Tallinn’s old town is full of local places of interest, and one of the most well-preserved of the European old towns. You can wander around for a good few hours always finding a beautiful church or unusual building just around the corner. Relatively new to tourism it still holds a certain innocence.
One of my favorite places there is the coffee house, bakery and marzipan makers, Maiasmokk café or “Sweet Tooth”. They opened in 1864, are the oldest cafe in the town, and not a lot has changed since. The furniture is all wooden, and you’re greeted by a gaggle of eager middle aged ladies standing behind a long counter laden with sweet pastries and cakes of all descriptions. Choose your indulgence, and couple it with their hot chocolate, made there,by mixing milk and real solid chocolate. They do make savory dished, but who needs them. Prices are reasonable, and you will find locals and tourists alike. Look up for a view of the exquisite and high ceiling. There are big windows on to the street so you can do some people watching at the same time. The marzipan part of the cafe is more like a museum and a little more formal, but you can buy small pieces and have them wrapped as presents. You need to go out of the shop and enter from another door, a few meters around the corner. Tallinn Old Town is full of quaint little coffee places and restaurants, worthy of a mention are also Peppersack, Granma’s place (Rataskaevu 10), Troika for Russian food and a small coffee/chocolate place at 6 Vene, Chocolaterie de Pierre.
Where: Estonia, Tallinn Old Town, 16 Pikk Street, near the Town Hall Square.
Open Hours: Mon – Sat 08:00 – 19:00. Sun 10:00-18:00
Photo by ich, belongs to Andrea in Tallinn