Lined by the harbour, the Old Town and the Viru Centre shopping mall, lies the Rotermann Quarter
, the official centre-point of Tallinn. Being the meeting point of three main roads, the quarter was busy as far back as the 19th century. That’s probably why an entrepreneur called Christian Abraham Rotermann found the place and founded his company there in 1829. Rotermann’s factory produced building equipment, and soon also housed a distillery, a pasta factory, and it wasn't long before Tallinn’s largest mill followed it into the neighbourhood.
During the Soviet Era the quarter was badly dilapidated, but in 2001 it was ordered to be preserved and the planning of its renovation began. Today, the Rotermann Quarter is an architectural masterpiece mixing old and new, and it has also been given significant international awards.
The bustling quarter is filled with fashion shops, cafés, restaurants and activities ranging from beauty parlours to a cinema. Don’t forget the brand new Tallinn Design House
with its diverse collection of Estonian design! Above all that, the quarter is home to many kinds of companies, such as legal offices and advertising agencies – and many people of Tallinn, as well.
The Stalker’s Path (Stalkeri käik) is named after the famous Russian film ”Stalker” by Andrei Tarkovsky, filmed on this very spot back in 1979. The path is the latest and undoubtedly the most delicious part of the whole Rotermann Quarter. Many restaurants and cafés have recently opened in the old grain elevator, serving all kinds of delicacies for their hungry clients. Why not pop in before a night at the Coca-Cola Plaza Cinema! And while you’re out and about, remember to try the Kalev Chocolate Shop
, filled with confections from Estonian’s major candy factory.