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 […]

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 […]

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.

A short trip to the Riga gulf coast

Jūrmala – is the nearest and the most beautiful Riga gulf coast located in a half an hour journey by train, taxi bus, a bike (a bit longer) or a car from Riga. A wonderful white sand, a lot of sandspits, a broad coastal line with puddled sand strip, which makes bicycle driving along the sea pleasant and smooth, as well as a convenient planning of railway stations parallelly to the gulf coast, which makes walking unforgettable allowing to catch a train on the way home at any station afterwards. All these features characterise Jūrmala. Jūrmala is good in all seasons, […]

Autumn activities

The summer is over according to the Gregorian calendar. That means that there won’t be many warm sunny days on the beach, swimming, volleyball, and other summer activities anymore. Maybe just a couple of Indian summer days. Expats in Riga opens a seasonal column about activities, which might become an alternative, at least a slight one — for those who are in love with the summer. Today Expats in Riga magazine presents a list of shopping centres working in Riga. This might be helpful for those who are new to the city and maybe are looking for some apparel or […]

Autumn is the best time for visiting one of the most beautiful places in Latvia

The calendar shows the middle of September, the first month of an autumn. This season is very beautiful in Latvia, especially when the greenery becomes yellow, but the leaves still stay on the trees. There is a tradition in Latvia to go to the nature in this period of the year and to enjoy the beauty of colours in the forests, in the fields, and even in the swamps. The latter deserve a special attention since there is a magnificent place, Kemeri National Park, located in Zemgale and Vidzeme, with lots of beautiful swamps and forests there. It is also […]

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 […]

Basic rules for a picnic – do’s and dont’s in Riga parks

Summer is a great time for getting together outside. There are many options for open-air activities in Riga, including festivals, sunbathing, swimming, jogging, going for others kinds of sport activities. Besides that, it is possible to spend time on the grass in the nice green areas of Riga parks, which take a significant part of the city centre and might be a nice shelter in a hot day or even become a good place for an easy picnic. It is allowed now to sit on the grass in Riga parks except places, which are marked with prohibition signs and green […]