LATVIA

 


RIGA


Also, see our blog post on Riga here!

STAY

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One of the rooms in our spacious Bearsleys apartment.

BEARSLEYS  We absolutely loved staying at Bearsleys Downtown Apartments. The location was stellar and we enjoyed a complimentary breakfast at a charming cafe across the street every morning. Our apartment had a kitchen, dining area and large living room with a TV (with American TV channels! A first for us in Europe). It was also in a great location with multiple restaurants nearby and a beautiful 10 minute walk to the Old Town area. 

RADISSON BLU  The hotel towers over the gorgeous Riga skyline and is right in the middle of new town, surrounded by great restaurants and shops. The views from the higher floors are among the best in the city.

NEIBURGS HOTEL  Located right in the center of Old Town Riga, Neiburgs is a stone’s throw from tons of great restaurants, shops and gorgeous narrow streets. The old building has been newly renovated with modern accommodations but still retains its charm.

EAT

Breakfast at Fazenda

PETER’S BREWHOUSE  We spontaneously darted into this restaurant after an afternoon of site seeing to avoid getting frostbite (really, it was that cold). Not only was it warm, it was cozy and picturesque with a friendly staff and delicious, traditional food. We couldn’t get over how reasonably priced it was for such great food. The beer sampler (4 beers) was only 7.50 Euros!
FAZENDA BIZZARE  You’ll instantly fall in love with this eclectically-styled restaurant before you even open the menu. The velvet couches, gingham napkins and china plates on the walls are picture perfect. We enjoyed complimentary breakfast here for two mornings as a part of our stay at Bearsleys Downtown Apartments.
MiiT COFFEE We stopped in to grab coffee one morning but then ended up staying for the mini Latvian crepe buffet (can you blame us?). MiiT is a vegetarian & vegan cafe with brunch, sweets and specialty coffee and beer. It also has a lively atmosphere with lots of young and friendly customers.
DAD CAFÉ  Located in the recently voted “Most Hipster Neighbourhood in the World” , along Mira Ilea street, this little bohemian cafe boats coffee, wine, great snacks and live music. Be sure to stop by while embracing your inner cool-kid exploring this area ;). 

VIEWS

Sunset view from the Skyline Bar

ST.PETER’S CHURCH  It costs 9 Euros to take the elevator to the top of this gorgeous church in the middle of Old Town. When you arrive at the top, you will not regret it! It offers 360 degree views of the city and many photo-taking opportunities. 

SKYLINE BAR  This was hands-down our favorite view of the city. The Skyline Bar is located on the top floor of the Raddison Blu Hotel, and the views are incredible. We went for drinks and an appetizer at sunset, and stayed warm inside, sipping wine while shooting amazing sunset photos from the lounge. What more could you ask for?

OLD CITY RIGA  Pakced with endless Art Nouveau treasures and Latvian charm, the Old Town area is essential to visit during your trip. It’s fairly small and easy to cover on foot. During the winter time, you’ll have to take breaks inside to warm up but there are plenty of non-touristy boutiques and cafes where you can thaw out. We were thrilled to experience this part of Riga covered in snow, it looked like a fairytale!


DAY TRIP: JURMALA BEACH


Magical Jurmala Beach

Our Latvian friends drove us about 20 minutes outside of Riga to the small beach town of Jurmala (you can easily catch a cheap train, too). The Baltic Sea was partially frozen and the beach was covered in snow instead of sand. We thought we were walking out to the shoreline, but soon found ourselves standing on frozen ocean waves (so be careful where you step!). This was the coldest we’ve ever been, but the seascape was nothing short of magical. The village has several cottages for rent, restaurants and shops. We also hear its very popular in the summer, so don’t hesitate to visit at any time of year!