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Parking in Tallinn

One of the easiest transportation form people use to travel is driving a car. It’s definitely one very good way to move if you are coming from a country nearby. Driving a car can be a good option for families since you can be very flexible with the travel plan. Nowadays there is one difficult question when using a car – where to park it?

Some of our apartments offer an option to park the car in the yard or even garage. This feature is always written in the information sheet so people who use the car could pick the apartment with that feature included. Altough it can be that the apartment with the parking feature isn’t available or doesn’t fit any other of your requirments. Then it’s time to find another way to park the car.

Tallinn is a modern city and like all the others, has it’s own parking system. In Tallinn, it is possible to park a vehicle in private parking lots and on public unsupervised for-fee parking area (eg city street). First thing you should know is that there is always an option to stop and park the car on the street for 15 minutes for free using parking clock if there isn’t a sign that says otherwise. The City Centre has been divided into 3 different parking areas. The blue area on the map shows the parking area of Old Town. The parking on the steets of Old Town costs every day (including holidays) 0,10 €/min (6€/hour). Be very careful in the Old Town, it’s not allowed to drive and park on many streets – make sure to look for the signs! The red area on the map is named Südalinn (Downtown). The price for the parking there is everyday 0,08€/min (4,8€/hour). The larger green area covers the rest of the city centre. It’cheaper than the others zones and a lot more flexible. There is paid parking from Monday til Friday between 07:00-19:00 and on Saturday between 08:00-15:00. On Sundays and night time the parking area is free for everyone.

Parking on the street can be quiet expensive especially in the Old Town. That’s why there are lot’s of private parking areas and buildings as an alternative. You can see most of the private parking areas on sites like https://www.parkimine.ee/en/parking/tallinn/ or https://europark.ee/. Just insert the apartment address and you’ll see the nearest parking options. Another option is to use applications called Barking or PARGI.EE to find the nearest parking space. For many people who are staying in the Old Town apartment, it’s important to know about the parking area on address Suurtüki 12. It’s in the corner of Old Town and costs 3,5€/24 hours. 

If you area coming to Tallinn and still have questions about any spesific situation then you are always free to ask us. We’re there to help!

Photo: tallinn.ee

Some tips when visiting Tallinn for the first time

Which food should I definitely try in Tallinn? 
Estonia has some very common food products that locals love and use in everyday life. These are the things that every Esonian will miss when living abroad. First very important thing is the local black bread – people eat it plain next to all the main dishes and as a sandwich bottom. There are very many different types available in the supermarkets! Another specific thing that we eat is bloodsausage, but people usually cook that on winter so if you happen to be here at that time – try it, it’s good! It’s served with classical potatos, sauerkraut and cranberry jam. Then there is a dessert, which is called Kohuke and is made out of curd cheese. It’s usually surrounded by chocolate and filled with some type of jam. It’s something that every person in Estonia fancys and you will find it in every supermarket and it’s usually located right next to milk and other milkproducts. Don’t forget to try our handcrafted beers and local liquer Vana Tallinn! Some popular craft beer breweries are Põhjala, Pühaste, Õllenaut and Tanker.

Are there any restaurants, bars, cafes that I should definitely visit? 

Tallinn is known for different sorts of great reastaurants, bars and cafes all over the town. Honestly if you concider yourself a food lover then you will not get bored in Tallinn. We tried to pick out some ouf our own favorites and the most popular places and sort them a little for you.

If you are looking to spend a fancy evening in a fine dining restaurant, then there are options like Dominic, Tchaikovsky, Restoran Ö, Noa Restoran, 180 degrees, Cru, Parrot Minibar and Fotografiska. The last one was just opened last summer in a renovated building with a cafe and a art exhibition hall downstairs. The restaurant itself is located way up and has a large terrace and and a panorama view to the town.

For mid-range cost there are lots of different restaurants. If you are looking for seafood, then we would suggest to visit restaurant The Nautilus in the Old Town. Other great options for spending the night out are Pegasus, Rataskaevu 16, Umami, Kolm Sibulat, Ülo, Must Puudel, NOP, Kivi Paber Käärid, Humalakoda, Platz or Pull.

If you are looking for a cheap, but very tasteful meal then we would recommend places like F-hoone, Uulits, Boheem or Jahu Tänavagurmee. If you want to crab a coffee or just chill in a friendly atmoshphere then there are cafes like Maiasmokk Cafe, Ristikheina Kohvik, Raven Cafe, Lavier, Carmen Cafe, Pier and for example Kochi Aidad Kohvik.

If the evening arrives and decide to get a drink somewhere then you shouldn’t have any problems finding the right place for you. If you are looking for a place where to drink some wine then Pazzo Wine Bar is a great choice for you. If you are more into cocktails then it would be nice to visit places like Whisper Sisters, Sazerac or Butterfly Lounge. For trying different types of beers there is the oldest bar in Estonia called Hell Hunt, Pudel, Humalakoda or Põhjala Tap Room. If you are a true gin expert then we should probably let you know that there is a new gin bar called Junimpeerium in Talliskivi Creative City, which makes their own award-winning gin at place and gives a house tour for you if you sign up for that first.

What to do in Tallinn? 

We would suggest to definitely spend one day just exploring our beautiful Old Town. Old Town is filled with many interesting and cozy restaurants, bars and cafes. The best way to explore Old Town in Tallinn is to walk the historic, cobblestone streets and admire the beautiful and colorful buildings.

Another interesting area among local residents is called Telliskivi Creative City. The whole area has a different “hipster vibe” in it. You will probably meet there some very friendly people and most popular bars and cafes. This area has it’s own unique architecture so it’s nice just to have a little walk there as well. Between Telliskivi Creative City and Old Town is a new modern market called Balti Jaama Market. Go check that out if you have time. In case you are interested in beers, then there’s a good local brewery and restaurant next to the Market called Humalakoda.

For fashion and food lovers, another area called Rotermann Quarter is worth having a look as well. If you would like to spend a day in a beautiful nature, then I would suggest to visit Kadrioru Park and Kadrioru Castle with it’s beautiful flower garden. Very close to the Kadrioru Castle is a beautiful Kadriorg Art Museum. If you are interested in Museums then we have another more modern museum called KUMU, which is pretty nice.

One more thing we would recommend to visit in Tallinn is Estonian Open Air Museum. It’s a museum that introduces rural architecture and landscape as well as a competence centre that deals with restoration, conservation and digitization. There is also a resutaurant which lets you taste the real Estonian food which has been on our dining tables through many years. It’s a great place overall to have a look at Estonan history and see how people used to live here. It’s located quite close to our zoo in Estoania as well so you could easily fit the visit to the zoo and to the Open Air Museum on one day.

Photo: Mariann Liimal, Visit Estonia

150th anniversary of Estonian Song Celebration

Estonians have their own kind of love for singing. If you get to know Estonian history a little, then you’ll understand soon, why. Estonians are celebrating this year these 150 years that have passed from the first ever Song Celebration in Tartu, Estonia. This Song Celebration festival tradition started in 1869. That year, more then 800 singers and musicians gathered in Tartu to sing beautiful and meaningful songs of our fatherland. Estonia had not achieved it’s independence yet and many people believe, that this was the biggest step going towards it. This festival brought people together. Estonians were a small group of people, but on that day at the first Song Celebration, they felt like they had become one big, meaningfull nation, that was capable of anything. 

Song Celebration festival grew every year and soon turned out to be the most important and biggest traditional event in Estonia for many people. From 1994 the Song Celebrations takes pace in every 5 years at Tallinna Lauluväljak. Inbetween those 5 years we also have Estonian Youth Song- and Dance Celebration. The purpose of the celebration remains the same, but the participants are younger generation of Estonia. 

Singing and dancing have always been a great duo, that’s why estonians added Dance Celebration to the plan. So right now we have two big Celebrations in one week in every 2 or 3 years when we count in the Youth Celebration as well. These Celebrations have grown a lot through the years, Song Celebration reached 30 000 singers attending in all kinds of different choires in 2014. In three days of beautiful dancing shows and concerts over 150 000 people visited the festival. This Dance- and Song Celebration really means a lot for estonians. 100 000 people singing together songs about the fatherland is something a bit different. It usually gets emotional, but at the end of the day, it bring people together to forget their everyday life and to have a wonderful time with the rest of the estonians.

The 27th song and 20th dance celebration My Fatherland is My Love will take place in Tallinn from July 4–7, 2019. The Song Celebration always starts with an procession – this year from the Freedom Square. All the people singing/dancing during this Celebration will take part. The choirs and dancegroups are divided by counties. The traffic is closed in the city center that day and everybody are outside to greet the participants. Over the 5 km walk till the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds people have time to sing, dance and greet the people, who have come down to the streets to take part of the celebrations. The procession is being followed by numerous concerts and shows. The whole Festival is being showed on live television.

Photo: Aivar Pihelgas, Visit Estonia

City Break in Tallinn – Culture and Gourmet

Tallinn is a hidden gem in between the Baltic States and Nordic Countries. It has grown out from the old Soviet Union and is now looking brightly into the west. As a matter of fact, Tallinn has grown out to the west so much, that it doesn’t matter where you are from – you will probably find some welcoming homey food here. Tallinn Old Town and City Centre are full of different tastes – you just need to find the right suitable spot. It doesn’t mean, that there is no local food here – in Tallinn there are plenty of places for that as well. And the same goes for culture. Some of the nicest galleries and museums are located on the streets of Old Town and Kadriorg.

If you are planning to spend some time getting to know Estonia and seeing something new and interesting, then Kadrioru Art Museum is a place to go. It’s located in the Kadriorg Palace, which is built by the Tsar Peter the Great of Russia in 1718. The Palace is designed by Italian architect Niccolo Michetti. He made sure that it would make a good first impressioon of the Tsar so the place is really remarkable. It has always been the crown jewel of Tallinn. We cannot forget a small but not less important Mikkeli Museum right next to the Kadrioru Art Museum. It has many fabulous paintings from the past. For example, if you are visiting Estonia in spring, they are showing one of Pablo Picasso’s originals which is a unique opportunity for Estonia.

Another fascinating Art museum is not far away from there. It’s probably the most popular one and it’s called KUMU. The whole building itself is a magnificent modern art project. The European Museum Forum awarded KUMU the title of ‘European Museum of the Year’. Before visiting we recommend to check their exhibition list on the internet – they always offer a variety of art for everyone.

There are many charming restaurants and cafes for all you ’foodies’ out there as well. If you are planning on having that perfect night next to the sunset with carefully picked class of wine, then you should consider restaurant NOA Chef’s Hall. It has been chosen many times to be the best restaurant in the Baltic States. If you’re more chill person and want to go out to fully relax and enjoy yourself, then Telliskivi Loomelinnak is meant for you. There are plenty of places for all sorts of food experiences, different tastes and forms of cuisine and the place itself looks like an art museum.