We were planning a weekend trip to Tallinn with two friends of mine, but one friend’s little daughter was going through a phase where she woke up every night and demanded her mummy, so being away for the night wasn’t an option. We decided on dropping our big plans and just to walk around Tallinn and go somewhere nice to have dinner.
Even though it is ridiculously easy to get to Tallinn from Helsinki, I haven’t been there in years. The easiest is to take a ferry and two hours later, you’re in Tallinn. One friend had some discount coupons, so the entire trip there and back cost 30€. Of course when you’re on the ferry for two hours, you always get something to drink or to eat, so that’s extra. We took the ferry at 10 a.m. and arrived to Tallinn at noon. We haven’t had much time to plan the trip beforehand, so we spent the time we had on the ferry doing just that.
First thing we did after getting off the ferry was to find somewhere to have a light lunch. We had a snack on the ferry, but for some reason all three of us were still hungry. I have read somewhere about a cafe in Tallinn called NOP, so we headed there for lunch. The cafe is located away from the old town I’m more familiar with, but let me tell you that it was worth the walk! The place is half cafe and half organic goods store and everything was presented very nicely. The food was also great! They had a really mouth-watering display of cakes, but as we wanted to also have an early dinner in Tallinn before going home, we had to skip the dessert. The menu in English is available.
After the lunch we headed into the old town. Our aim was to walk around a bit and a friend of mine wanted to visit a linen shop called Zizi as she wanted to buy some linen sheets.
I’ve wanted to spend more time in Tallinn for a long time so I could visit other areas of the city as well, but alas, during this trip we didn’t manage to get far away from the old town. Don’t get me wrong, Tallinn old town is really beautiful, but it has stayed pretty much the same while other areas have developed and there are a lot of interesting things going on.
We managed to find Zizi quite easily and my friend got her sheets. While we were there I also managed to find a linen bathrobe for myself, which has been on my list for a long time. All Zizi items are manufactured in Estonia and the linen feels great in use, so I am very happy with my purchase. The price was 60€, which is quite reasonable by Finnish standards.
After walking around for a couple of hours, we needed to head to the restaurant in order to be on the ferry again by 6:30 p.m. There are absolutely no problems with finding a good restaurant in Tallinn, but our issue was that we needed a restaurant relatively close to the ferry terminal and it needed to be open already at 4 p.m. As the majority of restaurants open at 5 p.m., we had to go with the one that was open and we chose Kaks Kokka. The restaurant proved to be great!
As we were at the restaurant really early there was only one other party there. We got an excellent meal with drinks for a reasonable price. Also the presentation was picture perfect.
When heading back to the ferry we needed to pass briefly by the gates to the old town again and there were a lot of flower stalls, so we decided to buy some flowers to take with us to Finland. 😀 I know it sounds kind of strange, but they were really beautiful and cost very little if compared to the flower prices in Finland, so we couldn’t resist.
We also walked past the memorial to the victims of Estonia disaster memorial, which I haven’t seen before. I still remember the news even I was 12 in 1994.
We had a great day and after the trip I could enjoy my beautiful flowers for over a week. 🙂