Must see restaurants in Helsinki

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    Restaurant Olo

    At the forefront of New Suomi cuisine, Michelin-starred Olo occupies a handsome, 19th-century harbourside mansion. Its memorable seasonal degustation…

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    Seasonal, often foraged ingredients are used in this exceptional bistro's plant, fish or meat starters and mains, and wild, plant or dairy desserts. From…

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    Vanha Kauppahalli

    Alongside the harbour, this is Helsinki's iconic market hall. Built in 1888, it’s still a traditional Finnish market, with wooden stalls selling local…

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    Book to get a table at this chic Michelin-starred spot, where young chefs wow with modern Finnish cuisine. Artfully presented, daily changing combinations…

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    Most renowned of Helsinki's island restaurants is the Saaristo, set in a spire-crowned art-nouveau villa on Luoto (Swedish: Klippan), and famous for…

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    Restaurant Eevert

    This fabulous restaurant sits perfectly within Helsinki's Design District. The decor is asplash with pieces by famous Finnish designers such as Alvar…

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    Traditional Finnish fare is given a sharp, contemporary twist at Kuu, which creates seasonal dishes from local ingredients that could include reindeer…

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    Cafe Regatta

    In a marvellous waterside location, this historic rust-red wooden cottage is scarcely bigger than a sauna, but has great outdoor seating on the bay. You…

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    Designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto in 1937, this is one of Helsinki's grandest dining rooms, with birch walls and ceilings and some of the city’s finest…

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    Suomenlinnan Panimo

    By the main quay, this microbrewery is the best place to drink or dine on Suomenlinna. It brews three ciders and seven different beers, including a hefty…

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    Nude restaurateur Jussi believes it’s easier to tweak the food than the wine, so ingredients are selected to flawlessly match the accompanying wines…

  • Karl Fazer Café

    Founded in 1891 and fronted by a striking art deco facade, this cavernous cafe is the flagship for Fazer's chocolate empire. The glass cupola reflects…

  • Yes Yes Yes

    A delicious veggie addition to Helsinki’s dining scene, Yes Yes Yes fulfils the simple ambition to open 'a bustling bar and restaurant where food just…

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    At the heart of Helsinki's historic harbourside market hall Vanha Kauppahalli, this sparkling cafe sources its produce from the surrounding stalls…

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    Dating from 1805, a rust-red wooden warehouse that once stored tar on Tervasaari now contains this delightful beam-ceilinged summer restaurant, which…

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    A great place to warm the cockles in winter, this soup stall inside the Vanha Kauppahalli is renowned for its bouillabaisse, which is almost always on the…

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    Screened by tasselled curtains, Saslik's succession of aristocratic dining rooms have stained-glass windows, gilt-framed paintings of Russian hunting…

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    The creators of famed restaurant Finnjävel, Henri Alén and Tommi Tuominen, are at it again, reopening the doors as Ultima. This time they've come up with…

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    Small organic or biodynamic Finnish farms and foraged game, fish, forest mushrooms, herbs and berries provide the ingredients for Michelin-starred Ask's…

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    Chandeliers made from reindeer antlers and split-log benches lined with reindeer furs adorn this rustic timber-lined Lappish restaurant. Specialities from…