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Lauri’s guidebook to the neighbourhood

Lauri

Lauri’s guidebook to the neighbourhood

Hyper local shopping & eating & drinking
Groceries, markets, bars and bakeries we frequently visit which are within 5-20 minutes walk. Please check the opening times as some are very small and cater only during specific times.
Central market is one of the three main open markets in Tallinn (the others are Balti Jaam Market and Nõmme Market) and is literally 15' walk from our home. Good value fresh vegetables, fruits and forest goodies like mushrooms and berries, recommended between May-September.
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Keskturg
9 Keldrimäe
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Central market is one of the three main open markets in Tallinn (the others are Balti Jaam Market and Nõmme Market) and is literally 15' walk from our home. Good value fresh vegetables, fruits and forest goodies like mushrooms and berries, recommended between May-September.
This is one of the original eco-bakeries in town, the Vana-Lõuna location is the actual bakery and you get factory-shop prices for the freshest produce possible, say hello to the madam for us!
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Pagar Võtaks OÜ
17 Vana-Lõuna
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This is one of the original eco-bakeries in town, the Vana-Lõuna location is the actual bakery and you get factory-shop prices for the freshest produce possible, say hello to the madam for us!
very local, very friendly and probably the best pies in town - check the opening times as they're good for dinner too if you are an early eater
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Kuusk Hernesto
6 Herne
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very local, very friendly and probably the best pies in town - check the opening times as they're good for dinner too if you are an early eater
Old school bakery/shop literally 200m down the street
Herne Bakery
18 Herne
Old school bakery/shop literally 200m down the street
Neighbourhood sushi place literally down the street but very good quality, try the baked sushi which never disappoints! You can call up, place your order and start walking - your order is likely to be ready almost by the time you get there (about 7 minutes)
Amijami OÜ
13 Ravi
Neighbourhood sushi place literally down the street but very good quality, try the baked sushi which never disappoints! You can call up, place your order and start walking - your order is likely to be ready almost by the time you get there (about 7 minutes)
One of the best grocery and department stores in Tallinn is 17' walk away their deli and fish selections are great, wine store is not bad either but there are better/cheaper options for that in our neighbourhood
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Stockmann
53 Liivalaia
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One of the best grocery and department stores in Tallinn is 17' walk away their deli and fish selections are great, wine store is not bad either but there are better/cheaper options for that in our neighbourhood
A legendary baker and confectionary famous all over town! Their cherry strudel is our top favourite, check the opening hours as Liisu does not work after regular office hours.
Oü Pagari Liisu
7 Vana-Veerenni
A legendary baker and confectionary famous all over town! Their cherry strudel is our top favourite, check the opening hours as Liisu does not work after regular office hours.
Russian-style kitchen (and this is a compliment, not a warning) run by the madam of the house, hyperbolic pies which you can devour on the spot or take-away.
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Grenka OÜ
76 Pärnu maantee
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Russian-style kitchen (and this is a compliment, not a warning) run by the madam of the house, hyperbolic pies which you can devour on the spot or take-away.
Good value wine and drinks shop, part of a chain but this is their flagship store. The emphasis is on good value.
eDrinks Pärnu mnt veinipood
80 Pärnu maantee
Good value wine and drinks shop, part of a chain but this is their flagship store. The emphasis is on good value.
A local pub called "Local" and the naming is perfectly accurate, this pub/restaurant was set up in a local commune building and mostly serves people in the vicinity and is not frequented by tourist. That said, the staff speaks English well and the menus are in multiple languages too. Our favourite is the open air garden in summer and the BBQ menu.
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Kohalik
82 Koidu
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A local pub called "Local" and the naming is perfectly accurate, this pub/restaurant was set up in a local commune building and mostly serves people in the vicinity and is not frequented by tourist. That said, the staff speaks English well and the menus are in multiple languages too. Our favourite is the open air garden in summer and the BBQ menu.
No frills 24/7 BBQ place which is legendary among the post-nightclub crowd but serves decent (and huge) meat dishes to the more regular folks as well.
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Tommi Tavern
64 Tatari
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No frills 24/7 BBQ place which is legendary among the post-nightclub crowd but serves decent (and huge) meat dishes to the more regular folks as well.
The best Korean spot in Tallinn happens to be 10' from our home, not open late or weekends, known to take long summer holidays too
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Gotsu Kyuho's Kitchen
62 Pärnu mnt
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The best Korean spot in Tallinn happens to be 10' from our home, not open late or weekends, known to take long summer holidays too
Tallinn Top 10 restaurants
My personal and very subjective list of top restaurants in town.
Great food, good service and nice view - all of the above at a reasonable (for the quality offered) price.
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TULJAK
26e Pirita tee
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Great food, good service and nice view - all of the above at a reasonable (for the quality offered) price.
Stunning views over the bay towards city panorama, offers high-end chef's table and more affordable regular restaurant area as well.
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NOA Restaurant
3 Ranna tee
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Stunning views over the bay towards city panorama, offers high-end chef's table and more affordable regular restaurant area as well.
Brilliant food and service in an early-1900's villa in Nõmme district which is not known by the tourist crowd, reservation is a must.
Paju Villa
88 Vabaduse puiestee
Brilliant food and service in an early-1900's villa in Nõmme district which is not known by the tourist crowd, reservation is a must.
One of the few places in Old Town which does not lower their standards as many tourist traps in their neighbourhood do. Very personal service, reservation is a must on weekends, views towards the St. Nicholas church and within walking distance from our home.
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Restaurant Pegasus
1 Harju
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One of the few places in Old Town which does not lower their standards as many tourist traps in their neighbourhood do. Very personal service, reservation is a must on weekends, views towards the St. Nicholas church and within walking distance from our home.
One of my favourites over a decade this Old Town gem offers steady quality in amazing setting, especially their inner courtyard open only during the summer season is a must visit when strolling the ancient streets of medieval Tallinn
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Leib Restoran
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One of my favourites over a decade this Old Town gem offers steady quality in amazing setting, especially their inner courtyard open only during the summer season is a must visit when strolling the ancient streets of medieval Tallinn
Fine Dining with ALL CAPS, but you pay the price too!
180 Degrees Restaurant
4 Staapli
Fine Dining with ALL CAPS, but you pay the price too!
Winner of Estonian top50 restaurants on many years, classic white tablecloth fine dining place which never disappoints (if you can afford it)
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Tchaikovsky Restaurant
9 Vene
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Winner of Estonian top50 restaurants on many years, classic white tablecloth fine dining place which never disappoints (if you can afford it)
Maybe not the top10 for originality or level of food but the garden is amazing on a nice summer eve!
Restoran Mimosa
6 Viljandi maantee
Maybe not the top10 for originality or level of food but the garden is amazing on a nice summer eve!
Garlic restaurant on the Town Hall Square - good quality food, original menu and medieval setting in an otherwise very touristy neighbourhood
Balthasar
11 Raekoja plats
Garlic restaurant on the Town Hall Square - good quality food, original menu and medieval setting in an otherwise very touristy neighbourhood
Run by the BBQ world champion Enn Tobreluts the centrally located Härg (Ox) is all about the meat and for meat lovers it won't disappoint.
Restoran Härg
tänavalt Tornimäe
Run by the BBQ world champion Enn Tobreluts the centrally located Härg (Ox) is all about the meat and for meat lovers it won't disappoint.
Best pubs and beerhalls
Estonia has seen an amazing craft beer revolution over the last 5-8 years - we can't produce wine but we have entrepreneurial spirit accompanied by strong streak of individuality, this lead to hundreds of small breweries sprung up in short time, all yours to enjoy.
The best known and most profitable brand of local craft beer scene is Põhjala, they run a taproom on top of their factory in the Noblessner port - well worth a visit even for the non-beer lovers.
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Põhjala Brewery
5 Peetri
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The best known and most profitable brand of local craft beer scene is Põhjala, they run a taproom on top of their factory in the Noblessner port - well worth a visit even for the non-beer lovers.
The aptly named Põrgu (Hell) is located across the street from the famous St. Nicholas church as the old tradition holds. The place is so deep underground you lose all cellular connectivity and can enjoy the great selection of beers on tap.
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Põrgu
4 Rüütli
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The aptly named Põrgu (Hell) is located across the street from the famous St. Nicholas church as the old tradition holds. The place is so deep underground you lose all cellular connectivity and can enjoy the great selection of beers on tap.
Good location next to Old Town, situated next to restaurant "Kuldmokk" and a hot dog connoisseur's dream "Hotokas" the Pööbel offers decent food too but the main topic is draft beer of which it has many!
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Pööbel
16 Toompuiestee
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Good location next to Old Town, situated next to restaurant "Kuldmokk" and a hot dog connoisseur's dream "Hotokas" the Pööbel offers decent food too but the main topic is draft beer of which it has many!
Located in the Shoreditch of Tallinn which is Telliskivi district the Pudel is quite famous for its beer selection and atmosphere - no food here which is uncommon for Tallinn beer places.
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Pudel
60a Telliskivi
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Located in the Shoreditch of Tallinn which is Telliskivi district the Pudel is quite famous for its beer selection and atmosphere - no food here which is uncommon for Tallinn beer places.
The most classic pub in Tallinn, open since the end of USSR times, good selection of beers, decent bar food but nothing special in the culinary section.
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Hell Hunt
39 Pikk
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The most classic pub in Tallinn, open since the end of USSR times, good selection of beers, decent bar food but nothing special in the culinary section.
A really good beer selection in the Old Town, more focused on British brews than locals but I like the place, decent pub food too.
Drink Bar & Grill
8 Väike-Karja
A really good beer selection in the Old Town, more focused on British brews than locals but I like the place, decent pub food too.
The best beer & food place in the great Balti Jaam market, brews its own beer and the food is fab too.
Humalakoda Pub Restaurant Brewery
1 Kopli
The best beer & food place in the great Balti Jaam market, brews its own beer and the food is fab too.
Another good option in the Telliskivi district among Pudel and Humalakoda the St.Vitus stand its ground with a long craft beer selection on tap as well as decent pub food (which is a common theme in Tallinn)
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St. Vitus
61b Telliskivi
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Another good option in the Telliskivi district among Pudel and Humalakoda the St.Vitus stand its ground with a long craft beer selection on tap as well as decent pub food (which is a common theme in Tallinn)
Places with a view
Bars, restaurants and coffee places which sprout great views over the bay or town.
The original top of the tall building rooftop place in town in Radisson SAS hotel
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Lounge 24
3 Rävala puiestee
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The original top of the tall building rooftop place in town in Radisson SAS hotel
Famous cafe run by equally famous chef, located on the top of Solaris shopping center.
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Kohvik Komeet
9 Estonia pst
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Famous cafe run by equally famous chef, located on the top of Solaris shopping center.
Rooftop of the Stockmann department store has 3-4 different places but the view is their stronger point, prices tend to be high while service is mediocre.
Cafe Mademoiselle Stockmann
53 Liivalaia
Rooftop of the Stockmann department store has 3-4 different places but the view is their stronger point, prices tend to be high while service is mediocre.
Highest place in town is the TV tower restaurant. The tower witnessed a historic standoff between Soviet army and Estonian guard during the coup in 1992 when a small group of local defence militia members barricaded themselves in the top floors of the TV tower and refused to surrender to the Soviet forces.
Teletorni restoran/TV-tower Restaurant
58a Kloostrimetsa tee
Highest place in town is the TV tower restaurant. The tower witnessed a historic standoff between Soviet army and Estonian guard during the coup in 1992 when a small group of local defence militia members barricaded themselves in the top floors of the TV tower and refused to surrender to the Soviet forces.
Tourist traps
The best of the worst tourist traps in town. These are places that specialise on tourists yet maintain high quality and enjoyable service levels which is a rare feat.
The time here is 1472 which means America was not yet discovered so they don't serve potatoes, all dishes are original to the time and include ingredients available at the time. Service is friendly and entertaining. Olde Hansa is the most profitable restaurant in town for 10 consecutive years, the proof is in the pudding.
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Olde Hansa
1 Vana turg
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The time here is 1472 which means America was not yet discovered so they don't serve potatoes, all dishes are original to the time and include ingredients available at the time. Service is friendly and entertaining. Olde Hansa is the most profitable restaurant in town for 10 consecutive years, the proof is in the pudding.
Russian style restaurant on the Old Town Square - they serve 50+ different types of vodka and they do it in style. Do not visit prior to an important meeting next morning!
Troika Vene Restoran
15 Raekoja plats
Russian style restaurant on the Old Town Square - they serve 50+ different types of vodka and they do it in style. Do not visit prior to an important meeting next morning!