Telliskivi is the commercial and cultural hub of Kalamaja, with its restaurants, performance venues and indoor shopping streets selling everything from organic cosmetics to Estonian design.
A good opportunity to experience the repurposed industrial buildings that Northern Tallinn is famous for is in Telliskivi Creative City. The factory buildings have become a popular meeting place for those who enjoy unique restaurants, art exhibitions, draft beers, design and vintage shops, alternative theatre and club events.
It is a well-known leisure place for city dwellers and visitors to the city, where design, music, art and open-mindedness meet; an independent business centre located on the territory of the former industrial complex belonging to the Baltic Railways. During the Soviet period, locomotives, wagons and transformers were repaired here.
Telliskivi Creative City offers a cosy and bohemian atmosphere where you can find indoor shopping ‘streets’ lined with local retailers, small studios, a flea market open on Saturdays, and a variety of cultural events. The area comes alive at night with popular bars and dance joints buzzing. By day, Telliskivi is family-friendly and even has a playground in its inner courtyard.
It’s also a gold mine of great restaurants loved by locals and praised by visitors. Cuisines range from vegetarian and vegan to barbeque, French, Indian, gluten-free, contemporary Estonian and more. The year-round Balti Jaama Market is a foodie heaven packed with stalls and restaurants that are worth a visit, not to mention its upstairs antique and design shops.
The international photographic art centre Fotografiska is located in the heart of Telliskivi, and the area is also home to the Vaba Lava theatre, the Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (Independent Dance Stage) and the Club of Different Rooms, which host interesting cultural events, performances and exhibitions.
To visit Telliskivi, take trams number 1 or 2 to the stop of the same name, or walk about 5 minutes from the Old Town.