Best Things To Do in Riga, Latvia

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  • Old City Riga (Vecriga): It’s said, with good enough reason ofcourse, that the best place to experience the feel of a European town is to venture into their old towns and discover their cobblestones stories. The old city of Riga is no exception and many of the city’s main attractions as well as important landmarks are located within the perimeters of the old city.
  • St. Peter’s Church: If the old city provides the stories, St. Peter’s Church provides the pictures. The church’s interiors could prove to be a tad disappointing when the edifice impresses as much as it does. Be sure to take the lift to the top of the spire where you can award yourself to some breath taking views of Riga.
  • The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia: Considered to be the best museum that depicts Latvian history during the days of Latvia’s oppressors.The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia highlights the plight of Latvia under the Soviet regime and the subsequent struggle for Latvia’s independence.

Below we have a list of things to do in Riga and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Riga getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Riga with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Riga

Here is the list of things to do in Riga and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Museum Of The Occupation Of Latvia

    Museum, History Museum, Exhibition , Specialty Museum

    Although the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia is regarded as one of the best museums of Latvia, the museum is considered to be an ugly reminder of what the country went through under the Soviet regime. The details of the devastation caused during the Second World War and the Latvian’s struggle for independence is very well represented in this occupation museum. True to its type of museu...Read more
  2. Riga Town Hall Square

    Outdoors, Square, Shopping Center

    A visit to Riga Town Hall Square will have you surrounded by beauty and architectural marvels. Having a tragic history however, most of the medieval square and its marvellous and lavish buildings were destroyed during WWII. But the square has now been rebuilt- a mixture of ancient architecture and modern patterns. Head over to the square to capture beautiful memories in your camera along with g...Read more
  3. House Of Blackheads

    4.6 (1172 Votes)
    House Of Blackheads

    Historical Site, Architecture , Heritage Building

    The most lavish housebuilt in the 1300’s, the House of Blackheads is a common photo on many a Latvian postcards. In its glory days, the House of Blackheads was a frat house for unmarried German merchants. The House underwent some destruction during the Second World War and was rebuilt by the Soviets. A fine example of Dutch Renaissance architecture, the House of Blackheads is not to be mi...Read more
  4. St. Mary's Dome Cathedral

    4.6 (928 Votes)
    St. Mary's Dome Cathedral
    The St. Mary’s Dome Cathedral or Riga Dome is a popular tourist attraction in Riga. A prominent feature of the Riga skyline, the construction of the building dates back to the year 1211. A stunning and looming structure, the cathedral is a must visit for everybody- including worshippers, photography buffs, architecture enthusiasts and history fanatics.  Trivia- the cathedral houses o...Read more
  5. St. Peter's Church

    4.6 (1041 Votes)
    St. Peter's Church

    Church, Religious Site

    A masterpiece of Riga’s skyline, St. Peter’s Church is slated to be around 800 years old. The best part about St. Peter’s Church is its view from the spire. All of Riga can be seen from the view deck and it’s indeed a sight to be reckoned with. Ever since it’s been built, St. Peter’s Church has had a long history of being demolished and rebuilt- the last time...Read more
  6. Freedom Monument

    4.6 (1204 Votes)
    Freedom Monument

    Landmark, Monument, Statue

    Like most monuments and landmarks that symbolize the lands freedom from its oppressors, the Freedom Monument is a tall structure with a proud lady standing atop the column with three stars in her hand, one for each of the three regions of Latvia. It’s the coming of these three regions that stood for the independent Latvia. During the time of annexations, the three regions were under diffe...Read more
  7. Alberta Iela

    4.6 (760 Votes)
    Alberta Iela


    Riga was the art nouveau capital of the world! To check out this art form, head over to Alberta iela (Alberta Street). The street is known for its art nouveau apartment buildings. Many of these building were designed by famous architect Mikhail Eisenstein. While there, do check out Alberta iela buildings 2, 2a, 4, 8 and 13. The street is a must visit for art, history and architecture enthusiast...Read more
  8. Central Market

    4.3 (160 Votes)
    Central Market Image

    Outdoors, Market, Shopping Center

    The Riga Centraltirgus (Riga Central Market) is Europe’s largest market. Housed within a huge 20th century building, the market is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The market is divided into: Meat Pavilion Vegetable Pavilion Fish Pavilion Dairy Pavilion Gastronomy Pavilion Trade Centre Farmers’ Market Flower night market
  9. Riga Zoo

    4.5 (471 Votes)
    Riga Zoo

    Outdoors, Wildlife Sanctuary , Wildlife Park, Zoo

    The Riga Zoo was established on 14 October 1912.  Since 1992 the Riga Zoo is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). A highlight of your visit to the zoo is watching an animal feeding show! Feeding shows include animals such as hippopotamus, wild boars, giraffes, reindeers, meerkats, seal and a lot more. If you are visiting Riga with your kids, the zoo should defin...Read more
  10. Latvian National Opera

    4.7 (814 Votes)
    Latvian National Opera

    Entertainment, Performance, Opera House

    If you’re looking for a place to experience some Latvian creativity and talent, which doesn’t involve sight-seeing as such the Latvian National Opera is a wonderful place to being. Home to many a top opera and ballet performances, set aside an evening’s worth of some stellar fine arts performance at the Latvian National Opera.
  11. Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

    Art And Culture, Museum, History Museum, Historical Site

    A little outside the city, the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum is an excellent place to explore the culture of Latvia especially if you’re pressed for time. The open air museum prides itself in covering a wide array of local culture; the local life of the 18th and 19th century is well depicted by way of artifacts such as recreated homes, churches, windmills, etc. The Latvian Ethnogra...Read more
  12. Skyline Bar

    4.5 (449 Votes)
    Skyline Bar

    Bar, Food And Drinks

    To check out the nightlife of this architecturally stunning and historical city, head over to Skyline Bar. Located on the 26th floor of Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, the bar is Riga’s only cocktail lounge in the sky! Along with wonderful drinks and delicious snacks, the Skyline Bar provides best view of the city.
  13. Cat House

    4.4 (147 Votes)
    Cat House Image
    No tour of Riga is complete without visiting the Cat House! The Cat House is a pale yellow coloured building situated at 10 Meistaru and on the roof of the building is the statue of a cat, angry and ready to pounce!  The local story goes that the owner of the house was refused membership of the Riga Tradesmen's Guild (Great Guild) by the merchants. As a silent protest, he had the cat tail ...Read more
  14. Espa Riga

    4.6 (604 Votes)
    Espa Riga

    Leisure, Spa

    Experience the art of pampering and relaxation at ESPA Riga spa. Using an award winning skincare range, treatments at ESPA include: Lava Seashell Treatment Baltic Body Treatment ESPA Iconic advanced back, face and scalp treatment Body wrap ritual and many pampering facials along with the regular waxing, manicures and pedicures. Visit ESPA spa and feel all your worries and tensions mealy ...Read more
  15. Latvian War Museum

    4.5 (576 Votes)
    Latvian War Museum

    Museum, Memorial, War Memorial, Exhibition

    One of the largest and oldest museums in Latvia, the Latvian War museum was founded in the year 1916. Back then it was known as the Latvian riflemen museum. Located in a historical building, the museum is housed in the 14th century Powder Tower- a former fortification tower of Riga. The museum was formed with the aim of educating visitors about the complex military and political history of Latv...Read more