The art deco town hall dominates the centre, between the kauppatori (market square)and river. It was designed by Eliel Saarinen, the...
A chubby cherub perches on the balcony of Taitokortteli, a pocket of town where local craftsfolk make clothing, toys and homewares. It’s...
If you want to know more about Karelian history or culture, the Carelicum, which reopened in January 2011 after a long refurbishment,...
Beer-lovers should head straight for the Palaveri, a bar-restaurant with the best selection of beers in town – offered at a discount to...
Kahvila & Konditoria Houkutus
Decent coffee shops are thin on the ground in Joensuu. Luckily, this smart bakery does great coffee and even better cakes. The mint...
Lonely Planet review
You’ll have trouble keeping an eye on your plate amid the swanky surroundings of this art-deco town hall building, which is decked out in Karelian maroons and blacks. The menu is representative of the region, with muikku from nearby lakes and border-crossing borscht.