Riga

Hidden Terraces & Courtyards

28 Jul 2017

In Riga you don’t have to go far to find a pleasant summer terrace where you can relax outside with a cold drink and prime people-watching opportunities, but not everyone wants to be surrounded by hundreds of other tourists, or, God forbid, a raucous stag party. If you belong to this group of travellers who prefers local company at semi-hidden locations, then add the following places to your Riga itinerary.

In Old Riga you’ll no doubt spot the charming red façade of Paddy Whelan’s on Grēcinieku iela and its flower-strewn kerbside terrace. What many passers-by don’t realise is that this Irish classic also boasts an enormous multi-level courtyard complete with a stage. Expect a great beer selection, an excellent lunch special for only €5 and great ambience.

A short walk away on Peldu iela is Trompete (The Trumpet), which similarly offers a small seating area out on one of the city’s undisputed nightlife streets, but on the other side is an incredible courtyard that includes an outdoor grill and an authentic wood-fired pizza oven. Stop by for jazz and a drink in the evening or a relaxing lunch during the day.

Perhaps the most unlikely location for a pleasant outdoor terrace with a view, is on the second floor of the Riga Bus Station (Autoosta). This unassuming cafeteria and bar offers a great alfresco space where you can enjoy cheap beer and spirits while taking in the vista of the awe-inspiring Central Market across the canal.

But don’t be afraid to venture off farther afield into the city centre, where some of Riga’s best bars and cafés are located. One of our favourite outdoor spaces is hidden in the walled private courtyard of an old renovated wooden building that’s home to the underground pub, Gauja. Sit on old aluminium milk canisters or picnic tables while sipping Latvian craft brews in the shade of a giant tree off of Stabu iela.

Although Charelstons on Blaumaņa iela has been attracting proper barbecue aficionados for over a decade, you might be surprised to discover that this sprawling restaurant has an equally impressive two-story terrace in a private courtyard. What could be better than an order of Memphis ribs and a beer outside on a hot day?

Another one of the city’s best-kept secrets is located on the roof of the Galleria Riga shopping centre on Dzirnavu iela. The food and drink doesn’t come cheap on this 8th-floor rooftop terrace, but the views of Riga are simply outstanding.

Finally, if you’d like to watch the sunset in style then take the lift to the top floor of the Albert Hotel on Dzirnavu iela. The Star Lounge cocktail bar offers an outdoor terrace that hangs above the street 11 floors below. A two for one happy hour is available from 18:00 - 19:00 and the views are incredible, but if you have a fear of heights you can also enjoy the vistas inside from the safety of a couch.

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