72 hours in Riga

Well, yes, while it is cold here in Riga, there is snow, and the days are becoming shorter, there are also less tourists, stunning winter scenery, and interesting winter activities can be found all throughout the city. Enjoy 3 days in Riga fulfilled with crazy calm acitivities!

Day 1 - morning

The first day and morning should be spent calmly sitting down and setting the entire three-day schedule then and there. When you visit the outstanding breakfast spot Mulberry, the top-notch coffee house Rocket Bean Roastery, the cozy and warm Fika patisserie or the freshly refurbished and beautifully decorated pastry shop Kūkotava, you will discover an ideal environment for relaxing and planning your activities.

Day 1 - afternoon

When the coffee is finished and the cake is eaten, it's time to devote yourself to the proper lunch break! Latvian local bakery masterpieces have been tasted and now you can get to know the cuisine and drinks of other countries! We recommend you to discover the magic of flavors offered by the national cuisine of Ukraine. There are several places in Riga where you can enjoy it and settle in. Recently, the authentic Ukrainian bar Piana Vyshnia has also opened in Old Riga, where you must try the legendary cherry infusion!

Day 1 - evening

Let's be honest, walking around town can be tiring. If you need a break after your new impressions, but you want to enjoy the magic of the city, then head towards St. Peter's Church, where you have the opportunity to go up to the church tower and capture breathtaking views and the city at night. The tower is open to visitors until 10:00 p.m.! A good end to the evening is enjoying a delicious dinner in one of Riga's top restaurants, such as Whitehouse, Barents, Kaļķu vārti or a 3 Chef's restaurant.

Day 2 - morning

Are you ready for a crazy adventure?! Believe it or not, you will have to start this morning on a very refreshing note, because the beach of Lucavsala bay is a particularly desirable place to enjoy winter swimming. We believe that everyone should enjoy such an adventure at least once in their life. Seriously!

Day 2 - afternoon

The afternoon of the second day should be continued on the same cheerful note as it started, so go for a walk in the Riga Zoo. During the walk, you will have the opportunity to get to know the animals, which are active even in winter! The zoo is open to visitors until 16.30.

Day 2 - evening

After such a cooling and refreshing adventures, it's time to visit one of Riga's SPA centers to warm up and relax. There are quite a lot of SPA options in the capital, so that everyone can find the most suitable procedure, sauna or swimming pool in which to spend a lazy afternoon.

Day 3 - morning

Enjoying winter isn't really possible without some winter fun, right? In the morning of the last day, take your strength in one of Riga's ski tracks or ice rinks. Don't worry if you are not a professional athlete in these sports - the activities will be suitable for both experienced athletes and amateurs. Cross-country skiing trails are located in Lucavsala, Uzvaras park and Biķernieki forest. If you love skating, then you have to go to Purvciems, but on the weekends the snow tubing track will be open in Mežaparks!

Day 3 - afternoon

It's time to venture a bit outside of the city center and see one of Europe's oldest open-air museums, the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia, to learn more about Latvia's history. The museum features recreated residences of Latvian farmers, craftspeople, and fisherman, along with household and work items and interior decoration. The museum takes on an entirely different charm in the winter.

Day 3 - evening

A great 3 days in Riga should end with an excellent party. You can find delicious drinks in our Cocktail Guide and start your evening in one of those places, but if you want to get right to the point, you can find a proper party atmosphere in Cuba cafe, bars Zefirs and Nemiers, as well as in the Tallinn street quarter.

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