Robert’s Books

May 9, 2019By

Nothing makes me happier than browsing a great book shop and finding a page-turner, something to read on a park bench in the sunshine or while enjoying a coffee at a cute local. Moving to Riga, I found a home-away from home at Robert’s Books.

Robert was Robert Cottrell, a writer for the Economist who originally opened a small space in Riga to sell his own books. Hence; Robert’s Books. Over time the store has moved several times and when Cottrell left Latvia, the store was taken over by Edgars, who has made the book shop a place in Riga to meet, drink, learn and enjoy.

Part gallery, part coffee shop, part meeting space and concert venue, and most definitely lots funky second hand book shop.

Check out the yard sale on May 18th and 19th

This little shop and quaint courtyard is bursting at the seams with books of all genres, including a small selection of non-English books. Many an hour has been lost reading through the random collection of titles or finding a non-fiction book I would never had considered reading. And when I am done with my new find, I donate it back to Robert’s Books so that someone else can discover it.

Late summer evenings are well spent in the courtyard, enjoying a local micro-brew beer with friends discussing new books and listening to a concert or a customer who decided to try the piano in the back room (yes; the piano in the back room is available for anyone to enjoy!)

Robert’s Books is located in a small courtyard off 51 Dzirnavu iela and is now open seven days a week until late. Follow Robert’s Books on FaceBook to find out about upcoming concerts and other community events.

Check out their side-walk sale on Saturday May 18th and Sunday May 19th! Find new books for your kids, or drop off books that have been taking up space on your shelves.

Are you leaving this summer? Why not donate your old books to Robert’s? Robert’s has thrived because of people leaving Latvia and deciding not to ship their books back. Help this Riga institution continue to serve the local community!

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Tabatha is a third-culture-kid and moved to Riga from Canada in the summer of 2017. She has loved every minute she has been here (including winters and trying to figure out how to speak Latvian!). She loves sharing her finds around Riga and learning from other people’s experiences.

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