Juice bar

Serves fish, vegan options available. Restaurant and health food store store with mostly vegan and raw options including burgers, wraps, soups and Buddha bowls. Also has a range of smoothies (berry, protein, superfood), juices, healthy shots (wheatgrass, ginger, turmeric), matcha latte and golden turmeric latte. Sweets include gluten-free, GMO-free and additive-free cakes, chocolate and snacks. Store sells berry cookies, veggie chips, legume pastas, plant-based protein powders and more. Previously named Raw Garden. Open Mon-Fri 08:30-21:00, Sat 11:00-21:00, Sun 11:00-19:00.

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34 Reviews

First Review by Alwa


Points +196

02 Sep 2021

The staff is not friendly

Food is good, but if you visit in person 99% staff is super unfriendly and it is the reason why I am not visiting it anymore



Points +41

20 Aug 2020


Lots of vegan options. The Beginnings have their own superfood products and it's possible to buy them. Delicious and nice served food and smoothies.


Points +16

13 Jul 2020

Best raw & vegan place in town

Great variety of vegan and raw dishes, endless smoothie options, amazing sweets and the pistachio butter is to die for ✨

Pros: The widest choice of raw dishes in Riga


Points +148

15 Feb 2020

Mostly only going for the Beyond burgers

I really like the Beyond burgers here, so I recommend you at least try them.


Points +68

Mostly Veg
14 Feb 2020

Good food

Food was good and tasty.

Pros: Lot of vegan options


Points +200

01 Feb 2020

Beyond burgers!

Found out this place did beyond burgers! So kept going back for more! Double up the patty for a burger to big for your mouth

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Desserts , Great location


Points +38

04 Dec 2019

Tasty food and lovely service

It’s a lovely little cafes with a tonne of vegan options. My food came quite late but I was offered a free dessert as compensation. Will be back 🥰


Points +29

21 Nov 2019

Not as comfortable as I’d hoped

On a cold November day we were looking for somewhere which would warm us up both with the food and the atmosphere. Sadly this is where ‘the beginnings’ talents ended. The ideas were great; to put nutritional value on the menu, as well as clear guidance on whether vegan or not. There was also a lot of choice including protein balls and a small shop selling ‘the beginnings’ products which added something new to the offering. However the atmosphere seemed cool and the staff a little uninterested. The food we ordered was good nonetheless and my red curry was hearty. Our drinks didn’t arrive until we’d finished our meals and reminded the staff that we were still waiting (this was more an oversight than anything else). I think that if the staff were more welcoming then maybe the experience and in turn the food would be more enjoyable.

Pros: Large number of vegan options , Good, clear messaging regarding ingredients , Interesting idea to show nutritional value

Cons: The atmosphere was cool rather than friendly


Points +166

12 Nov 2019

Favorite vegan food in Riga

Lovely restaurant! The menu is very large with lots of options of burgers, bowls, salads, smoothies, sides, hot drinks, cold drinks, and desserts. I’ve ate here 3 times while in Riga and enjoyed my meal every time! Vegan options are marked with a “V” on the menu. It’s also a nice environment to do some work, studying, or journaling...


Points +67

11 Oct 2019


The "beyond meat burger" is crazy good (and I think it's the only place in Latvia to get it) and the smoothies are very good as well.

They are sometimes sold out of what they have on the menu - which is a pitty.

They unfortunately close at 20 which is a bit early

Updated from previous review on 2019-10-05


Cons: Not everything on the menu is that exciting


Points +42

31 Aug 2019

Good burgers, tasty smoothies

We waited a little long for the food, that’s why i am giving only 4 stars. But the burgers were really good, we had the falafel and the guacamole burger. if you like it spicy, bring your own chili, they don’t have any ;)


Points +130

30 Aug 2019

Surprisingly delicious

We came here for a quick breakfast, it takes a bit longer than we were expecting, but it was well worth it and not many places open early in Riga. We'd never had buckwheat milk and were surprised, it was good. We had bruschetta and pancakes.

Pros: Delicious and beautiful

Cons: Not fast food


Points +58

11 Aug 2019

Highly recommended!

Had the Middle Eastern Wrap. Generous portions, super tasty, filling, and came with a nice sauce. This place deserves 5 stars, 90% of the menu is vegetarian/vegan, and they had 5 kinds of plant milk for coffee. We will visit Beginnings again.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Shows nutritional value of food, Nice atmosphere


Points +950

21 Jul 2019

Beyond happy

This place let me try Beyond Meat burger for the first time. It’s true what they say all over social media - it is exactly meat burger as I remember it from 5years ago.
Definitely worth the money, €9.90

Pros: Friendly staff , Multi lingual menu

Cons: Place serves fish


Points +41

02 Jul 2019


The food was really good. My friend had a burger with a chips from sweet potatoes (and she said that it was really good) but I wanted somerhing healthier so I ordered a quiona bowl with tofu, avocado and peanutt sauce and it was one of the most amazing healthy meals which I have ever had. Also a price was normal for a vegan food. I love it 😍


Points +28

28 May 2019

Delicious and filling vegan food

I had a falafel burger with sweet potato fries, a lentil soup and a chai tea. Everything except the fish dishes on the menu were vegan and the foods I ordered were so tasty!

Pros: Most dishes are vegan, Choices - from pancakes to burgers(and vegan), Good atmosphere - peaceful and quickly made

Cons: Expensive, Restaurant could be 100% vegan


Points +365

15 May 2019


The only place in Riga serving Beyond burgers! 10€ for a burger but it’s delicious!

Cons: Expensive, Serves fish


Points +24

14 Apr 2019

Nice lunch place

Love the place, lots of vegan options. The bowls are mostly with fish. Had a burger with fries. They where very salt. Beside that, lovely place and nice deserts. Free water and kind people.


Points +1594

06 Mar 2019

Beyond meat burger

Really good vegan food. The most important is that they have the beyond meat burger, which is insanely good


Points +54

31 Dec 2018

amazing food and lovely interior.

Really delicious food. Menu was big and had lots of vegan options.

Pros: lots of vegan options, good food, cozy interior


Points +312

26 Dec 2018

Good food

The Beginnings is the right place when you are looking for a burger or any kind of bowls. They also offer lot of raw cakes. The food was tasty, nevertheless, for me personally, the portions could be bigger.

Pros: bowls, raw balls

Cons: rather small portions


Points +30

24 Nov 2018

Its good

Vegan options are good. The coffee was bad because it was sweet ... Not ok for me :)

Cons: Sweet coffee, I asked for a latte, got sweet latte


Points +137

15 Oct 2018

Tasty Food but No Coffee!

Hip cafe in Riga's New Town. They serve mostly vegetarian food with lots of vegan options but oddly, they serve fish/seafood as well.

I went for lunch and had the raw courgette lasagne - really liked the pestos and cashew cream. Presentation is lovely.

They don't serve coffee so got the Match Pina Colada (alcohol-free), which I was pleasantly surprised by.

It's a little pricey but food is fresh and tasty.

Pros: Tasty Food, Big menu, Fresh

Cons: Serves fish, No coffee, Bit pricey


Points +54

29 Sep 2018

Light lunch

First impressions are the interior of this place was lovely and welcoming. The menu was clear to read which options are vegan and which are not. The staff were ok but definitely not the best service I've received during my time in riga. The food was ok, very heavy on the greens with only a small amount of tofu in the tofu burger. The sweet potato fries were only warm and were to be desired. We only stopped here for a light lunch, and light it was.

Pros: lots of vegan options, nice interior

Cons: Very expensive compared to other places, Small portions, Staff uninviting


Points +32

01 Sep 2018

partly recommend

i liked the atmosphere, the interior and menu. Staff was unkindly. I really don't know if i will come back here.


Points +46

01 Jun 2018

Really good smoothie and Bliss Balls

Große Auswahl an Smoothies und Säften - sehr lecker


Points +1238

17 Feb 2018

Great food and drink

We went here for dinner. You order and pay at the counter and take a seat. I had the raw lasagne (gf) with 2 types of pesto which was really tasty. Their turmeric latte was also one of the best I've ever had. My husband had a goji berry smoothie which was delicious. Seems to be all vegan except a couple of fish options. Only slight minus is that the smoothies are popular and they either only have one blender or one person making them so drinks came after we'd eaten. They had big jugs of water with citrus fruit in on the side in the meantime though.

Pros: Lots of gluten free options, Mostly vegan, Awesome turmeric latte

Cons: Bit slow on drinks making

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