You can simply get lost for days exploring the old town of Tallin, exploring the interesting side roads, monuments, fortress, castles, and back alleys, the list goes on.
The old town of Tallinn is a UNESCO world heritage protected site and they’ve done a wonderful job of preserving this area that has been around since the 13th century. It’s full of history and not to be missed.
Spend a good few days exploring the old town of Tallinn and you won’t be left disappointed.
Here are some highlights of my trip around the old town in Tallinn, Estonia. I hope you find the tips useful, enjoy the read.
How to enter the old town of Tallinn
The old town of Tallinn is situated in the middle of Tallin’s city center, it’s extremely easy to find.
Look out for the fortress gate entrance like the one pictured above and you can also find UNESCO maps scattered around close to the entrances as well to guide you towards the old town.
It’s hard not to miss!
Go back in time with Cafe Maiasmokk
Taste a bit of Tallinn history and visit the oldest cafe in Tallinn; cafe Maiasmokk.
Cafe Maiasmokk has been around since 1864 and is still going strong today.
Recently Kalev, Estonia’s favourite chocolate company has moved into the building, transforming the cafe into a confectionery gift shop and candy museum.
Be sure to try the marzipan or dark chocolate with cherries variety of Kalev, which is my favourite and can be purchased here.
Great idea for souvenirs to take with you back home.
Who would be upset with tasty Estonian chocolate?
A nice selection of cakes and coffee to try here, which makes it a perfect spot to rest after a long day of walking.
When exploring the old town of Tallinn, be prepared to take a few cafe breaks along the way to bring your energy back.
This makes cafe Maiasmokk a perfect stop off location if you happen to find the time.
Tallinn old town viewing points.
The best way to kick off your visit to the old town of Tallinn is to enjoy the view from a viewing point.
The best way to get to them (the old town has many!), is to walk towards the fortress walls.
If you find yourself going up, you’re heading towards a viewing point, that’s pretty much how it works.
Viewing point Kohtuotsa was where the above pictures was taken and it’s considered to be one of the best spots.
Have fun walking around, getting lost and seeing what you can discover along the way.
This worked well for me and had a great adventure discovering all these stunning viewpoints, it will take more time, but totally worth the while.
Old town square, Tallinn.
If you wish to ditch the map, a good location to find first, would be the old town square.
This will help to gather your bearings.
Many cafes and bars line the old town square, but far more interesting finds can be discovered hidden down the many endless streets and back alleys in old town Tallinn.
I would recommend avoiding these spots (can find better spots elsewhere), apart from the Three Dragons which is worth a visit and located in the town hall pictured above.
Try elk soup at the Three Dragons in Tallin’s old sqaure
A bit touristy, yes! But for only €2, what have you got to lose?
If it’s a cold day outside this warm bowl of elk soup will soon warm you up.
The spinach pie is also worth trying.
Don’t be silly and ask for a spoon, you will soon understand why (they don’t deal with spoons here, this is the medieval times, take a sip!).
One fun activity is to try and see if you can discover how to retrieve a pickled gerkin. Good luck with that!
Exploring the many pretty cobbled streets of Tallinn’s old town.
I’ll leave the pictures here and let you go on your own journey of discovery through the old town of Tallinn.
Grab a coffee at Cafe Sinilind
After many hours of walking around the old town of Tallinn we were dying for a quick coffee and sit down, away from the popular Tallinn old town square.
After walking down a back alley, we stumbled across Cafe Sinilind and it was love at first sight. Maybe because of all the walking but it was perfectly timed and located.
Friendly staff, nice atmosphere, loads of seating, and a slice of Baileys cheesecake worth trying.
Cafe Sinilind was a much welcomed pit stop after the endless hours walking around the historical old town of Tallinn. Be sure to check it out!
Explore the castle walls and fortress.
Toompea Castle is located within the walls of Tallinn’s old town and is easy to get to and can also be an entrance to the old town.
Lots to explore and discover around the area and it offers lovely view points over the city of Tallinn. I hear this is the best view point during the winter months in Estonia.
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