Pop-up Café Days 2024 - Seto Kostipäiv 2024

On Seto Pop-up Café Days, you have the opportunity to visit cozy cafes at homes, farmsteads and some surprising venues as well. On that day, you will hear the sounds of musical instruments and traditional Seto singing called Seto leelo, see the beauty of Seto traditional clothes and have the dishes made using grandmothers’ recipes caress your tastebuds. Enjoy traditional Seto dishes as well as new delicacies made of local produce. Let the hospitality of Setos entertain you! This year you are welcome - on August 10-11, 2024.

You are welcome to enjoy our Pop-up Café Days
ON SATURDAY, 12 AUGUST 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. NB! ObiNizza Üülokaal (Night Club) is open until midnight on Saturday!
ON SUNDAY (Leftover day) 13 AUGUST 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. On Sunday, the cooks look into the kitchen and serve what they still have left from the previous day.

Note to groups. On Seto Café Days, the participating cafes act as pop-up cafes and they don’t serve food on daily basis. Therefore, smaller groups are preferred. If there are over 15 people in your group, we ask you to inform the cafes about your arrival beforehand. Thank you for taking our request into consideration! This way, we can offer the most pleasant experience for all the guests.

Accessibility. Most of the cafes are located outdoors, so there is wheelchair accessibility. The possibility of disabled WC is available in Värska Kultuurimaja, Obinitsa square of flags and Luhamaa Külamaja.

You can find the cafes with the help of your smartphone or by following the markings along the roads. You can prepare your personal route beforehand. Click on the name of a café and then you can see which actions you can take with your smartphone. Maps of Setomaa can be purchased from Tourism Information Points. If you come by bike, take a train to get closer to the area (Ilumetsa, Orava or Piusa train stops).

NB! Saatse “boot”. Along the Värska-Saabolda road, you will enter a section of a road (called Saatse “boot”) that passes through the territory of Russian Federation. You can drive on that road sections, but stopping is prohibited. Just follow the road and keep going, ignoring the Google Maps’ suggestion to turn onto small forest roads. You can get acquainted with the area by looking at the video.

Cold storage box. You can only that much, and it is not healthy to eat very much. Therefore, it’s a good idea to bring a cold storage box with you. This way, you can buy snacks and food souvenirs for those at home, and to remind you of that special day when you’re back at home or the hotel. It’s also recommended to have some cash on you.
Cash. It’s a bonus when you can pay with card at some of the cafes, but most of the cafes are located on traditional farmsteads with no modern payment possibilities. Cash can be withdrawn from the Swedbank ATM in Värska Cultural Center and from COOP stores (at Mikitamäe, Värska and Obinitsa).
Fill your car! When you are all full, take care of your vehicle as well. The only fuel station of Setomaa is located in Värska (Olerex station). There are fuel stations also in Räpina and Vastseliina, both very near to Setomaa.

The Seto Café Day cycle is part of the European Cultural Capital Tartu 2024 main program and is supported by the South-Estonian Community Program.