Dubbed as Paris of the North, Riga will definitely not disappoint your shopping need. There are plenty of locations, stores, and malls to shop in Riga.
Below are some shopping experience information and tips:
First thing you would consider is the price. Be aware that goods in Riga can be a tad pricey. Prices of imported goods tend to be inexplicably high, local crafts, food and alcohol, however, are still relatively cheap. One of the best things about shopping in Riga is some tax free shops, which allow 15% return of the sum of your purchase. Bargain hunters might prefer to see what reputable national stores offer or for real cut price deals check out the Riga Central Market.
Shops are scattered throughout Riga, with the highest number being concentrated around the Old Town and near the centre. Several shiny new malls have also opened on the outskirts of Riga. Meanwhile, tourists are highly advised to buy unique Latvian souvenirs made of amber, gold, silver as well as natural linen clothes, wooden toys, dolls.
In Riga, you can find almost all well-known European labels. Compact location of shopping centers, quality service and ongoing sales make Riga a good place for nice and price-wise shopping. Also, famous brands such as Alberta Ferretti, ARMANI, Calvin Klein, Gucci, and Guess can be easily found.
Main shopping spots in the Old Town are Valnu Street (from Gunpowder Tower to Hotel de Rome) and adjacent Basteja Pasaza (Basteja Passage) with huge concentration of fashion shops and famous brands’ boutiques. Jekaba Kazarmas (Jacob’s Barracks) houses mostly souvenir shops where you can buy amber jewellery. Galerija Centrs (Center Gallery) is a shopping arcade in the center of the Old Town (more than 100 shops, mainly tax-free). Nearby there are small streets Tirgonu and Laipu with art galleries and souvenir and antiques shops.
In the center: Elizabetes street (from Kr. Valdemara str. to Marijas str.) with fashion shops, shopping arcade in Reval Hotel Latvia and shopping “town within city” – Berga Bazars (Berg’s Bazaar) near Kr.Barona street. Terbatas street is an excellent place for buying footwear and clothes. There you can find boutiques of well-known brands. Many shops are also located on the main street of Riga – Brivibas. Origo and Stockmann shopping centers are near the Central Railway Station. Large shopping centers Alfa, Domina Shopping, Spice, Mols are situated at a distance from the center. Those shopping centers are good places for shopping as well.
Even if you’re not a religious shopper, you will always catch yourself buying an item or two in Riga’s shopping outlets to bring back home. So enjoy you’re shopping in Riga!