Tallinn Travel Guide


Where to Eat

The Estonian cuisine, heavily influenced by classic Russian culture, is distinctive and delightful. As Tallinn has opened its doors to the international tourists, however, it has also allowed its traditional Estonian cuisine to fuse and flourish delightfully with international cuisines. Hence, you can partake of the Estonian gastronomic pleasures while having the comfort of your own familiar cuisines within reach. Below are some of the places you can dine in while visiting the sights of Tallinn.

1) Tchaikovsky

You’ll find this fine restaurant in the main floor of the Telegraaf Hotel. The dishes are created and displayed in the most aesthetically pleasing manner. If the weather permits it, you can find a table on the outdoor terrace overlooking Old Town. With the best desserts and an extensive wine list, there is no more to ask from a restaurant.

Address: Vene Tn 9, Tallinn

2) Mix

An authentic and truthfully genuine restaurant, Mix, serves mouthwatering original takes on international cuisine. Max has a sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere, beautifully presented tasty dishes, and provides a true value for your money. You will be delighted with a unique fusion of cuisines and perfect service. Prices are very affordable.

Address: Pikk 33, Tallinn

3) Lounge Deja Vu

This restaurant and nightclub is the ideal place to dine out for the night. With one of the widest international menus in Tallinn, Lounge Déjà Vu serves dishes of the best quality and taste. Though the lounge is slightly on the pricier side, prices depend on the type of meal and food you choose and aren’t that far from your budget.  This lounge also has one of the best terraces for alfresco dining, ideal especially in summer.

Address: Vana-Viru 8, Tallinn

4) Rataskaevu 16

Go to Rataskaeuvy 16 to try out authentic eastern European cuisine. The restaurant offers an impeccable menu of deliciously prepared and presented food, happy atmosphere and first-rate service. Prices are very affordable. Make sure to try the elk roast and the warm chocolate cake. In the midst of many dining options in Tallinn, Rataskaveau 16 knows how to please its guests. The price range for dishes here runs from USD3 to USD13.

Address: Rataskaevu 16, Tallinn

5) Kapten Tenkes

The cozy atmosphere of Kapten Tenkes is what lures most guests. The succulent Hungarian dishes keep diners coming back for more. The price at Kapten Tenkes is incredibly affordable. Order a glass of authentic Hungarian wine – it is the best way to finish the dinner and call it a day.
Address: Parnu Mnt. 30, Tallinn

Where to Stay

Ever since Tallinn’s Old Town gained a spot among tourists’ favorites, it has become one of Estonia’s most visited cities. It is not rare then that most hotels are located right in the heart of the metropolis.

1) Hotel Telegraaf

The ultimate place to stay in Tallinn is Hotel Telegraaf, a five-star hotel. Check in to one of their elegant rooms. Delectable breakfast buffets are served in their restaurant, and you may even request them to pack it for you if you need to bring food to your day trips. Its prime location is an added advantage and a few steps will get you in no time to the Old Town square. The amazing facilities include a pool, a sauna, and a relaxing spa. The rooms are flawless, with spacious bathrooms and bright décor. The cost per night at this deluxe hotel starts at USD300.

Address: Vene 9, Tallinn

2) Savoy Boutique Hotel

The Savoy Boutique Hotel is ideally located in a prime area of Old Town. A true masterpiece of opulent past, the hotel keeps up to date with the rest of Tallinn (commonly referred to as e-stonia, due to its technological advances and modern way of life). It offers free WiFi. Breakfasts are served in their splendid dining room. The room rate starts at USD125 per night.

Address: Suur-Karja 17-19, Old Town, Tallinn

3) Merchant’s House Hotel

Merchant’s House Hotel is a cozy building located strategically in Old Town. Each room welcomes the guest with its unique personality and exclusive decoration and style.  The hotel serves an ample breakfast each morning and the caring staff can even arrange to pack breakfast for guests that wish to take it “on the go.”  This historic hotel is part of the Tallinn UNESCO Heritage Site, and its slightly eccentric décor, warm and fun atmosphere and historic interiors make for a genuine Tallinn experience. The room rate starts at USD120 a night.

Address: Dunkri 4/6, Tallinn

4) Meriton Grand Hotel

This spacious building offers comfortable and flawlessly clean rooms, with a marvelous spa and health club and a daily hearty breakfast. Offering exemplary food and impeccable service, Meriton Grand is well-liked among tourists. Standing right outside the edge of Old Town and connecting the growing contemporary city with its historical center, the hotel is just a stone’s throw from the medieval paradise known as Old Town and a short walk away from the city beyond. For about USD100 a night this hotel is good value for your money.

Address: Paldiski Mnt. 4, Tallinn

There is a good reason why cruises packed with tourists flood Tallinn on a daily basis: there is no place quite like it. No matter your age, at least at some point in your life, you had wished to explore that part of the world which is reflective of true Baltic beauty – the towers, forts, parks and friendly streets. Tallinn makes that possible, bringing medieval times to life each day, even now when it has moved past its tumultuous history and emerged as a beaming modern metropolis.

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