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What to do in Tallinn

Tallinn Top 22: Must See Sights

In Tallinn for a limited time? Want to make sure you've hit all the main sights? Here's a list of places that you'll definitely want to put on your itinerary. 

We've included extended descriptions of each one to give you the necessary on-site background, and to help you narrow down the list even further if needed. 

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Shopping in Tallinn

In Tallinn, the folk traditions exist alongside the contemporary.

You can find some of the most amazing art pieces exclusively made with traditional skills. The most unique Estonian souvenirs are traditional Estonian handicrafts.

Most of Estonian design can be seen in small galleries, design boutiques and fashion stores. You will find many unique, handcrafted pieces from some of the most imaginative designers in Estonia. There is something for everyone and ceramic, textile and fashion, wood and furniture, jewellers and handicraft.

Great news for those itching to spend: Tallinn is a consumer-friendly city! Most shops in the Old Town and department stores throughout the city are open seven days a week, and major credit cards are widely accepted. 

Favourite gifts and souvenirs from Estonia

Difficult to decide which gifts to buy to your friends and family? Handicraft items such as hand-knitted woollen sweaters with traditional Estonian folk patterns, fun felt hats, juniper coasters and limestone candle holders are always a good choice.

You should also consider following ideas as gifts:

  • Original art such as graphic prints, handmade jewellery, colourful glassware or fine ceramics.
  • CDs of Estonian composers of international acclaim (Tormis, Pärt, Tubin, Tüür).
  • Soviet-era trinkets, sold in antique shops.
  • Dark, bittersweet Estonian chocolate and other local sweets produced by the Kalev confectionery.
  • Hand-painted marzipan