Friday, 5 March 2010

Travel in Riga, Latvia

WHY RIGA
The most elegant of the Baltic capitals, the Old Town lanes around Elizabetes Street are lines with stunning art nouveau architecture - just walking around feels like being in a museum. Stay with the architecture theme by visiting Riga’s cathedral - the biggest in the Baltics and home to one of the largest church organs in Europe. £1 will buy you approx 00.81 lati.

EXPLORE RIGA
Riga is the kind of city that’s made for long walks punctuated by stops in cosy caf├Ęs for hot chocolate and wedges of cake. Fortunately there are plenty of these - try Emihla Gustava Shokolkade (Marijas 13) or Cadets de Gascogue (Basteja 8). Coffee and cake will set you back around £2. For something stronger, head to the Balsam Bar (Doma Laukams 2) where cocktails are made using the famous Latvian Black Balsam liqueur as a base.

SHOP IN RIGA
The best bargains are to be found at the vast central market, where food and vegetables are sold inside four giant Zeppelin hangars, with a general market spread around outside.

STAY IN RIGA
The centrally located (and oddly named) Man-Tess hotel has comfortable doubles from £75 a night.

GETTING THERE
Ryanair flies from Stansted to Riga from £62 rtn. On Expedia you can book hotels, flights and car hire.

The old town of Riga, in Latvia.

1 comment:

  1. Is this what the Weepies mean in the song "Riga Girls"? That picture is awesome, sigh.

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