiful warehouse loft complex with its yard, transformed

into a bar, club, open-air concert venue, creative quarter.

Young and enthusiastic owners are crazy about their work,

inviting very well selected live bands from Russia and West-

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ern Europe, quality techno DJs, refined local underground

musicians. Thorough selection on local craft drinks. Snug,

comfy, liberal, magnetising! Dancing ‘till the morning inside

and outside the club.

RIGA SOUND FACTORY MUSIC PUB

3 Grēcinieku iela, mob. tel. 25538391, 17.00-02.00, Fri, Sat

17.00–06.00. rsf.lv

Internationally trusted pre-party vintage music pub in the

heart of Old Riga, amazing party street. Karaoke and live

music on weekends, TV sports, English speaking staff,

jukebox and boxing machine. Unbelievable special offer: 50

shots ONLY for €25.

SERENDIB

33/35 Ģertrudes iela (enter from Martas iela), mob. tel. 26218394, Fri

23.00–04.00. Closed Sat–Thr. fb.com/SerendibBar

First International Bar, Club and Lounge opened by Sri Lankans

in the Baltics. Cocktail bar, DJs, live music, theme parties.

SPOT KAFE

19 Jauniela, mob. tel. 20448811, 15.00–03.00, Fri 10.00–05.00, Sat

12.00–05.00, Sun 12.00–03.00. www.spotkafe.lv

Trusted cosy-homey-charming-energising tiny pocket-club.

Perfect cobbled Old Riga Jauniela street location, Riga

Dome view. Sports TV, quick’n’friendly service, amazing

prices on shots and cocktails. Just right for pre-after party

soul and body warming-up.

REIGYS AUSMEŅA KEBABS

12 Skolas iela, mob. tel. 24222212, 11.00–23.00.

fb.com/AusmenaReiga

The famous youth magnet from Rēzekne (Latgale) has

opened its second branch, this time in Riga. Don’t miss the

Latgalian epicentre, get to know a different Latvian vibe.

These guys are absolutely crazy. They speak a different language,

drink and party much and are very musical. Besides,

they cook perfect kebabs and falafels—the Latgalian way.

Latgalian DJs, live music and drinks.

VEST

1 Stabu iela, mob. tel. 26106505, 11.00–23.00, Fri, Sat 11.00–01.00.

fb.com/VestRiga

So-hip-it-hurts hipster-magnet by creative free-thinker Ingemars

and his artist crew. Bar, restaurant, club, cafeteria,

motorcycle workshop located in exceedingly charismatic

loft-barn premises, sodden with grey. The guys are already

known as top coffee-makers and bruncherias in town, now

also lunches and later parties with more space for dancing.

Beards, tattoos, creative crowd, trendy music, IPAs and

Imperial Stouts from Brew Dog beer makers.

whiskey & cigar rooms

THE OAK LOUNGE RIGA

10 Jeruzalemes iela, tel. 67338787, 11.00–01.00, Sun 12.00–22.00.

eng.theoaklounge.lv

After savouring your a la carte dinner, enter the richness of

a proper cigar and whiskey/bourbon combined. The wood

and moist soil, the apricot and honey– uncountable subtle

alliances backed by craftsman traditions and expertise.

Whether you are a total neophyte, or a robust pro, you will

appreciate the service, the atmosphere and the vibe worth

el Comandante or Churchill. Smart collection and advise,

rugs and antiquities, tastings and special events. We love

the place!

night clubs

AUTENTIKA

2 Bruņinieku iela, 19.00–03.00, Fri, Sat 19.00–05.00. Closed Mon, Tue.

fb.com/autentika.b2

We were waiting a looong time for such a club to appear.

No pick-ups, no glamour, no entrance fee, no dress code—

just crazy dancing with newest local dub, jahngle, reggae,

rock. Also live shows in their huge garden (if weather allows).

Friendly, easy atmosphere, housed in a beautiful

1880 wooden/brick loft, ex first Riga beer factory. Paying

homage to its origins, Autentika offers countless craft

beer kinds and types. Beautiful combination of intelligent,

trendy, friendly-relaxed and crazy. Now also serves Sunday

brunches.

BLACK SQUARE

96 Brīvības iela, Fri, Sat 22.00–06.00. Info and table bookings mob. tel.

26760643. Free entrance. fb.com/blacksquareclub

One of the biggest clubs in time, specialising in RnB vibes.

CLUB FRIENDS

55 Elizabetes iela (in Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija), mob. tel. 29299444,

21.00–06.00. Dress code: smart casual. Entrance from 25 years.

fb.com/clubfriendsriga

This centrally located nightclub/karaoke bar is a perfect place

for mature, classy people who like to dance and sing the night

away in a cozy and elegant atmosphere whilst enjoying the

best professional service. One of the best karaoke clubs in

Riga. It has a dance hall and two karaoke rooms equipped

with professional audio and lights. Get a taste of stardom

and perform on the big stage with the help of a professional

soundman, backing vocal—even a live band and experienced

host. Over 45,000 songs to chose from in English, Russian,

Latvian, Swedish, Norwegian, Spanish and French. A great

place to celebrate your birthday or hold a corporate event, or

simply to spend time with your friends or loved ones. Feel the

positive vibe and have fun! You can have everything in your

life, but without friends you have nothing.

ONE ONE

9k 1 A. Briāna iela, Fri, Sat 22.00–06.00. fb.com/OneOneRiga

Located in a spacious loft, One One keeps that friendly, nonmainstream

Miera quarter atmosphere. The best of local

deep house, minimal, techno beats by Kris Hovel, Ksenia

Kamikaza, Bogdan Taran, Max Lomoff, Electricano, also live

performances by renowned Baltic and international DJs,

VJs. Trusted, cheerful—THE place to dance.

PŪCE (Owl)

26/28 Peldu iela, mob. tel. 25714192, Wed 18.00–02.00, Thr

18.00–04.00, Fri 18.00–06.00, Sat 18.00–06.00. Closed Sun, Mon,

Tue. fb.com/KlubsNaktiPuce

This latest local youth favourite, has everything for the perfect

hang-out. Two floors of music (upper—for pop and preparty

mood, lower—for techno, house, underground beats),

stand-up shows, impro-theatres, live music. Crazy cocktails,

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try a shot of ‘Inception’ (it fuses in the process of drinking)

or an optimistic ‘Police Won’t Catch Me’ drink. Or engage

in an authentic beer-pong competition. Located on the worshipful

premises of Riga club pioneers—Peldu iela. Got the

midnight munchies? Order from, or go directly to their ‘Late

Night Munchies’ burger place right opposite the street (read

more in Dining: Burgers). An enthusiastic, free-spirit pearl!

FIRST MIR

5 k-3 Andrejostas iela, mob. tel. 26540555, Fri, Sat 23.00 - 06.00.

www.firstmir.com

Club project by the highly recognised and well-known brand

in Riga, Moscow and across the globe—FIRST. International

A+ artists & DJs, main dance floor, open air terrace with a

breathtaking river view. So, park your yacht and order your

cocktail aboard. The IT place!

music clubs

ALA (The Cave)

19 Peldu iela, mob. tel. 27796914, 12.00–01.00, Wed, Thr, Fri

12.00–05.00, Sat 14.00–05.00, Sun 14.00–01.00.

www.folkklubs.lv See also Dining: Latvian.

Ala is a phenomenal portal into the Latvian ethnical culture.

You can see that locals and ex-pats are extremely deliberate

in preserving and carrying on the traditions, and, what

is more important: it is mega-fun and contagious. From the

first moment you will be amazed by the mass dancing and

singing, in the blink of an eye you will find yourself dancing

on stage in ethnical costume. This Latvian/Australian

owned + operated tavern offers live Latvian and world

music, 28 only local micro brewery beers on draught. Have

loads of traditional fun!

LATVIJAS 1.ROKKAFEJNĪCA / ROCKCAFE.LV

2/4 Mārstaļu iela (K-3), Mon, Tue 11.00–24.00, Wed, Thr 11.00–02.00,

Fri, Sat 11.00–06.00, Sun 12.00–24.00. www.rockcafe.lv

The daughter of the famous Liepāja Pablo cafe, Rockcafe.lv

stretches over three floors of the historical Reutern Residence

and displays local rock music traditions at its best!

Best local rock shows live, DJs, three bars, two stages, restaurant

deli and much more! Daily karaoke in the basement

piano bar from 22.00. Offers a special, affordable ‘show

business’ lunch.

TROMPETE TAPROOM

24 Peldu iela, mob. tel. 25745299 12.00–24.00, Thr, Fri, Sat

12.00–02.00. fb.com/trompeteLV See also Dining: European.

An absolute music and wine&dine essential. The most

trendy, groovy, jazzy live shows by local and international

jazz stars, who are actually lining up to play here on weekends.

More than a jazz club, it offers a creative platform for

music and gastronomy. For now, we can’t name any other

establishment that has managed to successfully combine

a top location, excellent gastronomy and absolutely marvellous

repertoire, while being incredibly anti-snobbish. The

place you always want to return to.

TEĀTRA BĀRS

26 Lāčplēša iela, tel. 67282662, 18.00–last guest, Sat, Sun 17.00–last

guest. www.teatrabars.lv

In contrast to the Teātra restorāns, Teātra bārs invites more

late-evening clients. Crazy, close-up talking, dan cing and

drinking! Music varies from Latvian and Russian 60s, 70s

and/or 80s movie soundtracks, to down tempo or new indie/

Britpop bands. Completely local.

soviet

ALEPONIJA

22 E. Birznieka-Upīša iela, 17.00–01.00, Fri, Sat 17.00–03.00, Sun, Mon

17.00–24.00. fb.com/aleponija

Truly alternative cosy... as much as soviet trash can be cosy.

Revamped as a poor soviet apartment, craft local brews,

niche strong alcohol, Russian books everywhere, old soviet

TV set showing their security cameras footage. Crazy industrial

or nostalgic music, the most common place for exhibition

openings after-parties. Totally local and insider place

you won’t forget soon! Live music almost every evening.

AUSTRUMU ROBEŽA (Eastern Border)

8 Vāgnera iela, tel. 67814202, 15.00–23.00.

Enjoy your lagman (spicy soup), but be polite—Stalin is

watching you! Decorated with Soviet memorabilia, this restaurant

might be a tad intimidating, but don’t worry: a shot

of vodka does miracles. Also have live music and theatre

performances! Beloved expat hangout.

BUFETE GAUJA

32 Stabu iela, tel. 66908200, 110.00–24.00, Fri 11.00–02.00, Sat

12.00–02.00, Sun 13.00–23.00. fb.com/BufeteGauja

A real phenomenon in town: grown from the small threechair

cafeteria to a full cosy 60s soviet-chic bohemian bar

and restaurant. Now it occupies a whole villa with its own

snug inner yard. Socialist priced business lunch, every working

day, live music and DJs every weekend night. Sovietstyled

cocktails based on the real soviet lemonades such

as Tarkhun and Dushes, and snacks—that’s how we want to

remember the soviets!

CHOMSKY

82 Dzirnavu iela, 16.00–02.00, Fri, Sat 16.00–04.00, Sun 16.00–01.00.

fb.com/chomskybar

Named after the left-wing philosopher, the bar brings you

to some poor Russian intelligentsia alcoholic’s apartment.

Scratched, blemished, broken, smudged to the core. The

place where local intelligence drinks brutally, speaks loudly,

sometimes dances to the tunes of non- existing melody.

Start by ordering their special 10 y.o. Matusalem rum, from

an introvert bartender with bitter eyes and a tattoo saying

klusu (quiet) on his pouring arm. No food, very strange music,

poetry reading/performances occasionally, Tarkovsky

anti-utopia atmosphere.

LENINGRAD

4 K. Valdemāra iela, mob. tel. 29915049, 15.00–last guest.

www.leningrad.lv

Some friends took babushka’s old furniture, mixed it all in a

natural way and created a soviet squat in the way the citizens

here remember it. The atmosphere is completely comfy

because it is a party-flat, where visitors are neighbours

or friends and you are recognised as one of them. Ask for

superior Ukrainian vodka, famous bottled beer Zhigulevskoe

or local pearl—non-filtered beer Brenguļu.

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JAUNIELA PEARLS

JAUNIELA is an express insight into new Riga dining, clubbing, shopping and design trends. If you are lazy or you have a

flight in three hours, take Jauniela to catch that ‘new Riga feeling’.

EDITOR’S PICK

Start with an almost endless ‘happy hour’ at SPOT KAFE (Nº19-1) famous for its easy-peasy youth vibes. HOTEL JUSTUS

RESTAURANT (Nº24) is a very decent level seafood establishment, decorated as Latvian countryhouse. After the filling dinner

we recommend to enjoy an espresso in the lobby/library of the refined NEIBURGS HOTEL (Nº25/27), which is truly an accommodation

pearl of the Baltics, or have one more dessert in the NEIBURGS restaurant. A more traditional, but still creative

Latvian cuisine establishment is a 1221 (Nº16), boasts an enormous rooftop terrace with an inspiring Old Riga view. For a

little more sophisticated pleasure, we recommend RIGA KINO MUSEUM (10/12 Peitavas iela, enter from Jauniela) it offers

of the total of 120,000 objects, which are testimonies of the history of Latvian and world cinema. For live music, DJs and

happy local students, visit the GREENWOOD BAR (3 Krāmu iela, enter from Jauniela). In the courtyard of the Riga Cathedral,

pay a visit to the hip-hop bar J STREET 14 (Nº14) for hip-hop DJs and rap battles. Closer to evening (or morning), head to the

relaxed and vibrant local favourite legendary CUBA CAFE (Nº15) for awesome cocktails, tattooed/pierced youth and crazy

dancing ‘till sunrise.

Cuba Cafe Neiburgs Spot Kafe

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sports bars & pubs

DUVEL’S GASTROPUB

10/12 Meistaru iela (J-3), tel. 67225436, 11.00–23.00, Fri, Sat

11.00–01.00. fb.com/gastro.pub.riga

Grill and seafood beer restaurant, from the creators of Bon

Vivant. The menu is more than satisfactory and goes perfectly

with the more than vast selection of Belgian draught

beer. Great historical location, perfect Old Riga view and the

best sports TV.

FUNNY FOX

1 Grēcinieku iela, mob. tel. 28482426. www.funnyfoxbar.com

Never-ending drink list, sports TV and YES! Karaoke every

night from 23.00. Friendly, easy, great Old Town location.

KIWI

7 Skarņu iela (K-3), tel. 67211917, 09.00–05.00. www.kiwibar.lv

Over the years Riga has had its share of English and Irish

pubs, but this is the first kiwi pub to open its doors in the

Latvian capital. Friendly staff from Riga and New Zealand

pour a good selection of foreign and domestic beers behind

a huge rectangular bar while patrons admire the light wood

interior and watch sports on a bunch of flat screen TVs. You

can order a variety of pub food from burgers and breakfasts

to sandwiches and ribs.

OLYBET SPORTS BAR

3 K. Barona iela, 90 Brīvības iela, 55 Elizabetes iela (in Radisson Blu

Hotel Latvija), 12 Marijas iela, 2 Marijas iela (Central Station), 24h.

www.olympic-casino.lv

PELDU IELA PEARLS

Welcome to the oldest party street of Old Riga and probably

the whole of Riga—Peldu iela. The old places here got

a new incarnation while still remaining 100% owned by local

enthusiastic youth. The youngsters managed to not just

keep the worshiped party mood but also to improve it, according

to the new generation’s desires! The Kabata club

opened in 1991 and hosted live performances by local rock

legends such as Līvi, Jumprava, Menuets, Tumsa, Z-Scars,

Prāta vētra. Now is the most famous folk club in town: ALA.

A huge medieval labyrinth-cellar with almost every day live

music, dancing, singing, jazz, rustic meals and more than

28 beers on tap.

Right opposite Ala, the legendary club Pulkvedim neviens

neraksta hosted the very first hip hop battles and rock

dance parties until morning. It has now transformed into

PŪCE (Owl). A bombastic free-spirited student/youngster

Offers the widest choice of sports TV channels from all over

the world. Most passionate sports fans have a chance to

place bets using the special OlyBet terminals. Enjoy drinks

and games with your friends!

PADDY WHELAN’S PUB & SPORTS BAR

4 Grēcinieku iela (K-3), tel. 67210150, 67210249, 11.00–01.00, Fri

11.00–03.00, Sat 12.00–03.00, Sun 12.00–24.00.

Riga’s first Irish pub, established in 1994, offers 23 draught

and 60 different kinds of both local and imported beers and

ciders. Curry BBQ, burgers and steaks, meat and fish pies.

Darts tournaments. Sports TVs. Open-air live Irish music in

the courtyard on weekends starting 21.30.

WOODY GRILL BAR

31 Raiņa bulv., mob. tel. 24920851, 10.00–02.00, Thr, Fri, Sat

10.00–03.00. fb.com/WoodyGrillBar

Simple, unpretentious, comfy cocktail and BBQ bar. Strong

accent on the meat grill. Comfortable prices for steaks,

starting from €15, also soups, salads, fish and burgers. Impressive

drink and cocktail menu. Also serves breakfast and

children meals. Interior—wooden DIY. Cosy get-away for preparties

and hangovers.

night & variete shows

RELEKS

Jūrmala, Dzintari, 13 Edinburgas pr. 19.00–07.00, tel. 67751927.

Operating since 1993. Housed in the separate mansion,

nightclub offers: night shows, karaoke and even SPA services:

sauna, jacuzzi, shock shower, arctic SPA.

get-away with impro-theatres, live music and dancing on

both floors.

Don’t miss TROMPETE TAPROOM, one of two jazz clubs in

Riga, right next door. It hosts local and international live

jazz shows at least five days per week. Solid, creative, ecoloft

design, finger-lickin’ cuisine, always full and pleasantly

affordable. Book a seat beforehand! During summer, fresh

grill in the open kitchen all night through and live shows

also in their yard terrace.

To get you in the right mood and to keep you there for the

whole night, Peldu iela even has a LATE NIGHT MUNCHIES

diner, working until early on weekends and making huge authentic

burgers before your eyes.

See more detailed venue description in our nightlife section

and Peldu Iela events on fb.com/pelduiela

EDITOR’S PICK

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SAPŅI UN KOKTEIĻI (Dreams & Cocktails)

32 Blaumaņa iela, Wed 17.00–01.00, Thr 17.00–03.00, Fri, Sat

17.00–05.00. Closed Sun–Tue. fb.com/SapniUnKokteili

Truly local cocktail bar, always fully packed. Beloved by audiences

of all ages. This place is known for finding friends

fast! Local DJs, live music, dance shows.

STUDIO 69

73 Tērbatas iela, tel. 67506030, Fri, Sat 22.00–06.00. www.studio69.lv

Operating since 2000—shiny glamourous, yuppy, nouveau

Russians peacocking with the latest sexy, brand name fashion

in this huge entertainment complex—casino and hotel,

SPA and fitness centre, karaoke bar and restaurants, as well

as five clubs all-in-one.

JOCKEY CLUB

49 Elizabetes iela, tel. 67228844, 20.00–06.00. www.jockey.lv

An intimate, elite nightclub in Riga with Scandinavian atmosphere,

which combines the comfort and exclusivity of

luxury lounge. Sit back in the comfortable couches and

watch as girls swing and sway enticingly before your eyes.

After staring at the girls working the pole, a private dance

is recommended.

lgbt

GOLDEN

33/35 Ģertrūdes iela, mob. tel. 25505050, Thr 19.00–01.15, Fri,

Sat 22.45–05.15. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun. Entrance fee Fri, Sat

23.00–04.00. www.mygoldenclub.com

Positive emotions, that come from the depths of the soul

in the company of like-minded people. Sexuality makes it

possible to dream, but fantasy is what makes us a little

bit mysterious and mystical, and therefore attractive. This

attraction is based on sexuality, and only then, something

else. But sometimes, erotic fantasies excite us so much,

because they are only fantasies...

TOP CLUB+BAR

4 A. Kalniņa iela, mob. tel. 22808202, 21.00–03.00, Fri, Sat 21.00–

07.00. Fri, Sat entrance €8. www.topclub.lv

Multi-faceted art space: a bar, dance floor, ‘tête-a-tête

lounge’, fireplace, cruising-labyrinth. Works as a bar all week

long and as a dance club on Fri/Sat. Night shows with foreign

stars once/twice a month.

casinos

EMPIRE CASINO & LOUNGE 101 Elizabetes iela (in Mercure Riga

Centre), tel. 67588888, 24hrs. www.empire.lv

EUROPA CLUB CASINO 12 K. Barona iela (in Europa Royale Hotel),

tel. 67228888, 24hrs. www.europaclubcasino.com

OLYMPIC VOODOO CASINO

55 Elizabetes iela (in Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel), tel.

67828777, 24hrs. www.olympic-casino.lv

ROYAL CASINO

3 Tērbatas iela, tel. 67092299, 24hrs. info.royalcasino.lv

SHANGRI LA 22 Aspazijas bulv. (in Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga),

tel. 63000300. www.SL-Casino.lv

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13. Janvāra........... L-3/4

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A-B dambis...............E-3

Abrenes iela..............E-6

Ādmiņu iela.............. D-7

Akadēmijas laukums

................................E-5

Akas iela.................. C-5

Akmeņu iela..............F-3

Alauksta iela............ B-8

Alberta iela.............. C-4

A. Čaka iela.............. C-6

A. Grīna bulv...........F-1,2

A. Kalniņa iela.......... D-5

Alojas iela................ A-6

Alūksnes iela............ A-3

Amālijas iela.............F-1

Amatu iela............... D-4

A.Pumpura iela......... C-4

Andrejostas iela....... A-3

Annas iela................ B-6

Antonijas iela........... C-4

Arhitektu iela............ D-5

A. Briāna iela............ B-6

Arsenāla iela............ D-3

Artilērijas iela................

..................... B-6,7, C-7

Aspazijas bulv.......... D-4

Audēju iela................E-4

Augļu iela..................F-1

Augšiela................... C-8

A. Deglava iela......... D-8

Ausekļa iela.......... B,C-3

Avotu iela...........D-6, D-7

B

Balasta dambis.............

............... A,B-1, C-2, E-2

Baložu iela................E-1

Balvu iela..................F-8

Baznīcas iela............ C-5

Bezdelīgu iela.........D,E-1

Bišu iela....................F-1

Blaumaņa iela.......... C-5

Brīvības bulv............. D-5

Brīvības iela.......B-7, C-5

Bruņinieku iela..............

...................... C-6,7, D-7

Cēsu iela.................. B-7

Citadeles iela........... C-3

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Dainas iela............... C-7

Daugavas gāte......... D-3

Daugavgrīvas iela..........

.........................A-1, E-1

Daugavpils iela.......E,F-7

Dobeles iela...........E,F-1

Doma laukums......... D-4

Dzirnavu iela.................

............ B-4; C-5, E-6, F-5

E

E. Smiļģa iela............F-1

Eksporta iela.................

.........................A-3, C-3

Elijas iela..................E-5

Elizabetes iela...............

...........C-3,4; 95 C-5, D-5

E.Melngaiļa iela........ B-5

Enkura iela............... C-1

Ērgļu iela.................. B-7

E. Birznieka-Upīša iela...

D-6

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Gaiziņa iela...............E-5

Ganību dambis......... A-4

Ganu iela.................. B-4

Gogoļa iela................E-5

Grēcinieku iela..........E-4

Grostonas iela....... A,B-5

Ģertrūdes iela................

...................... C-5, D-6,7

H

Hanzas iela........B-3; B-5

I

Indrānu iela.............. A-7

Inženieru iela............ D-5

J

J. Asara iela............. C-8

Jauniela................... D-4

Jēkaba iela.............. D-4

Jēkaba lauk............. D-4

Jēkabpils iela................

.......................E-7, E-7,8

Jelgavas iela.............F-3

Jersikas iela..............F-7

Jēzusbaznīcas iela........

................................F-5

J. Alunāna iela......... C-4

K

Kaiju iela................C-1,2

Kaktu iela..................E-1

Kalēju iela................ D-4

Kalna iela..................E-7

Kalnciema iela...............

......................... E-1, E-2

Kalpaka bulv............ C-4

Kalupes iela..............E-7

Kaļķu iela................. D-4

Kapseļu iela..............E-1

Kaspara iela............. A-8

Katoļu iela.................E-7

Katrīnas iela..................

......................A-3, A,B-3

Klijānu iela............... A-8

Klostera iela............. D-3

Kļavu iela..................E-5

Krāslavas iela............E-6

Krāsotāju iela........ C,D-7

Krasta iela.................E-4

Krimuldas iela.......... A-8

Kr.Barona iela................

...................... B-7,8, D-5

K. Valdemāra iela..........

............... C-4, D-2; B,C-5

Kronvalda bulv......... C-3

Kuģu iela...................E-3

Kungu iela..............D,E-4

Kurbada iela............. D-7

Ķ

Ķīpsalas iela......... C,D-2

L

Laboratorijas iela...........

..........................B,C-7,8

Lāčplēša iela.................

.........................C-5, E-6

Lapu iela...................F-1

Lauku iela................ C-8

Lauvas iela.............E,F-8

Lazdonas iela............F-7

Lenču iela................ B-4

Lielgabalu iela.......... C-6

Lienes iela............... C-7

Līksnas iela...............E-8

Līvu laukums............ D-4

Ludzas iela................F-7

M

Maiznīcas iela.......... B-6

Maiznieku iela...........E-1

Mālpils iela.............. A-5

Marijas iela.............. D-8

Mārstaļu iela.............E-4

Martas iela............... C-6

Mārtiņa iela.............. D-1

Maskavas iela...............

......................... E-5, F-8

Mastu iela................ A-3

Matīsa iela.........C-6, D-8

Matrožu iela............. B-1

Mazā Alūksnes iela........

............................... A-3

Mazā Bišu iela...........F-1

Mazā Kaiju iela......... C-2

M. Kalna iela..........F-7,8

Mazā Klijānu iela...... A-8

Mazā Krasta iela............

.................... F-5,6, F-7,8

M. Matīsa iela...........E-8

M. Piena iela..........A-3,4

Mazā Pils iela................

.............................D-3,4

Mazā Ūdens iela....... C-1

Mazais Balasta dambis .

C,D-2

Mednieku iela........... B-4

Medus iela................E-1

Meistaru iela............ D-4

Mēness iela.............. A-7

Merķeļa iela............. D-5

Meža iela........... E-1, E-2

Miera iela...........A-6, B-6

Miesnieku iela........D-3,4

Miķeļa iela............... C-3

Minsterejas iela.........E-4

Muitas iela............... D-3

Mūrnieku iela........... D-7

N

Narvas iela............... D-8

N.Rēriha iela............ C-4

Nītaures iela............. B-5

Noliktavas iela...............

..........................C,D-3,4

Nometņu iela.............F-1

P

Palīdzības iela.......... B-6

Pasta iela..................E-4

Peldu iela..................E-4

Pērnavas iela................

......................A,B-8, D-8

Pērses iela.............D-5,6

Pētersalas iela......... A-3

Piena iela...............A-3,4

Pils iela..................D-3,4

Pils laukums............ D-3

Pirts iela................F-6,7

Poļu gāte................. D-3

Prāgas iela................E-5

Pulkveža Brieža iela.......

......................B-4, B,C-4

Pūpolu iela................E-5

Puškina iela..............F-5

R

Radio iela D-5

Raiņa bulvāris...............

......................C,D-4; D-5

Raņķa dambis...........E-2

Reimersa iela........ C,D-4

Republikas laukums.......

............................ C,D-3

Rīdzenes iela............ D-4

Riepnieku iela.........E-5,6

R.Vāgnera iela.......... D-4

Rūdolfa iela.............. B-8

Rūjienas iela............. D-8

Rūpniecības iela............

.............................B-3,4

S

Sakaru iela............... B-3

Sapieru iela.............. B-8

Sarkanā iela..............F-8

Satekles iela............. D-5

Senču iela................ A-7

Sētas iela..................E-1

Silmaču iela............. A-8

Skanstes iela............ A-5

Skolas iela............... C-5

Skrindu iela...............E-6

Slokas iela....................

...................... D-1, E,F-2

Smilšu iela............... D-4

Sparģeļu iela............ C-7

Spīdolas iela.............E-6

Sporta iela.........A-4; B-5

Stabu iela...........C-5, D-7

Stacijas laukums.......E-5

Stadiona iela............ C-8

Staraja Rusas iela..........

.............................E-2,3

Strazdu iela...............F-1

Strēlnieku iela....... B,C-4

Suntažu iela............. D-8

Svaru iela..................E-4

Š

Šarlotes iela............. B-6

Šaurā iela..................F-7

Šķūņu iela................ D-4

T

Tallinas iela........B-6, C-7

Teātra iela................ D-4

Tējas iela .................F-8

Tempļa iela...............F-1

Tērbatas iela.................

.........................B-7, D-5

Terēzes iela............. B-8

Tīklu iela................B-1,2

Timoteja iela.............E-5

Tirgoņu iela.............. D-4

Tirgus iela.................E-1

Toma iela..................F-7

Tomsona iela........... A-6

Trijādības iela............E-2

Trokšņu iela............. D-4

Turgeņeva iela...............

.............................E,F-5

Tvaikoņu iela............ B-1

Ū

Ūdens iela C-1

Ūdensvada iela E-4

Uzvaras bulvāris F-2,3

V

Vagonu iela.............. D-8

Valguma iela...... E-2, F-3

Valkas iela............... B-3

Valmieras iela.......... D-7

Vaļņu iela................. D-4

Vārnu iela................. C-8

Varšavas iela.............F-6

Vasaras iela..............E-1

Vašingtona laukums......

............................... B-3

Vecpilsētas iela.........E-4

Veru iela.................. B-3

Vesera iela................F-1

Vesetas iela..................

.........................A-6, B-5

Vidus iela................. B-3

Vietalvas iela.............E-8

Vīlandes iela............ B-3

Vingrotāju iela.......... C-4

Virsaišu iela..............F-8

Visvalža iela............. D-6

Z

Zaļā iela................... C-5

Zaubes iela.............. B-5

Zemitāna iela........... A-8

Z. Annas Meierovica

bulvāris.................... D-4

Zirgu iela.................. D-4

Zirņu iela.................. A-6

Zunda krastmala...........

.........................C-1, D-1

Zvaigžņu iela............ C-7

Zvanu iela.................E-1

Zvejnieku iela........... C-1

Ž

Žaņa Lipkes iela........E-7

Žubīšu iela................F-1

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