The 4 Best Neighbourhoods in Central Riga for Tourists
Let’s introduce you to each neighbourhood in turn, before looking at some of the best areas you can stay.
The Old Town is situated at the heart of the city. Many of the typical tourist attractions are close by, and the area is great for exploring, especially in the morning or later in the evening. The Old Town is also a UNESCO World Heritage area, so any history buffs must include it on their itinerary.
Central Riga is another great place to stay if you want to explore the city, but it’s best know for the array of Nouveau architecture that dominates the streets.
Agenskalns is situated across the Daugava River from the Old Town. It’s not quite so popular with tourists, so you can enjoy a much quieter stay in the city. There are several parks, wooden houses, and a Saturday market where you can shop for local produce.
Lovers of nature have to add the Mezaparks district to their list of places to visit. The name itself means “forest park”, which kind of gives the game away. The district is located along the shore of Lake Kisezers, a little north of Riga’s downtown area. There’s plenty to do including beaches, a zoo, nature trails and water sports.
The district of Teika is well known for its Functionalist architecture, and many visitors consider it to be Soviet-looking. The area is quiet and mostly residential, so the choice of hotels is much smaller.
If it’s a different side of city life you want to see, head to Miera Iela. The atmosphere is very Bohemian, with a great hippie vibe. There are plenty of trendy cafes and boutiques as well as street art and galleries.
1. Old Town
The Old Town district, located in the centre of Riga, is a must place to visit, especially for first time tourists to the city. This historic centre has a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its historic value and importance.
As well as experiencing Riga’s rich architectural heritage there are also some delightful narrow streets to wander along. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars serving some of Latvia’s traditional food.
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This quaint district is located on the left bank of the Daugava River. It’s quite an old area with rather an abundance of small wooden houses.
Something else that attracts many tourists is the weekly market. And when you want to enjoy some down time away from the bustle of the city there are some relaxing green spaces and parks.
This is the main railway station for the capital city and most forms of public transport stop in the area.
From the Central Station you can take a train to Russia, Belarus, and Lithuania. While you’re waiting for your train there’s a large shopping centre and close by there’s the largest cinema in the city.
The central station fits in well with budget spending, exposure to a variety of goods and services from Belgium and affordable accommodation. Here you will meet people from all walks of life doing business or on transit.
Diamond is the main product on sale. The high population ensures sufficient housing arrangements to make trading easier. Other districts within Antwerp can be easily accessible from the central station, which makes it strategic.