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Restaurants, cafés, and bars with cosy terraces

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By visittallinn.ee  •  12.06.2019

With the first warm rays of sun, Tallinn's restaurants, cafés, and bars open their summer yards and terraces. There are many unique places for al fresco dining in the centre, as well as throughout the city. 

Tallinn's Old Town

The most famous hideaways in the Old Town are café Pierre Chocolaterie, with outdoor seating in the charming Masters' Courtyard, and café Kehrwieder, with its hidden summer yard located behind the Holy Spirit Church, just opposite to the café itself. 

The Old Town is also home to some elegant restaurants with their own gardens. Hotel Telegraaf’s restaurant Tchaikovsky and Schlössle Hotel’s Stenhus Restaurant both have foliage-filled summer terraces. Take a break for a light meal or refreshing drink in these urban oases. 

To experience the feeling of discovering a real-life secret garden, visit Leib. Hidden between the town walls, it looks like it has been imported from Tuscany. Do not let the humble iron gate fool you - behind it you'll find one of the biggest green plots in the Old Town. Besides the lush greenery, the restaurant is known for expertly pairing local ingredients and wines. Intimate restaurant Von Krahli Aed has a plant-based menu vegetarians will love, as well as delicious options for carnivores. Check out their petite summer garden. 

For a more funky and easy-going vibe, visit Must Puudel café and lounge. A special treat on a warm day is a sipping a cool drink in their shaded inner courtyard. Another nice, affordable chill-out spot, particularly popular among the younger generation, can be found on Viru street. Katusekohvik is a rooftop bar with delicious sushi, shisha and quite an impressive cocktail list. 

If cosy pubs are more to your liking, then head to Pikk street, where you can find some of Tallinn's most known taverns: Hell Hunt, Texas Honky Tonk, and St. Patrick's. Hell Hunt has a big shaded sitting area just accross the street, on the Green Market; Texas and St. Patrick's both have smaller, more intimate terraces hidden in the back.   

Tallinn's City Centre

The classy Komeet café's rooftop terrace on top of the Solaris shopping centre offers not only great views but also some of the best cakes in town. 

If you have a head for heights, go to the uppermost floor of the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel close by, and enjoy a drink at their Lounge 24 bar. Close by, the Original Sokos Hotel Viru's KGB Rooftop Bar surprises you with authentic cocktail recipes from 1972 and a Soviet-era atmosphere, not to mention a fantastic view.   

For a more down to earth approach, head to Rotermann, a sleek and trendy area right next to the Old Town. The quarter is dotted with cafés, bars and restaurants, many of them with ample outdoor seating. 

Kalamaja and Telliskivi

New restaurants are popping up like daisies in the Kalamaja neighbourhood. Café Maru, located inside the famed Seaplane Harbour, has a wonderful terrace which you can visit without even buying a ticket to the museum. Café Umami has a sunny, sea-facing terrace, just next to the Tallinn's fishing port. 

If trainspotting - combined with an amazing view on the skyline of Tallinn's Old Town and freshly brewed beer - makes your heart race, head to Humalakoda in the Balti Jaam Market. The Telliskivi Creative City (Telliskivi Loomelinnak) nearby is a foodie haven with cafés and restaurants for every taste, most of them with outdoor seating.

 

Kadriorg, Pirita and Viimsi

In the green Kadriorg Park, next to the Swan's Pond, is café Katharinenthal and its delightful summer garden. The Reval Café in the Kumu Art Museum also offers a snug and lovely view of the park. A more secluded summer courtyard can be found at NOP, a cute café and shop serving tasty, healthy food. If you are seeking something more sophisticated, visit the villa-turned-gourmet-restaurant Mon Repos.

A pleasant walk from Kadriorg along the Pirita Promenade will bring you to Pirita’s beautiful yacht harbour. The 100-seat terrace of the Kalevi Jahtklubi Resto, on the bank of Pirita river, is another enjoyable place in the summer. Overlooking the promenade and Tallinn Bay is Tuljak, an iconic restaurant honouring its 1960s roots with an elegant, modern flair. In good weather, you can watch ships come and go from their spacious terrace.

On the border of Tallinn and Viimsi is NOA restaurant, one of Tallinn’s best restaurants with a beautiful view of the sea. Also in Viimsi, Paat seaside pub and restaurant is a one of a kind structure resembling a giant, inverted ship. Fantastic views of the Tallinn skyline are, again, abundant! For sandy city vistas, go to OKO Resto. Their prime location on the Haabneeme beach and menu with something for everyone has made it a locals' favourite.

Nõmme

Bordering Mustamäe, scenic and leafy Nõmme is full of suburban charm. For a bit of sweet nostalgia, head to Mimosa that is located in a two-story wooden house with a big garden. A bit further, Paju Villa enchants you with its dreamy art déco interiors. The beautifully restored residence has a sweeping garden where you can enjoy a family lunch or a festive dinner. After strolling around the Nõmme market, stop by the neighbouring Kius café and restaurant. The stately building has two floors of luxurious dining space, as well as a summer terrace. 

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