Winter in Riga

Visiting Riga this winter? Here are some tips for an awesome winter day.

Exhibits worth putting your mask on for

Best hideout from the cold weather? The warm, dry and bright confines of museums and art galleries. Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Baltic States – an exhibit representing the Baltic symbolism art will be on show at the Latvian National Museum of Art until February 21. While at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design showcases a retrospective of the pioneer of the local design - Jūlijs Madernieks. As for contemporary art, head to at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre where the group exhibitions Excess and Refusal and Black Market are taking place until January 31.

Go skiing

While Latvia’s landscape is as flat as a pancake, in winter, there’s usually a considerable blanket of snow, which makes it fit for cross-country skiing. There are several skiing tracks within Riga and most of them – free of charge. The most central one is located on the left side of Daugava river, in Victory Park (Uzvaras parks), but there is also a track on the insular Lucavsala and a one by the mythical artificial mountain in Purvciems microdistrict.

Shop local

While the grand Riga Central market is like no other market in the Northern region, it also has a little brother, living across the river. Āgenskalna market takes place outdoors of the historical marketplace. At the weekends, the daily vendors are accompanied by the farmers and artisans that were usually operating in Kalnciema quarter market- that, due to the pandemic, is not happening this winter. Whether you are in a hunt for a unique gift or something to put on the table – Āgenskalna market is your best bet. 

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Crumbs of comfort

During a frosty day, there is nothing more satisfying then biting into a warm, freshly baked bread. Get your loaf in one of the many bakeries in Riga. If you want delicious sourdough, head to Katkevich café in the East of the centre, for a divine baguette – drop in M’archers in the Quiet Centre – in this area there’s also the gluten-free bakery Better Bread. As for sweet tooth – do not miss the almond croissants at Mīkla bakery – word on the street they are out of this world. 

Swimsuit on

The trend of this season – getting your blood pumping by dipping into ice-cold water. See the full list of winter swimming places here. There must be a good reason why so many people do it repeatedly, right? 

No ice needed!

This season the action of the bars and cafés has been taken outside, letting you to breath the fresh air, whilst enjoying a warm drink and some tasty morsel. Think blankets, heaters, bonfires and steaming cups. Instead of mulled wine, opt for the native tipple, Riga Black Balsam, made with blackcurrant juice. 

Exploring on four wheels

Why rent a regular car if you can lease a vehicle that is an adventure in itself? Pancars is a unique car rental that offers an array of eye-catching, funny little cars. They also organize regular rallies during winter and special off-road adventure tours.