Parnu is Estonia’s top summer resort, conveniently located less than two hours by car from Tallinn and just two and a half hours from Riga, Latvia. Easy enough to travel to for a weekend getaway, Parnu makes a brilliant destination for a break at any time of the year. Here are our favourite restaurants in the city.
Kohvik Supelsksad offers healthy, tasty food in a beautifully designed and cozy environment. The interior is splashed with bright colors, mismatched furniture and little baskets with children’s toys dotted around the tables. The cakes are excellent, the tea selection is extensive and the frequently changing lunch specials, such as quinoa salad with asparagus and zucchini, are particularly delicious.
Mahedik is one of the most highly rated restaurants in Parnu, focusing on fresh, organic food using locally sourced ingredients. Both the beetroot buckwheat risotto and quinoa, zucchini spaghetti with hummus and roasted peanuts and are particularly delicious. There’s also a selection of sweet options to choose from.
Located in the luxe yet family-friendly Estonia Resort Hotel and Spa, Noot restaurant features Nordic-inspired design. Chef Rudolf Visnapuu boasts the Cordon Bleu culinary award and his offerings include fried catfish and beef tournedos. The chocolate fondant cake accompanied with rich coffee ice cream is a definite highlight.
This super cool restaurant is located in Parnu’s old City Hall. Hea Maauses locally sourced ingredients to create traditional Estonian dishes with a twist. Try the pike perch or beef cheek with sweet potato. If there’s any room for dessert, opt for blueberry soup or a chocolate fondant with caramel balsamic ice cream.
Enjoy fine dining within the luxurious Villa Ammende Art Nouveau Hotel. The chefs concentrate on seasonal produce to create plentiful seafood dishes. A menu must-have is the lobster poached in butter. Afternoon Tea is also on offer at Ammende’s Villa.
Perfect for a quick lunch, Poisi Eine serves sandwiches, wraps, salads, snacks, and desserts. The warm yellow interiors are friendly and welcoming, making it the ideal place for a catch up with friends or family.
C. F. Hahni Pub is a large bar with a variety of food alongside extensive drink options. Menu highlights include osso bucco and barbecue burgers. There’s also an affordable weekday lunch deal. For liquor fans, C. F. Hahni Pub carry the locally produced Saaremaa Vodka.
Parnu Kuursaalis a popular restaurant and music hall that was built in the 1880s. Considered the largest pub in Estonia, this is the place to go for raging, all-night parties. If you visit in the day or early evening, there’s a small menu of bar snacks, mains and salads to line your stomach with for the night ahead.
Part of a hotel, this restaurant has a large indoor and seasonal outdoor area in addition to a really lovely covered terrace, great for Estonia’s chillier weather. Villa Wesset offers Estonian specialities like eel and herring as well as a plethora of other dishes. The pasta and chicken fillet is highly recommended, especially when followed by either (or both!) the cream cheese and juniper cake or chocolate and sea buckthorn cake.
This cozy cafe is a wonderful spot for a light meal or sweet treat. Try the mozzarella and prosciutto salad, omelette, or one of their several soup options. The selection of cakes, baked goods and other sweets at Kohvihoovik change daily, making it a nice choice for visitors staying in Parnu for longer than one day.