The Old Town
The charming Three Brothers houses, the sidewalk pastels of Jauniela street, the romantic Swedish gates, the impressive Dome Square and the panoramic view from the St. Peter's Church – the Insta-opportunities are endless here.
Split by the city canal this lush green park has its own miniature lighthouse, a marvellous fountain, a cute Chinese pavilion, blooming flowerbeds and a plenty of grassland for a picnic, basking in the sun and a profusion of benches that gives a front row view to the buzz of the park life.
Framed by brick walls and graced by ambient lighting it’s a modern take on izakaya, a typical Japanese gastropub that serves dishes that looks more like it should be hanging on a wall than placed on a table and everything tastes sublime.
- Antonijas iela 12-19
- +371 27770091
Get ready for some serious neck-craning, because the street is lined with stunning Art Nouveau wonders with ornately decorated façades.
- Alberta iela
A clever mixing of lacquered wood, low-hanging lamps, concrete and juicy colours – this bar-cum-restaurant toes the line between decadent and chic. But save some phone battery for the food – exquisitely executed first-class Israeli street food – it will make your followers drooling over their phone screens.
- Antonijas iela 8
- +371 27366166
Tallinn street courtyard
If you stroll the streets of Riga and wander where all the street art is hidden, then now you know – it’s here. Nestled in a garage complex, Tallinn street courtyard is a former emergency car depot reimagined as a creative district and has become the latest hotspot for local revellers. Prepare yourself for a riot of colours!
- Tallinas iela 10
The interior’s pastel colour scheme is not the only joy for the eyes, Mr. Fox dishes up meals that are vivacious and indulgent, and most importantly – healthy.
- Dzirnavu iela 34a
- +371 29277391
Kalve Coffee Espresso Room
A simple, little coffee spot that with an understated elegance and Scandinavian sense of style. Winning the 2nd place in Roast Masters 2019 competition, here the coffee is brewed to perfection and their signature cardamom buns taste even better than they look.
- Stabu iela 38
- +371 25755575
Perched on the top floor of Galleria Riga shopping centre, this cocktail bar-café is styled in tropical modernism and has an impressive terrace. Head here in the golden hour, to pair your cocktail with a perfect sun-downer over the roofs of the downtown.
- Dzirnavu iela 67
- +371 27343393
Ask any local where to capture amazing photos of the sunset and they will point towards Andrejosta – the industrial port area is an oasis of calm. No filter will be needed!
Sitting on the edge of the Centenary Alley, in the summertime this café looks so serene it ought to figure on a postcard. Nab a table on their black wooden terrace and spoil yourself with one of their perfectly looking desserts – it’s almost a shame to disturb it with a dessert fork.
- Kronvalda bulvāris 2b
On does not necessarily need to go to the West coast to amble on the breakwaters as Mangalsala jetty is just 20-minute drive away from the city centre. The highlight here is the stately red lighthouse at the end of the pier.
Just like the bar’s patrons, it’s dressed in grey tones, but nothing about this place is drab as it has a great list of craft beers, decent coffee, perfectly shaken and stirred cocktails, top-notch pub grub and a terrace that boasts one of the most amazing sunsets in the city.
- Stabu iela 1
Housed in formidable hangars that once housed German army zeppelins, The Central Market has so many photo-ops it’s almost bewildering – from heaps of fermented goods, to mountains of spices and charismatic stallholders. And once the summer comes, the enormous outdoor area abounds with fresh veggies, fruits and berries.
- Nēģu iela 7