Ķīpsala is an island just over the Vanšu bridge on the right hand. The place has a various, good for society, institutions like exhibition hall, shopping mall, restaurant, swimming pool and others. Although I like to use this island for other reasons.
Ķīpsala is a unique place for a slow walk. I usually start from street named Balasta dambis. It is going right on the coast of Daugava and shares eyeful views of Old Town, Vanšu bridge, Riga Port and other objects over the river.
The architecture here must be highlighted without a doubt. The old wooden houses are set well together with newly finished buildings. So don’t give your full attention only to stunning views of Riga but also take a peak in the side streets. For me one of the greatest surprises here was a building of embassy of Portugal on Balasta Dambis 60 with entrance from Ogļu street. Just one more hint about it: check out the roof!
At the end of the Balasta dambis is a nice restaurant called Ostas Skati (views of the port), which is a fine spot to have a fancy meal and rest your tired feet.
Ķīpsala is enjoyable all throughout the year. Just dress accordingly to the weather and it won’t let you down.
Ķīpsala | Relaxing | Free
Balasta dambis 60
24 hours daily