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Riga Comms Tower Restaurants in Riga are not distinguished by widest choice of delicious dishes and delicacies. Food here is pretty simple, but it is very nourishing and has its own taste benefits. The menu of each restaurant of national cuisine contains widest choice of soups, either meat and vegetable ones, or sweet. Such ingredients as cereals, potatoes, beans and all kinds of dairy products are widely used in the national cuisine.
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Riga chefs prepare an excellent dessert made of semolina - they add vanilla cream, cranberry sauce and nuts to the usual porridge. The taste of this dessert is truly magnificent. Regarding meat dishes we also have much to say as local chefs are full of original ideas. Beef, pork and veal are cooked and served in various ways, mainly with barley porridge or vegetables. Finally, home-made sausages, which are usually served with fried potatoes, become more and more popular among tourists.
A cold beetroot soup named Auksta Zupa is the most popular first course. Bread soup will be also enjoyed by fans of soups. Of course, we should not forget to mention widest choice of fish casseroles, to which are usually added fillets of cod or herring. Herring is very popular here; in many restaurants the fish is fried on the coals and is served to guests with delicious onion sauce. Beer remains the most favorite drink of local residents and tourists. Do not forget to try the beer made by the local Aldaris brewery – it will please even connoisseurs of this drink. Fans of stronger drinks are welcome to order various liqueurs and vodka Latvijas Balzams, which is considered the best among the available varieties of this drink. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Charlstons restaurant is considered one of the most popular institutions of the city. The restaurant is located near the center. During the warm part of year the tables of the restaurant are served on the terrace in the courtyard. Here visitors of Charlstons are able to select from the widest choice of culinary delights and enjoy relaxing atmosphere. The specialties of the restaurant are cheese cake and various delicious meat dishes. Visitors are also welcome to try unusual signature chef’s delicacies. You will find a bar with the same name just next to the restaurant. This is a place where you can try widest choice of beverages - from local beer to vintage wine.
Riga at night time In Riga, travelers can try smoked lamprey fish. This fresh-water fish became a local delicacy many years ago. Lamprey can be cooked in a number of ways, but it becomes incredibly delicious when smoked. This fish has become a widely spread cold appetizer, so travelers will easily find it in virtually any local restaurant. It is also possible to buy smoked lamprey in local markets. There is even a special holiday dedicated to the ever popular Riga’s delicacy – the Lamprey Day. It is celebrated in the second half of August as this is the time for catching this fish species.
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Some national dishes, which are very popular with residents of Riga, may look quite odd to foreign guests. Cottage cheese with potatoes and herring is one of such examples. The combination of these ingredients, which do not look fitting at a glance, is, nevertheless, very harmonious. Many years ago, it was a popular snack that local peasants ate very often. Nowadays, even fine dining restaurants offer this dish to their clients. It can be cooked in a number of ways, with marinated or salted herring, various sauces, and fresh greens.
Riga Latvia produces gorgeous cheese, the variety of which will please even most experienced foodies. Latvian cheese variety is the most famous and unusual. This cheese has become famous thanks to its strong and acrid odor. Many unprepared travelers are turned down and do not want to sample this cheese, but it has a truly amazing taste. Local restaurants offer various sandwiches with Latvian cheese, add it to pasta, or use in various sauces. It is not allowed to export this cheese because of its strong odor as no packing can stop it from spreading. That said, travelers can enjoy this unusual but delicious cheese only during their vacation in Riga.
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Without a doubt, cranberry in sugar is the most popular dessert in Riga. Small packages with candied berries are available at many grocery shops in Riga. Markets are another great place to buy the dessert. Fans of this original delight often head to the nearby town of Sigulda as local producers cook cranberry in sugar in accordance with a special recipe. They use Ghee clarified butter that allows keeping more vitamins in berries and makes them stay fresh longer. It is possible to buy cranberries in any souvenir shop in Sigulda. Local cafes offer another popular dessert that is called Vekriga. These are attractive choux pastries decorated with soft cottage cheese cream, sugar powder, and fruits. Don’t forget to order a shot of the Black Balsam together with this popular dessert.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Riga and surroundings

Where to go for dinner in Riga: recommended cafe and restaurants

Opulent Arbat
Where: 3 Vagnera, Riga; Telephone: +371 672 14057;
Lido Log House
Where: 76 Krasta, Riga; Telephone: +371 750 4420;
Pelmeni XL
Where: 7 Kalku, Riga; Telephone: +371 722 2728;
Seasons
Where: 12 Pils, Grand Palace Hotel, Riga; Telephone: +371 6704 4000;
Tower
Where: 7 Smilsu, Riga; Telephone: +371 721 6155;

National cuisine of Latvia

Riga offers a number of interesting museums. The National Museum of Art founded in the year 1869 is the oldest in the Latvian capital. After an art gallery was merged with Riga Art Society in 1905, the museum got a separate building with unique architecture. The museum offers three separate themed expositions. This is the art of the Baltic countries of the 18th-19th centuries, the art of Latvia of the 19th-20th centuries, and Russian art of the 18th-20th centuries. The Russian art exposition includes works by Svyatoslav and Nicholas Roerich. In the interesting Museum of Decorative and Design Art, visitors can see works of art and design by Latvian artists. The museum presents exhibits on such subjects as textile production, ceramics, porcelain, metal, wood, and glass products. … Open
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Cuisine and restaurants in the neighbours of Riga

Travel notes on best cuisine and restaurants of Riga (Latvia) on OrangeSmile.com. Famous recipes and traditional dishes and courses in Riga restaurants. Where to eat - our recommendations on popular places in Riga, where you can taste delicious meal and also spend a good time with your friends.
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