Riga for pedestrians
Just in time when we can finally hit the streets, the City Council has made them more delightful for leisurely strolls. Starting from mid-June, the project Summer in Riga’s streets kicks off, turning some of the busiest Riga’s streets into an oasis filled with plants, flowers and trees, and decreased traffic.
A fresh slice
In the last couple of months, Riga has seen an influx of pizza places. The vibrant AOK Pizza on Tērbatas street, the cool-kids ČAU tucked in Grīziņkalns neighbourhood and Zefīrs that’s already a hit among the local revellers.
As of June 3, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions will reopen their doors to individual visitors. One of the highlights of the cultural calendar of the summer is the art park The Mobile Museum. The Next Season hosted by Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art. Taking place on the grounds of the territory of the former Bolsevicka textile factory, the art park is intended to raise attention about the necessity of the local Museum of Contemporary Art. The park features a star-studded native contemporary artist list and hosts a multitude of events. Open from Thursday to Saturday until the end of August
Picnic in the park
Riga’s leafy parks are perfect for throwing a picnic – the wide Kronvalda park, the quiet Viestura Garden, the buzzing Vermanes garden and more. A great many cafés offer picnic-friendly take-away meals, for instance, Terra, Bowl 31, Mr Fox, Balts. Or just pick the freshest produce at the Central Market. Don’t worry if you have missed the market hours – steps away from the market area, closer to Spīķeri quarter, there’s a Night Market taking place from 5 PM onwards.
Hit the beach
Riga may not strike as a beach holiday destination at first, but a brief drive away from the city center lies spacious white sand beaches – Vecāķi on the East and Bolderāja, Daugavgrīva on the West; let alone the urban beaches right at heart of the city - Ķīpsala and Lucavsala. Besides Jūrmala, the legendary resort city is just a short train ride away.
A sunset at Andrejosta
Ask any local and they will tell you that the best place for catching a magnificent sunset is Andrejosta. This industrially charming and tranquil port area is located within a 10-minute walk from Old Town. It’s also home to many restaurants and pop-up event venue Andrejostas kvartals, that host house music-infused events, cocktails and the finest street food.
Cocktails on Baznicas street
There is no better place to enjoy the creations of the native mixologists than the leafy Baznicas street. Graced by the majestic St. Gertrude Church, the street gathers three of the city’s most well-known bars: the authentically Nordic Gimlet Nordic Cocktail Bar, the rum-infused newbie Daiquiri Riga and Mañana that’s famous for Taco Tuesdays.
Go to Andrejsala, rent a kayak or hop on a SUP board and experience Riga from a different point of view. Slide through the winding canals of the city center or sail the tremendous River Daugava. For more uniqueness go in the evening, to enjoy a sunset on the waters and the gleaming lights that adorn the numerous bridges looming over the canals. Rent the equipment from Rīgas Laivas.
- Eksporta iela 1a, Andrejsala
Cinema under the stars
Enjoy a romantic summer evening in the new cinema terrace Splendid Garden. Located in front of the majestic Neo-Baroque Splendid Palace cinema building, the open-air cinema stays true to the tenets of Splendid Palace and offers a collection of the finest contemporary European cinema. Splendid Garden is open every evening, as long as the weather allows it. There’s wine and tasty morsels available on site.