I have always been fascinated by the wooden architecture in Āgenskalns on the left bank of River Daugava, and exploring the area has been one of my favorite things to do lately. Lapu Street (or the Leaf Street) immediately caught my attention since I felt like I’d suddenly travelled some two or three centuries back in time.
This street is small, winding, the asphalt is flawed and it doesn’t feel like a 21st century street at all, only the occasional car or modern building reminds the visitors that it isn’t actually the 19th century. Time has damaged most of the wooden buildings but it only makes them more appealing to me. These houses are living witnesses of the past, and I notice some new details every time I walk here.
Lapu Street isn’t the only street that has amazing examples of these wooden buildings. To have a beautiful experience, I recommend visiting Nometņu, Mazā Nometņu, Talsu, Eduarda Smiļģa streets and all other small streets in this neighborhood and finally ending the walk on Kalnciema street where the fascinating Kalnciema Quarter is located and these charming wooden houses are restored to their former glory.