Big rambling bar housed within a 200 year old (former) convent.
Great when its busy. Walls lined with pictures of celebs. Also there are a number of wine casks signed by famous folk such as Tony Blair!
Seemingly a place where Antonio Banderas drinks when he returns to his home town.
Market under the arches that ring the square where people sell stamps, coins and old bank notes.
I bought some Franco era peseta coins as souvenirs. These coins cost only 50c or €1 each and are a reminder of Spain's dark days.
Plaza Mayor (Nearest metro Sol)
9am - 2pm every Sunday
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A building that is now home to the interior ministry.
Look out for the bricked up windows of the cellars. This was the location from where people were dispatched to Siberia or to their deaths.
A plaque outside on the wall in Estonian reads 'This building housed the headquarters of the organ of repression of the Soviet occupational power. Here began the road to suffering for thousands of Estonians'.
The nearby St Olaf's church spire was used by the KGB to send radio transmissions.
Not open to the public.
Pagari 1 on corner of Pagari & Pikk ( a stones throw away from St Olaf's church)
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A quirky pub just outside the old town in the Rotermann quarter.
As the name suggests it is a police themed bar with staff dressed as police. The toilets continue the theme, so much so that people were taking photos of the cubicles. (The toilets resembled electric chairs!)
Mere pst 6E, Tallinn. (Go down Viru, through the Viru gate and turn left on Mere pst and the pub is across the road.)
Mere pst. 6E, Tallinn
+372(0)6 535 190
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An absolute gem of a restaurant. Mekk stands for 'moodne eesti koogikunst' which means 'modern Estonian cooking art'.
Modern Estonian cuisine in the restaurant of the Savoy Boutique hotel.
Very friendly service with wonderful food. Desserts were superb.
19th century industrial quarter that has been given a makeover so that old factory buildings have been renovated to create bars, galleries and trendy shops.
Just outside old town off Mere pst.
Lovely cafe located in a cellar on the Town Hall square (Raekoja Plats). Nice coffee, cakes and beer.
Considering the ambience and location it is not surprisingly more expensive than other locations in town. (Beer about €4).
While Tallinn has no shopping streets as such, the main shopping centre is Viru Keskus (Viru Centre) just outside the old town across from the Viru gate.
Tallinn's homegrown department store Tallinna Kaubamaja is connected to Viru Centre.
The Finnish department store Stockmann is located a few streets away on Liivalaia 53.
Viru Keskus (Viru Centre) Viru valjak 4
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Tallinna Kaubamaja Gonsiori 2 (accessible via Viru centres)
Stockmann Liivalaia 53
A medieval themed restaurant and bar in the heart of the old town that is worth a visit for a drink such as a mead. Staff are dressed in period costume, with medieval music playing in the background.
Not cheap but authentic and enjoyable. Even the toilets continue the medieval theme.
If you wish to take a trip to Helsinki while you are in Tallinn, I would recommend using Tallink ferries.
Only takes two hours to get across and costs about €45 return.
We booked by internet but the website did not accept our card so we called the help number to complete the transaction.
Lovely cafe ('Sweet Tooth' in English), owned by the Estonian Kalev chocolate company.
A great place to relax for some incredible value cakes and coffee.
It's the city's oldest cafe and dates back to the mid-19th century.
Just across from the Russian embassy just a few minutes away from the old town square.
Pikk 16, Tallinn
+372 64 64 079
Google map: bit.ly/hTrGJR
Good cheap food and beer. While centrally located, this is popular with locals and tourists alike.
At the moment there is a series of pictures of Tallinn on the walls which clearly show how the city has changed in the last decade.
The 'In Your Pocket' series of guidebooks are well worth recommending. The guides are written by locals and expats and are updated on a regular basis.
Even better, they are free and can be downloaded as PDFs from the website.
Alternatively you can pick up free copies in some hotels.
Situated in the heart of the old town, this is a great pub with a more local clientele than the pubs around it.
Drink is great value as is the food. I got a whole joint of pork (no kidding!) with potatoes and sauerkraut for only €6.40.
Irish pub in the centre of Helsinki. Authentically Irish with Irish customers as well as bar staff.
As you'd expect for Helsinki, drink is not cheap - about €11 for two half litres of cider.
Wonderful authentic Vietnamese restaurant in the centre of Edinburgh.
Though small, the food is superb and great value.
Run by a young woman from Saigon so you can be sure of its authenticity.
No drink licence yet but its BYOB with only £1.50 corkage fee.
Former Gestapo/KGB prison from the 1940s to 1990.
The prison downstairs is still intact and makes for grim viewing.
One interesting point is that while the building was controlled by the Gestapo between 1941 - 1944 from where they ran the Holocaust in Lithuania with their Lithuanian accomplices, very little coverage is given to this in the museum.
Still an essential part of your visit to Vilnius.
Aukų g. 2a, LT-01113, Vilnius
+370 5 249 81 55
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