Staying isolated between four walls during the global coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak does not mean you have to give up on all the good things in life. Here are our top four things you can do in Tallinn without having to leave your shelter-in-place. And what's even better: by following our tips, you can also offer some support to the local companies and organisations.
Enjoy an online exhibition or participate at a virtual event
Many of Tallinn's museums, theatres, and other attractions have web applications or stream their events online. Most of them are free, but if you appreciate what they are doing, you can show your support by buying a ticket or a little something from their online gift store. Here are just a few examples of the available virtual experiences:
Virtual walk in Tallinn Old Town
If you have a virtual reality headset, download our free VR-videos (available in our media bank, on Oculus and Viveport) and stroll around the Old Town - a lovely way to broaden your horizons without leaving the couch.
Online experiences at Tallinn's museums and attractions
Extra tip for parents: until the end of the coronavirus crisis you can call Mari-Liis from Kännukuke Library (Skype: kukeinternet) in Tallinn and ask her to read a book for your child. Choose between international bestsellers as well as children's books from Estonian authors.
For more ways to enjoy Estonian culture from home, check out the web page of the Estonian Ministry of Culture. Their list includes everything from virtual exhibitions and digital archives to online sports classes.
Let your friends and loved ones know that even though you cannot meet them all in person, you are still thinking about them with a little gift. Or simply buy yourself something nice. Many of the Estonian design, fashion, art, books, and cosmetics brands have online stores. Here are some of our favourites:
Order food in Tallinn: restaurants, cafés, grocery stores, and markets
If you are based in Tallinn, you can order food home online through Bolt Food, Wolt, and Tellitoit.ee. Both Bolt Food and Wolt also promise contactless delivery, further reducing the risk of spreading coronavirus. Lot's of restaurants have started offering takeaways or provide their own courier service - just check the website or Facebook page of your favourite restaurant.
If you wish to avoid the crowds, many of the big grocery stores in Tallinn have delivery and pick-up possibilities. For example, Prisma and Barbora (Maxima) have e-shops available in English; Selver and Coop offer their services in Estonian and Russian. You can also find supermarkets in the Bolt Food app.
For market-lovers, Balti Jaama Turg has a special treat. Their webshop is available in four languages (Estonian, English, Russian, and Finnish). It has everything from food and ready-meals from the most popular stalls to fashion accessories and garden supplies.
Why not use your free time to acquire a new skill? Learning Estonian is undoubtedly one of the quickest ways to win over the locals. Here are a couple of online solutions to help you get started: