Having come straight from Tallinn, where the vegan choices were excellent, we had high hopes for eating in Riga. And, thankfully, the Latvian capital did not disappoint. From healthy fare to junk food, we feasted on all manner of meals during our time in the city.
So, in no particular order, here are my top eight vegan-friendly favourites in Riga.
With its relaxed atmosphere, minimalist decor and completely vegan menu, Terapija is a must visit in Riga. The establishment boasts a mouthwatering comfort food menu and eye-watering portions. In short, this is the perfect place if you like to feel full. There were three of us when we ate and we shared the nachos and tapas for starters. However, in hindsight one of these would have done. We then each got a burger. I got the seitan, which I found a bit too smokey for my taste, but my fellow diners opted for falafel and sausage respectively and had no complaints.
Terapija Vegan Cafe, Bruņinieku iela 69, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga.
Fat Pumpkin is a lovely bistro in Riga’s old town. Exclusively vegetarian, the eatery also offers a lot of vegan and raw dishes too. An extensive burger and wrap selection forms a large chunk of the menu. However, there are also some Latvian-inspired mains for those who really want to get a taste of Riga.
Fat Pumpkin, Grēcinieku iela 11, Centra rajons, Rīga.
With its emphasis on healthy, Asian-inspired food, Mr. Fox was always going to be a favourite of mine. However, I was glad to learn the eatery’s interior is just as pleasing as its edible offerings. The vibe is cool but not cookie-cutter hipster – no aged wood or exposed brick here – it’s all bright colours and flamboyant wallpaper.
Mr Fox, Dzirnavu iela 34A, Centra rajons, Rīga.
Now, while this place is never going to win any awards for originality, it’s a sturdy vegan option nonetheless. Boasting a lovely view of St Peter’s church, Indian Raja serves a solid menu of tasty Asian classics with an affordable price tag.
Indian Raja, Skārņu iela 7, Centra rajons, Rīga.
Trompete is one of Riga’s most highly rated restaurants on Tripadvisor. So, it’s great news that us vegans can find something to eat there. Although the options are not extensive, I enjoyed a nice lentil and broccoli dish while Dan veganised a vegetarian pasta. The food was decent, but I prefer more down to earth grub. However, the atmosphere was lovely. There’s a nice courtyard where guests can dine outside and there’s live music on most nights of the week.
Trompete, Peldu iela 24, Centra rajons, Rīga.
Miit is a coffee shop and vegetarian restaurant with a bike theme. We visited on a Saturday afternoon and enjoyed a bottomless brunch. I must say, I sniffed at the spread of beans, breads, rice, salads, dips, veggies, fruits, pancakes and jams at first, but by the time I’d filled my bucket, I was a convert. Everything I sampled was utterly delicious. However, special mention goes to the avocado hummus, fried potatoes and vegan pancakes. Yummm! On a side note, the eatery also offers an affordable lunch deal that’s always completely vegan.
Miit, Lāčplēša iela 10, Centra rajons, Rīga.
We hadn’t really considered that we’d find vegan pizza in Riga and consequently didn’t bother looking. However, the vegan food gods stepped in and, one night, when we were searching for a takeaway, we stumbled across L Acquerello. The Italian’s vegan menu pricked our curiosity, so we decided to take the plunge. And, I’ve got to say, it didn’t disappoint. The base came in the traditional Neapolitan style, the vegan cheese was delicious without being overpowering and there were a range of topping choices.
L’Acquerello, Baznīcas iela 8, Centra rajons, Rīga
I couldn’t end my post without taking a second to honour Dabas Stacija. For self-catering vegans like ourselves this health store is a godsend! Not only can you stock up on your whole foods here, but there’s fridge after fridge containing every kind of vegan treat imaginable. There are pizzas, cheeses, sausages, burgers, ice creams, chocolates and so much more just waiting for some lucky plant-eater to take them home.
Dabas Stacija, Lāčplēša iela 17-1, Centra rajons, Rīga.