The 18th-century Kadriorg park and its Japanese garden are surrounded by equally historical Tallinn houses, with tree branches in bloom leaning over the detailed door frames of these stunning wooden masterpieces. Take a short walk or arrive to Kadriorg by tram from Tallinn city centre and simply stroll the calm alleyways and hidden corners of the vast park area. Here you’ll quickly stumble upon KUMU, a marvel of Estonian contemporary architecture that was awarded the title of European Museum of the Year shortly after opening its doors in 2006. Take a couple of hours to experience the history of Estonian art on display across the museum’s seven floors, as well as the many reputable international displays passing through.
Kadriorg is also a home to many gorgeous cafes, which are great for an afternoon tea and a cake break. Gourmet Cafe is really big on coffee and if so are you, then take a moment to enjoy a cup in the cafe’s cosy art deco interior. Nearby you’ll find NOP organic cafe and a shop with a full a la carte menu containing everything from juice shots to organic burgers made using locally sourced ingredients. If you’re cruising the town with kids who are looking to burn some energy, head to Miia-Milla-Manda playground and cafe slap-bang in the middle of Kadriorg park, where ice cream, sweets and carrot treats await, not mentioning all the oh-so-exciting rides.
After a day in Kadriorg, head to the nearby Pirita promenade for a walk or a cycle, where you'll have the chance to gaze and admire Tallinn's historical skyline.