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 […]

Best Pizza in Riga

Latvians haven’t taken to pizza quite as much as our southern neighbours. You’d be forgiven for thinking Čili Pica and Charlie Pizza, both Lithuanian chains, are the only places for pizza in Riga since they’ve snapped up some of the best real estate in town in terms of getting passing traffic. But look ever so […]

Cycling in Riga

Ask any local and they will have an opinion on cycling in Riga. There are violent pedestrians who push cyclists off pavements, drivers that toot their horns dare a cyclist cross their path, and daredevil cyclists weaving their way through rush hour traffic without a helmet. There are also the pacifist cyclists, pedestrians and drivers […]

Do Latvians really hate “gays”?

“You’re leaving, how delightful!!! Truly! One less perverted and degraded person! What a nice bit of news! Gives me hope.” – a comment on the Kas Jauns article ““Esmu nogurusi cīnīties.” Psiholoģe Cihanoviča kopā ar savu mīļoto sievieti pamet Latviju” (I’m tired of fighting. Psychologist Cihanovica and her beloved partner leave Latvia). When I last […]