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A Vegan’s Guide to Eating Out in Riga

February 6, 2016

Riga is the Capital of Latvia. A country famous for cats, christmas trees and incomparable free wifi. But vegan food? Maybe it’s not the most vegan friendly capital city ever, but you’ll be surprised with the amount of choices you’ll get here. Here’s some of my favourites:

Fat PumpkinLocated in Old Town, Fat Pumpkin is the vegetarian restaurant you’ll want to find yourself in if you’re visiting for a short stay or if you’ve got a few hours to kill during a layover. This little gem has mostly vegan food on the menu so you’ll have loads to choose from. You can’t miss the huge variety of veggie burgers, portobello, bean, vegetable and more.

Price: ££ (Moderate)

30, Grēcinieku iela 25, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia

FruteverAnother great pick if you don’t venture outside Old Town. Frutever is a small cafe with smoothies, juices and a large collection of sweets, cookies and cupcakes.

Price: ££ (Moderate)

1050, Gleznotāju iela 5, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia

Raw GardenIf you venture outside Old Town, make sure you find Raw Garden, the only vegan restaurant in Riga. Raw Garden has four options daily, two raw and two cooked, as well as having a large variety of juices, smoothies, hot drinks and superfood blends and cakes, brownies, bars and other raw snacks (beware of honey used in some of these recipes). If raw food is your thing, you can’t miss this place. If, like me, you’re not crazy about eating raw and just enjoy a classic vegan meal, this place is still worth a try. Although the raw desserts weren’t my cup of tea, I did love the raw sushi a lot more than I did in Glo, Reykjavik.

Price: ££ (Moderate)

Skolas iela 12, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

Sale and PepeAlthough not a vegetarian restaurant, Sale and Pepe is an Italian place located in Old Town with a vegan pizza option on the menu. Although not the cheapest place, and they still unfortunately serve meat, Sale and Pepe is worth a visit if you’re craving vegan cheese or a classic Italian meal.

Price: ££ (Moderate)

Gleznotāju iela 12/14, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia

Mercato

Mercato is an elegant restaurant with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, although they do serve meat. I counted at least three vegan options on the main course menu and one vegan dessert. This place is classy with reasonable prices so I would definitely recommend eating here if you get a chance.

Bonus, this place is currently not on Happycow so tell all your friends you heard it here first!

Price: £ (Inexpensive)

Stabu iela 10, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

MiitMiit is a coffee house with the best coffee in town according to my airbnb hosts, but they also have a great variety of vegan snacks and sometimes have vegan options on the menu board too. It has a cool, young vibe, so if you fancy chilling with the locals and soaking in that ‘cool’ Riga atmosphere, you should definitely spend some time in this place.

Price: ££ (Moderate)

Lāčplēša iela 10, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

Other Notable Choices

Some of the places I didn’t get to go to were Rama, Buddha Restorans and Stock Pot. Maybe next time, Riga.

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