Estonia, Tallinn // March 2018
So the both of us were invited to Estonia in Northern Europe by VisitEstonia! Neither of us knew much at all about the country and in fact even where it was on the map! But we were exciting about this winter adventure and the unknown of this country! We went for 5 days which seemed like the perfect amount of time and although freeeezing temperatures and snowing conditions it really made the trip one of our favourites ever! Tallinn Old Town is one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centres in the world and unlike any other European town we have ever visited before!
Where to Stay
We stayed in a beautiful apartment in Tallinn which is the capital city of Estonia and was only a 2 minute walk away from the town centre. We’d definitely recommend staying in Tallinn near the centre and its super easy to just hop on a tram from the airport and catch a ride to the town.
Where to Eat We mainly ate Estonian cuisine to really get the feel of the place and we found some amazing restaurants in the Old town!
- Olde Hansa– The most magical restaurant we’ve been to! With period-garbed staff offering gamed meats in just a candlelit environment, this place is by far medieval themed and offers historically authentic meals! They had bore, elk and bear! This was one of our best highlights from our trip!
- Liisu Juures– A family run restaurant in the heart of Tallinn Hall Square serving Estonian national food
- Maiasmokk cafe- The oldest cafe in Estonia selling amazing cakes and pastries
- Reval cafe – This is a great affordable cafe for brunch and is in the heart of the Creative City in Kalamaja
Where to Drink
- Chicago – They have live music every night of the week
Where to go and what to see
- Botanical Gardens – About a 20 minute ride from the town centre, botanical gardens are always one of my favorite places to be! Check out their Floral Calendar and events that are coming up. We went when it was the ‘Orchid Days’ exhibition.
- Iced Jägala waterfall– One of our highlights was seeing this! You could walk behind the ice inside the waterfall and it was an amazing experience.
- Tallinn Hall Square- The architecture in this town is amazing and you can’t miss this ridiculously photogenic square!
- The Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform– A great view of the Old Town!
- Kalamaja – Often called the “hipsterville” of Tallinn, this graffiti filled town is home to the Creative City and is known for it’s multi-coloured wooden houses.
What to do
- Drive over ice roads– This was the most amazing (yet frightening experience!) There are 7 official ice roads in Estonia when there has been a very cold winter. The recommended speed is 25 km/h or 40-70 km/h because when you drive at a speed of 25-40 km/h your car might cause a resonance wave that can break the ice! Scary! But totally worth it!
Where to shop In some cities you can get bored of all the tourist shops selling the same things but Tallinn has some real hipster like shopping areas full of unique and inventive brands!
- Telliskivi Creative city in kalamaja- The revamped complex of 11 old industrial buildings is crammed full of alternative brands and interesting designs you won’t find in Tallinn Old Town.
- Balti Jaga Turg – This cool market has over 300 stalls from vintage antiques, cute souvenirs and fresh fruit and veg!
- Masters courtyard – A cobbled 13th-century courtyard including a cosy chocolate cafe and artisans stores and workshops. Full of jewellery, ceramics and knitwear.
Tips We found restaurants near the town square were quite expensive, but the most affordable food we found was in Kilamaja. We would definitely recommend visiting Estonia during the winter time as our highlights were only things we could have done during the winter. (The ice roads and the frozen waterfalls)