Dining by the coast is especially rewarding during the summer but Estonia's long coastline lures in visitors throughout the year. Don't be surprised to find gourmet chefs serving up local seafood during a visit to Estonia's many fisherman villages and seaside towns.
With its 3,800 km coastline, Estonia is practically an island itself. Well, island of islands, as Estonia's landmass is distributed between the mainland and its 1,521 islands. If fish is your dish, then head for the seaside and islands, where you'll find a range of salted fish such as Baltic herring, vimba bream and perch as well as all manner of smoked fish including the local's favourite – flounder. Smoked fish is often served on its own and involves a sort of a ritual of hand picking the juicy bites from the narrow bones – it's fair to say that the dish might require some commitment but the salty, tender but chewy meat is definitely worth the effort.