When you think of vegan-friendly cities, Tallinn isn’t exactly the first place that springs to mind. However, it seems that while the city’s architecture is medieval, its approach to vegan eating is positively progressive.
Whenever I visit somewhere that serves food, I always take a look at the menu – even if I’m not eating. And, in Tallinn I was pleased to see many places had at least one vegan option on offer.
Although we stayed in Tallinn a month, our budget meant we didn’t sample all of the places we’d have like to. So, here, I’d like to give a special mention to F-Hoone and Von Krahl Bar, both of which caught my eye with their cruelty-free fare but neither of which I got to sample.
However, that’s enough mourning over the meals that could have been. Without any further ado, I present to you my top six vegan highlights of Tallinn.
Vegan Restoran V
Boasting a 100% vegan menu, diners at Restoran V can rest assured that everything on this eatery’s mouth-watering menu is animal free. The rustic restaurant in the middle of the old town offers diners a range of hearty meals that will leave you feeling satisfied for hours. We visited the eatery twice, but my highlights were the beetroot ravioli and the spicy seitan tacos.
The popularity of this restaurant speaks for itself. On the two occasions we visited, it was by sheer luck that we got a table. So, if you’re planning a visit, I would recommend booking a good few days in advance to avoid disappointment.
Rataskaevu 12, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia
Don’t let the trendy surroundings fool you. Like all good Asian restaurants, this Telleskivi-based eatery is affordable, tasty and down to earth. Vegan options are clearly labeled on the Lendav Taldrik menu. So, we feasted on a spread of Cauliflower Pakora, Tarka Dal, Channa Masala and Aloo Gobi. And, it was so good, we dined there twice.
Telliskivi 60A, 10412 Tallinn, Estonia
An artsy cafe in the centre of town, Must Puudel has a relaxed hipster vibe with a menu to match. Although the venue does cater for meat eaters and veggies, there are enough vegan options to make you feel welcome.
I got some kind of coconut tofu salad. But, I’ll readily admit I had a little bit of food envy when my boyfriend, Dan, started tucking into his vegan burger and crispy sweet potato chips.
Tokumaru Ramen & Sushi
I had never really had Japanese food until visiting this place, so it was a bit of an adventure for me. But, thankfully Tokumaru Ramen & Sushi didn’t disappoint. Situated in a smart shopping centre just outside of the old town, the setting benefits from a modern interior and a clearly marked menu.
I had the tempura vegetables for my starter and the vegan ramen for my main. Both were delicious and the portions were so large, I ended up taking half my homemade noodles home. My only criticism was that the veggie Katsu Curry wasn’t vegan. I did have my heart set on the prior to my visit.
Burger Box is a Tallinn institution. Since setting up in a makeshift kiosk in Kalamaja, the laid-back fast food restaurant has established itself as one of the highlights on Tallinn’s culinary trail. Famed for its no-nonsense approached to grub, Burger Box’s menu consists of just six items.
If you’re vegan, you can wrap your lips around a tasty falafel burger filled with salad and pickles. But, if you want the real Burger Box experience, you have to order the kimchi fries as well. To me, they were an oddly creamy alternative to the cheesy chips we all know and love in the north.
Karu Talu Šokolaad
Sometimes the best discoveries come by chance. So, when we saw a little sign advertising vegan ice cream, we knew we had to investigate. That’s how we ended up in Karu Talu Šokolaad – a chocolate shop and cafe that is completely vegan and completely irresistible. It was a hot day, so I got a tub of homemade peanut butter ice cream and it was utterly delicious.
So, those are my picks for Tallinn, but there are no doubt countless more eateries worth a mention. If you know of some, let me know in the comments so others can enjoy the vegan goodness x