Telliskivi Creative City: A Cool Venue In Tallinn

Monday, August 8, 2016



During our Baltic multi-family road trip, we only had one evening in Tallinn, Estonia before our early ferry ride to Helsinki. We all wanted to do something a bit different, so (since I missed Telliskivi Creative City during my last visit to Tallinn), we double checked Google Maps and strapped the babies into their strollers. 

If you haven't heard of Telliskivi Creative City before, it is a 10 building complex composed of repurposed industrial buildings along train tracks. Inside this creative space, you'll find numerous vintage, local, and designer shops, cafes, restaurants, artists' spaces, bars, and events venues. And all of it is covered in massive and tiny works of street art. You can find a map here of the buildings making up the complex with some of the many businesses highlighted.






Beer at Sip

 

It started to downpour while we were approaching Telliskivi (but weren't yet sure where exactly it was), so we ducked into a beer and wine store called SIP Veni-Ja Ollepood. This package store had a huge selection of local and specialty beers. Because it was really raining, we decided to purchase a few bottles and grab a seat in the back of the store.



Shopping Areas

 

After enjoying our beers, we headed into the main buildings (A3 and A2) to check out some of the cool design shops. If you are looking to bring home something unusual from Tallinn, I'd suggest forgoing the knickknack shops in Tallinn's Old Town and heading to Telliskivi to browse local designers. From art by Estonian designers, to textiles, handmade earrings, and baby clothes, you'll certainly find something you'd like to take home.

Les Petites, my favorite shop, was stocked with vintage clothing and jewelry, clothes, and homeware created by Estonian designers.

Inside Building A2/A3, you'll also find a small play area for kids.







Lendav Taldrik



Lendav Taldrik was recommended to us by the nice woman working in SIP. In building E, you'll find Lendav Taldrik, a colorful Indian restaurant, which serves share-able portions of food. Amazing Indian food in Tallinn, well that's completely unexpected! At Lendav Taldrik, you'll find a large selection of vegan and vegetarian food, as well as the typical Indian fare you'd expect to find at most restaurants such as biryani, chicken tikka masala, dal, samosa, naan, and more.




Street Art 

 

 One of the things I always seek out while traveling is street art. To transform the former industrial buildings, the artists in Telliskivi have covered the walls in colorful art, which adds to its unique atmosphere.












Have you been to Telliskivi Creative City? Is there a similar venue where you live?

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16 comments:

  1. This place looks so much like my speed! How cool!

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    1. Yes, it does! I really liked Telliskivi, so much so that I'll visit it again when/if I visit Tallinn again. I recommend it!

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  2. I feel like there are cities all over that are becoming less industrial and more creative. It's great, because areas that were deteriorating get a new life! Telliskivi Creative City looks like an interesting and fun place to explore!

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    1. So true! Vilnius has something similar happening, although they don't have a permanent place for local businesses like Telliskivi. They do frequently have pop up shops though!

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  3. I love the artwork! We don't have anything like this in Tromso but I feel like we should!

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    1. Isn't the artwork the best! I was so impressed by all of the great pieces there!

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  4. Ohh, I love the street art you found. There is nothing like some brightly decorated walls to make me easily fall in love :)

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    1. I'm wishing that I could have some of that street art decorating the building I live in!

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  5. Wow I love reading about unusual places like this which you might not otherwise stumble across as a tourist. Tallinn has been on my list for a few years though I haven't managed to get there yet so i'm going to remember this for when I finally do. #citytripping

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    1. You really should get to Tallinn. The old town is stunning and having the option of getting out of the old town to Telliskivi or to the Kalamaja district.

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  6. I loved visiting Tallinn but I only really stayed in the main drag and it was also full of stag parties at the time... this looks like a really interesting quarter.
    #WanderfulWednesday

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    1. It's too bad that it was full of stag parties when you visited! That would probably make it less than fun. If you do visit again, it can be really wonderful.

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  7. This looks like such a cool place to visit! I love that there are little shops from local designers. I always try to avoid the made in China junk and find some unique things to bring home when I travel :D

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    1. I absolutely feel the same! I love to support local designers, so Telliskivi is perfect for that reason.

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  8. I'd really like to go to Tallin. My hubby has been there on a stag do before...so I think we both need to do it properly. Love the street art Thanks for linking to #citytrpping

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    1. Absolutely, you should go together. The city is pretty romantic, so it would be great to be able to spend a long weekend there together.

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