If you happen to be on public transportation on an early morning and notice how many senior citizens there are, you might ask yourself this question: “Where are all the old people going to?” Quite often the answer will be this: “To the Central Market, of course!”
The Central Market is located in the very heart of Riga, and I have never seen it empty. It is always full of people, especially in the morning, when this place is the busiest. The market was opened in 1930, and it is something Riga couldn’t live without anymore.
Almost everything can be found and bought here. Apart from five pavilions (vegetable, dairy, meat, fish and gastronomy) in historical buildings that used to house zeppelins, there is also a large open market area where everything from food to plants to clothing to household goods and so on can be found. It is only possible to apprehend the variety of goods available after a walk through the market. Just be careful and keep an eye on your bags and pockets!
I especially enjoy the so-called Night Market or Farmers’ Market. Located on Gaiziņa and Spīķeru streets, it opens at 17:00 and is open until 08:00 in the morning (however, from 22:00 it is a wholesale market). The Night Market makes it possible to buy goods directly from farmers for very friendly prices, and it has become a favorite for those busy people who can’t visit the Central Market during the day.