Riga

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Featuring historical architecture and parks, this city is also famed for its festivals and music.

Riga is the capital of Latvia, a Baltic country in Northern Europe. The Daugava River splits the city in two, and much of what you’ll want to see is on the river’s eastern banks.

Go to the Old Town and explore the medieval streets of this World Heritage Site. At its core is Ratslaukums, the Town Hall Square. The area’s twisting lanes lead to main city attractions, including the House of Blackheads and the Museum of the Occupation. At St. Peter’s Church, ride the elevator to the top of the tower for spectacular views of the city. Admire the baroque and Gothic buildings at Dome Square, where you can enjoy a meal or drink at outdoor cafés and bars.

From Dome Square, it’s a short walk to Livu Square, which comes alive in summer as the host to a beer garden and live outdoor entertainment. In winter, kids will love the ice skating rink here. Continue to Bastejkalns Park, a tranquil green space with a canal running through it. It also has the Freedom Monument, which commemorates the soldiers that fought during the Latvian War of Independence.

Music plays a key role in Riga’s arts scene. Don’t miss an opera or ballet performance at the Latvian National Opera. The RITMI Festival is an annual jazz festival, with previous performers including Bobby Darin and Robert Glasper.

Riga’s cuisine is influenced by German, Polish and Russian flavors. Sample big plates of piragi, the East European dumpling, or pork, cabbage and potato-inspired dishes. At the Central Market you‘ll find cheap fruit and vegetables, and local delicacies such as smoked eel. The market opened in 1930 and takes place in converted Zeppelin aircraft hangars.

The city is ideal for walking as the streets are flat. There is also a cheap public transport system, with trams, buses and trolleys stopping close to all the major sights.

Where to stay in Riga

Hotel Valdemars Riga managed by Accor
Hotel Valdemars Riga managed by Accor
3 out of 5
K. Valdemara iela 23, 23, Riga, RIX
The price is ¥5,182 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Centrs, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Latvian Art Museum, House of the Blackheads, and Riga Central Market. Albert Street and Esplanade ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (277 reviews)
Old World Charm meets cosmopolitan sparkle
"Old World Charm meets cosmopolitan sparkle. The Hotel Valdemārs, in a historic building, is conveniently located in Central Rīga, near parks, museums, restaurants, government buildings and, most importantly, our family and friends. The rooms were tidy and cozy. The breakfasts were tasty and nourishing. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Hotel Valdemars Riga managed by Accor
Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel
Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel
4 out of 5
11. Novembra Krastmala, 33, Riga
The price is ¥7,139 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Located in Old Town Riga, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Latvian Rifleman Monument, House of the Blackheads, and Riga Central Market. Menzendorff House ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (698 reviews)
"This was a great stay, comfortable and clean room.with a fantastic variety at breakfast. Be aware of extra charge fir use of spa facilities"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel
Hilton Garden Inn Riga Old Town
Hilton Garden Inn Riga Old Town
4.5 out of 5
Grecinieku 25 Riga, Riga
The price is ¥5,895 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Located in Old Town Riga, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Menzendorff House, House of the Blackheads, and Riga Central Market. St. Peter's Church ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (169 reviews)
"Bed was nice and soft, all necessary facilities were available but the thermostat wasn't functioning correctly. The poorly designed walk-in shower left more to be desired, as the entire bathroom floor along with the rest of the room would end up covered in water. It did not help that our room was ..."

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Riga Old Town
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
RIGAAPARTMENTcom SONADA Hotel
RIGAAPARTMENTcom SONADA Hotel
3 out of 5
Gertrudes Street 129, parking entrance from Valmieras street 5, Riga
The price is ¥1,903 per night from Feb 20 to Feb 21
This family-friendly Riga apartment building is located in a shopping district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Palladium, Berg's Bazaar, and Riga Central Market. House ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (86 reviews)
"The stuff was nice and relax . Good location and the apartments are well equipped"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2021

RIGAAPARTMENTcom SONADA Hotel
Champetre StudioS
Champetre StudioS
2.5 out of 5
Riga, Šampetera iela 74, Riga
The price is ¥6,217 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in Pleskodale, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from SPICE and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Latvia Botanical Garden and Uzvaras Park. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Comfort of camping
"Stayed just one night because of an overnight layover. They didn’t seem to know we would be there and the phone number did not work so once we got the room they were nice but there was no toilet paper and since the phone did not work there was no way to get ahold of the owner so we just waited until ..."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

Champetre StudioS
Bearsleys Downtown Apartments
Bearsleys Downtown Apartments
4 out of 5
13 Lacplesa street, Riga
The price is ¥6,817 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in Centrs, this boutique apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cathedral of Christ's Nativity, House of the Blackheads, and Riga Central Market. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (100 reviews)
Truly Brilliant
"Fabulous stay in lovely downtown apartment Everything had been thought of. Liked the extra touches - tea coffee etc. Receptionist was amazing in organising taxi transfers to and from airport. Located in beautiful old building and so convenient for everything in Riga. Could recommend to everyone."

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

Bearsleys Downtown Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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