Tallinn might have a bit of a reputation as a stag and hen destination, but the piscturesque Estonian capital is not just about rowdy bars and lively drinking holes. Hidden among the cobblestoned alleys and courtyards, you'll actually find some real culinary gems. Here are some of my favourites.
For breakfast head to the Reval cafe in Tallinn Old Town which has got a bit of a medieval atmosphere to it. They serve food all day, but I suggest to start your day here with one of their banana chocolate pancakes. They're so filling, you won't need to eat for a couple of hours after one of those.
Another good option is Chocolats de Pierre. This place sells itself on its location and decor. It's set within a cosy courtyard where tables and chairs are strewn across the cobblestones and inside it feels a bit like grandma's living room. Lots of plush sofas, flowery table cloths and kitchy lampshades. They serve croissants and other sweet pastries and of course you can buy boxes of their assorted chocolates.
The two previously mentioned spots are great lunch options as well, but if you fancy something else, head to the market square for some American style burgers at R-18 Vaike Resto. Their burgers are enormous, but the prices on the other hand aren't. Plus it's a great place for people watching.
Late Afternoon Drinks
Get into that medieval mood and head to Dannebrog for some hot wine or hot cider. Paired with an amazing view of Old Tallinn, this a great way to start your evening. The bar is located on top of the Medieval wall , right off the Tower of the Virgin's and takes a bit of an effort to get up to as it requires some stair climbing. Be aware of the fact that you'll be coming or falling down that same stairs, depending on how much of that hot stuff you had to drink.
There are so many good options to dine at, but if you can't make the forest through the trees, try Restoran Rataskaevu 16, which is also the address. It surely deserves its number one spot on Tripadvisor as the food was sublime, the staff extremely flirty, and the setting very homey. I had a crispy beetroot and quail egg salad and of course I had to try the elk roast for my main.
Another good option is Restoran Musi, which is also a wine bar. They probably have more options on their wine list than on their food menu, but they make up for that with the quality of the dishes.