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Food in Estonia

For a French consumer, Estonia is not the best place to feast oneself.  Indeed, Estonian food is not very diversified. In the countryside, most people eat potatoes with porc and cabbage (seapraad hapukapsaga).

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Contrary to what might sometimes be believed, Estonians eat more meat than fish. Indeed, the fish coming from Baltic Sea is known to be one of the most polluted fish in the world (and pretty expensive).

Like in Germany, beer bred is very common in Estonia. According to me, it corresponds to the best Estonian dish.  On the whole, each restaurant makes it own bread.  This bread, although it is probably fatter than classic one, is springy and tasty. Perfect for making sandwiches!  

 

The national candy for children is the kohuke. Most children enjoy this small cake made with cheese, jam and chocolate. I tried it and I would say that it is very stuffy and maybe too sweet. During charismas period, it is customary for parents to offer to their children one Kohuke per day until Charismas day. 

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Concerning the alcohol, the Vana Tallinn is very popular. This is a kind of sweat liqueur made with vanilla made in Parnu (little town in the west Estonian coast). This beverage can be very misleading because it seems very light but very strong in reality (35°).  Moreover, as 25% of the population comes from Russia, vodka and black vodka are widespread consumed in Estonia.

If you want to visit Tallinn, I may recommend you several restaurants :

  • Pegasus: This is probably the famous Estonian restaurant in the old town. The plates are well arranged and the quality is excellent. According to me (and many other students, they cook the best beer bread of downtown)
  • The Vagan restaurant V. Tallinn has many vegan restaurants and this one is very popular. It offer an excellent price/performance ratio and the servers are very kind
  • The Kompressor : this is the perfect address for starving students. They serve pancakes cooked in many different ways. The portions are…gigantic and the prices ridiculous.

Here are some websites which will permit you to discover the restaurants recommended and more generally the Estonian cuisine:

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