I couldn't finish sharing our time in Tallinn without showing you a few more snaps of the city and giving you the low-down on a handful of things you should try & buy if you find yourself there someday.
Want to experience cuisine like true medieval Estonians? Dine at Olde Hansa.
We feasted on wild game delicacies such as boar, elk, and bear sausages as well as a thick meat stew, crusty bread, and juniper & herb cheese. Y-U-M! Don't forget to try their famous house beers--my favorite being the traditional dark honey beer, served in the most rustic of stoneware mugs. Restaurant is located just off the market square.
Want to enjoy a leisurely pint? Stop in at Hell Hunt, Estonia's first pub! Located right on Pikk (street) just a few blocks after you enter the city walls and pass Oleviste Church, this quirky pub and brewery is perfect for a light snack and camaraderie with friends. We ducked in after passing by it for the 3rd time on our walk around the city. Didn't take us long to realize we should have gone in long before! It had a great bar atmosphere and some pretty tasty home brews (as well as a decent selection of Belgian beers), so it made for a wonderful reprieve from all the walking we'd done. D even took home a t-shirt!
I'd also highly recommend trying Estonian chocolate. It's insanely good and again…very unexpected! We tried samples from two different shops and both were well worth the stop:
Anneli Viik--quiet cafe with best hot chocolate in town!
Right across the street from Hell Hunt, so you can't miss it. :)
Kalev Chocolate Shop & Workshop--we brought some of this back on the ship with intentions to enjoy it back in Germany…but we ate it all before we even got home!
I can't stress this enough, but again…if you ever find yourself with an opportunity to visit Tallinn, GO! Don't hesitate for a second. It's perfectly charming, people are friendly, and you'll just have the best day ever. Stay tuned for the last stop of our Baltic cruise…Riga, Latvia!