Vegan Tallinn 2020

Tallinn’s vegan restaurant scene is absolutely booming these days, and I am glad that I have had a chance to experience it! In this article I share my favorite vegan food (&more) hot-spots, so you will also be able to get the most out of this great city.

Photo: Lisanna

Where to go for breakfast?

Vegan Inspiratsioon – this hippie style cafe is one of the oldest 100% plant-based places in town. They offer huge breakfast portions from tofu scramble to pancakes and smoothies. It is a great place also for a chill lunch or afternoon coffee. Terrace on the street in summer.

NOP – This idyllic organic food restaurant is located in an old wooden house in Kadriorg district. They have several yummy vegan breakfast options, a big terrace and a small organic food store.

Kringel – this new café is 100% plant-based. It is located a bit outside of the tourist paths, but definitely worth of the walk. Delicious (maybe the best in town) cinnamon rolls, panini’s filled with smoked carrot, vegan sausage and cheese and other pastries will for sure keep your hunger away until lunch time. They also prepare daily lunch. Opens at 8am on weekdays and 9am on weekends.

Lisanna Kohvik – this cute little vegan café in Old Town enjoys huge success, in fact they just opened a second one close to Vabaduse Väljak. Very good coffee, chill atmosphere, smoothie bowls, sandwiches and sweet bites from 8.30 in the morning.

Toormoor – plant-based café in the heart of Old Town offers pancakes, porridge, small salty snacks and raw cakes.

VegB12 – this tiny place is located in one of the huts of Balti Jaama Market, and offers morning porridge, raw cakes and good coffee.

So Brooklyn – bagel place in Balti Jaama Market offers vegan bagel and pancakes.

Photo: Kringel

…and what about lunch?

Tallinn is full of restaurants offering very affordable lunch offers, but most of them are still very traditional and meaty. From Inspiratsioon, Kringel and VegB12 you can get a vegan daily lunch. Indian restaurants like Guru and Chakra are worth of checking – they often offer plant-based lunch portions. If you’re looking for a quick lunch on the go, take a look at Balti Jaama Market’s Biomarket – they offer tasty packed vegan salads. Purée Health Bar in Rotermanni near harbour offers several daily lunch portions from which most are vegan. Poké Bowl -chain’s restaurants have vegan smoked carrot bowl on their menu.

Have also a look at these places:

Rohe Kohvik – one of my favorite places in town. This 100% plant-based restaurant near Balti Jaama Market offers delicious, nutritious bowls, salads and pasta, and as a dessert absolutely gorgeous cakes from Cakery by S.

Bopp Kohvik – this restaurant is located in Uus Maailm, off from the tourist path. They offer some vegan options, like bowls and wraps.

Papa Joe – Papa Joe is not shining with it’s location, but it does have very nice falafel pitas. Remember to ask for the vegan version.

Commune Cafe – one of the newest plant-based restaurants in town has great options for many tastes. And the best pizza in town, topped with their self-made vegan mozzarella!

F- Hoone – this restaurant is an institution already. One of the first businesses at hip Telliskivi Creative City area offers several, very affordable vegan options.

Fotografiska – the café of well-known photography museum offers few vegan options.

Pelgupaik – if you’re looking for something spicier, try this plant-based noodle place on Telliskivi street. Yummy flavors take you to South East Asia.

Tokumaru – my long-time favorite Tokumaru makes the best vegan sushi and ramen in town!

Must Puudel – this local favorite recently moved to a new location, but the menu has stayed vegan friendly (they said, I haven’t had a chance to visit after the move).

Photo: Vegan+

Something for the aching sweet tooth…

I cannot praise Kringel’s cinnamon rolls and Cakery by S‘ beautiful cakes enough – you gotta taste those! If you’re a chocolate person, an absolute must is Karu Talu – completely vegan chocolate shop in the Old Town. In summer they also make their own soft ice. La Muu in Telliskivi and Gelato Ladies in Old Town offer some vegan ice cream flavors as well – try La Muu’s Vegan Brownie, it is d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s. In case you’re looking after raw cakes, you’ll find some yummy ones from Toormoor, Inspiratsioon, VegB12 and Oivaline. From Lisanna you’ll find some of the best (ice) coffees and small treats, like my favorite, salty caramel brownie. Estonia is a wonderland for cake lovers – here they make them pretty, delicious and affordable. Many of the more traditional places have added at least one vegan option in their selection, and getting your coffee with plant-based milk isn’t usually a problem at all.

My gorgeous birthday cake from Cakery by S

…and finally, what to eat for dinner?

As you probably already realized, Tallinn offers tons of delicious options for vegans. Dinner is no different – the only problem is, how to fit all this food in your belly? Better stay more than one night!

Feeling like something hearty?

I’m talking about something greasy, something salty, something extremely tasty…

Vegan+ – this food truck is located at the back side of Balti Jaama Market. They offer several mouth-watering vegan burgers, wraps, churros and more.

VegMachine – this small vegan joint located in Balti Jaama Market’s food street offers a small menu of things like deliciously greasy burgers, loaded fries and toasts. Perfect before night out – or the day after.

Margot Kebab – food truck in front of Balti Jaama Market offers vegan gyros – grab it with you on your way to Telliskivi bars or eat on-site watching the hustle and bustle of the market place.

Toit’s – upstairs of Balti Jaama Market you’ll find a cosy restaurant with big terrace offering specialties made of Oumph!, Vöner and Beyond Burger.

Burger Box – this burger joint with Asian twist is located opposite to Balti Jaama Market, in a somewhat shady looking building. But don’t be afraid, food is good and they even got a secret terrace in the back.

Commune Cafe – I know, I mentioned this place already. But I was genuinely so impressed by their all-vegan pizzas that I have to mention it again. Go here, just go.

Uulits – one of the first “gourmet burger” places in Estonia offers two different vegan options.

Estonian Burger Factory – just a few steps away from Tallinn’s passenger port you’ll find this mainly meaty burger place offering delicious vegan Beyond Meat burger with kimchi.

Photo: Commune Café

Fancy something fancier?

If you’re looking for a spot for romantic date night or milestone celebration with friends and family, try one of these:

Odeon – trendy, totally instagrammable restaurant further away from the touristy center is worth of a short tram trip (hop in nr. 1 & 2 to Kopli). Interesting menu offers several vegan options and wide range of cocktails. Perfect for adults’ birthday parties.

Naganaga – atmospheric, dim-lit, relaxed cellar restaurant in Old Town is perfect for a casual date or gathering with friends. Long opening hours, big terrace on the street and interesting vegan options.

Vegan Restoran V – legendary V is one of the first completely vegan restaurants in this region. Cosy, small place with very friendly and professional service is made for date nights.

Von Krahli Aed – this place next to V has a charming decor and few vegan options on their menu

Rataskaevu 16 – one of the top restaurants in Estonia with modern Estonian cuisine offers a pleasing amount of vegan options

Ülo – this trendy “plant-based restaurant that offers also fish and meat” has become one of my favorites. It shines with its hip decor, interesting food & drink menu and extremely good service.

Lore bistroo – newly established Noblessener area is a place to see in itself. In case you get hungry there, Lore offers you high-quality food accompanied with very friendly service.

Kivi paber käärid – this gluten-free, casual restaurant is located in the hipster quarter Telliskivi. It offers several vegan options, friendly service and a big, sunny terrace.

Lendav Taldrik – this trendy Indian restaurant is located next door from Kivi paber käärid. They’ve got space for a bigger group and many vegan options, but prepare to wait for the service.

Ginger Cafe – more traditionally decorated place offers a wide range of Asian-inspired vegan dishes.

Photo: Ülo

Looking for a supermarket?

The plant-based selection in supermarkets in Estonia doesn’t unfortunately live up to the expectations set by the booming vegan restaurant scene, but there’s still all you need also for a longer visit, you just need to know where to look.

(Note: I come from Finland where the variety of vegan processed products in bigger supermarkets is insane, so please take into account that I look the selection through those glasses.)

Biomarket – for treats like chocolate and wine this organic food store chain is the place to look.

Prisma – this supermarket chain has the best variety and best prices when it come to vegan processed products, like milk, yoghurt, cheese, ready meals etc.

Selver – bigger Selver supermarkets have quite ok selection of vegan specialties, but prices are high.

Stockmann – you’ll find some vegan products from the grocery section of this department store.

Solaris – Delice supermarket downstairs of Solaris shopping centre has quite wide range of vegan processed products but, again, prices are high. Sometimes good offers.

Rimi – even the bigger Rimi’s don’t have much when it comes to vegan specialties. You can expect to find plant-based milk, some puddings and hummus.

And last but not least, some souvenir options

Vesh is specialized on vegan shoes and bags, they have a small store in the city center and an online shop. Märss is a small Estonian bag designer, whose products are vegan. They have a shop in Põhjala rubber factory area in Kopli (with appointment only).

There’s plenty of organic cosmetic brands available in Estonia from which many are vegan and cruelty free. You can browse the selection for example in Sinu Looduskosmeetika at Balti Jaama Market or at Kaubamaja department store. VeganShop is an online store specialized on vegan cosmetics, household products etc. They have also a physical store at Kassi str. 1, with appointment only.

Brand-new Nudist bar and wine shop sells their own Estonian-produced vegan sparkling wine.

VegB12 sells vegan kimchi from small Estonian producer Krimchi and sausages made by HappyV.

And last but not least: Taimetoidumess is a yearly event for plant-based food & lifestyle, that should not be missed!

Photo: Rohe

As you see…

Tallinn is truly a vegan foodie wonderland!