Tallinn has many fantastic places for vegans and anyone interested in trying something fresh and plant-based. I thought I would share my recent experiences and a few pictures from where we had breakfast, lunch and dinner.
NOP stands for Neighbourhood Organic Place – a café/restaurant with a small shop selling organic produce, bottled drinks, baked goods, natural cosmetics and other vegan items such as nut butters. On the menu you’ll find food options for all times of the day – with vegan, gluten-free and other special diet items clearly labelled.
They do many trendy drinks; such as health shots, freshly squeezed juices, mimosas – and my favourite – matcha latte. There is also a wide selection of cakes and pastries that I was eyeing up – but my smoothie bowl was actually so rich and filling that it was all I could manage this time.
NOP is located midtown, near the beautiful Kadriorg park and palace – no wonder that the place was very crowded with breakfast-and-brunchers when we visited on a Saturday between 10 and 11. Although the food took some time to arrive, we had good service. Still, I wouldn’t recommend NOP for anyone looking for a quick breakfast.
BLACKBERRY AND BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL + buckwheat/dates/coconut milk + mango and orange chia + roasted almond, dried fruit and raw yellow beetroot
AVOCADO CHIMICHURRI on roasted sourdough with grilled corn, walnuts, and chimichurri + herbs, garlic, lemon and spring onion
Vegankohvik Inspiratsioon has a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, snacks, cakes and meals from breakfast smoothie bowls to burgers – all at an affordable price. The interior is colourful, funky and cozy, and they have many books and board/card games – lovely for spending a quiet afternoon. In the summer they have seats outside on the cobblestone street.
The “Wine Platter” from the appetizers list was just the perfect something for two. And it went down just fine with a beer and a cup of tea, too! The homemade bread, hummus and potato salad deserve a special mention. Will definitely come again!
Von Krahli Aed – we discovered this lovely place in the Old Town during our last visit, and the whole experience was so fantastic that we didn’t have to think twice about where to head for dinner this time. The menu is quite unique – all the main dishes can be made with a vegan main component. There are many starter options too, and there is always a vegan soup. The staff is extremely friendly, and upon arrival of the food they tell you all about the special ingredients of your dish. The prices are very reasonable – around 10e for mains (less for starters and desserts) using local and seasonal produce is really not bad.
This time we shared a starter of roasted garlic hummus and radicchio and it was seriously the tastiest starter I have ever had. For mains we had “The Carrot” and “The Potato” – all I can say is that I don’t know what sort of genius you have to be to come up with these perfectly balanced combinations of flavours and textures. Oh, and that I can’t wait to come back.
Again, no room for dessert, but instead I will mention the vegan wine we enjoyed with the food. Running Duck was actually introduced and recommended to us at this very restaurant last time we visited – and ever since it has been one of my favourites to go with rustic dishes like these.