5 good reasons to go to Riga
To see / do
Culture and history
The famous House of the Blackheads
The 14th-century House of the Blackheads is in the Old Town. It was built for the Great Guild, a merchants’ association. A century later, merchants from the Brotherhood of the Blackheads took up residence in the buiding. The magnificent Renaissance-style, red-brick façade only dates back to 1999 but is identical to the 16th-century façade that was destroyed in World War II.
All eyes on Riga at the museum
Travel back in time at the History of Riga and Navigation Museum. This fascinating museum reveals the Latvian capital’s rich past. The museum traces the lives of Riga’s inhabitants from prehistoric times right up to the modern day, documenting important historical events along the way: naval expeditions, wars, the Soviet occupation and independence.
Rundale, the Latvian Versailles
Rundale Palace is an incredible place, just 80 km south of Riga. The palace was built in a Baroque style and has French gardens, so it may remind you of Louis XIV’s Château de Versailles. This incredible palace was built in the 18th-century and is open to the public. The lavishly decorated rooms have been meticulously restored.
One of the biggest markets in Europe.
Riga Central Market is a huge building made up of four Art Deco-style arched pavilions. This covered market has been home to shops, traders and producers since the start of the 20th century. Perfect if you’re looking for a few traditional Latvian treats.
The city centre at night
If you fancy eating some local food, having a drink or partying all night, then head to Vecpilseta. Once night falls, this historic part of the city is really lively. So, if you’re after a fun evening, then it’s not hard to find a place to suit you in Vecpilseta.
Make sure you try the piragi
Piragi are little bread rolls filled with bacon and onion. They are usually made using bread dough, but you can also get some made with a more biscuity dough. Most people have the small piragi as a starter; you can have the bigger ones for a main meal with salad or soup.
Auksta zupa, Latvian soup
The Latvians adore all kinds of soup. One of the most popular soups in Latvia is called auksta zupa. It’s made from beetroot, cucumber, onion, dill and then yoghurt or kefir (a drink made from milk). It’s served with potatoes and hard-boiled eggs, making it a pretty colourful meal.
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