Most travel books will tell you that the best time of year to visit Latvia is in summer, but we’d beg to differ. For starters, sunny weather which most people equate with July and August is hardly a forgone conclusion in Riga as anyone who visited the city in the past few months knows all too well. What is, however, nearly written in stone is that the Latvian capital is absolutely stunning in October. Yellows, oranges and even elusive reds are visible throughout the city’s leafy boulevards and its ring of parks that surround the old town.
But if, like many Latvians, you’re floored with a heavy dose of depression when the afternoons grow dark in the fall, there are still plenty of things to do to cure yourself of the autumn blues. Get stuck into some hearty Latvian cuisine guaranteed to make you loosen your belt buckle and to make your cardiologist question your reckless dining habits. If it’s nightlife you’re after, Riga’s pubs and clubs will be in fine fiddle now that the city’s students have returned to their dorms and apartments. Autumn, however, is also a great time to soak up some culture from fascinating art exhibitions to live music concerts. Finally, if you’ve had your fill of the ‘big’ city, then visit one of the nation’s most charming seaside destinations and a favourite of ours – the historic town of Liepāja. The winds of autumn are slowly gaining in strength, but Riga In Your Pocket will help you stay warm and entertained. Don't forget to download our free In Your Pocket City Essentials app.

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