Business trips can be challenging for some, especially if it’s a part of your job on regular basis. Away from home while attempting to focus on tasks ahead can prove to be difficult if you’re in an unfamiliar environment. However, Riga is becoming more and more popular for hosting business functions. Here are just some of the reasons why.
The perfect setting
One of the main reasons this wonderful city earned such recognition is because of value for money. In and around the city you’ll find reasonably priced goods and services in comparison to most European cities. Simply put, you can do much much more with your money without sacrificing on quality.
Accessibility is another strong point. The center is also very easy to reach from the airport. Taxis cost around 8€ depending on the company. Then there’s the regular bus (no.22, services are generally very punctual) for only 1.15€ from the ticket machines available at the stop. Once you arrive in the Old Town, you’ll find the area embraced by a winding canal connecting to the main river Daugava. A perfect surrounding for slow, leisurely strolls. Very important when you need a well-deserved break to refresh your mind!
Riga is proud of its well-preserved heritage buildings, some of which are UNESCO-listed areas. Among them is one of the largest collection of Jugenstile architecture available just north of the city. The old town itself (closer to the river) is paved with romantic cobble stoned streets and these are within easy reach from each other.
Another note to make is the city's cleanliness. Many visitors comment on how pleasantly well-kept Riga is. Check out some of the parks by the canal and the newly modernized Arts Museum and other galleries to immerse yourself in a truly cultural experience.
Food for thought
In and around the Old Town, you’ll find plenty of good restaurants to suit your taste buds. But for an authentic experience, we’d recommend visiting the city center (north east from the old town, away from the river). Here you’d be welcomed by smaller sized, stylish eateries dotted around varying from elegantly decorated interiors to rustic and trendy spots. This is the area where you’d find yourself dining with the locals. Not only do they provide typically better-priced food, you’re also likely to come across authentic Latvian cuisines in both modern and traditional style which includes locally-sourced fresh produce.
Why not try the range of Latvian beverages to wash your dinner down with? Many local beers here surpass the majority of commercial brands in both flavor and freshness. Favorites include Piebalgas, Užavas and Valmiermuižas.
Feeling a little more adventurous than being waited on? This city boasts one the largest markets in East Europe, Rīgas Centrāltirgus, which spills out from 5 large pavilions to the surrounding areas outdoor. This is a lively place to taste some local delicacies.
A super-connected city
Latvia recently came in at the top in a recent survey of European countries with respect to their internet coverage. It’s certainly powerful and the coverage is impressive! What this means for you as a business traveler is connectivity available literally at your finger tips. On top of this, you’ll find that many hotels in Riga are well equipped with conference rooms which includes Radisson Blu Riga’s as the largest in the Baltics.