Historic Riga hotels
12. April 2023
Riga today is a major tourism destination but where did farmers, merchants and pilgrims stay when they came to town in earlier times? Plus reviews of five Riga hotels with amazing histories.

Latvian Easter traditions
Latvian Food · 05. April 2023
Latvians have a rich array of Easter traditions, including whacking each other with willows, painting eggs and swinging on swings to keep the mosquitos away. Find out what's behind these pagan customs

The First Latvian Architect
Riga architects · 12. March 2023
Riga's elegant boulevard district was in large part designed by the brilliant architect Jānis Frīdrihs Baumanis. Rising from humble origins, he not only built a new city, he set the Latvian nation on the path to independence by starting the Song Festival tradition. Latvia's parliament, the music academy, the circus and dozens of other lovely structures created by him still grace Riga today.

Riga Black Balsam
Latvian Food · 05. March 2023
The intriguing history of Latvia's national drink Riga Black Balsam, and five top places in Riga to sip cocktails with the bitter black potion.

Riga Witch Hunts
Riga History · 14. February 2023
A brief history of witch hunts in Riga, looking at Latvian magical beliefs, infamous trials and execution sites in the city.

Latvia's First Song Festival
Riga History · 02. February 2023
Latvia's Song Festivals are one of the world's great musical events. Here's the story of the first one ever back in 1873, which had a profound effect on the country and its tune-loving people.

What to see in Jurmala - Spas and Sanatoriums
Jurmala Sights · 24. January 2023
Richly endowed with therapeutic mud, sulphur springs and pine-scented fresh air, Jurmala has for centuries attracted visitors wanting to improve their health. The tradition continues today with wonderful spas pampering bodies and nurturing wellbeing. Find out more about these oases of goodness by the Baltic Sea!

Public toilets in Riga
Riga essentials · 22. January 2023
A list of public toilets in central Riga with a map of their locations. Where to go when you need to go in the Latvian capital!

Garlic Rye Bread
Latvian Food · 12. January 2023
Ķiploku grauzdiņi, garlic rye bread, is Latvia's favourite beer snack. An ingenious response to Soviet shortages, today its on the table whenever pals meet in a pub to chug some brews. We look at five venerable Riga taverns and taste test their grauzdiņi.