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...
Kalev have been making chocolate in Tallinn since 1806 so nothing comes much more pure Estonian.
The company have a store just off the Raekoja plats (main town hall square) at the junction of Lai and Nunne. You can make your own selection from beneath the glass counter or choose from the range of gift boxes, individual bars etc
However, you can actually buy Kalev just about anywhere. The Stockmann and Kaubamaja department stores have a big range in their food halls.
What to buy: Everything from the more expensive and luxuriously packaged boxes (with pictures of Tallinn on the front) to delicious bars and even packets of chews.
The chocolate is Belgian-standard quality and is a great gift. The almond (Mandli) bar is particularly delicious.
What to pay: A nice box is about 5 to 10 pounds or so. A bar is less than a pound. The chews are just a few pence a packet.
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
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.
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
Navitrolla is a great contemporary Estonian artist with a small gallery in the old town. His images depict a surreal world of strange animals which are very distinctive and often convey a philosophical message about human nature. The name Navitrolla is a pseudonym created from Trolla and Navi two villages in which the artist lived as a child.
What to buy: The original painting are very desirable and come in a range of sizes. For those on a budget posters, postcards and badges can be had at a reasonable cost.
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.
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
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
For those who share the dubious vices of T shirt wearing and intoxication you’ll be delighted to discover this shop. O.K it’s an unlikely marriage but the T shirts are pretty cool and look even better after a little Saaremaa Dzinn or Saku Originaal.
What to buy: Well T shirts of course!
For an unusual drink try Kristallkummemel a rather strange tasting liqueur made from caraway seeds
It's certainly not Harrods and it isn't even really a department store. Sada Market is an ugly glass building near the port terminals. It is full of tiny shops selling just about everything you can imagine.
It is mostly aimed at Finnish and Swedish daytrippers (who, in terms of prices, think of Tallinn like we think of Calais - although it is many times more pleasant than that).
What to buy: Bulk beer purchasing at rock bottom prices seems to be the order of the day but you can get just about anything here. Fancy a Lordi T-shirt (the Finnish heavy metal band that won Eurovision)?
Also, general souvenirs such as Matreska (Russian Dolls) including the 'novelty' variety.
There is also a Warsteiner beer pub and a venue offering visual entertainment for gentlemen vistors (if you know what I mean)
What to pay: In terms of beer, food, souvenirs etc, a little less than you do in the old town
The traditional knitwear market (the 'Knitting Wall' or 'Sweater Wall') is set directly into the city walls on Muurivahe street. It is something of a must for tourists, even just for a look.
What to buy: The little old ladies of the Knitting Wall will sell you a range of woollen jumpers, hats, scarves and socks in traditional Estonian style (sort of Alpine-ish)
What to pay: From £3 or £4 to £20, depending on what you buy. A pair of lovely, thick winter socks were 150 EEK or £6.
worth to spend a bit time shopping in many arts and craft shop you can find in old town. excellent for home decor or even as a gift. they have modern and antique-like pottery and paintings at very reasonable price.
What to pay: reasonable
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
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..