Calling all coffee-lovers in Riga!
As we all know, coffee is pretty much the cornerstone of student life, and as city known for its thriving coffee culture, Riga and its narrow, cobbled streets are littered with both independent and chain stores. As a student balancing both part-time jobs and studies, with a serious coffee-addiction, here are some of the best spots to get your caffeine-fix.
Located right in the heart of the city, not far from the Old Town and all its attractions, this is the perfect spot to refuel after a long day of sight-seeing. Although this spot might be popular for tourists, it’s certainly popular for a reason, as their signature apple and cinnamon Crumble Cake is the best you’ll find anywhere in the city.
Big Bad Bagels
This chain is a student favourite, known for their incredible bagels, freshly baked in-house, with thick layers of cream cheese and a ton of vegetarian and vegan options. But don’t underestimate their coffee, one of the most affordable options on this list and perfect with the student budget in mind.
Caffeine and Cofyz
These chains are made for students, with cheap but high quality coffee and a wide selection of custom drinks, just in time for the holidays. You can find these chains all over the city, on pretty much every street corner. A personal favourite is Caffeine’s Cinnamon Bun Latte which honestly puts Starbucks to shame at half the price!
Affectionately referred to as the “British Embassy” by students at Liden and Denz Riga, Costa Coffee is a home away from home for British students, like myself, and with a store just around the corner from the school, it’s the perfect place for a study session between classes.
The most underrated spot on this list, Narvesen is the holy grail for all your student budget and caffeine-related needs. With a caramel latte to rival that of both Costa and Caffeine and daily deals on pastries and newspapers, this is the perfect place to practice your Russian translation skills and to get to know your new classmates.
An integral part of a day in the life of a student at Liden and Denz, a good cup of coffee is the perfect excuse to explore the city, to meet new people and to build lasting friendships with your classmates even if, god forbid, you happen to prefer tea!
So, if you’re looking to change up your average coffee shop location, or just desperate to get your caffeine-fix for the day, maybe it’s time to try one of the spots on this list.
Darcie Peters is currently a student at Liden and Denz, Riga.