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Central Market (Centraltirgus)
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Private Riga Central Market Tour
Ranked #12 of 223 things to do in Riga
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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“What it says on the tin!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

Its exactly that - a HUGE indoor and ourdoor market in 5 zeppelin hangars. Incredible selection of fresh fish in the middle hangar, masses of meat, loads of fruit and veg and even a supermarket inside. There are various non-food items for sale outside as well.

Interesting to see, but probably no more than ten minutes entertainment unless you actually want to buy stuff!

Visited February 2014
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“Full contact grocery shopping”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

We went to this market to buy all the fixings for Christmas dinner. If you go expecting English and friendly, American style customer service, you'll be put off, but don't be--it's worth it. The market is both inside and around former Zeppelin hangers, so each building is huge. There's a bit of a mix, but in general each has a specific genre, i.e., meat bldg, fish bldg, fruit and veggie bldg, etc. we got amazing cheeses, breads, big chunk of pork (cut it up ourselves), smoked speck, veggies. The only thing I didn't like was that they had sturgeon, which I believe are endangered. Other than that depressing sight, great fish selection, fresh and smoked. The prices are very good. There's a traditional grocery store there, too, so flour sugar, eggs were all there for 1 stop shopping.

Be advised, however, that older Latvian women will as soon run you over as look at you. If you're between someone who looks like a grandma and what she wants, look out because she will smack right into you to get to it. This is really jarring if they get you from behind. Don't expect the equivalent of "excuse me" in Latvian, Russian, or English, but count on great choices, great prices and tasty food

Visited December 2013
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“A must-see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

A lovely place to see what Latvian food has to offer. There are stalls both outside and inside selling everything from lampreys to chicken livers. There's a lovely restaurant called cafe 371 outside of the hangars between the dairy and grocery halls. The food is made of traditional ingredients bought from the market but in a very modern style. It's excellent value for money.

Visited October 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

We overheard someone mentioning the market on our cruise and as we had finished "doing" the city core, we decided to go see it. We chose to walk although the streets along the route were rather run down. We felt safe, but there is a trolley available if walking is not your cup of tea.The market itself was an amazing mix of people, food, dry goods, and flowers. Since we were there on the day before the midsummer celebration, flowers were particularly abundant. Although we did not buy anything, we spent a very enjoyable 2 hours looking at booths and people watching. The place was full of life and a nice contrast to the relative quiet of the old town.

Visited June 2013
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“Don't be afraid to go to the other side of the tracks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

While the central market is "on the other side of the tracks" don't be afraid to go there. This was my first time back to the market in 20 years and not much has changed in those 20 years. I think the only real additions is that they've cleaned it up a bit and also the fact that they have put in grocery stores in the market. My memory may be foggy about that. The market is an interesting place to find a little bit of everything. Food is actually inside and outside of the hangers, but they also offer non food items outside the hangers. The central market is also a great place to people watch and no one has ever been rude in the market during my visits.

Visited June 2013
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