Riga boasts one of the most outstanding café scenes in all of Europe, with a dedication to craft coffee and locally-sourced, high-quality food. In my opinion, the Latvian attention to detail rivals that of the Japanese. So it should be no surprise that the capital is also flush with expert bakers. After much taste-testing, I’ve compiled this list of the best bakeries in Riga. Do you have a favorite?
The display cases inside Beze Konditoreja are filled with pretty confections that are surprisingly affordable; I don’t feel the least bit guilty about ordering two at a time! I especially like the creamy fruit tarts. Cakes and desserts are also available for pre-order should you wish to make your next event a little more special.
A local favorite, Martina Bakery churns out high-quality baked goods at affordable prices. Martina is so popular that it can be hard to find a seat in the Old Riga outlet. Take your goodies to go instead and enjoy them on a nearby park bench. I recommend the cabbage piradzini and mixed berry tarts.
The wildly colorful donuts at Ze Donats are a big hit with my friends and family. The hazelnut cream flavor (lazduriekstu kremigs) is the big winner, but part of the fun is trying the dozens of creative donuts on offer. Don’t limit yourself to just one!
Historic Latvian bread maker Laci has a shop on Terbatas iela, and the aroma wafting out its doors is irresistible. Inside on the counter, baskets overflow with freshly baked cinnamon buns and savory meat pies. Cases by the door are stacked with pretty pastries and topped with trays of marmalade candy. Sip a latte while enjoying your treats in the back café area, then pick up a loaf of bread to go. Whole cheesecakes and tortes are also available.
Rigensis is the quintessential European bakery. The counter overflows with tantalizing cakes, pies, and pastries while loaves of bread are stacked on shelves. The seating area is surrounded by stone walls with half-timber trim, transporting you to the Middle Ages. Service here can be brusque.
Which do you think are the best bakeries in Riga?