I plan on being in Riga for a day and a bit next month. Too short by far undoubtedly, but that's what I'll have - I'm really just trying to get a feel for the city (and perhaps the country). With a bit of luck I should be in th company of some people who know the city, but in case that falls through, or at least to give myself some impressions and ideas: What should I absolutely not miss seeing or doing? For photography, where's the best viewpoints overlooking the city? (Along the river?) Anyone have any restaurants, cafes or accommodation to recommend?
The best view over the old city and the river is probably from the tower of St Peter's Church. It's quite fun walking halfway over the main bridge over the Daugava and looking down on the men fishing through holes in the frozen river. The highest viewpoint is from the Riga TV Tower where there's a lift that takes you up to the observation deck.
For value for money, Alus Seta in the centre of town was pretty good (big platefuls of hearty food, and cheap beer). My favourite bar was called (bizarrely) Mr John Lemon - good cocktails, if it's still open.
And don't miss the market. It's a total cured meat fiesta.
Center is pretty small and could b seen in 3 hrs or so.
February....brrrr.... i doubt if weather could b worse then in Feb, but Riga is lovely!
u cant miss! just dress well (protect from wind & rain + waterproof shoes)
Old City is adorable - just all of it, personally i prefer Riga to Prague (it's somehow remembers each other),
there r concerts in Domo - try to catch one.
many guided tours passing there - u could just join one, or see where they go.