In each city there are some places every local knows about. You may like them, you may despise them, but there is no chance you have not heard of them. In Riga it’s Kaņepe’s Culture Centre. It’s a bar, cafe and music venue all at the same time providing enough reasons to visit it at least once.
Probably the most popular part of KKC (short for Kaņepes Kultūras Centrs – Kaņepe’s Culture Centre in Latvian) is it’s yard where a whole bunch of locals tend to spend their summer evenings. The place is popular among the younger part of Latvian artists, musicians and so-called intellectuals all year around, so the extra space outside during summertime is just a nice addition to KKC’s community where some of the most existential conversations are held.
There is a small number of seats on the terrace, but that has never stopped KKC from being full on every evening of the week. Here people sit on windowsills, the terrace floor and random wooden constructions in the middle of the yard, so you never have to worry about not having a place.
After arriving and finally understanding what is happening there are usually two options – either I choose to join the debate at some corner of the place or just buy a beer and enjoy some decent people-watching – here it’s worth it.