Best Coffee in Riga

There are coffee cities and there are non-coffee cities. The Latvian capital might be a destination for heaps of other things, namely its architecture, cultural and gastronomic offerings – all packaged in a fascinating blend of Northern and Eastern European traditions, but coffee doesn’t rank particularly high on that list. It’s ok though. It’s not likely that you’ve wound up in a European Culture Capital solely for the coffee. And even if you have, there’s still hope. Ferries to Stockholm and Helsinki are at the ready.

Despite the absence of an established third wave coffee scene in Riga, there are a few spots more than capable of keeping you well-caffeinated while you’re there. Knock yourself out with our short and sweet guide to the best coffee in Riga.

Best Coffee in Riga

Best Coffee in Riga Rocketbean Roastery

Rocket Bean Roastery

Riga’s got one single claim to fame when it comes to third wave coffee roasteries – and the use of the word fame here couldn’t be more loose. Even in the Baltics it’s not exactly a household name, but if you find yourself in search of a good coffee in the Latvian capital, the Rocket Bean name just became your saving grace. Visit their roastery and café location in the hip Miera iela for all manner of hand brewed filter coffee and tip-top espresso drinks. They’ve got a little-brother location in old town and their espresso seems to be brewed at a slew of other cafés around Riga.

Rocket Bean Roastery

Miera iela 29, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1001

Monday
8a – 9p

Tuesday – Thursday
8a – 11p

Friday & Saturday
9a – 11p

Sunday
9a – 6p

Rocket Bean Brewery

Kalēju iela 23, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050

Monday – Thursday
8a – 9p

Friday
8a – 10p

Saturday
9a – 9p

Sunday
9a – 6p

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Best Coffee in Riga Mute

Mute

We’re chomping at the bit to mention the best eggs Benedict we’ve ever eaten, but this is a coffee guide and we’ll do our best to stay on topic. Suffice it to say that there are many things making Mute a place worthy of your time while in Riga, and great coffee would most definitely be one. Brewing the produce of their Estonian neighbors at Coffee People, Mute is well versed in pour overs and espresso. The incredibly friendly staff is ready to fix you up with one of the best coffees in Riga.

Tērbatas iela 63, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1001

Monday – Friday
8a – 10p

Saturday & Sunday
10a – 9p

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Best Coffee in Riga Miit

Miit Coffee

If you’re keen for craft roasts from various and sundry European roasters, Miit is your best bet in Riga. What’s on offer is in constant rotation and always available on V60, Aeropress, French Press and Chemex. Berlin’s Five Elephant was brewing at the time we stopped in – an interesting little spot of irony given the fact that one of Miit’s previous baristas had recently defected to Berlin and joined Five Elephant’s ranks. Small world.

Lāčplēša iela 10, Rīga, LV-1010

Monday
7a – 9p

Tuesday – Thursday
7a – 11p

Friday
7a – 1a

Saturday
9a – 11p

Sunday
10a – 6p

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Best Coffee in Riga Vest

Vest

Locals seem to agree that Vest takes the cake for the most hipster spot in Riga. Of the café racers parked outside or the classic men’s barbershop inside, which was the giveaway? Hell if we know. Rocket Bean is on the espresso machine and they’ve got it dialled in quite nicely.

Stabu iela 1, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

Sunday – Thursday
11a – 11p

Friday & Saturday
11a – 1a

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Best Coffee in Riga Innocent Cafe

Innocent Cafe

Subscribers to the school of Italian coffee will be pleased with this official Illy branded café. Third wave it is not, but in accordance with Italian espresso traditions Innocent offers some of the better brewed coffee in Riga.

Blaumaņa iela 34, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1011, Latvia

Monday – Friday
8a – 11p

Saturday
9a – 11p

Sunday
9a – 5p

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