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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
Riga is a young and vibrant city. Lots to see with very good transportation networks. Traffic is fairly intense, but the bus and tram system is second to none. Bikes are available to hire. The museums are very good and worth visiting. Food is very good and inexpensive. Lots of choice of food styles.
Richard
United Kingdom
February 16, 2017
10
Exceptional
Beautiful city , full of history and culture. Attended the ballet at the National Opera . What an experience . Make sure you visit the Central Market and the Latvian War Museum . All the above within easy walking distance .
Tony
United Kingdom
February 17, 2017
8
Very Good
Excellent restaurants with good prices. 2 days is enough - I advise you to go in Winter. Excellent massage facilities, but don't do it in the hotel. Go to one of the spas in the city.
Simone
Belgium
February 16, 2017
10
Exceptional
Riga is not too large, so it is a great place for a long weekend. The buses are so cheap and regular. There are not too many people in Riga and the traffic isn't too bad - compared to England that is.
Regina
United Kingdom
February 17, 2017
10
Exceptional
Small but beautiful capital. very cheap. A lot of museums.. especially the war museum which is very big and entrance is for free.. cheap food in Lido.. delicious pastry.
Κωνσταντίνος
Greece
February 18, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Riga

Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel, Riga

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1,905 reviews

$108

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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Wellton Centrum Hotel & SPA

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 5,245 reviews

$54

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  • “location was great”
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Wellton Riga Hotel & SPA

9 Wonderful

Score from 6,087 reviews

$52

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  • “location was great”
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Radi Un Draugi

9 Wonderful

Score from 1,735 reviews

$53

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  • “location was great”
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Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, Riga

9 Wonderful

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$114

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  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean”
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Hotel Justus

8.9 Excellent

Score from 1,472 reviews

$50

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  • “location was great”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Avalon Hotel & Conferences

9 Wonderful

Score from 3,548 reviews

$56

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  • “location was great”
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Hotel Gutenbergs

8.8 Excellent

Score from 1,199 reviews

$45

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Hotel Roma

8.8 Excellent

Score from 1,194 reviews

$63

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  • “location was great”
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Discover Riga

Popular Neighborhoods in Riga

City Center

283 properties

Stroll among the centre’s Art Nouveau architecture – it rivals any in the world. Or buy the city’s most charming groceries from the city’s most bustling market – Riga Central Market. Latvians love their drama. Classical values can be found in Latvian National Theatre. Bring your phrasebook though – it might not be in English!

Riga Old Town

138 properties

A living history lesson. This dense cobbled district is a riverside grab bag of architectural delights. Lovers wait under the Laima Clock, Old Town’s unofficial entry point. Peruse epic art museums or spoil yourself at one of the world’s best opera houses. When the sun sets, “Omas Briljants” is the bar to be in.

Avoti

55 properties

This up-and-coming area’s best seen during daylight. Get to grips with your basic Latvian in Avoti’s top-notch second-hand shops, scrumptious bakeries and cheap eateries where Latvian is the only language spoken. Cold beetroot soup’s a local favourite, especially during sweltering summers. For trendy ‘tudes, join the local hipsters at Chomsky Bar after hours.

Agenskalns

34 properties

Leafy Ageskalns’s cobbled streets are full of quirky museums built to pay homage to poets, stage artists, and railways. In lush Victory Park, the Freedom Monument is a controversial point of interest. On Saturdays wander the authentic markets at Kalnciema kvartāls in search of local treats like sparkling birch tree wine.

Kipsala

5 properties

Once a fishing village, this island is the only one that’s still inhabited. Cycle from one end to the other and check out the range of homes, from wooden houses to luxury suites. Stop off at Kipsala Beach for a summer sunbathe. Get your dose of culture with a show at the Kipsala International Exhibition Centre or a stirring performance at the concert hall.

Local Tips for Riga

Cemetery "Meža kapi" (Riga Forest Cemetery)
Anita by Anita

Anita is born and raised in Riga and loves the capital’s busy life and many cultural activities.

Cemeteries and life after death play a big role in Latvian culture. Head to one of Riga's cemeteries – locally known as "Meža kapi" - to sense how well Latvians take care of their ancestors' graves. It almost looks like a park or a garden with all the fresh flowers and alleys.

  • Aizsaules 2, Rīga
  • Open Monday-Sunday 00:00–24:00.
Kalnciema Quarter
Tõnis by Tõnis

Tõnis has lived in Riga for 1 year and loves discovering the locals’ favourite spots.

Kalnciema Quarter is the best getaway. It's like being in another world, where there’s a market, a party spot, a concert venue and delicious food on offer. The atmosphere is amazing and people are always nice and open minded.

  • Kalnciema 35, Rīga
  • www.kalnciemaiela.lv
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-22:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Cinema Splendid Palace
Zane by Zane

Zane has lived in Riga for 25 years and loves all sorts of culture - from graffiti to Van Gogh!

Opening in 1923, this popcorn-free movie theatre was the first freestanding building in Riga intended exclusively for film screening. I simply love it because it has this 1920’s majestic and luxurious style that makes it classy, cosy and alternative, all at the same time.

Riga Cruises
Andris by Andris

Andris has lived 29 years in the city and spends his free time at the gym or on the dance floor.

If the weather is nice, take one of the Daugava River cruises. Both short canal cruises and longer trips are available. You can cruise out to the beach resort of Jūrmala or the popular Mežaparks region, where the biggest city park and the Riga Zoo are located.

  • 11. novembra krastmala, Riga
  • www.rigacruises.com
  • Open Monday-Sunday 11:30-18:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Berga Bazārs
Valdis by Valdis

Valdis has spent 15 years in Riga and loves biking through the city’s streets.

An area where history meets present! You will find century-old wood and brick buildings renovated with utmost care, and numerous restaurants – from modest to fancy – serving top-class local cuisine here.

  • Elizabetes 85, Riga
  • Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-22:00. Check website for details.
Spīķeri Quarter
Liene by Liene

Liene loves nature but can’t stay away from the buzzing city life for very long.

Right between the Riga Central Market and the Daugava River you will find a lively warehouse district that now houses cafés, restaurants, venues for art events, as well as a concert hall. In addition, a picturesque promenade along the river starts here.

  • Maskavas 4, Riga
  • www.spikeri.lv
  • Open Monday-Sunday 11:00-23:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Mežaparks
Julija by Julija

Julia has lived in Riga for 27 years andenjoys roller skating and biking in the city.

Not far from the city centre is a recreation park where you can go on a nice bike ride or walk. This family-friendly oasis features a variety of entertainment options for kids, including the Riga Zoo.

  • Mežaparks, Riga
Andrejsala Creative Quarter
Viesturs by Viesturs

Viesturs has lived in Riga for 20 years and loves skiing, festivals and beer.

Andrejsala (or Andrew Island) is a district in the former industrial port area, with nice alternative events, art studios, workshops and non-traditional shopping possibilities. You can enjoy a beer by the water while admiring the spectacular view of the ferries and yachts passing by.

  • Andrejostas iela 4, Riga
Lucavsala
Inese by Inese

Inese likes to get away from the busy centre to enjoy nature and go fishing with her daughter.

This park is an urban oasis, where both children and adults can relax. You can go for a picnic, a swim in the river or partake in water sports during the summer months, just a stone’s throw from the city centre. Live music events are also organised here.

  • Lucavsala, Riga

Riga is the biggest of the Baltic capitals, and it is the only one that really feels like a big city. Just walking the streets there is a lot to see, as the city has a beautiful mix of architectural styles. Especially impressive is the art nouveau architecture that accompanied the city's expansion at the turn of the 20th century.

Old city a bit of a maze. Interesting to search out features: churches, squares, architectural features: black cat, three Wall Street, three brothers houses etc.

We travelled early September and the city was quiet with enough atmosphere to be enjoyable. The spell of good weather made this memorable.

Booking.com asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Riga for food?

Gan Bei for best Asian foods, Cili pica for best pizzas and Lido for best home cooked country style Latvian food, amazing!

We book a food tour of Riga which was excellent! It provided history as well as an urban picnic.Superb!

Lots of history of region at town museum war museum. Travel out to Sigulda

Excellent guide in museum of 51 years of occupation

KGB Museum Aviation Museum at airport

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Why do people recommend Riga for the parks?

V green and good for walks

Transportation

Riga Transportation

Air – Riga International Airport

Buses, taxis and airport shuttles link Riga International Airport with the centre. Bus 22 departs opposite the terminal roughly every 15 minutes from 05:45–23:40 and takes about 25 minutes. Single tickets cost EUR 1.20 at travel information desks. Official taxis are green or red and take you to the centre in 20 minutes for approx. EUR 20. Airport Express Shuttles that stop at some of the city’s major hotels can be booked online in advance for EUR 5.

Train

Riga’s train lines are not your best option for getting around within the city, but are great for reaching nearby cities, such as Jūrmala, Jelgava, Sigulda, Baltezers and Saulkrasti. Trains operate from around 05:00 until midnight, and departures are more frequent for certain destinations. Tickets are cheaper if bought from a station ticket office, but can also be bought as you board the train. Discounts are available for children and seniors.

Bus

Riga’s bus network covers most parts of the city and is a practical means of transport. Buses operate from 05:00 until midnight, and special night buses run after this. Tickets can be bought from newsagents around the city, and are also valid for trams and trolleybuses. A single ticket costs EUR 1.20, but tickets for 1, 2 or 3 days are also available. The Riga Card gives you access to all public transport, as well as discounts at many museums, restaurants and shops.

Taxi

The most tourist-friendly taxis in the city are either green or red. Opt for these to avoid costly and unnecessarily long taxi rides. Most drivers speak English and green taxis accept credit cards. The prices are found on the passenger door, and you can choose to pay per kilometre or per minute. Big hotels have taxi stands, but you can also hail a car on the streets. If you order by phone, the operator can give you a taxi fare quote for your route.

Tram

The city tram has 9 routes – which overlap with several bus routes – and are the quicker option when getting around. Tickets for trams, trolleybuses and buses are the same and can be purchased at newsagents around the city.

Trolleybus

The trolleybuses run less frequently than the ordinary buses in Riga, but are probably more charming to travel in. Stepping on to some of the well-preserved trolleybuses gives you a taste of what public transport looked like in the old days. Tickets can be bought from newsagents across the city.

Bike

Cycling is a popular way of getting around the city. Sixt offers a self-service bike rental system, with over 250 bicycles parked at stations in Riga and Jūrmala. You can cycle from the centre of the capital to the seaside freely; just register online or directly onsite. Designated cycling routes also link the Western parts of the city to the Eastern parts.

Car

Getting around the city’s centre is more practical via public transport than by car, although traffic is generally not too bad – except during rush hours (08:00–10:00 and 17:00–19:00). Keep in mind that many streets in the Old Town are one-way, and outdoor parking spots are limited. Several car parks are found next to blue P-marked signs around the centre. A number of car rental companies offer their services at Riga International Airport.

Food in Riga

Top Restaurants in Riga

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Šefpavārs Vilhelms
  • Šķūņu 6, Rīga
  • Open Monday–Friday 09:00–21:00, Saturday–Sunday 10:00–21:00.
  • 00371 67228214
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Local
Lido Alus sēta
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Cafe
Sweetday Café
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Chinese
Tokyo City
Upscale Dining
Local
Rozengrāls
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International
Restorāns "1221
Mid-Range Fare
Indian
Indian Raja
Mid-Range Fare
Cafe
Mākonis
  • Palasta 7, Rīga
  • Open Monday 11:00–21:00, Tuesday–Saturday 11:00–23:00.
  • 00371 29765445
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Thai
Kotai
  • Kaļķu 2, Rīga
  • Open Monday–Thursday 09:00–22:00, Friday 09:00–23:00, Saturday–Sunday 12:00–22:00.
  • 00371 25455566
Mid-Range Fare
Irish
Queens Pub
  • Kaļķu 2, Rīga
  • Open Monday–Thursday 10:00–01:00, Friday–Saturday 10:00–02:00, Sunday 10:00–01:00.
  • www.queens.lv
  • 00371 67800001
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Russian
Tēvocis Vaņa
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Burkāns
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Seafood
Zvejnieka dēls
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Tims Mints
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Kaspara Dilana konditoreja
  • Vaļņu 2, Rīga
  • Open Monday–Friday 08:00–21:00, Saturday–Sunday 10:00-20:00. Check website for details.
  • 00371 67220032
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Mad House
  • Kaļķu 11, Rīga
  • Open Monday-Tuesday 10:00-01:00, Wednesday-Thursday 10:00-03:00, Friday 10:00-05:00, Saturday 11:00-05:00, Sunday 11:00-01:00.
  • 00371 67220556
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3 Pavāru restorāns – Tam labam būs augt
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Monterosso
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Domini Canes
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Pizza LuLu
  • Grēcinieku 7, Rīga
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 09:00–23:00, Thursday–Saturday 00:00–23:59, Sunday 09:00–23:00
  • www.lulu.lv
  • 00371 67601306
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Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs
  • Peldu 19, Rīga
  • Open Monday–Tuesday 12:00–04:00, Wednesday 12:00–05:00, Thursday–Friday 12:00–07:00, Saturday 14:00–07:00, Sunday 14:00–04:00.
  • www.folkklubs.lv
  • 00371 27796914
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Kolonāde
  • Brīvības bulvāris 26, Rīga
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 08:30–22:30, Thursday–Friday 08:30–00:00, Saturday 10:00–00:00, Sunday 10:00–22:00.
  • www.kolonade.lv
  • 00371 26608882
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Pētergailis
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Pipars
  • Audēju 15, Rīga
  • Open Monday–Saturday 10:00–21:00, Sunday 10:00–19:00.
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Mārtiņa Beķereja
  • Vaļņu 28, Rīga
  • Open Monday–Friday 07:30–21:00, Saturday–Sunday 08:00–21:00. Check website for details.
  • 00371 67213314
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