When construction was completed in 1930, Riga’s Central Market was one of the largest and most modern marketplaces on the European continent. Nearly 90 years later, four of the five pavilions, which were used as zeppelin hangars during WWI, still serve their original function as meat, fish, produce and dairy markets. The bustling atmosphere also hasn’t changed much, although most of the hawkers are more reluctant to haggle than in the past. The markets spill out beyond the confines of the hangars and operate throughout the day, some longer than others. Each pavilion has slightly different opening hours, so if in doubt check its informative website.
One of the best markets in the world. So much diversity and choice..from bric a brac, designer goods and electrical items to tools, cds' and mouth watering mountains of fresh foods. The stallholders were really helpful to this English speaker..and directed me to where I needed to shop. Also, a good place to grab a snack and a drink, and people watch. Easy to reach from any part of Riga, the old airship hangers are large and airy, perfect for a market site.