Tried & Tested Things To Do In Riga To Find Calm

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The cult of busyness has infected Riga. Get on any bus, tram or trolley and you’ll see more eyes staring at screens than gazing out the window or casting shy glances at fellow passengers. But, gradually, as more and more flames burn out and reach painfully obvious conclusions, people are pulling the brakes on busyness. […]

Latvia’s Answer To Poland’s Milk Bar – The Ēdnīca

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As I slowly savoured every piece of my pierogi on a recent trip to Warsaw, I wondered why Poland’s “bar mleczny” or milk bar has achieved cult status while its no-less-deserving cousin, the “ēdnīca” leads a much less celebrated life in Latvia. Here, it’s either a place we just don’t talk about or joke about. […]

Riga’s Art Nouveau Area From A Local’s Perspective

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Having now benefited from the literal quietness of Riga’s Klusais Centrs (Quiet Centre) or Art Nouveau area for over five years, I’ve developed a deep liking for more than the quality of sleep in this part of town. Light traffic, a high density of office spaces and no lack of greenery keep it calm. I […]

Moving To Latvia: Cian’s Story

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Cian Guckian moved from Ireland to Latvia and was happy to share his insights to help and encourage fellow expats to adapt to life in Latvia. What brought you to Latvia? Love brought me to Latvia. I met my partner Lena Pavlova in Dublin. She’s from Jelgava. I’d been to Latvia before to see an […]

Moving To Latvia: Joe’s Story

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Joe Horgan came to Latvia on a one-year scholarship. Six years later, he’s still here and living in Jelgava. We caught up to chat about his move and choice to stay. How Joe decided to move to Latvia I came to Latvia in 2013 as a Fulbright scholar. I wasn’t really sure where I wanted […]

Apps To Make Life Easier In Latvia

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A number of apps and websites can help make your life easier in Latvia. Here are a few favourites, which I use for everything from ordering cabs and food to learning Latvian. Loecsen – a great app for learning Latvian. A little effort will go a long way to getting to where you need to […]

Moving To Latvia: Fabrizio’s Story

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I met with Fabrizio Righetti – Italian chef extraordinaire, seasoned expat and new Riga resident- to talk about his decision to move to Latvia. Over a steaming bowl of cacio i pepe at his dear Bocca Buona restaurant, he revealed his confusion about Latvia’s culinary identity and shared what it’s been like to adapt to life in […]

How To Get A Latvian Residence Card (for EU Citizens)

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When I moved here, I needed a Latvian residence card. Many of the hurdles that others have experienced seemed to elude me, the process was fast and easy! Here’s how to obtain your residence card with ease. A few things about me to start; I have an EU passport and am self-employed. I also have […]

Moving To Latvia: Andreea’s Story

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Andreea Cheratoiu moved to Riga in 2017 and loves Latvia for its nature and relaxed atmosphere. She was happy to share her story of moving to Latvia. Andreea’s story starts in Sinaia, in the Carpathian Mountains in Romania, which is popular for winter sports and hiking. Her career with the Radisson Hotel Group first took […]

What To Eat In Riga

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Inspired by Lonely Planet’s hot-off-the-press Ultimate Eatlist, I set about putting together Life in Riga’s own list of what to eat in Riga. It doesn’t require too much of a crazy adventurous spirit to eat your way through it. No Black Balsam shots or Laima chocolate, lots of greasy, hearty goodness instead. May it bring […]