Every summer, Pärnu turns into a real beach resort town that is always bustling with people, regardless of day or time. Thousands of people are attracted by the sandy beach, clear sea, busy event calendar, and pleasant restaurants, cafés, and bars. It’s no wonder that in the summer, there are six times more people in Pärnu than during other times of the year. Read on to see what places in Pärnu you should visit this summer to make the most of the season.
Supeluse Summer Promenade
Supeluse Street and its restaurants and cafes form the Supeluse Summer Promenade, which has become one of the symbols of Pärnu in the summertime. You can stroll from the city centre to the beach and back, and it’s the setting of many summer street festivals. Due to the high number of pedestrians, Supeluse Street becomes car-free in the summer.
There are cafés, restaurants, and seating areas with pleasant atmospheres to suit all tastes. For example, at the beginning of Supeluse Street, there is a place called Poisi Eine where you can buy wraps, burgers and poke. Across the street is Oliver’s Garden Café, which serves barbecue and has tables for larger groups. Families with children will especially enjoy this place, as Oliver’s Garden Café has a large children’s playground. Next to Oliver’s Garden Café, is the soon-to-be-opened restaurant Miami, seating 180. Exactly when the restaurant will open remains a secret.
Continuing along Supeluse Street, you will find the Supelsaksad Café, which always serves delicious food. Directly across the road is Karusselli Buffet, one of the main evening gathering places. The Artists’ House is also close by, where there is always something exciting going on.
Moving on from there, we arrive at Villa Wesset, which is always full of visitors in the summer. Villa Wesset is a hotel with a restaurant that expands to the street during the summer season. At Villa Wesset you’ll find high quality meals and great cocktails to enjoy during the long evenings.
Across the road from Villa Wesset is the large Pärnu Beach Park, the construction of which began in 1882. It’s pleasant to walk here during daytime or in the evening. Delight in ancient avenues, admire the flowers and fountains, have a relaxed summer picnic, or meet the friendly grass-green elephants that have been brought here to delight visitors.
Pärnu beach and the beach promenade
Pärnu beach is the most popular beach in Estonia, not only due to its clear sea and sandy beaches, but also because there is always something exciting going on. Pärnu Beach is full of sunbathers and swimmers during the day, but in the evening it has a completely different atmosphere. So after a long day at the beach, it’s worth getting dressed up again and coming back to take part in the buzz of summertime activities.
On warm summer evenings, Pärnu’s beach promenade is more reminiscent of a southern European resort town. In recent years, a number of cosy bars and seating areas have sprung up along the promenade, where it’s nice to hang out with friends and chat. You may also enjoy an evening stroll along the promenade with your companions. The beach bars often host concerts and beach parties.
If you’re feeling a bit hungry, it’s worth popping into the Rannahotell Restaurant, which embodies the glamour of the 1930s and serves delicious Scandinavian cuisine. World-class street food can be found at Poko Restaurant at the end of the promenade on Side Street, next to Poko B, where you can order delicious sushi. Speaking of restaurants, be sure to visit restaurant Raimond, located under the Hedon Spa Hotel, where you can enjoy a high quality à la carte menu.
In addition to the restaurants, there are a number of small places with a cosy atmosphere along the beach promenade. For example, the surf clubs Aloha and Surf Center, where in addition to renting surf equipment, you can also eat or drink and chill out with friends. You’ll find cool spots along the promenade like a cocktail bar in a converted camper van called Põks and modern-looking beach bars. For those who love dance music, Sunset nightclub awaits visitors to the Pärnu Beach House, along with the Sunset Lounge located on the terrace, where music is played and you can enjoy the sunset and sea view.
If you are holidaying with children, Pärnu Beach has one of the best playgrounds in Pärnu, with activities for children of all ages. You can also take the children to visit the Rannaniidu hiking trail at the end of Side Street, which is built over a natural beach meadow, offering wonderful views of Pärnu Bay.
New and trendy promenade by the Pärnu River
The Pärnu River area is becoming more attractive every year. It is here that more and more locals and visitors alike flock for summer evenings. In recent years, trendy bars and cafés have sprung up here, creating a pleasant atmosphere for hosting summertime events. The area along the Pärnu River has long been overshadowed by the seafront, but this is now changing with the development of a food street and riverside promenade.
*English translation from Visit Estonia’s article.