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Another modern department store, much closer to the town centre. Split either side of Gonsiori street but joined by a glass and concrete walkway. Sells everything you expect in a department store including some very trendy clothes.
Not as nice as Stockmann but a bit easier to get too in a hurry.
What to buy: Has a ground level book store (with English language section) and a CD/DVD store.
On the North side of Gonsiori street is a plush underground food hall which is perhaps even better than Stockmann's in terms of choice. Again, great for chocolates, spirits and beer for presents or just for your self!
What to pay: Clothes - not so cheap. Books/CDs slightly cheaper than UK. Food/drink very cheap
Updated Jun 28, 2006
Address: Gonsiori 2, 10143 Tallinn
Phone: +372 667 3100
Very modern, sells everything - much like our own John Lewis or Debenhams.
What to buy: The clothes are expensive but it has a Marks & Spencer style food hall which is very reasonable and has a gigantic range of goods.
Great for presents (chocolates, spirits etc) and for mouth-watering snacks to go! Good place to buy your souvenir A Le Coq or Saku half-litre beer glass.
What to pay: Asd much or as little as you want
Written Jun 28, 2006
Address: Liivalaia 53, 10145 Tallinn
Phone: +372 633 9539
Amidst the many, many, many shops in Tallinn old town proclaiming authentic arts and crafts you'll find Galerii Kaks, the Estonian Gallery of Applied Arts a couple of streets away from the Town Hall Square.
What to buy: Inside are a whole array of things, from pictures to glassware, cloth and ceramics of varying prices. I left with a couple of ceramic bowls, between 50 and 80 euros apiece. The stuff in here may not be the cheapest tourist souvenir, but most of it was pretty original and pretty funky! There's a fair amount of tat knocking around in the main souvenir shops, so this makes a nice change. And if you're worried about getting breakables then rest assured, because I've never seen items better wrapped! My bowls made it back to Helsinki on the ferry and back to London on the bus/plane in one piece!
What to pay: Anything from 20 euros for a small glass items to hundreds of euros for a large cloth or ceramic piece.
Updated Dec 28, 2005
Address: Luhike Jalg 1, Tallinn 10130
Phone: 6 418 308
The Viru Centre shopping mall is probably the biggest and nicest in Tallinn. It is located just across from the gate to Old City and consists of two connected parts. In one end there's a mall with shops selling international brand names although not the most expensive one. The other end spanning across the road into another building is a big Kaubamaya, which is a department store selling almost everything.
What to buy: On the 3rd floor there's a bookshop with a cafe. The owner of this cafe is famous in Estonia, I am not sure for what, but he is also very friendly, and the food was great and not least cheap (by international standards, not Estonian). Later I saw him on tv gesticulating wildly with his arms while passionately telling the viewers something I didn't understand.
What to pay: Prices in the shops didn't really seem that cheap compared to what I pay at home.
Updated Dec 22, 2005
Here's the situation. You are a liquer horny Swede just in on the ferry, and you desperately need booze at fair market prices rather than from State owned monopoly shops (Yes Sweden, not Saudi Arabia).
One of the best places to go is Y2K (I bet they thought that name would be fancy for many years to come). Y2K has all the standard brands as well as finer whiskey, rum and so on. I bought a nice bottle of Cruzan single barrel rum for about 500 eek.
What to buy: They sell all liquers, beer, wine.
Updated Dec 21, 2005
If you want to do your "alcohol-groceries" when you return to Finland by boat, just go to one of the shops close to the harbour. They offer good prices, have a lot of products to choose from and saves you carrying :)
Written Nov 10, 2005
If you are into stamps there is a great philatelistic post office at Toompea hill. The service is always excellent and the post is not as lively as the main post of Tallinn. Also the location is great right next to Riigikogu and Alexandr Nevsky Cathedral. Of cource you can use this post office as "normal" post so buy stamps and cards and post them.
What to buy: Estonian Post issues an average of 25-30 different stamps, souvenir sheets and booklets a year, with the total face value amounting to 150 Estonian kroons (10 euros). First Day Covers and Cards, Maximum Cards and Special Cancellations occupy an important place among Estonian Post philatelic products, as do various thematic and year sets. For example, in 2005 Estonian Post issued a stamp where a beautiful Estonian National Flag is flying from Pikk Hermann Tower.
What to pay: As always totally up to you, but in 5 to 10 euros you will get nice souvenirs.
Written Jul 30, 2005
Address: 4 Lossi Square
Phone: +372 6466 109
Ulemiste is a cosy shopping centre which involves 150 shops incl:
- unexpencive hypermarket,
- nice choice of shoe- and clothes' shops,
- great home interior goods
- unexpensive services - beauty salons, restaurants, cafeterias, currency exchange,
- facilities for infants , children and disabled persons.
What to buy: That's the point - you can find virtually everything in Ulemiste Center - all in one :-).
What to pay: You can spend 1 eur for a nice cup of coffe - or thousands of euros - there is enough of choice.
Written May 24, 2005
Address: Suur-Sõjamäe 4, Tallinn - 2 km from centre
Phone: +372 6034999
Viru Centre lies in the heart of Tallinn, at the gates of a medieval old town. The location is unique, being the meeting point of the old and modern Tallinn. Viru Centre is bordered by the National Opera Estonia, Tallinna Kaubamaja, Tallink Hotel, which will be opened in 2004, Post Office and multiplex cinema Coca-Cola Plaza. Only a walking distance away are Radisson SAS Hotel, the Old Town, Toompea and the port. Viru Centre is the place where all main routes meet, and wherever you go, be it by foot, by car or by buss, your road takes you through Viru Square. The developing Tallinn city enhances even more the strategically significant location of Viru Centre as the heart of the city.
The shops are open every day from 9 to 21
Food World is open every day from 9 to 22
The Centre is open every day from 8 to 22
Written Apr 14, 2005
Address: Viru Square 4, Tallinn
There are many Antique shops in and around the Town Hall Sqaure. Many are not so much Antiques shops as bric-a-brac.
What to buy: Relics of the soviet era.
This can range from those liitle pin badges with pictures of Lenin or celebrating the October revolution to watches and all kinds of soviet military ephemera. Or how about a model of a Zil limousine or a Trabant?
Not all of it is genuine so you must use your common sense.
I bought some badges issued for the 1980 Moscow Olympics (the sailing took place in Pirita Harbour just outside Tallin) and a hip flask with a hammer and sickle on it.
What to pay: The badges were about 50 EEK a piece and the flask was 200 EEK.
You can pay what you like depending on what you buy
Updated Sep 24, 2004
Address: All around the Old Town