travel guide

The furious 4 of Tallinn

We traveled for the traditional “spring break” to Tallinn and focused our whole weekend to food, like every-single-time. I and my sister have a weird (and an awesome) habit of planning all our travels around food – or special beer bars… Cheers Dublin!

As we were traveling with a group of 10 people, all reservations need to be done way ahead. What did we have on the menu?

Rataskaevu 16

The all-time favorite of everyone who goes to Tallinn. We reserved a table way ahead and arrived at the restaurant and had our own space upstairs which just made the whole experience even better. The safest plan for Rataskaevu, in general, is to make a reservation… Even if traveling with two! Loved the food and the service again. 10/10. Three-course menu, drinks, sparkling wine and coffee (with tip) was about 45€ p.p.

Kompressor

We got to the legendary pancake house accidentally after drinking the morning coffee in front of our Booking.com apartment Ratakaesvu 2. Regardless of the shady door and almost invisible sign, the place was completely packed and more people were just flowing in. Since we had booked a beer tour to Pohjola Tap room already, we had to skip the pancake breakfast and come back for pre-course before the evening’s dinner.

Luckily, we got back around “pre-dinner” time and tasted about 6 different flavors. Sweet and savory. Our pack was happy, everyone found their favorite and pancakes were definitely not ruined by the price.

5-5,50€ per pancake – drinks 2,5-5€. Must visit destination! I bet this was somewhat close to a local place and no, you won’t have waitresses wearing medieval costumes.

Põhjala Brewery – Tap Room

Breakfast/lunch was planned to Peetri 5, where Põhjala Brewery – Tap Room opened a month ago. We participated on an English beer tour at 13.00 that cost us 10€ and included the history, tour at the brewery and some samples. The “Tap Room” has two floors, one for the brewery and the tours and one for an open restaurant. In the restaurant, tasting 5(?) beers was about 8€ so if you are not interested in the tour, I still recommend to taste something more than your favorite lager 😉 The unique story of Põhjala charmed us all, but the killer was the beers – and the food in the restaurant. Low prices, delicious “beer snacks” and plenty of options… Our group tasted sandwiches, mac ‘n’ cheese, fries, onion rings. This is a must place next time as well! The dishes we ordered were from 3-8€.

OneSixty

We had breakfast at the Pohjola Tap Room, pre-dinner at this pancake house… And yet, we all were excited to try out One Sixty restaurant. Two of our group’s youngest members actually asked if they could stay at the house and not eat anymore, but after looking at the menu, everyone was ready to go. The main courses (in the pictures) were hard to finish and people were looking places to lay down…

However, when someone heard that they have the best cheesecake and pistachio ice cream in the world, everyone got back to the table and ate like we didn’t eat anything the whole day. So, the food is great and prices are very affordable – and even if it is a meat smokery, everyone and also all vegetarians should stop by just to have the freaking delicious cheesecake served with homemade pistachio ice cream. The main course, side dish, a few beers and dessert, 18€ p.p. CAN YOU IMAGINE?!

Spoiler: After the dinner, my dear sister asked if she could move in – that’s how good it is. Haha.

Croatia

Oh Croatia! I In the middle of the dark period in Finland – I could not wish anything else than spending my days looking for the best beach, trying new restaurants, driving with jet skis, cruising at mountains, enjoying great people and their endless hospitality!

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All together we traveled

Dubrovnik – Hvar – Split – Skradin & National Park – Zagreb – Ljubljana

Booked accommodation all with booking.com

Villa Astra – Dubrovnik, Croatia ***

Camping Vira – Hvar Island, Croatia **

Country House Peace – Drinovci, Croatia ***
(30km from Skradin & entrance of Krka National Park)

Apartment Mickey Mouse & Mini Room – Zagreb, Croatia ***

Where we ate

Dubrovnik

This amazing seafood restaurant: Gverovic Orsan – The restaurant is located on the sea, so the view is ensured. The food is good, Croatian cuisine and delicious black risotto, fresh ingredients and lovely service. Very average price within Dubrovnik – €€-€€€

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Hvar and Split restaurants I cannot remember!

Zagreb

Umami

Asian food, good price/quality ratio, and big portions. Nice variety of choices and very fast service

Rocket Burger

Cheap burger bar that had somewhat unique burgers and french fries (cheddar explosion!!) portions were good and service very fast!

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What we did

Dubrovnik: Rented a boat – Private island hopping incl. Lunch and drinks – approx. 400€ for 11 ppl – An amazing day well spent with good friends and swimming, sightseeing and eating some seafood

Hvar: Scooter rent for 24 hrs – (250 kn) the easiest way to get around the island with two people and no hassle with car rentals – We literally scootered around the whole island and saw some cute small cities.

Zagreb: Beer tasting (35 kn) – Quite some bars offer a beer tasting but the one we were at, was at the “bar street” and probably one of the biggest one with huuuge sings of their locally brewed beer

Highlights

Fleet car rental – Unless you have 1200€ on your bank account or credit card use some other company! Lucky enough they did not come up with random stories as we returned the cars

Kupari – Graveyard of all inclusive

Skradin National park

  • Croatians are friendly, easy going and rather direct; “harsh approach in English”: Their motto is no problem!
  • Dubrovnik and Hvar were the most expensive place for us. Maybe it is due to the location or something, never really got someone to explain that.

Next Slovenia

 

 

The Travel Guide

For past three months my head has been in this travel guide that I have been working on for Hotelschool The Hague where I work as an intern at the moment.

Just on time, before the holidays. It is finally done! Now everyone, please celebrate this with me and spend well the next 5 minutes by reading it from cover to cover.

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