Riga Pocket Guide

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A city of spires, churches, museums and one of the most vibrant social scenes in the Baltic, Riga is Latvia's capital city. At one time an influential port city, today Riga is a popular destination with travellers from all over the world. The city boasts a plethora of historical and cultural attractions, tempting local cuisine and a great selection of world-class bars and clubs.

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  • Cheap Eats Markets in zeppelin hangers, local favourites and top-notch international cuisine are all covered here.
  • Don't Miss From adrenalin highs at the Bobsleigh track to numerous world-class museums, check out some of Riga's main attractions.
  • Riga for Free You'll find some great tips here, covering places to go in Riga that won't cost you a lat!
  • A Day in Riga... Spend the day with us in Latvia's capital

Riga City Reviews

  • 80%


    Gorgeous in the spring

    I wasn't expecting too much from Latvia it was quite pretty everywhere I went. cheap flights worth the trip for some lovely afternoons and late nights (get the boys on stage for karaoke for a good laugh)

    Insider Tip:Make the trip to Sigulda for bungee jumping, bobsledding, and the airdome thing, also the haunted house was a great way to spend an afternoon 20 euro for the ticket and the taxi ride from old town

  • 80%


    modern city with beautiful 'art nouveau buildings' and great atmosphere

    great city with an awesome medieval quarter - modern buildings, sophisticated structured, included friendly people a traditional/cultural though modern way of life

    Insider Tip:Rock Cafe Riga! Party people get up the tower at the academy of science behind the bus/train station

  • 70%


    Like Bremen and an explosion of restaurants. cafés and co.

    The city is nice. Small but not too small. The city center reminds of any hanseatic city and me for example a bit of Bremen, Germany. The getting around is easy. We walked a lot. The latvians are nice but a bit distant and you'll get in contact mostlikely at tourist sites or in the many restaurants and cafés from stylish to subterranean... Shopping is really westerly but not as diverse as expected... so get ready for restaurants, markets (halls), modern art and relaxed and simple life.

    Insider Tip:Market halls, The district around the statue of liberty and the restaurant/bars/club Ezitis Migla.

  • 50%


    Great for partying/messy weekend away, not so much for sightseeing

    Don't get me wrong I loved Riga. Nightlife is one of the best I've experienced. Enough to do during the day for 2/3 days (especially when you're sleeping through half of it from being out until 6am) but if you're going for a couples weekend then I can't really recommend it as you may get a bit bored after a while.

    Insider Tip:If you're there for drinking then stay at the Naughty Squirrel Backpackers hostel. If you can't then go to the Aussie bar round the corner to meet some like-minded travellers and make sure you go to the Rock Cafe between midnight and 6AM!

  • 80%


    The next Party City

    With cheap flights and accommodation, this is the next European Party City. As Prague continues to fill, watch out for this location becoming the next mega city. With plenty to do through the day, the city then also comes alive at night, with plenty of bars and clubs to usher in the next day!

    Insider Tip:Free Walking Tours: get a real insider look at this up-and-coming city!

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