European best destinations 2024 - Riga

A unique 19th century's complex of wooden buildings is now renovated in Pārdaugava. A group of friends and associates are actively involved in a project of preserving the historic atmosphere of the quarter and adapting it to the dynamics of the 21st century. Buildings invite you to enjoy Latvian and European design, fairs, art exhibitions and workshops at court-yards. The quarter's special feature is old LADA cars to take you into the past.

Sometimes the quarter offers international cuisine — sweet French scent, taste of Spanish fish, Turkish sweets, Mexican spices, and other wonders. Regular fairs are also held here where you can find good stuff to talk about and put in your bag, while the kids are enjoying the merry-go-round.

This is a great place to celebrate holidays — to roll eggs at Easter or mark Jāņi traditions in mid-summer. Here you can try the traditional Latvian cuisine in a completely new way — either the spices or serving is different.

That's the idea of the quarter — preserving historic and unique characteristics while adding some unusual and witty features. Just follow advertisements! However, if you miss an event, you'll find a lot to do here anyway. You can buy a good wine or a piece of furniture, visit art gallery or have a drink in cafe. An audio guide will give the visitors of Kalnciema Quarter an opportunity to learn more about the wooden architecture in Riga and Kalnciema Quarter during half an hour, independently guiding the tour in Latvian or English. The audio guide is available at Kalnciema Quarter Wine Shop&Cafe from Monday to Saturday from 10 AM until 9 PM. 

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