Let the sunshine in

Summers in Estonia are warm and beautiful and if you're looking for that special summer feeling with the long relaxing days extending into eventful nights then Estonia is your top pick whether going for a city break or a country retreat.

Gourmet outings in the fresh air of Estonian cities

Dine like never before in the midst of medieval architecture teeming with greenery. Some of the best Estonian restaurants open their back doors to the romantic bliss of al fresco dining.

Some of Tallinn's most popular outdoor terraces for fine dining are:

Where modern meets medieval - courtyard of Telegraaf Hotel, a home to Tchaikovsky restaurant (#2 Best Estonian Restaurant 2013 by Flavours of Estonia).

Let the nature take over - dine in the vast, green courtyard of Leib Resto ja Aed.

A little bit of shopping, architecture spotting and then some trendy outdoor dining – Platz restaurant terrace at the square of Rotermann Quarter is always full of life.

Try Meat Market steak house and cocktail bar in Tartu for some truly upmarket taste experiences in a relaxed outdoor setting. 

While travelling between cities, don't forget that many Estonia's top restaurants are located at coastal and rural areas, and they are sure to make the most out the blissful Estonian summers.

Rooftop terraces for luxurious cocktails & ice cream breaks

Aim high - whether you're going for a cooling treat on a medieval rooftop or for an exotic cocktail in a modern skyscraper reaching out as far as 90 metres off the ground.

Known for its tasty a la carte menu and funky interior, Komeet rooftop restaurant in Tallinn is really up there in terms of popularity and great medieval city views.

Located on the top floor of Radisson Blu Sky Hotel in Tallinn, Lounge 24 lifts you 90 metres off the ground with all-around city views and great cocktails guaranteed.

Bang in the middle of Tallinn's busiest pedestrian road, Katusekohvik cafe and shisha place looks down to Viru street and is a great place to gaze at the Old Town's rooftop life. Those in luck might even spot a chimney sweeper in a traditional attire climbing the red rooftops.

Hidden courtyards & cute cafes

The many outdoor cafes serving up fresh cakes and drinks in small courtyards across the country make Estonia such a sweet little place for a tasty lunch date.

While in Tallinn, check out Must Puudel for retro, and Josephine and Kehrwieder cafes for an afternoon romance. NOP organic cafe opens its windows and doors during the summer by inviting you to enjoy freshly squeezed juices in an idyllic Kadriorg backyard. If you're up for a party later on then Al Bastione Italian restaurant and live music garden in Tallinn's Old Town hosts acoustic concerts by some of Estonia's leading pop musicians.

Experience the Mediterranean vibes at Cafe Noir inner courtyard in Tartu's Old Town. Nearby you'll find Vilde restaurant and health cafe for light smoothies and filling meals on the porch of the 19th-century buildingAugust brings romance to Tartu's many summer terraces, where you can enjoy a nice meal and a drink while watching a romantic film screened at the city square as part of the Tartuff film festival

Supelsaksad in Estonia's beach town Pärnu serves up healthy portions of sweet and savory in an old apple garden amongst the friendly bees and birds. In the evening, head to Pärnu's Old Town for some wine, cheese and smooth jazz at Piccadilly Wine CafeHaapsalu's vintage terraces and backyards at Müüriääre, Kärme Küülik and Hapsal Dietrich are equally cozy in the adorable small town setting. 

Open air hipster hangouts

Cool kids riding the waves of urban renewal should head to the north of Tallinn for Telliskivi area's colourful outside dives. Following a short stroll to the coast you’ll find PADA for treats served by the neighbouring Klaus restaurantFor more fine dining, follow the trendy locals to Cafe Noble for an outdoor chill session on the docks at Port Noblessner or head to Maru restaurant coastal summer terrace at the famous Seaplane Harbour.

...And don't forget Tartu! The courtyard of Genialistide klubi is great for those looking for a cool outdoor dining experience in this age-old university town. 

For more delicious meals in stunning outdoor surroundings, check out the photo gallery and a map of 50 Best Estonian Restaurants.