I’ll be honest, food was not one of the highlights while in Riga. Most of the meals I tried were stodgy or lacking in flavour, along with being very limited in range for vegetarians. The local drink, Balsam, was also something I wasn’t too fond of so I was pleasantly surprised by how Black Magic,a kooky little cafe and bar in Riga’s Old Town, managed to utilise the alcohol within chocolate in such delicious ways.
Still peckish from a disappointing and mostly uneaten lunch I doubled down by ordering both chocolate coffee cake and a signature Black Magic hot chocolate. The cake was lovely, keeping a fine balance of sweetness for my more savoury persuasions, and the stir in hot chocolate with hints of balsam was rich in tones and quality.
Apart from the great treats to try Black Magic is worth a look for it’s unique decor. The style could be described as Victorian Apothecary, with old tills, feathers and small labeled drawers covering most of the front room. Further seating can be found beyond in stone cased enclaves, and a hidden door in a bookcase leads to the basement where the balsam, coffee and chocolate inspired cocktails on the menu are sure to make an appearance.
Black Magic is located at Kaļķu iela 10 in Riga’s Old Town. I highly recommend it to all visitors to the city.