The first week of November is Restaurant Week in Tallinn
For the 4th year running, Estonia’s capital city will be celebrating its annual “Restaurant Week” between 1st and 7th November. 44 of Tallinn’s best restaurants are pledging to offer particularly memorable taste experiences to guests during the week. The aim is to promote dining out as a cultural experience among locals and visitors alike. The majority of the restaurants offer Estonian cuisine of various types, but there are also some Italian, Russian and Asian restaurants on the list.
Modern Estonian cuisine draws on both local and wider European influences and includes such dishes as “Fried Baltic herrings in a home-made marinade, served with cottage cheese and mushroom salad” and “Braised rabbit leg with cauliflower gratin, spicy carrot puree and creamy whole grain mustard sauce”. A two-course set lunch is offered for € 10 and a three-course dinner €20. The meals are set menus based on dishes from the restaurants’ à la carte selection and aim to represent the style of each restaurant. Restaurants try to choose dishes which make use of fresh, local ingredients where possible. Advance booking is required for this special week.
After enjoying one of those delicious sounding meals, the city break tourist will be keen to have a little exercise, and there are plenty of options available. Tallinn’s Old Town can easily be explored on foot. Here you’ll find original cobblestone streets dotted with medieval churches and grandiose merchant houses, barns and warehouses some of which date back to the 11th century. The Town Hall Square is the heart of the city and boasts several outdoor cafés. In December the square is transformed into a charming Christmas Market with numerous enticing stalls selling food, drink and gifts. The Gothic Town Hall operates as a museum and a concert hall. To capture the medieval spirit, follow the route along the old city walls including 26 watch towers. It’s worth stopping by the narrow Müürivahe street near the Viru gates where the ancient city wall is preserved in its original form.
For a panoramic view of the city you can climb to the viewing platform of St Olaf’s Church. A further walk up the hill to Toompea will take you to the biggest Orthodox church in Tallinn, Aleksand Nevsky Cathedral, which boasts golden roof-tops and luxurious interiors. Nearby Toompea Castle is the home of the Estonian parliament.