With almost 300 traders over 3 different levels, Balti Jaama Turg Market in Tallinn has lots to offer. Here’s my guide on what to expect.
How To Get To Balti Jaama Turg
Balti Jaama Turg Market or Baltic Station Market is located in north Tallinn, between the main railway station and the residential district of Kalamaja.
If you’re staying in the city, almost everything is within walking distance.
If you’re not up for walking there is public transport operating around the city such as buses, trolleys and trams.
You can purchase a Tallinn card in order to have unlimited transport as well discounts on city attractions during your stay. Or, you can buy a single-ride paper ticket from the driver in cash – exact change only.
Alternatively, you could jump on a Tallinn Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour.
Or, if you are a real foodie the Tallinn Culinary Tour by Bicycle stops off at Balti Jaama Turg Market.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Balti Jaama Turg Entrance Fee
Balti Jaama Turg is free to visit.
Balti Jaama Turg Opening Times
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 7pm.
Sunday: 9am – 5pm.
Best Time To Visit Balti Jaama Turg Market
If you want to avoid the crowds, I always recommend early or later in the day.
It can get busy at lunch time but there are plenty of eateries and different types of street food on offer with lots of seating inside and outside.
This is a great place to pick up gifts and souvenirs.
Allow yourself plenty of time to get around all the stalls as well as enjoy some of the tasty food on offer.
When you have finished at the market, you are only a 5 minute walk from the quirky Telliskivi Creative City, which is well worth a visit.
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Balti Jaama Turg History
Balti Jaama Turg Market or Baltic Station Market, was originally opened in 1993 next to Tallin’s main railway station in the former Verner’s warehouses.
The market quickly garnered a reputation for being home to some dubious characters and for some shady dealings.
Plans to replace the disreputable market with a shopping centre first emerged in 2007. The idea was to create a new, contemporary and diverse market while preserving the historic character of the old market.
It would, however, be another ten years before this came to fruition. Finally, in May 2017, the impressive and newly renovated Balti Jaaa Turg Market opened its doors for business.
The main facade of the market is made up of three two-storey limestone warehouses from the 1870s.
In addition, the front part of the roof is left open for the outdoor market to recreate the same set up and atmosphere as the original market that ran from 1993-2016.
What To Expect At Balti Jaama Turg Market
Balti Jaama Turg Market is a really cool place to visit and has so much on offer over the three different floors, with outside space as well.
As you make your way around the building you definitely get a feeling of the old traditional market entwined with a new and modern vibe.
Starting with the underground level of the market you will find a large supermarket and a gym.
On the ground floor is where the traditional market is, selling meat, fish and dairy alongside the farmers market and vegetable stalls. A great addition is a walk way all of stalls offering a variety of delicious street food.
Also on this level, close to the traditional market, there are wooden kiosks designed for smaller businesses, such as bakers, sweet shops, spice shops and the like.
The first floor is mainly dedicated to antiques, second-hand goods and clothing as well as Estonian design, craft and household goods. The perfect place to find a unique gift or keepsake.
There is also an eatery and brewery on this level, both with outside terraces to make the most of the sunny days and great views.
Next to the outdoor market at the front is the Hommikuvaljak (Morning Square) with the Ohtuvaljak (Evening Square) on the other side of the building. The names interestingly refer to the best time of the day to visit either square.
Cosy cafes and restaurants sit on terraced areas outside, along with seating to sit at and eat take away food. In addition, there’s playground for the children to enjoy, making this a great place to spend some time with family and friends.
Balti Jaama Turg Market has a great ambience that attracts all ages and is definitely worth a visit when in Tallinn.
Also, if you love a market and you are in Tallinn over Christmas, don’t miss the beautiful Tallinn Christmas Market.
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