Artisanal Riga

Visiting Latvia as an expat and staying for longer than just a couple of days as a tourist allows to better understand Latvian culture, traditions, and mentality. An intense work, however, does not always give an opportunity to spend endless hours on studying these. Expats in Riga project has prepared this short article about Latvian artisanal industry in order to tell about its uniqueness and value as well as to suggest considering the pieces of artisanal art as great presents for family members, relatives, or friends, left in a home country. Those who have already visited Old Riga, might have […]

Walks around Riga

“Medics to the world” This sculpture can be seen at Valdemara street, near Latvian Museum of Art and Latvian Art Academy. The idea of this piece of art is to reflect on the importance of medicine workers, who need support of the society not only in the difficult times during the pandemic, but also in everyday life so that the medical workers could take care of those who need this. If you live in the centre, which is very rich with the greenery, you would definitely enjoy slow strolls around its central districts. “Monkey Sam” In case you are fond […]

Flower power

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. On the territory there is also located a tropical house of butterflies, which was open today, on the […]

Roofs of Riga – sightseeing spots

Expats in Riga would like to share some places, which have fabulous views over the city. First of all, it is the St. Peters church’s sightseeing tower, which is located at the height of 72 meters. It offers fabulous city views from the heart of the Old town. Address: Reformācijas Laukums 1, Riga. There is also Riga Skyline bar, which is a place on the top of the Radisson Blu Hotel. It has a wide variety of cocktails in its menu and it is good for sipping drinks with a view over the city, which opens from the 26th floor […]

Happy winter holidays!

This year as each year December and the beginning of January are the Christmas markets time. Catholic Christmas is over, but there is some time left until New Year’s eve. Many people make presents exactly on the New Year’s eve, making warm wishes and passing gifts to family members and friends. For the sake of different confessions and customs the Christmas markets in Riga are still on. Expats in Riga magazine names just several of them, which are the largest ones. 1. Christmas market at Domina shopping centre. It works from 14th until 30th of December. The working hours usually […]

Travelling to meet poetry. Rainis.

Rainis is a famous Latvian poet, translator, dramatist, and a public person. Rainis is a pseudonym of Jānis Pliekšāns. He was born in 1865 and died in 1929. He was married to Latvian poet Aspazija. There are several spots in Riga, which are associated with Rainis. First of all, it is a monument to Rainis, which is located in Esplanāde park, near Latvian Academy of Arts. It was oficially opened in 1965. The monument was created in honour of 100 year anniversary of Rainis birthday based on the sketches of the sculptor Karlis Zemdegi by his student Aivars Gulbis. The […]

Marcus Ryan. An interview with a comedian.

ER: As far as I know this is your first visit to Riga. How did you know about it? MR: It’s as far east in Europe as I’ve ever travelled so I’m excited to be here for the first time. I’ve only ever met a few Latvians in my time. I had to Google where it was! Which is sad, because I’ve been to many parts of the world. HahaI was offered shows in Estonia and Finland, so I figured I’d be silly not to make a stop in Latvia. ER: Great! What is your show about? Is it based […]

Going to invite someone to a date? Here is a list of friendly places!

The first date, probably the next husband “Parunāsim” positions itself as the most romantic place in the town. The name of the spot can be translated as “We will talk”. It is decorated in a way, which invites to discuss an interior endlessly. Even if you are complete strangers, you would definitely find something to talk about here. You can start from anywhere – it could be an old vintage film camera hanging inside the café or a tasty homemade pastry, a piano put in the middle of the space on the 1st floor or a cosy sign outside in […]

Cinema season

Autumn in Riga is always full of interesting events. Festivals, festivals, and festivals – music, cinema, theater. One of them is already running, but there is still an opportunity to get some tickets. Expats in Riga suggests paying an attention to the screenings of the Baltic Pearl movie festival, which takes place from September 19th till September 25th at Splendid Palace cinema. Some movies are shown in English with a synchronized translation into the headphones. Check the schedule! There are a lot of movies worth visiting.

Some spots that your children would be happy to visit

1. Centra sporta kvartāls (Central sports quarter) on Kr. Barona street 116a (between Kr. Barona, A.Čaka, Tallinas, and Ērgļu streets). 7 000 square meters of openair attractions for kids of different ages, including a playground for kids, bike path, basketball field, ping pong tables etc. Opening hours: November 1st — March 31st: 16:00-22:00 (on working days), 8:00-20:00 (on weekends and public holidays); April 1st — October 31st: 16:00-22:00 (on working days), 8:00-22:00 (on weekends and public holidays). 2. Playground for kids in Esplanāde park near Art Academy of Latvia. In case you feel like going out is a good idea. […]