The worst thing you can do in Riga is hail a taxi on the side of the road.Especially if they are not from a reputable taxi company.My best friend lives there so it was high time I visited.
We wandered around the pretty old town for a couple of hours, taking in the atmosphere and witnessing the changing of the guard at the royal palace.
After that, trying out the local cakes seemed like a good option.
They are extremely skilled at ignoring other people and avoiding eye contact! The locals do not like tourists, and they certainly do not start conversations with tourists.
With this in mind, people who DO start conversations with you most likely are either scammers or beggars.
Far cheerier is the fact that Latvia celebrates Independence Day tomorrow so the whole of Riga will come alive in a festival of light. Sometimes i go clubbing, have sex with someone, and then go back to the club to pick up my second victim.