Where to eat kebabs in Riga?
If, like me, you are partial to enjoying the occasional falafel wrap, may this list of falafel shops in Riga serve you well!
Address: Kr.Barona iela, opposite Vērmaņdārzs park I have sorely missed french fries in my falafel wraps ever since I lived in Brussels many moons ago. It just didn’t seem to be the done deal here and, being Latvian, I never fancied being “the weird one” who requested fries in her wrap. These guys asked me flat out if I wanted some and I leapt at the chance. Therefore I give them top points. It was a legitimately enjoyable falafel experience. I also revel in the name of the place, ERAF being short for the European Regional Development Fund in Latvian – another parallel with Brussels and my job these days which is heavily dependent on said fund.
These guys would know a Carolina Reaper from a jalapeno, they know the definition of hot. When they tell you not to choose the hot sauce, take their advice. It’s refreshing to experience genuine spiciness in Riga. Long live the spice revolution! This was one of my favorite falafel wraps, the bread was super thin and it tasted oh-so-fresh. Loved the gherkin.
This one is as gourmet as kebab joints get and shares a street with the Turkish, Swedish and British embassies. Falafel wraps cost a fiver but are absolutely gigantic. I recommend mixing the hot sauce with the yogurt sauce.
Premium prices at this old town kebab joint but they do have a prime location and rent must be sky high so they’re forgiven. My small-sized wrap was tiny so go big! I chose the “mix” sauce which was a blend of yoghurt and garlic sauces, and it went down well. Everything tasted fresh. What made me like this place was the fact that I could sit outside, even though that proved to be an incredibly awkward experience, slurping the runny sauce from the soaking paper baggy in front of posh passing tourists.
Address: Ernesta Birznieka-Upīša iela 10 Wasn’t sure whether to risk this one but I braved it. I believe it’s recently undergone a change of ownership and now seems to be run by a group of really young staff so I forgave them things I probably wouldn’t have forgiven others. First of all, they weren’t even sure they had falafel mix but the young chap manning the till unearthed some from the back of the fridge. Again, I risked it. They recommended I try the curry sauce so I did and it wasn’t a bad choice, at least it gave the wrap some flavour. All in all it was pretty dry and uninspiring but it was super cheap, I’ll give them that.
They have the strangest/ugliest logo and strangest/ugliest décor but look past them and you’ll be rewarded with a pretty decent falafel wrap. This is probably my most-frequented kebab joint in Riga and I’ve yet to be disappointed so it’s a reliable option if nothing else.
This place is near the central station and I stop by sometimes on my way to the train. Yet to be disappointed, they always deliver quick service and a decent wrap for a decent price. I intend on extending this list over time and would love to hear your tips on where I should get my next falafel fix in Riga! Thanks to the very talented Zane Store for the Foodbox photos!
Thanks Lelde Benke for the post! (http://lifeinriga.com/falafel-riga/