Every nationality has its own breakfast traditions and while we would prefer that everyone adopt a Bavarian meal of veal sausages and beer to start their day, locals seem to favour eating ham and cheese on rye, some variation on an oatmeal theme or, worse still, a bowl of cottage cheese to get their juices flowing in the morning. Naturally, given the frugal nature of Latvians this most important meal of the day is usually ‘enjoyed’ at home. However, those bearded hipsters that we on occasion take pleasure in maligning have embraced that most slothful and unhealthy of western culinary rituals – brunch – and for once we’d love to give them a sloppy wet kiss on their fuzzy faces despite the stubble burn it might leave on our delicate mugs. Being lazy, gluttonous souls ourselves, we relish the opportunity to spend countless hours on a Saturday or Sunday imbibing an alcoholic beverage (or three) in between trips to the food buffet without attracting scorn from loved ones, neighbours or complete strangers.
Thankfully, it seems that those arty millennials can do no wrong in the eyes of most Rigans as brunch has become something of a local phenomenon here judging by the number of people without reservations who get turned away at local cafés each weekend. Yes, we highly recommend you call ahead to the following places as this unique combination of idleness and overindulgence is taking the city by storm. The average brunch will cost you around €15/person without drinks. Here then are some of our favourites. Labu apetīti!
Charlestons: This casual restaurant is one of Riga's best brunch options. A big buffet of hot and cold food awaits you and children can draw, watch cartoons or do other supervised activities in the kids’ room. Brunch costs €16.50 (not including alcoholic beverages), children 7 - 12 years of age €8.25 and is available Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 - 15:00. For reservations, which we strongly recommend, call (+371) 67 77 05 73.
Kasdārzā: This canalside cafe has one of the most inexpensive brunches in town, yet it offers an excellent view of the Riga Canal only a stone's throw from Old Riga. The usual eggs and bacon as well as quite a few healthy options including soups and salads are available. Brunch costs €10 (not including alcoholic beverages) and is available on Sundays from 10:00 - 16:00. For reservations call (+371) 22 00 35 55.