How have I not mentioned Tallinn on this blog before!? It’s one of my favourite places in the world. The Old Town is simply amazing and also vegan friendly – considering that there are at least a couple of fully vegan restaurants/cafés in the area. We dine at at least one of these spots each time we visit Tallinn and can’t get enough of the delicious stuff they offer. So here we present the best Old Town eats:
Vegan Restoran V
Rataskaevu 12, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia
Welcome to some fine-dining in the middle of the medieval town! Restoran V, the first vegan restaurant in Estonia, is super popular among all and often fully reserved. So make your table reservation a few days in advance! You can take-away or have the outdoor seating (in summer).
The creativity of the dishes and flavours make for an all-round culinary experience. They also serve wines, other drinks and some exquisite desserts. The indoor restaurant area is small and intimate. Definitely recommended for that date-night. From the Menu, we’ve tried the starter snack platter (smoked tempeh, artichoke hummus, cashew cream cheese, vegan feta, olives, veg and papadum – nom!), their creamy soups and for mains various dishes including seitan and beet patties.
Restoran V’s Website
Rotermanni 14, 10111 Tallinn, Estonia
On the way back to the harbour on our recent Tallinn day trip (May 2022), we stopped by the vegan Oasis for lunch. Oasis is a relatively new plant-based restaurant in town! This is something good, especially after 2/3 vegan restaurants in old town shut down during the last two years.
The location of the restaurant is great, right on the path between the Old Town and ship terminal, in Rotermanni Quarter. Only a 10-minute walk from the old town centre. The interiors are like a calming oasis, with plants and pots all around, good vibe music, and there was also a parrot living there! They also have live music occasionally.
Food – the menu is innovative with a variety of options, a bit on the fine side. Prices are above average. A lot of dishes were unavailable at the time and we ended up trying the naked burger and spinach pie. I really don’t know why naked burger as I really missed the buns, haha! It was Mexican flavoured veggie burger with chipotle. The spinach pie was intricate and an unexpected flavour bomb. The pie was a starter and not a big portion, but still filling for me. I also had one of their detox juices which was refreshing!
Service is good but slow. They put some time and effort to the dishes so think of coming here to relax and not when you’re in a hurry! Would suggest booking a table here beforehand. They also have a shop where you can get a lot of vegan goodies @veganpoodoasis!
Their Website: veganoasis.ee
Kohvik Must Puudel
Kuninga 4, 10146 Tallinn, Estonia
Bang in the centre of the old town of Tallinn, you’ll find this popular Finnish themed (they do have a lot of Finnish branded furniture and art indoors) café called Must Puudel, which translates to ‘black poodle’. The symbol of the café is a black poodle and they are dog friendly, just to note! Their menu is not fully vegan but has several vegan options available all day! They also have many plant-milks to order with your beverages. We went in for breakfast when we arrived to Tallinn on our day cruise from Helsinki. The chickpea pancakes and chia pudding were delicious.
Chakra – Indian Restaurant
Bremeni käik 1, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia
You will find several Indian restaurants in Tallinn old town, but Chakra is the best in my opinion! Their food is authentic Indian – take it from me! The interiors (and music) are very Indian too, the service is good and it’s a lovely restaurant all-in-all. You must dine here if you love Indian food. Menu – unfortunately this not even a vegetarian restaurant but they have a lot of good options, clearly mentioned vegan. Many of the vegetarian dishes can be made vegan on request. I always have the samosas, veg biryani, aloo paratha and chana masala!
Their Website: Chakra.ee
How about grab some nice cream from Gelato Ladies nearby after? They are located on Uus 28 and have some dairy-free choices.
Vegan Inspiratsioon (RIP)
Lai 44, 10133 Tallinn, Estonia
The welcome signboard here says it all! Yes, hunger inspiring menu filled with a variety of dishes to choose from. In the photo is just 1-page of the menu but there’s more. I have been here on many occasions and still have to try so many things out. There’s healthy brunch options, smoothies, bowls as well as burgers and tortillas in addition to starters, salads and soups. Also, the beverages are really nice – refreshing coffees, teas and drinks. What’s more, they have a great selection of desserts and cakes. The vibe of this place is the best! Relaxed and friendly and the staff are super nice. Highly recommend this place to everyone visiting Tallinn.
*UPDATE! They announced in April that they have permanently closed!* Another business the victim of covid restrictions?
Lisanna Vegan Coffee Shop (RIP)
Suurtüki 2, 10133 Tallinn, Estonia
For a more relaxed and chill setting, head over to Lisanna’s – a trendy little café behind Plate Torn (tower). I was there in July 2020, when I took the above photos. Had an iced coffee and one of their toasties (priced at 6€). They had two branches – this and one just outside Old Town. The way to Lisanna Kohvik (Kohvik means café in Estonian) was a lovely to walk through the old town streets on a warm sunny day.
Update Oct 2021: They permanently closed 🙁
That’s for our vegan Tallinn Old Town experience! These restaurants are well worth visiting and if you do have the time, check out others outside Old Town as well. For example, Veg Machine and VegB12 café in Balti Jaama marketplace. Commune Café at Pärnu mnt 36 has good vegan pizzas! Tallinn is quite vegan friendly and you can find vegan options in many places. Do you have Tallinn on your go-to list or have you been there? Let me know in the comments!