For evening entertainment, why not go to a cinema (in Estonia, movies are usually in their original language, with Estonian and Russian subtitles) or see a performance - many drama theatres have wordless shows on their repertoire. You can also opt for the universal language of dance and music: the majestic Estonian National Opera represents a more classical approach, while Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava, and Vabalava are more experimental and interdisciplinary in their programming.
Tallinn has a large selection of high-level restaurants, many of them offering not only great food but also a certain je ne sais quoi. For a real-life secret garden, head to Leib in the Old Town. The Gloria Wine Cellar, built right into the medieval town wall, offers a glimpse into the times gone by. In Kadriorg, the villa Mon Repos is serene fine-dining heaven looking at the beautiful park.
Further along, one of the highest-rated restaurants in Estonia, Noa, serves excellent food with a fabulous view of the sea and the skyline of Tallinn. If you are a fan of heights, then head to the top of the Tallinn TV Tower: their restaurant on the 22nd floor is the perfect place to admire the surrounding scenery.
Many restaurants and cafés also offer exquisite brunches, especially on the weekends. Check out our selection of the top five late-breakfast spots.
You can find additional inspiration from the recommendations by the White Guide Nordic, a Scandinavian restaurant guide.
A top gift idea: the bright red Tallinn Card is a sightseeing pass that gives you entry to Tallinn’s top museums and free use of public transport. Plus, you don’t have to wait in line to buy the tickets! Top the card with a cute marzipan figurine (preferably heart-shaped) from the Kalev’s Marzipan Room - after all, this traditional dessert is said to have been invented right here in Tallinn!