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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Tallinn is complete without tasting the local food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Tallinn to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Blood sausage: a type of sausage made by cooking blood or dried blood with a filler until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled.
  • Fish in tomato marinade: popular appetizer with whitefish, herring and tomatoes.
  • Ham and cheese rolls: pastry with a filling of ham and cheese.
  • Jellied veal: cold cut dish made from veal, sometimes pork, stock, onion and spices.
  • Pirukad: pastries filled with meat, cabbage, carrots, rice and other fillings.



Main courses


  • Baked apples: apples baked with a bit of sugar.
  • Curd snack: sweet snack made from milled and pressed curd with raisins, jam or other filling.
  • Flummery: sweet soft pudding, made from stewed fruit and thickened with cornstarch.
  • Honey scones: sweet cakes made with sugar, milk (or heavy cream) and honey.
  • Kama: mixture of roasted barley, rye, oat and pea flour, cooked with milk and sweetened with sugar, more rarely with fruits or honey.
  • Kamakäkid: sweet tidbits made with mascarpone.
  • Köömnekeeks: Estonian caraway seed cake.
  • Rhubarb pie: pie with diced rhubarb, almost always contains a large amount of sugar.
  • Ruiskatut: Estonian rye cookies.
  • Sõrnikud: fried quark cheese pancake.
  • Vanaema’s kook (Grandmother's cake): simple cake made with eggs, flour, sugar, sour cream and apples or rhubarb.

Fast food

Street food

  • Caramelized almonds: almonds, maple syrup, butter, cocoa (or cinnamon) powder, chocolate.
  • Marzipan candies: sugar and almond meal; it can be flavored with rosewater, covered with granulated sugar or dipped in chocolate.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Birch Juice: sap extracted from a birch tree.
  • Kissel: fruit soup, popular as a dessert in Eastern and Northern Europe.
  • Kvass: fermented beverage made from black or regular rye bread.
  • Milkshake: cold beverage which is made from milk, ice cream or iced milk, and flavorings or sweeteners such as fruit syrup or chocolate sauce.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Saku beer: popular Estonian beer.
  • Vana Tallinn: sweet liqueur with a hint of rum, flavoured by various natural spices.
  • Viru: 5.0% ABV pilsner-style beer.
  • Viru Valge: vodka produced in Estonia.

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