A vibrant and colorful place, Kalnciema Quarter is a complex of renovated 19th century wooden buildings. Located on the left bank of the Daugava River on the corner of Kalnciems and Melnsils streets, this green and buzzing area offers a cozy cultural vibe and is also a host to many events and open-air concerts.
In early 2000, the renovation of this complex began using traditional materials and methods and is a testimony to the commitment of people trying to preserve the Latvian culture. Kalnciema Quarter lives up to the idea behind creating the venue, preserving historic and unique characteristics while adding modern touches and unique features. Today, it is a popular spot in Riga, loved by both tourists and locals.
What to do
The weekly farmers' market of Kalnciema Quarter is very popular among locals and is a wonderful place to have a glimpse of the Latvian culinary culture. The fresh produce and a wide variety of locally sourced treats are tempting to say the least. The market also has many artisans selling their wares. If you are in town on a Saturday, put a visit to this market on your itinerary for an off-the-beaten track local experience. You can also sample Latvian culture here with fairs, art exhibitions and workshops in the courtyards. There are shops selling traditional but reinvented Latvian cuisine. Try the new dishes for a unique gastronomic experience.
For the whole family
When you visit the farmers' market on Saturdays, you don't have to worry about your little ones as you roam the different stalls. They will be happily engaged in the free crafting and activity workshops hosted especially for children. Also, be prepared to spend more time than planned here as the little ones may keep wanting one more turn on the carousel.