Since almost one year that I am in Tallinn I have tried many restaurant, cafés and pubs, and I continue to discover every times new places thanks to friends for example. Then I sure do not know all but I know that among those I visited are some essential ones! So here is the ‘sorted’ list of the first restaurant and pub I think about when I want to eat or have a drink. All of them are located in the old town, 10 minutes (or less) from the town hall square.
I have two main restaurant where you can find me very often in Tallinn. It is difficult to choose which place I should mention first, but because of pancakes,Kompressor win.
You can eat the most tasty pancake ever, both sweet and salty ones are good, cheap and very big! Impossible to have two in a row. And add a pear cider next to it and you will have an amazing meal for 5-6 euros!
Just know that they do not accept credit card, only cash. Location
This comes naturally second, very good place for a tasty meal or just for hanging out around a beer with friends. The name is Estonian and means Gentle Wolf. You can watch many sport event (I go usually to watch F1 races) and the restaurant have a large choice of beers and snack. They propose their own beers, Hell Hunt Hele and Hell Hunt Tume.
I have my very favorite meal called Crispy potatoes which cost about 5 euros. Location
Economic place I used to go when I am not hungry enough for a big meal and when I don’t want to spend too much a simple snack. It is the cheapest restaurant I know in Tallinn in which you will pay for the weight of your plate 🙂 With a drink I usually don’t pay more than 3 euros. Location
Lately I almost forget it but yes, it is a very nice place with the best pizza of Tallinn. The restaurant is not situated far from the town hall square and the interior looks old and typical. A medium size cost not more than 6 euros. Location
C’est la vie
I haven’t have lunch there very often, one time with my family, and one time for a date. It is actually kind of formal and romantic place with a delicious food and tasty ice cream 🙂 I don’t not remember the cost of our meal.
The view on the two young pub Shooters and Nimeta could provide you some animation if you have a late dinner and decide to sit by the window. Location
A German chain restaurant that provide tasty Italian food. I won’t say it is cheap but the price are nearly on the average. Pizza, pasta, soup or salad, you can find there a large range of meals. Vapiano Tallinn is in the Solaris center in front of the Opera. They work differently than regular restaurant: at your arrival you get a card that you need to present at the cook, when you will have eaten, you must bring the card back and pay. Location
An original place very easy to find. In the Town Hall building, face to the square, this little and charming medieval restaurant will provide you various cheap soup in a room unlighted with just candles! Location
Bars and Pubs
Small and warm place where you are always welcome for beers, I normally sit at its table every two weeks. This is not the cheapest place I know but it is different from other bar and quite calm, perfect for discussion. Location
Molly Malones Mad Murphy
If the Kompressor and Hell Hunt are the top restaurant of Tallinn, this Irish pub is the best place for enjoying live concert, sport event or just hanging out with friend around a beer or Irish coffee.
Good point for the cheapest and best garlic bread of the city, for the Mad Burger and for the long happy hour on local beers and cider. Location
Surprising hidden pub where international a local people meet everyday around underground music, cheap alcohol and good mood! This is one of my favourite places since a friend brought me there. I have in one semester in Tallinn never saw or heard about, and the door is only 5 meters after the Hell Hunt restaurant…
The principal is that barmen are very friendly and Belgian Trappist beers incredibly cheap for a pub! Location
Best place in the city to party? It could be for me! Everything is made to have a good night, many games for free (Jenga!) cheap beers and shots, perfect music, local and international youth from many horizons… cool decoration and couch… I never had any bad night there. BTW it is also an hostel 😉 Location
When going to Shooters you know that you are going to drink a lot of shoot glass, they all are selling by five. Mainly frequented by international student, the place is keeping very safe by security at the entrance. Under 18yo are forbidden. Location
Nimeta – the bar with no name – shares its customers with Shooters, entrance are front to each other. More oriented party than talk & drink, the Nimeta’s tiny dancefloor is every Thursday, Friday and Saturday completely crowded!
Night is completed only if you have change alternate place at least 3 times between Nimeta and Shooters… Location
Want to drink shots in a original place? Labor is for you! All shot are served in lab’s tubes and are really not expensive. Most expensive cost less than 2 euros, but have to be bought by 10. Many discount during the week and a -50% on Sunday night! Nota: they don’t served draft beers… Could be the only place in Tallinn which didn’t… But they are next to Nimeta and Shooters, can help in case of urgency. Location
We have the historical duo Nimeta-Shooters and now the fancy Labor-Hullumaja! Hullumaja baar is in front of the Labor and affords cheap shotsas well. This in a special environment: a psychiatric clinic/hospital!
I always considered this place as the second Irish pub of Tallinn. It has nothing really special for me but a good atmosphere and good location. It is in the pub street of Tallinn, same as Nimeta and Shooters… Nights are going to be long! The food is told to be very good too. Location
Maybe the last pub I find at this moment. The place is quite new and large.
I go there because every Thursday is a Mafia game night (in English) for free with a plenty of friendly people. Just go, sit, play, drink, talk and make new friends! People are always welcome! Gamers have changed pub. Location
My favourite chilling place for working, reading with a coffee. I find their food delicious and affordable. The atmosphere is very comfortable and retro. You can find it near the Viru Gate. Location
One of my friend called it the Must Puudel little Brother because these two cafés seem boxing in the exact same category. Same design, same atmosphere, but Sinilind as not the same good location that Must Puudel has. Location
Depeche Mode Baar
A very famous pub of Tallinn, Depeche Mode Baar is as its name says dedicated to the world known rock band. If you are staying for some time you cannot miss your chance. Location
This is a interesting case. Hyper famous among students you will not find any youth in that bar. The atmosphere is really stressful and the customers cold with strangers, but the owner has his special cocktail for which every international student go.
The Millimallikas is very different from any other shooter you will drink in your life. Why? Secret, just know that if you haven’t taste it, you cannot tell people that you made a pub crawl in Tallinn without have lied. Price 4 euros. Location
Cosy place where I go if I need a coffee and a warm place in the early morning. The café is next to the Valli Baar but have completely different customers. Location
Want to see Tallinn from top while drinking a fancy cocktail? The Skybar is what you need. From the last floor of the Radisson hotel in Viru centre, you will have a windy terrace and expensive drinks. But the view is worth to see, and sitting is really agreeable, especially in summer. Location
I don’t know what is special there but I have a very nice souvenir of this place after a pub crawl. Party, crazy and interesting people, I really enjoyed it. Lately I went there again and talked with the bartenders: they are more crazy than their customers. I got some shots for free, that’s explain why I mention them here. If you go ask for the Chili shot… you’re welcome! LocationEdited Friday 15th March