I travel to Tallinn often. It’s a short ferry ride from Helsinki and has a lot of things I can’t find here, and at cheaper prices. Many times people don’t venture far from the Old Town (which is beautiful and wonderful), but that’s also a shame! So, if you want to try something new and get a taste of what the locals like, here are three of my favorite “off the beaten path” places to eat in Tallinn.
Telliskivi 60A, 10412 Tallinn
Thanks to a few recommendations from friends, I was lucky enough to discover this gem of a place on my last trip. Located in the Creative Campus of Telliskivi, F-Hoone attracts locals and tourists alike with an inspiring atmosphere, great food at even better prices, and some really special cocktails (just look at what I ordered!).
Because it’s such a favorite, it can fill up so you might want to make a reservation to be sure you get a table. When I was there almost all of the tables were reserved.
I ordered the spicy coconut soup, white wine seafood pasta, and cocktail #3, “The Botanist”. I can’t wait to try more from the menu as I will definitely be returning on my next trip to Tallinn!
Total bill: 17.40€
Koidu 82/Videviku 37, 10139 Tallinn
This cozy café and restaurant is less-known to tourists and a bit out of the way in Tallinn’s Uus Maailm district. I stumbled across it as it happened to be one of the closest restaurants to the hotel I was staying at in February, and I wanted to get out of the Old Town.
Kohalik feels like home, complete with a wood fireplace carefully tended to by both the wait staff and restaurant regulars.
I ordered the lentil soup, creamy beef pasta (see a pattern here?), and a cider. It was delicious.
Total bill: 13.90€
Vana-Kalamaja 21, 10414 Tallinn
We can’t forget about dessert! Levier has two locations, with one being closer to old town (the one I visited). It’s tucked away in a sweet part of town with a bright interior and an outdoor patio for sunny days.
I love macarons, so naturally I loved this place. They have some of the most interesting flavors I’ve ever tried, from Elderflower to Lime & Basil to Sea Buckthorn to my all-time favorite: Pistachio!
If you buy six you get to pick out a cute box that comes in 8 different colors with a pretty pink bow, so I did that. And now I’m in love.
Total bill: 9.00€
What are your favorite places to eat out in Tallinn?