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With its history dating back to 1876, Vidzeme Market remains a charming place to shop in midtown Riga. Featured here are a wide variety of Latvia-grown eco-products, meat, and daily catches from local fishermen. Dairy products also have their own pavilion, as do bread and pastries, fresh from the oven.
Vidzeme Market is not only a favourite shopping venue, but also a venue for key cultural events in Riga, like the annual „Art Days” (exhibits and performances) and the „White Night” forum – a major Europe-wide happening since 2005.
Vidzeme Market’s first location was where the New St.Gertrude Church now stands (Brivibas Street). Due to popular demand, the owners decided in 1897 to move to a much larger space the corner of Brivibas and Matisa streets.
The city’s chief architect, Reinholds Šmēlings (1840-1917), designed the striking pavilions.