Shopping in Tallinn
With everything from department stores to major fashion chains and plenty of quirky boutiques, Tallinn has no shortage of places to shop. While many of the bigger stores sell much the same as shops anywhere else in Europe, its delightful markets are crammed with Soviet memorabilia and local crafts, while the upmarket shops of the Old Town are worth your time too.
In the Old Town you'll find interesting shops selling knitwear, Vana Tallinn (the city's most famous alcoholic tipple) and hand-painted marzipan, among others. A few minutes's walk from the Old Town is the hipster-cool area of Kalamaja with an eclectic mix of old and new products.
The Old Town is home to the best markets, many of which specialise in particular items – the knit market on Müürivahe for instance. Keskturg (Central Market) at Keldrimäe 9 is good for local colour and tasty fresh produce, while Sadama Turg (Harbour Market) at Kai 3 also has good food and craft shops. Another great choice is Balti Jaama (Baltic Station) which has an enormous range of products on sales, from fresh fruit and vegetable, organic products, to arts and crafts.
There are a number of large malls such as Kristiine Keskus (Endla 45) and Ulemiste Centre (Suur-Sõjamäe 4) which are now very popular with the locals. Within the city centre, Viru Keskus (or Viru Centre) at Viru väljak is another popular choice.
Shopping hours in Tallinn are Monday to Friday 1000-1800. Some shops open on Saturday 1000-1700. Department stores are open daily 1000-2000.
Like neighbours Russia and Finland, Estonia is famous for its handicrafts with hand-knitted jumpers, carved wooden beer mugs and limestone candle holders among the highlights. Soviet antiques are also popular. All Baltic ambers come from Lithuania and Kaliningrad (the small Russian province between Lithuania and Poland) but it is worth buying if you see a design that you like.
Estonia’s VAT is set at 20%.