Rakvere makes for a great family destination. After a day exploring Rakvere Castle, drive a bit further east to Tulivee Beach Restaurant, a family-friendly restaurant with a play corner and special kid's menu.
As you drive from Tallinn to Tartu, make sure you stop at Café Restaurant Ajatu. This restaurant provides a fresh take on a classic dishes, and a feast for the eyes as well with their collection of retro tableware. After lunch, visit the alpacas at Wile Alpaca Farm.
Where to eat with kids in Tartu and South Estonia
In Tartu, try Cafe Truffe — it's known for its cozy atmosphere and comfortable space for children to move around and be active. Café Spargel was praised for its large play corner. Both offer menus that really appeal to kids. Outside of Tartu, head to the Local Heritage Cafe of Juulamõis. This unique eatery lets you try the real flavors of nature, such as fir shoots, berries, and birch sap, and it welcomes families with open arms.
Viljandi is where to go for a restaurant that is both family-friendly and MICHELIN-recommended: Fellin. On the other side of Lake Võrtsjärv (Estonia's largest inland body of water), Ugandi Resto awaits in lovely Otepää.
Culture lovers will want to take their little ones to Seto Tsäimaja in Setomaa. This restaurant is part of the Värska Farm Museum, making it a perfect stop for those wanting to experience true Seto culture.