Riga

Brasa

23 Jan 2017

This up-and-coming neighbourhood of contrasting architectural styles is sandwiched between the city’s biggest cemeteries to the north and south and between Riga’s busiest thoroughfares, Brīvības and Kr.Valdemāra streets, to the east and west. It’s an unusual district where beautiful art nouveau edifices defiantly stand next to communist monstrosities, where 19th-century two-storey wooden homes share real estate with unshakeable Tsarist-era brick factory buildings. It’s also home to seemingly abandoned cemeteries populated by small churches and centuries-old graves as well as joggers and dog-walkers. At the heart of the neighbourhood is Hospitāļu iela a street that’s home to a number of cafés, shops and beauty salons. Take tram No.11 from Kr.Barona to the Ēveles iela stop and discover a town within a city that’s begging to be explored.

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