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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Riga is complete without tasting the traditional Riga food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Riga to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Herring Appetizer: salt herring fillets, chopped tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, ripe olives, dill, parsley, lettuce leaves.
  • Jāņi (summer solstice) Cheese: cheese with caraway seeds, made of skim milk, dry cottage cheese, sour cream, eggs, butter and salt.
  • Pork in Aspic: pork meat, eggs, onions, carrots, celery, parsley, and bay leaves, salt, pepper and garlic.



Main courses


Fast food

Street food

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Aldaris alus (beer): light beer with a sweet bitter taste and a fresh hops aroma.
  • Bauskas alus (beer): dark larger with a strong malt flavor, pleasant hops bitterness and malty-sweet aroma.
  • Cēsu alus (beer): golden in color, malty with a hint of lemon aroma and with grainy, corn and some bitterness taste.
  • Lāčplēša alus (beer): golden, amber in color, honey aroma and sweet with notes of malt and caramel taste.
  • Piebalgas alus (beer): dark brown in color thick beer with a special malt aroma and flavor.
  • Riga Black Balsam: herbal liqueur made with many different natural ingredients like plants, flowers, buds, juices, roots, oils and berries.
  • Tērvetes alus (beer): slightly carbonated beer with a clear golden color, sweet-honey, a bit spicy, malty taste and aromatic hops scent.
  • Užavas alus (beer): pale lager made of natural ingredients include hops, water, malt and yeast.

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