Estonia

Our Travels in Estonia

We came to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia on a short ferry ride from Helsinki. We had spent a month touring Scandinavia and did not know what to expect. It was not until 1991 that the country gained it's independence from Russian rule and there's lots of history here. We were so pleasantly surprised to find an old town which is the best preserved in northern Europe, with its Gothic towers and narrow alleyways. In the restaurants the waiters dress in traditional costumes to complete the affect. The vegan cuisine was exceptional. The first night we arrived to the restaurant early, around 6pm and luckily grabbed the last places available. From our table, I could see people arriving every 5 minutes and being turned away. The chef's cookery book was available to buy and we did not hesitate. The tourist office in the central square was where you could find several tours of the region by minibus, which are well worth taking to learn about the history and local culture.

Nature

Going further afield, Estonia is a great for nature lovers. Estonia’s air is among the cleanest in the world, and the freedom to roam set in law. There are over 2,000 islands, the largest is bigger than Luxemburg.

With more than half of the country covered with woods and forests, Estonia has maintained a rich biodiversity. Estonia has among the largest density of large predators in Europe including brown bears, lynxes and wolves. In spring, western Estonia becomes a popular bird watching destination, as millions of migrating birds stop over on their journeys.

Tours

Our tours are an amazing two-in-one experience: you will walk through the beautiful city centre, learning about the history, daily life of locals and anything else you’d like to know, whilst also enjoying the best plant-based foods Tallinn has to offer!

You will be accompanied by a professional tour guide of Tallinn, who is also a long-time vegan and absolutely committed to finding the best restaurants, cafés, meals, cakes and anything else vegan in town.

5 Must-Visit Vegan Places in Tallinn

Every proper vegan starts their exploration of a new city or town with a little Happycow-ing of course. But it can still be so hard to decide which place to choose with all those conflicting reviews! Tallinn Vegan Food Tours has decided to make things a bit easier for you and put out this list of our 5 top go-to places of the moment (in no particular oder). All the listed places are fully vegan.

Karu Talu Chocolate shop

It is a chocolate shop, so you can’t actually get a meal from there (unless you consider chocolate a full meal, which I would not argue with at all, really) but you simply MUST visit! This place is an instant classic since it opened a couple of years ago, a Willie-Wonka wet dream come to life and a source of true happiness for all Estonian vegans. It is run by a really sweet and friendly Swedish family, so they might also offer you some free tea and nice conversation if you are not in a hurry. The chocolates are made by hand and they offer a large variety of different flavours such as Amaretto, Orange & Cinnamon, Caramel & Sea Salt or Strawberry. They also make their own versions of Snickers (most people’s favourite!) and Bounty. If you like flavours that are a bit outside if the box they have that as well – for instance, chocolate with mustard seeds!

Located in a small and quiet alley just down from Town Hall square, it’s quite easy to find. For the love of vegan chocolate, don’t miss it!

Karu Talu Chocolate shop

It is a chocolate shop, so you can’t actually get a meal from there (unless you consider chocolate a full meal, which I would not argue with at all, really) but you simply MUST visit! This place is an instant classic since it opened a couple of years ago, a Willie-Wonka wet dream come to life and a source of true happiness for all Estonian vegans. It is run by a really sweet and friendly Swedish family, so they might also offer you some free tea and nice conversation if you are not in a hurry. The chocolates are made by hand and they offer a large variety of different flavours such as Amaretto, Orange & Cinnamon, Caramel & Sea Salt or Strawberry. They also make their own versions of Snickers (most people’s favourite!) and Bounty. If you like flavours that are a bit outside if the box they have that as well – for instance, chocolate with mustard seeds!

Located in a small and quiet alley just down from Town Hall square, it’s quite easy to find. For the love of vegan chocolate, don’t miss it!

Open: Tuesday to Saturday 11.00 – 18.00

Location: Voorimehe 4, Tallinn

Karu Talu Facebook page

TRU Kitchen

Located a bit further out from the very popular Kalamaja district, visiting this restaurant will give you a more authentic look of North-Tallinn – the former industrial area that has now become hip and happening. Tru’s interior has a bohemian-chic feeling that perfectly embodies the local atmosphere. It’s not just a fancy facade though – the food is simply delicious and a treat for the eyes as well. My favourite thing on the menu so far is the chickpea omelette, one of their morning/brunch dishes that you can order until 3PM. A golden-crispy omelette with a rich filling inside is the perfect (re)start to a beautiful day! The evening menu is at least just as awesome, if not more. I can definitely recommend the celeriac steak with a generous helping of black bean hummus and nice, crunchy carrot noodles on top. As far as desserts go, TRU kitchen stays true to its innovative and fresh image, serving meadowsweet-flavoured panna cotta among other things.

Open: Tuesday to Thursday 11.00 – 22.00

Friday-Saturday 11.00 – 23.00

Sunday 11.00 – 18.00

Location: Kopli 25, Tallinn

TRU Kitchen Facebook page

Rohekohvik

Rohekohvik has a young, fresh and easy-going vibe. The menu is small, but well thought out, offering mainly bowls with either rice or buckwheat as the base and different veggies and vegan protein-sources as toppings, like tempeh, portobello mushroom or teriyaki “chicken.” For the people with a sweet tooth they have cakes by the vegan confectioner-extraordinaire, the one and only Cakery by S. Her French style creamy and airy cakes just melt in the mouth and are a perfect company to a cup of cappuccino. This place is good for a quick lunch as well as for a long lazy afternoon of looking out the windows and dreaming.

Open: Tuesday to Sunday 11.00 – 20.00

Location: Kopli 4, Tallinn

Rohekohvik Facebook page

Lisanna Café

One thing that was missing from the Tallinn vegan scene until recently was a really cozy café where you can just read a book, work on your laptop or just chill and talk to your friends, letting the hours pass on by. Now, we luckily have Lisanna. This little place next to the medieval walls of Old Town is so cute snuggly you will not want to leave! Another thing that is going to keep you there are their amazing sweets and treats. The selection includes cupcakes, macroons, cookies, handmade “Snickers” and a salted caramel brownie that is to die for! They also have nice and warm grilled sandwiches for those who are a bit more hungry and fresh smoothies for those who would like something refreshing.

Open: Monday to Friday 07.00 – 20.00

Saturday-Sunday 09.00 – 20.00

Location: Suurtüki 2, Tallinn

Lisanna café Facebook page

VegMachine

We all crave for a little fast food from time to time and VegMachine is simply the best in that category here in Tallinn. Their signature “Mother Trucker” burger might surprise at first with the pulled sweet potato filling but it works amazingly well and has become one of the favourites there. They also have the Beyond Meat burger and a not-dog with Beyond Meat sausage (and onion rings!) so it’s a great place to take your relatives to if you want to trick them into eating vegan food. The second big favourite (and big portion) there are the Loaded Fries: nice and crispy fries literally loaded with salad, sauce and a Vöner – a vegan version of Döner. It is located in the street food court of the Balti Jaam market where you can just sit and enjoy the hustle-bustle whilst you gobble down all that yumminess.

Open: Monday to Saturday 11.00 – 19.45

Sunday 11.00 – 17.45

Location: Kopli 1, Tallinn

VegMachine Facebook page

PS. There are several other places which were not included in this selection but are amazing nevertheless. Such as:

Vegan V: The first ever vegan restaurant in Estonia, a total classic which will never let you down (unless it’s fully booked which it usually is, so do make reservations early on if you are planning to go).

Plant: This is a fairly new restaurant, located near Vegan V and a worthy contestant to the latter. Some dishes are inspired by Russian cuisine like the Blini with smoked carrot and cashew smetana, which make for an unique and tasty experience.

Vigri: located a bit further out from the centre, this seaside café offers a lunch buffet with a wide variety and a new À la carte menu. They also serve wraps, cakes and pastries. Definitely worth the trip!

Toormoor: An almost entirely raw vegan café in the heart of Old Town with a beautiful interior. Nice filling wraps, delicious cakes, smoothies and a lot more.

TIUKENE

My name is Tiiu. I have been vegan for almost nine years now and have witnessed the wonderful rise of Estonian vegan scene in those years, with the ever-growing number of good vegan places to eat here in town. I have also been active as an animal-rights activist for about 8 months and I am loving standing up for the animals more and more.

Aside from all that, I have also been a tour guide in Tallinn for five years, so I can tell you all about the history of the city.

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