"Visit Brezhnev's favourite marzipan shop!" Top 5 Page for this destination Lower Town Tip by CatherineReichardt

Lower Town, Tallinn: 4 reviews and 13 photos

  Flock of half-dressed penguins
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  • Flock of half-dressed penguins - Tallinn
      Flock of half-dressed penguins
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  • Handpainting marzipan figures - Tallinn
      Handpainting marzipan figures
    by CatherineReichardt

I have to start by saying that I cannot bear marzipan. My mother, on the other hand, loves the stuff, and would buy (and eat) several batches each year before marzipanning the Christmas cake - a somewhat futile exercise as the rest of us promptly removed it from our slices and discarded it before eating anyway!

Anyway, I might not like it as a foodstuff, but I have great respect for it as an artistic medium, and I thoroughly enjoyed the Marzipan Museum as not only do you get to appreciate finished masterpieces, but you get to see them being made as well!

This was apparently Leonid Brezhnev's favourite marzipan emporium, and production was kept at fever pitch in the runup to his 70th birthday celebrations. Having read quite a lot about medieval banquets and their elaborate 'marchpane' (marzipan) centrepieces, it struck me that over half a millenium later, some things hadn't really changed ...

The craftsmanship is great, and watching the artist hand expertly handpaint them is an absolute treat. And, though this may be a slightly twee artform, there was something poignant about seeing a small flock of naked-looking penguins waiting for their plumage to be painted on!

Entrance to this small shop is free. The enthusiastic and creative can apparently make their own marzipan figurine: at 9.60 Euros (December 2010), it seems like rather expensive playdough, but you do get a gift presentation box in which to package your work of art, and presumably the resident experts will be on hand to assist even the creatively challenged in turning out something half way presentable ...

Address: The Marzipan Museum, Pikk 16
Phone: +372 646 0626

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 27, 2011
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