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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.

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From $29 per night

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Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.07
Language Latvian
Average weekend price $67 per night
Average weekday price $68 per night
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10

Mi zivjem v latvii i ni doleko ot gastinici Tallink.

April 21, 2024

Mi zivjem v latvii i ni doleko ot gastinici Tallink. Nam tam ocenj nravitsja i ottyda vsje dostypna..vsje magozini i dostapremecateljnasti. Vot poetomu mi inogda priezwaem s devywkai otdaxnytj imenno v etot otelj..i vernjemsja tyda ewe raz obezateljno.

Davanu
Davanu Latvia
10

Riga is a very attractive city with a picturesque Old Town...

April 16, 2024

Riga is a very attractive city with a picturesque Old Town and a newer area which includes many beautiful Art Nouveau buildings. There are many nice parks and green spaces. There are many bars, cafes and restaurants and prices are reasonable. As well as Latvian and Russian, English is widely spoken. Public transport - buses and trams - is very efficient and inexpensive. Walking around is easy though many areas in the Old Town are cobbled and might prove difficult for some. One hazard is people travelling around very fast on e-scooters that are almost silent and can rush up behind you without warning.

Mr Mattinson
Mr Mattinson United Kingdom
10

I have visited Riga five time and will be visiting again...

April 14, 2024

I have visited Riga five time and will be visiting again asap. It is my favourite city in the world. Full of culture, interesting architecture, beautiful scenery, and wonder people. I absolutely love it.

Alison
Alison United Kingdom
10

Riga is a very photogenic city.

April 14, 2024

Riga is a very photogenic city. The buildings are gorgeous and there are some great surprises when you explore on your on. I never take an organized tour. Plenty of restaurants. I cooked in most of my meals. But the food in the city is very good. Walk the Riga Canal! Always beautiful no matter what time of year. I personally like "Lido" which is near the beautiful Orthodox church. It has been a favorite since my first visit to Riga.

Jerry
Jerry United States of America
10

Just walking around you find the most amazing things, such...

April 3, 2024

Just walking around you find the most amazing things, such as a free cello recital at St Peter's Cathedral. Incredible food at such amazing prices. People are just lovely. So easy to walk around, scooter or cycle.

Rachel
Rachel Australia
10

Loved walking around the old town, the 'quiet...

March 5, 2024

Loved walking around the old town, the 'quiet centre', central market. We didn't plan our visits very well because all museums are closed on Monday so we didn't get to see as many as we had hoped. We took the train out to Jurmala (beach) which was lovely but we were blessed with great weather. Learn to say 'hello' and 'thank you' in Latvia. It goes a long way. Latvians are very polite and we found Riga to be extremely clean. Oh, great coffee too!

Anonymous United Kingdom

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