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Eat where locals do: My TOP 5 affordable restaurants in Tallinn

Tallinn, Estonia, restaurants, eat where locals do, affordable, must visit, old town, Telliskivi, Rataskaevu 16, Trühvel, beer, Kalambuur, Pööbel, Põrgu New restaurants have been popping up like mushrooms in the last five or so years in Tallinn. There is a huge variety from fine dine to international cuisines to hipster bars to choose from. But how to find the ones, where locals eat and that are not simply tourist traps? I don’t think, anybody knows the flavours of a city better than a foodie living there, so I’ve put together a list of my favourite and affordable restaurants in Tallinn.

Rataskaevu 16 & Väike Rataskaevu
That’s the place to be! Rataskaevu 16 was so popular that 1,5 years ago they opened another restaurant just around the corner – Väike Rataskaevu (Little Rataskaevu) and in summer 2018 will open another restaurant. The food is great, the service is outstanding and you will start planning your next visit before you even leave the building.
During high season book at least a month ahead.

Tallinn, Estonia, restaurants, eat where locals do, affordable, must visit, old town, Telliskivi, Rataskaevu 16, Trühvel, beer, Kalambuur, Pööbel, Põrgu

Tallinn, Estonia, restaurants, eat where locals do, affordable, must visit, old town, Telliskivi, Rataskaevu 16, Trühvel, beer, Kalambuur, Pööbel, Põrgu

The signature lava cake

Tallinn, Estonia, restaurants, eat where locals do, affordable, must visit, old town, Telliskivi, Rataskaevu 16, Trühvel, beer, Kalambuur, Pööbel, Põrgu

Tallinn, Estonia, restaurants, eat where locals do, affordable, must visit, old town, Telliskivi, Rataskaevu 16, Trühvel, beer, Kalambuur, Pööbel, Põrgu

Those cute little messages they leave on napkins and receipts 🙂

Tallinn, Estonia, restaurants, eat where locals do, affordable, must visit, old town, Telliskivi, Rataskaevu 16, Trühvel, beer, Kalambuur, Pööbel, Põrgu

The famous home made bread

Tallinn, Estonia, restaurants, eat where locals do, affordable, must visit, old town, Telliskivi, Rataskaevu 16, Trühvel, beer, Kalambuur, Pööbel, Põrgu

Tallinn, Estonia, restaurants, eat where locals do, affordable, must visit, old town, Telliskivi, Rataskaevu 16, Trühvel, beer, Kalambuur, Pööbel, Põrgu

Trühvel
This Mediterranean cuisine is located in the highly popular Telliskivi area. It has the best tuna I’ve eaten in Estonia, their cakes are delicious and service is among the best. They also roast their own coffee, so if you’re a coffee lover, you’re in for a treat.

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Põrgu
It’s more of a beer restaurant with approximately 15 draft beers and an unaccountable number of bottled beers. And again – the service is great and professional and knows about each beer they are selling. At times they even remembered what I have ordered previously. Although their focus is on beers, their food is great. Some years ago, they won the “Silver Spoon”, meaning being among the 50 best restaurants in Tallinn.
Try their home made garlic bread.

Kalambuur
Few steps out of old town, this little family owned fish restaurant serves the best fish and has the biggest variety of fresh white fish in town. It’s located in a middle of the park, far from all the traffic, which makes the dinner on their terrace on the warm summer evenings astonishing.

Pööbel
I was somewhat hesitant including Pööbel to my list. They have a great menu with Estonian food, but the quality goes up and down. However, they have a great selection of local beer and food, so if you would like to get to know traditional Estonian food, you should stop by there.

Tallinn, Estonia, restaurants, eat where locals do, affordable, must visit, old town, Telliskivi, Rataskaevu 16, Trühvel, beer, Kalambuur, Pööbel, Põrgu

I could keep the list going, Tallinn has a lot more great places to eat, but I’ll leave you now with these. For the next time I’ll prepare my must visit affordable international restaurants in Tallinn. Stay tuned! 🙂

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