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Top Choice Bakery in Kajaani

Pekka Heikkinen & Kumpp

Opened in 1913 and run by the fourth generation of the same family, Pekka Heikkinen's loaves are made from Finnish flour and baked in birch pans in its wood-fired oven. Savoury golden-brown pastries include juustosa…
Church in Kajaani

Paltaniemen kuvakirkko

Paltaniemi's enchantingly weathered wooden church was built in 1726 and contains some of Finland’s most interesting church paintings: rustic 18th-century works full of life and colour that enliven the roof and walls…
Finnish in Kajaani

Sirius

Located above the rapids, with curved picture windows providing spectacular views, this striking 1940s villa was built as a residence for the local paper company's owner, It's now primarily a wedding and events venu…
Bar in Kajaani

Ulrika

In a central corner position, Ulrika has one of the town's sunniest terraces, strewn with wicker chairs, and a cinematic-themed interior with film reels, projectors and spotlights. Craft beer, cider and cocktails ar…
Museum in Kajaani

Eino Leino-Talo

The Eino Leino-Talo is a re-creation of the place where Leino, one of Finland’s foremost independence-era poets, was born in 1878. It’s a lovely lakeside spot, with a cafe as well as photos and memorabilia. It's jus…
Ruins in Kajaani

Kajaanin Linna

Picturesquely set on a river island in the town centre, Kajaani's castle was constructed between 1604 and 1619 to guard the Swedish border from Russia, and destroyed when Russian forces besieged it during the Great …
Museum in Kajaani

Kainuun Museo

Near the train station, the town museum has a good permanent exhibition on Kajaani’s history from prehistoric times to the mid-1900s, including information on the castle, tar boats and the creator of the Kalevala, E…
Tex-Mex in Kajaani

Ranch

Just off the main street, the painted windows here conceal a dark-wood interior. The food is for carnivores with an appetite: big burgers, steaks and fried chicken feature on the menu, alongside Mexican-inspired opt…