Naturally sweet Estonia

Source: Mariann Liimal

Naturally sweet Estonia

Dessert menu in Estonia should not be passed up, as it forms an integral part of an indulgent, local dining experience. In summer and early autumn, Estonia's large forests and gardens fill up with delightful, fresh tastes of berries and fruit picked and stored for the winter. This is not only done by restaurants and foodies, but is a very common local tradition among the locals, most of whom maintain their very own fruit and herb gardens. 

Ready to order? Here's a list of local desserts to try while in Estonia.

Pastries and jam

Baked confections

Indulge at Estonia's top restaurants or pop into home restaurants for down to earth, locally made baked confections.

Photo by: Piret Saar

Estonian grandmothers are world champions in jam making and cake baking. Head for your local market to purchase blackcurrant, blueberry or buckthorn jams and head to a downtown bakery for fluffy cakes, crumbles and pies. In addition to smaller joints, you can try out some of the following upmarket restaurants giving special attention to a visiting sweet tooth:

Restaurant Moon is a little, casual joint ran by a local top chef, mixing Estonian and Russian cuisines. Supelsaksad at Estonia's summer capital Pärnu caters for those in need of Vitamin D and divine bakers' confections.


Organic cream

La Muu is Estonia's first eco-friendly ice cream. Sample the many tastes at Cafe La Muu in Tallinn.

Photo by: Piret Saar

Got milk? You bet! Estonians are big on dairy and there are heaps of sweet dairy products to choose from. Browse the local shops for curd pudding and chocolate-covered curd bars called "kohuke", as well as yoghurt and sour cream. You will surely find different delicious inventions of curd from local menus, and can also head to local farms for pure, creative tastes. At Nopri Farm you can watch the making of cheese from curds, yoghurt, cottage cheese and other milk products, shop for and taste different products. It gets truly hands on at Estonian Dairy Museum, where visitors can make their own ice cream - yum!

"Bon appetit!" or "Head isu!" as they say in Estonia!

Last updated : 20.04.2021

In category: Food & Drink & Nightlife