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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.
Bus Station
“From here you can get a coach/bus to all major cities in Latvia and to other cities elsewhere in Europe as well.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Cosmetics Shop
“Origo is a modern shopping center in the very center of Riga, next to the central transport hub. Because it is connected to a central train station, it plays an important role in the daily life of pedestrians. Origo is a great example of multifunctional development combining shopping, dining, services and leisure. It has over 35 million visitors a year.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“The park around the Freedom Monument reaches across both sides of the Pilsētas Kanāls (canal), which meanders along the course of Riga’s old moat. Until 1856 this elevated area was the site of Riga’s eastern fortifications, and its name translates to “Bastion Hill”. Over the course of the 19th century a dignified boulevard, gaslights, sculptures, formal flowerbeds and a manmade waterfall were laid out on the hill, while cute wrought iron bridges traversed the canal. The resplendent buildings neighbouring the park, like the Latvian National Opera and University of Latvia, all add to the sense of ceremony. Watch the sun go down from the hill and amble beside the canal to see the ducks, swans and beavers.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Road
“This street is famous as the epicenter of Art Nouveau buildings in Riga. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Riga Central Market is situated in the heart of Riga, a few hundred meters from Old Town on the banks of the River Daugava, next to Riga International Bus Terminal and Central Railway Station. It is not only one of the largest marketplaces in Eastern Europe in area, but also one of the most visited, as 80,000-100,000 people shop there per day on the average. Architecturally-imposing food pavilions, built in the 1920s, are Riga Central Market’s calling card. Originally used as military airship hangars, they were later transformed into market venues. Riga Central Market is unique not only with its pavilions but also with its old warehouses or the so-called spikeri (from German Spéicher), which have now been turned into a hip arts&entertainment quarter. In 1998, the vast territory of Riga Central Market was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Cafe
“If you are looking for a place that is currently the hottest place in the city and you are looking for a place where all of them can be found in one place - then VEST is definitely Riga must-visit. Here you will be able to track the latest barber style haircuts and beard cuts, as well as topicalities in Riga tattoo trends. In a word, the whole essence of hipster culture - like the palm of your hand!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The Art Museum RIGA BOURSE is an architectural monument of national importance. It was built between 1852 and 1855 in the style of a Venetian renaissance palazzo symbolising wealth and plenitude. The design was by the St. Petersburg architect of German origin Harald Julius Bosse (1812-1894). In 2013 the RIGA BOURSE was given a special commendation by the European Museum Forum and became one of Europe’s eight most successful museums that have opened in the last two years. The experts of the jury greatly appreciated the interaction between high quality reconstruction and the wonderful atmosphere provided for visitors. The public now has a unique building, which had earlier only been accessible to the financial elite.”
  • 12 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
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“On of the best restaurants in the town. Nice terrace during summer season! ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Stock Pot is one of locals favoriteluch spots located in a very charming area of Riga. Usulay the line is outside the doors ;) Varied and high quality - while at the same time not too expensive; usually on the spicy side. Food from the Middle East, Indochina, Caucasus Mountains and the Mediterranean. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Big commercial center where you can find anything you need, or eat in a nice restaurant.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Night Club STUDIO 69 is located in the ROYAL CASINO SPA & HOTEL RESORT a short distance from the Freedom Monument – in the heart of Riga – on Terbatas str.73 DRESS CODE: Smart Casual – Smart dress is essential to gain entry to STUDIO 69, sports shoes or trainers are NOT allowed. AGE RESTRICION: Over 21`s ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Library
“Just a bridge span from Old Town, on the left bank of the Daugava, looms an extraordinary, culturally significant edifice, the Castle of Light - the new National Library.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Entertainment
“A night club, full of young beautiful girls and guys alike. A place to party, to hookup or simply get drunk and dance all night.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“The “Riga 2014” culture chalet has been open at the Esplanade in the center of Riga since the 29th of April for all those who take an interest in art and culture. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cafe
“Great place for good glass of vine and some light diner! In summer open air tables on the street - You will love it! ”
  • 22 locals recommend