Riga's Specialty Shops (Self Guided), Riga

Riga is not only a city with amazing Art Nouveau architecture, a rich cultural life and interesting museums, it is also a great place to shop. Latvia offers so many quality local products, including ceramics, woolens and amber accessories, that it would be a pity not to bring home a gift or souvenir. Take this tour to find some of the best locally-made merchandise in Riga.
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Riga's Specialty Shops Map

Guide Name: Riga's Specialty Shops
Guide Location: Latvia » Riga (See other walking tours in Riga)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: helenp
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Hobbywool
  • Suveniri
  • Putti Gallery
  • Rota-l
  • UPE
  • Koka Varde
  • Muhamors Gift Shop

1) Hobbywool

Hobbywool is a small, cozy boutique located at the intersection of Jekaba and Maza Pils Streets. Hobbywool sells a large range of woolen, hand-knit products. Here you can buy textiles, berets, hats, accessories and mittens. Also, if knitting is one of your hobbies, you can buy yarn and colorful needles.

Operation hours:( May – Sep) Mon- Sat: 10 am- 7 pm; Sun: 11 am- 5 pm; (Oct – Apr) Mon- Sat: 10 am- 6 pm; Sun: 11 am- 3 pm.

2) Suveniri

Suveniri is located across from the House of the Blackheads. It is a tiny shop, but it offers a wide range of souvenirs at reasonable prices. The quality of the merchandise here exceeds what you will find at the Riga street markets. Most of the souvenirs on offer, including ceramics, glass bottles and wooden carvings, have the word "Riga" written on them, which make them ideal gifts.
Putti Gallery

3) Putti Gallery

Putti is a shop and art gallery that displays jewelry and clothing created by Latvian designers. At Putti you will find only high-quality earrings, necklaces, rings and cuff links. Designer clothing exhibitions are often held here. Renowned Latvian artists such as Valdis Brože, Māris Auniņš, Gints Strēlis and Māris Šustiņš display their work here.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am – 6 pm; Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm

4) Rota-l

Rota-l is the perfect spot to shop for one of Riga's most famous souvenirs - amber jewelry. Amber items are inexpensive and found in abundance everywhere in Latvia - from boutiques to street markets. Rota-l, however, offers a wide range of high-quality necklaces, earrings, cuff links and brooches crafted from amber and silver. The design of the jewelry typically incorporates traditional Latvian motifs.

5) UPE

UPE, located near the Russian Dramatic Theater, is a shop where you can purchase traditional Latvian instruments. The most popular Latvian instrument is the kokle. Music connoisseurs can appreciate the sound of the kokle by purchasing a Latvian folk album. For something a little different, you can also purchase Latvian rock music albums.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 11 am - 7 pm; Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm
Koka Varde

6) Koka Varde

Koka Varde (Wooden Frog) is located in an old building on Lacplesa Street. Although the building itself is nothing to look at, the items for sale inside will be sure to impress you. The famous black ceramic pieces made by Aivars Ušpelis can be bought here. You can also find souvenirs, toys and utensils crafted from wood.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 11 am - 7 pm; Saturday: 11 am - 6 pm
Muhamors Gift Shop

7) Muhamors Gift Shop

Muhamors is a gift shop located near Old Saint Gertrude Church in the same building as Cafe Marcipans and a small art gallery. At Muhamors, you can buy interesting souvenirs, not necessarily related to Riga. If you are searching for a memorable gift or souvenir, then this is the place.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 7 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 9 am- 5 pm.

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Souvenir Shopping

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It would be a pity to leave Riga without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Riga, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 Km or 4.6 Miles

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