The city's glitziest shopping precinct is the Rotermann Quarter, a clutch of former warehouses now sheltering dozens of small stores selling everything from streetwear to Scandinavian-designed furniture, artisanal cheese, good wines, top-notch bread and dry-aged beef. Telliskivi Creative City has fewer but more unusual shops, and you’ll be tripping over käsitöö (handicraft) stores everywhere in Old Town.
What To Buy
Dozens of small shops sell traditional Estonian-made souvenirs, such as linen, knitwear, leather-bound books, ceramics, jewellery (particularly of amber), stained glass and household items carved from dolomite and juniper wood. There are also plenty of antique stores selling everything from objets d’art to Soviet-era ephemera.
If you’re stuck for gift ideas, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Vana Tallinn – Estonia's spiced-rum liqueur.
Whether you’re looking for picnic supplies or a knock-off Lenin alarm clock, Tallinn’s markets provide fertile hunting grounds and excellent people-watching.
- Balti Jaama Turg Behind the Baltic Train Station, where ramshackle stalls and pickpockets once thrived, is this shiny new food and fashion market.
- Telliskivi Flea Market This is Tallinn's top habitat for vintage bargain-hunters and those looking to lighten their wardrobes. Books, ephemera and other bits and pieces are sold here too.
- Knit Market Under the Old Town wall just inside the Viru Gate there's a line of stalls selling knitwear (which may or may not be made by the local women behind them). Good for woollen scarves, sweaters, mittens, beanies and socks.
- Central Market Fruit and vegetables are the main game here but you'll occasionally luck upon a Soviet-era gem in one of the shady shops around the periphery. To get here, take bus 2 or tram 4 to the Keskturg stop.