Is Riga Worth Visiting?

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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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 23 experiences

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Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

4.8/5

Food

4.7/5

Budget-friendly

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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I was in Riga and I absolutely loved it there. The history, free city walks, architecture, great nightlife, Olympic bobsleigh track, and black balsam. Additionally, this place is wallet-friendly. I never felt unsafe there.

Posted: April 10, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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My experiences in Riga were wonderful - I did not encounter any inappropriate behavior, and the locals were incredibly kind and helpful. One of the highlights was walking on the wooden walkway in Kemeri National Park. I really enjoyed the overall atmosphere of the Baltic countries, including Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and I would definitely like to return there someday.

Posted: March 22, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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During my first solo trip abroad, I spent about a week in Riga and was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this city. As someone who had long wanted to visit this place, I found it even better than I expected. For those considering a visit, here are a few of my experiences that might be helpful. One of the things that caught my attention was the lack of harassment on the streets, which was a welcome change compared to my home country. I felt safe walking alone, even when I went to the ATM at 1 in the morning. Additionally, I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly and helpful the locals were, despite the reputation of introverts I had read about. I received help with directions from many people, which made navigating the city easier. I also noticed that there were few homeless people or beggars, and during my stay I did not encounter any scams or inappropriate behavior. Compared to other cities I have visited, there was less graffiti in the center of Riga, and although there were not many non-white people, this did not affect my experiences in any way. Public transportation and the Bolt app (similar to Uber) were both at a relatively affordable price, which made getting around the city and its surroundings easier. I especially enjoyed exploring the Old Town and the outskirts, as well as taking a train trip to Jurmala for the beautiful landscapes. However, I wouldn't recommend spending more than half a day in Jurmala off-season as it got dark quite early. One drawback was that food, both in restaurants and grocery stores, was more expensive than I anticipated. However, with a budget of about 300 euros for food, travel, and souvenirs, I found that I could comfortably manage my expenses. In conclusion, I highly recommend Riga as a destination for solo female travelers who are looking for a peaceful, engaging adventure in a new place. While it may not be the most exciting travel destination, it offers a unique charm and friendly atmosphere, which makes the trip truly enjoyable.

Posted: March 22, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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DInija

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Hi!, I'm DInija and I'm interested in solo travel, nature, languages, fashion, events & social, food & cuisine, architecture, business and photography

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I’m tall kind open-minded girl with smiling eyes in mid twenties, I’m keen on traveling, psychology, reading, dancing, pilates and everything new 🤩 I have degree in electrochemical engineering and looking for have one in psychology 🤓 have organizational skills and wonder cheerful mind, like jokes, doing something crazy and laughing just for life 🤪 I’m full of enthusiasm and seek to meet new friends 😁

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Hi, I'm Victoria and I live in Riga

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I work remotely. I like to read fantasy, I am fond of art and photography. I love animals, I live with a kitty

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Nicole

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Hello, 40 countries and counting.... My parents sent me to Italy at the age of 16 and I've been unable to sit still ever since. I want to see the world and immerse myself in other cultures.... and live it up while doing so.

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