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 :)
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.
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.
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
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
This is the official Estonian Post Office but it isn't like a British Post Office. You can't cash your giro or get a tax disc but you can buy collectable Estonian stamps
What to buy: There are literally hundreds of special edition stamps and they are generally very attractive.
A full set of Estonian face-value stamps with the Estonian Arms (fully mounted) costs 65 EEK.
You can buy a special cover that celebrates the opening of the Tallin-Brussels route by Estonian Air which was postmarked on the first flight (as pictured in the Estonian Air In-Flight magazine).
A good place to pick up an unusual souvenir.
What to pay: 25 to 200 EEK depending on what you fancy
There are hundreds of souvenir shops but they all sell more or less the same thing.
The more expensive and exclusive ones are on the Toompea (Dome Hill) which is otherwise known as the upper part of the old town. There is one particualarly nice shop behind the Kohtu viewing platform.
Cheaper shops can be found down Viru street - particularly just off it along the Knitting Wall (opposite Mc Donalds).
What to buy: The three most popular souvenirs seem to be:
1 - A piece of amber (which, if genuine, should cost around 1500 EEK - 70 pounds). Not all are genuine.
2 - A beautifully hand-crafted wooden box made from squares of juniper. These are much cheaper at around 250 EEK - 10 pounds. Lift the lid and the aroma of the wood is lovely.
3 - Russian Dolls or Matreshka. These range from 75 EEK up to 1000 EEK. The mid and upper range ones are handpainted are are beautiful. Some have as many as 15 or more pieces with the tiniest little doll in the middle. You can also buy themed ones such as Russian Presidents, Osama Bin Laden, English football teams and a brilliant Bill Clinton one with all his misstresses and poor Hilary in the middle. (NOTE: Matreshkas are Russian NOT Estonian!!)
What to pay: See above
SadaMarket is located nex to terminals A, B and C (port). It's quite new mall and there are empty store spacies available. There's a security baggage check on the first floor.
This is the place to make your last minute shopping before hitting the boat.
This is a wonderful place. Ivo Nikkolo is a famous Tallin designer and he has his oen shop. There are clothes for both sex and the prices are very reasonable. Key word is high-quality and unique.
What to buy: What ever you want to...everything.
What to pay: Ouh, it depends how much you want to buy. But with 40 $ you will get lots of good stuff..
In the old times, during the Soviet regime, the flower kiosks were stalls where women came to sell flowers from their gardens. Very soon the stalls adn tables were made into small cubicles with glass walls and proper shelves.
The variety of flowers is good, and the bouquets are quite beautiful. When the summer time is over, the bouquets are replaced by arrangements made of dried flowers.
What to buy: Flowers, the bouquets and then arrangements.
What to pay: Half the price compared to Finnish prices
Although the streets in Tellinn may not be the cheapest place you can buy your local handicrafts, it is a true experience bargaining or even just looking. Definately more unique than going into a souvenire shop.
What to buy: A lot of knitted goods - sweaters, gloves, socks, also wooden things. A nice tablecloth or butter knife or necklace would be a nice girft to take home :)
You will find numerous souvenir shops in the Old Town, offering a large variety of local handicrafts.
What to buy: Ceramics: Ceramic replicas of old city buildings, often fitted with candle holders inside are very popular.
Jewelry: Estonian jewelry has a hint of the Nordic: clean lines, minus gaudy excess. There’s also a distinctly Estonian touch to locally-made jewelry.
Graphics: You can find cheapo paintings of varying quality from amateur artists hocking their goods along old-city streets. A number of galleries sell originals and prints by leading Estonian artists. Try the the Diele Gallery at Vanaturu kael 3.
Liquor: Estonian-made liqueur Vana Tallinn. Other options include Saku or Tartu beer or a bottle of Gremi—a Tallinn-bottled Georgian brandy.
Chocolate: A box of chocolates by Estonian candy maker, Kalev are extremely good. Some come with Tallinn scenes imprinted on the top.
Stone: Candle holders, ashtrays or other items made from stone. The stone is most often dolomite from quarries on the Estonian island of Saaremaa.
Knitted wear: Hand-knit sweaters or gloves are an Estonian specialty. Estonian-knit socks could be the warmest thing in existence. A good place for knitted items is the outdoor market along an old-city wall, at Müürivahe street.
What to pay: No use in trying to bargain in the shops really. But definately try to get a lower price when buying from the streets...
What to buy:
Tallinn is a haven for those of you who like linen. Stylish clothes shops sell linen suits and craft shops sell gorgeous table cloths. There is also a tradition with knitted sweaters and cardigans. The old Estonian patterns look almost Norwegian to those of you familiar with it, but there are also colourful cardigans with yachts or forest animals. Many of them are sold here in the shadow of the city wall - a quite medieval sight! Very often old ladies, the sellers are persuasive even if they only speak Russian and you might find yourself with a sweater or two at the end of the day. If you do, they are well worth the money if you live in a seasoned climate as they are very warm and snug.
What to pay: $30-70
There are many wonderful shops in Tallin, and prices are quite low if you compare other Europe countries. Of course the porices are higher now than 5 yrs ago, but anyway you can shop there with low budget. Some people prefer department stores like Kaubamaja and Stockmann, but the small shops are worth of visiting. You can find nice products from there and if you like leather, Tallinn is for you. Many local people, specially men, wears lot of leather, so there are many leather shops.
But check out also small handicraftsshops and flower shops. You can find amazing beautiful things. Try places like:
A-Galerii: (H-2) Hobusepea 8, in the old city. Good selection of unique handmade jewelry.
This is good too Galerii Kaks: (I-2) L?hike jalg 1. Jewelry, textiles, ceramics.
Beware of luxury stuffs, like Gucci or CK, they won't usually are 'real' ones.
But anyway, don't take a Tallinn just as a culture town, it's a city for shoppers too.
Nice, quite big, good to move around. Places where to eat and drink. Different labels and different prices. There is pharmacy, beauty salong etc...
I like the place alot and compared to other similar stores, it is best one