Riga

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Wrap up warm and set out on foot. Riga’s historic buildings are all within walking distance in the Old Town and there are plenty of coffee houses to offer you sustenance en route.

Things to do in Riga

Art Nouveau District

Gargoyles and sculpted Gods scowl from every corner in the opulent Art Nouveau District. Follow streets Alberta and Elizabetes to see these baroque and classicist masterpieces.

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Tags: things to do | culture | architecture | history | tour

Cat House

Named after the feline sculptures bestriding the summits of its twin towers, this handsome building has a dark history – although the cats are still there, the owner fell to his death putting them up.

Meistaru 19,
Tags: historic | things to do | architecture

Dome Cathedral

If you’re lucky, you’ll catch some music at this fairytale cathedral in the heart of Old Town (they house the world’s largest organ). Even if the tunes aren’t flowing, it’s still well worth a visit.

Doma laukums, 011-371-6735-6699
Tags: things to do | architecture

Latvian National Opera

Enjoy affordable, world-class performances, plus the opportunity to rub shoulders with Riga’s elite in this beautiful Classicist building.

Aspasijas bulv 3, 011-371-6707-3777, www.opera.lv
Tags: things to do | culture | architecture

Museum of Occupation

Learn about the city’s struggle under Nazi, then Soviet, occupation and get a glimpse of what life was like in the infamous gulags.

Strelniekums laukums 1, 011-371-721-2715, www.occupationmuseum.lv
Tags: things to do | culture | history | tour

St. Peter's Church

Due to fire and war, this 13th-century cathedral has been rebuilt over the centuries (it was reconstructed most recently in 1971). Take the elevator to the top of the tower for the best views of the Old Town.

Skarnu 19, 011-371-722-9426
Tags: historic | things to do | culture | architecture

Takas Spa

If your feet get tired of pavement-pounding, take a break at this luxurious sanctuary – a heavenly blend of chic Scandinavian ambience and holistic treatments. Deep tissue massage recommended.

Kronvalda bulvaris 3a, 011-371-732-3150, www.takaspa.lv
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | things to do

The Central Market

Housed in five vast Zeppelin hangars, this fascinating bazaar has a definite Soviet feel to it. Shop for everything from caviar and pollen seeds to local meat and produce.

Nēģu St. 7, 011-371-722-9985, www.centraltirgus.lv
Tags: family | things to do | culture | culinary

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