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A hen do in Riga makes for one amazing weekend away with its cool and quirky atmosphere, cheap drinks and awesome activities. With a stunning skyline packed with church steeples and castles and some of the best nightlife in Europe, it’s a must visit for culture vultures and party lovers alike.
What To Expect During a Hen Party in Riga
The capital of Latvia is the biggest city in the Baltics and is full of wonderful contradictions. One minute, you’ll be taking a relaxing stroll around the art nouveau Old Town and the next, you’ll be 90% proof shots of Black Balsam in a brilliantly bonkers bar. Make the most of your time here by booking some great group activities before your feet even touch the ground. This way, you know your days will be filled with exciting things instead of spending all day in your hotel room with a sore head!
This city is buzzing all year round so you can be sure there’ll be something going on whichever month you decide to visit. In the summertime, there’s beer gardens and open-air cafes offering cheap drinks and a place to people watch. Of course, it’s a rite of passage on your hen do in Riga to head out and explore the famous nightlife. With a mix of pubs, bars and clubs, you’re sure to find something to suit everyone’s tastes in this city.
Outdoor Hen Do Activities in Riga
Make sure to see the sights on your hen do in Riga and check out Freedom Monument, House of Blackheads, St Peter’s Church and Riga’s Central Market. Why not head on a treasure hunt that’s operated via an app on your phone that uses GPS to explore the top sights and set you fun photo and video challenges? What better way to make the city streets your playground? If you’d rather get that adrenaline pumping, why not hop on a quad biking adventure? You’ll follow an English-speaking guide on a 30-minute forest safari where you’ll take on loads of tricky terrain.
Spa Day - An indulgent spa day is a quintessential hen do activity in Riga. You’ll have two full hours of relaxation with full access to the spa’s luxurious facilities including the swimming pool and sauna. You’ll also have a 20-minute massage each that’s bound to make sure you leave here feeling tip top and ready for more fun.
Belly Dancing - Have a right giggle as you leave all inhibitions at the door and try your hand at belly dancing. A professional teacher will show you how to shimmy, shake and gyrate your way through a choreographed routine. Whatever your shape or size, it’s time to celebrate that beautiful female form with a final group performance.
Go Karting - If you and the girls fancy something a little more adrenaline-packed then try a go karting hen do in Riga. You’ll satisfy that need for speed as you take on hairpin bends and race off into the distance, proving once and for all who’s the best driver in your group.
Escape Room - Give your grey matter a good old work out on your Riga hen do with an escape room where you’ll have just one hour to hunt for clues and codes and solve puzzles in order to get out of the room and win the game. You’ll need to keep your cool and work as a team if you want to escape in time.
Bobsleigh Experience - Fancy trying something totally off the wall? Hurtle down the only Olympic-standard track in the Baltics, reaching awesome speeds in a bobsleigh. You’ll be piloted by an Olympic team instructor and will receive full instruction before enjoying two 10-minute rides each. Trust us, this experience is unforgettable!
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Local Food to Try on Your Hen Do in Riga
Whilst in the city, you’ve got to try the traditional Riga-style rye bread. A typical dessert to try to finish off your meal is rye bread pudding, also known as Maizes Zupa. When you’re out, you might also want to try the infamous Black Balsam, a traditional Latvian herbal liqueur that’s an enormous 90% proof. It’s a bit Marmite so you’ll either love it or hate it, but it’s always fun to try local drinks. Lightweights be warned, this stuff is strong!
Activities for Foodie Hen Parties in Riga
If you’re looking for a quirky dining experience during your hen do in Riga, why not try a medieval dinner? Get all the girls together over some great food with a menu dating back to over 500 years ago, complete with the waiting staff in medieval dress! You’ll have an English-speaking guide with you to ensure there are no translation issues. Take a look at our listings for restaurants in Riga for more mouth-watering options.
Cocktail Making - Once your full of delicious food, it’s time to ramp up the fun factor and get your drink on! Why not shake up your Riga hen party with a cocktail making class? A professional bartender will take you under their wing and teach you how to make the most delicious drinks in town. What’s more, you’ll get to drink everything you make. What better way to kick start a big night out?
Black Monks - Jāņa sēta 1, Centra rajons, RīgaAlso known as Melnie Muki, this restaurant in Old Town is said to be one of the best in the city. You’ll dine in elegant surroundings as you tuck into dishes including steak and vegetarian options with a live jazz soundtrack making sure everyone can sit back and relax. That said, it’s still easy on the purse strings with three-course meals costing as little as €20 per person.
A hen do in Riga guarantees a memorable last night of freedom! The city is jam-packed with buzzing bars, pubs and clubs with drinks at very purse-friendly prices. If you want to make a plan of action but aren’t sure where to start, let us help you with some night-time highlights:
Bar Crawl - There’s no better way to discover the city on the first night of your hen do in Riga than with a guided bar crawl. An English-speaking guide will show you around at least three of the best pubs and bars in the city. Do this early on during your trip so that you can re-visit the watering holes you like best.
Nightclub Entry - For a totally hassle-free night out, there’s only one thing for it and that’s to book nightclub entry for you and your group ahead of time. This ensures you won’t be traipsing around the street trying to find somewhere good to go in, or which club as the shortest queue so you can get in quicker.
Book nightclub entry ahead of time with Fizzbox and save yourself the trouble! An English-speaking guide will meet you at your accommodation before taking you to the club, and even taking you back again at the end of the night, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost! Simple.
One One - Šarlotes iela 18A, Centra Rajons, Rīga- One One is a fab club in a one of the hippest neighbourhoods. You’ll find only the coolest of the cool people hitting up this place for its carefully curated music, laid-back atmosphere and great level of service. Situated on a UNESCO site inside an old factory building, One One is an ideal place to end your hen night in Riga.
Kaļķu Vārti - Jauniela 20, Centra Rajons, RīgaKaļķu Vārti is one of the locals’ favourites with mainstream and crowd-pleasing music so everyone in your group can have a boogie. You can even have a slap-up meal beforehand at their top restaurant. There’s also a rooftop terrace so you can gaze out over the city with a drink in your hand in the warmer months. What better backdrop to your selfies and group photos?
Hardcore Hangover Club - Peldu iela 21, 1050 Riga- Head here to enjoy some of the most affordable happy hour drink prices in town along with rock and hip-hop tunes blasting all night. With quirky décor and a feel-good atmosphere, this is a great place to start your last night of freedom.
January and February
The coldest months are January and February where it's not uncommon for temperatures to go below zero degrees, so make sure to bring a warm coat, scarf, hat and gloves if you’re out and about exploring the city! It might be better hopping on a tram or bus during these months as walking around isn’t such an appealing option. Expect some snow and be prepared to bring those snow boots if it gets really bad! Check the weather before you go and make sure you pack appropriately. January is host to Riga Music Festival. This popular festival celebrates traditional local, Latvian and foreign music with symphonic concerts and recitals that feature showcases from music stars as well as emerging talent.
June - August
June, July and August are the busiest times to visit the city but if you want to avoid the colder months then heading there this time of year is your best bet. Just make sure to book ahead of time to ensure you get the accommodation you want and get yourself booked onto some great activities as well! Riga Salsa Festival takes place in August. It’s one of the most popular salsa events in the Baltics, welcoming loads of fun loving people to the city for dance workshops, shows and more.
September - November
If you want to avoid the crowds on your hen do in Riga, the best time to go would be in Autumn. You can walk around with a jacket on and enjoy the city without it being too cold or too busy. Perfection! Between November and December is Winterfest, a celebration of all things wintery with workshops, live entertainment, music and more. The city really comes to life around Christmas with markets and seasonal events that are sure to add some sparkle to your Riga hen do.
Getting to Your Riga Hen Do
Flights from the UK to Riga International Airport take around two hours and 45 minutes. It takes between 20 and 30 minutes to get from the airport to the city centre with buses and taxis waiting to pick you up 24 hours a day. Once you’ve checked into your accommodation, your Riga hen party fun can start right away as getting around the city is easy with most of the main attractions are all within walking distance of one another.
Getting Around Riga During Your Hen Do
Lots of the city is walkable but you might want to hop on a tram or bus to get yourself around, especially if it’s a chilly day. With this city being well connected, you’ll have no problem getting where you need to go. Of course, if you’re walking just make sure to cross at a designated crossing point as jay-walking is an offendable crime here that’s punishable with a fine on the spot! Don’t get caught out! After a night out and you don’t fancy the walk back to your accommodation you can hail down a taxi and get home with ease.
Now you know about all the fun you could be having on a hen do in Riga, all that’s left to do is browse the listings and see which activities take your fancy. From action and adventure to food and drink, or music and dance to something quirky, there’s an activity out there to suit every group. Just enquire via the activity page and before you know it, you’ll be sat on that plane touching down in Latvia, ready for the best weekend with your best friends!