The Top 10 Restaurants In Kalamaja, Tallinn

Fabrik outdoor terrace
Fabrik outdoor terrace | Courtesy of Fabrik
Alexa Smith

Often referred to as the ‘real’ Tallinn, Kalamaja is an area where local creative industries thrive. It’s also home to a bustling new wave of popular restaurants, with a range of inventive menus to feed the neighborhood’s busy, brilliants artists. From beloved local institutions to exciting new dining destinations, check our list for the ten best restaurants Kalamaja has to offer.

1. Clayhills Gastropub

Bar, Restaurant, Gastropub, European, Pub Grub

Clayhills Gastropub is making local history as the first true gastropub in Estonia that merges the culinary craft of a fine dining experience with a relaxing pub atmosphere (and relaxed prices). Situated in the medieval house on Pikk Street, Clayhills serves a seasonal menu that changes often to work local ingredients, resulting in a level of quality to satisfy even the most discerning palates. They also offer a broad beer selection to pair with your meal, with products from local breweries and international labels. Best of all, they actively take part in supporting Kalamaja’s vibrant art scene by hosting live music performances every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.

2. Kohvik Moon

Kohvik Moon

Kolm Sibulat | Courtesy of Kolm Sibulat

3. Kolm Sibulat

Kolm Sibulat

Kola Sibulat invites Kalamaja’s diners to embark on a globetrotting international dining experience, or as the chefs call it, ‘fusion-confusion.’ This unique melting pot of a menu combines cooking traditions from all over the world, including spotlights on Mediterranean, Korean and Middle-Eastern cuisine. Here you’ll find everything from rich coconut seafood curries to pork belly kimchi flatbread to chicken schnitzel, as well as a whole section of homemade durum noodles with your choice of chicken, beef, pork belly, prawns, or duck confit. Vegetarians would do well to start with the pearl couscous with sugar peas, hummus, yoghurt and roasted Muscat pumpkin. With flavor profiles ranging from black garlic hummus and balsamico to white radish and mango sauce, there’s an exciting dish here to suit every taste.
Telliskivi 2, Tallinn, Estonia, +372 66 44 055

4. F-Hoone


F-Hoone‘s industrial location will definitely catch your attention, and the inspired menu will hold it. Situated in a revived old factory building and furnished almost entirely from recycled and reused materials, this striking venue perfectly encapsulates the DIY renaissance era that’s swept over Kalamaja, turning it into Tallinn’s most exciting neighborhood. Those who are drawn to the space by its cool aesthetic won’t be disappointed by its trendy yet affordable menu. Hearty meat options include a heaping plate of mutton dumplings in creamy wild mushroom sauce, and a veal cutlet burger on dark bread with yellow beetroot, smoked cream cheese, chili aioli, red onions and cheddar. Vegetarians have a whole menu here, from fresh starters of yellow beetroot carpaccio, to creamy truffle pastas with champignons and pumpkin falafel plates in tomato kimchi and cashew sauces. This is also a great spot for happy hour thanks to a tasty snack menu of cheese, olive and smoked meat offerings, best enjoyed outdoors on their huge terrace during the summertime.
Telliskivi 60, Tallinn, Estonia, +372 53226855

5. Kohvik Sesoon

Kohvik Sesoon

When you’re drained from a long day of exploring a new city, head to Sesoon for a cozy spot to rest, reasonable prices, and a big delicious meal. This comforting oasis in the bustle of Kalamaja Sesoon is a superb choice for all weary travelers. Though its menu changes often to work with what’s in season, Sesoon is always careful to accommodate meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans in equal measure. This is also a great stop for Sunday brunch, or for catching up with a friend over a midday drink during the week. Their oven-baked brie with plum and cardamom jam and brioche is an especially tasty snack with wine or beer.
Niine 1, Tallinn, Estonia, +372 58665558

6. Burger Box

Burger Box

Sometimes the only thing that will satisfy your appetite is a truly amazing burger. If this type of hunger overtakes you in Tallinn, head straight to Kalamaja’s train station, and you’ll find what you’re after at Burger Box. Situated in a hip railway shack beside the station, Burger Box may not look like much walking by, but they’re not here to deliver five star elegance. Instead, they’ve perfected the art of the five star sandwich. Offering a glimpse of Tallinn’s alternative dining experience, this unassuming gem is beloved by veggie and meat loving locals alike. Their falafel burger is already famous in the area, and be sure to order a side of kimchi fries, as they’ve also become the stuff of local legends.
Kopli 4, Tallinn, Estonia

7. Boheem


Fabrik outdoor terrace | Courtesy of Fabrik

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