Here are five essential places check out after your tour. See Soviet Riga for the KGB House and Occupation Museum.
If you love Riga's Art Nouveau facades, get the inside story here. Set in the former apartment of Jugendstil architect Konstantīns Pēkšēns, the Riga Art Nouveau Centre has a magnificently restored period interior, with furniture, art and appliances, as well as a handy information centre in the basement. The stairwell is a masterpiece too.
Address: Alberta iela 12
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00
Opened in 2014, the National Library is a striking addition to Riga's skyline. Designed by emigre Latvian architect Gunārs Brikerts, the "Castle of Light" is a glass mountain symbolising Latvia's independence, and inside students rub shoulders with conference bigwigs. Wander over the river for tours, concerts, exhibitions, and lunch in the bistro or nearby Tējas un Sarunas.
Address: Mūkusalas iela 3
Open: Mon-Fri 09:00-20:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00
Even if opera isn't your cup of tea, it's hard not to fall for this white lady. Completed in 1863, Riga's Opera House has been an incubator of prodigious talent for generations, and you can enjoy it at opera and ballet performances in season. You can also book a guided tour behind the scenes, complete with a personal performance by opera soloists - for more information, contact Mārtiņš Šmits at email@example.com or +371 26143090. And on a nice day, the square by the Opera Nymph fountain is a delightful spot to relax.
Address: Aspazijas bulv. 3
Housed in five First World War Zeppelin hangars, Riga's Central Market is one of the biggest, most distinctive and centrally located markets in Europe. Browse acres of bread, cheese, fruit and veg, meat, fish and much else, in a joyfully boisterous atmosphere. The quality, prices and fun leave super-markets for dead. Bring cash and a good appetite.
Address: Nēģu iela 7
Open: Mon-Sun 08:00-17:00
Unveiled in 1905 as the first art museum in the Baltic, the National Art Museum just got a face lift and is a seamless blend of pomp and contemporary sleek. Admire 19th and 20th century Latvian art in the permanent collection and visiting contemporary exhibitions, enjoy great views from the rooftop terrace and do a tour.
Address: Jana Rozentāla laukums 1
Open: Tue-Thu 10:00-18:00, Fri 10:00-20:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00, Closed Mon