Guided tour

Riga: Central Market Latvian Food Tour

4.8 / 5

28 reviews

Activity provider: RigaTrips Tours

Riga: Central Market Latvian Food Tour

Activity provider: RigaTrips Tours
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From US$ 36.48 per person

Learn about Latvian gastronomy in the largest open-air market in Europe. Sample a selection of more than 15 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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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Indulge in tastings of 15 differet local Latvian foods and drink samples
  • Be amazed by the unbelievable market traditions
  • Admire the size of the market hangars as you learn their history
Full description
Tour through the UNESCO-listed Riga Central Markets, 5 zeppelin hangars which provide guests with an enjoyable local food journey. A knowledgeable local tour guide will lead you through your introduction into Latvian food, sharing origins of local food traditions as you travel. Throughout your tour, receive a wide range of local specialties which include local bread, several cheeses, 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. This is a unique option for guests wishing to try local food delicacies whilst hearing interesting and entertaining stories about the Riga Central Market itself.
Includes
  • Tour guide
  • Food and drink samples
  • Cutlery and napkins
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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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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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine, most of the tour is inside the market halls
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 28 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5

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Was a great tour! The guide is very passionate and knowledgeable. The pickup point was a good central location and ended up being across from my hotel! The only thing I could suggest would be an earlier tour. This tour is in the afternoon and does not give you much time to stroll around after if wanted. In fact we had to be a little rushed due to time. But, not anything to truly complain about. Would be great if it was a morning tour so we could go back and buy stuff that we tried and explore more on our own after the tour. But, if you want to do one of the city tours in the morning it works perfectly because you can do this tour after. You can truly say you got a great sampling of the market with this tour. With a little of bread, meats, cheeses, vegetables, fish, and drinks! Love that it included a drink and alcohol tastings. Highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to get a good history, information, and Latvian tasting at the market!

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February 23, 2022

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.

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August 18, 2021

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).

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August 5, 2021

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