With numerous small local cafés and big chains, there are plenty of spots to stop for a coffee or tea in Tartu, especially in the Old Town. It is very important to know the best spots, so here is the list of cafés that care about their customers and provide the highest quality service.
Cafe, Coffee Shop, European, $$$
Säde is a wonderful café located in the Old Town of Tartu, close to the University of Tartu. During the school year, many students come here for a break so you can always expect to have a good company. Also, the paninis here are delicious.
Cafe, European, Dessert
If you want to taste the best hot chocolate in Tartu, you must find some time to visit Chocolaterie Pierre. It is not only about hot chocolate, though. Pierre has some of the best desserts in the city and the staff is super professional and friendly.
Cafe, European, $$$
Mandel cafe has a very cozy atmosphere and vintage interior, which makes you feel as if you were visiting your grandmother. It is a local, favorite spot to meet with friends and have a friendly chat. And the most important thing about Mandel—the cakes and coffee are beyond delicious.
Cafe, European, Dessert, $$$
Cafe-restaurant Werner is a legendary café in Tartu open since 1882. It is located near the university and over the years, Werner became the meeting point of professors and students. There is a reason why Werner is the most popular café in Tartu—the food here is delicious (especially cakes) and the staff are always smiling.
Cafe Anna Edasi
Cafe Anna Edasi is located in the calm Karlova district, outside of the touristic places, so if you want to experience real Estonian spirit, look no further. The place is very popular among local bohemian people because of occasional literature and movie nights that take place in Cafe Anna Edasi.
Make sure to come to Kohvipaus early if you want to enjoy some freshly baked pastries with a cappuccino. Kohvipaus is also known for its incredible salads, which are often referred as the best salads in Tartu. Also, they serve traditional Estonian foods, like Kasma
Cafe, Restaurant, European, Dessert
Crepp has the most delicious crêpes and galettes in Tartu. You can either opt for traditional salty crêpes or choose their special sweet crépes, which come with ice cream and whipped cream. Can crêpes get any better than the ones at Crepp? We surely doubt that.