As promised, here are some of my favorite places you go and enjoy the view. All the rest becomes meaningless or at least less & less important.
Andrejsala is a special place in Riga. Very urban and industrial feeling, but that view on the river Daugava and ships and boats passing by can’t leave you behind. There are several places, my favorite is Koya. Check also Aqua Luna and Muusu Terase:
Osta. Restorāns ar skatu
On the other cost of the river Daugava. Just opposite Andrejsala. Ķīpsala is another great escape from touristic Riga. Žaņa Lipkes Memorial is a must visit place for sure.
If you are up 4 getting up – try Dome Hotel Spa. This is no sea/lake view, but the restaurant and hotel is very nice and reservation of a table on their top terrace can give you a nice get away from the touristic rush in the Old Town and some fresh view on the lovely roofs of Old Riga.
I can not imagine my room with a view without a view on the seaside. Thus head to Jūrmala and have a cup of coffee or light dinner @ 36 līnija
If you wanna have a view on the river Lielupe – try Laivas
If you just want to see the seaside, why not grab a čebureki? This is not a place with a view, but worth stopping by while heading to the beach. Don’t get afraid of that low budget outer appearance. The place is super popular for its dirty sticky fingers.
BTW there is also a beautiful concert hall in Jūrmala – Dzintaru koncertzāle. Its reputation is getting better and better after the New Wave has left 😀
During weekends or late afternoons, why not head outside Riga and Jūrmala and try some other places in Latvia? With a view and stuff, of course.
Close to Riga (30 min drive). A view on a lake. We have a saying in Latvian : “vakars uz ezera” – if translated directly – an evening on a lake, but its true meaning is: CIAO, not like greeting, but when it’s all fucked up and it’s gone, done, fiasko. Anyone who can explain it better – please help me here.
A bit more than 1 hour drive from Riga. Don’t know if open during winter, but perfect get away spot in summer for sure.
Here gonna be my café in Engure. One day.
Even possible to stay over.
Must see town in Latvia – Kuldīga. 2 hours drive from Riga. Kuldīga is famous with its almost widest water fall in Europe. Red brick bridge. Wooden houses. Any many more.
Other nice spots in Kuldīga:
While on your way to Tērvete (hour and a half away from Riga), which is a beautiful park for kids and fairy tale lovers try Zoltners. For more hard core experience lovers – try Pokaiņi forest.
My favorite town in Latvia. It is a city btw. The second biggest after Daugavpils. But for me it is more about the wind, the sea, the roots, of course. It is 3 hours drive from Riga. Don’t get scared. Take a flight.
After concert @ Lielais Dzintars (in English: Great Amber) or performance @ Liepājas theater I would love to have a cozy dinner @ MO (some relation with famous Latvian basket ball player Porziņģis). For a lovely view try Promenāde. For alternative experience try Fontaine.
A great get away from the city – Bernāti beach. Try Chill Inn.
A bit more than 3 hours away from Riga. But it has another great concert hall – Gors. It is in Latgalian (another Latvian dialect) and it means spirit. Stay over @ BĀKA (40 km from Rēzekne though, but it’s worth it). Where to lunch/brunch or dine? You tell me.
Another nice town a bit more than 1 hour drive from Riga – famous with its architecture, a stone on which you can step and see Riga 🙂 My suggestion – get tickets for some concert in Vidzemes koncertzāle and have a glass of vine @ their Vīna bārs.
A place I hope someone will take me soon – Villa Santa or Jonathan Spa. Surely report will follow.
To be continued.
grab a drink & speak easy ….