How to improve your kid’s foreign language skills — Latvian or any other’s

Reading books in a foreign language at a young age offers a lot of benefits. It helps improve language skills, enhances cognitive development, expands cultural awareness, boosts problem-solving abilities, and fosters a lifelong love for learning and exploration. Additionally, it can increase empathy and understanding of different perspectives. So, if you want your kid to immerse in learning a foreign language, try reading books with your kid in a foreign language at its young age. And if you plan to improve your kid’s Latvian, look for appropriate books in Latvian language. Of course, reading a book in a foreign language […]

Printing photographs in Riga

Printing photographs nowadays is still a job and a hobby. Despite a vast offer of various contemporary options for printing images, which are available in the internet, provided by international market players, who offer image printing and delivery to your country, there still exists a need for an opting of approaching a photo laboratory directly in order to get a professional advise on image printing subject and make an order for a customised image printing service. Photo printing services offer in Riga is quite diverse. However there is just a couple of photo printing shops, which are the most popular […]

Private advertisements in Latvia

As in any other European country, there are also private advertisement websites in Latvia. These private advertisement pages allow to publish personal advertisements in such sections as real estate, cars, professional srvices, home items, apparel, animals, hobbies etc. In case you have just arrived to Latvia or are planning to leave, you might be in need for such private advertisements boards, e.g. for selling or buying items for home or while looking for some professional services etc. The most popular private advertisement resource is It was established quite many years ago and serves the needs of the largest share […]

A short guide for artists looking for materials procurement

Professional art materials supplies is the essence of a creative process. If you are an artist and looking for quality art materials in Riga, you won’t be disappointed if you visit a proper art materials shop. One of the most popular shops among artists is Vilhelms, located right in front of Art Academy of Latvia, on the Valdemara street and Kalpaka boulevard corner, across the street. Art materials selection offered here ranges from pastels, oil paint, watercolours, acryl paint for painters, canvases and various kinds of paper, as well as sculpturing materials to brushes and other instruments. The prices are […]

Interview with Bogdan Taran, Riga DJ and electronic musician

We publish a shortened translation of an exclusive interview with Bogdan Taran from April, 2015, initially published in Interview, photo: Anna Gabo Bogdan Taran, a renowned Riga DJ, came to Double Coffee by bicycle despite a still cool weather. A free fashion style posed that he is a person, who is a DJ and an author of popular tracks, as well as a professional working in the field of electronic dance music. Among his achievements in addition to the first place in the top of Latvian DJs, which he hold for several years, is own record label Amber Muse […]

Venue review. Laska V21

Laska V21 is a venue, where the most prominent electronic (but not only) music events happen in Riga. With a very contemporary interior, it hosts parties every weekend, serving a selection of cocktails, beers, wine, and soft drinks. The spot has a summer terrace and a secluded yard with novus with and music playing outside in warm evenings. The space has two halls, one is shared with the bar, while the other is destined exclusively for performances and dancing. With local and foreign artists, performing on the stage, it is getting very hot on the dance floor very often. If […]

Tea-rooms in Riga

Tea drinking is very popular in Riga. Visiting friends or sitting in a café might turn into the tea ceremony, let it be Chinese, Japanese, Latvian, or Russian. Riga centre is full of various restaurants, bars, bistro, among them there are also the tea houses and tea rooms. Not to speculate in favour of some of them, here are most probably all of them, which might be found depending on the preferred location. First of all, there is an ex-Apsara tea house in Riga centre – Tabu, which is located in Vērmanes dārzs park. You can find the address information […]

Back to bars

The pandemic is over, while no one knows what is next though. Nevertheless Riga spots were revitalised a bit by a flow of people and have opened their doors to the visitors. Some time ago Expats in Riga wrote about places, where it is possible to listen to the music, grab a drink, and meet nice people. Here is a new version of the article, where we would like to remind you about the venues, which you might be missing during the lockdown. 1. Aleponija. It is a place on Birznieka Upisa street. A bit dark place, with an interior […]

Flower power 2022

Riga is a very beautiful city full of greenery in the spring and summer time. The winter is almost over but there is not that many greenery around in the streets yet. Expats in Riga magazine introduces some places, where the plant lovers could enjoy the beauty of flowers and plants or study more about plants. Botanical garden with a winter conservatory full of beautiful plants is a cosy place to visit with the family or friends even in the late winter. If you live in the centre, there is one more hidden conservatory on Rūpniecības 21, in the building […]