One of the fondest memories I have from my childhood is holding my grandmom’s hand while walking back from Tallinn Puppet Theatre and every time we went to theatre with my grandmom, she took me and my brother past a cafe that had a spectacular marzipan display on their window. It was always different- a little house with marzipan figures around, a huge decorated cake. I must have been around 5-6 years old then and that window was the most magical thing for me. That cafe was Cafe Maiasmokk.
Cafe Maiasmokk (in translation “sweet-tooth”) is a historical cafe located in Old Town and dates back to 1806 when sugar baker Lorenz Cavietzel obtained the hall of the current Maiasmokk Cafe, which back then was a separate house.
Today the cafe is operated by Kalev, the most famous chocolate company of Estonia. The displays on the window are now a bit less spectacular (or my view of spectacular is less magical than 20 years ago) but the cafe still holds its magic with its historical interiors. The cafe is popular with elderly ladies who pass time before going to see a play in a theatre and chat away with their elegant girlfriends.
The aura of the cafe is like a small time-machine, it takes you right back to the time when everything was magical and the time just stands still.