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Restaurants and cafes with cosy terraces

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By  •  08.06.2018

In springtime, as Tallinn turns verdant and blossoms with the first warm rays of sun, restaurants and cafes open their summer yards and terraces. There are many unique places for al fresco dining in the centre, as well as throughout the city. 

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

There are two iconic Old Town restaurants with the Estonian word for ‘garden’ right in the name: Leib Resto ja Aed and Von Krahli Aed. The lush yard of restaurant Leib Resto ja Aed, hidden between the town walls, looks like it has been imported from Tuscany.  On one of the biggest plots in the Old Town, you can enjoy expertly paired 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. 

Enjoy the funky and easy-going vibe at Must Puudel cafe and lounge, where live music is often present and the prices are reasonable. 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. 

One of the best views of the Old Town is offered by classy Komeet cafe. Without a doubt, the rooftop terrace of Komeet in the city centre is one of the best places to hang out in Tallinn. Be sure to try at least one of their delicious cakes! Close by, on the uppermost floor of Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, is the Lounge 24 bar, which offers a view as enchanting as that of Komeet. Yet another fabulous rooftop locale called Mademoiselle Café lies just around the corner at Stockmann Shopping Centre.

New restaurants are popping up like daisies in the Kalamaja neighbourhood. Cafe Maru, located inside the famed Seaplane Harbour, has a wonderful terrace which you can visit without even buying a ticket to the museum. Cafe Klaus has a sunny, sea-facing terrace. Under one roof you can sip simply delicious coffee and enjoy Asian inspired dishes from the kitchen of Vietnami Salv, Klaus’ sister restaurant.

The renowned Boheem, Kalamaja's first cafe, has withstood the test of time and a visit there is always a pleasure. The nearby, new Telliskivi Creative City (Telliskivi Loomelinnak) restaurant complex is a foodie haven with cafes and restaurants for every taste, many with outdoor seating.

In the green Kadriorg Park, next to the Swan's Pond, is cafe Katharinenthal, with its open and exuberant summer yard. The Reval Cafe in Kumu Art Museum also offers a snug and lovely view of the park. A more secluded summer courtyard can be found at NOP, a delightful cafe and shop serving tasty, healthy food. If you’re seeking something more sophisticated, visit villa-turned-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 elegant, modern flair. In good weather, you can watch ships come and go from the spacious terrace.

On the border of Tallinn and Viimsi is NOA restaurant, one of Tallinn’s poshest spots 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! The newest restaurant in the area is OKO Resto. Their prime location on the Haabneeme beach and menu with something for everyone has quickly made them a locals’ favourite.

When in the district of Mustamäe, garden restaurant Umami is well worth a visit. With its simple yet whimsical atmosphere, it’s reminiscent of an Estonian grandma’s home. The restaurant, located in a beautiful, private house with a spacious garden, achieves top marks for the quality of its food and child-friendly atmosphere. 

Bordering Mustamäe, scenic and leafy Nõmme is full of suburban charms. Much like Umami, Mimosa is located in a two-story wooden house with a generous garden and feels nostalgic in the best possible way. Tucked away on a quiet street corner, get lost in an art deco dream at Paju Villa. The beautifully restored residence has a sweeping garden where you can enjoy a family lunch or festive dinner. After strolling around Nõmme market, stop by neighbouring Kius cafe and restaurant. The stately building has two floors of luxurious dining space, as well as a summer terrace. 

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