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Things to do in Riga

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.
Entertainment
“A charming wooden villa that houses contemporary culture events. Home to a nice bar, Sunday brunches, tiny art-house cinema and various interesting special events (concerts, stand-up comedy etc.) that attract an artsy and young audience.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Bar
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“Folkklubs ALA Pagrabs (Folk club ALA cellar) is a unique tavern in Riga’s Old Town! Latvian folk and world music come together with traditional and contemporary Latvian cuisine, Latvian dance evenings, and music concerts! A special ambiance is created in former wine cellar (part of which dates back to the 13th century), where you can listen to lively Latvian dance music or, with a glass of beer, enjoy conversations under ancient vaulted ceilings. Folk club ALA offers wide range of Latvian draught beers – 27 in all! Folk club ALA also offers home-distilled moonshine in various flavours, the best Latvian wines, a wide selection of herbal teas, seasonal monthly menus based entirely on local produce, business lunches, and live music at least five nights a week!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The 227 stores at Spice and Spice Home offer everything you need for your style, work, leisure, hobbies, home, health and … more! We are home to such popular brands as Zara, Massimo Dutti, Ecco and Elkor and unique well-established brands such as River Island, Sandro, Debenhams, Steve Madden, Kiehl’s, Calvin Klein Underwear and Armani Exchange. Customers have appreciated our special stores, services offered by companies and high quality of service, as more than 10 million customers visit the shopping centre Spice every year. In addition to the top-notch shopping experience, the shopping centre Spice offers cafes and restaurants, such as Kabu, Lido, Vairāk saules, Gan Bei, Čili Pizza, Es mīlu kafiju and more, which are perfect for business conversations, lunch breaks or family meals at weekends. Children can spend their time in a fun and adventurous way in the amusement centre ABpark and on the interactive playground at the shopping centre Spice Home as well as in the favourite Lido Play Town at the shopping centre Spice. One of the attractions most liked by visitors is the fish aquarium, boasting 27 bright and vigorous Koi carp which have travelled to Spice from faraway Japan. And last but not least, Spice is the venue for diverse events. It hosts events from album presentations and concerts by Latvia’s most popular musicians to useful master classes, street food festivals and entertaining activities for families.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“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
Church
“The church was built near the River Daugava in 1211 by Livonian Bishop Albert of Riga, who came from Lower Saxony in northwestern Germany. It is considered the largest medieval church in the Baltic states. It has undergone many modifications in the course of its history. David Caspari was rector of the cathedral school in the late 17th century. His son Georg Caspari also served at the cathedral. Religious services were prohibited during the Soviet occupation from 1939 to 1989, and the cathedral was used as a concert hall. In 2011 the copper roofing above the nave was replaced. In 2015 the tower exterior was also re-plated and its wooden support structure renewed.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“A Finnish department store with four floors of quality goods (beauty, fashion, home) and a very nice supermarket on the ground floor.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Perfect place for fashion gurus! Many famous brands and great variety of clothing stores. On the top of the shopping mall is located terrace from where you can see Riga in all its beauty and also have some delicious snack or drink.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Brewery
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“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
Museum
“One of the most picturesque areas in Riga. Take your time walking around the square and St. Peter's church.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Zoo
“"Riga Zoo" is located in Mežaparks - one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Riga. If you're interested in visiting the area, take the tram no. 11 (or, in the summer, try to hop on the lovely (but rare) retro tram).”
  • 15 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Ieriķu street 3 Mid-size supermarket. There are various types of shops (clothing, footwear, sports, beauty, electronics etc.), sports club "MANS FITNESS", also other services (bank, post office, dressmaker, etc.), as well as a grocery store with a variety of goods. The supermarket also has a restaurant, a Latvian cuisine cafe, a kebab and a burger bar. Opening hours: 10:00 - 21:00 Mall 08:00 - 22:00 Maxima XXX (grocery store) ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“A nearby park (on the way to the city centre) with children's playgrounds, basketball courts, paddling pool (operational in the summer) and a cafe.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“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
Night Club
“Every week Coyote Fly nightclub gathers more than 4500 holidaymakers, the best DJs and VJs in Latvia and world-famous artists”
  • 23 locals recommend
Café
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“A pretty popular and fashionable restaurant/coffee roastery in the popular Miera iela neighbourhood. Nearby you'll find the "Laima" chocolate museum and some small independent cafes and tiny shops.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“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.”
  • 25 locals recommend