Tallinn Travel Guide
In this genteel bar, serious martinis accompany satisfying small plates like avocado and salmon atop poached fennel.
In a historic merchant's house on a cobblestoned alley, watch artisans create leather goods, ceramics, and scarves. Then walk to the end of the alley and turn right to find the knit market: the handmade wool socks and mittens make for inexpensive, lightweight souvenirs.
Peter the Great erected Kadriorg Palace—a Baroque masterpiece with ornate stucco work and original fireplaces in the opulent two-story main hall—in a leafy neighborhood east of Old Town.
Hands down the best-curated collection of cutting-edge Estonian designs, from abstract clocks to sculptural vases and whimsical bowls. The avant-garde clothing may be better suited for a gallery than your closet, but it's worth a look.
Get a feel for Estonian furniture design from the locally crafted—but surprisingly modern—beds and sofas. The bohemian-chic accessories include votive holders wrapped with mossy felt cutouts, thick shag rugs, and Dutch bath products from neighboring Nordic countries.
Peer into the six-foot replica of a merchant's house or tour the walk-in chimney.
Only in Tallinn would a shoe box–size lounge specializing in ice shots (vodka served in a frozen glass) exist under the same roof as a cultural gem: one of the city's best-preserved frescoes.
Inside this towering medieval church named for the Patron Saint of Merchants, eight centuries of Estonian religious culture come alive.
Jewelry from nearly 50 Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian designers is displayed in an immaculate white space. The designs, ranging from seed pearl brooches to modern cuffs, come in all sizes and prices.
An affordable (if a bit dusty) lunch spot by day and a music venue and theater by night, this bi-level performance space and café, with checkerboard floors and wrought-iron balconies, draws a steady crowd for inventive stage shows and up-and-coming bands that play contemporary Baltic music (ticke
Pick up high-quality linens for the kitchen, bath, and bedroom, organized by color (raspberry, mint, heather gray). The small chain has three locations; this one is the most centrally located.
The period between 1940 and 1991, when hopes for independence were quashed and the country shifted hands from the Soviets to the Nazis and back again, is particularly troubling for Estonians.