Top 20 most romantic places in Tallinn

    04.05.2020 visittallinn.ee
    What are the most romantic places in Tallinn? The historic Old Town appears to be taken straight out of your favourite movie with its narrow winding streets, hidden viewing platforms, secret museums, and cute cafés. The city's medieval charm, bohemian atmosphere, and seaside sunsets are sure to win over even the most non-romantic traveller. 

    Tallinn Old Town: secret gardens and hidden gems

    A walk in the UNESCO-listed Tallinn Old Town inspires everyone from history buffs to boutique-shoppers. Wander on the picturesque streets of Lühike Jalg, Vaimu, and St. Catherine's Passage, or take a little break in the Master's Courtyard to set the right mood for your romantic escape.

    For an unforgettable experience, climb up the hill of Toompea and visit Kohtuotsa viewing platform - a perfect place to admire the sunrise. If you prefer something a little bit more private, head to the Piiskopi belvedere or the tiny hidden terrace next to Pilsticker, the North-West tower of the castle of Toompea. 

    If you are visiting Tallinn in winter, go for a spin on the Old Town Ice Rink or at least walk by, grab a warm drink, and experience the atmosphere. The skating rink is just a few steps away from two museums off the beaten path: the single-artist Adamson-Eric Museum and the Estonian Theatre and Music Museum. 

    The Old Town is home to some of the cutest cafés and restaurants the city has to offer, snugly hidden in romantic courtyards, historic buildings and medieval cellars. 

    Kadriorg and Pirita: sunsets by the sea

    For sea views, head to the Pirita promenade and take in the spectacular views of Tallinn's rocky shoreline, with the Old Town cityscape in the distance. Stroll, hand in hand, in the nearby Kadriorg Park where the beautiful Swan Pond and Japanese Garden are a must. Visit the Kadriorg Palace for a touch of imperial romance: the pink baroque castle standing in the middle of the park was Peter the Great's gift to his wife, Catherine I.  

    In addition to the majestic park and seaside promenade, the area is dotted with ornate wooden villas and residencies from the past centuries, so it is a perfect destination location for long walks in the fresh air. You will also find many little museums offering glimpses to the private lives of Estonian writers, theatre personalities, and even of the Russian czar.  

    A bit further, you will find the Pirita beach, Tallinn Botanic Garden, and the TV Tower - a great destination for relaxation. During summertime, the garden is a lovely spot for picnics or admiring the colourful rose garden. The tower, in addition to amazing views, offers a chance to spice up your romance with some adrenaline: you can walk on the edge of the tower at the height of 175 metres (574 ft).  

    Kalamaja and Noblessner: a bohemian love story

    If your idea of romance is a promenade on quaint little streets lined with colourful wooden houses with regular coffee (and cake!) stops in the many small cafés, then add Kalamaja to your list. Stop by the Balti Jaam Market and the Telliskivi Creative City - while not necessarily romantic, they are the perfect places to mingle with the locals and get a feel of the area's hipster vibes.  

    If the weather permits, go to the Noblessner seafront quarter, sit on the pier, and simply enjoy some quality time with your loved one, preferably during sunset. Noblessner is also an excellent destination for restaurants, many of them offering not only great food but also a glimpse of the sea.

    Romantic restaurants and entertainment

    For evening entertainment, why not go to a cinema (in Estonia, movies are usually in their original language, with Estonian and Russian subtitles) or see a performance - many drama theatres have wordless shows on their repertoire. You can also opt for the universal language of dance and music: the majestic Estonian National Opera represents a more classical approach, while Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava, and Vabalava are more experimental and interdisciplinary in their programming. 

    Tallinn has a large selection of high-level restaurants, many of them offering not only great food but also a certain je ne sais quoi. For a real-life secret garden, head to Leib in the Old Town. The Gloria Wine Cellar, built right into the medieval town wall, offers a glimpse into the times gone by. In Kadriorg, the villa Mon Repos is serene fine-dining heaven looking at the beautiful park. 

    Further along, one of the highest-rated restaurants in Estonia, Noa, serves excellent food with a fabulous view of the sea and the skyline of Tallinn. If you are a fan of heights, then head to the top of the Tallinn TV Tower: their restaurant on the 22nd floor is the perfect place to admire the surrounding scenery.  

    Many restaurants and cafés also offer exquisite brunches, especially on the weekends. Check out our selection of the top five late-breakfast spots. 

    You can find additional inspiration from the recommendations by the White Guide Nordic, a Scandinavian restaurant guide. 

    A top gift idea: the bright red Tallinn Card is a sightseeing pass that gives you entry to Tallinn’s top museums and free use of public transport. Plus, you don’t have to wait in line to buy the tickets! Top the card with a cute marzipan figurine (preferably heart-shaped) from the Kalev’s Marzipan Room - after all, this traditional dessert is said to have been invented right here in Tallinn!