Riga city life
Riga is not only the Capital of Latvia, but also the centre of recreation, international culture and festivals and outdoor entertainment. While the impressive Old Town presents its historical buildings and streets, the Baltic beaches are waiting for their visitors.
History left its marks on Riga and gave birth to touristic attractions such as neoclassical statues, The Swedish Gate and Riga Castle. The Freedom Monument has a symbolic meaning to the locals, while tourists also enjoy the radio and TV tower, along with the Latvian Museum of Art, the Art Museum Riga Bourse and the National Library of Latvia.
The Old Town of Riga is a vivid area, with open-air chic cafes and cosy restaurants. The city is also famous for Vincents, a restaurant where the Van Gogh inspired decorations meet the Slow Food Movement and a large amount of famous visitors.
Clubs are in charge of nightlife in Riga, while spa centres and shopping areas can spice up a daily walk in the city centre or in the parks.
Riga also has a basketball history, with two European championship winner clubs for men and women. The most notorious teams of basketball are the BK VEF Riga, Barons LMT and TTT Riga.
International atmosphere in Riga
Riga is one of the European cities that turned historical events on its side. Lately, the capital of Latvia registered a touristic growth, along with an increasing amount of cultural events. The multicultural 800 years old city is a dynamic economy site that welcomes both students and tourists.
The high number of Russian working immigrants led to a decreasing amount of locals in Riga and this is the reason why in some neighbourhoods the local language isn’t spoken. In Riga you will hear Russian, Latvian and English, as well as other languages.
Many of the tourists come from England and Germany and the number of European tourists is evolving continuously.
Weather in Riga is humid, due to the approach to the sea, but moderate. The coldest days are in January and February, with an average of -5°C (23°F) and the warmest are in summer, with average temperatures of 18°C (64°F).