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Riga
Travel Guide

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

Neiburgs Hotel
Neiburgs Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Jauniela 25/27, Riga
The price is $87 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Town Hall and Riga Central Market. Cathedral Square and Occupation Museum are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (989 reviews)
Perfection fun Riga Old Town

"Beautiful, clean, well presented hotel in perfect setting."…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Neiburgs 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 $52 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Menzendorff House and Riga Central Market. St. Peter's Church and House of the Blackheads ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (110 reviews)

"hotel is very clean, front desk very pleasant, food was nice."…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Riga Old Town
Grand Poet Hotel by Semarah
Grand Poet Hotel by Semarah
5 out of 5
Raina blvd 5/6, Riga
The price is $99 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Centrs, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Esplanade Park and Riga Central Market. Bastion Hill and Freedom Monument are also within 5 minutes. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (719 reviews)
outstanding

"Can’t say enough positive things about my stay. Excellent quality across the board. The engaging & helpful staff, the superb room, the delicious breakfast,, and such admirable value for money! Looking forward to returning to the charming city of Riga, and when I do, I’ll undoubtedly be returning ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2020

Grand Poet Hotel by Semarah
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

RIGAAPARTMENTcom SONADA Hotel
RIGAAPARTMENTcom SONADA Hotel
3 out of 5
Gertrudes Street 129, parking entrance from Valmieras street 5, Riga
The price is $18 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

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! (85 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

RIGAAPARTMENTcom SONADA Hotel
Greystone Suites & Apartments
Greystone Suites & Apartments
4 out of 5
4 Kalku iela, Riga
The price is $49 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

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)
Brill

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

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Greystone Suites & Apartments
Riga Old Town Apartments
Riga Old Town Apartments
3 out of 5
Elizabetes street 31a, Riga

Located in Centrs, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Albert Street and Riga Central Market. Latvian Art Museum and Skonto Stadium are also within ...

3.6/5Good! (8 reviews)
Nice apartment in an extremely noisy location

"Nice place in a good location, very friendly service. Big enough for a family of four, accommodates in the extreme case even 8 people. The negative sides: (i) extremely noisy, because right downstairs is a popular pub. Hence not recommended for a family stay; (ii) the beds were very uncomfortable, ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Riga Old Town 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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