Traditional Estonian cuisine mostly consists of meat but luckily there are many vegetarian and even vegan options in Tallinn! On this page I’m sharing all my favorite vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants in Tallinn.
Located just within the walls of Tallinn’s old town, Vegan Inspiration serves salads, burgers, wraps and mains. All vegan with many gluten free and sugar free options as well. They also have several cakes. And books and games for rainy days. This garlic bread with tofu ‘egg’ salad, hummus and avocado is a great starter!
Vegan Restoran V
Although they’re open for lunch I recommend V for dinner. Every dish on the menu is vegan and they have many (clearly marked) gluten free and wheat free dishes. One of my favorite starters at V is their beetroot ravioli with cashew cheese, but you can also go for a snack platter with many delicious snacks like grilled tofu and vegan cheese to share with your friends. For your main course you could for example go for the grilled tempeh served with many vegetables and brown basmati rice with a tomato coconut sauce.
Von Krahli Aed
This restaurant is perfect if you’re going with a meat loving friend. They have two versions of every dish: one with meat and one without it. Most of the vegetarian options are suitable for vegans too. I had the ‘Garden Greens’ dish with vegan meatloaf. It was green asparagus, green beans and broccoli served with peppermint infused bean cream, marinated garlic and maple syrup oatmeal.
August is a cute coffeeshop with an all day breakfast menu including some gluten free and vegan options. They have a chia pudding with coconut milk, blueberries and passion fruit for example or the delicious banana pancakes with rhubarb compote and matcha foam that I had. It feels like having dessert for breakfast!
Chocolats de Pierre
In the middle of Old Town, you’ll find the cutest little courtyard with romantic old houses, many plants and small tables with colorful tablecloths. This is the home of Chocolates de Pierre. Don’t worry when you’re in Tallinn on a rainy day; the interior with its antiques and mismatched furniture is just as romantic as the courtyard. But the real reason to go are the homemade truffles, chocolate milk, cakes and ice cream coupes. Trust me; the truffles are divine and you’ll need less than you think as they’re very sweet and filling.
If you want to try an Estonian meal you’ll find several options at the Town Hall Square. The best one is Liisu Juures, it’s a bit tucked away next to Indian restaurant Maharaja, besides the medieval pharmacy. Don’t judge it by the looks with its flower cushions and lamps held together with tie wraps. This is Estonian food like a grandmother would make it. Not healthy and not many options for vegetarians, but a great peek into traditional Estonian cuisine. They have many beef specialties and for vegetarians like me they have a vegetable casserole with a lot of cheese.
NOP might be the best place for brunch in Tallinn and it’s a perfect location to fill up before visiting Kadriorg park. They serve breakfast until 3pm and have all the classics like poached eggs with salmon and blueberry pancakes. But they also have some more modern and healthy dishes like Shakshuka, Tabbouleh and a chia-blackcurrant smoothie bowl. Vegan, lactose free and gluten free items are clearly marked on the menu. They also have a small shop with many organic, healthy, vegan and gluten free products. Check my recipe for shakshuka if you want to make it yourself.
Kivi Paber Käärid
Literally meaning Rock Paper Scissors this is the most popular restaurant of hipster area Kalamaja. Kivi Paber Käärid is a 100% gluten free restaurant with the feel of a regular pub or burger bar. They have many lactose free and a few vegan options as well. The tortilla chips with guacamole are a nice starter and for mains I can recommend the burgers. I had a veggie mushroom burger on a cauliflower-cheese pillow with sweet potato fries.
This little deli in Old Town is perfect for ‘on the go’ sandwiches or high quality food items to take home with you. They always have several vegetarian options like this focaccia with pesto, mozzarella and tomatoes. This is also the place to get your coffee to go.
Going for an after dinner drink in Old Town you can go to Freud or Frank underground (the bar underneath restaurant Frank). They’re both located in the same street, the funny named ‘Sauna’. Frank has an extensive cocktail list, offering something for everyone.
I hope you brought a cute dress or a nice shirt because you might feel underdressed going on a night out in Tallinn on sneakers.