Riga City Breaks
The capital of Latvia, Riga, is situated in the centre of the country, on the banks of the River Daugava. Not only is it considered the cultural capital of Eastern Europe, the city itself is also a UNESCO world heritage site and is older than Stockholm and St. Petersburg.
Riga manages to show off its historic roots whilst always evolving and offering something for everyone. The art nouveau architecture, trendy night spots and excellent galleries mean it is constantly attracting new visitors from all over the world.
The vast array of museums, including the Latvian Museum of Natural History, the Latvian National Museum of Art and the Latvian Railway History Museum, offer a glimpse into the past, whilst new districts showcasing modern bars and clubs show that this city definitely has a contemporary edge.
When you're not out sightseeing or enjoying Riga Zoo, a quiet stroll through the relaxing parks will help you enjoy your Riga city break that little bit more.
- Flight time from London: 2 hours 40 min
- Riga International Airport: 10km from the city centre; transfer time about 37 min
- Nearest railway station: Riga Central Station
- Currency: Euro
Shopping in Riga offers you everything you could wish for and more. You will find top international brands, excellent local goods, souvenirs, jewellery, antiques, art, art nouveau gifts, books, handicrafts and much more.
There is a wide range of choice when it comes to shopping in Riga, from large malls to local markets.
Central Market, Negu 7
The Central Market is the main market in town, which is open Tuesday to Saturday 7am-6pm, Sunday and Monday 7am-5pm.
This shopping centre is located on the main street in the Old Town. It offers a wide number of designer shops.
Riga has a wide range of good restaurants and most nationalities are catered for, notably Italian, Asian, Russian, Ukrainian and of course, Latvian. There are plenty of eateries, coffee shops and snack bars across the city but the top quality restaurants are usually found in hotels.
Vincents - Elizabetes iela 19
Vincents is named after Van Gogh and is one of the best restaurants in town. The menu suits the season and chef Martins Ritins uses organically grown local products for his delicious meals. This restaurant is highly recommended.
Vecmeita Ar Kaki - Maza Pils iela 1
This is an affordable little restaurant in the North-West of the Old Town with a tastefully subdued interior. The menu offers a range of tasty European dishes and is not overcrowded with tourists.
Zivju Restorans - Vagnera 4
Do you fancy seafood straight from the water? If yes, you have to try Riga's best seafood restaurant, Zivju. It is not the cheapest venue, but well worth it.
Motormuzejs Riga (Riga Motor Museum)
This museum is located 8km (5 miles) east of Riga's Old Town and is highly recommended. It's not just a car showroom.
Riga's central market is a great place for photography and a chance to get away from the busy glossy shopping malls.
Melngalvju Nams was stunningly renovated and is now one of the most picturesque gothic building in Riga It dates back to the 14th-century and the interior is impressive with a fantastic rebuilt lobby.
The iconic Freedom Monument is nearly 140 feet high.It is popular local and tourist spots.
St. Peter's Church
It is 800 years old, and a remarkably well-preserved gothic church. It is one of the tallest buildings in the city, take an elevator to the top of the spire and admire the panoramic views
The Old Town is an 800-year-old city centre with some spectacular sights like the Town Hall Square, the House of Blackheads and a statue of St. Roland, the patron saint of Riga
As is the case with any modern metropolis, Riga has an extensive and vibrant nightlife scene with many night clubs, live venues, pubs, casinos and restaurants.
The Skyline Bar
Enjoy the views from the 26th floor of the Reval Hotel Latvija.
This is one of the most bizarre clubs in Riga! Why? It's a submarine and the bar staff are dressed in sailor suits.