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Riga Central Market

See why this huge market is affectionately known as Riga's belly when you browse hundreds of stalls for fresh produce and Latvian specialties.

Riga Central Market is one of the largest markets in Eastern Europe, attracting up to 100,000 people each day. The market is housed in five cavernous pavilions, under roofs that came from old zeppelin hangars. Come here to buy clothes, flowers, handcrafts, fish and fresh produce from Latvian farmers.

Start your browsing or shopping expedition even before you step foot into a pavilion.  There are numerous open-air stalls in front of the building selling fruit and vegetables. Give yourself at least a couple of hours to explore all five pavilions, which are organized according to what they sell. There is a meat pavilion, vegetable pavilion, fish pavilion, dairy pavilion and gastronomical pavilion. Between them, there are approximately 3,000 stalls. 

They sell goods that have been grown, raised and made locally, as well as imported commodities. As you walk through the market, you will see stalls stacked with familiar items such as fresh and marinated vegetables, fruit, cheeses and pickles, but there is also the unfamiliar. Consider your trip to the market as a good excuse to sample some traditional Latvian foods and ingredients. Look for Baltic style rye breads, smoked herring and saffron bread with raisins. Ask for some samples before buying. If you are here during the summer, try some kvass, a low alcohol drink made from black or rye bread.

You can also purchase non-edible goods including handmade socks, caps and scarves, as well as wicker baskets and other handcrafts, all of which make excellent Latvian souvenirs. Try your luck haggling with the vendors to get the best price. 

After your visit, enjoy one last shopping trip. Directly behind Riga Central Market are late 19th-century warehouses where you can buy shoes and clothing. The styles are more influenced by Russian than Western fashions.

Riga Central Market is located next to the Riga Bus Station and the Central Railway Station, close to the Old Town. The pavilions are open daily, but they keep different hours. Visit the market’s official website for the exact times.

Popular Activities at Riga Central Market

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Old City Boutique Hotel ¥7,889
Old City Boutique Hotel

Old City Boutique Hotel

10 Teatra Street, Riga
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps from Latvian National Opera, Laima Clock, and St John's Church. Cathedral Square and Riga Castle are also within 10 minutes. Riga Central Station is 10 minutes by foot and Riga Passajirskaia Station is 12 minutes.

    Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel ¥9,847
    Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel

    Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel

    11. Novembra Krastmala, 33, Riga
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Latvian Rifleman Monument, St John's Church, and St. Peter's Church. Riga Cathedral and Small Guild Hall are also within 10 minutes. Riga Central Station is 12 minutes by foot and Riga Passajirskaia Station is 14 minutes.

      Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa ¥8,183
      Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa

      Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa

      33 Kaleju Street, Riga
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St John's Church and St. Peter's Church. Great Guild Hall and Small Guild Hall are also within 10 minutes. Riga Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and Riga Passajirskaia Station is 10 minutes.

        Rixwell Old Riga Palace Hotel ¥6,818
        Rixwell Old Riga Palace Hotel

        Rixwell Old Riga Palace Hotel

        Minsterejas 8/10, Riga
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Menzendorff House, St. Peter's Church, and St John's Church. Small Guild Hall and Great Guild Hall are also within 10 minutes. Riga Central Station is 11 minutes by foot and Riga Passajirskaia Station is 12 minutes.

          Tallink Hotel Riga ¥8,667
          Tallink Hotel Riga

          Tallink Hotel Riga

          Elizabetes 24, Riga
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Centrs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Berg's Bazaar, Freedom Monument, and Riga Central Market. St John's Church and Powder Tower are also within 15 minutes. Riga Central Station is only a 3-minute walk and Riga Passajirskaia Station is 8 minutes.

            Wellton Riga Hotel & SPA ¥7,690
            Wellton Riga Hotel & SPA

            Wellton Riga Hotel & SPA

            Valnu street 49, Riga
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St John's Church, St. Peter's Church, and Great Guild Hall. Powder Tower and Freedom Monument are also within 10 minutes. Riga Central Station is 7 minutes by foot and Riga Passajirskaia Station is 8 minutes.

              Metropole Hotel by Semarah ¥10,431
              Metropole Hotel by Semarah

              Metropole Hotel by Semarah

              Aspazijas Boulevard 36/38, Riga
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Latvian National Opera, St John's Church, and Riga Central Market. St. Peter's Church and Freedom Monument are also within 10 minutes. Riga Central Station is 6 minutes by foot and Riga Passajirskaia Station is 8 minutes.

                Hanza Hotel ¥5,747
                Hanza Hotel

                Hanza Hotel

                7 Elijas Street, Riga
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Centrs, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Latvian Academy of Sciences and Riga Central Market. St John's Church and Freedom Monument are also within 1 mi (2 km). Riga Passajirskaia Station is only a 5-minute walk and Riga Central Station is 12 minutes.