Old Riga is interesting and beautiful in mid-March, with nighttime snows and restaurants that are foodie's post-soviet dream. Each evening, a few inches would cover the streets just enough, so that the cobblestone alleys became enchanted winter wonderlands. Wandering the old city with snow falling in my hair and furry boots on my feet, I loved the beauty and history seeping from the streets.
My must PAKT item for this trip, hands down, was my Spinster Sisters' Body Butter. The dry winter air can be skin taxing, but great for anyone with hair that tends to frizz! A twice per day application of SS Butter kept my skin hydrated, even when it got windy out on the water in Jūrmala.I was eager to check out the best restaurants in the city, and Riga did not disappoint. So many in fact, that I could not fit them all in, even with a full week to food explore. Should you find yourself in Riga, be sure to check out the below recommendations:
Best Bar(s): Folkklubs ALA Pagrabs (Latvian), Krogs Aptieka (apothecary themed)
Best View: Skyline Bar at the Radisson Hotel
Best Meals: 3 Pavaru Restorans, Vincents
Best Day Trip: Train to Jūrmala (with more great restaurants!)
Would I Return? Absolutely! A summertime cycling or road trip would be perfect.