- Lido - Latvian traditional food restaurants that is cafeteria-style. We are fond of kartupeli (potatoes), vistas (chicken) stroganoff, and pankukas ar sieru (crepe-like pancakes with cheese), in addition to other items. The prices at Lido are quite reasonable.
- Cili Pica - This pizza joint has really good Italian-style thin-crust pizza. We decided early-on to purchase a "friends" discount card for this place, and we're hoping to learn how to replicate the thin, yet soft, crust on the pizza when we set-up the pizzeria at home in Marvyille. Card-holders can feed a family of 4 for quite cheap during the hours of 2-6 p.m.
- Gan bei - A Chinese restaurant that is excellent. One is located in Origo.
- Double Coffee - There are 80-million DCs in Riga alone! We like it because it is conveniently located close to our apartment and the JVLMA, and the kids enjoyed eating the crepes.
Most eating establishments here have outdoor eating opportunities when the weather is nice. There are a variety of really great pubs (especially the outdoor beer gardens in Old-Town as seen in the pictures below), but Bill's favorite is Alus Ordenis, located close to the Music Academy. It's a basement establishment that serves Uzavas Tumsais, a really fantastic dark alus (beer). BTW, Bill's list of tasty barley-pop continues to grow, but here's the top-3 thus far: Valmiermuzias, Uzavas Tumsais, and Bauskas Alus.
http://www.rigaguide.com/). He is incredibly helpful with information, guidance, electrical equipment, linen items, and packing tape, among other things! His office is located at Elizabetes iela 22.
Several of our friends at the Riga Reformed Church work in a small handmade art and clothing shop called Pumpa. It's located at Brivibas iela 166 and a short description can be found here (Pumpa). They are open weekdays from 11:00-7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11:00-4:00 p.m. They have really interesting clothing, accessories, and hand-crafted items...Pumpa is highly recommended if you have a chance to visit Riga!
Riga's Central Market is basically a set of airplane-hangar buildings that is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Here's a picture taken from the top of St. Peter's Church.