In summer take a boat trip on the Daugava river from Akmens bridge
Organ recitals are held every Friday at Riga Cathedral
Riga drivers seem to have a death wish and often ignore pedestrians
If your time in Riga is limited it's best to stick to the main tourist trail.
But if you have a little longer there are other sights worth seeking out in a city with such a lively atmosphere as well as rich medieval heritage.
One of the largest markets in Europe, this lively bazaar is the major focal point of the city. The bustling, colourful market is held inside and partly outside five 35m tall Zeppelin hangars just behind the bus station.
You can buy virtually anything here, from a DVD player to a sheep carcass. There are currently over 1,200 stalls, with buildings entirely devoted to selling cheese and vegetables. If you get lost inside, you won't be the first. It has grown even bigger in recent years and now seems to be bursting at the seams.
Latvians love museums. They are everywhere and cover almost every subject. Memorial museums abound and the main ones are devoted to local city fathers like Andrejs Upitis, Ojars Vacietis, Aleksandrs Caks, Janis Akuraters and Krisjanis Barons.
Science is well covered too by the Latvian Nature Museum and museums of medical history, pharmacy and anatomy. Cultural and social exhibits are found not only at the famous Motor Museum but also at museums on telephones, railways and aviation.
There are also special interest museums on the theatre, cinematography, photography, television, porcelain, fire fighting, sports, architecture and even a museum on electricity.
East of Old Riga are many parks and gardens, mostly laid out in the 19th century. Parks on either side of the Freedom Monument were created around 1860 with Vermanes Gardens the most popular.
The largest is Uzvaras Park across the Akmens bridge, built around 1910. Smaller parks include Arcadia, with a mill pond and the Festival Song Park, with playgrounds and fountains. Alongside the parks are impressive boulevards with imposing 19th century mansions, many now occupied by banks and insurance companies.
Riga Zoo was established by the Soviets and is distinctively located in a pine-tree forest. There is a very varied selection of animals here. Alongside the usual zoo residents - lions, polar bears and so on - are sections devoted to insects and frogs.
It is also a good place to see animals not normally seen in Western zoos such as Tibetan wild donkeys. The surrounding forest park, close to Lake Kisezers, is a big favourite with Riga residents.
Strolling around Riga you may come across padlocks clamped to bridge railings (see photo above). It's a custom believed to have started in Hungary where couples declare their bond by fixing a padlock to the bridge and throwing the keys into the waters below.
Typical is the footbridge over the Pilsetas Canal in the Old City. Many couples have their names engraved on the padlock. Not quite sure what happens to the keys in winter when the water is frozen over though.