The Galerija Centrs is the only shopping center in Riga that boasts a tradition-rich history and a place in the very heart of the Latvian capital - the Old Town. For almost a century, this has been a place to indulge in the elegance and charm of the latest fashions.
The Galerija Centrs regularly hosts exhibitions and houses a permanent photo display on its history.The site of the shopping center has historically hosted active trade. From the 13th to the 16th century, a commercial port was located there on the banks of the Ridzene River, which is now covered by the cobblestones of Riga Old Town.
The shopping center's own origins date back to the autumn of 1919, when the Army Economic Store was established to supply goods to Latvia's soldiers, who were still fighting to consolidate the country's newly won independence. Another goal was tho help combat rampant speculation. Following the cessation of hostilities in 1920, the store's popularity soared. Its turnover increased rapidly, and eventually it outgrew its premises.
Thus, in 1936, construction commenced on a new and larger building. The founding stone was laid by the Latvian president Karlis Ulmanis, together with the architect, Arturs Galindoms. Since that store's opening in 1938, the Galerija Centrs, which has borne various other names over the past decades, has not just been frequented by residents of Riga, but has also become a shopping mecca for visitors from all over Latvia and other countries.
|Address||Audeju iela 16, Riga Old Town, Latvia|
|Open||10:00 - 21:00|
Everyone knows of Harrods in London - the luxury department store that excels in first class service and high-quality products. But if you're visiting Riga and are looking for a culinary equal, then look no further, as Gastronome is king in the fine food segment. Gastronome offers over 5,000 food item that have been carefully selected and brought in from all over the world. For the most part, these specialty foods will not be found in ordinary supermarkets. The shop is divided in a number of enticing sections, the dried fruit and nut section being an absolute hit. The assortment of teas on offer is impressive You can try out tangerine leaf tea for example.
|Address||Krasta iela 68A, Riga, Latvia|
|Also at||Brivibas iela 31, Riga, Latvia|
|Open||10:30 - 20:00|
A collection of items created by Latvian artists combining traditional craftsmanship skills with contemporary design.
|Address||Arsenala iela 5, Riga Old Town, Latvia|
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