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

Where to stay

Hanza Hotel

7 Elijas St.




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.



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.



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




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.

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

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