Located on the Baltic Sea coast, Latvia’s capital is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist cities in Europe and it is not hard to see why. Riga has a lot to offer, from history to culture, from shopping to nightlife. These are the top five reasons to visit.
Riga is home to The Dome Cathedral. Dating from the 13th century, the cathedral is the largest place of worship in the Baltic states. St Peters Lutheran Church is one of the historical buildings of Riga. This old medieval church has the Freedom Monument symbolizing the independence of Latvia.
The Riga Open-Air Ethnographic Museum hosts exhibitions of life as it was, with fishing villages that were once an important part of the city. Another popular attraction is the Art Nouveau Architecture Gallery.
Paris, Milan, and Barcelona may be the fashion capitals of Europe, but that’s not to say you won’t find fantastic designer clothes elsewhere – and Latvia is no exception. But for more interesting pieces, head to the old town, where you’ll find specialist shops and stalls.
Latvia has a diverse selection of restaurants, from American diners to sushi bars and Arabian restaurants. The country’s traditional dishes include pork, potatoes, and bread, but you’ll find much more variety in Riga’s restaurants. And after enjoying a delicious meal, treat yourself to a night out on the town. With plenty of bars and clubs to choose from, as well as several theaters and opera houses, a night out in Riga is just as busy as you make it.
When you think of Latvia, you may not automatically think of great weather, but the climate is very pleasant. Summers are warm but not uncomfortably hot, allowing you to explore freely without getting hot and sticky and fighting a factor of 50.