The thoroughfare on the other side of the Vanšu bridge is a treasure trove of 19th-century wooden architecture and although many of these old edifices could use some serious work, the beautiful buildings at the corner of Melnsila and Kalnciema iela have been lovingly restored and now host a bustling fair every Saturday from 10:00 - 16:00 that attracts visitors from around Riga. Although the theme changes from fair to fair, you can expect plenty of food and drink, Latvian crafts, fashion by local designers and a lively atmosphere. In the summer, the Kalnciema courtyard also hosts a street food festival on Wednesdays (19:00 - 23:00) and free concerts and a market every Thursday (19:00 - 23:00). If you’re interested in the historic 19th-century architecture of the area you can also use an English audio guide (at the wine shop from Mon - Sat 10:00 - 22:00) to learn more about the neighbourhood’s most significant buildings. Take bus No.53 from the National Theatre to the Melnsila iela stop or tram No.1 from Kr. Barona iela to the Kalnciema iela stop.
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Sat 10:00-16:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun.