Riga Street Food
Riga is a wonderful city to visit. Beautiful parks and art nouveau architecture, there is much to see. In addition to the time my friends and I spent searching through the Riga Central Market and cooking burgers, I also wanted to see what I could find in terms of Riga street food. Though limited, I was able to find a few and will continue to monitor the Riga’s street food scene. I hope to travel back there soon.
Wok to Walk – Aspazijas bulvaris 30, Riga, LV-1050
Though I’m generally not a fan of chain concepts, Wok to Walk is an exception. I viable restaurant and street food concept, the prices are around $5-$6 and they do a great job. Their model is to prepare everything fresh in front of you, which is consistent with everything I love about street food.
You can select your meat option or a vegetarian option, the type of noodle or rice you prefer, vegetables and a sauce. For an extra charge you can add additional meats, vegetables and sauces. Eat your meal there or grab it to go and eat as you wander throughout this great city, like I did.
I ordered the beef and broccoli with brown rice, noodles and their Saigon sauce, which is garlic and black pepper. The bowl was great and proved to be nearly two meals for me, making each meal about $3 total. This is great street food budget option offered in 12 countries across Europe. They are also generally open until midnight during the week and later on the weekends. Locations can be found here.
There’s a reason why this concept is growing and why they’re recommended by budget traveler legend, Nomadic Matt, in his Europe Travel Guide. If you are in a city where this concept can be found, give them a try and decide for yourself.
Their complete menu can be found here.
Riga Food Trucks
I unfortunately wasn’t able to try as many Riga street food spots as I would have liked. Based on my travel schedule and the time I spent in the Riga Central Market, followed by cooking burgers, my time was sadly limited. The Riga street food scene is small but is growing. I’ve listed the two most highly recommended options based on feedback I received from locals and what information I was able to find online. I can’t wait to try them during my next visit to Riga!
SpridEats – Locations vary, check website below
Described on their website as the first food truck in Latvia, SpridEats creates a menu based on seasonal ingredients available in the markets. They operate out of a 1973 Airstream and while they are not open daily at this time, hopefully they will be in the near future. I was not able to try them with their limited schedule but hope to have an opportunity to do so the next time I’m in Riga.
Their days/times of operation and locations where they can be found are here.
Street Burgers – Locations & Delivery Vary
Grilling up 100% grass-fed beef and lamb, as well as chicken and vegetarian options, Street Burgers seeks to make the freshest burger in Riga. Had my friends and I not decided to spend our time and meal focus cooking burgers together, this would have been where I headed. With a passion for fresh, local ingredients and a service style that includes delivery (!) I highly recommend giving them a try.
Their complete menu, including salads, steaks and desserts, can be found here.
Riga Central Market
Covered in greater detail in this post, Riga Central Market hosts a number of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and a few food stalls. During our day of shopping here and cooking, we enjoyed many delicious, fresh options. I highly recommend taking a look while you’re in Riga!
Map of Riga Street Food & Other Locations
Here is a map of Riga street food option Wok to Walk, Central Market and Naughty Squirrel Hostel. The latter two are covered in greater detail in this post.
Riga Street Food Recap
Riga offers street food at quick stops such as Wok to Walk, their growing street food truck scene, and Riga Central Market vendors. If I had more time there I surely could have uncovered some additional options but this should give visitors a few initial ideas on where to start. I hope to spend more time in Riga again in the future and to give all of them a try.
Priekā! (Cheers in Latvian)
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