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Vltava

Vltava

Serving a range of Bavarian specialties, including bratwurst, schnitzel, pork ribs and apple strudel, this Czech bar-restaurant sits adjacent to the train station in a stately Eliel Saarinen building. Popular with local commuting folk,... Read More

Tin Tin Tango

Tin Tin Tango

Located a ten-minute tram ride (number 3) north from the city centre, this irreverent Parisian-style café is done up in Tin Tin art and buzzes with the sounds of Argentine tango. But the real reason to come is the on-site sauna and... Read More

Suola

Suola

Set in a former nightclub, the hit restaurant Suola has just launched its new menu of great gourmet street food - sliders, hero sub sandwiches and focaccia sandwiches – with prices more akin to those of a kebab van. The wine list, put... Read More

Strindberg

Strindberg

Most people visit this classic Helsinki café in order to be seen sipping coffee or chomping down on roast beef sandwiches out front along the esplanade. The outdoor area is a more affordable place to eat than in the glammy restaurant... Read More

Spis

Spis

This new new-Nordic, 18-seat vegetarian restaurant is big on the ideals of locavorism, stocking everything - from music to utensils to food - from the Nordic countries. If you're feeling adventurous try their surprise menu with wines... Read More

Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen

Though it might seem something of anomaly for Helsinki, this large Southern-style American restaurant is in fact very much in line with Finland's fetish for all things retro and kitsch. The southern specialties served here include gumbo... Read More

Sea Horse

Sea Horse

This cavernous Helsinki classic restaurant is as bare bones as they come - few adornments, dim lighting, basic menu - but it's been around for a century for one reason: outstanding meat-and-potatoes Finnish dishes. Despite the... Read More

Saaga

Saaga

Done up in game pelts, antler-like chandeliers and leather shoes, this is as close to Lapland as you'll get without visiting the Arctic Circle. Unique dishes include snow grouse, smoked reindeer, bear meatballs and local fish such as... Read More

Regatta

Regatta

This adorable tiny red café is located just at the waterside north of the Sibelius Park. They serve great homemade pastries and cakes, as well as good coffee - and unheard-of (for Finland) free refills! It's the perfect little haven to... Read More

Pompei

Pompei

Opened in the 1970s and still going strong, this spot serves the best pizza in the city, hands down. The cheery Neapolitan chef also does great pastas, salads and larger dishes such as trota ai gamberi (trout in shrimp sauce) and... Read More

Pelmenit

Pelmenit

Something of a hole in the wall just north of the bar-laden Kallio district, this affordably priced Eastern European restaurant does amazing home-style comfort food - something rather lacking in Helsinki these days. Go there especially... Read More

Olo

Olo

Named Finland's restaurant of the year in 2009, this Nordic spot does great fresh plates that include lemon herring, veal and breast of pigeon, and if you've still room, give their cardamom doughnut dessert, served with sea buckthorn, a... Read More

Muru

Muru

Great little bistro that does fresh and inventive takes on continental dishes. Specialties include pâté en croute, bouillabaisse, risotto and chocolate fondant. The sommelier-owners Samuil and Nicolas have selected some 200 wines that... Read More

Kasakka

Kasakka

This great little eaterie was one of Helsinki's first Russian restaurants and its tsarist and Soviet paraphernalia creates some real olde-worlde atmosphere. The meals, though, are fantastic: the best dishes include the blini with... Read More

Juuri

Juuri

This smallish spot stands out for its many sapas – self-styled, bite-sized Finnish tapas. Though the menu frequently changes, some recent adventurous favourites include horse tenderloin seasoned with sage, fried parsley and... Read More

Engel

Engel

One of the capital's most beloved places for a coffee is this little den of gourmet brew, cakes and pastries set just across from Senate Square (the designer Engel designed most of the buildings you see from the café's window). Their... Read More

Ekberg

Ekberg

A 19th-century landmark in Helsinki, this brilliant fin-de-siècle family-owned establishment is Finland's oldest café and bakery. Done up in green-marble tables, Ekberg consists of a café, a patisserie and a bakery, and their... Read More

Chez Dominique

Chez Dominique

Currently number 56 on the San Pellegrino list of world’s best restaurants, this minimalist Franco-Scandi spot has maintained two Michelin stars for a decade. The chef serves "surprise" meals consisting of four, six or nine courses -... Read More

Chef & Sommelier

Chef & Sommelier

Though there are only seats for 25 diners in this apartment-like space, this cosy organic spot is run by ebullient forager-cum-chef Sasu Laukkonen, who puts out a menu of nine items, from which you construct your own multi-course meal.... Read More

Boulevard Social

Boulevard Social

Opened in June 2012, this gourmet Mediterranean spot does mezzes and tapas-like dishes in a casual dining room decorated with simple lighting, long wooden benches, large mirrors - and a surfboard by the bar. They are known for their... Read More


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