June 16, 2012

A Walk in Time: Medieval Shop in Tallinn

Last month I posted about the Tynemouth Flea Market in UK and I mentioned we would continue sharing info about other interesting antique & vintage places, stores and things we found in the cities we visited during that particular cruise itinerary and also future finds as well.  So, there is a lot to share and I thought it would be nice to do so in a series of posts we will call: “A walk in Time”.

Today I want to show you a really cute and interesting small Medieval Shop we found in Tallinn, Estonia.

Olde Hansa is the name of this Medieval Restaurant and Shop located in the heart of the medieval city of Tallinn.  The shop exhibits beautiful and practical items from medieval Europe.  

They sell reproductions of medieval items which are suitable for everyday use. Everything is handmade and modelled after actual medieval artifacts, yet designed to be durable and practical for the home (e.g. Dishwasher and microwave safe.) Take a trip through history!

The vendors are all dressed up in the medieval fashion, I never had the chance before to see in person the replicas of medieval fashion, so I was very happy to observe the simple clothing but yet very charming and colorful; and believe me my mind immediately travelled back in time picturing it.

For a moment we felt like we were on a museum, the décor around the shop was very nice, with heraldic shelves, old world maps and many other items typical of that era. 

Even the ceiling was all painted; every little corner of this shop was carefully decorated.


We did not have enough time to go to the restaurant though, as most of our time was spent in the gorgeous store, but I checked their website and it looks amazing, we would have loved to enjoy a medieval meal.  

I loved this shop, they have jewelry, spices, glassware, pottery, medieval clothes, shoes, metal & wood work, baskets and many other adorable items, I wanted to buy the whole store, but he did not let me hehe!, however this shop inspired me to do some projects that I am working on and will show you in near future.

This shop is definitely special, but what I liked the most was the time travel you get to experience; having the replicas of the real things in my hands and being able to actually stand on a medieval times “set” if we could call it that way and see how things were back in those days was amazing, don't you think?.  I really enjoyed this shop and I wanted to share it with you, if you ever have the chance to visit Tallinn, do visit this shop.  

We also walked around the town, one of the Europe’s most magical capitals, competing even with Prague in the richness of its architectural heritage.  

Tallinn is the capital and the largest city with a population of approximately 400,000 people.

Located on the shores of the Baltic with the Russian Republic to the east, Latvia to the south and the sea to the north and west, Estonia covers an area of about 17,500 square miles. 

Tallinn was first mentioned on the World Map back in 1154 and therefore is one of the oldest towns in the Baltic area.

This city is very charming.  We also found a store selling old books and metal pins, and I took the chance to buy few of those gorgeous pins.

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  1. What a beautiful city and that shop looks really fun.

  2. Erika, What an amazing place! Thanks for sharing this adventure with us. Can't wait to see the pieces you create from the inspiration you received.

  3. Thanks for giving me a look at that shop, I would just love to see it in person, I could spend all day in there!

  4. Hi Erika,

    That looks like an awesome place to shop.


  5. Wow, I'm in complete awe looking at these pictures! That ceiling is explicit! Thanks so much for sharing.

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