Latvia, Riga - The Art Nouveau architecture

Our route

Riga – bus to the Estonian border

Latvia map

 

Transportation

  • Ryanair flight from Warsaw to Riga
  • Flixbus ride from Riga to Tallinn (Estonia) – 4hrs
  • In Riga we use Bold App

Travel tips

✈️ ARRIVAL

  • Ryanair Warszawa Modlin ticket to Riga – PLN 39 per person
  • from Riga we continue to Tallinn – FlixBus – PLN 69.99 per person

? TRANSPORTATION

  • efficient access from the airport to the old town – Bus No. 22 – ticket in the machine 1.5 euro, or directly from the driver 2 euro (card only)
  • you can walk everywhere in the city
  • the vicinity of the station and the market are heavily dug up because they are building a new Baltic railway connection – it will be beautiful!
  • unfortunately it was raining quite hard – Uber doesn’t work, but we used Bolt as needed ?

? ATTRACTIONS

  • Free Walking Tour – 2-hour guided tour (in English) – great introduction to the history and the whole city – free, so we pay at the end with a tip – it’s worth it!
  • churches – St. Peter’s, Cathedral – admission 5-7 euros, towers 9 euros
  • Art Nouveau Museum (9 euros) and around ul. Alberta – beautiful Art Nouveau tenement houses!
  • interesting architecture scattered around the old town – Cat House, Blackhead house, Three Brothers House
  • Canal cruise (€15 – €12 when booked through the river cruises website – a super fun one hour cruise, first on the river, then on the canal
  • Church of the Nativity – an impressive building and beautiful decorations, you can enter for free
  • Central Market in the hangars where zeppelins used to be kept – soap and jam, fruit, vegetables and lots of woolen socks ?
  • there is a smaller Palace of Culture and Science next to the market (seriously, it looks the same) – it has a nice observation deck 6 euros

?? FOOD

  • the most popular Lido – a gastro bar with local food, a bit like a restaurant in Ikea ? you take the trays and choose what you want – prices around 3-4 euros for a chop/schnitzel; you get extras for that
  • Black Magic Bar – iconic place, looks like an old pharmacy, delicious desserts, you must try Black Balsam (4.5 euro shot) – taste … specific ?
  • Black Balsam available in every store, the cheapest probably in the Rumi supermarket – 4 euros, and now a promotion of 7 euros for two 0.2l bottles
  • Folkklubs ALA Pagrabs” (Folk club ALA cellar) – an insane restaurant in the basement – live music and local dances at 8:00 pm; great food, large portions and reasonable prices – you must try the local bread with garlic – a revelation with beer ?
  • Zviedru vārti – small family restaurant, good options for lunch
Latvia, Riga - Black Balsam and chocolate

Travel essentials

  • travel dates: 29 August – 1 Sept 2022
  • accommodation: Hanza Hotel
  • currency: euro (€)

 

TIPS:

  • Old Town is easily accessible on foot
  • River cruises are 20% off when booking on the website – Riga Canal Cruise

Our itinerary

Day 1 – 29.08.2022

  • arrived at the airport at 18:00
  • took bus to the Old Town
  • checked in to the hotel
  • walk around Old Town

Day 2 – 30.08.2022

  • toured the Riga Central Market
  • completed a Walking Tour of the Old Town
  • enjoyed a traditional Latvian lunch at Lido
  • tried Black Balsam at the world famous Black Magic Cafe
  • shopped for local merchandise
  • visited famous Three Brothers and Blackheads House
  • explored the Old Town’s lesser know highlights

Day 3 – 31.08.2022

  • toured The Riga Art Nouveau District with an amazing architecture
  • visited the Art Nouveau Museum
  • roamed the back streets of the Old Town
  • enjoyed a River Cruise through the Cities internal canal
  • attended a Latvian Folk Club for traditional food and dance
  • tried traditional Latvian Garlic Rye Bread

Day 4 – 01.09.2022

  • boarded a Flixbus to Tallinn at 9:50

What to do

  • explore Riga Old Town (Vecrīga)
  • enjoy amazing Art Nouveau Architecture around Albert Street
  • visit beautiful Art Nouveau Museum
  • visit the Town Hall Square
  • visit House of the Blackheads
  • find Three Brothers and the Cat House
  • visit Freedom Monument
  • shop at Riga Central Market
  • visit Riga Cathedral
  • walk through Swedish Gate
  • visit St Peter’s Church
  • visit beautiful Nativity of Christ Cathedral
  • strock the heads of Town Musicians of Bremen
  • have a shoot of Riga Black Balsam in famous Black Magic Bar
  • enjoy traditional music and dance at Folkklubs ALA Pagrabs (Folk club ALA cellar)
  • enjoy a cruise on the Riga canal

 

Still to do

  • explote Riga Motor Museum
  • visit Museum of the Occupation
  • visit Latvian National Museum of Art
  • visit Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation
  • visit Ethnographic Open Air Museum
  • enjoy Jūrmala beach
Latvia, Riga - Vecrīga ("Old Riga")

Favourites

Some prices

At the time of our travel:

1 euro (€) = 4,74 zł (PLN)

  • Bus airport to old town – 2€
  • Dinner for 2 with drinks – 31,50€
  • Shoot od Black Balsam – 4,50€
  • Chocolate cake – 4,60€
  • Glass of wine – 4€
  • Potato pancakes with sour cream – 6€
  • Small beer – 3€
  • Lunch with drinks for 2 – 28€
  • Boat cruise on the canals – 12€
  • lunch at Lido for 2 – 21,55€
  • coffee and Black Balsam shoots for 2 – 13,60€
  • coffee – 4,40€
  • Art Nouveau Museum ticket – 9€
  • Gin and tonic – 7€
  • lunch for 2 with drinks – 28,80€
  • Beer plate – snacks at ArtFolk Club – 7,5€
  • Bottle of 0,2 ml Black Balsam – 5-7€
  • Flixbus from Riga to Tallinn – 70 zł

Favourite places to eat

Our favourite local food

Latvia, Riga - Black Balsam and chocolate
Latvia, Riga - Potato pancakes with sour cream
Latvia, Riga - Beer Madonas Alus
Latvia, Riga - Pork meatballs
Latvia, Riga - Latvian rye bread
Latvia, Riga - Beer Mezpils Alus
Latvia, Riga - Gin and tonic
Latvia, Riga - Black Magic Bar
Latvia, Riga - Beer snacks
Latvia, Riga - Pasta with vegetables
Latvia, Riga - Herrings
Latvia, Riga - Black Balsam
Latvia, Riga - Black Balsam
Latvia, Riga - Traditional salad
Latvia, Riga - Pork chop with cabbage
Latvia, Riga - Turkey with potatoes
Latvia, Riga - Beer Lacplesis
Latvia, Riga - Roast beef
Latvia, Riga - Black Balsam and chocolate
Latvia, Riga - Potato pancakes with sour cream
Latvia, Riga - Beer Madonas Alus
Latvia, Riga - Pork meatballs
Latvia, Riga - Latvian rye bread
Latvia, Riga - Beer Mezpils Alus
Latvia, Riga - Gin and tonic
Latvia, Riga - Black Magic Bar
Latvia, Riga - Beer snacks
Latvia, Riga - Pasta with vegetables
Latvia, Riga - Herrings
Latvia, Riga - Black Balsam
Latvia, Riga - Black Balsam
Latvia, Riga - Traditional salad
Latvia, Riga - Pork chop with cabbage
Latvia, Riga - Turkey with potatoes
Latvia, Riga - Beer Lacplesis
Latvia, Riga - Roast beef