Discover the Kalamaja District
The once closed off Soviet border zone has now become a cool and upcoming part of town. Kalamaja District
began as an area filled with industrial houses and buildings made of wood. Now it has emerged as the perfect setting for trendy boutiques, great restaurants and nightlife. Spend an evening here with a delicious meal or visit some of its attractions.
See Tallinn’s hipster part of town
One of the best things to do around Kalamaja is to visit Telliskivi Creative City
. This business hub is about allowing residents and business owners take ownership of the area and turn it into a creative space. There are ten buildings with over 25 businesses selling cool gifts and clothes, as well as heaps of restaurants. Enjoy markets, trendy cafeteria style dining and beautiful public art. If vintage shopping is something you are interested in, then this is the place to be. It has some great vintage stores and a flea market each Friday.
There are also a number of events held each year at Telliskivi including comedy nights at the popular bar Pudel and live music. Over 400 cultural events take place annually so there is sure to be something on during your visit.
Other attractions in the area
As well as the Creative City, you will want to see the Seaplane Harbour Museum
. Also known as the Estonian Maritime Museum, it is dedicated to all things seafaring. A huge submarine hangs suspended from the ceiling and an old icebreaker is anchored at the pier. Head inside to see real scale military equipment and learn about Estonia’s maritime past.
Another great sight is the Patarei Sea Fortress Prison
. You can visit the old prison with a guide and see the abandoned Soviet building in all its scary glory. It is dark and cold inside so be sure to wear plenty of clothes and bring a torch or light if possible. Perfect for those who want to see some untouched history, your guide will also be able to tell you some stories about the buildings as you go.