Catering

Saloons, cafes and other places in small towns and the countryside which offer tasty dishes made of local products and on the basis of traditional Latvian recipes – ones which differ from region to region.

  • Special programmes are offered to visitors, with meals, stories about holiday and everyday traditions, and songs. Sometimes visitors are involved in preparing the food.
  • Menus use local names for dishes along with explanations and a discussion of the local dialect.
  • Providers of Latvian foods also use ethnographic styles for interior design, as well as dishes, furniture, textiles, etc., from local craftspeople.
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The “Lantus” farm

A Latvian farm merging the historical and the modern. Local dishes are prepared, and weddings in the spirit of old traditions are organised. The farm works with local farmers and manufacturers.

Latvian cuisine: Cream of vegetable soup with greens and croutons, oven-roasted pike with cheese and seasonal vegetables, cottage cheese crème with berry sauce.

Distance from countries capital city115   Season1-12   Pre-order required Accepts individual travellers Accommodation available Accepts tourist groups
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The Dzirnavu saloon of the Birini Castle

The saloon is in the park of the Bīriņi Castle alongside a lake. It offers a lovely view from the summer terrace. The saloon is in the old windmill building, with antique objects preserved in the interior.

Latvian cuisine: Grey peas with bacon, herring with potatoes, sautéed chicken and potatoes, chanterelle sauce, sautéed cabbage with hunter’s sausages, apple tart.

Distance from countries capital city55   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups Accommodation available This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Accepts individual travellers
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The Ludza Crafts Centre

Here you can examine and purchase crafts by more than 40 Lettigalian craftspeople. A guide dressed in an Ancient Lettigalian folk costume will tell you about the lives of ancient Baltic tribes, the emergence of craftsmanship in the region, ancient laws related to ethics and work, and traditions. There are demonstrations of the crafts and lessons about the ancient skills. Groups can enjoy a luncheon of Lettigalian dishes, and learn how to bake bread and prepare beverages in an old-fashioned Lettigalian kitchen.

Latvian cuisine: Grey peas, dumplings in cream sauce, Lettigalian pastries and moonshine alcohol.
Special foods: Lamb testicles and cabbage soup with mutton.

For parties   For children and teenagers   Seminars   Agro Heritage   Distance from countries capital city270   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups Optional meals
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The Dzirnavu saloon of the Igate Castle

The saloon is at the edge of the Murjāņi-Limbaži road (P9) and alongside the Igate Castle. It is built on the foundations of a former windmill, and the wheel of the mill has been preserved. The old watermill is still hard at work and is used to mill grain for traditional porridge and buns. The saloon works with local farmers.

Latvian cuisine: Mushroom soup, barley porridge with meat, barley buns, grit sausage with lingonberry sauce, crepes with jam, potato pancakes, fried plaice or pike, stacked rye bread.

Special foods: Sautéed rabbit, stuffed filet of turkey.

Distance from countries capital city72   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Accommodation available
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The Odziena saloon house

The saloon is in a restored building in the centre of Odziena – one that used to belong to the Beņķi dynasty. It is only open when reserved in advance.

Latvian cuisine: Fresh bean soup with barley grits and brewery-based pierogi, crispy chicken breast in a sauce of onions and cream, crumb bread with berries and homemade beer ice cream.

Special foods: Special Odziena beer.

Distance from countries capital city132   Season5-9   Accepts individual travellers This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Accommodation available Accepts tourist groups
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The Dieninas fisherman’s farm

The owners are third-generation fishers, and they will be happy to sell you some smoked local fish. Tour groups can take part in active leisure related to cultural aspects of smoking tasty fish (tossing a boot into the sea, stories from fishermen’s wives, a theatrical performance, and the smoking and tasting of fish).

Latvian cuisine: Smoked and dried plaice, hot-smoked eelpout and other fish prepared on the basis of ancient local recipes.

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city82   Season1-12   Accommodation available Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance
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The Laumu Nature Park

The Laumas farm offers you a chance to be a beekeeper, watching the lives of bees in hives (while wearing a beekeeper’s suit), touring a bee trail and climbing a tree with the help of a truss. You can make wax candles and purchase beekeeping products such as honey, bee pollen, etc. A café is open during the summer, and there are areas of picnics.

Latvian cuisine: Bean and dumpling soup, pancakes with jam, homemade lemonade, herbal teas.

Special foods: Porridge a la Fairies.

Seminars   Skiing   For parties   Horseback riding   For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city130   Season1-12   Internet access Optional meals Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance Accommodation available Accepts tourist groups
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The Donas country home

Bread at Donas is baked according to ancient traditions. The dough is scalded in a trough, kneaded by hand and then lovingly shaped into loaves that are baked in a real wood stove on maple leaves. You can prepare your own loaf and take it home with you. Nothing is tastier than a warm slice of bread with milk and honey. You will also enjoy other Latvian country treats such as dried meat patties and sausages made of grits. There are also 17 different types of cheeses.

Latvian cuisine: Grit porridge, sauerkraut, country steak haché, 21 kinds of cheeses, milk, honey, herbal teas, country bread.

Special foods: Donas sourdough bread.

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city120   Season1-12   Must register in advance Pre-order required Accommodation available Accepts individual travellers Optional meals Accepts tourist groups
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The “Meke” saloon

Opened on June 21, 2011, at the 51st kilometre of the Tallinn-Riga highway, the MEKE KROGS pub is a typical example of the roadside pubs which used to be built along the sides of roads and near homesteads, castles, mills and windmills. This particular one is located into renovated cattle shed that is more than 100 years old – a lovely log building that is named after the former baron of the local estate, von Mecke. Alongside it is the handsome parish building which was erected in 1907 with red bricks from Tūja.

Latvian cuisine: Sorrel stew with grits, cold soup, pounded beef, mutton and vegetable stew, grits with smoked meat and mushrooms, herring with cottage cheese, bread soup.

Special foods: Porridge with bacon bits and Meke spicy sausages.

Distance from countries capital city51   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Accepts tourist groups
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The Vaidelotes farm

This is a farm which popularises Latvian lives, organises traditional rituals, and provides guests with tasty country foods such as porridge, dumplings, pierogi and pastries made of grain and roughly ground flour that are produced at the farm itself. You can purchase teas, herbs and country goodies.

Latvian cuisine: Soups, porridges, desserts, pierogi, sheet cakes and country tortes.

Special foods: Dumplings made of roughly ground whole wheat flour with cottage cheese and bacon.

Agriculture   For parties   Agro Heritage   Distance from countries capital city70   Season1-12   Pre-order required Accepts tourist groups Optional meals Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers