Tallinn, Estonia, is truly adorable, and so quaint, relaxing and intimate for a capital city. From its picturesque Old Town to quiet residential streets and wide sidewalks, we felt like we got to know the city center through its cafes.
We spent a week in Tallinn working remotely, which is something we wind up doing during most trips. We were sightseeing in between client work and other projects we were working on.
To get started with where we chose to spend a few hours per day working, we took some recommendations from friends and from the most highly-rated cafes on Foursquare, which is one of our favorite apps to use during travel.
It was also important that for meals, we focused on places with gluten-free and vegan options. For these reasons, Estonia is one of the best gluten-free countries to travel in as well as a country that’s friendly to vegan and vegetarian travel.
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Beyond these coffee shops, we did our own exploring and developed our own coffee route through this beautiful city in Estonia.
Our favorites are below!
Epic Coffee in Tallinn’s Old Town
Epic Coffee is a cozy cafe that we visited frequently because its coffee was delicious and the WiFi was reliable. Among their other food and drink offerings are a few types of pastries and a refrigerator of local alcoholic bottled drinks. We found Epic Coffee pretty good for getting work done!
Pro: Good WiFi, clean design, high tables, window seating, outdoor seating, lots of power outlets and great location
Cons: None to mention
CoffeeBar 10133 (also called Mean Jacqueline Cafe) in Old Town
This little cafe has two chairs with a table out front. It goes by CoffeeBar 10133 in Google Maps and TripAdvisor, and the sign on the outside says Mean Jacqueline Cafe, so we’re really not sure of its true name. While WiFi was good here, it didn’t have any comfortable seating for sitting down with a laptop.
Pro: Good coffee, WiFi and location at the edge of Old Town closer to Telliskivi
Cons: No comfortable seating for laptop use, as chairs are much lower than the tabletops
Kohvik August in Old Town
Kohvik August seems to be a staple in Tallinn, and their food is so good that they host private events and cater them. The coffee and tea menu is sizable, as are their lunch and snack food options. We liked the detail in the cool decor.
Pro: Good coffee, and also serves tea, smoothies, lunch bites and desserts, great location in the heart of Old Town, nice crowd and cool design elements
Gustav Cafe in Solaris Mall (basement level), Südalinn
Gustav Cafe is a small chain of cafes and they offer a lot of baked goods. More impressive than their coffee menu were all their tea choices, which are served in loose leaf in your cup in a pretty large amount.
Pro: Lower prices than the more non-chain shops in Old Town and very nice array of tea choices
Cons: Environment is like that of a chain cafe, so not really unique for ambiance
Caffeine (multiple locations in Tallinn)
Caffeine is a chain throughout the Baltic region and we found their best characteristic to be their reliable WiFi. For coffees, they have a larger drinks menu, with choices like coconut or almond milk lattes, spicy mochaccinos, salted caramel macchiatos and some items with Estonian names like the Mullikohv (sparkling coffee).
We tried three locations of Caffeine:
- Old Town (Mündi 3, 10123)
- Old Town (Harju 3, 10146)
- Tatari neighborhood (Tatari 9, 10116) - has outdoor seating
Pro: Solid choice for doing work because lots of power outlets, consistent WiFi, varied snack and food options from sandwiches to granola bars
Cons: Coffee is kind of watery, and espresso machines create a lot of noise if you are looking to take meetings here
Must Puudel in Old Town
Most famous for being open from brunch to late hours for cocktails, Must Puudel is known as one of the trendiest spots in town and makes it to every list of where to eat, drink and hang out.
Its decor and interior is unique, and there’s outdoor seating both in front and in back.
Pro: Great vegan food, nice coffee, huge space with diverse choice of where to sit, trendy and eclectic design, gluten-free options
Cons: WiFi is okay, and prices are a bit high, compared with other cafes
Kohvik Komeet in Solaris Mall, Südalinn
Komeet attracts families, ladies lunching and business people due to its location in the Solaris Mall, close to Old Town. It’s a good place to have a nice coffee, but their food is pricier than many other places we found. For WiFi, use the mall network.
Pro: Cool 4th-floor location with some city views from the windows, comfortable chairs and lots of places to sit
Cons: Food prices are rather high, even lunch specials
NOP Cafe & Shop in Raua neighborhood
While we did not go to NOP for working, we did go there for a tasty lunch, and the food nor the drinks disappoint. They have a great menu of healthy, vegetarian and vegan food, and also nice teas and smoothies. NOP seems to be always busy, and for good reasons. It is located between the Old City and Kadriorg Park, at the end of town.
Pro: Earthy and relaxing interior with vegan-friendly meals and a food shop that has imported and local products
Cons: Farther from city center
Living Room Cafe in Südalinn
In June 2018, a note on the door of Living Room Cafe said that the location was closed for the entire summer. They plan to reopen for fall after summer holidays.
Looking for more things to do in Estonia? Check out how to get to Riga from Tallinn to continue your trip.
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Last updated on May 19th, 2022