City Walks, Culinary Tourism, Estonia
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Tallinn: Food and Joy :)

 

It’s not a coincidence that if you type “Tallinn Old Town…” the first Google suggestion will be “restaurants“. The place is small and there’s not much to see, but you’d better come hungry ’cause you will find lots of great places to eat! (Recommended way of discovering the Tallinn’s Old Town is: eating – sightseeing – drinking – sightseeing – eating… and so on 😉 ). I will give you five reasons why:

Reason no. 1: Olde Hansa ♥

Famous. Very famous. If I am to be back to Tallinn one day this place (and of course Vana Tallinn liquor) will be the reason why. If I want to describe Olde Hansa I will definitely use such words as: extraordinary, amazing, unusual, phenomenal (I believe you get it now clearly).

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Unique atmosphere created by fancy dressed service, interior styled in the “old times” way, original handmade pottery, tableware and decor elements (which by the way can be bought in the Olde Hansa shop) give you great back-in-time experience (again: as long as you are not a history enthusiast – this fancy mish-mash will probably drive you crazy…). There’s everything – knights, princesses, merchants, noblemen, townsmen and probably only a dragon is missing 😉

What I really liked in such places is this magical atmosphere. Unfortunately the spell is cruelly broken when you need to get to the restroom and you find it… modern. But this time it was a positive surprise – no electricity & no taps 🙂

Reason no. 2: Tower Cafe in the Old Town Walls

Not easy to get there, even harder to get down 😉 but it’s surely worth the effort. Great views and even greater hot cider or coffee with cream and Vana Tallinn…

 Reason no. 3: the restaurant I don’t remember the name!

This close to the Old Town Square place is simply great. Just like the Olde Hansa (this restaurant is located on the opposite side of the street, somewhere in the middle between Olde Hansa restaurant and Olde Hansa medieval shop), but a little smaller and less famous (and no, it’s not Peppersack either). What I remember from there are two nicely dressed girls sitting in front of the restaurant giving the clients small, bronze coins. If you return there with your coin, you will get a surprise (but I still have my coin, so can’t tell you what it is 😉 )

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I’ve never been a big enthusiast of fish soup, but this one (made from seven different fishes & including salmon caviar), served with freshly baked bread and herb butter was so delicious I could eat it every week 🙂

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Reason no. 4: cozy tearooms & cafes

There are plenty of cafes and confectionaries in the Old Town and each of them is different. The one I liked the most was a café, cake shop and a small gallery of paintings at the same time 🙂

Reason no. 5: other places

There are hundreds of places in the Old Town just waiting to feed and water a tired wanderer and it’s hard to name them all. You just need to look around – they are everywhere! I particularly enjoyed Estonian bread (similar to Lithuanian), dairy and soups ♥ – perfect for a tired, cold tourist 🙂

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Of course there are much more “reasons why“, but first – I didn’t get everywhere 😉 , second:  the Tallinn’s Old Town is expensive (comparing to other places in this part of Europe) and you will notice that waitresses in the restaurants speak fluent English, Russian, German, sometimes French, but you won’t hear Estonian language very often….

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22 Comments

  1. LOL – I am hungry now. Tallinn was on our original around the world travel list, I’m not sure what happened, but we never made it. Looks like an interesting place. Especially because we like to eat.

    • Elizabeth, if you liked your trip to Praha, I’m sure you will like Tallinn too 🙂
      I hope you enjoy your time in Central and Eastern Europe 🙂

  2. That looks soooo good! I keep hearing such positive things about Tallinn, it may be about time I make a booking, don’t you think?
    (Found you though SundayTraveler)

  3. Molly S says

    All these places look amazing! I’ve heard really good things about Tallinn, but the food really does look gorgeous 🙂

    • It’s always nice to be greeted from your own city 🙂
      Travel safe guys!
      BTW like your blog much 🙂

  4. I love, love, love Tallinn. It’s one of my favourite cities in Europe and I agree the food is fantastic. Did you get to visit other parts of Estonia? The entire country is lovely.

    • Yes, I heard that. I’ve never seen other parts of Estonia, but it’s not so far from Poland and I believe I will make it one day 🙂

  5. Great post. Such a surprise that the decent beverages weren’t mentioned at the first place ^^ Anyway, I will definitely have a closer look at these spots when I be in Tallin (hopefully it won’t take ages)

    Cheers,
    Ola

  6. Yum! I’ve been seeing more and more posts about Tallinn with rave reviews. I’m not a big fan of fish soup, but the one you described sounds delicious. Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler!

    • I wasn’t neither, but I changed my mind from the first moment I tasted it, really! 🙂

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