The trendy capital of Latvia, Riga is compact enough to walk around and cool enough to meet the approval of any hipster. With a modern art and music scene bursting from its old cobbled streets, Riga is a cosmopolitan city that deserves to be explored on foot.\r\n\r\nFrom cool bars to contemporary galleries, there's a lot to do and see - plus a lot of hiking in its surrounding natural landscape.\r\n\r\nKnown for being a haven for stag dos and party animals in general, Riga can be a bit of a drunken place. So it might seem difficult to choose the right hostel for you - don't wanna be overrun with lads on tours, right?\r\n\r\nBut don't you worry! We've sorted through the best hostels in Riga (and put 'em into handy categories, too) to make life easy for you when you're trying to choose a hostel that's right for you.\r\n\r\nSo here are our choices for the top hostels in Riga - have a read below!\r\n\r\n \r\nQuick answer: The Best Hostels in Riga\r\n\r\n \tBest Overall Hostel in Riga \u2013 The Naughty Squirrel\r\n \tBest Party Hostel in Riga \u2013 Riga Old Town Hostel & Backpackers Pub\r\n \tBest Hostel for Solo Travellers in Riga \u2013 Tree House Hostel\r\n \tBest Cheap Hostel in Riga \u2013 Riga Hostel\r\n \tBest Hostel for Couples in Riga \u2013 Bunka Boutique Hostel\r\n \tBest Hostel for Digital Nomads in Riga \u2013 Liberty\r\n \tBest Hostel with a Private Room in Riga \u2013 Central Hostel Riga\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHOSTEL\r\nDETAILS\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBest Overall Hostel in RigaBest Overall Hostel in RigaThe Naughty Squirrel\r\n\r\n \t$$\r\n \tBar\r\n \tFoosball\r\n \t\r\n \t\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \t$$\r\n \tBar\r\n \tFoosball\r\n \t\r\n \t\r\n\r\n\r\nCheck Best Price\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBest Party Hostel in RigaBest Party Hostel in RigaRiga Old Town Hostel & Backpackers Pub\r\n\r\n \t$\r\n \t24 Hour Security\r\n \tOutdoor Terrace\r\n \t\r\n \t\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \t$\r\n \t24 Hour Security\r\n \tOutdoor Terrace\r\n \t\r\n \t\r\n\r\n\r\nCheck Best Price\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBest Hostel for Solo Travellers in RigaBest Hostel for Solo Travellers in RigaTree House Hostel\r\n\r\n \t$\r\n \tFree Breakfast\r\n \tFemale-only Dorm\r\n \t\r\n \t\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \t$\r\n \tFree Breakfast\r\n \tFemale-only Dorm\r\n \t\r\n \t\r\n\r\n\r\nCheck Best Price\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBest Cheap Hostel in RigaBest Cheap Hostel in RigaRiga Hostel\r\n\r\n \t$\r\n \tCable TV\r\n \tLaundry Facilities\r\n \t\r\n \t\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \t$\r\n \tCable TV\r\n \tLaundry Facilities\r\n \t\r\n \t\r\n\r\n\r\nCheck Best Price\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBest Hostel for Couples in RigaBest Hostel for Couples in RigaBunka Boutique Hostel\r\n\r\n \t$$\r\n \tLate Check-out\r\n \tNo Curfew\r\n \t\r\n \t\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \t$$\r\n \tLate Check-out\r\n \tNo Curfew\r\n \t\r\n \t\r\n\r\n\r\nCheck Best Price\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBest Hostel for Digital Nomads in RigaBest Hostel for Digital Nomads in RigaLiberty\r\n\r\n \t$$\r\n \tBar & Caf\u00e9\r\n \tSecurity Lockers\r\n \t\r\n \t\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \t$$\r\n \tBar & Caf\u00e9\r\n \tSecurity Lockers\r\n \t\r\n \t\r\n\r\n\r\nCheck Best Price\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBest Hostel with a Private Room in RigaBest Hostel with a Private Room in RigaCentral Hostel Riga\r\n\r\n \t$$\r\n \tFree Shisha\r\n \tFree Tea & Coffee (& Hot Chocolate)\r\n \t\r\n \t\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \t$$\r\n \tFree Shisha\r\n \tFree Tea & Coffee (& Hot Chocolate)\r\n \t\r\n \t\r\n\r\n\r\nCheck Best Price\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nBest Hostels in Riga\r\n \r\nBest Overall Hostel in Riga\u00a0\u2013 The Naughty Squirrel\r\n\r\n\r\n- $$\r\n- Bar\r\n- Foosball\r\n- Self Catering Facilities\r\n\r\nWhy is it that hostels have to call themselves an adjective and then an animal? But, what's in a name - this place is literally award-winning. Literally. And it shows to be fair. Situated in the old town, this is a super clean place that's fun to stay at. No stag parties here.\r\n\r\nThe staff at this best overall hostel in Riga are super hardworking and kind, and they arrange all sorts of weird and wonderful activities, like husky dog sledging and shooting AK47s (not at the same time) if that's your thing.\r\n\r\n \r\nBest Party Hostel in\u00a0Riga \u2013 Riga Old Town Hostel & Backpackers Pub\r\n\r\n\r\n- $\r\n- Bar\r\n- 24 Hour Security\r\n- Outdoor Terrace\r\n\r\nWell, for starters, this place has a pub. And it's advertised in the name. So it must be a big part of it. And it is. Staying here means going to bed at 2AM every night STANDARD so you better be ready for the lively bar and lively characters it attracts.\r\n\r\nUm, so, yeah, make sure to bring your earplugs because this is the best party hostel in Riga and it really is about partying. It could be just a tiny bit cleaner, but you're not here for cleanliness. Probably. The location is also awesome. Everything in the old town is walkable.\r\n\r\n \r\nBest Hostel for Solo Travellers in\u00a0Riga \u2013 Tree House Hostel\r\n\r\n\r\n- $\r\n- Free Breakfast\r\n- Female-only Dorm\r\n- Book Exchange\r\n\r\nEverything you want when you're travelling solo you can get when you stay at this Riga backpackers hostel. Yes, we really mean it: the staff will welcome you with open arms and involve you in loads of activities like exploring the city, cooking organic meals and a bit o' yoga.\r\n\r\nThis is not only the best hostel for solo travellers in Riga, no. It's also (and maybe more so) the best hostel for female travellers in Riga. There's a female-only dorm and it feels like a very secure place to stay. Also, no creepy staff.\r\n\r\n \r\nBest Cheap Hostel in Riga\u00a0\u2013 Riga Hostel\r\n\r\n\r\n- $\r\n- Free Tea & Coffee\r\n- Cable TV\r\n- Laundry Facilities\r\n\r\nThis boasts probably one of the cheapest beds you're ever going to get in town. So for that alone we'd say this is the best cheap hostel in Riga. But obviously, it's not JUST cheap. It's good too.\r\n\r\nYep, it's clean, it's in a good location for exploring - plus it's right in front of the railway station, meaning you can get in and out very easily. The communal kitchen at this top hostel in Riga just helps keep costs down even further. Great stuff!\r\n\r\n \r\nBest Hostel for Couples in Riga\u00a0\u2013 Bunka Boutique Hostel\r\n\r\n\r\n- $$\r\n- Communal Kitchen\r\n- Late Check-out\r\n- No Curfew\r\n\r\nRun by a really friendly pair of people, this recommended hostel in Riga feels less like a hostel and much more like a homely homestay. You'll get to learn local knowledge - e.g. the best places to eat - and have good chats with the staff and other guests.\r\n\r\nIt's been decorated with a very nice eye for detail, so we'd say it's the best hostel for couples in Riga. Couples like details, right? Plus there's loads of bars and restaurants nearby so you can head out with your partner for some food and drink. Private rooms here are great.\r\n\r\n \r\nBest Hostel for Digital Nomads in Riga\u00a0\u2013 Liberty\r\n\r\n\r\n- $$\r\n- Bar & Cafe\r\n- Security Lockers\r\n- Cable TV\r\n\r\nLiberty is an excellent hostel (EXCELLENT we say) located right in the middle of Riga so you get to see all the sights you wanna see. It's called Liberty because it's right near the Freedom Monument, which makes sense.\r\n\r\nFeaturing spacious rooms with high ceilings that come complete with desks and city views, this is a great - no, the BEST hostel for digital nomads in Riga. It's simply just a chill place to be able to get some work done. Big common room with communal kitchen, too, also featuring tables.\r\n\r\n \r\nBest Hostel with a Private Room in Riga\u00a0\u2013 Central Hostel Riga\r\n\r\n\r\n- $$\r\n- Free Shisha\r\n- Free Laundry\r\n- Free Tea & Coffee (& Hot Chocolate)\r\n\r\nThis place is all, like... pastel colours with colour pop furniture. It's one of the coolest hostels in Riga for the design alone. A little bit kitschy, sure, but we think it works. The private rooms here steal the show because they're spacious and cutely decorated.\r\n\r\nLocated down a quiet street in the centre of the city, we say this is the best hostel with a private room in Riga, not only for the big private rooms but also for the calm atmosphere and the fact that it's located in a cool old building. Also very clean. Good for those who like to wander down backstreets away from tourist sights.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nMore Best Hostels In Riga\r\n \r\nBrivibas Hostel\r\n\r\n\r\n- $\r\n- Free Coffee\r\n- Bicycle Hire\r\n- Laundry Facilities\r\n\r\nThis top hostel in Riga is located right next to St Gertrude's Church, which is a pretty historical location (and also means pretty views), but what really excites us about this place is the fact that it's got a REAL coffee machine. That's FREE TO USE in the morning!\r\n\r\nDorms here are spacious with high ceilings. And, a great thing, there are no bunk beds. The single beds are separated by your own little bookshelf, which is better than that tiny little shelf they usually give you in hostels to put all your various stuff on. Love it.\r\n\r\n \r\nTwo Wheels\r\n\r\n\r\n- $$$\r\n- Bar\r\n- Free Parking\r\n- Free Breakfast\r\n\r\nThis place\u00a0says it's a boutique hotel, but it's got dorm rooms. And we're sure their private rooms are pretty nice too. But generally, this is quite a cool Riga hostel. It's got a shabby chic kinda style to it and literally stunning old wooden stairs. If you like stairs and history.\r\n\r\nThe name, you may have been wondering, refers to this place being geared towards motorbike enthusiasts. However, they obviously accept anybody - they're not gonna kick you out 'cause you didn't bust through the doors on a Triumph. Don't worry.\r\n\r\n \r\nTiger Hostel\r\n\r\n\r\n- $\r\n- Heritage Building\r\n- Luggage Storage\r\n- Communal Kitchen\r\n\r\nTheir claim? That they're 100 steps (EXACTLY) away from the train station. We'll leave it up to you and your own steps to decide on that one. But aside from controversial measurements, this place is also pretty close to the old town and all the food and drink you can get there.\r\n\r\nSet in a big old cool building, you're guaranteed huge windows at this budget hostel in Riga... but don't be expecting style. The tenuous link to the name is that some of the duvet covers are animal prints - and not just tiger either. We don't know. But if you need a clean, basic, cheap place to stay, here's the Riga backpackers hostel for you.\r\n\r\n \r\nAvitar\r\n\r\n\r\n- $\r\n- Free Breakfast\r\n- Airport Transfers\r\n- Elevator\r\n\r\nHmm, definitely more like a budget hotel than a Riga backpackers hostel, this is a good place to stay if you've picked up a few mates on your European travels. They've big old multi-bed rooms that aren't sold as\u00a0dorms but could work just like them... we think.\r\n\r\nThe staff are super helpful here and they offer up a free breakfast, which is always appreciated. But basically, if you don't mind missing out on the hostel atmosphere (no common room, for example), but wanna stick to your budget, this is a solid option.\r\n\r\n \r\nChomsky Residence\r\n\r\n\r\n- $\r\n- Communal Kitchen\r\n- Looks Cool\r\n- No Curfew\r\n\r\nIf you were looking for some connection to the great Noam Chomsky, um, it's only that this place is above the Chomsky Bar... which is only\u00a0named\u00a0after Chomsky. So... there. Anyway, this is basically a Riga backpackers hostel inside a big apartment.\r\n\r\nIt's decorated in a shabby style, purposefully run down and stuff, but with some interesting Latvian art on the wall. It's actually quite cool in an intellectual squat-kinda way. Not everyone's gonna love it though. But if you wanna be near Riga's creativity, then here's a pretty good place to start. The bar downstairs sounds fun, too.\r\n\r\n \r\nMr Hostel\r\n\r\n\r\n- $\r\n- Board Games\r\n- Laundry Facilities\r\n- Security Lockers\r\n\r\nMr Hostel is such fun, he makes treats (well, beds) for everyone! Mr Hostel... honestly. Anyway, it has a great location inside a cool Art Nouveau building and is pretty close to the historic centre, too. Arriving by train? Great, it's 2 mins away by foot. Arriving by bus? Even better, that's also close.\r\n\r\nThis cool hostel in Riga definitely suits the more quiet backpacker. If playing some chess, or reading a book, or other such quiet pursuits are the sorta thing you like to get up to when you're travelling, this is the place for you. Dorms are bright and modern.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nMosaic Hostel\r\n\r\n\r\n- $$\r\n- Daily Housekeeping\r\n- No Curfew\r\n- Free Breakfast\r\n\r\nSituated in the embassy district (handy if you get into trouble), this top hostel in Riga is another one that's set inside an Art Nouveau building.\u00a0Sounds cool, right? But inside it... sorta looks like a renovated office block.\r\n\r\nDon't let that put you off though. It's super clean, super tidy and there are colourful mosaic patterns all over the place (hey, we've found the connection to the name). Honestly, it's actually quite stylish. Nice place.\r\n\r\n \r\nCinnamon Sally Backpackers\r\n\r\n\r\n- $\r\n- Communal Kitchen\r\n- Laundry Facilities\r\n- Tours & Activities\r\n\r\nSo. This place is pretty social, making it a great hostel for solo travellers in Riga. It's also a comfy place where you can feel safe and secure, knowing your sheets are freshly laundered and the bathrooms are clean is always nice.\r\n\r\nIt's relaxed and there are various activities and tours that the staff take you on. Location wise? It's set in a good central area that's also pretty close to the train station - great for day trips or heading out onto your next destination. Feels very much like a classic backpackers hostel. Pub crawls and ting.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nWhy you should travel to Riga\r\nAnd those were the best hostels in Riga. Now you know, eh?\r\n\r\nFrom typical hostels where people jam with guitars and stuff like that, to more sophisticated hostels for couples and flashpackers, there's something for everyone in this hip capital city.\r\n\r\nAnd thankfully if you want to avoid the party crowds in your hostel, you can! But if you wanna party, you can!\r\n\r\nStill can't decide even after reading our handy list of Riga's top hostels?\r\n\r\nThat's ok. We'd say you should go for a bunk (or room) at the best overall hostel in Riga, The Naughty Squirrel!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nTravel Safety Tips for Riga\r\nPack your coolest garms - or get ready to party: Riga, here we come!\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t forget to sort your travel insurance! We\u2019ve put together a roundup of the best travel insurance for backpackers \u2013\u00a0check it out here, or if you\u2019re low on time, get a quote from\u00a0World Nomads now, our favourite travel insurance provider.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nMore Epic Hostels in Latvia and Europe\r\nHopefully by now you\u2019ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Riga. \r\nPlanning an epic trip all across Latvia or even Europe itself?\r\nDon\u2019t worry - we\u2019ve got you covered! \r\nFor more cool hostel guides around Europe, check out:\r\n\r\n\r\n \tBest hostels in Vilnius\r\n \tBest hostels in Moscow\r\n \tBest hostels in Saint Petersburg\r\n \tBest hostels in Tallinn\r\n \tBest hostels in Warsaw\r\n \tBest hostels in Helsinki\r\n\r\n \r\nOver to you\r\nBy now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Riga has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure! \r\nIf you think we\u2019ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!\r\nYay for transparency! 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