Top things to do

Island in Kokkola

Tankar Island

This lighthouse island, 18km northwest of Kokkola, offered safe passage through tangled waters, starting in 1889. Now it makes a popular day trip for birdwatching, nature walks and salmon soup at the pierside Café T…
Cafe in Kokkola

Café Tankar

Stop for salmon soup at pier-side Café Tankar.
Old Town in Kokkola


Neristan was once the working-class quarter of Kokkola, home to sailors, fisherfolk and artisans. The narrow streets are lined with their colourful wooden cottages, which makes for a pleasant wander. Isokatu and Lät…
Cafe in Kokkola


Behind the Kieppi natural-history museum, the sunny courtyard here is an ideal spot to drink coffee and feast on house-made waffles for breakfast or lunch. It's a perfect pit stop after a morning at the museum or wh…
International in Kokkola

Villa Skogman

Once a glazier's loghouse, this 1831 timber town house is now the elegant Villa Skogman. Here you'll find mouth-watering dishes with a French emphasis, such as lamb sirloin or garlic snails au gratin, with ingredien…
Museum in Kokkola


This little museum is a three-in-one deal – thanks to donations by three local collectors. The dazzling mineral collection includes fragile crystals and meteorite fragments. The natural-history collection features s…
Park in Kokkola

Englischer Park

During the Crimean War, a British attack was repelled at Halkokari, the harbour-turned-beach that's about 2.5km north of Neristan. The captured gunboat at the English Park just north of Neristan is one of the few ev…
Asian in Kokkola

Kung's Kitchen

Contemporary and stylish, Kung's Kitchen has a popular lunchtime buffet, which includes sushi, noodles, spring rolls, tempura and other Asian favourites.