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How to Spend 1 Day in Riga

How to Spend 1 Day in Riga

With its collection of art nouveau architecture, Gothic spires, and striking monuments, Latvia’s capital city Riga is one of eastern Europe’s prettiest cities. It’s also blessed by a creative arts and food culture. With only one day in town you’ll want to experience as much as possible, so here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Riga.

Morning: See the Sights

Riga’s network of cobblestone streets and atmospheric squares makes it a delight to explore on foot. To catch the city’s top sights, join a walking tour that leads you through the main areas of interest, such as the jewel box of an Art Nouveau district and Old Riga (Vecrīga), home to such landmarks as House of Blackheads and St. Peters’ Church. Alternatively, taking a guided Segway tour allows you to cover more ground, and a hop-on hop-off bus tour offers more flexibility: Get off at any stop along the route and spend as long as you like there.

Afternoon: Savor Local Flavors

Explore Riga Central Market, which is home to more than 3,000 vendors and is one of the largest in Europe. The market sprawls across five pavilions—old Zeppelin hangars now listed by UNESCO—so seek out a guide who can share information about Latvian cuisine and food and cultural traditions. Private and group guided tours of the market typically include tastings of a variety of local specialties, such as smoked meats, cheeses, herring, wild berries, and hemp butter. Having whetted your appetite, your guide can offer suggestions for where to have a late lunch afterward.

Night: Cruise and Dine

Round out a perfect day in Riga with an early-evening cruise on the River Daugava and Riga Canal encircling Old Riga. As the sun sets, get a new perspective on some of the city landmarks—the Freedom Monument, Latvian National Opera, Latvian National Theater, and Riga Castle. Afterward, head back to Old Riga for your pick of restaurants, from casual pubs to those serving contemporary Latvian cuisine. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even try a “dining in the dark” experience in which a 4-course meal is served, in the dark, by blind waiters.

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Best of Riga Walking Tour - Highlights and Hidden Gems

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Best of Riga Walking Tour - Highlights and Hidden Gems

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The Old Riga, Art Nouveau, and Central Market districts are three highlights within the city of Riga. On this small-group walking tour, visit all three and hear about the history and cultural heritage of Latvia. Learn about local culture from your guide as you stroll Riga’s scenic streets. Take time to sample traditional Latvian food.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Delicious Food Tasting Adventure in Riga Central Market

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Delicious Food Tasting Adventure in Riga Central Market

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Riga Central Market is one of the largest in Europe, located at the heart of Riga’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. On this guided walking tour, immerse yourself in local life as you explore the lively market, learn about Latvian cuisine and cultural traditions from your guide, and tuck into a variety of local specialties like smoked meats, seasonal soups, cheeses, dumplings, pastries and more.
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  • 2 hours
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The best of Riga segway tour

The best of Riga segway tour

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Cover lots of ground in Riga on this 1.5-hour Segway tour that covers all of the important landmarks. Perfect for those short on time or those who have difficulty walking, touring via a 2-wheeled, self-balancing scooter in Riga is easy and enjoyable. After a brief intro session, zoom off into the streets of Old Riga to see and learn about the history and culture of the Latvian capital.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Old Town Walking Tour of Riga

Old Town Walking Tour of Riga

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Get to know Riga’s Old Town on a 2-hour walking tour, and view the city’s historical highpoints. As you stroll from sight to sight, hear about the city’s past as a mighty seaport during the Middle Ages, and enjoy photo stops at the prettiest medieval landmarks, such as the Old Guild House, Powder Tower and magnificent House of the Blackheads. Learn about the Riga’s role as a member of the powerful Hanseatic League between the 1400s and 1600s, and discover must-sees such as St Peter’s Church and the Swedish Gate.
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  • 2 hours
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