Daugavpils Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Daugavpils

July 20, 2017 Velvet Champine

Daugavpils (Latvian pronunciation: [ˈdaʊɡaʊpils] ( listen); Latgalian: Daugpiļs [ˈdaʊkʲpʲilʲsʲ]; Russian: Даугавпилс [ˈdaʊɡəfpʲɪls]; see other names) is a city in southeastern Latvia, located on the banks of the Daugava River, from which the city gets its name. Daugavpils literally means "Daugava Castle". It is the second largest city in the country after the capital Riga, which is located some 230 kilometres (143 miles) to its north-west. Daugavpils is located relatively close to Belarus and Lithuania (distances of 33 km (21 mi) and 25 km (16 mi) respectively), and some 120 km (75 mi) from the Latvian border with Russia. Daugavpils is a major railway junction and industrial centre and lies approximately midway between Riga and Minsk.
Things to do in Daugavpils

1. Gubernators

Lachplesha iela 10, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia Takeout, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Eastern European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +371 65 422 455
Excellent
48%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 242 reviews

Gubernators

Reviewed By Katya K - Tiverton, United Kingdom

The three of us came here because friends of ours have been here, too, and we decided to check it out. We all loved the decor, and the prices for the food weren't that bad. We didn't have much, but what we had was really tasty, and although it did take a while for the order to come through, all of the food came pretty much altogether when it did. The service was pleasant, and we left rather happy.

2. Cili Pica

Rigas iela 9, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Pizza, European, Italian Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +371(0)2 5424242
Excellent
28%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 89 reviews

Cili Pica

Reviewed By Lauren F - Northampton, United Kingdom

Super dissapointed with this pizzaria due to my dessert having mouldy blueberries on top of it. The pizzaa was barely coked properly and the only good thing about it was that it was cheap.

3. restaurant PLAZA

Gimnazijas iela 46, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff European, Eastern European, Central European Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +371 65 404 900
Excellent
46%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
3%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 52 reviews

restaurant PLAZA

Reviewed By acorna - Vilnius

I was twice in Plaza – once for a business lunch and for a corporate event. Business lunch was OK, nothing special, but portions were generous, food of good quality. Price is on the steeper side, but then, panoramic views of Daugavpils are on menu. Meanwhile the buffet for the corporative party was really praiseworth: immense variety and one tidbit was tastier than another. Eggplant rolls with wallnuts and fried mushroom caps were absolutely delicious. And they serve excellent draught beer. Interior is nothing special, but then, main accent are panoramic views so choose daytime to visit.

4. Vesma

Rigas iela 49, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, European, Pub, Pizza, Sushi, Russian, Eastern European Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$47 +371 22 009 991
Excellent
22%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
11%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 45 reviews

Vesma

Reviewed By Anna S

Went there to have something light, as we were invited to big family dinner afterwards. After going through the menu carefully and discovering that almost half of it wasn't available I decided to go for the safest bet ever - caesar with chicken. Neither was it safe, nor light. Funny thing is that the menu especially promised "true anchovy dressing". The reality was the taste of cheap mayonnaise. Aftertaste so sour that I immediately felt burning in my throat. I just couldn't believe it, so I asked my husband to taste this, and he confirmed without a doubt that was simply mayonnaise! We asked the waitress whether they really serve that "true" dressing, and she assured us they were. "Why does it have a taste of provencale from supermarket?" "Hm...well...it is a genuine caesar, that includes mayonnaise". "How much of it?" "Well, it's actually based on mayonnaise". Like, it is no big deal, where is nothing wrong. Doubt that, really. Wouldn't recommend this place for anything but quick stop for a beer. Also, it was blowing terribly from the window and WC could be a lot cleaner.

5. Golden Dragon

Saules iela 15, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia Chinese Lunch, Dinner +371 29 552 898
Excellent
30%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
13%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 23 reviews

Golden Dragon

Reviewed By Bejayne - Brussels, Belgium

Nice atmosphere and service in this restaurant. The food is not exactly chinese - there's a lot of fried meat on the menu but it's quite good! There's a menu in english and a lunch offer.

6. Pasaules brinumi

Vienibas iela 15, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia Eastern European Lunch
Excellent
25%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 16 reviews

Pasaules brinumi

Reviewed By Bejayne - Brussels, Belgium

Very good place for a lunch: the offer is a soup + a meal + a drink + bread for 1,50 Ls or 2 Ls. There's a few different possibility everyday and the food is usually very good. Only thing to know: everything is in Russian or Latvian. But ask the waitress and enjoy!

7. Ukrainska Hatka

Cietok na iela 25, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia Reservations, Waitstaff Eastern European, Ukrainian Lunch +371 65 424 480
Excellent
35%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
10%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 37 reviews

Ukrainska Hatka

Reviewed By WeymouthBrian - Bexley, United Kingdom

After Reading other reviews about this Restaurant, we decided that it was a must to try on our next visit to Daugavpils. It is a traditional Ukrainian restaurant/cafe just off the main street of Daugavpils. The decor and menu is traditional and the waitress was alos dressed in the traditional national dress. Compared to some of the other Ukrainain restraurant I have visited this one is in the top 5!! The service was leisurely and we spent a nice afternoon in the restaurant. My wife liked the establishment that we booked her birthday party there on the next evening, again we had a great evening and we were able to bring our own drinks as well with no corkage charge. Again the staff were discrete but professional and the pace of the meal was leisurely and the choice of dishes large and non meat eaters are catered for.

8. Dvinskas Seta

Valnu iela 27B, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia Polish, European, Russian +371 65 475 937
Excellent
42%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Dvinskas Seta

Reviewed By Zane J - Riga, Latvia

We got good reviews from friends who had eaten there previous day - they commended large portions and good prices, so we decided to go there for lunch before leaving city. Day before, we passed by this place not notice that there can eat (recommendation owners to evict the signboard at the roadside), but inside house is cozy and warm.
And portions are really big and tasty, even portions from the children's menu are huge - (very delicious self-made fries). We were very satisfied.
Of course, it's not a high-end restaurant, but if you want get to know local cuisine and delicious meal, we recommend!

9. Arsenals

Mihaila iela 3, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible European, Cafe, Central European Lunch, Dinner HK$94 +371 27 757 872
Excellent
32%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
12%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 50 reviews

Arsenals

Reviewed By Mike K - London, United Kingdom

We three middle-aged British guys had just traipsed 2km in the late Friday morning along the road/riverside path through the odd showers to the fortress. We needed to rest dry out and revive ourselves before tackling the enormous Fort/town in its own right.
Just after we entered the main southern gate we spotted the restaurant/kafenicka/whatever. Hurrah! I had not had time to look it up earlier on TA properly so we took a chance as it was the only option in the area (according to TA using my 4G).
We entered the vaulted complex and were greeted by an English speaking young man and took our seats. Two English menus (the only two he said, fine) were presented and we decided to also have a beer each first as the prices were good, albeit no volumes described.
We ordered the beers first and mulled over the menus (posted) and the English speaking young waitress took our orders.
A small plate of tasty bread arrived with a basket of very heavy cutlery. We chose away, bearing in mind we had had a light breakfast earlier in Mego near the bus station as we had arrived early in the morning from a 06:00 start in Visaginas.
The selection was good and my vegetarian/piscivorous friend was happy. We chose a fish soup, mushroom soup, herring salad and fried potato pancakes and pancakes with stuffed mince.
The beers were actually proper half litres do very good value, tasty too!
All were good portions and very tasty and very good value, even in a (quite posh for us and a low pound to boot) place like this which had a dining monopoly and could have taken advantage of that!
The restaurant filled up as lunch progressed and emptied out so we were there a relatively short time for our shortish lunch.
There was pop music quietly in the background and just the one gents, a good clean loo, with a single ladies too next door. Maybe this would an issue if busy. When we left they closed as they started preparing for a wedding/large group.

10. Taller

Viestura iela 59, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia Reservations European Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
44%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
24%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 25 reviews

Taller

Reviewed By AlexAnnemiek - Lopik, The Netherlands

We found this restaurant by chance, looking for a luncheon. The waiters are very friendly and speak sufficient English. The menu is available in English too. A great variety of food choices and quality is sublime. The prices are really low. If you are in Daugavpils this place is highly recommended.

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