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.
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.
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.
Katusekino rooftop cinema is where film buffs and foodies meet. Japanese bar and restaurant MoMo serves up zesty dishes and refreshing drinks to an audience immersed in the glamour and thrill of the classical and modern world cinema.
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 building. August 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 Cafe. Haapsalu's vintage terraces and backyards at Müüriääre, Kärme Küülik and Haapsal 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 Kultuurikatla Aed for vegan, raw and gluten-free treats and Klaus restaurant offering comfy outdoor seating by the coast. For 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.
For more delicious meals in stunning outdoor surroundings, check out the photo gallery and a map of 50 Best Estonian Restaurants.