Looking for the authentic social areas in Riga (from Latvians).Visiting from NYC

By Traveller August 2, 2017

Looking for the authentic social areas in Riga (from Latvians).Visiting from NYC

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By John Traveller August 2, 2017

Hi there,

Traveling to Riga in September from New York City with friends. We have traveled extensively through Europe and understand the need to avoid touristy areas (such as Old Town).

I am looking for recommendations on the most authentic social areas in the city where actual Latvians hang out - so bars, clubs, beer gardens, restaurants and other potential cool spots. I will add, we are definitely more into the trendy/posh spots than punk/alternative.

Trying to avoid British/Australian tourist traps at all costs.

Thank you!

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For drinks with locals and nicely priced food join us in Burga on Dzirnavu street. Then walk down the same street to a local shop Būņas for Rāmkalni icecream and Valmiermuiža or Tērvetes alus. Pastry is perfect too. :-) Enjoy.
Local August 7, 2017
Don't avoid Old Town because it is really beautiful. I can suggest you to go there earlier in the morning (before 10 am) because that's when there are only few tourists. You should visit Central Market and try local products there I like Riga seaside (Mangalsala or Vecaki), there are a couple of new cool places opened near Vecaki Beach, Miera Street area with its cozy cafeterias, Illusium tea room and Valmiermuiza Restaurant. Kipsala, Daugavgriva Fortress area, Cabo Cafe near Kisezers Lake, Raunas Darzs for eclairs, etc. Have a great time in Riga! <3
Local August 5, 2017
Hi John! You have a jackpot. I am making private tours and my aim is to show real Latvia. Of course you have to visit Old Riga but its just 1 % of town and there are only tourists. You can check my FB page it is called ReaLatvia (real latvia :D but with one l )- www.facebook.com/visitrealatvia
We could cooperate grate holiday for u and your friends! :)
Local August 3, 2017
I would recommend the following:
Valmiermuiža on Briān street for beer
Rocket Bean Roastery - restaurant
B-bārs near Dome square - bar
Local Guru August 2, 2017