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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Mall
“It is a shopping center with a lot of clothing and accessory brandings. Supermarket Rimi on the first floor. There Gan Bei (Asian food restaurant) as well.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Latvian National Museum of Art is the most important art museum in Latvia and the first building in the Baltics designed specifically for the needs of art museum. The museum's building is an architectural monument of national significance. It is one of the most impressive historicist buildings in the Riga Boulevard Circle.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Impressive market, one of the main tourist attractions in Riga. Exciting all year round, but especially lovely in the summer when local farmers come to sell their produce. Organic Latvian strawberries are the best! ”
  • 72 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Riga St. Peter’s Church - the tallest peak in Riga, is one the oldest and most valuable monuments of medieval architecture in the Baltic States. It is located in the historical center of Riga and in 1997 was included among the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The church hall is used for exhibitions and concerts. Your are welcome to visit the tower of the church offering breathtaking views of the medieval and modern Riga, the Daugava with its spacious harbor and the Gulf of Riga.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Old town in heart of Riga, easy reachable from apartament by public transport, taxi and car”
  • 38 locals recommend
Park
“Riga's second-oldest public park; the numerous benches are always occupied by Rigans and visitors to the city, the historic open-air stage features various concerts, and children have fun on the park's playground.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Opera House
“Riga's White House — the Latvian National Opera and Ballet on Aspazijas bulvāris was opened in 1923”
  • 30 locals recommend
General Entertainment
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“If you want to try local homemade cuisine, with moderate prices then this is a place to visit. Additionally, this complex has a variety of other attractions, especially in the winter, such as ice-skating, the tallest Christmas tree in Latvia and others. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Landmark
“The Freedom Monument has been Riga's central landmark for almost a century. This 42.7 m tall granite and copper work of art is a symbol of the Latvian nation's striving for freedom and independence.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“Mezaparks is one of the most beautiful, greenest, and also one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Riga, as well as a popular recreation area.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Museum
“If you would like to experience the Latvian countryside, this is the place to go as its atmosphere very much resembles everything we love about our contry. Peaceful, picturesque, green... And if you happen to be in Riga on the first weekend of June, I strongly recommend visiting the annual crafts fair. Artisans from all over the country come to display and sell everything they have made during the year. Excellent quality, loads of traditional crafts and many, many people. It's best to come early in the morning with lots of cash (thus far it's been the only method of payment possible at this fair). ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Eastern European Restaurant
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“"Lido" is a popular canteen-style restaurant chain that serves traditional Latvian food. No fine dining, but quick and filling lunch is guarranteed. Various locations throughout the city.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“For the best views over Riga and solid G&Ts, visit the Skyline bar located on the 26th floor or Radisson Hotel. Equally impressive during the day and in the evenings.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Park
“A public park with around 104 foreign tree and bush species. Adidas marked running tracks.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Buildings invite you to enjoy Latvian and European design, fairs, art exhibitions and workshops at court-yards. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
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“A nice centrally located shopping mall. Features many fashion stores, a bookstore, a gym, a "Rimi" supermarket, and several roof cafes and bars with a good view.”
  • 23 locals recommend

Top restaurants

General Entertainment
“If you want to try local homemade cuisine, with moderate prices then this is a place to visit. Additionally, this complex has a variety of other attractions, especially in the winter, such as ice-skating, the tallest Christmas tree in Latvia and others. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Eastern European Restaurant
“"Lido" is a popular canteen-style restaurant chain that serves traditional Latvian food. No fine dining, but quick and filling lunch is guarranteed. Various locations throughout the city.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Nice bar for those who like good cocktails, confy sofas & lounge music. Sometimes you can find DJ's or Jazz music aswell”
  • 29 locals recommend
Brewery
“Labietis brewpub (Aristīda Briāna street 9a-2, entrance from the courtyard) - a pub and a brewery in 170m2, where you can have a beer, whilst watching the hum and bustle of the brewery through a big glass wall. Twelve different beers on tap, as well as extra ones - bottle conditioned - from the brews that are waiting in line for the tap or have been sold out in kegs. All the available beers have not been moved more than 30m from grain to glass. This is the heart and soul of Labietis where you can always try new and exciting experimental brews and enjoy the lively atmosphere of a latvian pub”
  • 32 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“budget: $$$ Specializes in brewed coffee, offers brunches on weekdays 8:30-11:00 and pancake mornings on weekends 10:00-17:00 www.miit.lv”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
“From the day restaurant Vincents first opened its doors in 1994, it has become one of the top gourmet destinations in Nothern Europe. Only specially selected, freshest and highest-quality products, both from local organic farmers and from all over the world, are used in our menu. Restaurant Vincents menu changes regularly, according to the seasons in nature.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“LIDO is the most famous national food bistro. Founded in 1987, LIDO is one of the first private enterprises in Latvia since the restoration of independence, and its network of restaurants and bistros has become an integral part of the image of Latvia.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“On of the best restaurants in the town. Nice terrace during summer season! ”
  • 17 locals recommend

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