Kadri is the host of veganmaailm.com, the oldest Estonian vegan food blog and her partner Luke is an Australian coffee snob.
V (Rataskaevu 12)
V is just awesome: food and atmosphere are second to none… We thinks. Nestled in Old Town, it’s just a three-minute walk from the central square. Its medieval digs create a wondrous ambience that is relaxed and cosy. Far from ostentatious. Great al fresco deck for the warmer months too. Trip Advisor rates V as second best in all of Tallinn. Popular with all and sundry, we suggest booking a table in advance. If you can’t get a table, you can get something to take away and enjoy as you meander through the cobblestones of Old Town. Prices are very reasonable – especially for Old Town: with mains between €7-10.
Mahemarket (Lootsi 8)
Inspiratsioon (Lai 44)
A vegan café located in the Old Town of Tallinn. A good selection of dishes with reasonable prices. Gluten-free folk are particularly well served. Menu has improved considerably of late. With a lovely outdoor seating in the summer, it’s great for breakfast and lunch. In fact, it’s the only place for a vegan breakfast, opening at 8 am. Kadri is keen to try their new coffee smoothie and chickpea omelet with vegan cheese. Luke really enjoys their falafels and veggie wraps. Not the best place for coffee and cake, although Kadri has had the odd good latte there. Luke’s attempts at ordering a ristretto have not gone well… Cakes have not been on the same level as V: they tend to be be smallish and overpriced. Quality of food and speed of service however varies, as the place is often understaffed or has inexperienced staff. We haven’t ever needed to book a table, but take-away is also an option. This may change with the refurbished menu. Watch this space!
Vegetarian, with vegan options:
Bliss (Mustamäe tee 17)
As the largest veggie buffet in Tallinn, it has plenty of vegan options. Kadri is particularly enthusiastic. Luke, more lukewarm. The varied menus includes salads, hot foods and desserts that Kadri can’t get enough of. She also appreciates their range of Indian and Chinese dishes. There is a small organic store above. For a somewhat austere cafeteria setting, prices are what you might pay at a restaurant. Located outside the centre, at the beginning of the Mustamäe suburb.
GreenBakery (Maakri 19/21)
Serves meat, but vegan options:
Burger Box (Kopli 4)
A tiny hole in the wall place in the Kalamaja hipster neighbourhood, right next to Balti Jaam, the main train station of Tallinn. Not entirely vegan, but with vegan-friendly options. Limited selection and cash only. Their falafel burger & fries are among the best in town. The vegan laksa is a must-have! (probably the only place that serves laksa in Tallinn).
F-Hoone (Telliskivi 60a)
An old warehouse tastefully converted into a cosy café/restaurant, retro style. This place is very popular among Tallinners and gets very busy at weekends. Menu features some vegan items. Their falafels are great. They make decent soy latte (still not something to be taken for granted in Tallinn). A trip to the hipsterish Kalamaja district is definitely worth making.
Aed (Rataskaevu 8)
Located right next to V. This restaurant features organic options, with at least a few vegan dishes in the menu, clearly marked, including at least one vegan dessert. The restaurant offers a different vegan lunch dish every day, at a very reasonable price. Kadri has not been there for quite a while and Luke has never set his snobby coffee foot inside 🙂
Papa Joe (Sadama 25-4)
A small Lebanese falafel and kebab place at the Harbour Markets (Sadamaturg). The best falafel in town, reasonably priced. The dream of a vegan fast foodie! Mostly good for take-away, has only 1-2 tables to sit at.
Elevant (Vene 5)
Luke’s favourite coffee in Tallinn
(soy milk available in all those places)
The Living Room (Pärnu maantee 9)
August (Väike-Karja 5)
Coffee Angels (Telliskivi Loomelinnak)
Down in the trendy Telliskivi district, the Angel Café was a great find. I enjoyed a very tasty organic ristretto. The barista graciously pulled another once when I was served a double espresso. Kadri cringes every time I do this. While not often, I do politely check with the barista when served an espresso. I appreciate there is little demand for ristrettos.
Epic (Vabaduse väljak 9, in the tunnel)
Peeter co-runs a little coffee shop in the tunnel to Vabaduse Väljak (Freedom Square). It’s all about the coffee here at Epic. He has this fabulous wall which showcases how coffees are made – like ristretto shots being between 15-20 mLs! Peeter uses Italian beans with 20% robusta. It’s not bad, but it’s no Monkey Blend. After making coffee for the snobs in Melbourne, he enjoys the more tolerant clientele of Tallinn.
All photos from the restaurants’ Facebook pages.