About Us

Life in Riga is a blog designed to help you move to, live in, appreciate and understand Latvia, its capital city Riga and residents.

The blog was created in 2013 by two Riga locals from a varied background, who feel they’re at least somewhat equipped to give you an understanding of and insight into what life is like in this cultural north-eastern European city.

Life in Riga should serve as more than just a tourist guide. Expect tales of venturing into uncharted bureaucratic territory at Latvian passport offices, tickling taste buds at dingy neighbourhood cafeterias and saving up all summer to fund your winter heating bills.

This is the real, unpolished Riga.


Lelde Benke
Lelde is a 30-year-old Latvian who’s found herself living in Riga, Melbourne, Edinburgh, Brussels and Quebec City so far in life. She’s an independent tourism and communications professional helping fledgling businesses and travel brands get noticed. Lelde’s posts.

Alex Cowles
Alex was a Riga local between 2013 and 2016. He’s a Scottish-born designer and musician. Alex’s posts. Note, Alex no longer contributes to the blog, however, was the man behind the original design of the blog.

Tabatha Soltay
Tabatha is a third-culture-kid and moved to Riga from Canada in the summer of 2017. She’s loved every minute she’s been here (including winters and trying to figure out how to speak Latvian!). Tabatha loves sharing her finds around Riga and learning from other people’s experiences. She started contributing to the blog in April 2019.