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Kalev Marzipan Factory Museum
  
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Reviewed April 1, 2019

The chocolate factory Kalev was established already in 1806, nowadays owned by a Norwegian food conglomerate it still remains very Estonian. My favourite is their practically packaged marzipan sold in four flavours including the Vana Tallinn liquer. The museum located in the corner house of their famous Maiasmokk cafe showcases the traditional hand painted figurines also on sale. Nostalgic Soviet era covers have been brought to life on their spring chocolate boxes. If you have any questions speak to Mr. Otto, the gentleman reading his newspaper on the sofa.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Heli P
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Reviewed January 22, 2019

Lovely candy shop with a little marzipan museum in the corner which has some quite impressive marzipan art. Otto Kubo, the inventor, is there to explain it to you if you'd like to speak to him.

Kalev is a very known sweets brand in Estonia and rightfully so. They have their café where they serve their specialties just behind the marzipan museum. We ordered a "small chocolate desert" or something along those lines, which was a small cup (like an espresso cup) of thick, creamy hot chocolate. Delicious!
I was a little disappointed not to find a cake or something because of my food allergies, but in the end it turned out to be a good thing. I bought a chocolate bar, and the chocolate was delicious! So delicious that we bought some more to bring back to Switzerland.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 677sandrines
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Reviewed August 31, 2018

We enjoyed our little stop here. A very friendly member of staff welcomed us and told us about the little marzipan gallery downstairs. We had look round and then she gave us tastes of 3 different types of marzipan - there was no pressure to buy but we ended up buying a bar each of the pistachio and low sugar ones because they were so nice - nothing like the oversweet yellow marzipan in the UK! We later popped back for a marzipan ice cream cone as we had never seen that before - it was to die for and much nicer than the ice cream from one of Tallinn's more 'famous' ice cream shops!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank alimot68
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Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

We love chocolate and marzipan as a family. This was a great place to stop and take photos and get samples. They even let you sit and (for a modest fee) paint and decorate your own marzipan dessert. Big hit with family to close out quick trip to Tallin!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 3, 2018

The best before date marked on the cellophane cover of the marzipan figure bought six weeks ago at Kalev in Tallinn grows ever nearer. To eat it, or to keep it for our own museum of momentoes of our travels? It survived a journey through the Baltics. We don’t know what the kids did with the brightly coloured marzipan Lego bricks we bought for them-presumably they had the same dilemma. Kalev was grea; as well as looking at all the exhibits we were able to stock up on chocolate bars as iron rations for the rest of the journey and to bring home. Centrally placed, Kalev’s front windows are a place to sit and people watch-next time coffee in the cafe.

Date of experience: May 2018
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