Riga: Central Market Latvian Food Tour
- Duration: 2.5 hours
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Our guide was a very friendly and welcoming person. She showed us through all the market halls on the central market and told many interesting stories about the market and Latvian traditions. You get to sample various smoked and marinated meat pieces (pork and chicken), cheese, fresh milk, candy, different sorts of fish, bread, and pickles, all typical for Latvia. As well as a local liquor, Wodka and the bread drink Kwas. Of course everybody has different taste, but I think there is really something for everybody (except maybe vegans). Take the tour around noon and you can skip lunch instead. If I can recommend an idea, I would propose to introduce a second tour in the old city to sample different typical warm dishes from Latvia at different restaurants (as there is a lot to sample as well).
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.
We really enjoyed this tour and it really matched our best expectations and needs. Līga took us on a varied and very interesting walk of Riga. Her English is excellent and she comes across very well. She managed to find a balanced level of narrative that suited us perfectly, with a good dash of humour and pride in her city, and was also very mindful of us as a group. Would definitely recommend this tour to those who wants to see the best of Riga and to feel the character of the city and are able and willing to walk for signficant distances, but are somewhat limited in time.
What a great way to experience Riga! It felt like spending the day with a local friend. There was so many delicious treats to try! We went back to buy more of many of them to take home. We never would have known to try some the great local favorites without this tour! It was a wonderful highlight of our trip and we left full and happy! We learned so much and this casual tasty place :-) So grateful to appreciate Riga through this the market and would highly recommend this.
Tolle und vielseitige Tour durch Riga. Alle Highlights stehen auf dem Programm. Guide war äußerst kompetent, freundlich und engagiert.