Telliskivi Creative City
The most bohemian place to see in the capital of Estonia is the Telliskivi Creative City center, offering street food, events, and art exhibitions. It is the coolest place to visit for an afternoon of entertainment if you are looking to do something alternative in Estonia.
The creative space
The Telliskivi Creative City is located in the "wrong side of the tracks" as the locals would say – in an area of abandoned factory buildings, nearby the Old Town of Tallin. It is the largest creative center of the country featuring studios, creative companies, eateries, NGOs, furniture and bike shops, among others. You will find designer stores from local fashionistas and plenty of street art, photo exhibitions and graffiti walls that brighten up the surroundings. On Saturdays, they host a large flea market. So, if you are the kind that enjoys thrift shopping, you will be in for a treat! The center also hosts more than 600 events annually, so make sure you check their website to see what's on. If you are just looking to kill some free time, stop by to mingle with the locals – Telliskivi is the best place to get to know the local culture.
Watch a play
The center also houses two theatres. The Theatre Vaba Lava is located in what used to be a metal workshop. The structure was restored into a steel and glass venue, preserving the essence of the old structure and combining new modern elements required to host performances. The Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava is a theatre and contemporary platform that showcases contemporary arts that are mainly focused on body movements. For both, check their websites to see what's on when you are visiting Tallin. Watching a performance is perfect for a night of entertainment but also to immerse in the Estonian culture, as they are all locally ran.
What to eat
For Asian food, head to Lendav Taldrik located in an industrial Soviet-looking building. At Bueno Gourmet, try Latin American sandwiches with an Estonian twist. The founders are from Chile and Estonia and they bring into their dishes ideas from their diverse backgrounds. It is a great place if you are looking for a quick bite. Homeart is the place for coffee. With its cozy settings, you can chill and sip in a cup of warm cappuccino paired with a homemade cake. They also serve wine and light meals. For dessert, try La Muu ice-cream shop. They produce delicious homemade ice cream in the premises next door.
To reach Telliskivi, you can take tram number 1 or 2. Otherwise, enjoy a short 10-minute walk from the Old Town. On Tuesdays, attend one of the Dance evenings. The center is family friendly, so if you are traveling with children, you will find something for them too.