More to discover and taste!
We couldn’t fit every great place into this list, but you can create your own food tour of Estonia at www.toidutee.ee where you will find lots of information about local restaurants, farm shops, and cookery workshops throughout the country.
While travelling around Estonia you’re bound to get hungry. We’ve put together a list of places worth a visit outside of major cities that offer something a little different, and of course, great food.
Taps Klooga mnt 7a, Tallinn www.facebook.com/tapsresto/ Just outside of Tallinn you can enjoy a great homemade burger, among other sandwiches served on a soft brioche bun. Sit out on the terrace in summer.
Põhjaka Põhjaka mõis, Mäeküla, Paide vald www.pohjaka.ee Three chefs moved to the countryside to restore an old manor house this is the result - a cosy stop between Tallinn and Tartu for some hearty home cooked food.
Artur Lääne Virumaa, Rõmeda küla, Kadrina vald www.arturbaar.eu Located along Peterburi mnt, this šašlõkk tavern is a favourite stop among locals due to its big portions. You can even buy marinated meat to take home. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Torgo Talu 58°44’37.768 N 24°12’32.732 W Kojastu, Vigala vald, Raplamaa www.facebook.com/torgotalu Torgo Talu Guesthouse offers meals inspired by simple, yet gourmet home cooking using many ingredients grown right on the farm. Sunday lunches take place every second Sunday in summer. Pre-booking only. Accommodation available.
Ööbiku 59º1’35”N 25º9’36”E Kuimetsa küla, Kaiu vald, Raplamaa www.oobiku.ee A true farmhouse restaurant, located about an hour’s drive from Tallinn, where chef Ants Uustalu prepares a five-course meal using local ingredients. Pre-booking only.
West Estonia & Islands
Lest ja Lammas Kassari Puhkekeskus, Kassari küla, Käina vald, Hiiumaa kassarikeskus.ee/grill_lest_ja_lammas A modern restaurant serving locally-caught fish and lamb, as well as other grilled dishes on the island of Hiiumaa.
Kihnu Küek Pärnu maantee 14, Abja-Paluoja, Abja vald, Viljandi maakond www.kihnukyek.ee Enjoy local home-cooked food from the small island of Kihnu.
Tammuri Talu Mäha küla, Otepää vald, Valga www.tammuri.ee Tammuri Farm is about as far away as you can get from Tallinn in Southern Estonia and is a one man restaurant. Chef owner Erki Saar takes groups by booking only, preparing creative meals and offering wine to match. Accommodation available.
Mulgi Tavern Pärnu maantee 14, Abja-Paluoja, Abja vald, Viljandi maakond www.facebook.com/mulgikorts The Mulgi tavern is located in the heart of Abja-Paluoja, the capital of Mulgimaa where you can enjoy traditional Mulgi food.
Olustvere Bread Studio Olustvere, Suure-Jaani vald, Viljandimaa www.olustveremois.ee Taste and buy fresh barley and rye bread at the Olustvere Bread Studio café.
Kala ja Sibula Restoran Ranna 1, Suur Kolkja, Tartumaa www.facebook.com/kalajasibula The Kala ja Sibula (fish and onion) restaurant in Kolkja is where you can taste the traditional cuisine of the Russian “Old Believers”.
Fellin Kauba 11, Viljandi kohvikfellin.ee Enjoy a light bite or a larger meal at this favourite Viljandi restaurant. On 2 June Fellin will be will be hosting Café Night (Kohvikuteöö) from 21.00-02.00 as part of the Viljandi Hanseatic Days. More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1722618451363671/
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TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS LAURI LAAN