Someone once described Riga as “the Window of the Baltic.” It is certainly a very pleasant window and much may be seen from it. Whatever the time of the year, it will be Riga – the largest Baltic city, which offers the most… The city, often referred to as the “Paris of the North”, is well-known for its architectural and cultural values and rapidly developing economics.
TRANSPORT TO AND AROUND THE CITY
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1) Radisson Blu Hotel Latvia Cocktail Bar on the
ACCOMODATION – HOTELS
Finding accommodation in Riga is a thankfully painless task, provided you book a little in advance. There are an increasing number of top range hotels mushrooming in and around the Old Town, whilst vast four star hotels are in abundance. And there’s good news for travellers too. The hostel scene is particularly well-developed in Riga with plenty of well-priced digs offering excellent facilities.
HOTEL DE ROME
Hotel de Rome is a five star luxury hotel, located in the city center near most tourist attractions. Hotel offers 88 guest rooms, legendary restaurant Otto Schwarz on the top floor, bar Romas Operas Gelerija and 3 modern well equipped conference and banqueting rooms. Rooms of Hotel de Rome are luxurious, comfortable and practical and suit well for both business and leisure use.
EUROPA ROYAL HOTEL
After a busy working day or sightseeing adventures guests can relax in one of the 60 bedrooms of the hotel, including Deluxe rooms and Suites, where each room features personal touches in furnishing and décor. For complete comfort the hotel guests may relax in Jacuzzi in Royale Sauna.
ADDRESS: 12 Kr. Barona St., Riga LV-1050, Latvia
TELEPHONE: +371 6 7079444
FAX: +371 6 7079449
RADISSON BLU HOTEL LATVIJA
ADDRESS: 55 Elizabetes St, Riga LV-1010, Latvia
TELEPHONE: +371 677 72222
FAX: +371 677 72221
FOOD & DRINKS IN RIGA
Since it opened in 1994, Vincents has become the prime destination for all those passionate about good food and fine wine. Vincents is located in one of the most picturesque parts of Riga, a 10 minute walk from the Old City. You will notice that the modern interior forms the backdrop for British-Latvian chef Martins Ritins’ inspired & constantly evolving cuisine. Vincents’ critically acclaimed dinner menu changes every week and provides a delicious journey through the culinary world.
ADDRESS: 19 Elizabetes St, Riga LV-1010, Latvia
TELEPHONE: +371 6733 2830
FAX: +371 6783 0206
OPENING HOURS: Mon – Sat 9pm – 11pm
Sun – closed.
Restaurant Bergs, decorated in a contemporary style, has been thoughtfully designed to provide guests with possibilities of calm and intimate retreat in the business centre of one of the most exciting city parts. Restaurant Bergs under the leadership of chef Kaspars Jansons provides their elitary clients with exquisite cuisine and distinguished service. The restaurant menu offers more to the considerate gourmand. The artful presentation of any of the outstanding dishes on offer is yet another chance to feast your eyes as well as stomach.
ADDRESS: Hotel Bergs, Bergs Bazaar,
83/85 Elizabetes Street, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
TELEPHONE: +371 67770900
FAX: +371 67770940
OPENING HOURS: Mon – Sun 7.30am – 11am Breakfast a la Carte;
Mon – Sat 12am – 11pm Lunch & Dinner;
Sun – closed.
One of the oldest restaurants in Riga, Monterosso was established in 1913. After re-opening in 2000 it quickly became a favorable dining place for sophisticated locals and international visitors alike. Carrying the heritage of it’s past into today’s glamour, Monterosso brings true Italian cuisine to the heart of Old Riga. The elegant interiors are complemented with a la carte menu created by world renowned chef Patrick Pages.
CONNOISSEUR’S SHOPPING GUIDE
STOCKMANN DEPARTMENT STORE
ADDRESS: 13. Janvara Str. 8, LV-1050 Riga
TELEPHONE: +371 6707 1222
FAX: +371 6707 1254
1st floor – Mon – Sat 9.00 – 22.00 / Sun 10.00 – 22.00
2nd – 4th floors – Mon – Sun 10.00 – 21.00
ATTRACTIONS IN RIGA
Riga has a number of interesting old churches. One of these, St. Peter’s, has the largest wooden spire in Europe. Another, Dome now the Lutheran Cathedral, has beautiful stained glass windows and many fine old monuments.
One of the finest old buildings in Riga, and indeed in the whole of the Baltic States, is known as the House of Blackheads. (The Blackheads were a society or club, formed in the fifteenth century, who took as their symbol a negro’s head, the emblem of their patron saint, St. Mauritius).
If you’re short of time, you can – at a push do tolerable justice to Riga and Latvia in a 3 to 4 day visit. It is advisable that you factor in key attractions for Riga itself – The National Gallery, The Occupation Museum, The Motor Museum, The Central Market and a minimum afternoon stroll through the Old Town (Vecrīga) where Riga plays by far and away its strongest suit, (temporarily overlooking the best nightlife in the Baltics) from the Latvian National Opera to umpteen bars, restaurants, casinos, and nightclubs.
NIGHTLIFE IN RIGA
Riga is the city that never sleeps, and this statement is especially true in the summer, when the sun so briefly sets. The diversity of cultures mingling in this town mix to create an interesting and exciting night out. Dance clubs, bars, casinos and exotic shows can be found on almost every corner and will accommodate almost every taste. Riga nightlife starts around 8-9 PM when people begin to gather in restaurants and cocktail bars. Night-clubs open around 10-11 pm. If you don’t want to go clubbing, just take a walk around Old Riga. On warm nights, the streets are as crowded as during the day and all the outdoor cafes in Dome square are full. We hope you’re lucky enough to find a table!
AMBER NIGHT CLUB
“Amber Night” is a club meant for people who wish to relax in a sparkling and unforced atmosphere, cooling off after a hot working week or spending an exciting evening with good friends. The club’s target audience is people aged 25 and over, which means no wild and uncontrollable teenagers. Visitors are able to enjoy an environment that is pleasant and relaxing if that’s what they want.The club has several different areas – the main room, as well as a lounge area. The idea is to offer coziness for those who wish to converse with their friends, as well as a place where visitors can dance to the best music of the 1980s, 1990s and today.
ADDRESS: Radisson BLU Hotel Latvija
TELEPHONE: +371 29401431
WORKING HOURS: Tue – Sat 9pm – 5am
ENTRY FEE: Tue – Thur free / Fri- Sat Ls 5 (including a drink)
ADDRESS: Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, 26th floor
55Elizabetes St, LV-1010 Riga, Latvia
TELEPHONE: +371 677 72222
Club Essential is the most attractive and the brightest pearl in the nightclub scene with its superior music, progressive light and sound equipment and also with its cool interior and bars. During a couple of years Club Essential has become a favorite and a top level club not only in Latvia, but also in Baltics. Club Essential is absolutely the most impressive and spectacular nightclub in Riga.
Club Essential has four halls, which provide entertainment for more than 2500 people. Each hall has a special interior, music, public and features.
ADDRESS: 2 Skolas St, Riga, LV1010 Latvia
TELEPHONE: +371 67242289
FAX: +371 67242287
WORKING HOURS: Wed – Thur / Sun 10pm – 5am
Fri – Sat 10pm – 6am / 6am – 10am Essential after hours
ENTRY FEE: 10pm – 12pm free / 12pm – 4am Ls 5 / 4am – 6 am Ls 3 / 6am – 10am free
Kaļķu Vārti is without a doubt one of Riga’s most famous entertainment venues. There is a reason for the long lines and big crowds gathering in front of the club entrance every weekend.
The interior of the nightclub will pleasantly surprise you with its mix of Riga’s historical and modern design trends. The club offers first-class light and sound system quality and a top mix of disco, r’n’b, house and mainstream music.
ADDRESS: 11a Kaļķu St, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
TELEPHONE: +371 67 224 576
FAX: +371 67 212 575
WORKING HOURS: Thur – Sat 10pm – 6am
COVER CHARGE: free
ADMISSION: 21 and over
ACTIVITIES & TOURS IN RIGA
Don’t spend too much time just hanging about the city or idling at hotel. Riga offers a lot of interesting and fun daytime activities. Action, adrenaline, desire for victory, sea of pleasure and unforgettable experience for you and your friends are guaranteed. The most popular daytime activities in Riga are: Indoors Go-Karting, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Paintball, Real Gun Shooting, High Ropes Adventure, Football Match vs Local Team, Laser Labyrinth.