#Innsider’s guide: things to do in Tallinn
Estonia`s capital, Tallinn, is ideally situated in Eastern Europe and is a perfect destination for a weekend break. If you only have 24 hours in Tallinn, make sure not to miss out on these highlights! This guide will take you through the whole day. Fall in love with Tallinn in a day!
The big breakfast
The traditional Estonian breakfast relies heavily on ingredients like curd cheese, black bread and blood sausage. A more literal name for what the English like to ambiguously refer to as ‘black pudding’. If that doesn’t sound like your idea of delicious, you can still enjoy a self-proclaimed ‘legendary’ breakfast at Kompressor Restaurant. Consisting of an impressive list of sweet and savory pancakes.
© Kompressor Pub
St. Catherine’s Passage
Burn off your morning meal by exploring Katariina Käik (St. Catherine`s Passage), a medieval passageway five minutes’ walk from the restaurant. Entering this narrow alley feels like going back in time, with some of the houses and flagstones dating back to the 15th century. At the northern end, carved tombstones line the courtyard wall. These were once part of St. Catherine’s Church, but today only the stones and an archway remain.
The majority of the street’s inhabitants are members of St. Catherine’s Guild. An elite group of craftsmen and artisans who sell glassware, woodcarvings, artworks and quilts from beautifully presented workshops. If you owe anyone at home a gift, this is the place to pick up something well-made, and unique. You can easily find handmade gifts in one of the markets of Tallinn.
By the seaside
Estonia’s beaches aren’t exactly Mediterranean even in the height of summer. But that doesn’t stop the locals from flocking to play volleyball on the sandy shores. Still, only the bravest tourists will venture in for a paddle, and only the truly mad will attempt swimming. The largest and most popular beach is Pirita, which is about a 15-minute drive from the Old Town. Packed in the summer, it’s quieter and almost more picturesque in the winter months. So even if you won’t be breaking out the swimsuit, it’s worth taking a wander along the coast.
Dance ’til dawn
Second stop but one on your day-tour of Tallinn, the Butterfly Lounge is Estonia’s biggest cocktail bar. Its award-winning concoctions include classic margaritas and cosmos, along with inventive creations like ‘Bitter Babysitter’ and the ‘Love Killer’ (so-named because it kills your love for all other drinks, obviously).
Once you’ve danced the night away, you’re only 10-20 minutes’ walk away from a well-earned rest at the Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn or Park Inn by Radisson Meriton Conference & Spa Hotel Tallinn – and a wake-up call that comes all too soon.