Tallinn Old Town is over flowing with souvenir shops, and you will be spoilt for choice. The prices range from reasonable to astronomical, but if you are getting tired of Babushkas and Crystal, you could go for another traditional Estonian craft, pottery. The BogaPot Cafe. Down a little lane you enter through an arched hole in the wall on to a cobbled courtyard. On your right is a large glass window through which you can see a potters studio.
There the potter Georg Bogatkin and his wife Airike a sculpture work while you are free to watch. Then you enter through an old wooden door and arrive in the intimate warm entrance to the cafe, potter’s studio and art shop. It feels like you are entering someones sitting room. You can choose to have your coffee in the cellar, next to the fireplace, or in the open courtyard as you watch the potters at work, or on the Angel’s Balcony, where angels fly above you suspended from the medieval ceiling. There is a variety of coffee choices as well as sweet and savory pastries. Once refreshed look through the art shop for unique Estonian handcrafts, you can find leather, jewellery, ceramics, sculptures and souvenirs.
Tip: Don’t miss the basket on the floor with ceramic rejects, some of them can make quite acceptable gifts. Also your purchase can be wrapped in thick brown paper and bound together by rope, making a really aesthetic unique gift.
Where: 9 Pikk-jalg, Old Town Tallinn, Estonia.
Open Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-17:00
Web site: Bogapot Cafe Tallinn, Estonia
Photo by Millissa_bel