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.
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 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.
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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