What to Eat in Helsinki
Helsinki has by far the best cosmopolitan restaurants in Finland, and is a good place to escape the usual diet of meat and potatoes... if you can foot the bill, that is.
As usual in Finland the best time to eat out is lunch, when most restaurants offer lunch sets for around 6-10€. Lunch sets are typically served from 10.30 to 14.00, but the times vary between venues. In the evening, only budget places are less than 10€, while splurges cost well over 30€ per head.
Typical Finnish Restaurants
- Carelia, Mannerheimintie 56, tel. +358-9-27090976. Finnish-French with a strong fish and seafood emphasis. Oysters and other seafood in Winter, local fish in the Summer season. Located in the premises of an old pharmacy with some of the pharmacy interior still intact. One of the best (if not the best) wine cellars in town: there are 37 different champagnes alone on the wine list.
- Chez Dominique. Rikhardinkatu 4, tel. +358 9 612 7393. Finland's only Michelin two-star restaurant, run by famed Finnish chef Hans Välimäki. Set dinner courses of innovative French food with fresh Finnish ingredients and modern twists start at 79€ per head, not including drinks. Reservations essential. Trams 3b and 10.
- Fish Market, Pohjoisesplanadi 17, tel. +358-9-13456220. Another high quality seafood restaurant with relaxed atmosphere. Trams 1 and 1a
- Havis, Eteläranta 16, tel. +358-9-68695660. The successor of the legendary Havis Amanda ("Daughter of the Baltic") and still the best upscale seafood restaurant in town. Trams 1 and 1a
- Karljohan, Yrjönkatu 21, tel. +358-9-6121121. Very nice restaurant opposite the Hotel Torni with Swedish and Finnish traditional cooking and keeping high standards. It's worthwhile to try the Scandinavian mushy pea soup (and pancake dessert) at Thursday lunches.
- Rivoli, Albertinkatu 38, tel. +358-9-643455. Traditional fine dining restaurant quite close to the SAS Royal and Scandic Simonkentta hotels. Specialities include oysters, shellfish and mussels in season (this was the first place to import them at all) and Zander in a onion and cream sauce traditional style.
- Savoy, Eteläesplanadi 14, +358-9-684 4020, tel. A luxurious restaurant with a magnificent view of downtown Helsinki's rooftops. Savoy is decorated just as Alvar Aalto designed it in the 30's, and they still serve some of the dishes that Field Marshal Mannerheim used to order, such as the famous Vorschmack (a comparatively cheap 18€). Other mains from €40, while the opulent "Menu Savoy" will set you back €102.
Modified: 2007-03-04 11:34:52+01