Welcome to Part Two of our “Creating the Perfect Tallinn Tour” where I will delve into some of the other essentials you need when coming to visit Tallinn, Estonia:
No tour in Tallinn is complete without souvenirs. Here are some of the most popular souvenirs you can buy in Tallinn:
Look for signs that read – Eesti Kasitoo (authentic Estonian goods)
- Wool – Sweaters, scarf’s, mittens and hats which have traditional, beautiful reindeer, flower and Estonian designs.
- Linen Items – a popular fabric that the peasants used to create plain clothing as an unofficial protest against the extravagant garments of the upper class.
- Juniper Tree Items – In the Church of the Holy Spirit you can find Juniper tree crafted kitchen tools. Trivets that emit a wonderful smell when you put a hot pot on top, spoons, placemats, etc.
- Kalev chocolate and candy – can be found most cheaply in grocery stores. Kalev was the largest maker of candy in Estonia. It was purchased by a Norwegian company who kept the chocolate the same. They were the only establishment that made bubble gum in the Soviet Union.
- Masterpieces – As you stroll the city you can find small pathways and special gardens where craft masters are creating one of a kind masterpieces, such as the knitted items, pottery and hand blown glass.
- Vana Tallinn – This liquor was mixed with champagne to create a drink called “Hammer and Sickle”. It goes to your head and knocks you off your feet! Many spices are added to the liquor to make it a sweet treat that can be added to tea or coffee. Grocery or liquor stores have the best prices for this great souvenir.
- Balti Jaam Train Station Flea Market – You can find native vegetables, fruit, clothing, antiques, just about anything from the normal to extremely odd items.
Where to Stay
For those of you looking for posh comfort the 5 star Telegraaf hotel offers 86 rooms in a is situated in the heart of Old Town and fittingly the building was the main source of communications starting from 1918.
The boutique hotel Schlössle is also a highly recommended place to hang your hat and seems untouched by the test of time.
Where to Eat
Olde Hansa restaurant offers a classic medieval atmosphere with medieval cuisine and one-of-a-kind style, from staff in medieval attire to medieval music being played and traditional drinks served.
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