Sabina Durrani's Riga
Collected by Sabina Durrani
Jauniela 25/27, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
I liked Hotel Neiburgs because you don't just get a room, you get a studio-style apartment, complete with kitchenette so you can cook up some Latvian dishes of your own. The space is large, luxurious and modern... and extremely artful, being...
7, Nēģu iela, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Riga seems to be pretty good at recycling historical venues - the 400 year old buildings of the old town, for instance, are now pizza joints and nightclubs. The pavilions housing the central market, opposite the train station, were actually built...
Brīvības bulvāris 23, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
This was my first visit to a Russian Orthodox church and it was every bit as trippy as I could have hoped. I've long enjoyed visiting the sumptuous Catholic cathedrals of France, Spain and Italy, but nothing quite prepared me for the sheer...
Miera iela 10, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1001, Latvia
Miera Street - known as the Republic of Miera by the trendy arty sorts who frequent it - is a glorious bed of bohemianism in a bit of Riga most tourists won't easily find. But it's worth the hunt, not least for its relaxed and slightly eccentric...
Miera iela 19, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1001, Latvia
OK, there may be better cafes. You may have alternative preferences. But I absolutely adored the Dad Cafe in Miera Street. I came across it at just the right moment - a long morning of walking had left me desperate for an even longer sit, and this...
Kalpaka bulvāris 13, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
You wouldn't know it at-a-glance, but this Neo-Gothic style national monument is a former military building and now Riga's Academy of Arts. We happened to walk in and without a word some nice woman lead us up the stairs. Happy to escape the cold,...
Doma laukums 1, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Now that I'm back in California, I can feel nostalgic about this extremely cold trip to Latvia. Our exploration of Riga consisted of wandering during breaks in the storm, but we still managed to see a lot of the city. Don't let the snow slow you...
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