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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.


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Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa ¥4,743
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 10-minute walk of St John's Church and Riga Central Market. Latvian National Opera and Menzendorff House are also within 5 minutes. Riga Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and Riga Passajirskaia Station is 10 minutes.

    Wellton Riga Hotel & SPA ¥9,921
    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.

      Tallink Hotel Riga ¥5,777
      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 Riga Central Market, Latvian National Opera, and Freedom Monument. St. Peter's Church and House of the Blackheads are also within 1 mi (2 km). Riga Central Station is only a 3-minute walk and Riga Passajirskaia Station is 8 minutes.

        Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel ¥4,960
        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 10-minute walk of Latvian Rifleman Monument and Riga Central Market. Menzendorff House and Occupation Museum are also within 5 minutes. Riga Central Station is 12 minutes by foot and Riga Passajirskaia Station is 13 minutes.

          Old City Boutique Hotel ¥2,914
          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.

            Hotel Valdemars
            Hotel Valdemars

            Hotel Valdemars

            K. Valdemara iela 23, Riga
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Centrs, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Latvian Art Museum and Riga Central Market. Esplanade Park and Cathedral of Christ's Nativity are also within 10 minutes. Riga Central Station is 16 minutes by foot and Riga Passajirskaia Station is 21 minutes.

              AVALON HOTEL & CONFERENCES
              AVALON HOTEL & CONFERENCES

              AVALON HOTEL & CONFERENCES

              13.Janvara str. 19, Riga
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

                Hanza Hotel ¥4,208
                Hanza Hotel

                Hanza Hotel

                7 Elijas Street, Riga
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Latgale Suburb, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Latvian Academy of Sciences and Riga Central Market. Latvian National Opera and St John's Church are also within 15 minutes. Riga Passajirskaia Station is 5 minutes by foot and Riga Central Station is 11 minutes.