Let me just preface this text by quoting Madonna: ”Listen, everyone is entitled to my opinion.” Coincidentally, that is pretty much what I thought when I decided to launch this website. And in that same magnanimous fashion, I now share with you what my all-time favorite location in Riga is: Ticket to heaven, or, as it's more commonly known, the Bustaurant.
This is technically not a restaurant review, since that implies that I'm passing my verdict on food (which I won't do this time). So don't read it as one. Yes, they cook and serve food at the Bustaurant, but that's not really why you're coming here. No, you come here because summertime, this is simply the best hangout in Riga. I'd say they occupy the best spot available in Riga's new hotspot, Andrejsala. Overlooking the small boat harbor, Daugava and all the fancy-schmancy restaurants by the river, the Bustaurant is the very best place to come and feel completely at ease. It's a big wooden terrace hanging almost above the water, furnished with dodgy junkie sofas, chairs and tables. From the big doubledecker bus you can order whatever drinks you want as well as food from a surprisingly extensive menu. It's comfy, hot and relaxed; you can come here early to catch the noon and afternoon sun, or you can go there later at night to have a relaxing drink, watching the sunset. There's a big tree growing right in the middle of the terrace, and when it gets dark, the lights in the tree provide fantastic ambience. When I'm there, I can't help thinking about Thailand, and without there being any greater resemblance, this is as close as you're gonna get in Riga.
”like trying to convey the serenity of mahler's symphony no. 5 by farting it”
Trying to use words to capture the awesomeness of the Bustaurant is like trying to convey the serenity of Mahler's symphony No. 5 by farting it. Just trust me – you have to go there.