SHORE BETS TALLINN
The capital of Estonia famous for its medieval Old Town is experiencing a renaissance. There’s a distinct vibe of creativity and energy in this highly walkable city.
HEAD DIRECTLY TO
Wander the cobblestoned streets of the UNESCO-listed compact Old Town, which is one of Europe’s most complete walled cities. You may be tempted to hire a bike from the port but it’s better to walk (too bumpy for bike tyres). A good first stop is the medieval Great Guild Hall where the Estonian History Museum is housed. Permanent exhibition Spirit of
Survival features 11,000 years of Estonian history.
DON’T BOTHER WITH
Eating at Main Square. The outdoor settings may be alluring but the food and beer are overpriced. Seek out better restaurants in alleyways right nearby.
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Head over to Telliskivi Creative City, where you can shop at flea markets and boutiques, sample craft beer and dine from food trucks and see creative artworks. Once a rundown Soviet industrial area, Telliskivi was transformed 10 years ago into a hip communityrun collective.
IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE RESTAURANT
Go to Restaurant Tchaikovsky. Start off your meal with a Blini Royale with a trio of caviar. The awardwinning restaurant, inside the Telegraaf Hotel serves Estonian favourites. Try the poached lavaret (whitefish) but be sure to save room for their take on pavlova.
THE TOUR TO TAKE
Take a one-hour guided tour of the KGB Museum on the 23rd floor of Sokos Hotel Viru. Under Soviet rule, the hotel was used by visiting internationals who were under intense surveillance (even the ashtrays were bugged) from the KGB who were watching and hearing every move from the hotel’s top floor.