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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

Top Hotels in Riga

Gutenbergs Hotel
Gutenbergs Hotel
4 out of 5
1 Doma Square, Riga
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Located in Old Town, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riga Cathedral and Riga Central Market. Three Brothers and Cathedral Square are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (498 reviews)

"We had an amazing stay in Gutenbergs Hotel, we loved the location and character of this hotel, their rooms are full of history, and the food and atmosphere of its restaurant in the rooftop was excellent. I will publish very soon a video in my YouTube channel with tips and things to do around Gutenbergs ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Gutenbergs Hotel
Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa
Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
33 Kaleju Street, Riga
The price is $49 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St John's Church and Riga Central Market. Latvian National Opera and Menzendorff House are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,192 reviews)

"Great location and very nice, modern hotel and spa."…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2020

Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa
Rixwell Hotel Konventa Seta
Rixwell Hotel Konventa Seta
3.5 out of 5
Kaleju Str 9/11, Riga
The price is $36 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St John's Church and Riga Central Market. St. Peter's Church and Great Guild Hall are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (992 reviews)
I had a great stay

"I was travelling by myself and had a great stay. The staff helped me with several things including planning my trip to another town. Oh, and the bar connected with the hotel has great beers!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Rixwell Hotel Konventa Seta
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

3 out of 5
Gertrudes Street 129, parking entrance from Valmieras street 5, Riga
The price is $12 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

This family-friendly Riga apartment building is located in a shopping district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Palladium and Riga Central Market. Berg's Bazaar and Latvian ...

4.1/5Very Good! (84 reviews)
A bit too far from the centre

"A bit too far for a walk to the centre of the city especially with kids. And very big contrast with neighbourhood buildings. But overall the apartment and service are very good."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

Greystone Suites & Apartments
Greystone Suites & Apartments
4 out of 5
4 Kalku iela, Riga
The price is $49 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8

Located in Old Town, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Town Hall and Riga Central Market. St. Peter's Church and Small Guild Hall are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (55 reviews)

"Perfect location, great price, breakfast really nice :)"…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

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Riga Lux Apartments - Skolas
Riga Lux Apartments - Skolas
4 out of 5
Skolas street 20, Riga

Located in Centrs, this golf apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Freedom Monument and Powder Tower. Great Guild Hall and Three Brothers are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (157 reviews)

"Stunning apartment full of all the amenities you need away from home. Polite staff and a great location. Have already booked another trip next month !"…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

Riga Lux Apartments - Skolas
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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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

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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


Dec 2, 2019

Fabulous old town; definitely a gem of Europe.

5/5 - Excellent


Dec 2, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

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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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