Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Kalajoki

Lohilaakso

Smoked salmon and whitefish – served in salads or on platters – is the speciality of this stocked salmon-fishing pond and smokery. If you rent a rod (€5) and catch your own, they will smoke it (€5) and serve it whol…
Top Choice Finnish in Seinäjoki

Juurella

Juurella's award-winning chefs use seasonal local organic produce, with results that are nothing short of a masterpiece on a plate. These culinary inventions – such as beef with juniper-berry sausage or forest-mushr…
Top Choice Finnish in Närpes

Linds Kök

Dine amid mandarin and lime trees, strawberries, herbs and tomatoes growing inside this lush greenhouse, 10km southeast of Närpes. Fresh-as-it-gets Finnish specialities include creamy tomato soup, fried Arctic char …
Top Choice Finnish in Finland's West Coast

Café Fäboda

On a picturesque rocky perch overlooking the beach, this breezy spot is the best place to dine for miles around. Specialities include gourmet cheeseburgers on brioche buns, freshly caught whitefish with white wine–b…
Top Choice Finnish in Vaasa

Gustav Wasa

A former coal cellar is home to one of Finland’s finest restaurants, with sublime seven-course tasting menus served in the intimate candlelit dining room. There's also a casual gastropub with wines by the glass and …
Top Choice Finnish in Rauma

Wanhan Rauman Kellari

A Rauma institution, this restaurant has served as a potato cellar and an air-raid shelter. Nowadays the atmospheric dining room and sun-drenched rooftop summer terrace are delightful settings for a sophisticated me…
Finnish in Vaasa

Seglis

On the island of Vaskiluoto, you can dine on Finnish classics (smoked herring, hare, reindeer) on this wooden pavilion's waterside terrace overlooking the city.
Cafe in Kokkola

Café Tankar

Stop for salmon soup at pier-side Café Tankar.
Cafe in Jakobstad

After Eight

This smashing cafe–cultural centre is the best hang-out in town, with a relaxed atmosphere, well-spaced tables, chilled-out music and a grassy courtyard garden. Lunch (served from 10am to 1pm) offers simple but tast…
Pizza in Kalajoki

Hotelli-Ravintola Lokkilinna

Overlooking the dunes, Lokkilinna has a fantastic summer terrace perfect for a beer and some pizza (toppings range from smoked reindeer to snails). The menu also features fancier fare, especially highlighting local …