Liina Viira. Photo: Tallinn tourist information center
Liina Viira. Photo: Tallinn tourist information center


Tallinn – a little gem with extra everything

In the Estonian capital of Tallinn await the delights of cool cafés, fantastic bars, incredible culture, and glorious gastronomy. This little gem on the other side of the Baltic Sea has, in a short space of time, turned itself into a dazzling and charming entertainment metropolis, offering something to suit all tastes and budgets.


The cool Telliskivi quarter is home to a broad spectrum of creative expression: here you will find galleries, rehearsal space for local bands, small design boutiques, cafés, restaurants, a theater, and a hall that puts on dance performances. Telliskivi is a former industrial area with ten buildings and a total area of 25,000 square meters that has been completely revitalized.


Liina Viira

Swedish-Estonian designer Liina Viira has created her own clothing brand, Naiiv, with knitted clothes in strong colors and exciting patterns. All heavily inspired by traditional Estonian folk costumes.

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From left: The Old Hansa restaurant, photo: Toomas Volmer, Kadriorg.

Old Hansa, Old Town

The Old Hansa restaurants of the Old Town are very popular. This medieval restaurant is located at a couple of sites within the city walls and offers a relaxing, rustic atmosphere with traditional music and historical Estonian cuisine on the menu.

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The Kadriorg district is perfect for a leisurely weekend picnic in the park, or a gentle stroll past the Presidential Palace, the magnificent foreign embassies, and the baroque palace. Don’t miss the nearby Kumu Art Museum!

F-Hoone, photo: Tallinn tourist information center


A favorite hangout of many Tallinn locals in the former industrial area of Telliskivi. Good prices, great food, trendy atmosphere, and lots of people! Not to be missed!

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Butterfly Lounge

Heinar Öispuu and Kristo Tomingas are the most decorated bartenders in Estonia. Together they have opened up the cool Butterfly Lounge cocktail bar, which features an extensive cocktail menu. There is also an excellent food menu offering delicious hors d'oeuvres.

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The Rotermann Quarter

A stroll around the Rotermann Quarter is a treat for architecture fans, who can enjoy buildings both old and modern with a unique architecture. There are also lots of boutiques and restaurants.



One of Tallinn’s most acclaimed restaurants right now is V, which serves only vegan food. The flavors and the beautiful presentation of the food bring even non-vegans flocking. So it’s best to reserve a table in advance if you want to be certain of getting in.

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90 meters above street level, on the 24th floor, is Lounge 24. The bar belongs to the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel and has a 140-square-meter terrace. Here you can enjoy cocktails, snacks, and desserts as you take in the views of Tallinn.

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The Opera. Photos: Harri Rospu

The Opera

For a dose of culture, you can’t beat a visit to the Estonian National Opera. The building itself is beautiful, and inside you can enjoy great performances at affordable prices. Its program includes opera, musicals, ballet, and concerts.

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Text: Ida Thunberg

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