Top 10 Best Places To Eat In Finland

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Finland is a wonderful country - full of green forests, warm saunas, lakes and delicious berries, during the summer. It might not have a worldwide reputation for its food, but there are definitely some local specialities that you should try while travelling around the country. If you’re not sure what restaurants should be on your list, you have landed in the right place.

Here is a list of good restaurants, spread all around Finland, making it easier for you to decide where to have your lunch break or a lovely dinner, depending on your route in this amazing country.

1. Ravintola Olo - Helsinki

Ravintola Olo (14152999986)
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How can one not give a good review for a Michelin star restaurant? If you want to have an extraordinary dining experience, in a remarkable location, with savoury food, you can’t go wrong by choosing Olo. This is, of course, if you’re not travelling on a budget. It is the perfect location for a very special, romantic dinner, especially if you choose the three hour “Journey”, that will have you tasting 15 different dishes. Go here with an empty stomach.

Ravintola Olo

Address: Pohjoisesplanadi 5, 00170 Helsinki, Finland

Website: Ravintola Olo

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2. Ragu - Helsinki


Posted by Ragú on Monday, 2 June 2014

Go to Ragu to be surprised by their menu. This is definitely not a budget restaurant, but the service and the food will guarantee a fabulous experience. The combination of food they suggest is unexpected, yet perfect. This is a place to go on a special occasion, you will for sure appreciate the exquisite service and excellent food.


Address: Ludvigsgatan 3, 00130 Helsinki, Finland

Website: Ragu (in Finnish)

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3. Hella & Huone - Tampere

One of the best restaurants in Tampere, at Hella & Huone you can have good food, accompanied by good wine. It is a place loved by both locals and tourists alike, mostly because of the quality of the food and service. It’s a place suitable for a romantic dinner, aimed at people who appreciate good food and a cozy atmosphere.

Hella & Huone

Address: Salhojankatu 48, 33500 Tampere, Finland

Website: Hella & Huone (in Finnish)

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4. Smor - Turku

With its marvellous location right by the river, Smor offers its customers an excellent dining experience at a lower price, in comparison to other, similar places. Although not an option when travelling on a tight budget, if you feel like splurging and treating yourself for one night with a good dinner, Smor might be a good choice.


Address: Läntinen Rantakatu 3, 20100 Turku, Finland

Website: Smor

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Finland Tour Guide

Ann Travel Finland  (Anna Siukola)

Ann Travel Finland (Anna Siukola)

Hi, my name is Ann, and I offer author’s Helsinki and Southern Finland tours in English to individual travelers, families, friend groups, and large groups. My style is educative and entertaining, so you will have a lot of facts presented in an easy, fun, and friendly manner. I am knowledgeable in various fields, but my tours are not boring history lessons. Instead, we will have a lively narrative and discussion, and I promise you will WANT to know more! I conduct all sorts of tours: sightseeing-, thematic-, tailored-for-your-interests, customized tours; walking and biking tours, and tours with the use of public and private transport. You name it! Whatever you select, I can assure you that you will have great memories when you are back home!18 years ago, I moved from one beautiful city to another – from St. Petersburg to Helsinki. Back in St. Petersburg, I worked as a tourist guide, and following my passion for this profession, I studied for and received the authorized tourist guiding diploma in Helsinki as well. Through these years, my knowledge of modern life in Finland, the language, people’s mentality, traditions, culture, etc. has naturally deepened. All curiosities which make up Finnish culture, have become part of me, and Finland has become my dear, beloved home. As an international person living in Finland myself and having an international family (at home, we speak English, Finnish, and Russian), I would like to offer you a tour where I am going to tell you about Helsinki, its history and traditions, its modern vibe and the international diversity of it before and today. What is the place of Finland in this fast-changing world? Let’s talk about it, and compare it to your home country if you will.My customers love the way I connect historical facts about Finland and the neighboring country - Russia. Having been an authorized St. Petersburg guide as well, I always find it fascinating to bring up some historical connections. Well, well… Finland was part of Tsarist Russia for a century, so there are loads of connections here. Now, due to the current situation, people don’t travel to St. Petersburg, but many, from my experience, are interested to know about the current state of affairs out there. Through my tours, you can get a touch of it too. Just IF you want.My other occupation is a multidisciplinary artist, which is why on my tours I love to point out architectural details and all the man-made beauty of Helsinki. As a person who is very passionate about history, art, architecture, and overall – beauty around us and a person who loves to share her knowledge and inspiration, I also love to meet other cultures and exchange our knowledge about this beautiful and diverse world. So, come to have fun with me on my tour and get a touch of the old and modern sides of the atmospheric Helsinki city!Contact me and let's plan your visit to Helsinki together!

5. Wolkoff Restaurant & Wine Bar - Lappeenranta

Posted by Wolkoffin Ravintola & Viinikellari on Thursday, 2 June 2016

If you find yourself in Lappeenranta and wonder where to have a good meal, Wolkoff Restaurant & Wine Bar is one of the best options available. It is especially a good choice for lunch, as their lunch menu is definitely good value for money. They use organic products and serve mostly traditional Finnish meals, which will allow you to experience Finnish culture, through food. The seating and the design of the restaurant are basic, but the food is definitely worth the visit.

Wolkoff Restaurant & Wine Bar

Address: Kauppakatu 26, 53100 Lappeenranta, Finland

Website: Wolkoff Restaurant & Wine Bar (in Finnish)

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6. Karl Fazer Café - Helsinki

Karl Fazer Café
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Karl Fazer Café in Helsinki is the place to go for breakfast or lunch. They have a wide selection of pastries, sandwiches and, as expected, very delicious cakes. It is particularly the best choice for you if you are the type of person who likes breakfast sweet and is happy to have chocolate, no matter the time of day.

Karl Fazer Café

Address: Kluuvikatu 3, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Website: Karl Fazer Café - in Finnish)

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7. Mami - Turku

Relaxed and rather small, Mami will provide you with Finnish traditional food, in an unpretentious atmosphere. The location contributes to the general vibe of this restaurant. The outdoor terrace is the best place to enjoy a nice warm summer day. Mami can get crowded, especially at lunch time, but it’s a suitable choice for dinner, as well.


Address: Linnankatu 3, 20100 Turku, Finland

Website: Mami (in Finnish)

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8. Sinne - Porvoo

Posted by Bistro Sinne on Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Although the individual meals are a bit small and pricey, choosing their fixed menu will save a bit of money, while giving a nice mix of dishes. If you travel to Porvoo on a Sunday, do try their Sunday brunch options. Most of the food on their menu is local and they offer a wide selection of burgers.


Address: Läntinen Aleksanterinkatu 1, 06100 Porvoo, Finland

Website: Sinne

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9. Santa's Salmon Place - Rovaniemi

Santa’s Salmon Place is a small restaurant, located in the very touristic Santa Claus Village. They offer salmon fillets, grilled on a big stove inside the restaurant. It is an interesting experience, as you can smell the grilling fish, all around. They also offer coffee and cakes, and usually, customers choose to have that, while waiting for their fish to be ready. It’s a place where patience is required, as it might take a bit of time, when busy.

Santa's Salmon Place

Address: Santa Claus Village, Tähtikuja 1, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland

Website: Santa’s Salmon Place

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10. Cafe Regatta - Helsinki

Cafe Regatta
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Cafe Regatta is most famous for its cinnamon buns and great coffee. It is a great choice for breakfast or brunch, while in Helsinki. With its waterside location, you couldn’t be in a better place for enjoying warm long summer days, in Helsinki.

Cafe Regatta

Address: Merikannontie 8, 00260 Helsinki, Finland

Website: Cafe Regatta

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Beautiful Finland

This amazing country makes you wonder why there are not more tourists around. Although more expensive than other locations, Finland has a lot to offer, in terms of touristic locations, natural parks, forests and food. Take your time when planning your trip to Finland, you will love the country and its people.

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