Central Market (Centraltirgus)

Central Market (Centraltirgus)

Central Market (Centraltirgus)
4.5
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Panioann77
    Larnaca, Cyprus1,047 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A definitely must when visiting Riga. The brightest and diverse food-stuff market place in Latvia!
    Riga Central Market is Europe's largest market and bazaar in Riga, Latvia. It is one of the most notable structures from 20th century in Latvia and has been included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list together with Old Riga in 1998. It was planned from 1922 and built from 1924 to 1930. A definitely must when visiting Riga.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 May 2023
  • ciscokid23
    Coral Gables, Florida244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Slice Of Everyday Riga
    A working large city market (huge, open early, and not yet touristy) where you can view and purchase local fare. Housed in World War I era Zeppelin hangars, it is slightly rough in its edges to attest to its authenticity as a functioning market. Goes great paired with a visit to the Latvian Academy of Sciences observation tower prior to a walk back to the Old Town to enjoy its medieval churches and historic sites.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Steve
    Galway, Ireland8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Visit!
    It's big, but not overwhelming. You can spend a short time here and see a lot if you are short for time or you can spend longer and take in your surroundings. Has a little bit of everything. A short walk back to the Old Town. Would recommend a visit!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 June 2023
  • Ben White
    Northampton, United Kingdom2,884 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    ‘This is definitely one of the biggest indoor/outdoor markets I’ve visited in Europe.’
    The market is a a short 5-10 minute walk from Riga Old Town. The surrounding area is slightly run down to say the least but that didn’t affect our visit. This is definitely one of the biggest indoor/outdoor markets I’ve visited in Europe. The market is situated in five Zeppelin hangars, from where they used to repair Zeppelins and the sheer size of the buildings are phenomenal. The market offers a wide range of clothing, fresh fruit & veg, meat and ready to eat dishes. The prices were very reasonable and there was a bar which sold a pint of beer for £1.80. You could tell it was very popular with the locals, but beware of pick pockets as we did notice some suspicious looking characters aimlessly wandering around. Overall, an expansive market with cheap and affordable prices and tasty local delicacies.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Alexander102013
    Antwerp, Belgium268 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    BIGGEST MARKET IN EUROPE!
    I have never seen such a market before, so big; covering 5 pavilions. Meat, fish, fruit, honey etc mainly from local farmers. And all foods need to mention the origins . Inside and outside stalls. Take a couple of hours to have a good look!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Neil S
    London, United Kingdom301 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    Latvian friend suggested we visit the market. Very interesting and can purchase almost anything which can be carried (no large goods). Amazed to see pavilion just for fish; another for meat, etc. Huge number of choices for purchasing mushrooms, and all seemed good value. Clearly mainly for locals, and amazed there is enough trade for all the stallholders. Well worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Whinbrook
    Greater London, United Kingdom572 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing market
    WOW! this is one impressive market and a wonderful appropriation of the Zeppelin hangers. It's not the easiest of places to get to. A very busy road skirts it and you need to use the subway. There are also major road works around the market currently. Looks like they might be laying tram tracks, doing general road improvements and some kind of river/canal side enhancement. Anyway, it makes for a chaotic and dusty walk between diggers and lorries. The produce on offer in mind boggling. And each hall seems dedicated to one food type, amazing. True, it is for local consumption but still interesting for a visitor to wonder around. Really puts our UK food markets to shame and a lot of the produce appears locally sourced and the vendors are proud to proclaim it. As some other reviewers have commented, there seems an awful lot for a not very large population. I wonder what happens to the left over produce. It can't all be sold each day. The Spikeri district of old wharves is just beyond the market and is now developing into a trendy arts area with galleries, cafes and workshops and just beyond that the remnants of the Riga Ghetto, so there is other sights to see in the area. Also, there is a large Stockmann's department store very close by for a spot of upmarket retail therapy!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Ivar T
    127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You need something - you find it at the Central Market
    Just behind the Central Station you find the Central Market. Here you find all kinds of goods from apparel to books and food. Walking through the fish markets brings my memory back the the Asian fish markets or the screaming street stall shops at Copenhagen old vegetable market. A wonderful atmosphere where you need time to relax and enjoy.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 November 2023
  • mrskrun
    Larvik, Norway4,261 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the top places to visit in Riga
    It is one of the top places I could recommend to visit in Riga. This place has no pretentions. It’s where locals go to buy the things that they need in their everyday lives. This market supports the small local business owners and vendors. Coming here is seeing how it is really like in Latvia. Old women selling their products and/fresh produce. There are also restaurants or eateries where you could sample what Latvian people eat. But in my recent visit, I also saw grocery stores which I did not find when I visited this place the first time in the early 2000’s
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 November 2023
  • Ida Heiseldal
    Fredrikstad, Norway71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A varied, extensive market.
    This is a nice, quite massive local market, with a varied selection of food. The area is not too touristy, and you can get a good overview of the local cuisine and what it has to offer. I would have loved to bring some specialties home, but because I had limited luggage space, I will save it for my next visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 January 2024
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Mike O
Roanoke, VA1,311 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Huge, both inside and out. Central European markets are a favorite of ours. The availability of a large variety of fresh goods from local vendors reminds us about the tradeoff made in the US as supermarkets with factory farm produce became popular.
Written 19 May 2024
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Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK4,363 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The market is split into different sections housed within and around these former hangers. We enjoyed wandering around the food halls looking at the produce on sale. Then we bought some strawberries from a stall outside. Turns out most of them were rotten. A street cleaner took them away before we should’ve returned / pelted the seller with them.
Written 13 May 2024
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Andrew K
Eastern Norway, Norway21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Huge outdoor and indoor market with four hangers and courtyard to browse. Bring cash and try some local delicacies, smell the flowers, or admire the meat, fish and fresh produce. A good way to meet locals, haggle, and maybe come away with some interesting photos as well. Very non-commercial and since it's used by locals, you'll feel like you're getting a better deal than in the center of town.
Written 9 May 2024
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Teresa W
Clinton, IA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Central Market has lots of history, and the fresh meats, cheeses, fish and pastries are too die for! Our guide was very knowledgeable, and was extremely pleasant and made you feel welcome.
Written 25 April 2024
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Mark W
London, UK27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Nice place to spend an hour or so. This is a huge market with different sections selling a large variety of products. Seems to be where the locals go to buy food and goods so inevitably not so many things for tourists to buy. That said there are lots of places selling cooked food if you fancy having lunch or a snack there. Worth visiting in my opinion.
Written 21 April 2024
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,272 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We were a little surprised how early the central market closes but we also found most things close kind of early in Riga. We went around 5 pm and found most of the shops were already closing but had enough time to do a little looking and got a couple of quick bites. The market sells everything and it is quite large. We saw spots for produce, flowers, cheese, fish, meat, souvenirs and some specialty shops selling things like hats and fishing rods. The market is free to enter and most items we saw were fairly priced.

We did try some delicious pork dumplings, cherry vareniki and solanka soup in an edible cup in the food hall area. We understand why the vendors close early here but we felt the food hall section would stay open a little later because of the variety of good food and drink options because we visited a similar food hall in Poland that did stay open much later and there is a pretty active bar/pub scene in Riga.

The Central Market is on the south side of Latvia's Old Town and there are some pedestrian underpasses that get here easily. The train station and trams are also nearby. Not too far from here is a Stalinist style building which is now home to the Latvian Academy of Sciences and has an observatory that overlooks the area. Plan to spend about 2 hours in the market area and go early as everything starts closing by 5 pm and it is all packed up by 6 pm.
Written 11 April 2024
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DevonRed
Trusham, UK627 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A really interesting place to visit - the market is situated in the old railway terminus, so the setting is pretty impressive. There's a wide array of foods and much more, including good value memorabilia such as Nesting Dolls.
Written 5 April 2024
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Phil R
North East England40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We spent a couple of hours here, bought a few things to bring back and had some tasty food. It has an incredible selection of fresh fruit, veg, fish, meat etc. A must visit!
Written 11 February 2024
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26tj26
London, UK75 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
2/10
Nothing really going on. Touristy. Overpriced. Don’t understand the raving reviews. Food was all bland and expensive, not much local or traditional in offer.
Written 23 January 2024
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Ida Heiseldal
Fredrikstad, Norway71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
This is a nice, quite massive local market, with a varied selection of food. The area is not too touristy, and you can get a good overview of the local cuisine and what it has to offer. I would have loved to bring some specialties home, but because I had limited luggage space, I will save it for my next visit.
Written 6 January 2024
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