Riga - Post Report Question and Answers

What typical restaurants, food delivery services, and/or takeout options are popular among expatriates?

Plenty of restaurants and choices. For a city of its size, Riga has a very decent restaurant scene. Time will tell how well it recovers from the pandemic, but generally it is quite good. You won't get the wide selection of Indian, Mexican, Thai, etc. that you do elsewhere, but the Turkish, Georgian and Uzbek choices are quite good. Latvia food is standard northern/eastern European fare with a heavy focus on meat and potatoes. They do use quite a bit of pork in dishes, so always ask if you can't/don't eat pork. Halal and kosher butchers and restaurants are certainly available. - Mar 2022

Decent variety of restaurants, though ethnic choices are a bit limited. There are sushi places (if you like cream cheese with your fish), a couple Indian places (one is really good), and some decidedly mediocre Chinese. There is a fairly new Vietnamese place that does great pho and banh mi. - Jul 2017

Riga has a wonderful, wide variety of restaurants. Typical Latvian fare is similar to German food- a lot of meat and potatoes. However, there are many restaurants offering other options, such as Indian, Thai, Italian, and general modern cuisine. There are also many outdoor bars/cafes in warmer weather, and plenty of bakeries as well. There are not many vegan options as far as restaurants go, but there are many vegetarian options. Some restaurants will deliver within a few kilometers of the city. - Sep 2016

McDonald's, Hesburger (Finnish McDonald's), a pancake shop, the world's slowest pizza delivery service. Fast food is not a common concept here. - Jul 2010

McDonalds is the only decent fast food worth mentioning. There are plenty of good restaurants with a large variety of cuisines. - Aug 2008

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