15 Things to do in Riga

Riga is the largest capital city within the Baltic states. With a third of the population of Latvia residing in Riga, it is no secret that this city has something for everyone. Riga is full of history and is famous of its Art Nouveau style architecture. It is a very walkable city, so grab your comfy shoes and start exploring!

These are some fun things to do during your time in Riga, Latvia!

Wander Around Vecrīga

Vecrīga is Riga's "old town." Here you will find endless cobble stone roads, medieval churches, tasty restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. It is a great place to walk around and explore.

Visit Riga Cathedral

Riga Cathedral is a Lutheran church that houses the Archbishop of Riga. It's a beautiful structure to visit.

Freedom Monument

The freedom monument is a memorial that honors fallen soldiers during the Latvian War of Independence.

Wander Around Town Hall Square

Town Hall Square offers great restaurants, museums, and medieval churches.

Tour St. Peter's Church

Just a 2 minute walk away from Town Hall Square is St. Peter's Church. This is Riga's tallest church and offers a breathtaking view over the city.

Visit House of the Blackheads

In Town Hall Square is a museum known as House of the Blackheads. It was built as a guild for unmarried merchants, shipowners, and foreigners in the 14th century.

Grab Lunch at Central Market

Central Market is a big market in Riga's center. It is a great place to try different Latvian foods!

Walk Through the Swedish Gate

This medieval gate was created in 1698 as a part of the Riga wall to allow soldiers to step outside their barracks.

Visit the Art Nouveau Museum

Riga was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its great use of Art Nouveau architecture. This entire street in Riga displays beautiful buildings.

Ethnographic Open Air Museum

Located just outside of Riga is the Ethnographic Open Air Museum. This is a great place to learn some history of Latvia and to better understand their culture.

Hang out at Jūrmala

West of the city, along the Gulf of Riga, is a cute resort town called Jūrmala. Here you can relax on the beach and catch a spectacular sunset.

Bastejkalna Park

On the edge of old town, is this beautiful green park along the river you can relax.

Latvian National Opera

Just pass the park, is the beautiful Latvian Opera house. Even if you do not attend an opera, it is a beautiful building to visit.

Latvian National Museum of Art

This museum houses a collection of Baltic art from the 18th century up to present day.

Grab a Beer at the Armoury Bar

After wandering all day, this is a great place to relax and have a Latvian beer. The Armoury Bar offers a great selection of beer and whiskey, along with an interesting display of old guns.