Latvians always enjoy a proper meal, especially if it’s free, but most locals choose to eat breakfast at home rather than at a restaurant. Fried bacon and eggs are always a favourite, especially scrambled, in omelettes or sunny side up, which locals call a vēršacs (bull’s eye). The more health-conscious might also choose cottage cheese and sour cream, a bowl of oatmeal or some creamy semolina with a little cinnamon, but pancakes are still king at most breakfast tables. They’re usually eaten with a variety of berry jams. But just because locals prefer to have the most important meal of the day in their own homes, doesn’t mean that you have to. Most hotels provide breakfast with their accommodation, but if you’d like to see what else is on offer at different times of the day then keep reading.
City centre Big Bad Bagels serves this New York favourite all day long with a variety of toppings, but we prefer the Bacon in Mexico served with the bagel of your choosing, bacon, guacamole, cream cheese and a fried egg. Affluent hipsters can be seen at Vest feasting on omelettes, oatmeal and big breakfasts with the works (served until 15:00), which you can also enjoy with a Bloody Mary or a craft brew. Café Osiris is a local institution which is one of the first cafés in Riga to offer a good selection of breakfasts including its signature omelettes. Stars is a relative new-comer, but its simple concept of excellent coffee and toasted sandwiches smothered with avocado slices, salad, bacon and poached eggs has made it a popular choice for breakfast, but bear in mind that it takes the weekends off.
Although primarily a high-end Latvian restaurant, Lindenhoff also serves an excellent selection of breakfast food throughout the day, but our favourite would have to be its version of eggs Benedict with poached eggs, sautéed spinach, gravlax and hollandaise sauce served on a soft potato waffle. Fontaine Delisnack is open 24hrs, so you can get pancakes and fried eggs in the middle of the night, but we recommend its breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, chorizo and cheese. Cadets de Gascogne has several French bakeries around town serving good coffee as well as flaky pastries and croissants all day long.