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Tallinn: Old Town in Depth - Part 44
Art and design shops
Even if you' re not planning to buy, a visit to these commercial art shops will give you a feel for Estonia' s creative trends. Estonia' s range of design products, be they in home furnishing, fashion or something more traditional, can be found in shops throughout the city but especially in Telliskivi, Creative City. Browsing through these shops is not only a great way to get in touch with the nation' s design portfolio, but it' s also a perfect way to find a one of a kind gift or souvenir.
Trendy art shops
Gallery-G, Haus Gallery and Vaal gallery
Best of Tallinn design shops
Tallinn Design House, TALI, Nu Nordik, Telliskivi Creative City, Estonian Design House and Les Petites Disain.
Department Stores & Shopping Centres
Shoppers on the lookout for local and international brands in fashion, shoes, cosmetics, electronics, toys and the like should head to one of the many new department stores in Tallinn, many of them just outside Old Town. Visitors from Western Europe and North America will find many familiar brands and worldwide chain stores. Department stores tend to be open late on weekdays and stay open on Sundays, which is great for those who happen to miss the opening times of smaller shops and boutiques.
Biggest shopping centres
Viru Centre, Tallinna Kaubamaja, Solaris Centre, Rocca al Mare Shopping Centre, Kristiine Shopping Centre, Ülemiste Centre , Stockmann and Foorum
Estonians love to read and you can find many sprawling bookshops in Tallinn that you could spend hours in. Two of the largest examples are Rahva Raamat in the Viru Centre and Apollo in the Solaris Centre. More than just bookshops, they also sell music and DVDs and even have comfy cafés close by. In both Rahva Raamat and Apollo you' ll find a good selection of titles in English, as well as literature in German, French, Spanish and Russian. There are also shops like Raamatukoi that offer a variety of second hand and antique books.
Eco shops and markets
In Estonia, as in the rest of Europe, consumer demand for natural and eco-friendly products is continuously on the rise. Visitors shopping for organic food and eco-friendly household and beauty products find several shops that meet their needs. Eco-friendly products are also in stock at Tallinn' s large, mainstream supermarkets such as Tallinna Kaubamaja, Stockmann, Solaris, Selver, Rimi and Prisma. Many of these carry labels, either Estonian or international, marking them as environmentally friendly, produced with a low-energy process or meeting certain quality or fair trade standards.
Markets in Tallinn can be fascinating places to shop. Outdoor markets in and around Old Town specialise in souvenirs and handicrafts, such as the knit market along the Town Wall on Müürivahe street or the summertime markets on Town Hall Square. In December, the centre of Old Town becomes home to the world-famous Christmas Market, where you can find handicrafts and all sorts of holiday-related products.
Visit the markets in Tallinn
Balti Jaam (Baltic Station) Market, Kalaturg (Fish market), Keskturg (Central market), Nõmme Market
Mustamäe market and Viimsi taluturg (Viimsi farmers' market).
Anyone can buy trinkets while travelling, but if you want a souvenir or gift with more meaning and a personal touch, there' s nothing quite like making it yourself. Not only will you have the unique experience of learning a new skill and making something with your own two hands, but you' ll also get an opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends while doing it. The creations you take away will be one-of-a-kind and highly personal, making truly special gifts or mementoes.
Tallinn has a number of workshops that will start you along the road to becoming a master craftsman.
Tallinn loves vintage as much as any other lively and creative European capital, a consequence of which is that the city offers many lovely, smaller, specialised and second-hand shops and boutiques in an attractive price range.
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