There are bars and pubs in almost every Latvian city and village, and historically they have been a place to meet up with friends and make new friends, taste local beer or something a little stronger, as well as have a filling meal.
Many bars offer to hire event spaces, watchsports events together with other fans, listen to live music and enjoy a dance.
Beverages and Food
Bars offer a wide range of beverages, and there are also bars specialising in a certain type of drink, e.g.
In a café practically always a tea or coffee can be ordered and the other way around – in a tea-room coffee can be sipped. The names do not matter. The distinguishing feature of a café and tea-room is the opportunity to have freshly baked pastries with a cup of an aromatic and warm beverage.
A meat pie, a poppy seed pastry, a piece of pie or cake – the selection is vast and.
Riga and Latvia does not make an exception. People are in a hurry here, as well, and have their lunch at fast food restaurants. The fast food restaurant chain “Lido” is among the most popular ones where you can have a delicious lunch within mere twenty minutes.
Of course, there are also pizza factories the so-called home kitchens, kebab and pelmeni places as well as pancake shops to get a quality meal without waiting.
Latvian traditional meals will always be filling and fresh, our meals are nutritious and natural. Back in the day spices weren’t common, however, Latvian cuisine has undergone changes over time by borrowing dishes from other nations and by adopting international influences.
The traditional range of meals is now supplemented by exotic spices and ingredients, which together offer a new taste adventure. Vegetarian, vegan and raw food offers are also growing.
Traditional Latvian Cuisine
The most common ingredient of traditional Latvian cuisine is meat – blood sausage, pork roast, smoked meats.
In 1994, soon after the restoration of Latvian statehood, when the famous chef Mārtiņš Rītiņš established its haute cuisine restaurant “Vincents” attended by the most prominent people, it seemed an unachievable top of the industry.
Therefore even more surprising is the number of excellent restaurants run by talented young chefs with international experience.
Restaurants in Latvia offer the light Mediterranean cuisine, Eastern cuisine featuring savoury spices, Caucasian dishes, tender Japanese specialties, modern fusion Slow Food as well as many other cuisines not to mention Russian delicacies such as pancakes with caviar and a shot of vodka.