Top things to do

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 Sandcastle in Lappeenranta


Every summer around 30 sand artists from Finland and abroad gather to build the Hiekkalinna, a giant themed ‘sandcastle’ made from some three million kilograms of sand. Previous themes have included dinosaurs, a Wil…
Top Choice Fortress in Lappeenranta


Standing guard above the harbour, this hulking hilltop fortification was begun by the Swedes and finished by the Russians in the late 18th century. Today it contains galleries, craft workshops and fascinating museum…
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…
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…
Bar in Lappeenranta


One of the swankier bars in town, Birra has a shaded terrace, cosy booths, and a great beer and cider selection.
Irish Pub in Lappeenranta

Old Park

Gently Irish-themed (no shamrocks!), this lively hang-out opens to a busy terrace.
Museum in Lappeenranta

Cavalry Museum

The cavalry are honoured as Lappeenranta’s greatest heroes and the former garrison (the town’s oldest building) now houses this museum in their honour. It tells how this band of red-trousered warriors began as the f…
Church in Lappeenranta

Orthodox Church

This is Finland’s oldest church. It was completed in 1785 by Russian soldiers and features a glittering iconostasis and other saintly portraits.
Museum in Lappeenranta

Wolkoff Home Museum

Built in 1826, this lovingly preserved Russian home was owned by the merchant Wolkoff family from 1872 to 1986, and its 10 rooms have been maintained as they were in the late 1800s. The house is visitable only by 40…