Restaurants

Top Choice Finnish in Kauppatori & Katajanokka

Olo

Considered Helsinki's best restaurant, Michelin-starred Olo occupies a handsome 19th-century harbourside mansion. It's at the forefront of modern Suomi cuisine, and its memorable dégustation menus incorporate both t…
Top Choice Finnish in Töölö

Kuu

Traditional Finnish fare is given a sharp, contemporary twist at Kuu, which creates dishes from local ingredients such as smoked reindeer heart with pickled forest mushrooms, poached pike-perch with Lappish fingerli…
Top Choice Market in Punavuori & Ullanlinna

Vanha Kauppahalli

Alongside the harbour, this is Helsinki's classic market hall. Built in 1888, it’s still a traditional Finnish market, with wooden stalls selling local flavours such as liquorice, Finnish cheeses, smoked salmon and …
Top Choice Finnish in City Centre and Kamppi

A21 Dining

A very out-of-the-ordinary experience is to be had here, with a blinding white interior and innovative degustation menu accompanied by a mood-setting intro to each course. The idea is to transport you into Finland's…
Top Choice Finnish in Punavuori & Ullanlinna

Demo

Book to get a table at this chic spot, where young chefs wow a designer-y crowd with modern Finnish cuisine. The quality is excellent, the combinations innovative, the presentation top notch and the slick contempora…
Top Choice Finnish in Punavuori & Ullanlinna

Savoy

Originally designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto, this is definitely a standout dining room, with some of the city’s best views. The food is a modern Nordic tour de force, with the ‘forage’ ethos strewing flowers and ber…
Cafe in Punavuori & Ullanlinna

Story

At the heart of Helsinki's historic harbourside market hall Vanha Kauppahalli, this sparkling-new cafe sources its produce from the surrounding stalls. Breakfast (oven-baked barley porridge; eggs Benedict) gives way…
Pub Food in Punavuori & Ullanlinna

The Cock

Newcomer The Cock combines a free-wheeling bar with ping-pong tables (hosting regular tournaments) and brilliant cocktails (such as a Helsinki G&T with pink grapefruit, lingonberry and Helsinki dry gin) together…
Cafe in City Centre and Kamppi

Karl Fazer Café

Founded in 1891 and fronted by a striking art-deco facade, this cavernous classic cafe is the flagship for Fazer's chocolate empire. The glass cupola reflects sound, so locals say it’s a bad place to gossip. It's id…
Vegetarian in Punavuori & Ullanlinna

Zucchini

One of the city’s original and most popular vegetarian cafes, Zucchini is a top-notch lunch spot; queues out the door aren't unusual. Steaming soups banish winter chills, while freshly baked quiche on the sunny terr…