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If you go to Riga, Latvia; or Vilnius, Lithuania ...

Where to stay

Hanza Hotel

7 Elijas St.

Riga

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011-371-67796040

www.hanzahotel.lv/en

This updated, three-star hotel is a short walk from old town, central bus and train stations, and the Central Market. From about $50.

Hotel Tilto

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8 Tilto St.

Vilnius

011-370-5-2100021

www.hoteltilto.com/?home

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This 35-room boutique hotel is steps from a number of major attractions in old town. From about $70.

Where to eat

Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs

19 Peldu St.

Riga

011-371-27796914

www.folkklubs.lv/

This popular tavern in old town serves delicious local food and more than a dozen local beers on tap. There’s live Latvian traditional music and dance several nights a week. Entrees $8-$12.

Restaurant Medininkai

8 Ausros Vartu

Vilnius

011-370-600-86491

www.medininkai.lt/

In the heart of old town, this restaurant is said to be one of the oldest eateries in the city. Entrees $8-$26.

What to do

There’s no shortage of things to do in both Riga and Vilnius, but try taking a free guided walking tour. The ones that start at noon are called “Yellow Free Tours.” Meet the guide, who will be hard to miss carrying a battered yellow suitcase, in front of St. Peter’s Church in
Riga and City Hall in Vilnius. http://freetour.traveller.ee/

In Riga, another free guided walk, Old Riga Free Tour,
starts at 11 a.m., also in front of St. Peter’s Church.

http://www.toursinriga.lv/

There’s no obligation to pay the guides, but tip generously if you’ve enjoyed the experience.

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