It's time for a hen party in Riga!
Riga has more activities than you could possibly fit into one hen weekend. The beautiful Latvian capital is a relatively new destination that will give you a lot more than you could ever possibly imagine!
Why: Reasons to celebrate a Riga hen party
A Riga hen do is a special experience. Not only is the city the capital of Latvia but also the largest city in the Baltic States. With beautiful cobbled streets and a stunning skyline of castle turrets and church steeples it's hard not to fall in love with Riga.
To take the stress out of your weekend we've put together a fantastic package that includes all the Riga essentials for your hen weekend but if you fancy something different then drop us a line and we'll get to work on your perfect weekend. A hen weekend is the perfect opportunity to experience the city. We've got a number of great activities that are certain to be enjoyed by all the girls. Our favourites include go karting, quad biking, shooting and winter sports. The evenings are just as fun, with 100s of traditional pubs and bars, great restaurants and terrific nightclubs.
Shop: Riga shopping areas & recommendations
There's a good range of shops scattered around the whole of Riga, with the highest number found around the Old Town and near the city centre. Local crafts, food and alcohol can all be found pretty cheaply, but bear in mind that the price of designer goods will be around the same price you'd pay in any other European city. Around the Old Town you'll find independent boutiques and family-run stores, or for a bigger selection of shops head to Riga's swankiest shopping courtyard, Berga Bazars, which has high-end shops, cafes, fitness clubs and a food and antiques bazaar every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Alternatively for more traditionally Latvian shops head to the Barona Centrs, another mall with around 40 shops and a small supermarket.
Stay: Choosing your Riga hen weekend accommodation
Riga has a number of great hotels, all complete with comfortable beds and excellent Latvian hospitality. Location is one of the most important factors, as well as any specific requirements you might have such as parking spaces or proximity to a train station and airport. It's important that you and the girls are in a favourable neighbourhood, and you've got to consider transport links (e.g. are you arriving into the city by train and if so you may want to be close to the main station). We've got some great options - have a look at our Riga accommodation page where you can find out more about our comfortable 3 star hotels, spacious 4 stars and luxurious 5 stars. Having helped thousands of hens organise their perfect accommodation, we're clued up on where to stay in Riga.
Party: Where Riga hen parties head after dark
Riga is a city that never sleeps, a mantra that's especially true over the summer months when the lively nightlife continues into the early hours. The bars start to get busy around 8-9pm and in general the nightclubs open around 10-11pm, getting busy around midnight. If you're looking for something a bit different then why not have a few drinks in one of the outside cafes around Dome Square in Old Riga. On warm nights the atmosphere's wonderful and the square gets packed out. Make sure to also add some fantastic pre-planned group entertainment into the mix so that you're guaranteed a great time, how about taking the group for a casino experience or a guided bar crawl given by an English-speaking local? Top it off with Guestlist Nightclubbing at a top Latvian nightclub and you're in for a treat. See our Riga hen night page here.
When: The best times to visit for a hen party in Riga
Riga is a city with a lot going on, with a huge variety of exciting festivals and concerts filling Riga's most popular venues throughout the year. The most popular event in January is the Riga Music Festival, celebrating both Latvian and foreign traditional music, and then in February you can pay a visit to the Bach Music Festival. In March there's the Latvian Contemporary Drama Festival “Insight” and then in June there's the Riga Opera Festival. Occasional summers see Riga play host to the Latvian Song and Dance Festival and every August Latvian's celebrate the Riga Salsa Festival. Over September there's a month of chamber music performances for the Autumn Chamber Music Days and then in November Riga's home to the Porta World Music Festival. Finally celebrate through the cold winter months with some of the world's most renowned composers and performers at Winterfest. No matter what time of year you visit the Latvian city you can be sure the girls wont soon forget it.