Guided tour

Riga: Central Market Latvian Food Tour

4.7 / 5

68 reviews

Activity provider: RigaTrips Tours

Riga: Central Market Latvian Food Tour

Activity provider: RigaTrips Tours

From US$ 37.79 per person

Learn about Latvian gastronomy in the largest open-air market in Europe. Sample a selection of more than 20 traditional local food samples as you learn about the history of these massive markets.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Enjoy 20 differed local Latvian foods and drink samples
  • Learn about the local food and shopping traditions
  • Admire the size of the market hangars as you learn of their history
Full description

Embark on a tour through the UNESCO-listed Riga Central Market. Explore 5 former zeppelin hangars and learn about local Latvian food and shopping habits on the market. A knowledgeable local tour guide will lead you through the market and provide you with an introduction to Latvian food, sharing the origins of local food traditions. Throughout the tour, you will receive a wide range of local specialties which include local bread, several kinds of cheese, freshly smoked meat, several types of fish, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, and delicious local sweets. These tastings will be sufficient enough to make you feel as if you have had a light lunch and should be enough to get you through to dinner.

  • Tour guide
  • Food and drink samples
  • Cutlery and napkins
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Please wait for your guide under the street number plate 18. It is located just opposite to the Hilton Hotel building.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine, as most of the tour is inside the market halls anyway and it is warm there also in the cold winter time
  • This tour is not suitable for vegans, but it is suitable for those who are vegetarian or lactose inolerant
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4.7 /5

based on 68 reviews

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An experience worth doing! You got to taste everything from alcoholic drinks to desserts and breakfast options to a variety of dinner components. Much of the food we tried could be understood, in my opinion, to have originated from the time inside the Iron Curtain. The tour itself would have received a 5a from us if our fantastically talented and knowledgeable guide had not become irritated and expressed himself completely incomprehensible on two occasions towards all three participants of the tour. A must-do experience in Riga! ☺️

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January 5, 2023

I really liked it! Even though we are from Lithuania, we found few new things for us and guide vas great. I did miss a bit of history of culinary heritage and we skipped part about bread/sweets, that a shame cause there is quite a bit to tell. Overall it was a great experience with tasting and if you have newver been or tried traditional Baltics food, I DO RECOMMEND this tour

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January 2, 2023

A walk in the large market hall in Riga with a tasting of Latvian food and drink. Took approx. 2 hours. You were both full and a little "happy" afterwards. Lots of people, as it was the day before New Year's. Mixed with people from several parts of the world gave extra points. Very nice.

December 31, 2022

Product ID: 373040