We know Estonia
28.3.2014 | Restaurants

Candlelight, clay bowls, and spiced meats

Candlelight, clay bowls, and spiced meats

Are all characteristics of the medieval dining experience. Tallinn’s Old Town is the place to come and eat like its 1450.

III Draakon

III Draakon, or The Third Dragon is a tiny medieval café/tavern in Tallinn’s Town Hall. This is great place to grab a light and cheap lunch in a medieval atmosphere. The room is candlelit, making it quite dark inside, but with the weather warming up, you can sit at one of the tables outside and enjoy a great view over the Town Hall Square. The menu is small, offering a selection of sweet or savoury pasties, and elk soup. Drinks are served in clay cups, poured from casks in the wall. Staff is dressed in medieval costume, and play the part very well too!

Maikrahv

Directly opposite the Town Hall is Maikrahv, another Medievalthemed restaurant, but offering an international and more con- temporary menu. The restaurant is named after the “May Count” festivals that were held in medieval Tallinn to celebrate spring, youth, and happiness. The menu focuses on meat, with a few vegetarian dishes and pasta as well. Larger groups can book one of Maikrahv’s feasts, which are a true spectacle. Enjoy large portions without spending a fortune.

Olde Hansa

Olde Hansa has been bringing the medieval experience to Tallinn since 1997. The restaurant is located on the site of the old central market. The menu is made up of dishes that have been carefully researched from historical recipes. The dining room is lit by candlelight and servers are dressed in medieval costume. Olde Hansa also has a gift shop Krambude, located on the street level of their building where you can buy anything from jewellery and clothing, to glassware, and Olde Hansa’s famous sweet almonds that can always be smelled roasting outside.

Peppersack

Peppersack can be found just across the street from Olde Hansa, in a multi level medieval building. The menu at Peppersack is European influenced, but worded very playfully with dishes like Artisan’s dream (beef tenderloin) or Matron Margareta`s weakness (chicken breast). And don’t forget the nightly entertainment – sword fights. Peppersack also has an interesting variety of beers on tap, including their very own brews.

Location

III Draakon (The Third Dragon) Raekoja plats 1 (Town Hall), Tallinn Old Town

Maikrahv Raekoja plats 8, Tallinn Old Town

Olde Hansa Vana turg 1, Tallinn Old Town

Peppersack Viru 2, Tallinn Old Town

TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

To learn more about this and similar topics

29.1.2023 | Restaurants

À la carte fast food

À la carte fast food

F.Burger is an interesting new “dirty burger” eatery in the Viru Keskus Food hall. The owners and couple, Dmitri … Read more

27.1.2023 | Restaurants

Lamprey – a treat for the unsuspecting

Lamprey – a treat for the unsuspecting

Lamprey are not a very common delicacy on the dining table or on restaurant menus around the world. In … Read more

25.1.2023 | Restaurants

A youthful bistro in a former factory

A youthful bistro in a former factory

Lore Bistroo was opened in Noblessner in October 2019. However, the story of the Michelin Guide-recommended restaurant already began … Read more

18.1.2023 | Restaurants

A Michelin Star experience in Noblessner  

A Michelin Star experience in Noblessner  

Located in the trendy and modern Noblessner port area, a short 5-10 minute taxi ride from the old town, … Read more

16.1.2023 | Restaurants

camera icon37
Renaissance winds have brought big changes to Olde Hansa

Renaissance winds have brought big changes to Olde Hansa

In the 25 years since it opened, more than 7 million people have visited Olde Hansa in Tallinn. For … Read more

31.12.2022 | Restaurants

The wine bars of Tallinn

The wine bars of Tallinn

Chin Chin is one of the newest of Tallinn’s wine bars. It is a modern and stylish bar found … Read more

30.12.2022 | Restaurants

Authentic Parisian flavours in Tallinn

Authentic Parisian flavours in Tallinn

When you enter the charming Päris restaurant, you feel like you are entering a Parisian brasserie. For a moment, … Read more

26.12.2022 | Restaurants

Medieval surroundings and tender pig tails

Medieval surroundings and tender pig tails

III Draakon (III Dragons in English) can be found in the old courtroom of Tallinn Town Hall, on the … Read more