Collected by Emma John, AFAR Local Expert
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...
Alberta iela, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
Riga has a number of astounding Art Nouveau buildings, but no better concentration of them than on Albert Street. A short road where every building tries to outdo the last, it's the ultimate address for a pre-Raphaelite beauty (and the most...
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...
Tērbatas iela 2D, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Riga's city centre is beautifully designed, with a gorgeous park at its centre. The first evening I arrived I was, naturally, a little cautious about walking through a large open area on my own at night but as the days progressed I realised that...
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...
Tirgoņu iela, Jūrmala, LV-2015, Latvia
My mouth is watering just looking at this picture. If you had told me that one of the most enjoyable pizzas I would eat would be cooked in the rear of a bus and eaten on its upper deck, well, frankly, I wouldn't have believed you. But Jurmala, the...
Jauniela 24, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Opposite Riga's rather grand Hotel Neiburgs is the Hotel Justus. It's not a lot cheaper, but it does have a rather more informal and relaxed feel and it's not a bad place to base yourself if you want to stay in reasonable comfort and meet some...
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...
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