When I say two days in Riga it wasn’t actually a full two days. And of course, two days is never enough time to fully explore all that a city has to offer but if you only have a few days in one of the Baltic capitals this is how you should spend it. Don’t forget to bring a scarf, it’s a chilly place! And check out my Riga: Bucket List to see and do all that Riga has to offer. Can’t wait to head back to this chilly capital!
Arrived in Riga. We flew from Tallinn (via AirBaltic and after a mild phone tragedy, AirBaltic is becoming one of my favorite airlines; (☝🏼triple check to make sure you have all the goods before getting off the plane). Jumped on the bus and headed towards Elizabeth’s Youth Hostel; which was a small walk from the train station and Old Town. We ended up having a small situation with the hostel and then it started snowing. In April. By that point it was clear… it was dinner time. Since it was rather late and we were both tired and hungry we decided to wander around a little bit and get food. Being the frugal and financially responsible somewhat adults that we are – we went grocery shopping and made an ‘interesting’ but fulfilling meal, and kept the leftovers for snacks!
Riga Nativity of Christ Cathedral:
Built in 1876, is the biggest Orthodox Church in the city and survived two world wars. Despite that, in the early 1960’s the Soviet Union decided to close the doors and turn the church the Republic House of Knowledge, a planetarium. The restoration began again in the late 1990’s and still continues today.
This was all we could manage to do since it was freezing. We spent some time wandering around the park, talking about life and once you could see my breath freezing as I talked we knew it was time to head back to the hostel, crank up the heat and get a good nights sleep. Which is vital since this was the last part of our hectic week-long trip and were headed back to Madrid and the classroom after this.
This was really our only full day in Riga and we planned to take full advantage of it. Started the morning off early and wander down to the shop to pick up some breakfast to go and wandered toward Old Town for our….FREE WALKING TOUR!
After the walking tour, you are most likely going to be hungry! And while there are a number of delicious places to eat in Old Town, refrain if you can and walk over to the Riga Central Market and find some scrumptious tasty bites to devour over there!
After you fill your belly with scrumptious and delicious Riga delights, walk back through the Kronvalda Park, talk a selfie with the astronaut monkey, ponder why your hometown doesn’t have an astronaut monkey and continue onwards through the Art Nouveau District.
End your adventure by taking a selfie with the Riga Black Cat, find some black Balsam shots and enjoy rest of your time!
Jump on the bus and head back to the airport, until next time Riga ✌🏽
If you are headed to Riga soon, check out my Riga: Bucket List.
Have you been to Riga, Latvia before? What was your favorite part?