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Top 5 bookstores in Tallinn

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By Noora Karppi  •  05.03.2020

Estonians love good literature; mysterious crime novels, exciting fantasy books and beautiful poetry! If you visit an Estonian home, you’ll find endless bookshelves covering the walls with classics and bestsellers from home and abroad. To feed the literature hungry Estonians Tallinn has several top-notch bookstores, where you can find unique gifts and travel reading or just spent hours and hours browsing the impressive collections.

A top tip: if you are in Tallinn this spring, check out the Head Read literary festival (27.-31.05.2020), featuring meetings with published writers, seminars, book fairs, and much more. 

Rahva Raamat

Rahva Raamat is one of the biggest bookstore chains in Estonia and outstands with fantastic quality in selection and service. Their stores are cosy and inspirational and loved by all bookworms. In fact, their shop in Tallinn Old Town was recently chosen one of the best bookstores in the world by the London Book Fair. So it’s definitely a must see! In a relaxing atmosphere, you can enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee while browsing through your new favourite books.

Visit their flagship store in Viru keskus shopping centre. It is one of the largest bookstores in Estonia, with several kilometres of bookshelves.

Rahva Raamat also has a store in Kalamaja, in the Telliskivi area. Taking direct inspiration from C.S. Lewis's remark that 'eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably,' the bookshop includes a charming restaurant serving fresh delicacies in a relaxing (and reading-friendly) atmosphere.    


Apollo brings you not only the newest books but also many other kinds of entertainment. Here you’ll find lots of games, music and the widest selection of movies in Estonia, not to mention their very own movie theatre!

Their store in Solaris Centre is a perfect spot to browse endless lines of DVDs, CDs and books for children and grownups. 


Raamatukoi is an interesting bookstore, selling mostly used books, comics, maps and postcards. This antiquarian bookshop is located in the heart of Old Town on Harju street, opposite of the Tourist Information Centre. Go for a treasure hunt and find old classics from the Soviet-era or true gems of Estonian literature! If these books could talk, they wouldn’t only tell the story printed on their pages, but also stories of the past.


Püant comes from French (pointe) and means the clever ending of a novel or satire. It is also the spirit of this clever little bookstore in Telliskivi. Püant offers books, stationery and vinyl records, different events, performances and exhibitions also regularly take place at the store.


REaD bookstore has its own concept and pricing policy. All the books cost the same; one book is 3 euros and 4 books 10 euros. REaD is located in the Old Town, on Pikk street, next to a tiny garden, the Green Market. REaD organizes cool events at their small store and also outside on the Green Market during the warmer summer season.