We’re taking a trip back in time today, because I wanted to share with you my tips for how to find gluten free food in Riga, Latvia. You know when you go on trips and you come back and get the overwhelm? Well that happened to me post-Riga when I visited way back in 2014. It was a fantastic trip but I just couldn’t begin to write about it at the time.
Riga old town
But as someone who knows how hard it is to travel gluten free, I wanted to put my tips out there just in case they can help someone else in the future. If you’re not interested in gluten free food, read on for plenty of pictures of Riga in general and amusing pictures of me with totally different hair in particular. You’re welcome.
Nativity of Christ cathedral
If you want to find out what being coeliac is all about, my page here might help.
Alright, on with the tips!
This amazing bakery sells both sweet and savoury gluten free items, including bread, pizza, and all sorts of cakes.
You can dine in, but there are only a handful of tables. However, it wasn’t busy when we visited so you may stand a good chance of a seat.
We ate quite a few things from there and they were all delicious.
Specifically, this berry danish which we enjoyed in the Esplanāde, a park nearby.
I was so happy about this pastry. It was the good custardy kind.
Beware! They’re only open on Thursdays and Fridays so do plan accordingly. It says their products are also sold through other outlets (listed on their website) but I’m not sure they’d carry much of a range.
Oh hi sneaky pigeon.
Check on their website for the latest menu and order in advance to ensure availability.
This is a build your own salad bar, and is great for lunches.
You do need to watch out for cross contamination, as it is a buffet style and whilst the staff do it all, I’d worry about stray croutons after a busy spell.
Amazing salad from Terra – and yes I like my salads to be mostly cheese.
To counteract this, we went when it had just opened. Also because we are keen beans.
This is your typical hipster burger joint with gluten free bun option. Because sometimes you just really want a burger, you know?
I thoroughly enjoyed my mega extra fatty burger.
As the name suggests, this is an Armenian restaurant.
The food was excellent and the staff seemed to understand my requirements, but I can’t vouch for 100% gluten free, no cross contamination.
I loved this happy ribbon tree! Nothing to do with the Armenian restaurant, because I didn’t take any pictures there.
Overall, gluten free food in Riga is thin on the ground and understanding of a gluten free diet is low. So the following tips will hopefully help your stay go a little more smoothly…
Stay in an AirBnB/apartment ¦¦ This is one place where you will probably need to cook your own food from time to time. The place we stayed in is no longer listed, but it was about halfway down Blaumaņa iela which was a good location. In general I’d recommend staying somewhere with air conditioning (we went in June and it was really warm), blackout curtains (the midnight sun gets pretty far south!) and double glazing/not street facing to avoid any post club noise. I’d also recommend staying in the ‘new’ town (actually not that new) as it’s a generally more chilled out vibe than the old town, which is a bit touristy. Everywhere is easily walkable.
Remember your menu cards ¦¦ See above…
‘New town’ buildings in Riga. Still pretty old.
Follow this Twitter account ¦¦ But have Google Translate at the ready.
Beware out of date information ¦¦ I found some great articles like this one, but when I did some further research a lot of the places listed were closed, or not where they said they’d be. Always have a backup plan, and carry lots of snacks with you.
Another new town building. This was directly opposite our AirBnB.
Supermarket selections are paltry at best ¦¦ So bring your own pasta, bread etc or stock up at Tīra Maize if your arrival time aligns. Also, the chocolate selection isn’t great so fellow chocoholics, bring your own. Especially if you like mint chocolate – that’s not a thing there.
And if all else fails, there’s always the liquid option.
If you’ve been reading for a while you may recognise this picture!
Have you ever been to Riga? Do you have a favourite gluten free travel destination?
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