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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
“Shopping Center in the Old Riga. Primarily aimed at Tourists but has a wide variety of stores, which you may enjoy. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Riga Central Market is situated in the heart of Riga, a few hundred meters from Old Town (7 min walk distance) 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. At Riga Central Market, you can buy Latvian-grown and homemade products, exotic fruit and spices, as well as manufactured merchandise. The market includes 5 pavilions each with its own category - vegetables, dairy, meat, fish and gastronomy products, as well as an outdoor area with stalls and stands, the Night Market and ‘Round the Clock Farmers’ Market. It’s also true, however, that the Market’s distracting hustle and bustle is fertile ground for swindlers and pickpockets, so be careful! ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Located in recently renovated building, this museum has many different galleries to offer for art lovers.”
  • 36 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. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Park
“a lovely big park in the very city center where you can relax, occasionally fond some chess-players or run around with kids :)”
  • 33 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.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Eastern European Restaurant
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“Local cousine, all food is ready, self service. Nice place to visit when you are hungry.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Museum
“People who enjoy countryside and history will definitely love this outdoor museum. Also, it is a great chance to get familiar with Latvian traditions and everyday lives of Latvian peasants and villagers.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Old Town Riga is a popular entertainment district in the historical and geographical center of the Latvian capital, featuring cobble-stone streets and an abundance of architectural gems.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Opera House
“Riga's White House — the Latvian National Opera and Ballet on Aspazijas bulvāris was opened in 1923. An average of six new productions are presented each year, retaining balance between opera and ballet. In total, the opera shows over 200 performances and several symphonic and chamber music concerts a season.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Landmark
“The Freedom Monument is probably one of the most visited monuments in Riga worth walking by when on your way to Old Town.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“Mežaparks (German: Kaiserwald) is a neighbourhood of Northern District in Riga, the capital of Latvia. It's located on the western shore of Lake Ķīšezers. The name is literally translated as "forest park". The park was built in the early 20th century and was originally called Kaiserwald. It was one of the world's first garden cities. It had large number of Art Nouveau and Eclectic villas for upper class inhabitants of Riga. Today it is still one of the wealthier areas of Riga, the Mežaparks Great Bandstand hosts the Latvian Song and Dance Festival in early July every five years. Mežaparks is also host to the Riga Zoo and its lakeside locale allows for various water sporting activities. There is also an amusement park in Mežaparks, which makes the neighborhood a popular summer destination for Riga residents.”
  • 43 locals recommend
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Brewery
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“Small local brewery, always experimenting on new types of beer, so there is always a 50/50 chance weather you love it of hate it :)”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“Suitable for nice walk with your beloved one or to have little walk around with all the family. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Museum
“One of the most picturesque areas in Riga. Wander around the square and St. Peter's church.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Zoo
“Not the best Zoo in the world, but is worth visiting in summer if you've already covered every thing else. Kid's will definitely enjoy it. ”
  • 15 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. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Eastern European Restaurant
“Local cousine, all food is ready, self service. Nice place to visit when you are hungry.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Brewery
“Small local brewery, always experimenting on new types of beer, so there is always a 50/50 chance weather you love it of hate it :)”
  • 29 locals recommend
Nightclub
“It is worth visiting this club, also exploring this area where close to each other is also the beer brewery with bar, hip hop club ONE ONE, alternative music bar NEMIERS and night burger DELISNACK etc. Its a popular part of Rigas nightlife, where party goes on throughout all week (except Sundays). I would recommend going on Wednesday nights to PIENS- they have wine specials- 2 euros per glass and they have a DJ sets. Get there early tho because the place gets really busy. Wednesday 11am–6am Thursday 11am–2am Friday 11am–4am Saturday 11am–1am Sunday Closed Monday 11am–12am Tuesday 11am–1am ”
  • 30 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”
  • 34 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Tasty and cheap. Beloved by locals and guests. Can get crowdy during the summer.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of TOP 3 restaurants in the city. Perfect choice for those who are after ''Michelin star'' type of places :)”
  • 24 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“An excellent lunch choice if you're looking for a take-out option and/or something fast and spicy (seriously spicy!), affordable, yet of good quality. There are two restaurants nearby: a small Stock Pot at 6 Ģertrūdes Street (rather tiny but works longer hours) and at 36 Valdemāra Street (bigger, more tables, open until about 6 p.m. on weekdays only). Check their website for menu and special events such as Ramen Saturdays etc.”
  • 19 locals recommend

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