A Guide to: Tallinn

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Estonia, and its capital city, Tallinn are somewhat under appreciated. While its neighbouring capitals of Riga and Helsinki have risen in popularity, it has continued to be something of a hidden gem. However, it’s a European must-visit with eye-catching architecture, wallet-friendly prices and a former industrial area that’s drawing in the hipsters. We’re here to tell you about the must-visits in this city.

Fast Facts

Currency: Euros

Language: Estonian

Flight time: Two hours and 50 minutes (from London airports)

Average cost of a pint: €4.41 (in the city centre)


Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform

Toompea Hill is at the heart of Tallinn, a limestone hill that sits in the very heart of the city. The Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform sits atop this hill and gifts its visitors dreamy views out over the Old Town with its famed red roofs. In the distance, you’ll be able to spot the ocean that divides Estonia and Finland. Getting here requires a little bit of a walk, but we think those views more than make up for it.

St. Olaf’s Church

Entry: Free

Open: April – October each year

St Olaf’s Church dates all the way back to the 13th century and for almost 80 years was one of the tallest buildings in the world. Nowadays, it’s fair to say that this accolade long been lost, but it continues to be one of Tallinn’s most iconic buildings. Those who don’t mind tight spaces will want to take the staircase up to the top of the tower for views out over the city.


Entry: €14 for adults

Kumu is one of Estonia’s largest museums, and is dedicated to the country’s art. It’s a journey through history, with artworks from the 18th century, through the Soviet era, all the way through to today. There are ever-changing exhibitions too, so it’s worth looking up what’s on before you visit.

The building itself is striking too, in a city largely known for its history, the modernity of the gallery is notable.

Telliskivi Creative City

This hipster hangout used to be a factory where trains were repaired. For years, it sat in ruin and then…it was reborn. Now the space houses a nightclub, bars, restaurants, Fotografiska Tallinn (the photograph museum) and even, a theatre. We recommend heading here mid afternoon to hit the shops, before spending the evening soaking up the atmosphere, while sampling a cocktail or two.

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TV Tower

Entry: €14 for adults

This looming TV tower was built in the Soviet era and was, for a long time, seen as an example of Soviet excellence. Today, it’s a lovely chance to get out into the wooded area of Tallinn while soaking up a slice of history. The outer deck on the 22nd floor is a favourite with visitors, thanks to the views that it affords.

What to Eat


This open sandwich is otherwise known as a sprat sandwich and is a firm favourite across Estonia. It’s rye bread coated in an egg and butter spread, before being layered with marinated sprat fillet. It’s salty, hearty and fresh all at once.

Where to eat it: Farm (for somewhere fancier), Ristikheina Kohvik (for somewhere more casual)


While these pastries share the same name as Polish dumplings, that’s where the similarities end. These are a little more like a pasty and traditionally come stuffed with chicken and mushroom. However, there are a whole host of fillings to sample, including sweet options.

Where to eat it: Pirogoff


Kohuke are popular across Estonia as a snack. They consist of a mild curd cheese wrapped in chocolate, sometimes with added flavours thrown into the mix.

Where to eat it: Available from most supermarkets and corner shops


When to Visit

Winters in Tallinn can be bitter with average lows of -7°C in January. We recommend visiting between May and September when climes are much milder, making exploration that much more enjoyable. If you get particularly good weather, you’ll be able to head to the beaches of Pirita to cool off!