Bucket list of Riga, Latvia

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Let’s explore Riga, the capital city of Latvia!

Discover Riga attractions

Riga is the capital of Latvia and the largest city in the Baltic states. It is home to one-third of Latvia’s total population, making the town bursting with energy and life. 

Riga boasts a vibrant nightlife, trendy dining spots, and a thriving alternative culture, everything you may look for in one place. 

Medieval Hanseatic League member, being under Swedish, Polish, Russian Empire, Soviet and Nazi rule, Riga has a fascinating history to unearth.

Things not to miss in Riga

  • Find the 14th-century Gothic House of the Blackheads, an impressive building destroyed during World War II but wholly reconstructed.
  • Visit the Kalnciema Quarter, a bustling district that comes alive on weekends with regular exhibitions, concerts, workshops, etc.
  • Get lost in the twisted medieval streets behind the Swedish Gate, part of massive gates.
  • Watch the Town Musicians of Bremen cartoon and find the legendary statue of Bremen musicians behind St. Peter’s Church.
  • Chase the black cat of Riga hiding on the roof of the Cathouse, looking curiously at people walking by.
  • Take the best shot of the Three Brothers, the oldest houses in Riga.

Eat like a local in Riga

  • A restaurant is the first place you need to visit to indulge in the atmosphere of dining in Riga with conceptual dishes and an oh-so-cool atmosphere.
  • Have breakfast or lunch at Annas Dārzs, a cozy restaurant where you can enjoy coffee by the fire.
  • Located in an 18th-century townhouse, MUUSU restaurant will attract you with European dishes with a Latvian twist.
  • Have a quick snack and smack some delicacies on the go in the Riga Central Market.
  • Find Province restaurant, a cute rustic place in the old town with traditional dishes, the smell of garlic bread, and creamy pea soup.

Where to stay in Riga

  • Find out how it feels to live in one of the best hotels by booking a room in a 5-star Dome Hotel.
  • Enjoy the traditional comfort of Hilton hotels in the 4-star Hilton Garden Inn Riga Old Town.
  • You will love the minimalistic design and interior of the 3-star Hotel Vantis Riverside view with off-white walls and a vast green garden. 
  • If hostel, then it should definitely be The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers, the top highly rated place with a super social atmosphere.
  • Enjoy the pure nature of taking a day trip to Sigulda and staying in Hotel Sigulda.

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