Mežciems is a neighbourhood of Riga, Latvia. It is located in the eastern part of the city. The name is literally translated from Latvian as 'forest village'. Mežciems is encircled by Šmerlis and Jugla forests. In the northern part of the neighbourhood there is Gaiļezers lake. In its beginnings Mežciems was part of Dreiliņi county characterized by Single-family houses. The northern part of Mežciems was included in Riga in 1934. The southern part of Mežciems was built in the 1970s, when several apartment buildings were constructed, and included in city in 1974.