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RigaLatvia

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

Top Hotels in Riga

Rixwell Centra Hotel
Rixwell Centra Hotel
4 out of 5
Audeju Street 1, Riga
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Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St John's Church and Riga Central Market. Menzendorff House and St. Peter's Church are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (991 reviews)
Great location, good hotel, special times.

"Everything was as good as can with covid19 going around. Breakfast was in another hotel and it was a bit crowded taking account that we have a virus at large. Also parking space was full even tho I asked before hand and the place they advised was 1/3 more expensive than they said it would be. On ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Rixwell Centra Hotel
Royal Square Hotel & Suites
Royal Square Hotel & Suites
5 out of 5
3a Kalku Street, Riga
The price is ¥3,991 per night from Dec 28 to Dec 29

Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Town Hall and Riga Central Market. Small Guild Hall and Great Guild Hall are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (934 reviews)

"its functional and clean, but a bit sad overall and internet is really bad in the room, so only able to work from lobby"…"

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

Royal Square Hotel & Suites
Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel, Riga
Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel, Riga
4.5 out of 5
55 Elizabetes Street, Riga
The price is ¥6,998 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 25

Located in Centrs, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cathedral of Christ's Nativity and Riga Central Market. Esplanade Park and Latvian Art Museum are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (991 reviews)
Geat

"Great hotel,great staff"…"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel, Riga
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.

Vacation Rentals in Riga

Mosaic Center Apartments
Mosaic Center Apartments
3 out of 5
Dzirnavu Street 53, Riga

Located in Centrs, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Latvian Art Museum and Riga Central Market. Esplanade Park and Cathedral of Christ's Nativity ...

4.2/5Very Good! (6 reviews)
Wedding at Riga!!

"Nice area, walking to downtown, big rooms, with decent kitchen, no TV, shower very tight you can pass from hot to cold water just by moving accidentally with your elbow. There is a bad odor coming from the water pipes in all the building (old installations)."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2017

Mosaic Center Apartments
Old Riga Apartments
Old Riga Apartments
4 out of 5
Tirgonu iela, 17, Riga
The price is ¥5,365 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Located in Old Town, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Town Hall and Riga Central Market. Small Guild Hall and Cathedral Square are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (57 reviews)

"Great location, but the apartment on the third floor, building has no elevator. It should be mentioned in property description."…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

Old Riga Apartments
Bearsleys Blacksmith Apartments
Bearsleys Blacksmith Apartments
4 out of 5
53 Kaleju Street, Riga
The price is ¥5,997 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Located in Old Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of St John's Church and Riga Central Market. Menzendorff House and St. Peter's Church ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (63 reviews)

"It has very convenient location, close to several lines of public transportation. The apartment is clean, modern, yet cozy, with good WiFi, and excellent response from the staff, when we had a problem. I highly recommend it."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Bearsleys Blacksmith 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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Reviews of Riga

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

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Jan 19, 2020

Old town is an interesting place to see museums, churches, shops, cobble streets etc.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 26, 2019

Cheap city to visit. It still retains some of its old medievil charm as well as some soviet feel. The food market near the city is HUGE. I want to come back and stay a few months when i retire.

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 13, 2019

Go to Uncle Vanyas for dinner.Everything was within walking distance.Christmas Market as well as the general market,were great to visit.So much to see and a week is not enough.We loved Latvia.Europes best kept secret!

5/5 - Excellent

Luann

Dec 2, 2019

Fabulous old town; definitely a gem of Europe.

5/5 - Excellent

Jeff

Dec 2, 2019

Friendly, but during weekends there are a lot of people from Russia. All were friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 4, 2019

This is my second trip to Riga this year and I love Latvia & her people. The city is lovely, great food, lovely parks, opera, museums and spas.

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