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Another Trip To Tallinn

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I am a bit late with this post. We went a few weeks ago to visit a friend of ours and stayed for a few days this time. Estonia has been really lucky with the weather this year as well and so there wasn’t any snow during our stay. I guess they are waiting for the trees to get green as much as we are at the moment.

Of course there are just too many pictures to post but I’ll leave the best ones here so you’ll get a better impression of Tallinn. Feel free to ask questions in the comments; I will keep this post like a picture diary without much text.

And no, of course we didn’t eat all the cakes in one day. Even my cake stomach is full at some point.

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If you’re into knitting and crocheting I would definitely recommend this store. The amount of yarns being sold is just unbelievable. I think Tiia and I actually spent more than an hour in there, just going through everything. In the end we spent around 50€ on two big bags of yarn. Well worth it!

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Every small street has something to discover

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Back in the old town

Peppersack

We haven’t managed to go to the restaurant Peppersack but I can still admire the building.

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You should try the roasted almonds that are sold by Olde Hansa. They are flavoured with smoke and even garlic!

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You should also check out Olde Hansa’s Krambude. They sell well made replicas of historical tableware. We will definitely have to buy some more glasses!

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We usually have to pay a visit to III Draakon. This time we had a cabbage pastry each and left enough space for some cake later on.

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Blueberry Cheesecake
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Kama Cake, an Estonian speciality

After lots of walking, coffee and cake seemed to be reasonable. I can’t praise Café Matilda enough! Good cakes and nice coffee or tea are being served for a really good price in the heart of the town.

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Rasmus the friendly seagull thinking about the purpose of life
Rasmus the friendly seagull thinking about the meaning of life

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Lots of artists offer their paintings at the “Pikk Jalg” (long leg)
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This would be perfect for our own little café

In the evening we went to Sushimon to get some fresh sushi. It was made directly in front of our eyes and tasted delicious.

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Another day, another cake day?

Of course.

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Crème Brûlée Cake
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Alexander Cake and Rum Ball

In Vanalinna, right in the old town, you have the difficult choice between lots of cakes and sweet or savoury pastries for a really good price. They also have a nice terrace in the summer time.

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Unfortunately every trip has to end at some point but I am sure we’ll be back for another soon! If you haven’t seen my older post about Tallinn, you should click here.

Stef

 

A Brief Visit To Tallinn

On the weekend we spent a whole day in Tallinn. For us it’s only a two hour ferry ride away but I would definitely recommend it to anybody. Such a lovely town and so much to see!

We arrived pretty early since our ferry left Helsinki at 7:30. The weather turned out really lovely so we decided to take some pictures and walk around in the city.

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

We had a long list of things to do and going to handicraft stores was part of it.  Jolleri was recommended to us by a friend so we paid a visit. It’s a really nice, cosy little store with lots of yarns and a separate section for wools made in Estonia. The owner recommended some made out of dog wool but we didn’t quite have use for that (yet).

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

Afterwards, and finally paying attention to our rumbling stomachs, we decided to go to III Drakoon which serves meat and vegetarian pastries and some fantastic elk soup. It’s located in the town hall and almost everything costs 1€. It’s one of our favourite places. People wear medieval gowns and everything is only lighted by candles. No spoons or forks: only wooden benches and historic earthenware for the food and drinks.

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

Filled with hot elk soup, and a veggie cabbage pastry in Tiia’s case, we walked around some more. The Christmas market was already open and offered lots of hot glögg. I have to admit that the American Christmas songs seemed to be a bit out of place when you look around and everything seems to be from a different time.

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

Another nice place to eat is Olde Hansa . A medieval restaurant in the old town and former merchant house. It’s a bit on the pricey side but the food is amazing and the atmosphere even better. We went there last year on my birthday.

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

Olde Hansa also has a small shop where you can buy all things medieval. (Historically the Middle Ages lasted from the 5th – 15th century so basically it belongs to Modern History.) Glasses, earthenware and even clothes. As an archaeologist I am always happy to find something that is really authentic and doesn’t sell fictional artefacts for touristy purposes. The glasses, jugs and pots are all pretty good replicas of 16th-18th century artefacts.

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

Since Tiia had a terrible cold we decided to get a big pot of tea. The best place to do this was Café Matilda . We just love this café and it has really good prices and awesome cake. A big pot of Early Grey was 2.90€ and the cakes were each 2.40€. We opted for a lemon meringue cake and a mascarpone-berry one. Lemon meringue is something we both wanted to make for a while but didn’t have the time for.

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia
2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

As I’m looking at this post it’s seem like we’ve only been eating and drinking all day! This is somewhat true but we did walk a lot also!

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

So, after a hot glögg on the Christmas market we went to an Indian restaurant called Chakra. In the meantime it started snowing heavily and by the time we got there we were quite soaked. Gladly we managed to get a table in the fully booked restaurant without a reservation. We ordered some naan and roti bread along with Mattar Paneer (Indian cheese with peas in tomato) and Shahi Paneer (Indian cheese in tomato-almond-cashew sauce). It was delicious and a vegetarian main course costs only around 9€.

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

Sadly, it was almost time to return to the ferry. On the way we stopped at Scotland Yard for a cider and Guinness.

2women+2cats: Tallinn, Estonia

It was a long, exhausting day but totally worth it. After 12,5 hours in Tallinn this little journey came to an end and we arrived in Helsinki after midnight. I can’t wait to return soon!

Stef