Some things just go together. I mean, it wouldn’t be right to go to Italy in summer and not drink an Aperol Spritz. Imagine going to Cuba and not enjoying a Mojito – or a trip to Spain without a Sangria or two. But what about Latvia? Do you know what our most popular drink is? If you guessed it right, congrats – it’s beer! Latvia boasts an amazingly wide selection of exciting beers and a thriving beer culture.
As I am not exactly the biggest fan of beer myself (I prefer wine), my boyfriend made his writing debut with this amazing guest post about beer culture in Latvia. So if you’re planning a trip to Riga, don’t forget to bring this list with you when you’re heading to a pub or restaurant.
All you need is food.
I don’t know how about you guys, but for me, one of the best parts of travelling to another country is going to a nice restaurant and trying out the local cuisine. Taking in the sights and producing fun instastories are all well and good, but sampling new dishes is by far my favourite part of any trip. The way food is prepared and cooked and all the various spices, herbs and ingredients used can tell you quite a lot about a country, its people and their traditions.
For quite a long time I used to think that Latvian cuisine was just too plain and simple to be of any note. Potatoes, sauces, meat, a lot of dill, salads, soups, kefir and rye bread are hardly the types of food you usually find in fancy restaurants because they ’re just too simple and don’t exactly look, well… fancy. But then a couple years ago it clicked – food isn’t always only about looks. It’s about the feeling it generates. There is a new Netflix Original series that you may have seen called ”Ugly Delicious” and I think it’s particularly brilliant because of the angle David Chang takes on food. Not every dish has to be pretty. It should be about the taste. And what kind of dishes do we often like best? Those that trigger something inside us. The ones that remind us of something our mum or grandma used to cook for us. It wasn’t until I moved abroad that I understood that Latvian cuisine may be simple, but it is unique and rich in favour. What made me even happier was hearing that my foreign friends and acquaintances that have visited Latvia all loved the local food. All of this gave me the idea of the next article – Foods You Have to Try In Latvia. Let’s go!
Europe is known for its great coffee and Riga is no exception. Whether it’s a cup of delicious coffee, tea, local pastry or cakes, we’ve got you covered. I guess that is all you need for a chilly autumn day.
#1 MiiT coffee – good vegetarian cafe for fixed gear culture enthusiasts.
Situated near Esplanade Park, MiiT cafe offers a specialty coffee from some of the well – known local and European roasters such as Five Elephant from Berlin and Kopii and DaMatteo from Sweden. This place has a quirky interior that biking and fixed gear culture enthusiasts will appreciate. The walls exhibit historic images of track racing and you will also see a framed picture of Eddie Merckx proudly displayed on one of the shelves.