Riga

Romantic Riga

12 Feb 2019

Activities: enjoy a day at the spa with a swimming pool, saunas, steam rooms, heated lounges and a salt room at the Hedonic SPA & Wellness centre in the five-star Grand Poet Hotel by Semarah. The cinema is an oldie, but a goodie for a date and you can choose romantic old world ambience at Splendid Palace on Elizabetes (you can bring drinks from the adjoining Tinto wine bar inside).

Gifts: for traditional Latvian jewellery try Baltu Rotas next to the entrance of St. Peter’s Church, but if you’re willing to spend more on contemporary pieces that are more like wearable art then visit Putti on Mārstaļu. The Flower Market on Tērbatas is of course the best place to buy a bouquet, but if you’d prefer a gift that’s more risqué, visit SexyStyle at Barona 33A. For exclusive locally-made chocolates try Rienzi across the street from the opera.

Drinks:  For classic cocktails with a Japanese twist and a chic contemporary ambience try COD at Tērbatas 45, but for excellent drinks created by professional mixologists with Nordic and Latvian indregients visit Gimlet (closed Sun, Mon). In Old Riga you can reserve a couple of seats at the trendy Churchill Cocktail Saloon (Thu - Sat) on Aldaru.

Dinner: for a fantastic culinary experience we recommend Muusu, located in an 18th-century townhouse. If it’s romantic ambience you’re after then Naples on Andrejsala's waterfront will do the trick and so will Casa Nostra in one of the city's most beautiful art nouveau buildings. Finally, if you’re just looking for a romantic spot to have some coffee and cake, then drop by Art Café Sienna on Strēlnieku in Riga's art nouveau district.

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