In 2022, Tallinn will host of the European Design Festival. Located in Estonia for the first time, the festival celebrates the best in European design and promotes the discipline to a wider audience. As Tallinn emerges as a hub of creative activity, the festival offers visits a further reason to explore the artistic side of Estonia. The Design Festival is part of a growing contemporary art scene in Tallinn, led by Telliskivi Creative City, the former industrial complex. Once a factory area, Telliskivi has been regenerated and is now the largest creative centre in Estonia, popular with locals and tourists alike. Famous for its array of vibrant, and often thought-provoking, street art, Telliskivi offers a bohemian area to shop, work, dine and socialise.
Tallinn is noted for its array of fine-dining restaurants, with many new openings in recent years. Estonian cuisine is a celebration of their landscape, and many restaurants specialise in cooking with locally grown produce, either from small-scale producers or in some cases, foraging for this themselves. A new opening is Restaurant Lee, recently renovated by the owner and their family friends, where the focus is on using ingredients from small producers in farms and forests, always offering a wide selection for vegans and vegetarians.
According to the European Environment Agency, Tallinn ranks fourth in Europe in terms of the quality of urban air and has been announced as the Green Capital of Europe for 2023. The city has been committed to enforcing sustainable measures, including introducing quiet, pedestrianised areas and improving drinking water quality.