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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“An important museum for learning about Estonian history and culture. Architecturally interesting building, built in the former Soviet military airfield. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Science Centre AHHAA is to introduce science to everyone and encourage studying through the joy of discovery. In addition to trying out numerous ´hands-on´ exhibits on our various exhibitions, visitors of AHHAA can also take part in workshops, enjoy planetarium and science theatre shows.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Our favourite Italian place with great pizzas and good atmosphere, suitable for families. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The newest mall in town. Go check it out if you're in need of new shoes, groceries or anything else. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cafe
“Offers great coffee, pastries and cake slices. Usually a very popular place.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Best place to have some glasses of wine with friends. The locale can be impossibly busy but if you score a table, it's usually fun. Good wine, good snacks. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Plaza
“Center of the City. City hall square that hosts many fairs and you can reach it by renovated pedestrian bridge that has new lights and speakers that are synchronized with city halls bell tower. 5 times in a day you may witness show of lights and sound.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“Charming oasis at the end of Rüütli Street. Don't expect exotic fireworks of flora , it's modestly Nordic but visibly cared for with love. Open till 9 PM, gardens are completely free. Kids playground at back end.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“ Behind the town hall Lossi Street takes you to Toome Hill (Toomemägi). It is a historically important place in the centre of Tartu. The park on the hill is an oasis of calmness and nature in the middle of the city. Buildings that were formerly used for military purposes now belong to the university. Lossi Street separates Toome Hill in two. Two bridges that are situated above connect the eastern and western area of the hill, which is very practical because everything is always within reach. The western part of the hill is clearly dominated by the ruins of the 13th-century cathedral (Toomkirik) that has been decaying since the Livonian War (1558-1583). The sanctuary, which is still in a quite good condition today, accommodates the University’s history museum. Here, you can get a broad overview of academic research and teaching in Tartu. Ruins of Tartu Cathedral Ruins of Tartu Cathedral. The ruins have been secured and restored in some places. Visitors can climb to a viewing platform on top of the cathedral and will be rewarded with a lovely panoramic view of a large part of Tartu. In the eastern part of the public park you will find the Old Anatomical Theatre (Vana anatoomikum) and the time-honoured Observatory (Tähetorn), which was the most modern one in Europe in the 19th century.”
  • 12 locals recommend
University
“Главное здание университета, в самом сердце Тарту. Тут же прекрасный концертный зал Ülikooli aula. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“There are 3 shopping centres in the centre of the town. This is one of them. It has a cinema, various shops, a grocery store and some places to eat at.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
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“Best cakes in the town! Perfect place in city centre to drink coffee & eat cake/pie.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
  • 1 local recommends
Café
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“If you're looking for a bar that bring together a whole neighborhood (and beyond), where everyone is greeted by name, where the wildest funny bands are playing to make people dance on the street then this the place!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bus Line
“Tartu Central Bus station (busses to other cities like Tallinn, Pärnu etc).”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bus Station
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Italian Restaurant
“Our favourite Italian place with great pizzas and good atmosphere, suitable for families. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Cafe
“Offers great coffee, pastries and cake slices. Usually a very popular place.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“Best cakes in the town! Perfect place in city centre to drink coffee & eat cake/pie.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“For a late-night drink go to Meat Market cocktail bar. Bloody-Mary there, is the mother of all the Mary´s :))) They also have some pretty tasty non-alcoholic cocktails.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“Best crepes on Sunday morning with freshly pressed orange juice! Try Les Crepes with Mascarpone and Nutella :) Also known for very big and tasty meat salads. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A popular bohemian type restaurant in a unique setting (old factory building), good food (incl. vegan) and great atmosphere. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Möku is a gathering place for locals and tourists alike. Decent selection of craft beers. If you're brave then have a couple of "Sparta" shots..”
  • 6 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
“Well, I do not really recommend it, but it is a standard McDonald's, for whatever that is worth”
  • 3 locals recommend

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