A few Thursdays ago the sun was shining in Tallinn and I was itching to get outside after finishing my workday. I called my sister and demanded she meet me at NOP, one of my favourite summer restaurants because their outdoor courtyard is ahmazing. Turns out I wasn’t the only one who was keen on spending an evening dining under a tree as my mom and dad happily made their separate ways to join us after little convincing. It ended up being one of the most enjoyable evenings of the summer so far, just the four of us (which happens rarely), munching on good food and having silly conversations. Just reminds me again how sometimes spontaneous evenings end up being the best ones.
As I’ve mentioned before, NOP does great brunch food, which they also serve on their lunch and dinner menu. We ended up getting poached eggs with salmon, avocado on toast, thai salad, a risotto and white fish ceviche tacos. The ceviche was the best and sadly I didn’t get a photo since my dad and I gobbled it up in seconds.
After our meal my sister and I wanted to walk off our food babies and decided to explore Kadriorg a bit. I only tend to make it to this part of town a few times a year but it really should be frequented more often. I love the colorful wooden houses, the calm streets lines with tons of trees and the peacefulness of the area. We slowly walked around Kadriorg Park too, only stopping to take some photos on the grass. It’s the ultimate way to spend summer in the city without feeling rushed, too hot or crammed.
Here’s my mini Kadriorg itinerary, which I plan on following again (I’ve added a couple extra steps that I missed out on last time):
1) Eat your breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner/snack at NOP, followed by their matcha whipped cream roll.
2) Slowly start making your way towards Kadriorg Park- en route decide which wooden house will your residence in the near future.
3) Once at the park, find a dog to pet (ours was a puppy called Sam), look at the swans for a while and then proceed to lie in the grass until your food baby has somewhat disappeared. An actual nap is encouraged.
4) Why not throw some art in there? Go to KUMU (the Estonian Art Museum) or Kadriorg Art Museum. If you’re too lazy or food coma’d for that go check out the gardens of Kadriorg Art Museum (#goals) or go to the Japanese Garden for some plant watching.
PS! Also, wearing something comfortable but pretty is essential. The light blue flowy gingham top that I love (hides 50 food babies v. well) is on sale now! See below: