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Riga: Culture and Food Tasting Tour

1. Riga: Culture and Food Tasting Tour

Explore three of Riga’s most essential districts on a half-day combined food tasting and cultural walking tour. Hear stories from the history of the city, and see the world’s largest collection of art nouveau architecture. Begin your tour in charming Old Riga, where the beautiful, centuries-old buildings speak extensively about Latvian culture - one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Highlights of Old Riga (also known as “Vecrīga”) include a reconstruction of the medieval city wall, Riga Cathedral, and the House of the Blackheads. Next, go to the remarkable Art-Nouveau district, where a local guide will explain more about the meaning of symbols hidden behind the beautiful façades. See masterpieces of art nouveau architecture at banks, offices and apartment blocks on almost every street corner. End with a food tasting tour of some typical local food in Riga Central Market. Sample mouth-watering, ecologically-grown local produce in the beautiful art deco and neoclassical market, Europe’s largest market and bazaar.

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Riga: Old Town and Central Market Walking Tour

2. Riga: Old Town and Central Market Walking Tour

Get an insider’s view of Riga's old town on a small-group walking tour through the city's scenic cobblestone streets. Marvel at Riga's famous sights, including St. Peter's Church, where you can climb its tower for amazing views of the city. Make your way inside the Dome Cathedral and learn about the Riga roosters, the Powder Tower, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, and more. Enjoy hearing about the city's past as a mighty seaport during the Middle Ages, and take in views of beautiful medieval landmarks, such as the Old Guild House and the House of the Blackheads. Continue on to Riga Central Market, one of the largest markets in Europe, and immerse yourself in local life. Learn about Latvian cuisine and the variety of local specialties, such as smoked meats, cheeses, herring, and hemp butter. Be sure to sample the favorite foods of the locals.

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Riga: 3-Hour Old town and Farmers Market Detective Tour

3. Riga: 3-Hour Old town and Farmers Market Detective Tour

Start the tour near the Liberty monument with a talk about the history of Latvia and Latvians. After a short walk through parks, past the Opera House and Bastion Hill see the Fat Powder Tower and defensive wall. Then enter the Old town through the Swedish gates. Here discover the Parliament building and Three Brothers, St. Jacob church, Riga castle, Dom cathedral, elegant art Nouveaux buildings, Palace of Peter the great, Black Head House and St. Peters. Observe the strange creatures on the façade of the Reitern House before entering Riga’s synagogue to learn the history of the Jewish community. Visit the wine cellars of Riga town hall. Then it’s on to the place where, according to legend, Riga black balsam was invented in middle of the 18th century. A visit to the Amber room of Riga is also included in the tour. The tour is "in Sherlock Holmes style" meaning visitors will not only hear the story of guide, but also be in a quest to resolve different puzzles. These include: who bricked people inside of walls of the Old Town? What is the meaning of the ghost statue behind Powder tower? Why did Russian tsar Peter I took as wife the daughter of Latvian peasant, servant and prisoner of war? Finally meet Riganers at Riga central. Taste Riga black balsam, an alcoholic drink with more than 260 years of history, esteemed by royalty.

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Riga: Central Market and Food Tasting Tour

4. Riga: Central Market and Food Tasting Tour

There are many legends and stories hidden in the walls of the old Central Market building. You will find out how this market became the largest and most modern market in all of Europe. Your guide will tell you how the pavilions of the Central Market were used during World War II and hear what was the purpose of this building in Soviet times. You will also see interesting cellars of the market and the places around it. At the end of the tour, you will have a chance to try many different kinds of delicious Latvian food: fish, cheese, meat, specific jam, drinks and more. You will also discover interesting and unexpected product combinations.

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What people are saying about Riga

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 7 reviews

I find Latvia, and Riga, a welcoming place in general and that positive impression has just so reinforced, by my experience with our tour guide. Great local knowledge, as you would expect, brought to life with a depth of personal and lived experiences. (Aside from a single experience in childhood our guide was not able to eat bananas again until 15 - book the tour to learn more ;)). Our guide provided so much more than was described and you were left feeling looked after and at home in Latvia - as well as thoroughly amused (great sense of humour) and and well fed. Trust me - if you want the best experience of the market look no further. You will be glad you booked.

Luckily we were the only guests ! Guna was such a nice and knowledgeable guide! She explained the history and the presence of the market. The variety of food tasting was excellent. I recommend to book this trip!!

Best tour I’ve ever been on! An absolute must if you are in Riga! Great value for everything you get and the tour guide was lovely and very knowledgeable.

Wonderful and affordable food tour is Riga. Got lots of samples and history. I am very glad we did this!

We had a nice and expert guide, named Editta, and she is very kind and helpful.