Helsinki is a buzzy foodie city in the cutting-edge of Finnish new cuisine.
The innovative use of Finnish ingredients as part of the New Nordic tasting menu and a laid-back atmosphere is what Helsinki’s bistros are all about.
Helsinki is a modern, pocket-sized European city known for design and high technology. Helsinki’s attractive and unique character comes from its proximity to the sea, as well as its location between the East and the West.
In a fusion between bistro and fine dining there’s Juuri, a restaurant which is all about Finnishness. Their philosophy is to transform Finland’s nature ingredients into an innovative delicacy to suit modern tastes. Juuri’s famous sapas, a kind of Finnish tapas, is their bravado. Among their most interesting sapas are buckwheat blinis with herring; black pudding with lingonberry; and smoked bream with potato mousse with fried rye dough.
Cool and colorful – Bar 9 is a regular get-together for many Helsinki natives. It has a lively bohemian atmosphere, good music, chatting customers but not much elbow space, especially in the evenings. Very reasonable prices. Artists living in Finland exhibit in Bar 9.
A popular neibourhood bistro in the trendy Punavuori district which is packed full with locals, especially at lunch time. Rafla offers easy and good food for a moderate price. A must starter is their blinis with Finnish freshwater whitefish roe and gravlax. Rafla’s French-Scandinavian home cooking can be enjoyed by city execs and food lovers alike.
Rafla is a perfect place to relax on a warm summer’s evening.
Kuurna’s worn-down style décor gives a charming atmosphere to this small bistro. Their dishes are influenced mostly by Finnish and classical French cuisine. Kuurna favours organic and local production and serves only suppers. Fish can always be found in Kuurna’s menu and most of the restaurant’s ingredients come from local growers.
This renowned restaurant in picturesque Ullanlinna neighbourhood was built next to the theatre in order to accommodate theatre-goers. Its classic recipes include many favourites among Finns – such as Kom’s very own organic meatballs, salmon soup with lemon grass and a must dessert liquorice panna cotta. Dinner prices are fare. On Monday and sometimes Thursday evenings there are performances during which food is not served. KOM’s culinary ambience has a laid-back vibe.
Konstan Möljä’s homemade food, affordable prices and traditional Finnish atmosphere have made it a very popular restaurant amongst local and foreign visitors alike.
Stepping into Konstan Möljä is going back in time and having homemade food surrounded by sea memorabilia. This is the place to eat if looking for a basic Finnish meal: the famous Carelian roast, smoked reindeer soup or salmon. And Finns’ beloved potatoes are prepared in all possible ways: mashed, boiled, and fried or with dill. Not a trendy bistro, and definitely not a gourmet restaurant but nonetheless a unique, cozy and small eatery with unpretentious but good food. Also great for student budgets.
Lungi is located in the beautiful neighborhood of Ullanlinna near the sea, in an easy-going neighbourhood which also reflects in the restaurant’s atmosphere. Lungi is informal but no less delicious with its food. Their Lungi salmon burger is a great favorite among locals and even their famous risottos are often served with a Finnish Lungi twist adding chanterelles or boletus. Lungi’s comfy sofa, magazines and art make any visitor feel at home.
Hoku is a small casual restaurant located in the Punavuori/Eira district started by Ryan Shibuya. Ryan was born and raised in Hawaii and wanted to share some of the great foods from back home. Nothing fancy, just good food in a casual environment.
Authentic but cool and high quality with homey atmosphere – Tres Bones in Punavuori combines a restaurant, a bar and a club. It serves both lunch and dinner and during the weekends DJ gets you in the right mood downstairs.
Moomins, Santa and Angry Birds – activity parks, Finnish style
How about spending a day with the one and only Santa? Or going on a stroll around magical Moominvalley or an adventure in the Angry Birds world? Activity and adventure parks are scattered around Finland, and all have something unique to offer.