I’ve probably been to Tallinn (Estonia) one time too many, but I will never get bored of the city. Whenever I visit I have to take a stroll around Tallinn’s Medieval Old Town. It’s so mesmerizing.
You’ll find medieval churches, art galleries, restaurants, cafés, shops, museums and more in this part of town. Locals dare to follow the gray brick road in heels, but I prefer to roam around town in my trustworthy Converse.
My grandma, who lives in Tallinn, serves as my honorable tour guide. My mom and I tell her where we want to go, and she finds it for us haha.
We headed out quite early in the morning (to avoid the influx of tourists who usually head to town around noon). Right before you enter the Old Town you’ll pass stand after stand full of flowers! It’s a pretty welcoming sight!
Some restaurants still embrace the medieval times that Tallinn stems from. Olde Hansa is one of them. Their dishes are cooked according to 15th century recipes and methods. They even wear medieval clothes. They are a pretty dedicated bunch.
When you head over to the Town Hall Square (see picture below) you’ll see that many more restaurant and café employees wear medieval clothes. That’s how they try to lure you inside haha. Well, that and by handing out the-first-drink-is-free coupons.
But we almost never sit down at any of the cafés on Town Hall Square. Our favorite cafés are a bit more hidden.
My grandma’s favorite cafés is Saiakangi. It’s located in an alley near Town Hall Square. I find it more of a lounge rather than a café. It looks very classy inside. My grandma is a very classy lady so I think I know why she likes this café haha.
I must say that they serve some amazing looking cake here. I wish I could try them all haha.
Since I’m a chocoholic I had to drag my mom and grandma to Pierre Chocolaterie. It rained that day so we wouldn’t sit outside. Unfortunately, it was rather dark inside so my chocolate cake picture didn’t turn out too great. But, believe me, it was big and delicious. Too sweet for my mom’s taste, but I loved it. I had a huge cup of caramel coffee and maybe a little sugar rush.
You should really stop by this quirky café when you’re in Tallinn. It honestly looks more like an antique store inside than a café. I think it’s pretty cute. Some people actually just walked in to take a picture and left without ordering anything haha. I guess Pierre Chocolaterie is on a must-see-café list somewhere.
Another thing that you should do, is admire the view from the Kohtuotsa viewing platform. Or as we call it: the balcony. I always have to get up there to see the view (it doesn’t matter whether it’s snowing, raining or if the sun is burning my face off, I will see Tallinn from up there).
I love to admire all the houses that we pass on the way to the viewing platform. My favorite house is the one in the picture above. I don’t know whether people actually live there or whether it’s an office building or maybe an embassy, but I always wait for Juliette to appear and shout for her Romeo.
The view from the viewing platform is truly amazing. You’re able to see the beach, the harbor, a big chunk of the Old Town, and a few modern buildings rise up in the background.
On our way back we stopped by the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which is a Russian Orthodox church. I think it’s a beautiful Church that’s worth a visit.
Some churches don’t serve their purpose anymore. Like this St. Nicholas’ Church. It’s an art museum and a concert hall (That’s pretty ironic actually since the Church is well-known for a wall painting called Dance of Death).
You can’t see it from this side, but this part of Tallin’s city wall is converted into a café. Yes, another café. This city is full of cafés. I should do a café tour sometimes.
It’s pretty impressive that 1.85 km of the wall survived. The oldest sections of the wall were built in the 13th century. Do I sounds like a traveling brochure yet haha?
A picture may say more than a thousand words, but you still have to see this part of the city for yourself. If you ever get the chance to visit Tallinn’s Old Town. Do it. And if you’ve got a few hours to spare, buy some ice cream (Estonian ice cream is SOOO good) and head over to Kadriorg Park for a leisurely walk.