Let Riga reinvigorate you: after a long day of work, this city is packed with unique leisure experiences to help you make the most of your business trip and turn it into....well...a bleisure trip! It's easy to let a city pass you by when you're travelling on business, but beautiful Riga really comes to life after dark. Check out these top five ways to spend an evening in the Latvian capital after you've finished a day full of meetings.
Nouveau stomping grounds
With over a third of buildings in the central district classified as Art Nouveau, Riga has Europe's largest collection architecture in this particular style. The buildings are easy to identify from their steep roofs, heavy building materials, and use of ethnographic ornamental motifs. The most impressive examples sit along streets like Alberta, Strelnieku and Elizabetes (where you'll find our Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga facing Esplanade Park). Līvu Laukums, one of Riga’s largest and prettiest squares, should also be included on your evening stroll; it's a medley of charming mediaeval cottages sitting alongside Guild houses, sure to delight any traveler.
You'll love the old world features beyond the paneled entryway of this historic cafe-bar. With its exposed stone and brick walls and red taper candles flickering after dark, Black Magic is committed to the story of its signature Riga Black Balsam liqueur, a 250-year old "cure" thought to alleviate all maladies when added to coffee or cocoa. Order a decadent Riga Black Magic Hot Chocolate, the cafe's signature drink, and pull up a plush armchair by the window to hide away on a chilly evening.
A night at the opera
The Latvian National Opera resides in a beautifully restored mid-19th century building in central Riga. With an impressive heritage - Richard Wagner was musical director decades before the historic Opera House was constructed - the company is well known on the world stage for its outstanding programme. Check for performances available during your stay - Tosca, La Traviata and Carmen are all on this year's calendar. Fans of choral music might opt instead for a performance at Riga Doms (the Riga Cathedral), renowned for its acoustics and its famous organ. Evening performances are held regularly, usually starting from 7pm, showcasing local and visiting talent. As soon as you know the dates you're traveling, check out the performances to reserve a ticket ahead of time.
The best views in Riga
Visit St. Peter’s Church, the tallest church in the city, for beautiful views over Riga's rooftops. The 130 meters tall Gothic tower will give you an option to see Riga from a whole new perspective. While you're up there, snap some photos and share them on Instagram with #RadissonBlu for a chance to win a 100€ voucher!
In fact, if you're tired from a long day stuck in a conference or meeting room, then you don't necessarily need to leave your hotel for a stunning view of the city skyline. When you stay at the Radisson Blu Conference & Spa Hotel, Riga, you can enjoy views like the one below captured from our rooftop camera. Fancy a night cap? The Skyline Bar, located on the 26th floor is known for its imaginative drinks - and of course its view over the city.
Futuristic fine dining
Martins Ritins is one of Latvia’s most celebrated chefs, showcasing local ingredients sourced directly from organic farmers at his restaurant Vincents. Dishes range from Seja Muscovy duck breast - served with hemp seeds, sweet potato and shaved foie gras - to the grilled saddle of wild Ventspils venison served with pumpkin, hazelnuts and beetroot. Just a stone's throw from the Old Town centre, the dining room is a surprisingly modern expression of white leather and mood lighting. There's no better place to entertain clients, but be sure to book well in advance.
Discover Riga's dining culture before you visit!