Which is sold in most souvenir shops. if you are lucky, some can sometimes be found on the baltic sea shore after a storm. be careful looking for amber on beaches in western latvia - the sea near liepāja is poluted with phosphorus, which looks exactly the same, but catches on fire after drying out.

Smoked (black) ceramics

From latgale.

Silver jewellery

With ornaments. hand-made and representing traditional culture.

Black (rye) bread

Gives more energy than the common white wheat bread. if bought fresh and kept in a plastic bag, it might last well up to 10 days or more.


Riga Black Balsam Melnais Balzams, a traditional Latvian herbal liqueur made using many natural ingredients.

Laima Chocolates: various sweets and chocolates with all kinds of fillings.

Speciality shops are open mostly 08:00-18:00 on weekdays, until 16:00 on Saturdays and closed on Sundays. Groceries are open every day until 20:00 or longer. Most supermarkets are open until 23:00 every day. Convenience stores, such as Narvesen are mostly open 24/7.

Latvia has the euro € as its sole currency along with 24 other countries that use this common European money. These 24 countries are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain official euro members which are all European Union member states as well as Andorra, Kosovo, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino and the Vatican which use it without having a say in eurozone affairs and without being European Union members. Together, these countries have a population of more than 330 million.

One euro is divided into 100 cents. While each official euro member as well as Monaco, San Marino and Vatican issues its own coins with a unique obverse, the reverse, as well as all bank notes, look the same throughout the eurozone. Every coin is legal tender in any of the eurozone countries.

Latvian lats can be exchanged for free at any bank until 30 June 2014.

ATMs are widely available throughout Latvia including Riga International Airport, even in many small towns. Tax free stores have their signs clearly displayed.

Banks will accept traveller's cheques with a fee, usually equal to the greater of 1% of the amount exchanged or €10.