Planning a family getaway to Tallinn? Welcome! Tallinn is a first-rate family-friendly destination with a number of great attractions and exciting things to do for children. And when hunger strikes, you can have your pick of many child-friendly eateries.
The Old Town is full of excellent cafés and restaurants. Families with children interested in knights and princesses should head to Peppersack Restaurant. This medieval restaurant does not have a separate playroom, but medieval-style high chairs, coloured pencils and drawing paper all appeal to kids. It also has a nappy changing area.
If you're looking for more festive, modern place to eat, consider Lee, where the wait staff also gladly hand out colouring books and crayons and in warmer weather, children can play in the sandbox in the courtyard. In summer, the restaurant’s garden rates top for atmosphere. With its modern simplicity and noteworthy level of service, Rataskaevu 16 restaurant is a standout. Here children will find a small playroom and there’s also a nappy-changing station.
For sweets, the Gelato Ladies ice cream café is a splendid option, offering a wide selection of homemade gelati. The café has a separate children’s corner.
Central Tallinn has many cafes and restaurants with a cosy atmosphere, but one of the newest places that has a children’s play corner is the Rävala location of the Reval Café chain. The café serves both savoury and sweet dishes. Kids will love the smiley-face cookies and the house ice cream.
Those looking for something heartier - especially fans of American food and atmosphere – should consider dining at Mack Bar-B-Que. The menu features tasty ribs, chicken wings, burgers and pizzas. There's a separate kids’ corner here as well.
While shopping in the city centre, you’re bound to come across Solaris Centre. Komeet, the café on the top floor, is known for the best view and best cakes in town. Their kid-friendliness comes through in their special menu, which even has options for infants, like fresh vegetable puree. There’s no children’s corner, but the wait staff is kind and provides colouring books and pencils. One floor down in the same complex is the slightly simpler buffet-restaurant Lido, which puts a premium on the efficiency of its cafeteria-style service and a wide variety of home-style fare. There's no children's corner, but it’s probably one of the best options for fast service and it’s also likely to be easy on the wallet.
Kadriorg is well-known not only for its greenery and elegance, but for its cosy and stylish cafes. One of the most child-friendly ones is certainly Gourmet Coffee right near the park, a place for a family breakfast outing or cake break. Besides the acclaimed coffee, the café has a small kids’ corner. Another cosy Kadriorg café is NOP, known for putting ecological food in focus. Here there’s not only a kids’ corner but a sandbox that’s open in summer.
Serving Thai and Indian cuisine, Villa Thai has a popular children’s menu that attests to the fact that kids are open to trying more exotic foods as long as they’re prepared well and not too spicy.
During the summer period, some families are bound to prefer the outdoors to restaurants and opt to have a picnic in the park. In that case, we advise stopping by a nostalgic Kadriorg establishment, Vesivärava Cafe, to buy their fresh and incredibly tasty sweet and savoury pastries.
The Kalamaja area has become one of the preferred places to live for families with young children. One of the most popular museums in the city is located in this area – the Seaplane Harbour. The dishes served up by the museum's Maru Café are inspired by the pure and simple flavours of the Estonian coastal regions. If you are too busy for a sit-down meal, there is also a small selection of ready-made options.
In Telliskivi Creative City you will find F-Hoone, a bohemian-style restaurant with a separate playroom and an eclectic menu. Located in the same area, the Latin American restaurant La Tabla has a play corner and as an extra perk for the little customers, kids' dishes are served in cardboard pirate ships.
Kalamaja’s newest food court is found at Balti Jaama Turg, the newly renovated railway station market, where kids can choose their favourite dish from a wide selection of street food stands.
After a visit to the zoo, you can recharge at the nearby pizza and pasta restaurant Rucola. The menu is simple and unpretentious, but what makes Rucola special is its spacious kids’ corner and the fact that younger patrons are made to feel welcome.
There are also child-friendly restaurants outside the city limits. A short drive west of Rocca al Mare Shopping centre and the Estonian Open Air Museum, along Rannamõisa tee, is the Lucca family restaurant. The restaurant’s menu features traditional meat dishes and homemade pastas and pizzas. Children have a large separate playroom and outdoor area.
Tabasalu is also known for its child-friendly places to eat – it’s home to the American-style restaurant BabyBack Ribs & BBQ, as well as Seller, which is cosy in a modern way. The advantage of the first one is its big playroom, while Seller Restaurant has a baby changing station.
A drive of 20 kilometres to the east of Tallinn, on the other hand, brings you to the scenic fishing villages of Kaberneeme and Neeme. Besides the local unspoiled sands, Neeme has a small seaside fish restaurant called Ruhe, which beckons to families with its spacious terrace and small children’s corner.