Riga is highly underrated. As a traveler from the US, I knew nothing about Latvia before booking my trip here, and the majority of people I’ve spoken to since share the same cluelessness.
Riga surprised me. I booked my ticket here on kind of a whim because Nick was on his way to Hamburg, and since I’d already been to Germany, I wanted a new country on my list. Latvia was easy to get to and inexpensive enough, so I went for it.
I got a little lost one afternoon in Riga and stumbled upon Apsara Tea House by accident. It was starting to hail, and I was still testing my luck with no umbrella so I ducked into this pagoda style tea house near the river.
The view from St. Peter’s Church gives me major Prague vibes.. except better because Riga is just as charming and it hasn’t been taken over by hordes of tourists.
I’m an avid seeker of European WWII sites, so it’s no surprise that a trip to the Latvian Holocaust Museum was in the cards while I was in Riga.
I stumbled upon Black Magic on accident while walking around Old Town Riga. I’d actually never heard of Riga Black Balsam before, which is not normal for me since I always research what types of alcohol each country is known for before I go.
It feels like every time I open my computer these days, I’m writing about a different Old Town. While I love visiting them for historical (as well as obvious visual) reasons, I’m usually left feeling slightly annoyed by the crowds of people who share my same love of old cities.