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Five souvenirs to take home from Tallinn, Estonia

Discover the best local wares for you and your loved ones

December 2020

By Tristan Parker

Looking to bag some thoughtful gifts from your time in the Estonian capital? Forget an ‘I heart Tallinn’ T-shirt and take home a more authentic momento with our guide to the city's best souvenirs.

Four bottles of Vana Tallinn rum

Just the tonic: don't leave without sampling some Vana Tallinn © Vana Tallinn

Vana Tallinn

You can’t go too far in Tallinn without encountering this rum-based Estonian liqueur. It’s not hard to track down, but a good place to start is any of the shops owned by the Liviko distillery, who produce this sweet and spicy drink. How is it best consumed? We suggest mixing it with coffee.

Wood working shop

Find fine woodwork at shops such as Hää Eesti Asi © Hää Eesti Asi

Juniper wood crafts

Juniper is ubiquitous throughout parts of Estonia and you’ll find plenty of souvenirs made from the wood around Tallinn. Some of the most popular juniper products include wooden cutlery sets and placemats, which you’ll find at gift shops like Hää Eesti Asi and Estonian House.

Bucket of Cloudberries

Cloudberries make a jam that's both sweet and sharp © Jorgen Haland/Unsplash

Cloudberry jam

Jam made from sweet but sharp cloudberries is well-known across the whole of Estonia, though it’s not always easy to find. For your supply, a good bet is to head to the vast – and aptly named – Balti Jaam (Baltic Station) market, which has numerous specialist food stalls.

Three pairs of colorful earrings

Admire at rainbow of colour at Tanel Veenre's jewellery shop © Tanel Veenre

Quirky jewellery

For something a little different, visit the shop of Estonian jewellery designer Tanel Veenre. Here, you’ll find everything from pendants and cufflinks to earrings and brooches, all characterised by bright, brash colours and bold creative flair.

5 spa products on a dish

Stock up on JOIK's organic pampering products © JOIK

Organic spa treats

You'll see the name JOIK, an Estonian spa and beauty products company, featured on sumptuous body creams, facial cleansers, bath salts and alluring home fragrance items in many of Tallinns' stores. All of JOIK's range is certified organic and free of animal testing, which makes the likes of their grapefruit and mandarin body lotion or crème brûlée scented candle smell all the more sweeter.

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About the Author

Tristan Parker

Tristan Parker

Tristan is a journalist writing about travel, lifestyle and music. Writing has taken him all over the world, though he seems to spend a lot of time in Spain and Scandinavia, which is fine by him. His belief that you can learn a lot about a place by sitting in the local bar for a few hours has worked out well so far.