A cozy cafe for the sweet tooth

Kūkotava is located a few shops away from Lido Vērmanītis. This cozy and warm cafe offers a variety of cakes, pastries, pies, and cookies. One can watch the bakers work in their open-plan kitchen behind the counter as you wait for your order.

I visited the cafe for two consecutive days, each after a long day of exploring the city. The staff behind the counter’s attitude was not welcoming. He had a serious look and sounded impatient. I don’t recall seeing a menu, and there were no English labels for the food. I had to point and ask about each cake or pastry. As there were people behind me and I did not want to hold the line, I chose a few to ask and pick the one I like best.

I ordered a pistachio mousse cake (3.50 euros), a berry cake (3.50 euros), and a cup of hot cacao (2.45 euros). The hot cacao was kind of like a latte, light with a bit of foam. It is also sugar-free; thus, it was the perfect pairing for the cakes. Both cakes were tasty, I especially enjoyed the pistachio mousse cake. It was rich and creamy, with a hint of pistachio flavor, it reminded me of a pannacotta. The berry cake had a creamy gelatin texture with a more fruity sour taste.

What I love about this cafe is that it is relatively quiet, and there are a lot more dessert choices compared to other places.

 

Kūkotava

Website: https://www.kukotava.eu/en/

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 20:00 p.m. , Saturday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.

Telephone: +371 67 283 808

Address: Tērbatas iela 10/12, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia

 

Uzbekistāna

Located in a quiet neighborhood, in a charming house with a cozy outdoor seating area, Uzbekistana serves traditional Uzbek dishes like shashlik and pilaf. Uzbekistana’s menu offers an array of soups, salads, hot dishes, snacks, and desserts. The interior walls decorated with Uzbek elements such as instruments, pictures, ceramic plates, and tubeteikas (Central Asian caps); floor covered with vivid red Uzbek carpets, bamboo ceiling, Uzbek music playing in the background and staff dressed in traditional Uzbek clothing. When you enter the restaurant, it’s like being transported to Uzbekistan. Kudos to the owner for the beautiful decor, which gives customers a glimpse into the culture.

The waitress who served me was nice. She spoke in a friendly tone with a smile. I visited the restaurant for dinner.

I ordered a Borscht (3.95 euros) and a lamb pilaf (9.95 euros). The cream came separately with the Borscht, which was perfect as I did not want too much cream in my soup. The soup was more on the sweet side, but the natural sweetness that comes from vegetables, somewhat different from the Russian Borscht.

The pilaf was aromatic and delicious; mutton pieces tender. The rice was a bit too oily; however, the fresh tomato slices and cucumber were a great palate cleanser. Initially, I did not think much of the dish, but the more I ate, a gentle crescendo of flavors slowly unfolds in my mouth.

This is a good place for those who would like to try something different from the European cuisine. I would be interested to come back to try the other dishes.

 

Uzbekistāna

Website: http://www.uzbekistana.lv/en/

Telephone: 

Opening hours: 12:00 p.m. – 23:00 p.m. Daily

Address: Bruņinieku iela 33, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1001, Latvia

Miit, a vegetarian cafe

This trendy hipster cafe, once a bicycle workshop, is now a popular hangout spot for the locals. Miit offers vegetarian food and freshly baked cakes to go with your coffee. The baristas at Miit are young and professional. The cafe uses specialty coffee beans from small coffee-growing farms around the world and uses different brewing methods to make your desired cup of coffee. There are also live music performances on Friday and Saturday evenings. Coffee beans and various teas are available for purchase as well. 

Brunch is offered on weekdays for 5 euros. When I was there, it was a simple spread of waffles, various salads, potatoes, omelets, jams, and bread. It was okay; the waffles were a bit dry due to being out in the open, and the salads were a little salty. My favorite is the coffee. I loved the coffee so much that I went back the second day for breakfast. I am a fan of Cappuccino. The Cappuccino here has a slight intensity tempered by a mild sweetness accompanied with cocoa-like aromatic notes. Personally, my most enjoyable cup of coffee. It is after having coffee here that I stopped adding sugar to my coffee and learning to enjoy and savor the natural flavors of the coffee. 

An excellent place for healthy food and a good cup of coffee!

 

Miit

Website: http://www.miit.lv/

Opening hours: Monday  7:00 a.m. – 21:00p.m. , Tuesday to Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 23:00 p.m., Friday 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.,  Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 23:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.

Telephone: +371 2889 1351

Address: Lāčplēša iela 10, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia