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Riga’s guidebook

TOP museums
The most significant depository in the nation for works of art. Reopened in May 2016, the building itself has been upgraded, modernized but its majestic beauty from a long-gone era - preserved.
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Latvian National Museum of Art
1 Jaņa Rozentāla laukums
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The most significant depository in the nation for works of art. Reopened in May 2016, the building itself has been upgraded, modernized but its majestic beauty from a long-gone era - preserved.
It hosts the largest and most modern antique vehicle collection in the Baltics. The museum exhibition is organized in the form of an exciting interactive story about unique vehicles, notable persons and the most significant events in the history of the automotive industry, complemented by modern multimedia technologies.
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Riga Motor Museum
6 S.Eizenšteina
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It hosts the largest and most modern antique vehicle collection in the Baltics. The museum exhibition is organized in the form of an exciting interactive story about unique vehicles, notable persons and the most significant events in the history of the automotive industry, complemented by modern multimedia technologies.
One of the oldest open-air museums in Europe. Now its territory covers 87.66 hectares of forest on the banks of Lake Jugla. The museum displays 118 historic buildings from all Latvian regions - Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Zemgale, and Latgale dating from the 17th century to the beginning of the 1930s.
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The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia
21 Brīvdabas iela
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One of the oldest open-air museums in Europe. Now its territory covers 87.66 hectares of forest on the banks of Lake Jugla. The museum displays 118 historic buildings from all Latvian regions - Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Zemgale, and Latgale dating from the 17th century to the beginning of the 1930s.
It stores the largest collection of foreign art in the Baltic States. The collection was started by Riga’s council members, mayors and traders in 19 century. Now the museum offers international exhibitions and vides spectrum of culture and arts events.
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Mākslas muzejs RĪGAS BIRŽA
6 Doma laukums
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It stores the largest collection of foreign art in the Baltic States. The collection was started by Riga’s council members, mayors and traders in 19 century. Now the museum offers international exhibitions and vides spectrum of culture and arts events.
This is the oldest public museum in Latvia and one of the oldest in Europe, the origin of which dates back to 1773.
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Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation
4 Palasta
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This is the oldest public museum in Latvia and one of the oldest in Europe, the origin of which dates back to 1773.
The Museum reveals Latvia's history from 1940 until 1991, when occupations by both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were experienced.
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Museum of the Occupation of Latvia
1 Latviešu strēlnieku laukums
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The Museum reveals Latvia's history from 1940 until 1991, when occupations by both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were experienced.
The visitors can see the development of medical history from the times of ethnomedicine till the mid 20th century in thematic or overview excursions, as well as enjoy a unique exhibition concerning outer biology and medicine.
Pauls Stradiņš Museum for History of Medicine
1 Antonijas
The visitors can see the development of medical history from the times of ethnomedicine till the mid 20th century in thematic or overview excursions, as well as enjoy a unique exhibition concerning outer biology and medicine.
Come and see nature in the very heart of the city! Latvian Museum of Natural History is a genuine oasis of nature in the middle of civilization - in the center of Riga.
Latvian Museum of Natural History
4 Krišjāņa Barona iela
Come and see nature in the very heart of the city! Latvian Museum of Natural History is a genuine oasis of nature in the middle of civilization - in the center of Riga.
Rīga is one of the few European cities where Art Nouveau architecture, art, and design objects have survived in great numbers. It is even called "the metropolis of Art Nouveau". There are 800 Art Nouveau buildings in Rīga, mostly located in the city's center - particularly on Alberta Street.
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Riga Jugendstila Centrs
12 Alberta iela
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Rīga is one of the few European cities where Art Nouveau architecture, art, and design objects have survived in great numbers. It is even called "the metropolis of Art Nouveau". There are 800 Art Nouveau buildings in Rīga, mostly located in the city's center - particularly on Alberta Street.
TOP sightseeing
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.
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Freedom Monument
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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.
Tourist guides in many cities are forced to explain that, “once, in this spot, there was a market!” In Riga, we can proudly scratch the ‘was’ and say ‘is’! A huge one, downtown, on the banks of the Daugava.
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Riga Central Market
7 Nēģu iela
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Tourist guides in many cities are forced to explain that, “once, in this spot, there was a market!” In Riga, we can proudly scratch the ‘was’ and say ‘is’! A huge one, downtown, on the banks of the Daugava.
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.
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National Library of Latvia
3 Mūkusalas iela
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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.
Riga's White House — the Latvian National Opera and Ballet on Aspazijas bulvāris was opened in 1923
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Latvian National Opera
3 Aspazijas bulvāris
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Riga's White House — the Latvian National Opera and Ballet on Aspazijas bulvāris was opened in 1923
It dominates the cityscape as the tallest spire and as one of the oldest and most valuable monumental architectural edifices in the Baltic States from the Middle Ages. St.Peter's is the tallest of the Riga churches, a significant landmark, and a prime example of the 13th-century Gothic style.
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St. Peter's Church
19 Skārņu iela
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It dominates the cityscape as the tallest spire and as one of the oldest and most valuable monumental architectural edifices in the Baltic States from the Middle Ages. St.Peter's is the tallest of the Riga churches, a significant landmark, and a prime example of the 13th-century Gothic style.
The oldest complex of dwelling houses in Riga was constructed in the 15th century. Their name — Three Brothers, was given a very long time ago and, according to a legend, the buildings were constructed by men from one family. Today, the premises house the Latvian Museum of Architecture and the State Inspection for Heritage Protection.
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Three Brothers
17 Mazā Pils iela
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The oldest complex of dwelling houses in Riga was constructed in the 15th century. Their name — Three Brothers, was given a very long time ago and, according to a legend, the buildings were constructed by men from one family. Today, the premises house the Latvian Museum of Architecture and the State Inspection for Heritage Protection.
One of those rare churches in Riga, which is located outside Old Town with amazing architecture.
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Rīgas Vecā Svētās Ģertrūdes evaņģēliski luteriskā baznīca
8 Ģertrūdes iela
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One of those rare churches in Riga, which is located outside Old Town with amazing architecture.
A visit to the Corner House will be a revelation to the younger generation about Latvia’s recent past, and also a memorial for those who suffered within these walls.
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The Corner House
61 Brīvības iela
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A visit to the Corner House will be a revelation to the younger generation about Latvia’s recent past, and also a memorial for those who suffered within these walls.
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.
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Vērmane Garden
2D Tērbatas iela
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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.
It is mostly concentrated in a neighborhood referred to as the ‘Quiet Centre’, which is a 10-minute walk from the Old Town. It is a gorgeous feature among the historic facades of the city.
Art Nouveau by Mikhail Eisenstein
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It is mostly concentrated in a neighborhood referred to as the ‘Quiet Centre’, which is a 10-minute walk from the Old Town. It is a gorgeous feature among the historic facades of the city.
Riga Castle has stood on the right bank of the River Daugava for more than 700 years. Through the centuries, it has seen severe destruction, numerous rulers, and wars. Today it houses the residence of the President of Latvia.
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Riga Castle
3 Pils laukums
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Riga Castle has stood on the right bank of the River Daugava for more than 700 years. Through the centuries, it has seen severe destruction, numerous rulers, and wars. Today it houses the residence of the President of Latvia.
Neighborhoods
Buildings invite you to enjoy Latvian and European design, fairs, art exhibitions and workshops at court-yards.
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Kalnciema kvartāls
35 Kalnciema iela
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Buildings invite you to enjoy Latvian and European design, fairs, art exhibitions and workshops at court-yards.
Steet of local young, enterprising modern thinkers who establish something stylish and hip from practically point zero.
Miera iela
Steet of local young, enterprising modern thinkers who establish something stylish and hip from practically point zero.
Explore small boutiques offering both local and international items, dine at one of the popular restaurants or cafes — both casual and up-market, or simply stroll about stopping to rest on one of the many benches.
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Bergs Bazaar
83/85 Dzirnavu iela
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Explore small boutiques offering both local and international items, dine at one of the popular restaurants or cafes — both casual and up-market, or simply stroll about stopping to rest on one of the many benches.
Spikeri Quarter and its adjacent promenade, which are part of the territory of UNESCO Cultural Heritage – the historical center of the city of Riga.
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Spīķeri
6 Maskavas iela
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Spikeri Quarter and its adjacent promenade, which are part of the territory of UNESCO Cultural Heritage – the historical center of the city of Riga.
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.
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Mežaparks
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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.
The Old Town is the oldest section of Riga as well as the center of the city. It is the city’s most popular area with tourists. In 1997, Riga's historic center was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Riga Old town
The Old Town is the oldest section of Riga as well as the center of the city. It is the city’s most popular area with tourists. In 1997, Riga's historic center was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Food scene
A place where you can taste some Latvian traditional foods.
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Lido Dzirnavas
74/76 Dzirnavu iela
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A place where you can taste some Latvian traditional foods.
A place where you can taste some Latvian traditional foods.
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Lido Vērmanītis
65 Elizabetes iela
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A place where you can taste some Latvian traditional foods.
For those who want to taste amazing Latvian crafted beer.
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LIDO Alus sēta
6 Tirgoņu iela
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For those who want to taste amazing Latvian crafted beer.
Amazing cuisine for vegetarians.
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The Beginnings Veselīgas Ēšanas Restorāns
21 Krišjāņa Barona iela
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Amazing cuisine for vegetarians.
Very tasty and healthy food where you can create a box of what you want to eat.
Terra
9 Blaumaņa iela
Very tasty and healthy food where you can create a box of what you want to eat.
Excellent selection of wines from all over the world, exquisite cuisine, regular art exhibitions with works of the best known Latvian artists, elegant interior.
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Vīna Studija Stabu iela
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Excellent selection of wines from all over the world, exquisite cuisine, regular art exhibitions with works of the best known Latvian artists, elegant interior.
Amazing natural products. Tip: ask for a freshly made juice.
Dabigi produkti, veikals, Kraft Riga
41/43 Krišjāņa Barona iela
Amazing natural products. Tip: ask for a freshly made juice.
Go for some tasty morning coffee to start your day.
Café M - zero waste coffee shop
41/43 Krišjāņa Barona iela
Go for some tasty morning coffee to start your day.
Locals go to if in need of sushi.
Tokyo City
2 Krišjāņa Barona iela
Locals go to if in need of sushi.
A quiet place to eat some good sushi.
KABU restorāns Martas ielā
A quiet place to eat some good sushi.
Healthy vegetarian/ vegan restaurant.
Rāma
56 Krišjāņa Barona iela
Healthy vegetarian/ vegan restaurant.
Here you can get amazing freshly made patties and sweet breads to go for some breakfast.
Martins' Bakery
80 Brīvības iela
Here you can get amazing freshly made patties and sweet breads to go for some breakfast.
Very good food and breakfast brunch.
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BIBLIOTĒKA №1
2 Tērbatas iela
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Very good food and breakfast brunch.
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.
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Vincents Restaurant
19 Elizabetes iela
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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.
The only place in Riga, where you can enjoy the magic of the towers of the Old Town all year round.
Gutenbergs Rooftop Restaurant
1 Doma laukums
The only place in Riga, where you can enjoy the magic of the towers of the Old Town all year round.
Get a very nice lunch or dinner with tasty beer.
Beer House Olivers
9 Antonijas iela
Get a very nice lunch or dinner with tasty beer.
Amazing Italian restaurant with the best pizzas in Riga. Not that expensive as well.
Da Sergio
65 Tērbatas iela
Amazing Italian restaurant with the best pizzas in Riga. Not that expensive as well.
For those who love seafood.
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Zivju lete
41 Dzirnavu iela
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For those who love seafood.
The oldest restaurant from the Latvian independence.
cafe osiris
31 Krišjāņa Barona iela
The oldest restaurant from the Latvian independence.
Shopping
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.
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Galerija Centrs
16 Audēju iela
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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.
Sweedish shopping mall with a lot of stores and cinema.
Stockman
Sweedish shopping mall with a lot of stores and cinema.
Supermarket Rimi on the first floor. Shops on the upper ones. MyFintness gym on the 6th floor and 7th with restaurants.
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Galleria Riga mall
67 Dzirnavu iela
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Supermarket Rimi on the first floor. Shops on the upper ones. MyFintness gym on the 6th floor and 7th with restaurants.
Water activities
Latvia's biggest waterpark for all seasons.
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Livu Akvaparks
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Latvia's biggest waterpark for all seasons.
Activities
A very good place to clear your head or do for some activities.
MyFitness Barona Centrs
46 Krišjāņa Barona iela
A very good place to clear your head or do for some activities.
A very good place to clear your head or do for some activities.
MyFitness Matīss
25 Matīsa iela
A very good place to clear your head or do for some activities.