Many travelers, including myself, need coffee to function and make good coffee a priority overseas. However, freelancers and digital nomads are often looking for more than just caffeine. They are somewhere to work. So with the news that Estonia will create one Digital Nomad Visa To attract digital nomads, I wanted to find some cafes in Tallinn that would suit them.
When I visited Tallinn again, I spent a lot of time in different parts of the city. That, of course, meant having coffee in different parts of town where remote workers might be frequent. Much like I was surprised at how many cafes in Warsaw were well suited for digital nomads, Tallinn has some pretty good options too. Because while there are spaces for collaboration in Tallinn, this scene isn’t for everyone. Here are my tips for Tallinn coffee shops where digital nomads can work comfortably.
Coffee in Tallinn
Before we get to the cafes on this list, first some thoughts on the Tallinn coffee scene. If you like coffee or kohvi As in Estonian, you’re in luck. There are so many cafes across Tallinn city that it can honestly be difficult to decide where to go. Prices seem to be pretty even across town, with coffee typically costing € 2-3.
Now that there are some specialty roasters, in Tallinn there are mostly cafes in one of three forms. One of them is the coffee chains, which we’ll get into later. The closest is the cafe in the tea house / pastry shop, which feels like a living room with large chairs and cozy surroundings. Finally, there is the grander European-style cafe, the places you go for brunch in Tallinn that are as much about serving meals as they are coffee.
Personally, I don’t find the latter two types particularly good for working. Fortunately, there are a few more minimalist coffee shops in Tallinn that are much better suited to the needs of digital nomads.
Another thing to note is that the Tallinn café scene is clearly changing all the time. When I did my own research, I found that many items were full of facilities that had since closed. Keep the following in mind as you rely on this 2020 article.
First up, we have the trendy Nordic vibe from Fika Cafe in Telliskivi. This café is part of a rejuvenated industrial area covered in street art that has a relaxed, industrial look going on. Its name comes from the Swedish tradition of Fikawhere people socialize over coffee and pastries. Perfect as the pastries are just as big a selling point here as the coffee.
I actually tried fika when looking for a quick breakfast in Tallinn on my arrival and I was not disappointed. The coffee came in an interesting stone cup and there is a nice selection of typical Nordic pastries. It’s not huge inside, but there are enough tables and benches to sit on. I didn’t see any charging points while I was there, but they do have Wi-Fi which is a necessity these days. The cafe was strangely quiet when I went early in the morning but I can imagine it can get busier in the middle of the day.
One of the most recommended cafes in Tallinn is the RØST bakery in the Rotermann district. Most of the articles on Tallinn cafes recommend this place and I never saw it without a line as I walked by. Luckily I caught it one afternoon when I got a seat and joined the other people with their books and laptops. And yes, RØST deserves the hype.
With its pastries and sandwiches, it’s really a bakery like a cafe which explains its limited seating. It resembles Fika in some ways with its cinnamon and cardamom buns, not to mention its cozy interior. But don’t worry, the coffee delivers too, so there’s really nothing to complain about. For remote employees there is a bar with stools, several sockets and good WiFi. It really depends on whether you can get a place.
Sometimes you don’t want a place that’s too busy or popular when you want to focus on work. For this type of environment, I really enjoyed working at Robert’s Coffee in the Viru Keskus mall. This extremely central café is located opposite the old town and the Rotermann quarter and is easy to get to. Thanks to the outdoor seating area, you should find that the indoor area is nice and quiet with only soft music coming from the mall.
Coffee here is pretty good and they have a coffee menu that looks like a big coffee chain. They also make ice cream and something to eat, but I can’t say I tried any of them. Wi-Fi is good here, and the large windows allow for a lot of daydreaming when you’re stuck on something. Instead of trying to be flashy or cool, Roberts coffee is pretty basic and I think it’s better for that.
Of the many cups of coffee I’ve had in Tallinn, I would say the best came from Epic Coffee in the Rotermann area. It’s on the other end of the same lane as RØST and it’s humble but well worth it. It’s in a converted brick warehouse and it’s very cozy, with a pretty bohemian feel to it. It looks like they moved based on old photos from somewhere in the old town.
The big selling point of this cafe for me is the coffee, but it also meets the needs of digital nomads. They have small tables and a workbench to work on, as well as WiFi. It’s the kind of place best for a rainy or wintry day, rather than the rare sunny weather I’ve experienced. The cafe never seemed overly busy, which is nice if you are easily distracted. If coffee is the most important aspect, basically give Epic Coffee a try.
Saiakangi Cafe is an outlier on this list for several reasons, but still a worthy pick. A few things make it stand out from the crowd, one of which is its location on a back alley in Tallinn’s Old Town. But Saiakangi also felt more like a Viennese coffee house in some ways and as such more like a café / restaurant. During my visit, more people ate large meals here than just coffee.
Yet it was a pleasant place to sit and work for a while. The coffee is perfectly fine and the cafe has large windows overlooking a small pedestrian street right on the main square. It seemed to be mostly for tourists, so I can imagine it gets quite crowded in high season. The café moves between casual and sophisticated. So if you come here for a coffee or a glass of wine and use the wifi this is not a problem.
When you get to the business district of the city center, you will soon discover many chain cafes in the area. The only highlight I could find was a cafe called Kohvipaus. And it’s clearly a local workers favorite because it has gone from fairly quiet to absolutely crowded by the time lunch comes. At first glance it actually looked a lot like local franchise cafes, so the food here is clearly what sets it apart from these places.
Do not take what I say as criticism. There is nothing wrong with its modern and functional interior. With tables, lounge chairs and a bar with power outlets, you have a wide range of work options. Oh and yes, there is Wi-Fi too, so you really shouldn’t need anything else.
Tallinn coffee chains
So far I have focused on independent cafes and coffee shops in Tallinn. Personally, I don’t mind coffee chains, but they’re usually pretty similar in terms of quality. In Tallinn, the two main chains are Reval Cafe and Caffeine. Reval Cafe is a Tallinn-based franchise named after the city’s medieval name, while caffeine is found all over the Baltic Sea. Both are generally easy to work with, with decent to good coffee and flavored coffee drinks, not to mention guaranteed WiFi. Basically, unless you are feeling too picky or adventurous, these places are a safe bet.
Which of these Tallinn cafes seems to suit you best? What other cafes in Tallinn would you recommend to visitors? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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