Scattered throughout Upper Town and Lower town are various SOUVENIR - SUVENIIRID shops. I really liked how many of them decorated the fronts of their stores. One even had an Armored figure hanging near the door.
I loved to browse in them as you can find postcards, ornate coffee mugs, t-shirts, Baltic Amber jewellery and beautiful Estonia handicrafts. One even had two shelves of colorful nestling dolls.
You can also find books about Tallinn for reasonable prices.
Finding St. Catherine's Passage was not planned but a seredipitous circumstance. In fact, I didn't even know it's name until after visiting it on one of the few sunny days of our trip around the Baltic.
The narrow, stone alleyway known as St. Catherine's Passage turns out to be one of the main tourist attractions in Old Tallinn. It connects Vene and Müürivahe Streets and runs along what remains of St. Catherine's Church. These days the passage is particularly interesting and a draw for tourists because it is home to the St. Catherine's Guild where a collection of artists' craft workshops nestle in 15th - 17th century rooms there along the passage. Here artists work on their crafts and sell their creations.
Some artists produce glassware, hats, quilts, ceramics, jewelry hand-painted silk and other wares. I remember seeing paintings and hand-knitting clothing. However, I purchased several small water-color prints of scenes from around Old Town Tallinn which came matted and framed for the equivalent total of about US $12. There are still some of my favorite remembrances of our trip. Although the artist did not speak much English, I was very aware of how much she appreciated my purchase.
This cobblestone passageway was an atmospheric and picturesque link between the medieval and present day Tallinn and a very memorable place.
What to buy: The items I remember most seeing in Old Tallinn were charming, hand-knitted or crocheted sweaters and caps for babies and children, wooden items, and paintings although there were many souvenirs shops with lots of the traditional items found everywhere. If our children were small, I would have definitely bought some of the handmade children's winter clothing. Even though those items were not as inexpensive as you might think, they would have been worth the money.
They offer you affordable, warm and unique handmade knitwear. They make socks, mittens, gloves and scarfs to order. Have a look at the colors and patterns on this page. Custom color combinations and sizes can be ordered.
What to buy: Socks, scarfs, mittens
What to pay: About 15 euros per item
There is a line of little shops where you get off the ship (photos 1 and 4)
What to buy: Since it was cold and windy, my granddaughter started out with a fleece hat that she liked so we bought that (photo 2, 3 & 5)
We bought some postcards, and my granddaughter wrote and sent one (the price for sending was included). There were some cute cheese slicers, and I wanted to buy a sweater, but the guy in the money booth couldn't get my credit cards to work, so I had to pass on it.
What to buy:
I know when i'm travelling i always want to bring some postcards about visited places... You can find a lot of nice postcards on the streets... around 10-15kroon per one (~1eur).. You wanna cheaper? i'm sure... so, i will give some places: all Post Offices (3-5 eek/ 0,30 eur), Timari shop in Viru Keskus, Book shops (like Appollo, Rahva Raamat), some kiosks around the town.
What to pay: As local i'm never payin more than 6eek/0,4eur per one postcard!
Adjacent to the Olde Hansa restaurant there is a small shop selling Rhineland clay pottery, Bohemian glass, silver jewelry, cloth,
leather works and Arabian spices, like the old merchants imported when the building was new. The shop opened only a month before our visit :-) As in the restaurant, the staff is wearing old fashioned costumes. Worth to take a look, you find some nice items there!
10 am to 10 pm
The name krambude was commonly used in the old days for shops in Norway, too, only without the "e" on the end :-)
I was very surprised to find very reasonable prices in the museum gift shops. Some items were as much as 50 - 75% less than in the souvenir shops.
What to buy: examples:
Calendar - 125EEK in souvenir shop, 85EEK in museum
lapel pins - 55EEK (shop), 12EEK (museum)
coffee mug - 185 (shop), 85 (museum)
What to pay: souvenirs aren't cheap but they are affordable.
Around the Town Hall you will find loads of shops selling tourist souvenirs. I found one shop to be pretty much like another. On Saturdays in the summer (and also around Xmas time) you can find a market set up in the Town Hall Square. A lot of local arts and crafts, lots of knitted materials. Not to my taste - if you really want some fun, go to the market near the Railway Station; you will find all sorts of fascinating Soviet era antiques and junk being sold. You could also find some pretty good deals on winter stuff; I bought a good pair of woollen gloves for about a euro.
What to pay: Very little
This is the old city market, here you can buy special local clothing made of wool and such. Also some handcrafts and other souvenirs. Prices are not really cheap, and I guess it is going to increase with the growing popularity of Tallinn. However, if you compare such similar items that are in the markets in Helsinki, Stockholm or Oslo, better to buy them here.
Many tourists visit Tallinn only for shopping because it is cheap and affordable. For arts and crafts the Old Town along Katariina passage (Katariina käik) offers the best choice. Always keep in mind: The further you get from the touristy centre, the lower the prices.