Bargaining is expected when dealing with street vendors or in markets.
Services charges are not usually added to restaurant bills, however, a small gratuity is appreciated.
Hors d'oeuvres are usually the best part of the meal, soups can also be quite good. Estonia is known for its local specialties of jellied veal (sult), and roast stuffed breast of veal, served with herring and beets in a vinaigrette dressing (Taidetud Vasikarind)
Some restaurants and bars serve western drinks, locally produced varieties are generally poor by comparison. The Estonian liqueur is Vana Tallinn and the local beer Saku is very popular.
The main shopping area is located in the old town, around Raekoja Plats (Town Hall Square) and along Pikk and Viru Streets. Opening hours are generally from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tallin is very popular with amber, linen and local handicrafts such as knitted woolens, leather prouducts and art works.
The unit of currency in Estonia is the Kroon (EEK0. There are 100 cents to the Kroon. Notes are available in the following denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 and 500 Kroons. There are exchange facilities at the Hotel Viru, Hotel Olumpia, Hotel Palace, and the main Post Office in Old Town.
Post Office and Telephone Facilities
The central Post Office is located at 1 Narva Maantee, opposite Viru Hotel. International calls can be made from the Post Office, or from a number of street public phones.
AT&T : 800-800-1001
MCI : No Access
SPRINT : No Access
The City Tourist Office is located at 4 Kullssepa Street (Town Hall Square).
A small number of taxis may be available on the streets. All taxis should operate by meter. There is a taxi stand at Viru Valjak in Tallinn.
Tallinn also offers a choice of trams, trolleybuses, buses, route taxis and taxis. Route taxis follow a fixed route and stop at the passengers' request. Tickets for trams, trolleybuses and buses can be brought from stalls near the stops and must be validated inside the vehicle. The trolleybus and bus service tend to be infrequent and crowded.