The weather has once again changed quickly. The days have become shorter, Autumn lasted only a few weeks and its colors have already disappeared. I opened my window one morning and found that everything was covered by snow. I went for a walk and noticed that the Emajogi River was frozen. I cannot hide that I find the winter fascinating, but at the same time, it is something unknown to me, because this is the first time that I have lived in a country which experiences Winter.
Due to the fact that I am studying an intensive Master Program, I have a significant amount of assignments, essays, reports, test, and exams to complete. Fittingly, I spend a lot of time studying at home or in the library, and sometimes the weather makes want to just stay at home. A friend recommended that I change my routine and, instead of studying at home, study at a cafe. I was hesitant at first but then decided to start visiting cafes in the city just to change my routine a little.
One of the advantages of living in a small city like Tartu is that everything is close by and you can walk everywhere. Most of the cafes are located in Kesklinn, close to the Raekoja Plats, but you can also find some interesting places in other areas. If there are no places available in a specific cafe, you can just walk around and find another!
I want to share with you my top 5 of Cafes in Tartu:

  1. Werner Café.

Over the past 120 years, Werner Café has developed a reputation as a meeting point for spiritual and artistic people alike. It’s an excellent location where you can potentially encounter famous musicians, artists, actors, or writers enjoying a cup of coffee and a delicious piece of cake. Additionally, I’ve found that Werner Café is a great place to start your morning with coffee, tea, and fresh cake!
Location: Ulikooli 11, Tartu-Estonia
Open: Mon- Thu 7:30 – 23:00, Fri 7:30-24:00, Sat 8:00 -24:00, Sun 9:00-21:00.
Website: http://werner.ee/

  1. Sade Kohviteek. 

Sade is a small and cozy location for any student desiring a good location to study. Their coffee is enjoyable, and it is an optimal location for students using laptops.
Location: Ruutli 4, Tartu-Estonia
Open: Mon, Tue 8:00-22:00, Wed, Thu 8:00-23:00, Fri 8:00-24:00, Sat 10:00- 24:00, Sun 10:00-22:00
Website: http://lokaalsade.ee/

  1. Patisserie GMP 

What struck me most strongly was just how peaceful the environment of the Patisserie GMP was. The pleasant aromas of coffee and cakes did wonders for soothing my mind and helping me focus on my study materials. Additionally, their tea is magnificent!
Location: Küüni 5 b, Tartu- Estonia
Open: Mon-Thu 7:30-21:00, Fri- Sat 7:30- 23:00, Sun 9:00-18:00
Website: https://www.patisserie.ee/

  1. Moku 

Although this place has a reputation among the student body as a popular bar, visiting early in the afternoon could allow you to experience another side of it just like I did. It is also an excellent place to drink a hot cocoa and read your favorite book!
Location: Magasini 5, Tartu- Estonia
Open: Mon-Thu 12:00-3:00, Fri, Sat 12:00-4:00, closed Sun.
Website: https://moku.ee/

  1. Kempel 

I personally have not been here, but I would love to try it sometime. The giant cups of coffee they supposedly sell sound extremely tempting!
Location: Ruuti 12, Tartu-Estonia
Open: Mon- Fri 7:00-19:00 Sat 10:00-17:00, closed Sun.
Website: https://xn--pevapakkumised-5hb.ee/tartu/krempel-kohvik