Often called the “hipsterville” of Tallinn, this once closed off Soviet border zone is conveniently located between the scenic Tallinn coast and Old Town and hides some real architectural pearls. Estonia’s largest maritime centre Seaplane Harbour is an absolute must-see while in the area. This museum and restaurant is housed in a renovated seaplane hangar from the early 20th century, and gathered under its vast concrete shell are exciting digital and physical displays of Estonia’s maritime history, including the British built 600-stone submarine Lembit. A stone’s throw away you’ll find the 19th-century Patarei sea fortress and prison. These days the museum grounds hold a museum exposing the dark tales of Soviet occupation in Estonia and acts as a festival ground for alternative electron music festivals during the summer.Telliskivi Creative City has become the centre of Kalamaja, where Estonia’s urban gentrification stands tallest. Telliskivi's indoor shopping street sells everything from organic cosmetics to Estonian design, and the place also nurtures its own vibrant restaurant scene, with new joints popping up regularly offering quality dishes using locally sourced ingredients in inventive interiors of the restored industrial giants overlooking the majestic Tallinn Old Town. Telliskivi also hosts a range of chic community events, including bicycle festivals and street food competitions, as well as the weekly flea market.
Kalamaja is the place to be
New cafes, bars and galleries have transformed the former industrial complexes of the historical wooden townhouse district, making it the fastest developing area of Tallinn attracting creatives and those young at heart.