Guided tour

Riga: Central Market Latvian Food Tour

4.7 / 5

57 reviews

Activity provider: RigaTrips Tours

Riga: Central Market Latvian Food Tour

Activity provider: RigaTrips Tours

From € 35 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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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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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Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 57 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
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  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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What a fantastic day and our guide was very informative. I would agree don’t eat before hand as we were very well fed, plus alcoholic drinks too. It’s a good 2 hours and you get to sample meats, veg, sweet treats and alcoholic beverages. It’s warm in the actual market. The market is only 5 mins walk from the Holocaust museum which is worth a visit afterwards

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November 21, 2022

Guna was an exceptional hostess and guide. We tasted items that we most likely would never have tried....smoked meats, fish, Balsam (a traditional alcoholic drink), Kvass (a fermented malt soft drink....non-alcoholic), cheeses, pickled vegetables, and more!! Truly a spectacular tour for the price!! We always enjoy food tours of the local market....it gives us an idea of the culture of the people through their food. The Riga Central Market is one of the largest markets in Europe, enclosed in several old Zeppelin aircraft hangers....so, this is a must see site!

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July 6, 2022

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

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