Top 10 Off the Beaten Path Ideas No One Told You About Tallinn

We spent 30 ish days here, and made some of our own discoveries in this small capital city.

10. The restaurant scene.

We tried some new cuisines: Azerbaijani and Armenian. And the decor in the restaurant In Your Pocket names as the best in Old Town, Manna la Roosa was unparalleled, though the food was strangely unflavorful. We’re talking a salad without dressing. We learned quickly that in Estonia, the most exotic spice is white pepper. They don’t do spicy or strong flavored anything. They’re a meat and potatoes kind of folk.

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Armenian: Mane Restaurant, with a simple dish of dumplings with with beef and dipped in sour cream

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Azerbaijani Restauran Shesh-Besh grilled salmon

9. Floating.

floating

In a private apartment hidden away off a main street, you can experience zero senses-where you float without clothes and without sound or light in body temperature water. Something that elite athletes do, for relaxation and meditation, I thought Jacob would enjoy the surprise, and he did. Not an activity available everywhere, though we were told it’s actually covered in Swedish health insurance-very popular there. The same dude who runs the place offers leech treatments. I thought those were so 19th century, but, still going strong in Estonia.

8. Pirita Beach

-probably only a good idea during Estonia’s brief and still chilly summer. Take the bus 38 from Viru Center.

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7. Have sushi. Funniest thing all month. Name of the restaurant was

Sushi Cat

They had it decorated just right. The food was tasty. But they were missing the point entirely. The waitresses had grumpy faces. You can’t have a maid-styled cafe with no smiles. No. They’ve never visited Japan and they’ll never get the irony. Estonians in general are not smiley.

 

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6. Discover the top floor of Kalamaja in Viru Mall, with plenty of

free kids play areas

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5. A visit to the

zoo

can never go wrong, but the polar bears in Tallinn took my breath away with their size. Also fun: you can get wagons at the entrance.

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4. Visit Skypark. It’s an unlimited

bounce house

for only 7 or 8 euros. And free wifi plus plugins-a perfect day trip. But bring your own food: there’s only drinks on the premises. We had Ryder a mini birthday party here with new friends. Yes he did go to sleep on the floor holding two balls from the play area after jumping non stop for three hours in a row.

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3. Danish King’s Garden and Towers where you can walk the

medieval wall,

see the abrupt change from UNESCO World Heritage Old Town into the new, and catch a glimpse of medieval art-pretty sure this was featured in my favorite movie, The Last Unicorn.

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2. A surprising hit was the

Estonian Health Museum

full of history about things I’ve always taken for granted, like the invention of liquid shampoo (1927) or first fully automatic washing machine (1947). Plus I had no idea there were so many types of prehistoric men, debated as to whether or not they are separate from our own species? Like homo floresiesis? And their skull types were all on display.

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Old-fashioned toothbrush

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Demonstration of amounts of sugars, fats, and salts in each food item

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A skeleton with skin preserved

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Similarities to chimpanzees

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An explicit section on STDs and drug use. Hookahs have been mistakenly placed in the safe to smoke cultural category. Even second hand hookah smoke is bad for you.

1. Definitely the wackiest place in Tallinn, it was one of the weirdest places I’ve ever been, period. Part funky art scene, part ruins, part history and part junkhouse,

Patarei Prison from the Soviet Era should not be missed.

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The execution room, where hanged men thereafter had their bodies thrown into the sea

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Enjoy a cuppa just outside the prison overlooking the sea

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Kalli Hiller

Article by Kalli Hiller

Kalli Hiller is a voluntary vagabond who, with her husband Jacob, has traveled full time for the last eight years.

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