Latvian women are known to be some of the most beautiful in the Baltics. Compared to her northern Finnic speaking neighbor in Estonia, coming into Latvia means you’re actually in the Baltic-speaking lands with its own unique culture and people. Latvia has beautiful nature, and like her sister countries, it’s no surprise the majority of the country is actually countryside lush with forests and Baltic coastline.
Latvia is the most “Russified” of the Baltic states. So you will find many Russian speakers, both local and tourist in the cities. The Latvian population itself is small at just under 2 million, and technically even smaller at 1.2 million if you only count ethnic Latvians. If you’re coming into the country by bus, you’ll be greeted by a beautiful coastline of the Baltic Sea and the twists and turns of forests lining up the country. Coming into Riga directly from the airport you’ll see some Soviet-style architecture intermingled with Hanseatic German old town vibes and some modernist concrete mini-jungles.
Riga itself is a majestic city, rivaling Prague and Budapest in its splendor. Despite the Soviet occupation, Riga still retains its medieval northern atmosphere. It’s no surprise that there are floods of tourists passing through here.
While Latvians aren’t crazy about Russians, unlike the Estonians, who seem to tolerate them a bit more. The Russians in Riga are more cheerful and less closed off than in Estonia. If you’re doing business with Russians in Riga, be careful as there is a slight scamming element, especially since there are so many tourists. Taxis, housing and nightlife are the common scam attempts (both among locals and Russians).
If you keep your wits about you, screen well and, particularly if you have Russian language ability, you should be able to avoid scams. If something feels off, just walk away. There’s always another opportunity. I don’t want to paint all the people of Latvia like this, but for some reason it feels shadier than in say Estonia or Russia itself. While I understand times can be rough, and dumb, drunk foreigners carry lots of lucky charms, I’d still prefer to deal honestly. Ronald Reagan’s “trust but verify” comes to mind here.
Meetin Latvian Women Online
So before you even set foot in Latvia, you’re probably already doing a bunch of research. With that in mind, you probably also know that one of the best ways to meet Latvian women is online, especially if you’re a tourist.
Badoo and Bumble seem to be the most popular Latvian dating apps. However, as with most of the countries we’ve been to, these apps are more geared towards locals who want to meet fellow locals. As a foreigner, you might want to try these, but you’ll likely meet women who don’t exactly want to date foreigners.
So to avoid rejection on these two apps, we recommend some better options. These are some sites where we’ve found women who are actually willing to meet up with foreigners.
Russian Cupid is for finding Russian women living in Latvia
As I mentioned earlier, Latvia has a pretty big population of Russians, many of whom are single Russian women. Finding out who’s Russian and who’s ethnically Latvian, however, can be a challenge. That’s especially the case if you don’t speak their language and you can’t tell which is which by their behavior and appearance.
So if you want to find a Russian girlfriend in Latvia, your best bet is Russian Cupid. It’s a great site for meeting women who want a relationship (casual or otherwise), and it’s popular among Russian women who want to date foreigners.
Latvian women who want foreign boyfriends use International Cupid
If you’re in Latvia specifically to meet Latvian women, you might have better luck using International Cupid. This site is popular all over the world, and it’s full of Latvian women on the lookout for a romantic partner. It’s worth trying since we’ve met our fair share of local women on the site.
Adult FriendFinder is perfect for flings with women in Latvia
Whether you want to meet a Russian woman in Latvia or a local woman, Adult FriendFinder is your best bet. This hookup site focuses on bringing together people who just want to have a good time. So if you’re not into anything romantic or long-term, this is the site to try.
Famous the world over for helping people hook up, Adult FriendFinder is a popular site among women in Latvia. On the site, they know they’re likely to run into foreigners, and from our experience, they’re pretty open to it. You’ll also find that the women here are the ones who tend to speak English well since they know that they’ll be talking to foreign men.
Adult FriendFinder is one of the best sites for arranging hookups because everyone on the site knows what’s up. They won’t lure you in with false pretenses of wanting a relationship. They know the site is great for casual flings and one-night stands, and they’re willing to meet up ASAP.
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Best Cities in Latvia for Meeting Latvian Women & Dating
Riga is a decent-sized country by landmass, very tiny by population, and even tinier in population by city. For this reason, the capital of Riga is the most logical choice as it’s the easiest to get to, whether by ground transport or plane. It has the most English speakers. With a population of about 620,000 and a large transient tourist base, it’s also the city where you most likely will find some action.
Nearby Riga is the Baltic coast with the resort beach town of Jurmala. During the summers you’ll encounter lots of locals and foreigners looking to enjoy the summer atmosphere at the sea. Depending on your itinerary and interests, you can spend your time here or back and forth between Riga, as they’re only 20km away from each other. The native population is quite small, so you’re relying on tourists to provide the volume.
After Riga, the population of the cities in Latvia drop dramatically. Daugavpils, the second largest city has about 80,000 people. Liepaja and Jelgava have even less. If you really want to get out of Riga and explore these cities, I’ll warn you by saying there aren’t a ton of women out and about in the daytime. There will be some nightclubs in the center to try your luck. But you’ll find more suspicious locals and conservative girls. If you’re interested in a long-term relationship, this alternative to the tourist hordes of Riga may be a viable option.
Nightlife in Riga
Nightlife is booming in Riga and you’ll find no shortage of girls in clubs. Some of the central bars and clubs in Riga can give off a P4P or scamming element. But if you’ve traveled enough in central/eastern Europe, you can pick up on the tells. Never let the girl lead, choose the venue or put drinks on your tab. Always be in control and don’t let her beauty shut down your reasoning.
Having some knowledge of Russian helps in some places as it can help mitigate scams. If you’re not a clueless, thirsty sex tourist expat wide-eyed dummy, you may not be worth the time and effort it would take to scam you. That said, be careful when it comes to taxis. Always choose from a reputable company and avoid the shady taxis that come to you. You can use Bolt instead as it’s their version of Uber.
While nightlife is booming, it can be hit or miss depending on where you go. The curse of stags, sex tourists, expat groups and the like can make the beautiful Old Town of Riga something of an eyesore, not unlike Prague in high tourist season. You can try the bars and clubs in the Old Town Centre, as you never know what a certain night will bring you. But in general, I’d try and get out a bit to the “New Riga” where more of the locals would go. You may have to walk a bit or taxi in. You’ll find a mix of hipster bars and lounges, with chatty locals.
Meeting women in Riga during the day
Meeting women in old towns is fun during the daytime, until you meander in circles and run into the same people after a while. If you’re playing a numbers game, you won’t have much fun as the volume just isn’t there compared to a proper 1 million-plus city.
I recommend, like in all small towns, to be aware of what’s going on and notice if the girl gives you a positive signal to approach. If you’ve got the confidence, you can approach just about anyone. But keep in mind that you might not run into a lot of women in such a small city. A good alternative to the Old Town is walking to the “New Riga” with all the business centers, shopping malls and more modern architecture.
Latvian Women: How They Look
Latvian girls, despite having a different language, are aesthetically actually similar to Estonian girls. They have this tall, slim Nordic/Slavic mix of a look with cute faces. There’s a small hipster element present, especially apparent in bars, but girls are generally normal.
You’ll generally find they have medium to very long hair, in many natural shades with light skin and eyes. They’re also a lot like Scandinavian, but with minute differences.
Now despite that, the stunners I saw in Latvia, at least on my radar, were the Russian girls. I don’t know if it’s their dress, demeanor, genetics or what, but overall they just caught my eye. Your mileage may vary and you may prefer the locals. A friend of mine who has spent some time in Riga didn’t find himself attracted to the Russian girls. But he seems to like the local hipsters. In general, the women in Latvia (whether Latvian or Russian) were mostly stunners.
Latvian Women – Their Personality: Brains With That Brawn
There isn’t as much of a modernist, feminist careerist mentality among Latvian girls compared to their neighbors. This makes them a little less combative if you say the wrong thing. They like banter and ultimately feeling feminine. Unlike their Estonian sisters, they don’t feel as compelled to ally with the “Nordic” mentality or be a modern overachiever. They’re intelligent and well-read but seem to have a bit of a submission to fate that actually makes them feel more feminine.
That said, they’re more Western- than Eastern-oriented and it reflects in their dress and sexual attitude. Like Estonians, they’re open to sex so long as their social circle/reputation is not at stake. You can find somewhat conservative girls as well. Less conservative girls seem to be in Riga, but there seems to be a mix of fast and slow as well.
Now if you want to meet Latvian women who are more sex-positive, try the hipster clubs that show a clear western orientation. These spots are also more welcoming towards LGBTQ+ members and thus have a pretty chill vibe.
In terms of responses, Latvian girls are very friendly and chatty. Their English is good (generally worse if they’re Russian-Latvian) and can take banter pretty well. Some of them are desperate to leave Latvia, others seem to accept their situation pretty well. And there are also others who don’t even care. In Riga especially, foreigners are part of the package. So while a girl may still be interested in where you’re from, for her it doesn’t matter so much as there are tons of opportunities to meet foreigners every day from every place.
Most crucial when it comes to Latvian girls, is can you not only form an emotional, but an intellectual connection? Lots of Latvian girls are well-read, and like their Russian sisters, interested in the finer things in life. I found conversing with Latvian girls to be very easy, like speaking with a Russian woman but with a better command of English. Latvian girls are like those bubbly university girls who are open but not quite naughty yet.
Conclusion on Latvian Women
Latvia is a medium-sized country with a small population and laid-back provincial attitude. The local girls are friendly enough, despite the flood of tourists. Nightlife in Riga can provide many opportunities if you’re in the right place at the right time. Meeting women in the daytime is a bit slower compared to other cities but very much doable. The girls are attractive but not necessarily stunners, though it helps that so many of them can speak conversational English and are well-read.
The smaller cities and towns are not very conducive to meeting women. But they may provide you with an opportunity to meet a girl who might want a long-term relationship. In that sense, Latvia is similar to the other Baltic countries in terms of atmosphere and luck with women.
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