History Museum of Latvia
St Jacob's Cathedral
Latvia’s first Lutheran services were held in St Jacob’s Cathedral, which has an interior dating back to 1225. Today it is the seat of...
Located behind Doma laukums, away from the cathedral, three architectural gems neatly line up in a photogenic row. Known as the Three...
Oh Mojo, how you endear us with your retro wallpaper prints, shaggy rugs and dozens of other throwbacks to the ‘70s, like old radios and...
Vecmeita ar kaki
This cosy spot across from the president’s palace specialises in cheap Latvian grub and meaty mains. In warmer weather patrons dine...
Rīga Castle information
Lonely Planet review
In the far corner of Old Rīga near the Vanšu Bridge, verdant Pils laukums sits at the doorstep of Rīga Castle. Originally built as the headquarters for the Livonian Order, the foundation dates to 1330 and served as the residence of the order’s grand master. The striking bastion (which doesn’t look very castley when viewed from Pils laukums) is now home to Latvia’s president.
The castle also houses the History Museum of Latvia , which traces the history of Latvia and its people from the Stone Age to the present day. Displays are only captioned in Latvian, although English brochures can be purchased at the ticket counter.