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Riga’s UNESCO-listed centre and European Capital of Culture status makes it one of Europe’s hippest locations. Offering vibrant nightlife, farmers' markets and photogenic soviet-era architecture, the Latvian capital attracts visitors looking for an enriching weekend escape and robust party atmosphere.

Formerly a thriving Baltic sea port, Riga acted as a vital trading point for growing empires. Following the fall of the Soviet Union, Latvia was free to make its own way – a choice visible in the progressive culture and art scene present across the city today.

Riga’s Old Town is where you’ll find the best examples of its art nouveau architecture, such as the Town Hall Square and House of the Blackheads – a 14th-century guild building once frequented by merchant seamen. Other points of interest include the former KGB building, the Latvian National Museum of Art and the Panorama Observation Deck, where you can enjoy views of the Daugava River. For traditional Latvian delicacies, head to Riga’s Central Market which is a former art deco military hangar. Here, you’ll be able to sample pickled cucumber and smoked eel before exploring the trendy Spikeri district.

Featuring cheap beer prices and fun bars, Riga's fast becoming a popular spot for prenuptial celebrations and boozy holidays. Stop by Black Magic bar for medicinal hangover cures that were once favoured by 18th-century Latvian royalty. Alternatively, the Latvian National Opera or the Riga Ballet offer something a little more high-brow with a nostalgic nod to the city’s Soviet traditions.


From £34 per night

This weekend

From £81 per night

Next weekend

From £171 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.64
Language Latvian
Average weekend price £59 per night
Average weekday price £66 per night
Typical stay 1 night

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Really nice place for minimum 4 days.

31 May 2023

Really nice place for minimum 4 days. Everything is on walking reach, lots of sightseeing and tourist friendly. Restaurants are really good and value for money! Trying Lido is a must Parks in the city are clean and well maintained! Visit the Markets (even the Agenskalns Market)

Evangelos Switzerland

Easy to walk around the city and plenty of ‘old’ buildings...

29 May 2023

Easy to walk around the city and plenty of ‘old’ buildings and sights. Took the train to Siligura to walk in the countryside and visit a castle - the two hour round trip was under four Euros. Also visited a nearby palace (Runsdale) which was an hour away on the bus, again, around three Euros! There is a large supermarket, set in a nearby mall, which is under ten minutes walk away. Took a river cruise, which was pleasant.

Ian United Kingdom

Nice city with beautiful architecture.

26 May 2023

Nice city with beautiful architecture. Cheaper than other top touristic destinations in Europe and better in some ways like peace, nature and culture. Options like car renting and electric scooters made my trip comfortable.

HamzaKhanIMFSE Belgium

Visit in summer, check out old town an look for small...

14 May 2023

Visit in summer, check out old town an look for small hipster neighborhoods such as Tallinas kvartals, Kalnciema kvartals, Andrejsala an Miera iela with cosy cafes, artists, street food, musicians and events. Visit the renovated Museum of art and various art exhibition spaces within walking or electric scooter ride distance. Enjoy!

Aira Sweden

Beautiful city with amazing architecture.

11 May 2023

Beautiful city with amazing architecture. Rich history which you can see within many places of interest. Very clean city. Close to the coast, I recommend a visit in Jurmala, beautiful promenade and very nice beach.

Agnieszka Jóźwiak
Agnieszka Jóźwiak Poland

Riga was a wonderful city to visit.

10 May 2023

Riga was a wonderful city to visit. There is much to explore to appreciate its history and culture including some beautiful and interesting museums. There are great restaurants and pubs in the Old Town area and it is very easy to get around. People are friendly and communicate in English with ease. Highly recommend!

Jerome Canada

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