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It takes an expert itinerary to fully explore Riga, especially when you long to include plenty of food and entertainment. And it's evident that you're itching to explore every avenue遥ou're excited to get out and have an adventure. You cannot wait to scope out the best activities around, and a quiet day exploring local neighbourhoods is always time well spent. Our activities are the ideal way to organise your holiday. Book professional area tours on Expedia, and you'll learn all about the city's history along the way.
Riga, the capital of Latvia, has an overwhelming number of medieval and Art Nouveau marvels dotting its cobbled streets. However, what makes the city really special is its willingness to embrace the modern. Beside the old world charm of Riga’s stone houses, ancient churches and grand statues, you’ll find sensitively designed modern glass structures that blend the city’s past with a youthful contemporary vibe. With an abundance of museums, art galleries, restaurants, cafes and excellent shopping, the things to do in Riga are as rich as the beautiful coastlines and sandy beaches that surround it.
Old Town — Riga’s historic old town boasts a criss-cross of charming cobbled streets containing architectural marvels at every turn. Discover the Gothic wonders of St Peter’s Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, kick back with a lazy coffee and an eclair in Konventa Courtyard, or head indoors to enjoy one of the district’s many museums and galleries.
Miera Street Quarter — This once run down neighbourhood has been reinvigorated by an influx of artists and creative types. Now the undisputed hipster centre of Riga, here you’ll enjoy any number of festivals, exhibitions, cool cafes, bustling bars, or for those with a sweet tooth, the Latvian Museum of Chocolate.
Kalnciems Quarter — Visiting with the family and want a relaxed day out? The Kalnciems Quarter blends history with something a little different. In amongst its restored wooden buildings, every Saturday you’ll find an organic farmer’s market and children’s play workshops here. It’s a pretty place to visit, away from the vigour of central Riga.
Berg’s Bazaar — This 19th century commercial hub is a charming spot packed with courtyards, trees and a wide range of shops where you can pick up a souvenir from your trip to Riga. Take your pick of stylish places to dine, or hit the weekly slow food market. Either way, prepare your taste buds for an explosion of flavour.
See the sights with a private half day tour of the old town in Riga. This will take you past the beautiful Riga Dom and the ostentatious Art Nouveau buildings that dot Alberta Street. If you make it to the small Rozena Street, be sure to keep your arms outstretched – the street is so narrow that you can touch both sides simultaneously! Of course, there’s more to Riga than just the city centre. Latvia’s nearby countryside and crystal shorelines are truly exquisite. Why not book a Baltic Riviera guided tour and soak up the sun on the sandy beaches of Latvia’s beautiful west coast?
Discover Latvia’s colourful past with a visit to the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia. With exhibits exploring Latvia’s rule by various foreign nations from the 13th century to Latvian independence in the 1990s, the museum is sobering but ultimately positive, testifying to the country’s cultural determination. Afterwards, dine on authentic cuisine with a traditional Latvian dinner, complete with round trip transport. You’ll eat at one of Riga’s best restaurants, before being dropped back at your accommodation. What better way to end to a beautiful day in this unique European capital?