As the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the Baltic region, Riga offers a pretty interesting variety of international foods, and sushi in particular is making its wave into the city’s heart! Still, if you’re looking to really get to know how the locals live, there are a lot of Latvian cuisine restaurants where you can try the local flavors. Hope you enjoy my Riga Restaurant Guide and try out some of the best restaurants in Riga! You might even come across the best cafe in Riga.
Sink your teeth into some of my hip and cozy favorite eateries of the Latvian capital!
Best Restaurants In Riga
Committed to using completely natural and organic products, Restaurant 3 serves Latvian food the old fashioned way: using local ingredients without extra chemicals, and always aiming to use every single piece of the product and avoid waste. And the result is delicious: I loved their smoked goat cheese and Wagyu beef, as well as their delicious hot rhubarb and cranberry drink!
The design is really warm with rustic undertones and the atmosphere is fairly cool, but aside from the food, what really makes this place special is its service, which was a true joy, and our waitress was very friendly and professional.
Known as the Three Chefs restaurant in English, Tris Pavari’s focus is precisely that: the fact that all meals are prepared by three cooks, Mārtinš Sirmais, Artūrs Trinkuns and Ēriks Dreibants. With a very relaxed atmosphere, this place has a very pleasant, hipster-inspired design that goes great with the open-air kitchen the restaurant is famous for, but the food’s presentation is what really did the trick for me: the entrées came served on paper, giving the impression of a beautiful work of art, and the same care is put on every course.
A must visit in Riga!
Due to its close proximity to Sweden, Latvia has historically had very strong ties with Scandinavia, and Muusu is very aware of that connection. With a Norse design and chef, this 3-story restaurant with brick walls, which offers an exceptional culinary experience, is really popular. We went there for a quiet lunch, but we could tell the ambiance is pretty romantic in the evenings!
They also have a bar with stools by the windows, and it’s a perfectly cosy spot to try some of their yummy food and drinks while engaging in a bit of people-watching.
Best Cafes In Riga
Art Café Sienna
Located in the heart of Riga’s Art Nouveau district, Art Café Sienna is a feast for the eyes. The decoration is a dream in its romantic style, with a lot of old chaises and cupboards that give it the feel of a period movie – and with a lot of inspiring books lying around, too! Their assortment of sweets and pastries is limited, but they offer a lot of different types of coffee, tea and other drinks. The service was great and super personal, and the atmosphere was very relaxed. A cosy little gem!
Parunasim – Café
A treat for visitors with a sweet tooth! Parunasim Café is marketed as the most romantic café in Riga, and I must say I agree – to the point that we came to this place 3 times when we were in town! The upper floor keeps the rough walls and interior and mixes it with old and beautiful furniture.
This cute little café has two floors and an outdoor area for the nicer and warmer days of the year. The design is enchanting and with an Amélie-like quality to it, mixing styles and clearly made with a lot of love. While they serve alcohol, they also have a nice selection of coffee, tea and amazing hot cocoa with marshmallows – and, of course, the sweets! With homemade cookies, cakes, macaroons, this is meant for dessert lovers.
The atmosphere is about as sweet as their products, and with a rocking atmosphere: a very popular place in Riga!