Telliskivi Tales and Family Adventures - Interview with Photographer David O’Weger


Meet David O’Weger, a skilled photographer and camera operator who calls Helsinki his home. He is also a friend of Bob W, and one of the talented creatives we're lucky to collaborate with, working to capture and share the authentic stories of our local neighbourhoods.

Here, David shares his experiences of travelling with his family. He dives into what makes Telliskivi, the artistic district in Tallinn, so special to him. And guess what? It's not just any place; it's where Bob W himself calls home!

Bob W Telliskivi Entrance - Image by David O’Weger

Q. Tell us a bit about you

Originally from California I'm currently living with my family and working as a freelance photographer and camera operator in Helsinki, Finland. Whenever I'm not "officially working" I'm either shooting surf photography or hanging out with my wife Minna and our two boys.

Q. As a photographer what are your favourite places to capture in Tallinn?

I love the seaside and harbour. The boats and old buildings that have been restored are fascinating. 

Q. What is your favourite neighbourhood in Tallinn, what makes it special?

Telliskivi and the historic Noblessener shipyard - there are so many good cafes, restaurants and things to see like museums and exhibitions.
Bob W Telliskivi Family Breakfast - Image by David O’Weger

Q. What's your top recommendation for family-friendly activities in Tallinn?

The Proto Invention Factory is excellent. Not to mention the Japanese restaurant next door. If you or the kids are not into Japanese food check out Patarei burger which is right there too. The veggie burger! Bam - blow your mind! You should also see the Lennusadam Seaplane Harbor and Maritime museum.

Q. Where is your favourite place to eat in Tallinn?

F Hoone in Telliskivi - a stone's throw from Bob W. 

Q. What about the best family-friendly places to eat in Tallinn, and any Estonian dishes that are a hit with the younger ones?

F Hoone is perfect for families. There's even a sweet colourful gated kids park just out front in the yard. Not to mention the central location in Telliskivi - can't go wrong. If you're looking for a more culinary artistic experience try Restaurant Pegasus in old town. Amazing!
F-Hoone in Telliskivi neighbourhood - Image by David O’Weger

Q. Are there any family-oriented events or festivals in Tallinn that families should look out for?

Visit the TV tower for a grand panorama of the entire city! How about visiting Tallinn for a concert at Lauluväljak? Big names like The Weekend and Depeche Mode are playing there this Summer.

Q. Any tips or advice you'd like to share for families making their first visit to Tallinn?

Just go explore. Nothing is too far away, walking is the best way to see the city.

Q. And lastly, what do you love most about staying with Bob W?

The locations are always so good - this also brings a feeling of safety which is important when travelling to a new city. We also love the flexibility of the apartment style living with a full kitchen to use and the extra thought put into the details and design which is like a cherry on top of the experience.
Bob W Telliskivi Family Apartment - Image by David O’Weger
Bob W Telliskivi Family Apartment Polaroid Camera - Image by David O'Weger
Bob W Telliskivi Retro Gaming Console - Image by David O’Weger

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