The week after Paris, I was off for a long weekend to Riga in Latvia with my boyfriend, my good friend Jennifer, and her company. This Baltic gem has been on my bucketlist for a long time now, and I was so happy when they agreed to join me to this perfect winter destination. Ok, perfect minus the insane Siberian cold. Rickie's flight from London got cancelled due to bad whether conditions, so he actually arrived one day later than planned but oh well. Despite that, we had a really good time in Riga!
As you can see, Riga has a beautiful Old Town that is a must-see for any visitors. Most of the main attractions are located here and since our apartment was nearby, we explored most of the city by foot. Some of the sights we explored were the well-known House of the Blackheads, Three Brothers, The Freedom Monument, and of course St. Peter's Church, which offers a panoramic view of the city.
On our last day in Riga we spontaneously decided to go ice skating, so we took a taxi to Lido Atputas Centrs, a nice traditional Latvian themed amusement park. They had a huge buffet restaurant, which was pretty good too. Definitely recommended if you want to try proper traditional dishes to a decent price but personally I think buffets in general are the worst. I just have no self-control...
One of my favourite places to visit was the Latvian National Museum of Art. It houses the richest collection of national art in Latvia and it's 100% worth a visit.
When it comes to food I must say I'm a fond of Latvian cuisine so I made sure we ate local as much as possible while in Riga. My main recommendations would be to dine at Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs. I loved the atmosphere at this place, the food was good and the beers are apparently really excellent too. And they do live music five times a week. Also, right across the street is Trompete, a cool live jazz bar - another place we enjoyed a lot. Both places is worth to check out.
In terms of accommodation, I can not recommend Riga Lux Apartments Skolas enough. We rented a huge centrally located penthouse apartment with two bedrooms for about 200 Norwegian kroner (20 pounds) each per night. Perhaps we were lucky because it was off-peak season, but still worth to have a look if you're going to Riga any time soon. It definitely made our stay in Riga extra comfortable.
And that's my Riga recap for now! Obviously I have only been there three days so I'm no local expert in giving advice on what's best to do or not but at least these are my personal recommendations. Overall, a lovely (underrated) city in Europe that I think one should pay a visit to.