East of Helsinki restaurants

Top Choice Desserts in Porvoo

Cafe Postres

Tantalise your sweet tooth or linger over Finland's best brunch at this delightful 'artisan' cafe, brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Samuli Wirgentius. Take your pick from rich, creamy gelato and to-die-for desser…
Top Choice Finnish in Kotka

Vausti

Kotka's finest dining is at charcoal-hued Vausti, attached to Kotka’s concert hall. The seasonal menu highlights local produce: sample the catch of the day, caught by the staff fisherman; pork rib from nearby Kaarti…
Top Choice Finnish in Porvoo

SicaPelle Wining & Dining

This fabulous restaurant in Hotelli Onni is a beguiling mix of simplicity (few ingredients) and experimentation (combining those ingredients in unusual combinations). The menu changes with the seasons, and service i…
International in Hamina

Kamu!

Beginning life as a pop-up restaurant at the Hamina Tattoo, Kamu! now occupies atmospheric digs in the Hamina Bastioni. The menu offers Finnish favourites with fortified flair, such as 'Löwen’s flamed salmon' (smoke…
Steak in Porvoo

Meat District

True to its name, Meat District serves high-quality, organic, grass-fed beef – the house speciality is the dry-aged beef for two; €86. What you might not expect is the fresh local produce and everything made from sc…
Finnish in Loviisa

Saltbodan

While away a summer evening at this smart cafe-restaurant serving Finnish favourites in an atmospheric old storehouse on Laivasilta Marina. The place is famous for its salmon soup, freshly baked bread and homemade q…
Cafe in Porvoo

Helmi Tea & Coffee House

A kindly Russian grandmother would happily sip tea from the distinctive lilac-and-white cups in the courtyard of this Tsarist teahouse. It's famous for its Runeberg torte (almond-rum cake, topped with raspberry jam)…
Finnish in Kotka

Laakonki

The cafe inside the Merikeskus Vellamo is excellent – worth a lunch stop even if you're not visiting the museum itself. The lunch buffet (available 11am to 3pm) always includes two main courses, with plenty of accom…
Finnish in Porvoo

Wanha Laamanni

This rambling 18th-century log building has housed the renowned Wanha Laamanni for more than 30 years. The restaurant offers a classy menu of Finnish favourites and a six-course surprise menu. The setting is invitin…
Seafood in Kotka

Wanha Fiskari

There are no surprises at this classic seafood joint – and we mean that in the best possible way. The decor is perhaps staid, but the food is reliably fresh and delicious, including house-smoked fish, pan-fried herr…