First Time Tourists Guide in Riga, Latvia

Pixabay - The city view of Riga

Riga is the Capital city of Latvia and also the largest city in the three Baltic cities

Stroll around at the Art Nouveau building to get in touch with the city

  When you want to get the best view of the city you may head to St Peter’s church

You have to visit the biggest European market, Riga Central Market to find unexpected things that you never find in another place

You have to take a sip of Riga Black Balsam to get the real taste of Riga

Complete your visit to Riga by taking a snap in the House of the Black Heads

 

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SIGHTSEEING

Strolling Art Nouveau building which located in the north old town of Riga may give you a certain feeling that you can only feel in this city. The majestic colorful of late 19th century buildings with the sculptured design are mingling in the side street and will guide you to the Art Nouveau Museum. This is the only museum in Baltic that presents a complete picture of the historical heritage of Art Nouveau.

Art Nouveau building

The most stunning building in whole town with pieces of art

Address : Alberta iela 13, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

DOWNTOWN

Many locals and tourists spending their time in the city heart where St Peter’s church situated. The view from the tower's peak of the church is undeniably fabulous. Through an old stairs old crowded lift, you can reach the peak and enjoy the panoramic view of the red roofs and cobbled street of the old town. Besides, you can walk around the church to enjoy the temporary art exhibitions which often held.

St Peter’s church

Imposing medieval church, dating from the 15th century, with a distinctive, 123m-high steeple

Address : Reformācijas Laukums 1, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia

SHOPPING

Riga Central Market is the largest market in Europe where you can find unexpected things that you may never find in your life. This market is known as a tourist attraction since it is one of the notable buildings in the 20th century and has Art Nouveau style nad become the real trading place for the Latvians who buy their everyday needs and groceries.

Riga Centre Market

Massive indoor/outdoor market with stalls selling fruits, veggies, cheese, meats & prepared dishes

Address : Nēģu iela 7, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia

FOOD & DRINK

You have to take a sip of Riga Black Balsam when in Riga to make sure that you explore Riga with your whole body. It is a traditional Riga's liquor drink made from many different plants mixed with vodka. The taste may a little bit strong and you can find it at almost bars and restaurants in the city.

CULTURE

Latvia is the crossroad between Western and Eastern cultures which make this country rich in culture. But they preserve their on culture, as you can see from the folklore festival in the summer is authentically belong to Latvian.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Riga is from June to August, to enjoy the warmth of the summertime and to experience the city's festivals which often held in summer.

HOTEL

Neiburgs Hotel is the right place to go when you want to have cultural stay experience in Riga. This historical hotel has elegant and modern decor which offers the old town view right from the windows. Also located in the old town, Pullman Riga hotel offers a modern style and a spacious room which suitable for business people. Park and atrium views are available in every room and you get free entry to enjoy their spa and gym.

Neiburgs Hotel

Neiburgs is a family-owned hotel praised for its elegant fusion of the historical and the modern

Address : Jauniela 25/27, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia

Pullman Riga

Pullman Riga hotel invites you to immerse yourselves in the atmosphere of Wonderland

Address : Jēkaba iela 24, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia

RESTAURANT

Vincents Restaurant offers you fine dining in the grand luxurious atmosphere by its classic Baltic decor. The restaurant offers you a good meal made from fresh ingredients from the small farmers and the menu changed almost daily according to the season. On the other hand, Restaurant 3 properly using natural ingredients to preserve biodiversity and always discover a unique taste of nature in the region to give unforgettable dining experience to customer. They have a contemporary yet modern outdoor and indoor dining room that you can book beforehand.

Vincents Restaurant

Only specially selected, freshest and highest-quality products, both from local organic farmers and from all over the world

Address : Elizabetes iela 19, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

Restaurant 3

They are using nature-based foods, the growth of which is free from human and industrialization

Address : Kalēju iela 3, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia

CAFE

You do not need to worry if you just have limited time to relax and buy souvenirs, because in Gallery Istaba you can do that in time. This cafe not only serves a delightful dish but also offers many homemade Latvian souvenirs. On the other hand, Rocket Bean Roastery is the right place to go when you want to take a sip of authentic coffee in Riga. This cafe always packed with locals and customers since it has a friendly yet modern atmosphere.

Gallery Istaba

Enjoy a cup of coffee with stunning gallery art inside

Address : Krišjāņa Barona iela 31A, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1011, Latvia

Rocket Bean Roastery

The largest specialty coffee roastery and shop

Address : Dzirnavu iela 39, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Do you love to sing? You may head to Rock Café to showing up your hidden talent since this bar has a karaoke room. The bar has classic decor which offers you a cold beer and wine along with their delicious late-night snack. The name of Skyline bar defines the concept of this bar, offering the beauty of the city skyline view from their see-through wall. You have to try their signature cold cocktails or order some brunch menu because this bar is opened from the afternoon.

Rock Café

This great place where musicians and music lovers met everyday and enjoy some cocktails

Address : Mārstaļu iela 2/4, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia

Skyline bar

Taste the wine with wonderful view

Address : Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

INTERESTING PLACE

Exploring the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia will make you know how the Latvian people struggle in the 20th century. From 1940 until 1991 Latvia was occupied by Soviet Russia, Nazi German, then Soviet Russia again. But when you want to learn about the lifestyle of Latvia people and traditional Latvia culture in the early 20th century, you may explore The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia. Located in the jungle, you will have leisure time while hearing nature whistling their exotic sound.

Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

Educational space focused on the history of the occupation, plus archives & temporary exhibits

Address : Raiņa bulvāris 7, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia

The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia

Outdoor museum in a forest with reconstructed houses & interiors from the 17th to 20th centuries

Address : Brīvdabas iela 21, Rīga, LV-1024, Latvia

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Upload some photos that you take in front of House of the Black Heads and your followers will be fascinated by your feed. This is a home to a unique history of the Brotherhood of the Black Heads and the city of Riga. Lastly, you need to take some snaps in Latvian National Museum of Art because this museum is the house for more than 52.000 artworks which represent the art of the Baltic area and Latvia from the middle 18th century until nowadays. The building itself has a charm that you can not deny to amazed and was built in 1905.

House of the Black Heads

Landmark, Gothic-style property rebuilt after WWII, home of the President, with tours & events

Address : Rātslaukums 7, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia

Latvian National Museum of Art

National museum of art housed in an imposing building with a Baroque & classicist-style facade

Address : Jaņa Rozentāla laukums 1, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia