Riga is very famous for its wooden buildings, art nouveau architecture and medieval Old Town; located on the shore of the Baltic Sea. You can find everything in the city center: shopping malls, international cuisine restaurants, premium hotels, bars and 800-year old architectural masterpieces. Most of the main sights are located in the Old Town, so you should start your city tour from there.
As some of you already know, one of my offices is located in Riga and I spend there a lot of time every year. I know this city really well and have visited many places over the years. For my rubrica “The Best Of”, I would like to show you some of my favorite places in the Baltic’s Capital that can be very enjoyable if you visit the city for business or with family!
Best to have a cigar
The Oak Lounge
This cigar bar is the perfect place to purchase and enjoy a cigar. They have over 150 different options for you as well as the fine selection of more than 130 whiskeys. Great music, excellent drinks and service will make your evening unforgettable.
Address: Jeruzalemes iela 10, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
Best to play golf
Ozo Jurmala Golf
Located on a picturesque bank of Lake Ķīšezers, 20 minutes away from the city center. The Golf Club spreads on a vast territory where you can enjoy a game to the fullest. As soon as you finish, you should definitely have a delicious dinner in a club’s restaurant.
Address: Mīlgrāvja iela 16, Rīga, LV-1034, Latvia
Reinis Golf Club
A little smaller than the Ozo Golf Club, located in the Gauja National Park. Reinis can boast of the gorgeous view overlooking the hills and the river valley. Here you can learn many things and tricks from real professionals.
Address: Krimuldas pagasts, Rīga, LV-2144, Latvia
Best for yachting
Andrejostas Yacht Club
Only several minutes away from the city center, the Andrejostas Yacht Club is the heart of yachting in Riga.
A beautiful place with friendly service and special atmosphere. It can boast of spacious rooms, nice restaurants, good marina and boats. Everything you need for a fine yachting experience is here.
Address: Eksporta iela 1A, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
Best to have a steak
A beautiful restaurant in the Old Town. Very good choice of meat and steaks so you will definitely find something to your taste. A high-end restaurant features nordic interior, perfectly prepared dishes and excellent service.
Address: Skārņu iela 6, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
One of the 30 best restaurants in Latvia, located in the Old City too. Great style and atmosphere, dishes for every taste. Delicious appetizers, juicy steaks and unique drinks will make your evening truly memorable.
Address: Jeruzalemes iela 5, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
A restaurant with moderately priced steaks, pizza and pasta. Here you can see a wide range of signature cocktails featuring specific mixology and unique serving. A nice terrace is the perfect place for a dinner during warm seasons.
Address: Kaļķu iela 4, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
This restaurant is located close to the river with a great view of the Old Town. The extensive menu offers a big selection of delicious steaks and wines. An affordable experience of fine dining.
Address: Balasta dambis 70, Rīga, LV-1048, Latvia
Best italian cuisine
Located in the heart of Riga, this restaurant will remind you of your last vacation in Italy. Here you feel like home and can always enjoy fresh meat, fruits, vegetables and taste authentic Italian cuisine.
Address: Elizabetes iela 10B, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
Best terrace/cocktail bar
Located on the 5th floor of the hotel “Gutenbergs”, this is the only restaurant where you can enjoy the beauty of the Old Town towers all year long. The perfect place to have a drink or an impeccable lunch or dinner experience. This place will exceed your expectations for sure.
Address: Doma laukums 1, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
The bar is located on the 26th floor so here you will have the best view overlooking the city. A sophisticated place with excellent service and outstanding drinks, the best classic and signature cocktails in town.
Address: Elizabetes iela 55, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
Best for a special evening
Every meal here is an artwork, which looks delicious and tastes unbelievably good. Highly recommended for people who value quality over quantity. A hidden gem in food craft.
Address: Elizabetes iela 22, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
A very special place, which presents a mix of Spanish, French, Italian and Greek culinary traditions and has a vide range of the best Mediterranean wines. Exceptional service, big selection of dishes and peaceful interior.
Address: Elizabetes iela 22, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
A great place for Italian cuisine lovers, here you can enjoy fresh seafood of the highest quality. The menu is large as well as the wine card. Every dish is delicious and the service is top-notch.
Address: Ausekļa iela 7, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
Best for fish
All kinds of seafood are served in this restaurant and a self-mix seafood platter is highly recommended. A server can help you find a perfect bottle of wine for any dish. You will undoubtedly have an unforgettable gastronomic experience.
Address: Dzirnavu iela 41, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
Best for Shopping
The mall is split into two buildings. In the main one you can find a variety of shops and restaurants, the other building has electronics, home decor and so on. Everything you need you can buy here. There is also a nice playroom for children which makes this place perfect for the whole family.
Address: Lielirbes iela 29, Rīga, LV-1046, Latvia
Fashion center in the heart of the city. Two floors with 20 shops of world-famous brands. The world of luxury for real fashion lovers.
Address: Brīvības bulvāris 21, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Alessandro Rocco Pietrocola is an entrepreneur and investor based in London and operating mainly in Europe, Asia and Oceania with main focus on UK, Baltic Countries, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Middle East and New Zealand as area of interest! At the moment is the CEO of Astorts Group. He is an UK FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) Approved Person and is has great experience as director of regulated companies. He uses to dedicate part of his life to inspire others and help them achieve the most out of their life. Since he was 20, he had successfully founded and managed several companies operating in the field of management consulting, wealth management and fintech. He loves travelling, he is a cigars lover, an amateur golfer and a dapper man.