Tallinn holidays are becoming increasingly popular with travellers looking for an alternative to more established destinations, and who are tempted by the Estonian capital’s combination of medieval architecture, lively heritage, and innovative contemporary outlook. With a Unesco-listed Old Town, an ever-changing and impressive craft beer and food scene, a wealth of museums and a unique history, Tallinn is a tempting prospect. A tumultuous history has given Estonia a unique blend of influences, and this is partly reflected in its diverse cuisine, with Nordic, Russian and Baltic food all mixing together.
There’s no resistance to international trends, though, and everything from vegan to sushi is on offer – particularly in the Kalamaja and Telliskivi districts. In Kalamaja, you’ll also discover contemporary galleries, designer shops and bohemian coffee outlets, while the revamped Port Noblessner area, once home to a submarine factory, has a number of new museums, a craft beer brewery and more. And those drawn to Tallinn for its historic charm won’t be disappointed. The best-preserved medieval city in Northern Europe, it’s replete with winding cobblestone streets, Gothic spires and buildings dripping with history, from the medieval period right through to the 20th century. So whether it’s hip cuisine or Disney-esque castles you’re after, holidays to Tallinn thoroughly deserve their place on an increasing number of travellers’ wish lists.
Although it has great bars, cafés and restaurants, the atmosphere and pretty wooden houses of the Kalamaja district is reason enough to take a relaxed walk around.
The ‘all-linn’ (lower town) is a Unesco World Heritage site, and while the Old Town can get crowded, its beauty makes it a must-visit. Enjoy the architecture, cobbled streets and busy atmosphere.
The portside Noblessner area has undergone significant regeneration in recent years. Once a submarine factory, it now has restaurants, museums and fantastic views of the Baltic Sea.