???: Inside the grottoes of Rüütli
Maybe I've missed the name sign, but as far as I know this book antiquarian shop doesn't have a name... Instead, it has a large selection of old books of all kinds. There's a whole shelf full of Estonian children's books from 50 years ago, other shelves are full of history books, political comments, biographies, you name it. Interestingly, one can also find old German books, dating back to the early 20th century when the town was still called Dorpat and German was a commonly spoken language... I enjoyed the atmosphere of this place very much even despite knowing Estonian.
Btw, just next door (or next room, to be exact), there's a ethno handicraft shop. Be warned, that the smell of incense is everywhere. I became very very sleepy after some minutes...
What to buy: books, of course
What to pay: I believe that you might be able to barter about your purchases, but if not, don't blame me
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Tartu Kaubamaja: Poor city planning
Tartu has a brand new shopping mall with a big Kaubamaja department store in it. This is by the way a good place to park at winter, if you don't want your car to be freezing when you return.
Anyway, the scandal is that this rather hiddious concrete slap is place just below the beautiful old art museum on what could have been a nice square or park, rather than put it somewhere in the suburbs, or at least make it look a little nice from the outside.
What to pay: Imported goods are not particular cheap, but food and services are cheap.
TARTU LÕUNAKESKUS: Shopping center
Lõunakeskus is the biggest shopping center in South Estonia.
There is South Estonia’s first full size skating arena inside the shopping center as well as indoor climbing wall.
Lots of thing to do for children.
Open Mo-Su 09.-21.00.
Distance from city centre about 3,5km.
What to buy: Almost everything
Loov Gallery: Souvenirs, made by local artists
Loov Gallery is hidden in an old city villa - the Tartu Centre for Creative Industries on Kalevi Street. It looks very cute and cosy and is filled with great little things to take home - from jewelery, over accessories to paintings.
What to buy: Very special and unique jewelery from local artists. All hand-made and one-of-a-kind!
What to pay: for example: ca. 10 EUR for a pair of earrings or for a recycle-art bag (made out of old t-shirts, very cool)
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