Āgenskalna tirgus, as the name suggests, is located in Āgenskalns; the district at the heart of Riga’s western riverside. Recent renovations have made the historical building not just a spot for picking up fresh, local produce, but a place of exploration and gastronomical degustations.
The interior is divided into two floors, the ground floor, housing food items, and venues you’d expect to find at a farmer’s market (produce, meat, spices, seafood), and the second floor, consisting of a food court, with menus ranging from kebabs and pizzas to pancakes and hačapuri. One might think that all the recent traction to the market has been due to this renovated food court, but, in truth, both floors come beamingly packed with shoppers. And even if you are not there to pick up a block of cheese, you can’t help but walk through all the varied stalls and admire the seasonal goods on display. One may not be able to explore the building with an open alcohol bottle, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a taste of the locally-famed Valmiermuiža beer while you’re there. Oh, and the view from the second floor down? To die for.
If you are coming here on the weekend, best be prepared for a packed parking lot and few empty seats for a sit-down meal, as this place has no lack of interest from locals and visitors alike.