Tallinn is a city that will surprise you and so will Tallinn’s food. At least, it did surprise me. As the capital of Estonia, Tallinn is a must-see on every trip to the Baltic States. Located at the Baltic Sea, Tallinn is an exciting mix of medieval churches, hip coffee shops, baroque palaces, cozy side-streets and an amazing food culture.
Before I went to Tallinn I asked my Instagram Community for tips on where to eat. The response was overwhelming, a slight indicator that our 3 days in Tallinn would be very tasty. I quickly decided that food would be the main focus of our travels because I didn’t think that tasting testing every recommended eatery in Tallinn sounded like a bad idea. And it wasn’t. So if you are planing on visiting Tallinn any time soon and are looking for a delicious adventure, I’ve got you covered. Here is my personal Tallinn Food Guide with a list of my favorite restaurants (and one coffee shop).
Tallinn Food Guide: 10 Places You Must Try
Located just outside of Tallinn’s city center/ old town, NOP is a cafe and shop that has been serving organic food for 8 years now. Its breakfast menu is mostly vegetarian with quite a few vegan but also fish-y options (that’s a good thing considering Tallinn’s proximity to the sea). The same goes for its dinner and lunch menu but I didn’t really have a close look at it because my mum and I went for breakfast. I had an avocado toast with sprouts and radishes, an almond mylk cappuccino and a coconut tapioca pudding, all vegan and absolutely delicious. This was one of the best breakfasts that we enjoyed on our trip around the Baltic States. NOP’s little shop offers most favorites as take-aways as well as a small selection of organic foods and ingredients.
J. Köleri 1, 10150 Tallinn, Estonia
Most people recommended V Restoran to me, so I had to try it. I need to warn you, it’s super popular and you’ll need to make a reservation days or weeks in advance. Or you do it like us. We went for a late lunch at around 2.30 pm and were lucky to get a table without a reservation. To say it was delicious is a cheer understatement. V Restoran is an all vegan place but it does more than just serving mushy curries and green salads (these two seem to be especially popular among mediocre vegan places).
We shared a starter platter of vegan cheeses, stuffed zucchini, walnut cream and grilled tofu. And just by writing this down I wish I had this burst of beautiful flavors in front of me now. As a main I had the all famous vegan burger and it definitely lived up to its hype.
Rataskaevu 12, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia
A place loved for its location as well as food, F-Hoone is situated in the artsy neighborhood of Kalemaja*. Wooden houses and industrial buildings are put side by side in an area of Tallinn where most tourists don’t go. In between you find a growing hipster scene of coffee shops, small boutiques and restaurants like F-Hoone. The food is high quality, the prices relatively low and the atmosphere a depiction of industrial chic. The crowd is young and diverse and so is F-Hoone a great spot to have a meal or work or do both.
Telliskivi 60, 10412 Tallinn, Estonia
If you are interested in getting to know more about Kalemaja and its vibrant community and food scene, I recommend watching Monocle’s short video.
Van Krahl Aed
We didn’t plan on eating at Van Krahl Aed initially but when our choice for dinner on our last day was fully booked we kind of “ended up” here. And I’m so happy we did. The menu seemed unspectacular at first – meat, fish, some veggie dishes – but once I had a closer look I actually had difficulties deciding. Van Krahl Aed fits perfectly into a general observation I made about Tallinn’s food scene. Even though there are just a very few eateries in Tallinn that serve all vegan or vegetarian food, most restuarants list at least two to three vegan options on their menu (or are offering to veganize a vegetarian meal). Now there is a difference about vegan food as in pasta with tomato sauce and vegan food like Van Krahl Aed serves it.
As a starter we shared stuffed micro peppers filled with cauliflower couscous. Apart from the amazing taste (and I had a lot of North African food in my life but the flavours in this one stood out) it was served on a plate that looked like a painting. My main was equally impressive. Wild garlic orsotto (like risotto but with barley) with honey marinated veggies. Now how creative is that for a non vegan restaurant?
Rataskaevu 8, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia
It’s probably no secret but I love pastries. For Paris I shared my favorite boulangerie where you’d get perfect croissants. And also in Tallinn I found an amazing neighborhood bakery that stocks its shelves with traditionally baked goods. The smell from the Kalamaja Pagarikoda Bakery already greets you a block away. Inside you won’t find any over polished international cakes or tarts but rustic and authentic bread, filled pastries, cookies and the likes. I’d recommend trying Estonian Kringle (Cinnamon Braid Bread) which goes perfectly with a hot cuppa black coffee or Purukook (streusel cake) as a late afternoon treat.
Jahu 11, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia
Renard Coffee Shop
My mum loves her coffee (and so do I but only once a day) so we explored Tallinn’s coffee shop scene intensively. Renard was one of the few coffee shops that I could imagine myself going to every day if I would live in Tallinn. I think I don’t need to mention that the coffee tasted great (because that’s the minimum criteria for a coffee shop to be listed on my blog). Renard’s airy flair with high ceilings, a barber shop on the second (open-spaced) floor and a speed shop sharing the side entrance are pretty hipster. Until recently the place was even used as a repair house for railway wagons. Stepping outside the coffee shop overlooking old tracks and abandoned train wagons you quickly realise that this is a pretty cool coffee place.
Telliskivi 62, 10412 Tallinn, Estonia
I first noticed Restoran Pegasus when we did a little sightseeing tour on our first day in Tallinn. The stylish design and laid-back atmosphere brought us back for dinner in the evening. We were lucky to find a table outside, a perfect spot for people watching and listing to Tallinn’s talented street musicians. Yet again the menu offered a mix of various dishes with fish, meat and veggies. And yet again the vegan and vegetarian dishes itself weren’t less exciting than the rest of the menu.
We ordered stuffed zucchini with black lentils and grilled tofu with pumpkin puree. Both dishes made with local and high-quality ingredients and seasoned with pure and nordic flavours. Another thing to point out about Pegasus is its bread. Now you might think that a restaurant’s complimentary bread isn’t anything to rate it on. But in this case, I would almost go as far as to say that Pegasus’ nutty yet soft and moist bread could be a reason to come back over and over again. Served with salted butter and herbs it keeps up with every good starter.
Harju 1, 10146 Tallinn, Estonia
Come to Komeet Cafe if you love cake, cake, cake and a nice view. And if you like choosing between 20 different kinds of cakes but be warned the decision won’t be easy. Komeet is a modern, spacious and sun-lit Cafe that is located in a shopping mall on the top floor. Run by a local and famous chef, Komeet also serves up savory dishes with an Italian twist. The place is lined by windows on one side so expect a nice view overlooking a park and the Estonian National Opera. Unfortunately they don’t serve any vegan cakes but have gluten-free and lactose-free options.
Estonia pst 9, 10143 Tallinn, Estonia
When you go to Tripadvisor to look for the best restaurants in Tallinn, Rataskaevu 16 comes up first. I didn’t have the chance trying it out myself but my mum went the evening before I arrived in Tallinn. And she still talks about Rataskaevu 16’s Bluecheese Cake with passion fruit. Similar to other popular restaurants in Tallinn, I recommend to make a reservation. Rataskaevu 1 is usually fully booked days and even weeks ahead. The quality and creativity of the food is overly fantastic. Vegan options are also available. I probably would have chosen the Raw Buckwheat salad as a starter followed by pea cutlet with apple cashew cream. But, well, the restaurant was fully booked when we tried to get a table for dinner.
Rataskaevu 16, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia
Sfäär is another restaurant that I unfortunately didn’t have the chance to eat at. We just didn’t have enough days in Tallinn to try it out. However, the Instagram community recommended it to me. So I added it to this list. Sfäär is a restaurant and shop combined. Even though I didn’t have food here I visited its stylish boutique. The shop offers a contemporary and very stylish selection of menswear and womenswear. The restaurant itself radiates Nordic chic and a trendy atmosphere. The food is fresh, seasonal and sourced locally. And so Sfäär is a great restaurant to come for brunch, lunch and dinner.
Mere pst 6, 10111 Tallinn, Estonia