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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  • Ben White
    Northampton, United Kingdom2,943 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Alexander102013
    Antwerp, Belgium267 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Neil S
    London, United Kingdom303 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Whinbrook
    Greater London, United Kingdom711 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Ivar T
    128 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
    Traveled solo
    Written November 14, 2023
  • mrskrun
    Larvik, Norway4,300 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 16, 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
    Traveled solo
    Written January 6, 2024
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada7,320 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Food and Local Goods
    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.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 11, 2024
  • Mark W
    London, United Kingdom27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to spend an hour or so
    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.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 21, 2024
  • Andrew K
    Eastern Norway, Norway21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A real inside glimpse of Riga
    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.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 9, 2024
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,676 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is such a must do in Riga! It is located maybe 10 minutes on foot from the Old Town, super close, I went there on a Sunday noon, you can see so many fruits, fish, caviar. I did not buy anything to take home or cook since I had only hand luggage but you can buy food to eat there. There are some food stalls with seats in one of the pavilions but I got take aways from the Uzbek bakery, a salty and a sweet pastry for 3 euro in total and I was satisfied for lunch and also glad to try something exotic. And clean toilets for just 30 cents per person, very nice.
Written March 1, 2020
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GBJ-Cookies
South Shields, UK1,715 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We visited this place twice, the first time on a food tasting walking tour and then we went back on our own.
Each hangar specialises in certain products from meat, fish, vegetables, dairy and a specialist food hall.
The outdoor area has various stalls and we enjoyed our walking tour as our guide handpicked Latvian products to try.
There is a kind of bar at the back of the meat market that sells local beer the can be drunk there or taken away in plastic bottles. This was the cheapest place we found in Riga for alcohol with prices ranging from 90p to £1.30 a pint.
The toilets here will cost you 50c and the market closes everyday at 6pm.
One cautionary note our guide warned us of pickpockets.
Written April 22, 2022
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Michael B
Kelkheim (Taunus), Germany122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Huge foodmarket in five former Zeppelin hangars right in the center. This is a real market for Riga people , not intended for tourists only. Excellent choice, nice people and we like to buy and to watch locals buying. You easily get samples to taste and you may have some snacks much cheaper than in the old town center. Especially in winter, it's easy to buy food if you travel by plane and travel within Europe.
Written January 16, 2020
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nsl115
Singapore, Singapore1,141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Definitely worth a visit - It’s a huge market with outdoor stalls and 5 interconnected buildings - Each specialising in a specific area like meat, fish, vegetables, dry goods and cooked food. The restored buildings were previously part of a railway station so if you go with a tour guide as we did, you get to see the rooftop of one of the buildings with the old railway tracks still intact. We also got to see the 2-acre basement that is below the entire market.
Rather empty on a Monday morning but the produce was plentiful and the produce fresh.
Written May 16, 2022
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Kiki O C
Ireland46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Local market, full of life and colour. The fish stalls are full of fish that are breathing their last breaths, not very nice to see. The eating area has a nice range of reasonably priced food, with seating areas available. Outside are more stalls with a lot of shoes and boots, but not much else! Interesting to spend an hour or two.
Written February 20, 2020
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Mike J
Chepstow, UK883 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Riga’s central market which is housed in Zeppelin hangers is a sight to behold.
There is an incredible range of fresh and smoked fish and cavier in one building and wonderful fresh meats in another. There is also a seperate building for fresh fruit and vegetables but unfortunately the bakers building was not open when we visited. However one can easily spend a couple of hours just wandering around taking in the sights and smells as well as purchasing the odd delicacy here and there..
Written April 24, 2022
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,320 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 April 11, 2024
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Ben White
Northampton, UK2,943 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
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.
Written August 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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 May 9, 2024
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,727 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Not impressed considering it's a major market; prices on non-food items were comparable to any other store or souvenir shop. Lunch choices were sparse and my food was too greasy and cold to finish. I always smile at the fish markets and I loved the fresh dill (jealous I could fly home with it). I wouldn't make this a destination.
Written August 6, 2022
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