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Top Choice Castle in Kuressaare

Kuressaare Castle

Majestic Kuressaare Castle stands facing the sea at the southern end of the town, on an artificial island ringed by a moat. It’s the best-preserved castle in the Baltic and the region’s only medieval stone castle th…
Top Choice Cafe in Kuressaare

Retro

The menu at this hip little cafe-bar is deceptively simple (pasta, burgers, steak, grilled fish), but Retro takes things to the next level, making its own pasta and burger buns, and using the best fresh local produc…
Museum in Kuressaare

Saaremaa Museum

Occupying the keep of Kuressaare Castle, this museum is devoted to the island’s nature and history. A large part of the fun is exploring the warren of chambers, halls, passages and stairways, apt to fuel anyone’s Ga…
Church in Kuressaare

St Lawrence's Lutheran Church

Although this large church only dates from 1836, its prized feature is considerably older: a medieval stone baptismal font, probably from the early 15th century, carved with dragon-like creatures. Also worth noting …
Bar in Kuressaare

Chameleon

Chameleon is indeed a changeable creature, morphing from cafe to cocktail bar as the sun goes down, but it’s the latter incarnation that suits it best. The sleek black and grey decor (with pink lighting) adds an air…
Modern European in Kuressaare

Ku Kuu

Occupying the elegant spa hall from which it takes its name (Ku Kuu is short for Kuressaare Kuursaal), this is Saaremaa's loveliest dining room. The wood panelling and panes of coloured glass provide an atmospheric …
Pub in Kuressaare

Vaekoja Pubi

The name means 'weigh-house' and this is one of Kuressaare's most significant historic buildings, built in 1663 to measure goods so that they could be taxed. These days it's a relaxed, no-nonsense pub with tables sp…
Pub in Kuressaare

John Bull

Despite the name, this pub in the castle park isn't particularly English. In fact, there's more of a Soviet vibe going down; the bar is made from an old Russian bus and there's even a 'red corner' hung with portrait…
Church in Kuressaare

St Nicholas' Orthodox Church

Dating from 1790, Saaremaa's oldest Orthodox church has twin steeples and an impressive dolomite and wrought-iron gate. A faint image of its name saint has survived on the exterior wall facing the street, while insi…
Wine Bar in Kuressaare

Vinoteek Prelude

A sculpted bunch of grapes heralds the entrance to this cosy, dimly lit wine bar in an 18th-century building. Climb the staircase to sofas under the eaves and choose from a menu of international wines (plenty by the…