A significant element of every national culture, bread has been eaten by nobility and simple folks alike since time immemorial. And that is why everyone understands bread, associating it with warmth and hospitality.
To graphic designer Inga Eglīte and writer Luca, it means so much more than just a concept: they have set out to make their Maize pastry shop/café (the name translates as 'bread') a cosy and appealing place, ideal for daily visits by anyone who appreciates artisan bread and patisserie.
Luca is quite experienced in the café business, having been involved in the culinary art in one way or another since his boyhood in Italy. He cannot imagine living in Riga without a cafe of his own, just like Inga is unable to exist without her art - which is why the Maize café is a place where the two worlds meet. Traditional Italian pastry delicacies and all sorts of Georgian marvels (to make things a bit different), as well as seasonal treats like cold marzipan cake with strawberries can be enjoyed among Inga's paintings and Latvian art and design objects chosen by her.
Looking out of the Maize café window, you would be excused to forget for a moment that you are in fact in Riga: the chestnut-tree on the other side of the cobbled street could be growing in any small town anywhere in Latvia. When chestnuts were in bloom, the scent literally forced its way through the door, pervading even the remotest corners of the room, says Inga.
Inspired by nature's fragrances, you may feel like sampling more than just the excellent coffee and pastries and treat yourself to something from the wide salad bar, some salmon, cheeses or lemon sorbet and home-made ice-cream with blue cheese or mint flavour...
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Keywords: kafejnīca, Rīga, maize