Back in the USSR

Energia Cafe

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Why locals love it?

Oh my god - are we still in Soviet Estonia? The only thing that's changed in this cafe in the last twenty years is that the waitresses are now older. A place when my grandma feels safe.

Why you should visit it

The bartender might pick his nose while serving you. It's pretty 1979. We're sure that people who are looking for an exotic experience won't be disappointed, but bear in mind that just because this is a "Soviet cafe“, it doesn't mean Lenin's portraits are lining its walls and that all the workers are wearing red uniforms.

Special tip

Want to be like Soviet Estonian, take potato salad and sprat-egg sandwich. And look like you're having a terrible time.

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One of my favourite cafés in Tallinn. It is very cheap, has passable cakes and coffee, and huge windows for people watching.
Lynn October 6, 2017

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