Top Choice Finnish in Lappeenranta

Wolkoff Restaurant & Wine Bar

This grand old-world restaurant utilises organic produce and seasonal ingredients to create gourmet Finnish cuisine with adventurous flavour combinations like reindeer tartare with Dijon mustard ice cream, and duck …
Top Choice Karelian in Ilomantsi


Ilomantsi's one foodie highlight is this traditional house in the Parppeinvaara village, which does a real-deal pitopöytä (Karelian buffet) complete with a kantele soundtrack. Heap your plate high with vatruskoita (…
Top Choice Karelian in Joensuu


Locally sourced ingredients prepared in innovative ways are served in the town hall's art deco surrounds and beautiful summer terrace. Dishes span braised, smoked pork neck with wild boar sausage and rhubarb compote…
Top Choice Cafe in Koli National Park


Right on the lakeshore at Koli harbour, this rust-red, double-storey timber building has two terraces overlooking the water (or, in winter, ice) and some of the best food for miles around: reindeer steaks with lingo…
Cafe in Lappeenranta

Kahvila Majurska

If you can’t border-hop to a genuine Russian teahouse, this is as close as you’ll get in Finland. A former officer’s club (check out the vintage furniture and august portrait of Mannerheim), it still serves tea from…
Regional Cuisine in South Karelia

Säräpirtti Kippurasarvi

The best place to sample Lemi's famous lemin särä (roast mutton) is the lakeshore restaurant Säräpirtti Kippurasarvi, which serves nothing but the town's signature dish, accompanied by thick rye bread and homemade k…
Greek in Lappeenranta


Start with a plateful of mezze dishes at this long-standing family restaurant in the stately old Nordea bank building, followed by Greek favourites like soutsoukakia (lamb meatballs in tomato sauce), garides (king p…
French in Imatra


Cooking up specialities from France (Burgundy escargot) and Russia (blini with caviar), this 1st-floor restaurant also creates hybrid French-Russian dishes such as pan-fried perch à la Russe. On the ground floor and…
Cafe in Imatra

Café Julia

On the ground floor of Buttenhoff, casual Café Julia has fabulous cakes.
Russian in Lappeenranta


Salmon blini (pancakes) and and zakuska (light buffet) are among the Russian options served at this venerable century-old wooden building but the rest of the menu travels the globe, from steak with cognac cream sauc…