White Guide 2020
Restoran Pärnus
Hea Maa cafe-restaurant in Pärnu town hall 1
White Guide 2020
Hea Maa cafe-restaurant in Pärnu town hall 1

Hea Maa Local Pärnu Cafe & Restaurant

Hea Maa is opened every
Saturday and Sunday

Breakfast at Hea Maa

Exquisitely prepared from local and seasonal ingredients, the team at Pärnu restaurant Hea Maa not only prepare great-tasting food, but offer a superb dining experience where you can unwind and relax


at Pärnu Town hall courtyard

Our Story

Cafe-restaurant Hea Maa – one of the best places to eat in Pärnu

Opened in June 2015, Hea Maa cafe-restaurant in Pärnu embodies the same core values within a 110-year-old town hall building; proudly rich with local Pärnu history.

Hea Maa cafe-restaurant in Pärnu town hall 3
Hea Maa cafe-restaurant in Pärnu

About Hea Maa Restaurant

Hea Maa translates as “good land or earth” in English, obtaining its name from local Pärnu resident and friend Imbi, who viewed how farmers cultivate their land with honesty, passion and respect – producing superb and locally sourced Estonian food.

Opened in June 2015, Hea Maa cafe-restaurant embodies the same core values within a 110-year-old town hall building; proudly rich with local Pärnu history.

Hea Maa Pärnu cafe-restaurant can host 20 people inside and additional 30 people outside during the Estonian summer months.

Hea Maa’s team of top Chef’s

Hea Maa’s team of culinary specialists is lead by passionate food lover Virkko Vendla, sourcing local Pärnu food and crafting meals for all the family.

Virkko Vendla, who was born and raised in Soomaa, in the heart of the Estonian countryside surrounded by forests and bogs – developed at an early age a love for local, natural ingredients – core values he incorporates when preparing our food menu.

Vendla has studied and worked in the United Kingdom, developing his culinary magic and infusing it with local Pärnu produce, recipes and tastes. Vendla unsurprisingly ensures that every bite is packed with flavours you’ll never forget.

History of the Building

Formerly the office of the mayor of Pärnu, the hall, now over 100 years old dating before the founding of the Republic of Estonia, retains a modest yellow classicist style.

First built as a house for the merchant Harder, the building had an Art Nouveau extension completed in 1911. Harder died penniless in 1819, and the house was put up for sale to clear his debts and was purchased by the tsar for 24,100 rubles, being used as the residence of Pärnu’s Superintendent.

By 1835, after the Pärnu fort was dismantled, the house was given to the town and became its town hall.

The town’s mayor at the time, Oscar Brackmann, whose ambition it was to turn Pärnu into a resort town and beach park, had electric lighting installed in the city, being the first town in the entire Russian Empire to have this.

Oscar Brackmann’s legacy on Pärnu cannot be understated, and although it is not known which desk he worked from, it’s possible that you are sitting in his place when you dine at our local Pärnu restaurant. Legend says that Oscar Brackmann also planted the pear tree to the town hall courtyard. This may not be true but the tree itself is the biggest pear tree in town. 

Today the beautiful building houses the office of Pärnu Town Orchestra, Pärnu Visitor Centre and Pärnu City Gallery. Although the City Council of Pärnu moved to another building in the year 2007, they still hold some meetings here, in the second-floor sitting room.

Others about us

Hea Maa cafe-restaurant in Pärnu White Guide Baltic

From the White Guide Baltic 2018: Hea Maa

The first step inside the restaurant does not reveal the rurality of the place. Rather, the milieu is vintage formal. Rather, the milieu is vintage formal. Not even the small menu betrays the distinctiveness of Hea Maa, which becomes clear only when you have a chance to talk to the chef-patron. He can tell interesting stories about every base material used. Some are hand-grown and handpicked.

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Booking a Table

If the sun is too hot or the rain is too strong. Visit our terrace at Pärnu Town hall courtyard, order your main course and then choose your 

free drink 

homemade lemonade or glass of wine

Offer is valid every day from 12.00 to 15.00 until 31st of August

Free drink