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Top Choice Finnish in Imatra

Ravintola Nuotta

Two sizes of bliny (Russian buckwheat pancakes), topped with hot or cold salmon, trout roe, crayfish tails, or sour cream, pickled cucumber, red onion and local herbs, are the speciality of this fabulous lakeside ba…
Top Choice River in Imatra

Imatra Rapids

The 1929 construction of Imatra's hydroelectric complex (Finland’s largest) dammed the river, but the watery wonder lives on with the spectacular 20-minute Rapids Show, when the dam is opened to a rousing son et lum…
Park in Imatra


Founded by Tsar Nicholas I in 1842, Finland's oldest nature park is one of the 27 Finnish national landscapes selected in 1992 as part of the 75th anniversary of the country's independence, representing its unique c…
French in Imatra


Cooking up specialities from France (Burgundy escargot) and Russia (bliny – buckwheat pancakes – with caviar), this 1st-floor restaurant also creates hybrid French-Russian dishes such as pan-fried perch à la Russe. …
Gallery in Imatra

Imatran Taidemuseo

Attached to the public library, this bright white space has temporary exhibitions and a permanent collection of 1400 works concentrating on Finnish modernism, with works by Wäinö Aaltonen and a Gallen-Kallela waterc…
Cafe in Imatra

Café Julia

On the ground floor of the Buttenhoff restaurant, this charming cafe serves dishes like Finnish pancakes with smoked salmon and blackcurrants, but is best loved for cakes such as blueberry cheesecake as well as its …
Bar in Imatra


Close to the rapids, in leafy surrounds overlooking a splashing fountain, this stylish Arctic-white bar opens to an umbrella-shaded terrace (heated in winter) and hosts live music on weekends.