A walkway in a park during autumn in Riga, Latvia
Step into a real-life fairy tale when you visit the Old Town. Climb to the top of the tower at St. Peter's Church for views that stretch to the River Daugava and the Moscow District. Explore the House of Blackheads, a 14th-century building, before wandering down the enchanting cobblestone streets.
The side of a building that displays art nouveau architecture in Riga, Latvia
With over 800 existing Art Nouveau buildings in Riga, you could spend the whole day admiring the intricate architecture. Instead, take a leisurely stroll down Elizabetes street to marvel at the ornately decorated buildings.
If you need to rest your feet after a few hours spent wandering the Old Town, find a bench in one of the many parks and squares around Riga and relax. Watch as the locals and tourists walk by. Grab a local burger and a cold beer from a street stall, and bask in the ambience of this magical town.
There's no shortage of street food stalls around Riga. Expect them to be serving up speka piragi, small bacon-and-onion rolls. You can also take an afternoon to browse the Central Market and snack on sauerkraut, pickles and the local smoked fish called sprats. Or satisfy your sweet tooth with rye bread pudding topped with cinnamon, raisins, apples, plums, cranberries and whipped cream.
Head to the Old Town to find boutiques offering up handmade traditional Latvian wooden and glass souvenirs, including the distinctive decorative lanterns. Jump onboard a Riga cruise and head to the Central Market for local, organic produce and wines made from apples, chokeberries and sea buckthorn. There, you can also find handmade knitwear, wickerwork and amber jewelry.
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