Go on a journey with a taxi driver
While Riga’s culture-loving taxi driver takes you on magical journey in his taxi, the meter runs to a rhythm of Wagner’s music. He’ll take you to a house where he used to live (Wagner, not Yuri) and a concert hall named after him (also Wagner). This ride will reveal the most beautiful places and architecture of Riga, which will feed your culture-craving heart.
Riga Motor Museum
The Riga Motor Museum hosts the largest and the most modern antique vehicle collection in the Baltics. The museum exhibition is organized in a form of an exciting interactive story about unique vehicles, notable persons and the most significant events in the history of the automotive industry, complemented by modern multimedia technologies.
Riga Zoo (Riga Zoological Park) was opened in Riga's greenest district Mežaparks in 1912. During dozens of years, its collection was significantly supplemented, and now you'll meet there many interesting animals like tigers, bears, giraffes, kangaroos and coatis, visit the Tropical House and explore the underwater world. This is a great leisure site for adults and children since it is located by Lake Ķīšezers and surrounded by pine-trees.
Every city has neighborhoods that become neglected and forgotten as the years go by. No tourists flock there, and locals pass through without paying any attention. Such neighborhoods - in dire need of revitalization - have the potential of becoming a project for young, enterprising modern thinkers to establish something stylish and hip from practically point zero. This is the tale of Riga's Miera iela/street.
Dome Square is the largest square in the Old Town. It is deemed to be the heart of the city as all activities meet here, flowing in from seven streets like seven arteries. The square has seen many events significant to Latvia in the past 20 years. The square has a marked point where you can stand and see all three golden cockerels on top of Old Town's churches. The square itself is surrounded by buildings from the 19th and early 20th century.
It's hard to believe that the Square once was the site of the Riga River, which was a shipping route for transporting Latvian grain up to the 16th century. Later it was called the Rīdzene River and even Rīdziņa as it gradually became narrower. Today, along the old route of the river, pavement wears away the shoes of countless Rigans and visitors to the city, and beautiful flower-beds remind one of the past times.
The Freedom Monument has been Riga's central landmark for almost a century. This 42.7 m tall granite and copper work of art is a symbol of the Latvian nation's striving for freedom and independence. The woman on top of the monument is holding up three golden stars, which represent Latvia's historical regions of Kurzeme, Vidzeme, and Latgale. The motto "For the Fatherland and Freedom" is inscribed upon the base. It was unveiled on 18 November 1935 and financed entirely from public donations.
The Three chefs restaurant "The good must grow"
The "3 chefs restaurant The good must grow (Lat. -Tam labam būs augt)", which recently celebrated its 5th anniversary with an interior makeover, is a restaurant with the open plan kitchen, beloved by citizens and admired by guests of our city. It was founded in September 2011 by two well-known Latvian chefs - Mārtiņš Sirmais and Ēriks Dreibants. The third - Artūrs Trinkuns - is a young, enthusiastic and very promising chef. At the moment he is responsible for product selection, cooperation with farmers and looks after everyday work in kitchen.
The restaurant International offers the delicacies from several nations for comparatively low prices. The restaurant has a free atmosphere and great service.