All posts by Lelde Benke

But These Grey Peas Are Brown?

Guest post by Juris Benkis. It’s not easy being a translator or interpreter. Sure, it isn’t dangerous, except if you work in eastern Ukraine, Syria or similar high-risk zones, or happen to be whispering in the ear of a political leader who is being assassinated. But, fortunately, for most of us, life is much safer. […]

Weekend in Riga

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It’s impossible to be bored in Riga, especially at the weekend when you’ve got a smorgasbord of brunches, exhibitions, markets, festivals and concerts to choose from. Yes, this can lead to serious bouts of FOMO but then there’s always next weekend… Last year I pledged to share ideas for weekend adventures outside Riga but I couldn’t […]

A Day In The Life Of A Mum In Riga

What’s it like to be a baby mum in Riga? How does the day go by? Read the stories of two lovely local mums, Liana and Laura. Liana For the past year and a bit my days have mostly been spent together with my baby daughter Elīze. Compared to a lot of other countries (looking […]

A Day In The Life Of A Millenial In Riga

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What do Latvians eat? What time do Latvians start work? Do Latvians use mobile phones? I was legitimately asked that last one in France! To be fair, it was 13 years ago. But really, is life in Riga different to life in any other European city? Or even any American or Australian city? You be […]

Falafel in Riga

If, like me, you are partial to enjoying the occasional falafel wrap, may this list of falafel shops in Riga serve you well! Reigys Ausmeņa Kebabs The original Ausmeņa Kebabs is in Rēzekne and became so popular among Rigans that they opened a branch in a hipster-loved area of the capital. It’s probably the only […]

Day Trips from Riga 2

Combine a city break with a day trip from Riga! We’ve got some less standard options for you that won’t involve rubbing shoulders with dozens of fellow tourists at the Baltics’ largest Baroque palace, or queuing for a photo of the Gauja River Valley. Ogres Zilie kalni nature park Unbelievably close to Riga is an […]

What to Buy at Riga Central Market

A shopping list for your next outing to Riga Central Market, certainly our favourite place to shop in Riga. Donuts Why? Because despite being the grumpiest vendor in the dairy pavilion, that little woman fries up the freshest, tastiest virtuļi you’ll taste this side of Riga. Where? Directly to your left upon entering the dairy […]

Day Trips From Riga

It’s a shame that so many travellers overlook what lies outside Riga in favour of a weekend city break. In way less than an hour you could find yourself diving into a swamp lake or enjoying a high-end rural dining experience. We’re happy to recommend some day trips from Riga! Bog shoeing For a while […]

Best Cocktails in Riga

Ok, so we all know craft beer was/is a big thing. Correct me if I’m wrong but the next “revolution” in the bar world is cocktails again, right? Replacing commercially produced syrup and additives with homemade infusions, bitters and tinctures, focusing on flavours rather than over-the-top visual presentation. It now seems completely normal to have […]

Green Living in Riga

It always seemed strange to me that Latvia was ranked 2nd greenest country in the world according to the Environmental Performance Index in 2012. As a simple consumer without a background in environmental studies, my key arguments to claim the opposite have always been “but we don’t even recycle!” and “we rely on central heating […]