A market has always existed in Riga ever since the foundation of the city and the beginning of the commercial activities. Under the huge pavilions of the market can be found large cellars with tunnels which lead to the city channel. The tunnels were used to transport goods from one side to the other of Riga, avoiding traffic congestions on the surface. This gives an idea of the intense trade activities which characterised the city in the Middle Age.
The market is divided into 5 pavilions, for a total surface of 16.000 m², selling every sort of commodities, including a food store.