The name of the district „Melluži” is known already from the 17th century – in 1963 a tavern „Melluži” was opened here. The land was owned by the Duke fon Firks and when in 1827 Carl fon Firks built a kurhouse here, the place was called Carlsbad II.

During World War I the kurhouse burnt and later on this place a park „Melluži” was made. In 1930 in the park a wooden concert stage was built, where not only concerts but also plays took place. Now Melluži stage is one of the two remained acoustic wooden „shells” in the Baltics of the beginning of 20th century.

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Restaurant Lielupe is our “All-Day-Dining” choice. Marrying a modern and vibrant ambience, it offers guests and locals alike a breakfast buffet, an à la carte lunch and a dinner menu. Not only does the international menu contain Latvian and Russian specialties, our variety offers something for everyone, including tasty Italian style pizzas for the whole family.

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Miers means "peace" in Latvian, and if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Riga, a peaceful haven awaits you in the Bohemian-style quarter on Miera Street, with its string of charming cafes and shops.

Every year, one day in the month of May, Miera Street is closed to traffic for its special festival featuring live music, performances, games&attractions, an arts&crafts fair, various workshops. On nearby Aristida Briāna Street, at the cafe/night club Piens (Latvian: milk), summertime brings its festival (usually on a Sunday) for outdoor concerts, refreshing milkshakes and new friends.

A new and already-popular addition to the quarter – right next to Piens, is the 9kl Arts Centre, just a few doors from the micro-brewery Labietis, with its very own brands made from unusual ingredients.

Meanwhile, at Miera 22, it’s the Chocolate Museum at the Laima Confectionary with its unique interactive exhibit. A bit farther ahead is another venue for artistic endeavors – the territory of the former tobacco factory (Tabakas fabrika).

Still forward, within walking distance, is Lielie kapi - the former mayoral cemetery (late 18th century), now resting place for many celebrities.

The University of Latvia is a higher education and scientific research institution. It is the largest university in the Baltic countries in terms of student numbers.

The University of Latvia offers students to earn bachelor and master’s degrees in humanities, pedagogical sciences, social sciences, natural sciences and health care. The university also offers professional studies for bachelor and master’s degrees, as well as professional qualifications. Those who wish to pursue a doctorate have several doctoral study programmes in natural sciences to choose from.

Foreign students can enroll in several bachelor programmes at the University of Latvia, as well as study for a doctorate or attend further education courses to learn various foreign languages. 

The new Latvian National Library building, also known as the “Palace of Light”, was designed by the famous Latvian-American architect Gunārs Birkerts. The library opens the year Riga is designated the European Capital of Culture.

 The Latvian National Library is located on the left bank of the Daugava. It is home to over one thousand reading desks and rooms for group lectures, exhibitions, public debates, presentations and other such happenings.

The new library is arriving in tandem with the uniform library information system or “Network of Light”, which makes it possible to access Latvian National Library materials from any other library in Latvia. 

The Art Academy of Latvia was founded in 1919. The academy occupies one of the most impressive architectural monuments of the early 20th century in Riga - a Neo-gothic building in Riga centre that originally housed Riga Stock Exchange Union’s School of Commerce.

The Art Academy of Latvia encompasses several departments to study visual arts, visual plastic arts, design, audio-visual art, theory of art. The academy collaborates with a number of art academies in other countries, offering students to participate in exchange programmes and in international developments.

The contemporary culture centre “Sapņu fabrika” (“Dream Factory’) opened in Riga at the turn of the millennium. The former glass factory building, constructed in 1911, has been fitted with modern technical equipment and has an audience capacity of up to 1,000.

The venue regularly hosts cultural, entertainment and recreational events that have been attracting almost the entire spectrum of youth, the venue’s post-industrial interior design and location in the city centre are the two other factors why it is so popular.

An interesting experiece in Riga is a visit to the gallery "Noass” and "Betanovuss”, docked in the Daugava River at the AB jetty. The gallery is managed by the culture/arts project "Noass”, one of the first non-governmental organisations in Latvia whose mission is to provide a contemporary artistic milieu for the community, and host appealing special events for foreign tourists.  

On the deck of  "Noass” and "Betanovuss” is where a wide range of art exhibits, modern dance performances and poetry and prose readings take place. For over 10  years, the floating gallery has been associated with the international contemporary and video art festival "Ūdensgabali”, offering the latest video experiments from around the world.

During major festivals and events in Riga, that are well-attended, "Noass” and "Betanovuss” always line up an interesting programme of their own. Two examples here are the international "Night of Museums” and the Riga City Festival.

On the "Betanovuss” premises, the unique permanent collection of the Museum of Naive Art can be found, with works from as far back as the 18th century. Several hundred entities, with special attention given to Latvian artists of today. 

Food products are just a part of what can be found at Vidzeme Market. Shoppers are offered items made by craftsmen and artisans, and a wide array of housewares. Featured at display stands is the draft malt beverage „Квас” („Kvass”), that not too long ago was available to citizens on the street in yellow tin drums. Made by the „Iļģuciems” company, „Kvass” is a classic, but its product line now includes various special-recipe beers.

Vidzeme Market is not only a favourite shopping venue, but also a venue for key cultural events in Riga, like the annual „Art Days” (exhibits and performances) and the „White Night” forum – a major Europe-wide happening since 2005.

Vidzeme Market’s first location was where the New St.Gertrude Church now stands (Brivibas Street). Due to popular demand, the owners decided in 1897 to move to a much larger space the corner of Brivibas and Matisa streets. The city’s chief architect, Reinholds Šmēlings (1840-1917), designed the striking pavilions.

The building which housed the KGB or Committee for State Security Headquarters in Riga during the Soviet period has opened for the general public as a feature of Riga’s year as the European Capital of Culture.

The building at the intersection of Brīvības Street and Stabu Street used to go by the name of Stūra māja (corner house) – obviously because of its location, as well as for a long history of putting many people in a very tight corner indeed.

The KGB was a particularly repressive authority that the Bolsheviks established soon after coming to power in Russia in 1917. They set up the Emergency Commission, or Cheka, to seek and eliminate opponents of Bolshevism. Since then, Cheka and KGB were the terms used to denote the entire oppressive Soviet system, regardless of the name changes the authority went through.

The KGB building in Riga has been unable to find new tenants. In order to turn the spotlight on and prompt discussion about the history of the building, the KGB House is open to the general public from April 30 to October 31 this year, offering an extensive educational and cultural programme. The first, fourth, fifth and sixth floors of the building showcase history and art exhibitions about the building, visitors are also offered guided tours of the building's legendary ominous basement.