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Riga’s creative quarters have become the epicentres of the city’s cultural life. They bring together artists, creative thinkers and their supporters who join forces to give a new lease of life to these corners of the city.
Miera iela Republic
Venture to Miera iela Republic for a leisurely stroll, to pick up design items at the local boutiques, and have a gourmet cup of coffee or a full-blown meal. On a good day, the smell of chocolate wafts through Miera iela! This is because it’s home to the Laima chocolate factory and Chocolate Museum.
At the end of May, the Miera iela Summer Celebration takes place and attracts visitors with an extensive programme, during which guests will be delighted by eco and second-hand fashion fairs, as well as contests, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, film and music.
Kalnciems Quarter is one of the most diversely creative districts in Riga – here you can have lunch and dinner and rent event spaces, here, countryside meets city, plays are performed and films are screened.
Between the old wooden houses of the Kalnciems quarter, farmers and artisans regularly gather on Saturday mornings to sell Latvian produce – organic food, delicious forest bounty, and crafts.
It is worth visiting to enjoy the open-air concerts, or simply to hide out from the world, sipping on a glass of wine, marvelling at the historical wooden architecture, and viewing the art gallery.
Spīķeri, a group of former warehouses next to the Central Market, is home to the Sinfionetta Riga chamber orchestra and the Latvian Radio Choir. At Spīķeri concert hall, contemporary sound art projects and musical experiments meet.
Also at Spīķeri, independent theatre group Dirty Deal Teatro stages its bold performances, the kim? centre for contemporary arts offers lectures, seminars and performances. The Riga Ghetto and the Latvian Holocaust Museum invite visitors to explore exhibitions on the history and fate of the Jewish community.
Restaurants and cafes also fit in nicely in Spīķeri, which offer lazy weekend brunches, business lunches and dinner a la carte.
During the summer season, an open-air flea market is held here, which offers a mix of second hand items and contemporary creations by local designers.
The best way to reach Spīķeri is to walk or cycle on the promenade along the banks of the River Daugava.
Bergs Bazaar provides a classy refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city, right in the centre of the city. Here they have everything – a Saturday morning farmer’s market for those who crave organic goodies and local handicrafts, exquisite restaurants in which to taste local delicacies and wines, as well as unique collections by Latvian fashion designers. If you’re looking to learn something new, you may wish to attend the creative workshops and lectures at the bazaar’s venues.
The creative districts of Riga are booming and attract visitors with their distinctive environment, offering a refuge from the daily routine and rush. And the number of creative quarters is only growing!