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Unmistakable and unique, Amsterdam's canals and gabled houses give the city an historic elegance recalling its seafaring past. Add a wealth of galleries and museums, fine dining and a buzzing nightlife, and you have the ideal city break destination.

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The Art Nouveau district is a good choice for cafes and restaurants and is within walking distance of the Old Town.

In Riga, traditional specialities such as cuku pupas (broad beans in butter sauce), grey peas and sausages with sauerkraut are popular, as are pork, fish and potato dishes.

You can also try the local Riga Black Balsams, a traditional herbal remedy but in reality a potent alcoholic drink.

Riga has a wide range of souvenirs available including figurines in traditional Latvian costume, lace, linen, ceramic plates and mugs, and handmade chocolates.

Particularly popular are stunning pieces of locally-crafted jewellery, especially those made from amber.