There isn't a better place to be during winter holidays than this little country located below Finland with just a 1,3 million people living their lives. So if you're travelling in Scandinavia make sure to stop by Estonia for a week or two and visit the capital, Tallinn. But besides the world famous Christmas Market, Tallinn also has amazing restaurants. These are of course my personal favourites and I don't go for the Michelin stars but for the stars in my eyes and belly after experiencing a place.
If you would like to know more about Estonia read about it HERE! But for now let's get down to business, here are my recommendations for places to eat in Tallinn:
Restaurants / Places you must eat
1. NOP - for the health freaks
NOP – is a cafe and a shop that got its name about 8 years ago, when Tallinn lacked a Neighborhood Organic Place. They're located in a charming old neighborhood of Tallinn, Kadriorg in an old over 100 years wooden house and its wonderful garden.
The food is amazing and the prices are very reasonable! It's one of my favorite places to have breakfast and lunch. This time I tried dishes like HUMMUS Trio (beetroot-wasabi, chili, spinach) with crispy rice paper, PATE Hiiumaa organic veal liver, blackcurrant butter and caraway bread, also tasted BULGUR-QUINOA SALAD with avocado and smoked trout and lastly the Maroccon spicy local organic LAMB STEW with chickpeas, lentils, garden vegetables, pomegranate seeds, greek yoghurt - total food heaven!
2. NOA - so chic
NOA restaurant is a seaside restaurant on the border of Tallinn. Don't expect huge portions, but do expect a gastronomic wonderland! The menu is varied, includes gluten and lactose free options and it's defitinely a place to try out whilst visiting Tallinn. The location and the interior design is stunning and for me it's one of the coolest restaurants I've ever been to. I recommend to visit Noa for dinner during winter and for lunch during summer, since Noa is one of those places that transforms so much during different seasons.
3. IO Lounge - new russian glamour hotspot
If you're looking to dress up and dine in a luxurious environment, then this one is for you! This new glamourous restaurant and lounge near the centre also hosts Russian parties and private events and this is the place where you won't feel out of place with your evening gown. I find the prices quite reasonable even though it excudes luxury (and you might think its too pricy) and I have nothing bad to say about the food there. I recommend!
4. Olde Hansa - touristic but they do have bear meat
Medieval-themed Olde Hansa restaurant is one of those places where the locals usually never go to. But I visited it once and I must say it was a real medieval experience. From the interior, to the food and the service, everything was true to what the restaurant represents. All of the dishes on the menu, including many wild game delicacies, are cooked using 15th century recipes and methods. But be aware, it's not cheap, on the contrary, dishes like bear meat can cost up tp 55€.
5. Manna La Roosa - hotspot of the town
Manna La Roosa combines colonial style with rosewood columns brought from India, trendy boho style, gypsy chic, bit of psychedelia, graffiti, restored wallpaper from the beginning of the 1900s, total eclecticism and decorative items without a clear purpose that have ended up here seemingly by accident. It's so quirky that it becomes funky! And besides the amazing interior, the food and cocktails are excellent and on top of everything, it's reasonably priced for being located in the most expensive area of the city - in the old town. And if that wasn't enough, they also have cool DJs during the weekend.