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Telliskivi Creative City In Tallinn – A Complete Guide

If you’re looking to do some sightseeing in Tallinn, Telliskivi Creative City is the perfect spot. Here’s the info about this vibrant area.

How To Get To Telliskivi Creative City

Telliskivi Creative City is located within walking distance from the city centre, not far from the train station in Tallinn.

Entrances to the shopping street and the courtyard are on Telliskivi tanav, next to Reval Cafe.

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, a popular tour that includes a visit to the Telliskivi Creative City is the Old Town and Kalamaja Tour.

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.

Telliskivi Creative City Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Teleskivi Creative City.

Telliskivi Creative City In Tallinn

Telliskivi Creative City Opening Times

Telliskivi Creative City is accessible all day, every day.

The shopping street is open:

Monday – Saturday: 11am to 7pm.

Sunday: 11am to 5pm.

Telliskivi Creative City In Tallinn

Best Time To Visit Telliskivi Creative City

Weekdays are generally quieter than weekends if you want to avoid the crowds.

If you are looking for an inexpensive activity, this is a great place to take a leisurely stroll, enjoy all the art work and soak up the atmosphere.

There’s plenty on offer for all ages at this family friendly destination.

Don’t forget your camera, especially if you like street art.

If you are looking for another family friendly attraction, the fascinating Open Air Museum is just a 13 minute drive away.

Alternatively, the massive Balti Jaama Turg Market is just a 5 minute walk from here.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Beanie Hat

Knit Gloves

Telliskivi Creative City In Tallinn

Telliskivi Creative City History

The buildings that make up Telliskivi Creative City housed an electronics and machinery industry for nearly 130 years.

When Estonia became independent, the Kallin factory, which was then occupying the buildings, moved out of the city centre and the area became neglected and run down.

The idea of forming Creative City started in 2007, although many people felt that starting any sort of business in this rundown area was not a good idea.

However, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival was run from here in 2009 and following that a skate park was opened and a weekly flea market started up.

It’s not got much on the famous Tallinn Christmas market, although Telliskivi Creative City continues to attract more creatives and is now home to over 250 different organisations.

Telliskivi Creative City In Tallinn
Telliskivi Creative City In Tallinn

What To Expect At Telliskivi Creative City

As you might expect from the name, Telliskivi Creative City (Telliskivi Loomelinnak) is home to lots of creative organisations.

Galleries, creative companies, start-ups, studios, small shops, restaurants and trendy cafes make up this popular artsy area.

The crown jewel of Telliskivi Creative City however, is the international photography art centre Fotografiska Tallinn.

Tickets start at €12 and you can see some amazing exhibitions by world-renowned photographers.

In addition, weaved into Creative City’s two shopping streets, the Creative City Gallery exhibits both new and well known artists of all media from Estonia and around the world. These exhibitions are free to visit.

There is also some amazing street art that is popular with keen photographers and instagrammers.

Within Creative City you will find the Vaba Lava theatre company which is home to various performances. As well as Soltumatu Tantsu Lava, a dance performance and development centre for modern dance.

For the keen shoppers, there are plenty of great little local businesses, selling a varied range of products. Including clothes, jewellery, interior design items, books, vintage clothing and more.

Also, when you need to rest and refuel, there are plenty of cosy little cafes and restaurants to choose from with cuisine from around the world as well as traditional local cuisine.

With hundreds of cultural events take place in this former industrial complex, Telliskivi Creative City is now recognised as a hub for all things creative in Tallinn.

So, I would definitely recommend Telliskivi Creative City, with its vibrant, hipster vibe and so much to see it’s well worth a visit if you are looking for quirky things to do in Tallinn.

Telliskivi Creative City In Tallinn
Telliskivi Creative City In Tallinn
Telliskivi Creative City In Tallinn
Telliskivi Creative City In Tallinn
Telliskivi Creative City In Tallinn

Where To Stay In Tallinn

Luxury

OldHouse Apartments

Located in Tallinn’s Medieval Old Town, OldHouse Apartments provides accommodation in stylish apartments with free WiFi.

Each apartment has a living room with a flat-screen TV, a bedroom and a fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator. A stove, a microwave, a dishwasher, a toaster, a coffee machine, a kettle and kitchenware.

Each apartment come with a bathroom and either a shower or a bath.

A hairdryer and free toiletries are provided. There is also a minibar in most apartments.

Mid-Budget

Convenient Central Apartment

Convenient Central Apartment is located in the Kristiine district of Tallinn.

1.4 miles from Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, 1.5 miles from Town Hall Square and 1.6 miles from Estonian National Opera.

The accommodation is 1.2 miles from Toompea Castle, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site.

The apartment is located on the ground floor and comes with 1 bedroom, a flat-screen TV and a fully equipped kitchen that provides guests with a microwave, a fridge, a washing machine, an oven and a stovetop.

Budget

Red Emperor Hostel

Located in Tallinn’s beautiful Old Town and 550 yards from the Town Hall Square, Red Emperor Hostel offers accommodation with free Wi-Fi and 24-hour front desk.

Free luggage storage is available.

The rooms at Red Emperor are colourful and feature wooden furniture and views of the city.

Shared bathroom facilities are in the corridor.

The hostel comes with a common lounge, guest computers, a shared kitchen bar with draught beers and giant Jenga game, pool table and other entertainment.

For more places to stay in Tallinn. you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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