ADD TO LISTRiga is one of Latvia's top travel destinations. If you're planning a trip to Latvia, you should definitely consider traveling to Riga to experience its world-class parks, churches, and museums. In particular, the Old City, Laima's Clock, The Freedom Monument, Bastejkalna Parks, Opera, and Old Town are all highly recommended if you travel to Riga. But there's a lot more to check out in Riga, so be sure to look around the Riga travel guide in more detail.
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A good place to stay is the B&B on Gertrudes iela/Krisjanis Barona iela. It only takes two stops by tram to downtown Riga or a 10 min walk in a pleasant area. Accomodation includes free internet, a hearty breakfast always involving eggs and the total price (approx. 50 € per night) is quite reasonable. My room was fine and I had a good/new en-suite bathroom. On the down low: streets are loud and the floor was a bit on the dirty side.
To try typical Latvian food go to the Lido chain: the self service restaurants are charming with their wooden interieur and even without language skills you can try different dishes as you choose them just by looking at the display. You can get a good 4-course meal with a drink for approx 5 Lats. I recommend the cold beet root soup, courgette filled with minced pork (that I got - God knows what else was in there).
If you plan to visit Riga, take three full days. For the accomodation, I recommend KONVENTA SETA, a hotel***(*) in an old convent in the very centre of the city, tidy, convenient... It has no own restaurant, but you don't need one at that place.... there are so many in the vicinity. Close to the hoterl in WAGNER STREET, you will find the SKONTO fish restaurant, one of the best sea food restaurants in the world. I also advise to take advantage of your stay in RIGA to enjoy the rich and high quality musical life : GREAT GUILD CONCERT HALL, OPERA, RIGA DOM ORGAN concerts. RIGA DOM has one of the biggest organs in the world. If there is a concert while you are in RIGA, don't miss it!. Also visit ALBERTA STREET to see an entire street ART NOUVEAU ARCHITECTURE
Ok, going to riga, wasnt exactly a mistake: there are plenty of new and exciting things to see and do. The novelty kind of runs of when you are chased by a bouncer out of the strip joint, now, this was the first time for me, and only because the girls in Riga are sooo sweet. its dangerous. Tip: Dont go to a strip joint without a local friend. After you have paid your money, you wont even see your free beers, as you will be removed and harrased for no reason before you can even get your hand lotion and tissues. Remember, the rules and regulations in Latvia arent 1st rate, and if they catch you; you will be in a lot of shit. Tip 2: When there is a time for running; run fast and run far.
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