A free second-hand

FreeRiga is not only a name of a n entire movement, but also a reality. A new initiative Brīvbode (“A free store”) is clothes and utensils exchange point. So far there are two of these located in two parts of Riga, namely at Turgeņeva street, 13, and in Ciekurkalns district, at Viskaļu street, 36. It is possible to bring good quality things there, which are not needed to the donators as well as to take something from the assortment, formed by others absolutely for free. An initiative is aimed at social layers, which experience financial difficulties. People can come to […]

Meeting spots in Riga

There is nothing more romantic and adventurous than a correct choice of a meeting spot for a friendly meet-up or a date. There are a lot of place in Riga, which deserve an attention. Expats in Riga has chosen three of them just for the case you feel lost regarding the choice. 1. A traditional place, where many Rigans meet regardless their age is Laima clock – a street clock situated on the square near the Monument of Liberty, just across the street, in front of Hotel de Rome and McDonald’s. The clock bears an identity of Laima confectionery factory. […]

1 Euro deal

Some time ago it was popular to open shops in Riga, where you could buy different products for a small price, for example, 1 euro. These shops were closed, but the topic what can one buy in Riga for 1 euro is worth exploring in the situation of price increase on many products and services. Expats in Riga decided to make a small market research and present the findings in this article, covering various products categories, from food to household products. So if have 1 euro in your pocket, according to the survey of supply in Riga shops, you can […]

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 […]

Green light streets in Riga

Riga has quite a straight planning of streets. The roads cross in the centre at right angles and there are a lot of parallel streets therefore. The automobile traffic is not very intense but might be busy in the beginning and at the end of the working hours. Usually there might be not very big traffic jams between 17:00 and 18:30 on the working days. There are some tips for those who feel familiar enough with the city to drive a car without a navigation regarding the green light streets in Riga. In Riga the traffic is planned in a […]

Freelance and coworking in Riga

The choice of cafés and open offices in Riga, which are suitable for work Besides freelance, which has become popular in Riga, as everywhere in the world, more recently, even newer tendency in the field of work and working space organisation is coworking. Coworking literally means working together. It differs from freelance, which does not obligatory assume that a freelancer has a special working place. Coworking is based on interaction of people, who independently work on own projects in a shared space. This allows to decrease the marketing and rental expenses due to larger amount of tenants and their cooperation. […]

How to shop quickly in IKEA Riga

1. Register on the www.ikea.lv website. 2. Get an Ikea Family loyalty card via the website and save it on your phone or print it out. 3. Find those products, which you are interested in, and save them as favourites on the website. If you do not have a smartphone, print out information about products, including a section “Location of the product”. 4. In the shop go through the 1st floor till the self-service department with products on the shelves. Before the exit take the cart. 5. Find your product using information about its location on the website. 6. Load […]

Going for a Christmas tree to the Latvian forest

Expats in Riga magazine decided to figure out how to get a Christmas tree for free in Latvia. Each year, in December, AS Latvijas meži decides whether to allow households to cut Christmas trees in the forest or not. If the enterprise states that during this period of time citizens have made a damage to the forest, this practice is ceased. However, this year, as the year before, it was again settled upon to allow cutting the Christmas trees in the forests of AS Latvijas meži. It is legitimate to cut a Christmas tree only on the territory of Latvijas […]

Riding a bike: life hacks!

Expats in Riga magazine explores the city with the bike. Here are the tips on how to get home if you have managed to drive too far from it! Living in the centre opposite to living in Riga outskirts have pros and cons like a traffic outside versus a need to use public transportation to get to the city centre. Of course, you can prefer a bicycle as an alternative, especially in the warm season. But what if you get tired or are even exhausted after a long ride, say to Jūrmala and back? There are good news! You can […]