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Eating my way through the Baltics


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#1 elfin

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 10:50 AM

We will be in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania-travelling overland- for a couple of weeks in early August. I have read dining blogs-albeit a bit old and would like some general recommendations as what I should eat. Are there special fish from the Baltic Sea or rivers/lakes I should seek out? Special breads, pastries or other baked delicacies famous to these regions? Are there special stews, meats, mushrooms or alcohol that I should try? I am a budget traveler and am not bringing 'fine dining' clothes. Any recs would be most appreciated. Thank you.
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#2 JMT

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 07:59 AM

Make sure to visit the Riga Central Market, they had a good selection of breads last time (which was years ago) I was there.

#3 Amy D.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:33 AM

we really enjoyed our visit to riga (in freezing march) a couple of years ago great buildings & friendly people. As JMT said the central market is great for a wander. However generally there wasn't much particularly memorable foodwise - but this view is probably greatly influenced by the fact that I was travelling with my vegetarian boyfriend which limited our restaurant choices dramatcally! the boyfriend ended up at Čili Pica more than once. We visited the LIDO atpūtas centrs which was an interesting experience (lavian themed buffet), but can't say i'd go back although there was a nice selection of smoked fish (for me). The other half also dragged us to the medieval themed restaurant (Rozengrāls) and suprisingly the food was quite tasty, or maybe it was just the affect of the beer? One place we found cheap and tasty was a pancake shop although I have no idea what it was called I remember it had some form of advertising statue outside (possibly man with pan). if you drink then you should try some black balsam, although i'm sure the only reason they manage to sell the stuff is because it comes in a nice ceramic bottle!

#4 Pille

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 03:17 AM

Sorry, Elfin, never spotted this thread of yours - otherwise I could have recommended some places in Estonia.

Where did you go and what did you have? It would be great to hear more!!

#5 Paul B

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 10:14 AM

'm in Tallinn Estonia right now and had great pancakes at Kompressor in Old Town. Off to Tartu tomorrow, then to Riga and then Lithuania. Any more advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted 01 July 2011 - 12:31 PM

'm in Tallinn Estonia right now and had great pancakes at Kompressor in Old Town. Off to Tartu tomorrow, then to Riga and then Lithuania. Any more advice would be greatly appreciated.


For Riga... Definitely Riga Central Market, as mentioned above. At least to me, Latvian rye bread is a real delight (very dark and dense) (there was a recent piece in Saveur about regional differences in European rye breads).

Look for piragi, the delicious Latvian ham rolls. I'm blanking on the name of my favorite place and my trip notes are elsewhere, but based on the location I think it ay be the place referenced in some other posts, Rausu Meistars located on Gertrudes Iela. You'll also find some at the Central Market.

Riga Black Balsams is a treat if you like bitter, amaro-style liqueurs, only just beginning to become available in a few places in the US. (In Estonia, you'll find the sweetish, vanilla-y liqueur Vana Tallinn, also a treat that I believe is imported nowhere in the US.)

Sadly, as my notes are elsewhere, I can't remember other restaurant recommendations, but there was a NYTimes 36 hours in Riga piece a few years back that might be a good starting place.

#7 chefmd

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:59 PM

I am going to be in Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius end of May. Any recommendations for local food places? Low or high end, no matter. We are very adventurous eaters and have no problems (or on my case love) offal and unusual dishes.

#8 dockhl

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:17 PM

Me, too ! We'll be in Tallinn on May 28...........

#9 heidih

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:46 PM

Member Pille's blog has a post about Spring 2012 recommendations for Tallinn here. I trust her judgment :)

#10 chefmd

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 12:36 PM

Thanks heidih, that blog is awesome. Will upload pictures from one of the recommended places soon.

Does anyone have suggestions about dinner in Riga?

#11 Pille

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:55 AM

Member Pille's blog has a post about Spring 2012 recommendations for Tallinn here. I trust her judgment :)

Oh, thank you, Heidi :rolleyes: (And apologies for being such a bad eG user this year - I've just given birth to our third baby - and my oldest is just 3 y 9 m, so I'm being kept very busy)