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 Opening Hours
Telliskivi Creative City is open all day every day.
The shopping street is open Monday to Saturday 11:00-19:00 and Sunday 11:00-17:00.
Best Time To Visit Telliskivi Creative City + Tips
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.
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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.
Consequently, Telliskivi Creative City continued to attract more creatives and is now home to over 250 different organisations.
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.
Where To Stay In Tallinn
Luxury – OldHouse Apartments
Located in Tallinn’s Medieval, provides accommodation in stylish apartments with free WiFi.
Each apartment has awith a flat-screen TV, a bedroom and a fully 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.