Holidays to Riga
Riga is a beautiful city with unique architecture and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The largest city in the Baltic Region, it holds great historical importance with a balance of culture and heritage. Throughout the city you’ll not only see traditional Latvian architecture, but also architecture of previous occupying nations such as Russia and Germany. This all contributes to the city’s beautifully distinct landscape.
Walking is undoubtedly the best way to explore Riga, with many of the main attractions close to each other. The city is divided in two by the River Daugava, with the Old Town on one side and the Central District on the other. Visit the former for an incredible mix of well-preserved post-War and Soviet architecture, like St Peter’s Church. For something a little more offbeat, try the City’s Sun Museum, a museum that depicts the role of the sun in Latvian culture. If you feel like escaping the crowds, head to some of the districts on the outskirts of the city, such as Agenskalns and Tornakalns, which boast stunning architecture without the hustle and bustle of the inner city. Or head to Maskavas Forštate; the Moscow suburb is home to charming wooden houses and sights that give you the taste the city’s heritage.
Looking for some souvenirs? Head to one of Riga’s many markets that offer timeless tokens of the city. Popular items like wool and amber are available in the city’s central market, while more conventional souvenirs like postcards, key chains and mugs can be found on many small stalls dotted around the Old Town. For local artwork head to Galerija Istaba, a beautiful gallery with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. And while you’re there, visit the café for some sweet Latvian treats and a chat with the locals.
Don’t go without sampling some authentic Latvian food. For a low-cost, delicious meal try Lido, a chain of restaurants offering authentic Latvian food at great prices. And they offer an English menu, if you’re looking for a taste of home. Thinking about splurging on something different? Try Rozengr?ls, a structurally impressive medieval restaurant with incredible stone work and a superb medieval-inspired menu. Greeted by a jester, the restaurant also gives you an authentic Latvian food experience, just one from a few centuries ago.
When the sun sets, Riga still has a lot to offer. With a lively nightlife, there’s an abundance of both Russian and Latvian-style clubs and bars. They open later than in most other European cities so you can stay out ‘til sunrise. Most of the bars are located in and around Old Town – be sure to try the city’s specialty drink Riga Balsam, a herbal liquor.
Riga is a city unique to the region, with diverse culture and architecture which is a must for Baltic explorers.