The country’s thriving gastronomic scene has local produce and ancient traditions at its heart
Natural ingredients, ancient traditions and the locals’ love of food have made Estonian cuisine one of the country’s biggest draws. With last year’s release of the first Michelin Guide Estonia, this Baltic country has established a thriving gastronomic landscape that food-loving clients won’t want to miss.
They’ll be spoilt for choice in Estonia’s historic capital, Tallinn. While 31 restaurants across the country are recognised in the Michelin guide, in the city you’ll find the two Estonian eateries awarded with a coveted Michelin star: NOA Chef’s Hall, known for using luxury ingredients, and 180° by Matthias Diether, which offers delectable tasting menus.
Sustainability and zero waste are key elements of Estonian cuisine and play a defining role in menus across the country. Two restaurants, in Tallinn and Mäeküla – a mountain village in the centre of the country – have been awarded a Michelin Green Star in recognition of their environmental farm-to-fork philosophies, staying true to the Estonian tradition of serving locally sourced food that’s fresh and tasty.
Traditional Estonian staples include rye bread, meat – try a blood sausage, the country’s national dish – fresh vegetables and foraged foods such as nuts and berries. Chefs across the country use their ingredients imaginatively while maintaining authentic Estonian flavours.
From the small northern village of Laulasmaa to the culture-rich town of Viljandi in the south, restaurants offer traditional dishes with creative touches, delivering an authentic yet unique dining experience.
Whether a luxury or laidback feel is top of the agenda, the 31 restaurants recognised in the Michelin guide offer something to fit every taste, with sophisticated vegan and vegetarian options also available. Great food is found in all corners of Estonia, so you can treat yourself to a gourmet meal wherever you may be.
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