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Valka and its surrounding district are the place where people believe the country of Latvia began in geographic and historical terms!

Valka is a place where there is a unique place at the town centre where one can stand in two countries at once - one foot in Latvia, the other in Estonia, holding saldējums in one hand and jäätis in the other. Which ice cream will melt more quickly - northern Latvia or southern Estonia? Take a selfie by the border post. Listen whether frogs are croaking in Latvia or Estonian in the little Varžupīte River. Look at the direction in which the endless boundary crosser - the Pedele River - flows. 

Visit Valka and the administrative district for "Home Café Days."  You will be able to be in two countries simultaneously, but also travel through a broad world of flavours where you will find diverse tastes and nurture your tastebuds.  We particularly suggest visiting Kārķi, where the Kārķi festival will be held on August 14 with various delightful activities and a festival programme.

"Home Café Days" from August 14-15 in the Valka Administrative District, with five cafés in Valka and the administrative district taking part

All events can be found under "Home Cafés" or on the "Map" (in Latvian). 

Follow along with the news and be the first one to learn about new events!

 Valkas novada Tūrisma un informācijas birojs

 Lauku celotajs   Atklāj Latviju no jauna

► What are "Home Café Days"?
The yards of farms and other places that are not linked to dining and accommodations on a daily basis will turn into cafés for a day or two.  Guests will be able to taste local foods to learn new flavours, as well as to enjoy an interesting cultural programme.  Each farm has families and/or friends who will prepare a special offer -- flatbreads, cakes, casseroles etc. to be served with tea or coffee.  Each farm will present the name of its café, and the products will be served with characteristic cultural characteristic and stories.  There will also be various cultural activities such as handicrafts, games, playing of musical instruments, etc.
► "Home Café Days" all over Latvia this year, from July until October >>>

Please note: 

  • When planning your route, you must get in touch with the desired destinations in advance. Contact information can be found in the sections "Home Cafés" and "Map".
  • Make sure that you know the date and time when participants will be providing services.  Usually that will be between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, but some venues may have different opening times.
  • Make sure that you keep national epidemiological rules in mind to protect yourself, the people you are visiting, and other visitors, as well. For timely information about the epidemiological situation, please visit (the Latvian Sickness Prevention and Control Centre), or
  • The epidemiological situation may mean that there will be changes in the offers. Visit "Home Cafés" or "Map", to click on specific offers and see whether that is so.
  • At some of the "Home Cafés," payment will only be accepted in cash.

We hope all guests will experience truly exciting adventures of taste! 

"Home Café Days" in Latvia are organised by:


This project is part-financed by the European Union and European Regional Development Fund Central Baltic Programme
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