• Grön Foraged ingredients by the artists who create its ceramic plates and paintings.
  • Olo Widely considered Helsinki's premier destination restaurant.
  • Vanha Kauppahalli Helsinki's 19th-century central market hall is a civic treasure.
  • Savoy One of Helsinki's grandest dining rooms, designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto.
  • Saaristo Island setting and famous crayfish parties.

By Budget: €

  • B-Smokery Smokehouse aptly located within Kallio's former slaughter house, Teurastamo.
  • Flying Dutch Brilliant burgers served aboard a 19th-century boat.
  • Cafe Regatta Waterside cafe where you can grill your own sausages.

By Budget: €€

  • Savu Rustic summer restaurant in a former tar warehouse with its own smokery.
  • Juuri Renowned for its 'sapas' (Finnish tapas).
  • Suomenlinnan Panimo Game platters and house-brewed beers and ciders at fortress Suomenlinna.

By Budget: €€€

  • Ask Michelin-starred Finnish gastronomy.
  • Saslik Romantic old-world Russian restaurant.
  • Saaristo In an art nouveau villa on the island of Luoto, reached by private boat.

By Cuisine: Traditional Finnish

  • Konstan Möljä Old sailor's restaurant filled with maritime paraphernalia.
  • Kosmos Classics served in 1924 Aalto-designed premises.
  • Kolme Kruunua Frill-free Finnish favourites in a retro '50s dining room.
  • Saaga Rustic Lappish decor and superb dishes from the north.

By Cuisine: Contemporary Finnish

  • Grön Exquisitely presented, exceptional-value dishes.
  • Demo One of Helsinki's hottest addresses for contemporary Finnish fare.
  • Kuu Contemporary twists on Finnish ingredients.
  • Ateljé Finne Short but stellar menu of contemporary Finnish fare.


  • Story Vegetarian options abound at this cafe inside the Vanha Kauppahalli market hall.
  • Zucchini All-vegetarian restaurant that offers a good range of vegan dishes.
  • Silvoplee Veggie and vegan food at this Kallio cafe is sold by weight.

For Families

  • Mumin Kaffe Adorable cafe featuring Moomin prints, crockery, glassware and books for sale.
  • Karl Fazer Café Adults and kids alike love the grand setting, great food and dazzling displays of chocolates.
  • Goodwin A cow statue lounges outside this steak restaurant, which has inexpensive kids' menus.
  • Skiffer Excellent pizzas here also come in smaller sizes for kids.