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
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.
Address: Pohjoisesplanadi 5, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
Website: Ravintola Olo
2. Ragu - Helsinki
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)
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)
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
5. Wolkoff Restaurant & Wine Bar - Lappeenranta
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
6. Karl Fazer Café - Helsinki
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)
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)
8. Sinne - Porvoo
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
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
10. Cafe Regatta - Helsinki
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.
Address: Merikannontie 8, 00260 Helsinki, Finland
Website: Cafe Regatta
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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