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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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