Today we walked around the area of Tallinn known as Kalamaja. (translates as ‘fish house’ in English). It is an area that once house fishermen and pilots as well as cheap housing for factory workers built by the soviets.
In 1991 the factories were abandoned and left to ruin. But just as areas elsewhere artists and alternative living people moved in to the abandoned housing, it starts to become gentrified and the area becomes trendy!
We saw this in Germany in Berlin. We have seen it in Melbourne, in New York (Williamsburg)
The houses here are wooden and the new modern versions are the same. I really wouldn’t call them houses they are apartment blocks of no more than 4 stories.
When we got to the ex railway locomotive plant it was a true cacophony of factory buildings along side converted containers and railway carriages.
Signposting was interesting as well. Trees and outdoor seating of lots of ways to use packing crates was fascinating.
A building similar to Castlemaine’s old hospital had been converted into designer shops on the ground floor with offices above.
It has a flea market there which looked like it has been there forever. It reminded us of the Russian flea market in Beijing which we visited in 1996. This area also had its own cafe where the the furniture was out of the 50s and middle aged men in their fluorescent vests drank coffee and played chess
In another area and quite the opposite to factory area there was an upmarket undercover market selling everything from fish to honey as well as fruit and veggies.
Above that was an ‘antique’ market similar in style to Daylesford’s
We enjoyed a delicious lunch at F Hoone which was the first restaurant to be established there in 2010. Interesting that there is no extra signage inviting you in but it was chockers!
There are 11 buildings that have been ‘renovated’ and they continue to work on this.
We saw a great exhibition of photographs telling of some of the people who have lived in the area.
In the Telliskivi information it states that they began the project in 2007, now there are 250 companies involved in some way through their presence including architects and design firms. They hold 600 cultural events a year. We are missing out on the food truck festival as well as the film festival which are happening in June. Read all about it here
In some ways it reminds me of the Mill in Castlemaine. This one here is on such a bigger scale. I was in a shop this afternoon talking with the owner and mentioned that we had spent much of the day wandering in that area. She was polite but thought them ‘Bohemians’ So the area is not liked by all.
On our wander there we found a gorgeous little bakery where we had coffee and a cinnamon scroll baked on the premises. We needed to go downstairs into the shop. So delicious that on our way home we bought another for tomorrow’s breakfast (if i can keep it out of Sam’s hands before that!)