Urban Bees – Riga Rooftop Honey


Urban beekeeping is slowly but surely getting more popular in the biggest cities worldwide. For some it is a fashion trend, for some - a way of helping nature, but in Hotel Janne it is the passion and love for this hardworking insect, that allow these bees to happily live on hotel's rooftops for the third year in a row.

Bees - basis for worlds biodiversity. They say, that 76% of the production of food for human consumption is directly dependent on these little creatures.

Janne's apiary consists of five hives, that are specifically made in Latgale (a region located in East of Latvia) and all of the hives are located on a rooftop. On average, one hive can have between 60,000 and 120,000 bees. In Agenskalns, where Hotel Janne is located, linden trees are the most common source of nectar for the bees - linden honey is light, slightly bitter and menthol-flavored.

Riga Rooftop Honey - tastiest in Latvia!


In July 2018, at the Latvian Beekeepers' Summit, the honey collected in the rooftops of Hotel Janne won the prestigious first place in a competition "The most delicious honey in Latvia". The winner was nominated among 73 candidates - the samples submitted were tasted by beekeepers' and a professional jury. Read more here.

Everyone is welcomed to see the "Riga Rooftop Honey" bee hives. In Hotel Janne reception you can taste and buy "Riga Rooftop Honey" and other bee products.


Go to Hotel Janne to meet the bees and taste the honey!


To collect nectar, bees fly up to a radius of 5 km from the apiary. The nearest delicacies of our bees are located right in the courtyard of the hotel - in the warm months of the year there is a garden where you can find everything imaginable: from strawberries and peppermint to potatoes and tomatoes.

Garden in the backyard of Hotel Janne is cherished for the second year, creating joy and interest for the visitors - even in the middle of a big city you can create something green!

Visit our garden and see our harvest!


Others have noticed our activities and care for the bees:

Tasty honey is produced in the city as well / Diena

In May the World Bee day was celebrated. Beekeeping traditions in Latvia are maintained at both professional and amateur level. Interestingly, not only in the countryside. Last year the most delicious Latvian honey was collected by bees in the capital of Latvia, living on the roofs of Hotel Janne in Pardaugava.

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Urban beekeeping in Riga is developing / LR

Beekeeper Valdis Janovs has an apiary on a hotel's rooftop in Agenskalns. Hives are full of life and activity, as bees are flying to a big linden alley near by  Janovs is one of the beekeepers, who goes to collect bee swarms, if they appear in the city. Thanks to the hot weather, Valdis has collected a few swarms from the Old Town of Riga.

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Hot weather encourages bee swarming / Panorama

The air literally buzzes and a bee cloud suddenly explodes from the hive! Heat encourages bees to swarm. Moreover, in the very center of Riga. These days, beekeepers have gone to collect a number of swarms of bees that have settled in public places.

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Beekeeping is developing on Riga rooftops / LNT

Urban beekeeping has become increasingly trendy in recent years. Bees are gradually starting to settle on the roofs of Riga, the honey collected in the city is of high quality and has even won local awards in Latvia.

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Hotelier 's daily life / LTV News Service - "Aculiecinieks"

Valdis Janovs opened the hotel 5 years ago. Everything went smoothly until the Covid-19 pandemic slowed everything down. The hobby of an urban beekeeper helps in this difficult times.


Urban Beekeeping in Riga / TV3 "Cilvēkstāsti Latvijai"

Everything is blooming and bees are humming!
The Riga Roof Honey apiary is operating in full swing.
The owner of the hotel and the urban beekeeper Valdis Janovs tells us more about it.