Shopping in Tallinn
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Great news for those itching to spend: Tallinn is a consumer-friendly city! Most shops in the Old Town and department stores throughout the city are open seven days a week, and major credit cards are widely accepted.
The best places to find quality fashion, shoes, perfume and the like are the elegant boutiques along Old Town’s Viru and Müürivahe streets, and the large, full-service department stores and malls that have recently been appearing all over Tallinn.
A required stop on any shopping tour of Tallinn is the outdoor knit market on Müürivahe street, where craftswomen sell their knitted products in the shadow of the town wall. Even more intriguing for the adventurous shopper is the St. Catherine's Passage. Here in medieval-style workshops run by the Katariina Guild’s artists, onlookers watch as glasswork, ceramics, leather goods, quilts and other items are created right before their eyes.
- Handicraft items such as hand-knitted woollen sweaters with traditional Estonian folk patterns, carved wooden beer mugs, fun felt hats, juniper coasters and limestone candle holders.
- Original art such as graphic prints, handmade jewellery, colourful glassware or fine ceramics.
- CDs of Estonian composers of international acclaim (Tormis, Pärt, Tubin, Tüür).
- Soviet-era trinkets, sold in antique shops.
- Dark, bittersweet Estonian chocolate and other local sweets produced by the Kalev confectionery.
- Hand-painted marzipan.