Estonia, Tallinn - Old Town skyline

Our route

Tallinn

Estonia 2022 - map

 

Transportation

Travel tips

✈️ ARRIVAL

  • we arrived by Flixbus from Riga – PLN 69.99 each
  • we took the ferry to Helsinki (€31 per person, 2 hours)

? TRANSPORT

  • The Old Town is very compact – you can walk everywhere
  • Uber and Bolt both work

? ATTRACTIONS

  • Old Town Hall Pharmacy – in the corner of the market, a tiny but interesting museum, where the marzipan recipe was supposedly invented
  • in the middle of the square there is a stone with a compass – standing on it you can see the 4 towers of Tallinn’s churches
  • Katrina Passage – charming, especially in the evening
  • Free Walking Tour – a 2-hour guided tour (in English) – a great introduction to the history and the whole city – free, so we pay at the end with a tip – it’s worth it!
  • On the hill, the Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral – a beautiful building, entrance is free
    • It is worth climbing from the side of the Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform – stairs to do without breathlessness, a beautiful view of the roofs of the Old Town and the bay
  • Balti Jaam Market from 9:00 am (fruits, vegetables, etc.); floor from 10:00 (antique, soap and jam)
  • Tallinn Creative Center (15 minutes walk from the market – full of pubs, small breweries and great street art

? FOOD

  • one must visit La Moo ice cream – organic, delicious and super good, I recommend mojito and dark chocolate
  • we were told not to eat in the market – 11 restaurants have the same owner and I don’t think it bodes well ?
  • next to the market square there are two stylized “medieval” restaurants – Peppersack and Olde Hansa – nice atmospheric decor, so-so service, prices rather expensive
  • it was raining, so in the evening we had dinner right next to the hotel – Kennedy’s Baar ja Köök – delicious fish soup with salmon
  • Maiasmokk cafe – delicious coffee and cakes (especially marzipan, beautiful interior

?? GENERAL IMPRESSIONS

  • we stayed two nights and I think it’s enough to see the city
  • the prices surprised us a bit – rather touristy, similar to those in Poland; we were, of course, in tourist places ?
  • people, as everywhere, are very nice and helpful ?
Estonia, Tallinn - Marzipan cake

Travel essentials

  • travel dates: 1-3 September 2022
  • accommodation: Hotel St. Olav (2 nights)
  • currency: euro (€)

 

TIPS:

  • Old Town, Telliskivi Creative City and Balti Jaama Turg Market are easily accessible on foot

Our itinerary

Day 1 – 01.09.2022

  • arrived at Tallinn at 14:15
  • explored Tallinn’s  Old Town
  • visited Estonia”s oldest Town Hall Pharmacy – the location where marzipan was invented
  • climbed to the cities viewing platform
  • visited Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • strolled through St. Catherine’s passage
  • shopped for tradition woollen sweater
  • tried local Estonian beer
  • enjoyed dinner at a traditional Estonian Medieval Restaurant lit by candlelight and served by staff in tradition customs
  • enjoyed a evening still through the picturesque Old Town

Day 2 – 02.09.2022

  • watched The Balti Jaam Market open
  • enjoyed a Walking Tour where we learned about Estonia’s past, present and future
  • explored the Telliskivi Creative City
  • enjoyed Tallinns Street Art
  • had an amazing mojito ice-cream at famous La Moo
  • wandered the streets of the Old Town
  • enjoyed a leisurely coffee with marcepan cake at the oldest cafe in town – Maiasmokk
  • enjoyed Smoked Salmon Soup for dinner

Day 3 – 03.09.2022

  • boarded a ferry to Helsinki at 10:30

Favourite places to eat

What to do

  • eat a marzipan cake at estonian oldest cafe – Maiasmokk Café!
  • shop and explore an amazing The Balti Jaam Market
  • sample ice-creams at the La Muu Cafe-Laboratory
  • hunt down the colourful street art in Telliskivi Creative City
  • take in the panoramic views from The Patkuli Viewing Platform
  • wander the UNESCO listed Old Town Of Tallinn
  • stop by Fotografiska Tallinn, a meeting place for Photography
  • enjoy a medieval feast at Pepersack Restaurant
  • shop for beautiful local wool sweaters and socks
  • visit an oldest still operating Town Hall Pharmacy
  • enjoy an amazing beauty of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • wander around small streets of Toompea Hill
Estonia, Tallinn - Tallinn harbour

Favourites

Some prices

At the time of our travel:

1 euro (€) = 4,74 zł (PLN)

  • Flixbus from Riga to Tallinn – 70 zł
  • ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki ticket for 2 people – 62€
  • coffee 2,20€
  • dinner for two – 38,00€
  • 0,5 beer – 6-7€
  • Bolt from bus station to the Old Town – 5,50€
  • Vana Tallinn coffee – 7,90€
  • coffee and cake for 2 – 12,80€
  • La Muu ice-creams (2 scoops) – 3,80€
  • Maiasmokk coffee and cake for 2 – 16,20€
  • dinner with drinks for 2 – 38€
  • coffee for 2 at the market – 7,50€
  • lunch for 2 at Koho Restoran – 19,8€
  • dinner for 2 at Kennedy’s Baar ja Köök – 26,8€
  • soup – 6,90€
  • roast beef sandwich – 12,90€
  • small beer – 5€

Our favourite local food

Estonia, Tallinn - Lohikeitto (Finnish Salmon Soup)
Estonia, Tallinn - Marzipan cake
Estonia, Tallinn - Marzipan candies
Estonia, Tallinn - Selma’s Estonian dumpling soup (Klimbisupp)
Estonia, Tallinn - Marzipan cake
Estonia, Tallinn - La Muu Ice-creams
Estonia, Tallinn - Pork with vegetables
Estonia, Tallinn - Dried fish
Estonia, Tallinn - Pacific Cod Jerky Spicy Snack
Estonia, Tallinn - Vino
Estonia, Tallinn - Lohikeitto (Finnish Salmon Soup)
Estonia, Tallinn - Marzipan cake
Estonia, Tallinn - Marzipan candies
Estonia, Tallinn - Selma’s Estonian dumpling soup (Klimbisupp)
Estonia, Tallinn - Marzipan cake
Estonia, Tallinn - La Muu Ice-creams
Estonia, Tallinn - Pork with vegetables
Estonia, Tallinn - Dried fish
Estonia, Tallinn - Pacific Cod Jerky Spicy Snack
Estonia, Tallinn - Vino