Luckily, there are many cheap things to do in Tallinn, and I narrowed it down to 5 which I think are the most worthwhile. Tallinn is a relatively affordable city compared to Copenhagen, London, and Amsterdam… HOWEVER, it is not extremely cheap as you would imagine with other Eastern European countries, so don’t expect that coming here. However, I think as a city it had lots of character and authenticity that are dying out in other cities, such as Prague.
Here are my five recommendations for affordable things to do during a stay in Tallinn.
1. Go on a walking tour
Participating in a free walking tour of Tallinn was one of the best decisions we made on this trip. What a better way to experience the city from a local’s perspective. We walked around throughout the old town and many other historical sites. This tour was very worth it and I would definitely recommend this if you’re coming to Tallinn! Also, since the tour is based on tips, the tour guides don’t bore you with useless information. We discovered from our tour guide that Estonia has the most supermodels per capita.
Some of the sights you will see along the walking tour are: Tallinn’s churches, Freedom Square, Kiek in de Kök, Danish King’s Garden, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (pictued above), Tallinn Town Hall Square, Old Tallinn City Wall, Harju street
2. Eat dumplings at Restaurant Troika
One of my friends found this place smack in the old town square that serves traditional Estonian dumplings. To say the least, I am obsessed with dumplings, which you already know if you’ve read my Poland guide. No matter if they’re dumplings, pierogi, gyoza, Knödel, etc… I don’t discriminate, I will be drooling.
Troika is situated in a very central location, making it the perfect stop if you get a bit hungry. There were about 8-10 dumplings and I ended up paying around €10 for vegetarian dumplings which left me very full. The ones I ordered contained mushroom, cabbage, and some other herbs. They came out in a bowl of broth so you had to fish them out. I also love how they fried onion and put it on top.
3. Walk to the Toompea Hill
Walking to this hill was one of the highlights of my time in Tallinn. Here, you can see a picturesque view of the beautiful city and its surroundings. It’s totally free to walk up here and it’s not far from old town (as you can see). The orange roofs, old churches, view of the baltic, and traditional architecture are just a few aspects which contribute to the beauty of Tallinn.
4. Visit the old pharmacy, Raeapteek
Raeapteek is one of the oldest running pharmacies in Europe and displays herbal medicine and other quirky items from the past. This is a fun stop to learn about what some traditional medicine from this region was like hundreds of years ago. You may even be able to recognize some in your everyday life.
5. Experience the nightlife then wake up and get brunch
Tallinn has a booming nightlife scene. Whether you want to chill at a bar, sing karaoke, or dance all night at a club, this city has it all. I think we ended up doing all three on one Saturday night. There were deeefinitely a few funny characters our group met during that night to say the least.
After you’ve been out, there’s nothing better than to catch up on last night’s events with some food. Cure your hangover with a huge breakfast… Tallinn is not lacking in this department. There are tons of cafes and cute spots dotted all over the city. If you’re feeling something quick, pop into one of the bakeries for a bite.
This is a breakfast & lunch spot we visited called Kohvik Must Puudel. It’s a homey, retro cafe which offers amazing food options. The food is pretty light and there’s tons of vegetarian options as well.
I ended up ordering some tofu dish which came with sprouts, sundried tomatoes, egg, and bread. It was absolutely delicious. I was very surprised at how tasty the food scene was in Tallinn. There is definitely much more than traditional, hearty Estonian cuisine… although that is amazing as well 😉
I really adore Tallinn and would love to revisit someday perhaps when the weather is a bit warmer. There are so many things to do in Tallinn that don’t require lots of planning. The city itself is very walkable which allows you to appreciate the simplicity of the city. This charming place will always hold a spot in my heart.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my trip to Tallinn! If you have any more questions about other things I did, feel free to comment.