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Top 5 things to do on a rainy day in Tallinn

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By Noora Karppi  •  30.09.2019

Tallinn is always pretty, but sometimes the weather doesn’t permit enjoying a day outside. But do not worry - we know where to go when the dark clouds gather over the Old Town! So follow our lead and make the most of a rainy day in Tallinn. 

1. Museums

A rainy day can be a blessing in disguise: a perfect excuse for exploring all the beautiful, fascinating, and fun museums Tallinn has to offer. Just a few examples: 

A heavy rain tip: if you plan to visit museums, consider purchasing Tallinn Card, the city's all-in-one sightseeing pass. In addition to free entry to all of the museums mentioned above (and more), Tallinn Card includes free use of public transport, and a 50% discount on the hop-on-hop-off tour bus (free with Tallinn Card PLUS). So you can comfortably get from one destination to another without worrying about the weather (or your budget) too much.  

2. Cinema

Ahh, the soft seats that provide shelter and comfort in times of need! Step out of the rain into the popcorn-scented multiplex cinema or to a more sophisticated artsy movie theatre. The movies are not dubbed into Estonian, but you will have a chance to improve your language skills with Estonian and Russian subtitles. Visit Kosmos cinema for an IMAX sensation and Forum Cinemas or Apollo cinema for all day long movie marathon. Artis and Sõprus will bring you European flicks best enjoyed with wine and good company.

3. Bowling, billiard and other fun activities

For short showers (less than 60 minutes) we suggest to visit one of the many escape rooms in Tallinn. If it’s still raining once you get out, you’ll only have your own wits to blame. The city centre offers also many possibilities to hop, climb and bowl or shoot some pool. Or step into a day spa and have a luxurious treatment because you are worth it!

4. Balti Jaam Market and Telliskivi Creative City

If you came to Tallinn with a foodie friend and they have gone missing in Tallinn, this is the place you’ll find them. Balti Jaam Market and Telliskivi offer food and groceries from near and far. Start from Telliskivi for some restaurant hopping, continue to Balti Jaam Market to experience the art of street food and buy some souvenirs for near and dear ones back at home missing all the fun.

5. Shopping

Oh yes, the thing some of you fear and some of you love (not pointing any fingers): shopping. Rainy day is perfect for shop hopping in some of the many malls in Tallinn. In the centre, you'll find Viru and Solaris. They are not very big, but both of them offer a range of shops, cafés, restaurants, and services. Viru is also home to Kaubamaja, Estonia's largest department store; Solaris has several design shops offering local products. 

Ülemiste, Kristiine, Rocca al Mare, and T1 Mall of Tallinn are located a bit further from the centre. In addition to a (huge) number of shops, all of them offer a large variety of restaurants and entertainment. T1, for example, has a Ferris wheel on its roof....

Extra tip

Take a sightseeing bus tour! Hop on the red busses and let Tallinn City Tour show you the sights in Tallinn. Even if it's raining cats and dogs, you still get to see Tallinn and visit it's main sights. And the best part; Tallinn City Tour is free of charge with Tallinn Card!