Whenever we visit somewhere new, we always make a list of all the things we’d like to do whilst there. We loved Estonia! So much so that we wanted to put together a list of things to do in Tallinn. Either with kids or without kids, hopefully this little list will help you plan your trip there. If Tallinn isn’t on your bucket list then we recommend adding it! (Preferably right at the top). It’s a european gem and somewhere that everyone needs to visit once. So here’s our list of 15 things to do in Tallinn.
Things to do in Tallinn
1. Tv Tower – head up to the top of the TV tower, wander around the museum, walk around the edge and take in the gorgeous views. There’s a lovely little cafe up here too where you can order some food or simply have a drink. Make sure to check the weather before you go – they may not allow people outside if the weather isn’t great.
2. The Old Pharmacy – This pharmacy has been open since 1422 and is the oldest continuously running pharmacy in Europe. Back then you could buy items such as snakeskin potion, mummy juice and powdered unicorn horn. It’s situated in the old town and well worth a little look if you are nearby!
3. Gingerbread Houses – These famous ‘gingerbread houses’ stand amongst the old town hall and are great for photo opportunities. You’ll also be able to find little magnets and ornaments of these famous houses in most gift shops. Buy one and take a photo of it in front of the houses themselves – definitely a great photo op for any Instagram lovers!
4. Eat Vegan – Be sure to go somewhere and eat Vegan. Tallinn is known for having a huge variety of Vegan places to eat – we recommend ‘V’ for it’s delicious cakes – you really can’t beat them.
5. Walk the Town Wall – Climb this 14th-century tower and stroll atop its 200m stretch of Town Wall for fantastic views of Tallinn’s medieval defences.
6. Town Hall Square – This gorgeous square is perfect for having a bite to eat or to sit outside one of the cafes and watch the world go by. They have market stalls outside during the warmer months and a fab christmas market during December. The square remains as the heart of the city – it’s worth visiting when you’re in Tallinn.
7. Kohtuotsa viewing point – You may have seen photos from this viewing point! It’s beautiful. Head up there and see panoramic views of Old Town’s rooftops against the backdrop of the modern city skyline. Pose next to the stencilled quote ‘The times we had’ and keep an eye out for the infamous Steven the seagull.
8. kalamaja – Take a wander around this neighbourhood with it’s gorgeous wooden houses. Throughout most of Tallinn’s history Kalamaja served as the town’s main fishing harbour. Kalamaja is actually Estonian for ‘fish house’. These houses make the perfect backdrop for that dream Insta-shot!
9. Telliskivi – Telliskivi Creative City is a new, artist-friendly complex that has become a popular hangout for shoppers and restaurant-goers. You can easily spend an afternoon here – a few hours shopping followed by a wander around the market and a delicious lunch in one of the many quirky restaurants and cafes. We loved Telliskivi!
10. Balti Jaam – This is where we found our favourite little sweet/cake shop. Find lots of street food stalls from Pizza to desert and wander around the unique range of cafes. You’ll also find a supermarket, sports club, hair salon, fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, the widest range of meat and fish in the country, and a variety of cafés!
11. DEPOO – DEPOO opened in March 2016 and has become a popular addition to the neighbouring Telliskivi Creative City. DEPOO represents the full variety of Estonian street food, with something for everyone.
12. St Catherines passage – Visit St Catherine’s passage and feel as though you’ve really transported back in time. There are lots of little passages and streets to see in Tallinn, but this is definitely the most atmospheric of them all. It’s well worth seeing and right near the Old Town square.
13. Viru gate – This was the first little glimpse we saw of Old Town Tallinn. You see these towers and it really does feel as though you’ve gone back in time. Most of the gate was pulled down in the 1880s to make room for traffic, but these two towers remained and have since become a symbol of the town.
14. Pirita Promenade – This 2km paved pathway stretches along the waterfront from Kadriorg to Pirita – there’s a gorgeous view of the skyline and the shore. If there’s a nice day when you visit it’s definitely worth a little walk down!
15. Master’s courtyard – This courtyard is tucked away and you may not stumble across it. It’s well worth a little visit – you won’t stay here for long as it’s so small – but grab a coffee and sit outside whilst watching the world go by. It’s scenic and romantic!
Hope this list of things to do in Tallinn has helped you plan your trip! For more information visit the tourist board website here.