Rotermann Quarter is an area in the city center, right next to the Old Town. This place is unique due to its architecture: 19th-century factory buildings are being swallowed by contemporary design. The area was an empty industrial eyesore in the 1990s and is now being rebuilt into a mixture of old and new – if you are a fan of architecture, you will find this place entrancing!
Where to eat and drink in Rotermann Quarter
First off, there are too many good places in the Rotermann Quarter to list them all. This is just a selection, but without further ado…
The FLAMM Flammkuchen Bar is a great place to meet with friends, share food and wine. The place is small and very cozy, you might want to book a table just in case.
For meat lovers (like many Estonians), there is the restaurant Pull. Pull means Bull in English, so you guessed it, steaks are on the menu. The signature dish is called the “dirty steak” – cooked right on the charcoal, we challenge you to find a more manly steak in town. Now mentioned in the Michelin Guide, you better believe that this is some of the best steak in the whole country.
Another Michelin Guide mention is R14 – a restaurant that is known for its wine selection. If you want to smell and swirl that glass, discuss notes of oak and cherry, then this is the place for you. The old power plant turned one of the fanciest places to dine has a surprisingly easy-going vibe, and of course, great food.
For cocktails and good food, go to Stalker. An incredibly well-stocked bar, very knowledgeable staff, and great drinks are the name of the game here. The name of the place comes from the Soviet cult movie Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky that was filmed in Rotermann.
What to buy in Rotermann Quarter
Kalev is the biggest candy producer in the country, and the Kalev chocolate store in the Rotermann Quarter has a wide selection of chocolate goodness to bring back home (hint: white chocolate with blueberries! It is so good you will want to come back to Estonia just for this).
Undoubtedly the best cinnamon buns in town – RØST Bakery & Café. Actually, they are here to provide locals with good sourdough bread, cinnamon buns are a side business, but what a tasty business it is.
Fashion is the name of the game in the Rotermann Quarter. There are several cool shops to visit. Step into Pull and Bear or Stradivarius to just name two and not get carried away too much. For fresh Estonian design, visit Tallinn Design House.
* Cover photo: Rasmus Jurkatam / visittallinn.ee