A Day Trip to Tallinn and a hot chocolate at Anneli Viik Chocolates, Tallinn, Estonia

After my traumatizing hot chocolate experience at Kehrwieder, we ventured across the street to the more modern Anneli Viik Chocolates. The young woman at the counter must have seen my desperation because, for 3.50 euros, she presented me with a beautiful, decadent and rich hot chocolate which I enjoyed every drop of. Opened in 2004, all the chocolates sold in the store are created in the back in an area viewable from the seating area at the front of the tiny café. Anneli Viik opened her chocolate shop after a stint as an investment banker. Her love of chocolate pulled [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:03+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Estonia, EUROPE, Tallinn|

The Oldest Pharmacy in Europe and a kind of Hot Chocolate at Kehrwieder, Tallinn, Estonia

Kehrwieder is located right off of the Town Hall square in the heart of the Tallinn old town. The cobblestone square is lined with restaurants with big terraces that wre filled with locals and tourists enjoying the sun. In the summer the center of the square is filled with stalls selling local fare. At Christmas this transforms into a Christmas market with a giant decorated tree towering in the middle. Just to one side of the square is the Raeapteck pharmacy, the oldest continuously running pharmacy in Europe. It has been in business since the early 15th century. Back then [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:03+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Estonia, Tallinn|

Marzipan and a visit to Historic Maiasmokk Café, Tallinn, Estonia

The historic area of Tallinn is quite large. You will not have the time to visit it all if you spend only a day here (all the more reason to plan a few days here). If you are looking for hot chocolates though, they are all in the same area, but the one that most of the locals will probably send you to is historic Maiasmokk Cafe. Maiasmokk is the oldest café in Tallinn. Our guide for Food Estonia told us it had not changed a bit since he started coming here as a child with his grandmother. I’m guessing [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:03+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Estonia, EUROPE, Tallinn|