Both Old Rīga and Central Rīga lend themselves well to pedestrians. For short visits, Old Rīga puts you within arm’s reach of most attractions; those in town for longer might find Central Rīga a better option.

Hostels dominate the budget scene. At the opposite end of the spectrum, luxury picks are divided into two categories: flamboyant throwbacks to Rīga’s aristocratic past or avant-garde gems straight from a Scandinavian design magazine.

Practical Tip: Live Like A Local

Planning on sticking around town for a while? Check out Rent In Riga (www.rentinriga.lv) for a detailed listing of available (and red tape–free!) apartments in town. Click on Vecrīga or Centrs to find a flat in the core of the city.