Mini guide: Eating in Tallinn

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Mini guide: Eating in Tallinn

© Lonely Planet Mini guide: Eating in Tallinn

Tallinn is a unique mix of quirky modern and fairytale medieval. The city largely flies under the culinary radar, but a lot is happening in terms of food - and well priced too.

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Apart from the wild boar, you don't see any of the stuffed animals on the menu (a wolf, a fox and more), but grilled oxheart, Saaremaa deer and other special meat . The ingredients come from the best Estonian farms and the furnishings and staff are top-notch.


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Moon (poppy) is whole consistently the best restaurant in the increasingly trendy Kalamaja and a pearl of Tallinn, where they beautifully combine Russian and wider European influences. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive, the decor is special and witness dishes such as piroshki (small pasties) and the mouth-watering Kiev chicken, the kitchen is as committed to pleasure as it is to technical skills.

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With eclectic retro furniture and an equally wide range of music, a terrace in the courtyard, delicious coffee, generous opening times and sometimes live music and DJs, the 'Zwarte Poedel' is the hippest café in the old center. It is also charming, inviting and they prepare great cocktails and simple meals.

This deli cafe is a magnet for locals, located in an old Baltic half-timbered house far away from the tourists. The decor consists of white walls, wooden floors and a children's corner; the action is formed by unforgettable food such as latkes with kimchi and whole chicken marinated in limoncello.



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Stylish beds, brick walls, high ceilings and modern furniture from the middle of the last century make this hostel, in the Rotermann district, an excellent choice in the cheaper class. The 26 rooms are for two to eleven people and each floor has a complete kitchen. There are snacks and drinks and there are all kinds of restaurants in the area.


Villa Hortensia

Hortensia, located on the picturesque Meistrite Hoov (Meestershof), has four studios with kitchenettes and access to a shared lounge, but the two larger apartments are really great, with balconies and a lot of character. They can get hot in the summer and the café is open until midnight, so pack ear plugs if you like to go to bed early.


Hotel Cru

Behind the beautiful blue facade from this hotel you will find 15 richly decorated rooms in a maze of corridors. All rooms make good use of original 14th-century details such as wooden beams and limestone walls, but the cheapest are a bit cramped. The accompanying restaurant is one of the best in Tallinn.

You can find the full mini-guide in the February issue of Lonely Planet magazine, which you can order here.

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