Latvian Food

The history of beer in Riga
Latvians have loved beer for thousands of years, and the amber nectar continues flowing to this day. More than just a drink, it's a way of life and a way to communicate with the gods.

Latvian Easter traditions
Latvians have a rich array of Easter traditions, including whacking each other with willows, painting eggs and swinging on swings to keep the mosquitos away. Find out what's behind these pagan customs

Riga Black Balsam
The intriguing history of Latvia's national drink Riga Black Balsam, and five top places in Riga to sip cocktails with the bitter black potion.

Garlic Rye Bread
Ķiploku grauzdiņi, garlic rye bread, is Latvia's favourite beer snack. An ingenious response to Soviet shortages, today its on the table whenever pals meet in a pub to chug some brews. We look at five venerable Riga taverns and taste test their grauzdiņi.