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Musta Lammas

Set in a romantic brick-vaulted space and opening to a roof terrace, fêted gourmet restaurant the Black Sheep uses top-quality Finnish produce in dishes such as wild boar with celery root and apple, coffee-marinated…
Museum in Kuopio

Kuopion Korttelimuseo

This block of 11 wooden town houses dating from the 18th to 19th centuries forms one of Kuopio’s delightful museums. Several period-furnished homes represent family life between 1800 and 1930. Apteekkimuseo in build…
Museum in Kuopio

Suomen Ortodoksinen Kirkkomuseo

Over 800 religious icons and 4000 textiles, along with documents, maps, drawings and photographs depicting Orthodox history in Karelia and ancient Byzantine traditions are displayed across nine rooms at this excelle…
Finnish in Kuopio


A brown-and-red-hued colour scheme gives Kummisetä a traditional feel that's replicated on the menu, with sauces featuring fennel, berries and morel mushrooms garnishing prime cuts of beef, tender lamb and succulent…
Finnish in Kuopio

Jätkänkämppä Restaurant

In the loggers’ cabin adjacent to the Jätkänkämppä smoke sauna, this restaurant serves traditional Finnish dinners when the sauna’s on, with accordion entertainment and a lumberjack show.
Finnish in Kuopio


This charming wooden building west of the town centre is warm and friendly, with little rooms sporting elegant imperial furniture. It serves a salad buffet and daily hot lunch (11am to 3pm) featuring traditional Fin…
Cultural in Kuopio

Wife-Carrying World Championships

If the thought of grabbing your wife by the legs, hurling her over your shoulder and running for your life sounds appealing, make sure you’re in Sonkajärvi, 18km northeast of Iisalmi, in early July, for the Wife-Car…
Museum in Kuopio

Kuopion Museo

In a castle-like art nouveau mansion, this museum has a wide scope. The top two floors are devoted to cultural history, but the real highlight is the natural history display, with a wide variety of beautifully prese…
Club in Kuopio


The city's best nightclub has an attractive London-themed bar with a smoking cabin done out like a red bus, and a separate karaoke bar where enthusiastic punters belt out Suomi hits. There's a fat list of English-la…
Market in Kuopio


At the southern end of the kauppatori is a classic Finnish indoor market hall, beautifully restored. Here stalls sell local speciality kalakukko, a large rye loaf stuffed with whitefish and then baked. It’s deliciou…