Street vendors, Tallinn
Not a shop exactly, just stalls set up by people of pictures they've painted, drawn, photographed or bulk manufactured of Tallinn from all different angles and perspectives. There are a lot of beautiful pieces of art, so your only problem will be which one you like the best!
What to buy: Whatever strikes your fancy, I ended up buying a small framed watercolour 'landscape' of the city.
Next we make our way back down the hill to see sweater wall. This is where various knitted things are being sold along a section of the wall by various venders. There are some lovely things here. I hold myself back as our suitcase is filling up .I do buy a gorgeous knitted toque though..with a traditional Nordic pattern. Later when we get back to our room , I m sorry I don't buy more.
What to buy: Gorgeous winter hand knit mitts and hats
In several places along the main tourist route through the old town, this company have set up their verndor carts in medieval style. These carts add to the flair of the medieval city.
What to buy: They sell roasted almonds and other nuts. You will most probably be offered a taste from a girl's basket. Try them, they are really tasty. The crust is much softer than the sugary roasted almonds we know in Germany, thus easier to chew, and spicy. They also have roasted pecan nuts with chili which are also tasty.
What to pay: Packs of almonds are available for 40, 50 or 100 krooni.
All over the old town you will notice stalls that sell postcards and booklets on Tallinn. Most of these are operated by young women. These stalls have been set up by the City of Tallinn and sell their items at fair prices, so they are trustworthy. They also sell stamps for your postcards. They accept Euro for sure, not sure which other currencies.The girls speak several foreign languages and are all very polite.
I assume this has been done because of countless complaints about 'wild' postcard vendors who became a nuisance and charged outrageous prices - complaints about those show up on older Tallinn pages here on VT, too. Obviously the city has done something about this problem and banned the wild vendors from the old town. I did not see any other postcard sellers in the streets than these girls with their more or less uniform stands.
What to buy: Postcards and stamps, gudebooks, calendars
As we came down from Toompea, we saw that artists had displayed their work along the wall of Long Leg street (aka Pikk_Jalg). This thoroughfare links the two parts of the old town, the Lower town where the commoners lived, and Toompea Hill which was reserved for the gentry
We didn't get a close enough look from the pedicab to see what the prices were, but there seemed to be a good variety to chose from. Since they weren't framed, the pictures wouldn't be hard to take home in your suitcase, and you could get them framed at home. Just be sure to figure that price into the price of the art.
What to buy: Local art at reasonable prices and you can even watch the artists at work
When you walk from Viru hotel to the Old Town Gates you pass by old ladies who are selling flowers. On my way back home on the boat I've seen many carrying bouquets of flowers they've bought from these vendors.
On Viru Street near the Viru Gate, there are a bunch of outdoor flower vendors. I think they add a touch of beauty and class to this outer edge of the Old Town.
We saw several shops along the city wall which appeared to be selling flowers, food and souvenirs. Unfortunately, my back was too painful for me to walk over and look at their wares.