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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


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…
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…
Supermarket in Kuressaare

Rae Konsum

Behind the tourist office.
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…
Estonian in Kuressaare

Saaremaa Trahter

How often can you say you’ve dined inside a 19th-century windmill? Without being too touristy, this place keeps quality and ambience at a premium, with plenty of hearty local fare – including wild boar hotpot, beetr…
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…
Museum in Kuressaare

Johannes & Joosep Aavik’s Memorial Museum

The Aavik family home is now a small museum dedicated to the life and works of linguist Johannes Aavik (1880–1973), who introduced major reforms to the Estonian language, and his musically talented cousin, Joosep Aa…
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…
Cafe in Kuressaare

Classic Cafe

You can order meaty bistro-style dishes, but the fresh salads, soups, pasta and, especially, the pizza are much better value. Despite the stylish decor, it's a laid-back and relaxed kind of place.