In 2022, Estonia became the first Baltic nation to welcome the MICHELIN Guide. Inspectors have the opportunity to travel all over the country to experience the best of the Estonian culinary scene. If you want to stay close to Tallinn during your trip to Estonia, try heading out to the region along the coast known as Northern Estonia.
Northern Estonia was named the Culinary Region of 2021 by the Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs. Local farmers and food producers are united by the motto "pure tastes from the limestone coast" as the rocks under the soil influence the taste of the produce grown there and the fish caught in their waters. What should you definitely enjoy when traveling in Northern Estonia?
You're invited to come and discover the attractive food culture of North Estonia.
Cuisine from the North
Northern Estonian cuisine distinguishes itself by the use of different ingredients that grow in the region and the different ways it's prepared. The region has loads of limestone plateaus that give the soil its unique qualities as well as the produce that grows there.
Since 1925, Northern Estonia and the surrounding islands have had the most land dedicated to growing and harvesting potatoes. At the beginning of the 20th century, potatoes were on the table every day in Northern Estonia, which was unique to the region. In fact, in Harju County in the 1930s, potatoes with meat sauce were very often eaten for breakfast to start the day.