With a national cuisine filled with meaty dishes, at the first glance Riga doesn’t seem like such a vegan-friendly destination. But once you start counting all the entirely vegan places and those that offer a wide selection of vegan courses, it becomes apparent that the vegan food scene in Riga is alive and thriving.
This is the place that will prove to your carnivore friend that you can easily appease your hunger without animal produce. The lengthy menu includes sumptuous portions of snacks, salads, woks, soups, wraps and burgers. There’s also a daily lunch deal that is both affordable and satiating, as well as a Sunday brunch that is as extensive as a birthday dinner table in the Latvian countryside.
- Baznīcas iela 15
- +371 20045234
This place truly is an oasis of peace and coziness whether you wish to take a quick bite for lunch, do some undisturbed work or have hearty chats with loved ones. In the plant-filled interior, you will feel like going on a picnic in the greenery, even though you are right in the busy center of Riga. The chef's handmade delicacies are locally cherished and prepared, from poppy buns to juicy soy burgers. For the perfect cherry on top, after what will feel like a spa of plant-based food, we suggest trying a treat from the impressive range of cakes and desserts complemented by a cup of delicious Kalve coffee.
- Blaumaņa iela 34
- +371 27 383 833
Lime - bright, juicy, and fresh, these are exact words to describe this small and hearty vegan cafe in the city center. It is especially loved by those who adhere to Laim's core values - respect for environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions, a bright and healthy menu, as well as hospitality and openness - there will always be a place for your bike, and your beloved pet will not have to wait outside. The busiest time of the day is around noon. Locals, who are always on the move, gather around for the creative lunch menu. A steady offer of fresh snacks, homemade sauces, including guacamole and vegan mayo, the city's most colorful burger bread and freshly squeezed juices, are available at any time of the day. And of course – the homemade wonder drink and local pride – KOMBUCHA!
- Brīvības iela 117
- +371 20 216 450
Beloved by young, creative professionals, this coffee shop is also famous for its vegan and vegetarian cuisine. On workdays their vegan lunch deal (soup + main course for 6 euros) makes conscious professionals queuing up, while during weekends they have a slap-up vegan brunch that’s known for their variety of cute and delicious little pancakes. They always have a list of alternative milks and a counter filled with mouth-watering plant-based pastries and sandwiches.
- Lāčplēša iela 10
- +371 27292424
Want to have a healthy, balanced meal? You can’t go wrong here as every dish on The Beginnings menu is developed in collaboration with nutritionists according to the principles of the Blue Zone longevity diet. The almost-vegan menu is bursting with healthy, colourful plates - burgers, wraps, soups and Buddha bowls. Nonetheless, each dish on the menu is presented with an infographic, clearly showing how much fat, protein, carbs are in the dish, so you know exactly what you eat. The name of the place rings a bell? That’s because The Beginnings also produces healthy snacks which can be bought at the restaurant and other stores.
- Kr.Barona 21
- +371 24400370
This playful little café is famous for its healthy breakfast and lunch options. Vegan pancakes, smoothie bowls, and an oatmeal made from the milk of your choice feature on the breakfast menu, which also includes such non-vegan classics as shakshouka and frittata. For lunch there are vivid plates of buddha bowls, peanut stir fry, rainbow noodles etc. All the dishes can be updated with protein, veggies and other toppings of your choice, and you can even create your own bowl. There is also a decent selection of grab-and-go grub.
- Dzirnavu iela 34 A
- +371 29277391
This humble luncheonette is beloved by spicy food fans, which, as the lines during lunch time proves, are a plenty. The ever-changing menu scribbled on a blackboard is short and compelling and always includes a vegan and vegetarian option. Middle East flavours, Caucasian staples and something from the Mediterranean – the kitchen is a world of influences.
- Krišjāņa Valdemāra iela 36
- +371 27008508
Just across the street from StockPot, in one of the most serene nooks of the downtown area, resides another vegan temple with a well-suited name. Nirvana’s daily-changing menu includes two or three raw vegan lunch options and a couple of raw desserts. If your idea about lunch is a plate packed with earthy flavours, then Nirvana is the place for you. Their excellent selection of teas and the soothing atmosphere will leave you feeling like you just attended a meditation session.
- Ģertrūdes iela 5
- +371 24225312