Top things to do in Jyväskylä

Top Choice Notable Building in Jyväskylä

Säynätsalon Kunnantalo

One of Aalto's most admired works, this town hall was conceived as a 'fortress of democracy' and constructed between 1949 and 1952. Its sturdy brick tower references the medieval palazzi communale (town halls) Aalto…
Top Choice Cafe in Jyväskylä

Papu

It would be easy to describe Papu as a hipster haunt, but this laid-back cafe doesn't lend itself to easy categorisation. Yes, its baristas have sleeve tattoos and a preference for pour-over coffee, but the loyal cu…
Top Choice Finnish in Jyväskylä

Pöllöwaari

We're of the view that Hotel Yöpuu's fine-dining restaurant is the best in the region. Its menu places a laudable emphasis on seasonality, and the kitchen's execution is exemplary. Choose one of the set menus (€56 t…
Top Choice Tapas in Jyväskylä

Figaro Winebistro

The three-course lunch menu (€25) at this this welcoming wine bar is an excellent deal, but most regulars head here after work or on weekends to graze on tapas and order drinks from the large and top-quality wine an…
Top Choice Vegan in Jyväskylä

Beans & More

Artek furniture, a vaulted ceiling and artfully dangling light fittings provide a stylish setting at this on-trend vegan cafe. The friendly staff serve up burgers, salads piled with kale and other goodies, sandwiche…
Architecture in Jyväskylä

Muuratsalon Koetalo

Connected to Säynätsalo by bridges, peaceful Muuratsalo islet was the summer retreat of Alvar and Elissa Aalto. Aalto built his Experimental House – a must-see for architecture buffs – on three hectares of forest on…
Museum in Jyväskylä

Alvar Aalto Museo

The town's most famous son and the subject of this museum was a giant of 20th-century architecture. Schooled in Jyväskylä, Aalto opened his first offices here, designed many buildings in the town and later spent his…
Pub in Jyväskylä

Sohwi

A short walk from the city centre is this excellent bar with a spacious wooden terrace and plenty of lively student and academic discussion lubricated by a range of good bottled and draught beers. It also has a good…
Italian in Jyväskylä

Ristorante Rosso

Billing itself as 'the familiar Italian', this branch of a popular Finnish chain serves up decent pizza and pasta in pleasant surroundings (we love the fresh herbs planted in the tomato-paste cans). It's located opp…
Vegetarian in Jyväskylä

Katriinan Kasvisravintola

A couple of blocks west of the Kirkkopuisto, this vegetarian and vegan lunch spot is great value. Seven euros gets you soup and salad bar, eight buys a hot dish instead of the soup, and 10 gets you the lot. The buff…