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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 $36 per night

This weekend

From $155 per night

Next weekend

From $145 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.02
Language Latvian
Average weekend price $73 per night
Average weekday price $77 per night
Average stay 1 night

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All good, not the first time in the city.

August 3, 2022

All good, not the first time in the city. This time visited Riga Zoo. Was right size for visiting it with small kid. Not too big, not too small. Before it went to Tervete Nature park. Was amazing. As well I’m recommending Riga old town, all the narrow streets.

ŠarūnasB Lithuania

I always wanted to visit Riga.

August 1, 2022

I always wanted to visit Riga. The city is full of history and nice places to visit. Almost everything is in the Old Town. You can save money for fare because it is walking distance, there are also scooters you can rent. There are parks, cathedrals, restaurants, shopping mall and a free museum.

Monique Denmark

There is something so cool in this city.

July 31, 2022

There is something so cool in this city. Summer is not too hot. People are nice. The streets are so clean (my dear Paris Mayor can come and take few lessons), the people are nice. A lot of restaurants and a very good food. Of course prices are lower than in France and it is obvious that this is e real cool surprise. Museums, great walks in the city, art Nouveau is everywhere. A very lovely city

Marc France

My first impression of Riga was that it was better than my...

July 29, 2022

My first impression of Riga was that it was better than my expectations. It is a modern and clean city. The old town is very nice and the local food is tasty. Nevertheless, I stayed in Riga for about 4 days and it was too long for me.

Melihksgl Turkey

Riga is a beautiful city.

July 23, 2022

Riga is a beautiful city. Especially the old town and the quarter where one can see the Art Nouveau buildings. There are a lot of places to eat and a good atmosphere. There are caffees where live music is played especially at weekends. The market is also interesting and fun.

moshe Israel

This was my 10th visit to Riga!

July 23, 2022

This was my 10th visit to Riga! I love the Old Town where you can just walk around enjoying the architecture, visit churches and pop in to a nice cafe for espresso with luxurious pastries or a glass of wine. The Grand Market is my big love as fine dine cooking is my favorite hobby: you can find anything and try new ingredients there with nice price. The boat trip on river was so nice: an hour of nice relaxation.

Maija Finland

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