Indoor dining is excellent, but after the long lockdown months, nothing beats outdoor meet-ups. Here are some of the best decks to do so.
While the streets are literally brimming with outdoor seating, the city is short on rooftop spots. Perched on the top floor of Galleria Riga shopping centre that sits in the middle of the downtown, Herbārijs boasts a fantastic view that can be enjoyed with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
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Barents terrace kills two birds with one stone – while the restaurant spoils the taste buds, the location – the heart of the Old Town – gives a feast for the eyes. Barents serves the most excellent cold-water seafood and other regional morsels accompanied by a refined wine list curated by the top sommeliers in the Baltics. For the summer the restaurant also has a pop-up terrace in front of the Opera House.
This summer, the cultural venue's Hanzas Perons patio has turned into a chic locale for drinking and dining. The food offering is built in collaboration with the team of the seafood fine dining restaurant Barents. The spacious area also frequently host cultural events.
Have you met Miss Jones?
Possibly the cutest terrace in the city Have you met Miss Jones? can be found in the picturesque Antonijas street in Quiet Centre. Here you can find bagels, summer rolls, sourdough toasts and other breakfast and lunch bites. They also have a fine selection of takeaway delicacies.
A relaxed café with a spacious outdoor area, located in the charming Berga Bazaar courtyard. The tranquil aura of its surroundings makes this an old-time favourite of the locals. Here plates range from Mexican to burgers, plates of pasta, sumptuous salads and extensive snack boards.
With an interior inspired by the Soviet era, Gauja is a no-frills buffet that gathers the city's alternatives and creatives for a glass of local beer and hearty plates of local's favourite meals. Think palm-sized schnitzel and a heap of potatoes. Their secluded backyard is a great hideout from the buzzing downtown streets.
Gimlet Nordic Cocktail Bar
Fans of refined cocktails should grab a table at Gimlet that sprawls from its subterranean bar onto the pavement of the corner of Stabu and Baznicas street. The clue's in the name – here, the dab-handed bartenders will fix you a drink rooted in Nordic flavours.
Kanepes kulturas centrs
This central location is the place to go to mingle with the arty crowd of locals. They have a great list of local beers, ciders and other drinks that don't break the bank. Kanepes kulturas centre frequently hosts events. A similar vibe can be found in Laska bar and Tallinn Street quarter.