A beer in Town Hall Square now as much as eight Euros

A typical cafe in Tallinn's Old Town Square
A typical cafe in Tallinn's Old Town Square Source: PM/SCANPIX

The average price of beer at restaurants in Tallinn's Town Hall Square (Raekoja Plats) the heart of the tourist district of Tallinn's Old Town has seen a rise of around €0.65 on a half litre over the past year, according to daily newspaper Õhtuleht (link in Estonian).

This time last year, noted Old Town eateries such as Vana Toomas and Maikrahv, were already pretty pricey when it came to coffee or beer; for instance, a half litre of beer would have set you back €7.95 at Vana Toomas, and was kept a bit more steady, though still not particularly cheap, at €6.40 at Maikrahv, the report explains.

Contrast that with the situation right now where the price of a half litre of beer has risen across 18 food establishments in the Town Hall Square, with the most expensive beer still to be had at Vana Toomas and Maikrahv, where the cheapest beer costs as much as €8.45 per half litre.

Conversely the cheapest place to get a beer in the square is at Liisu Juures, where a half litre costs only €4.90.

Tallinn's Town Hall Square sees a large uptick in the number of customers around this time of year, as the warmer weather causes a sudden blossoming of outdoor tables and terraces.

These price rises are in line with a simultaneous rise in rentals in what is one of the most expensive areas of the city: rental price for a cafe or restaurant stands at an average of €72 per square metre, up from just over €53 this time last year – at an almost 35% increase this in fact outstrips beer and coffee price hikes.

The Estonian government first hiked alcohol excise duties in a much-criticized move in 2015, and this is also likely to be a factor in continuing consumer price rises.

Editor: Andrew Whyte

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