Food & Drink
The Estonian cuisine is pure and has a long tradition – our customary black bread and kama (a mixture of rye, oat, barley and pea flour), for example, are certainly remarkable phenomena. The mixture of Russian, German, coastal,forest and country cuisine is interesting and fascinating. Traditional Estonian cuisine relies heavily on pork, potatoes and a variety of garden vegetables. The main culinary and gourmet cooking traditions were historically influenced by Germans, who ruled over Estonians for many centuries. Estonian cuisine is historically rather limited – the typical ingredients are black bread, pork, fish, cabbage soup, potatoes, vegetables and various dairy products.
However nowadays, Estonian gourmet cuisine has emerged together with foreign influenced fusion cooking styles and more foodies are falling in love with it every day. What is positively surprising about our food is its wholesomeness, universality and the freshness of the tastes that have stood the test of time.
Try some traditional Estonian dishes whilst you are here, for example, the Silgusoust (Baltic sprats with bacon and cream), Mulgikapsad (pork with sauerkraut and boiled potatoes), Verivorst (blood sausage and barley), Sült (boiled pork in aspic jelly), and suitsulõhe (smoked salmon). Kissell (a sweet made of juice sweetened or milk at the taste of berries, strawberries, etc..), rhubarb cake and kama are some of the most popular traditional desserts.
50 BEST RESTAURANTS
Estonia boasts almost 1300 places to eat – restaurants, cafés, pubs and diners. The table of the top 50 places to eat in the country will help you discover new culinary delights!
Eating habits and culinary culture vary from one region of Estonia to the next. The top 50 places to eat in the country range from those that offer traditional local specialities to internationally recognised gourmet restaurants.
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No need to say that you ll find most opportunities to go for a drink in Tallinn. Tartu – as the leading student city- also provides quite some lovely places and in summer Pärnu – the Estonian summercapital- will make it easy to find a crowded bar.
In Estonia, beer lovers will enjoy a wide range of malt and rye beers.
Something to look for is also a popular drink Kali (a cross between beer and cola in taste, but alcohol free).
One can find the main drinking area in Old Town between Suur-Karja and Väike-Karja streets, where most of the heavy drinking goes on every weekend, or most days in summer. Beer prices range from €2.50 to €3 for tap beer, if you’re paying more than that it must be a pretty upscale venue.
In Tallinn you’ll find also lots of lounges, where people are dressed up and where cocktails are typically 5-6 euros. Free live performances in many bars and lounges are also frequent.
Outside the Old Town bars are more spread around the city. New upcoming district Kalamaja houses some new nice bars around Telliskivi street.
OUR TALLINN RECOMMENDATIONS
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