Tallinn is a dining gem. Its abundance of casual yet clued-up and innovative restaurants (not to mention its slew of fine diners and taverns aimed at 'medieval' trencherman) shouldn't be unexpected: it's at a cultural crossroads surrounded by wonderful seafood, fecund farms, forest produce and New Nordic exemplars, so the food really should be good.

Where to Eat

While tourist-saturated neighbourhoods worldwide struggle to offer good-quality, good-value restaurants, Tallinn’s Old Town has no such problems. Plus, the atmosphere is hard to beat: winters are all about snuggling into cosy vaulted cellars, while in summer the streets are covered with temporary terraces garlanded in flowers or herb boxes.

If you want to get the best gastronomic bang for your buck, Rotermann, Kalamaja and Telliskivi Creative City are where the locals eat.