Wednesday, 18 April 2018

My 5 favourite food spots in Riga


When visiting a new country/city, it can be hard to know where's best to eat and drink. I usually like to do my research beforehand but sometimes it can be nice to take advice off the locals and/or just wander and see what you come across!

There were so many nice places in Riga; everywhere you turned was a beautiful cafe, bar or restaurant. Here are my five favourite food places that I visited whilst in the city, enjoy!


The Flying Frog


 

This restaurant was literally a 5 minutes walk from our hotel and was a recommendation from the receptionist at our hotel. The weather was beautiful. At 18 degrees, it was the perfect day to soak up the sun on this outdoor terrace, people watching and tucking into some amazing food.


I opted for the Mango Chicken which was absolutely divine. So much so, I'm going to try and create my own home made version! The chicken was grilled and tasted so flavoursome and the mango dressing was just enough flavour, without being overbearing.


My Mum and I then shared their speciality cheesecake which was to die for. I love a good cheesecake so I was in my element!


I loved relaxing in this restaurant and I would definitely return if I was to visit Riga again!

The Flying Frog is located at:
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2

BakeBerry



This was somewhere I came across when I first started researching Riga and I have wanted to visit ever since. Located in the very centre of the city, this quaint cafe did not disappoint.

BakeBerry reminded me of a Latvian version of 'Patisserie Valerie' with its freshly made cakes and pastries and large selection of coffees. I personally think that the cakes were really reasonably priced, averaging around €3 per cake and under €1 for a pastry.

 

I opted for the Dark Chocolate Velvet cake which was out of this world. 


I was stuck for choice, if I'm honest, as pretty much all of the cakes sounded insanely good. I was struck by the presentation of this cake though so it definitely won me over. 


My Mum chose the carrot and walnut cake which, I'll be honest, I'm not usually a fan of but she said it was divine.

BakeBerry is located at:
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You can find BakeBerry on Instagram: @bake_berry


3

Amber Coffee



This quaint little cafe was situated on the way to St Peter's Church, on the corner of a little cobbled street. You had the option to eat outside (al fresco) or sit inside in the leather booths, next to a warm cosy fire. We were optimistic and began ordering outside but, after feeling the breeze, we ended up opting for an indoor seat!

I skipped the hotel breakfast as I wasn't really a massive fan of what they had to offer so we stopped here for a late breakfast. It was sooo nice.



The pancakes were divine. I opted for pancakes with Maple Syrup which always reminds me of my Grandad's pancakes on Shrove Tuesday - they were delicious! They also serve a variety of other types of pancakes, along with eggs and other breakfast dishes!

I loved this little cafe - it was so nice to take a break from seeing the city and relax for a while. I would definitely recommend this place for breakfast.

Amber Coffee is located at:
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4

Big Bad Bagels



Big Bad Bagels was somewhere I wanted to visit prior to the trip but we actually stumbled across it quite randomly. I'm so glad we did.

There were so many bagels to choose from; from chicken, to egg and bacon to vegetarian options - the variety was insane. My Mum and I opted for the Breakfast bagel which was egg, bacon, cream cheese and tomatoes. It was insane.

I took pictures so quickly as, for once, I just wanted to eat it instead of getting an amazing pic (so I apologise for the quality of the photo). 

I would recommend here all day, every day! Whether it's breakfast or lunch, there's something for everyone.

Big Bad Bagels is located at:
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You can find them on Instagram: @big_bad_bagels


5

Aqua Luna



Leaving the best until last!

I wanted to eat by the harbour when we visited Riga, this was one of my main trip goals! I found three harbour-side restaurants and we decided on Aqua Luna. The Asian Fusion restaurant serves a variety of dishes, mainly seafood.

I opted for the Red Argentine Prawns and I've never had anything like it. They were so soft and tasted really sweet, which I loved. They were cooked to perfection.


By far the best prawns I've ever had. You can have the prawns served in the shell or out of the shell depending on your preferences. I chose the medium sized prawns and you had 6 which was the perfect amount. I shared some sweet potato fries with my Mum which were also beaut.

My Mum opted for the veggie option, the Truffle Risotto. She said that this was the best risotto she has ever tasted!


For dessert, my Mum had the Creme Brulee which again, she loved. It was gone in minutes!


I opted for the Chocolate Profiteroles. This was really different to my idea of 'profiteroles' which are normally chocolate coated with soft cream in the centre. This profiterole was coated in a  frozen chocolate mousse with the centre resembling more of the 'traditional' profiterole. However, the cream wasn't overly soft and was more frozen.


This dessert was right up my street. Chocolate mousse, chocolate, cream and more chocolate? Yum!

I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The service was impeccable - we were waited on hand and foot and the staff were so polite and helpful. The food was also out of this world - some of the best I've tasted.

Aqua Luna is located at:
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Aqua Luna is on Instagram: @aqualunariga

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I loved each and every one of these restaurants and would recommend them all a million times over. If you visit Riga and any of these restaurants, I hope that you love them just as much as I did!

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