Estonia's capital is a wonderful city steeped in tradition and history. Having been part of Soviet Russia until the early 1990s, today it is a fascinating mix of communities and attitudes. Like most post-Communist countries they have embraced technology and style and have grown rapidly, creating a new elite.
Tallinn has an eclectic restaurant and bar scene, mixing Scandinavian modernism with Baltic tradition. The hotel selection is improving but stay in simple artisans quarters, old Communist villas or converted Hanseatic townhouses.Tallinn has always been at the centre of Baltic life, emerging as an important trading port for hundreds of years. The medieval and Hanseatic architecture gives the town and unreal attractiveness, somewhat Disney-esque. The thriving bar and restaurant scene draws visitors from all over the world but in particular Scandinavia and Russia, however it can be difficult to choose the right places and to escape the tourist hordes, which is where we come in. Comprehensively researched A Hedonist's guide to Tallinn shows readers where to really spend the weekend.
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