Solo Female Travel in Riga

Riga, the mesmerizing capital of Latvia, is cradically nestled on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the River Daugava. Renowned as a cultural hub, it is famed for a spectacular array of architectural treasures, particularly its remarkable art nouveau buildings and the iconic Gothic spires which testify to Riga's rich historical tapestry. Visitors are enchanted by the charismatic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, abundant with medieval structures, cobblestone lanes, and picturesque squares. Riga is also known for its vibrant nightlife, a wealth of museums, including the must-visit Latvian War Museum, and a dynamic gastronomic scene showcasing traditional Latvian cuisine. During winter, the city sparkles under a dusting of snow, transforming it into a storybook-like winter wonderland.

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Is Riga good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Riga overall is considered quite safe for solo female travelers. Just like any other major city, it has areas that are very safe and some areas that one must be careful in, especially at night. The city center is well-lit and usually busy, providing a feeling of safety. Local people are generally friendly and helpful. However, always be aware of your surroundings and personal belongings. There are instances of pickpocketing especially in crowded and touristy areas.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Riga is quite accessible for a solo female traveler. The city center is compact and walkable, with major points of interest close to each other. Public transport comprising trams, buses, and trolleybuses are readily available and easy to use. English knowledge is fairly common, which simplifies understanding signs and asking for directions. However, be watchful as signage can sometimes be lacking or confusing. Despite this, once you familiarize yourself with the city layout and system, getting around Riga becomes a breeze.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Riga, the capital of Latvia, offers a blend of history, art and culture that solo female travelers will find enriching. It boasts of a unique mix of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau architectural jewels, particularly in the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are numerous interesting museums such as the Museum of Occupation and the Art Museum Riga Bourse. You can go for a leisurely stroll in its parks filled with beautiful flora. For food enthusiasts, Riga has a vibrant gastronomy scene with diverse food options. However, despite its stunning sites and bustling activities, some may argue that it has fewer attractions compared with larger European capitals. So while there is no shortage of things to do, it may not cater to all interests to the same extent as its more famous neighbors.
Food:

Food:Above average

Riga offers a delightful mix of international and traditional Latvian cuisine. The city has been influenced by its historical connections to Germany, Russia, Sweden, and Poland, offering its unique blend of these cultures in its food. Street food markets in Riga also present an opportunity for you to familiarize with local cuisine in a more casual atmosphere. Though less on the exotic side, options seem abundant for vegetarians and people with dietary restrictions. However, you might miss out if you're particularly into spicy cuisine or a diehard fan of sushi.
Budget:

Budget:Affordable

Riga is quite budget-friendly for travelers. Accommodation options range from luxury hotels to cost-efficient hostels. Local transportation, like buses and trams, is inexpensive and easy to navigate. Food and drinks, especially if you explore local markets and cafes, can be quite affordable. Entrance to many landmarks and museums is often not overly priced. It's also worth noting that nature sights out of the city are usually free of charge and worth visiting.

Is Riga worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 26 experiences

Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

4.7/5

Food

4.7/5

Budget-friendly

4/5
Nanci

Nanci

United Kingdom

Solo travel experience

Solo traveler, I have felt always safe during this trip. I stood at hostels and they were ok too. Early wake ups and late ins, due to the brightness outside! I would go back for sure as it is beautiful and cheap.

Posted: June 2, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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I went solo to Riga I was so pleasantly surprised by everything there. Felt very safe, the architecture was absolutely gorgeous, and the locals were so helpful with everything I needed.

Posted: April 7, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Group travel experience

I felt safe, although I have to say that the streets at night were a bit empty, also on the weekend. I really, really recommend taking the free walking tours: especially the one that shows alternative spots. The guide was a young student, and he was brilliant and passionate. Riga is super cool and cheap, I really suggest giving it a try, especially if the flight is not expensive!

Posted: March 12, 2024Experienced: February, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 4/5
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I went to Riga to learn more about the Baltic and also because i like exploring different places. The old city center is beautiful and i felt very safe. It is relatively small so you can explore it in a day or two max (i stayed 5 days that was too long i felt). I stayed at a hostel which was also very safe and comfortable.

Posted: February 21, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I was in Riga in February, and I can say that it was incredible. It is a very safe, beautiful city to explore. A very good place to eat in Riga is Lido. It is a chain of restaurants that you can find everywhere. Very fresh and good food.

Posted: December 26, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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If you like museums, I highly recommend the Latvian National Museum of Art, Rīgas Birža Art Museum and the Art Nouveau Museum. It is also nice to visit Zuzeum, where you will find a collection of "Grandmother's" porcelain. If you are a fan of vegan food, be sure to check out MiiT Coffee. I ate there twice and really liked it. I also recommend popping into the Tabu Tea House for tea. The parks and riverside areas amazed me the most.

Posted: October 13, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I highly recommend visiting Riga. It turned out to be a very charming city, a place about which I absolutely didn't expect anything and almost didn't know anything. For architecture enthusiasts, it will be a very good travel destination. After a walk around the city, you can relax with some very good food.

Posted: September 24, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I was there for 3.5 days. I visited the city (I recommend the Terror Museum) and went to Jūrmala beach. I visited two national parks - Sigulda (an 8-minute ride over the park costs 17 euros, it's not worth it, I wouldn't go again) and Kemeri (lighthouse, park, village) - all by train. I could return to Latvia itself, but probably not to Riga.

Posted: September 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I've been to Riga three times for three days each time, and only now can I say that I've got to know the city. Fantastic Art Nouveau architecture and the Art Nouveau Museum, a charming fashion museum, and many other places.

Posted: September 20, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I spent 3 nights in Riga and had a wonderful time. The weather was kind. I ate and went to bars alone, without any problem. I definitely recommend visiting Riga.

Posted: August 8, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Is Riga safe for women?

Safety rating

3.6 /5

Based on 5 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.1 /5

Based on 5 experiences

A lot of times me and my girlfriends walked on the streets of Riga after 00.00 and any problem didn't ignite. But in some rural areas whenever we walked with men friends we had little conversation with local men. But at the end we were all safe

Posted: June 12, 2024
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Livy

Livy

I think Riga is a pretty safe city, but ofcourse as a woman, you often feel creeped out even in the safest places. The “quiet centre” and old city is very safe, even at nights. One place I would avoid at night is around Origo center by the railway station and Gogola street. There are a lot of drunks and shady people at all times, but at day it’s pretty safe because there are a lot of people there just commuting. Just hold your purse in the tunnels. Also wouldn’t recommend Moscow forstate. Could experience harrasment.

Posted: May 25, 2024
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