In many ways, Riga is the heart of the Baltics. Located smack bang between Tallinn and Vilnius, Riga is where Baltic culture, food, and history merge into a vibrant city full of life. Of the three capitals, Latvia’s is the one with the most metropolitan feel to it and, frankly, the one with the most fun. There’s a good selection of things to do, from exploring Latvian cuisine at the Central Market to checking out Riga’s hipster scene in the Miera district. Oh, and then there’s the piragis – oh man. Prepare to chow down industrial quantities of those bad boys because they are just scrumptious.
You can read much more about what to do in Riga in our weekend in Riga guide. And when your little feet are tired from exploring all day, you can head back to one of the following best hostels in Riga. Whether you’re after a good night’s sleep or binge-drinking till 5 AM on a Monday, Riga has a place that will tickle your fancy. And don’t worry – they’re all budget backpacker friendly!