North Karelia restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Koli National Park


Right on the lake's shore 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 li…
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 with vatruskoita (salmo…
Top Choice Karelian in Joensuu


Locally sourced ingredients prepared in innovative ways are served in the town hall's art-deco surrounds and on its beautiful summer terrace. Dishes span nettle ricotta with wild herb salad to liquorice-glazed goose…
Karelian in Joensuu

Ravintola Kielo

At the high end of Karelian cuisine, Kielo's artfully presented miniature starters such as whitefish escabeche with mussel mayo or sugar- and salt-cured Arctic char with smoked sour cream and fennel consommé set the…
Bistro in Joensuu

Local Bistro

Run by upbeat staff, this hip new bistro does a bargain lunch buffet but really comes into its own from 2pm, when its à la carte menu offers dishes like pike in citrus butter, buckwheat crumble-coated lamb, roast ca…
Karelian in Nurmes

Bomban Talo

The mammoth wood cabin at Bomba Village contains the Sokos Bomba Hotel’s restaurant serving a Karelian buffet to the masses, with karjalanpiirakka (rice-filled savoury pastry) designed to mop up karjalanpaisti (stew…
Gastropub in Koli National Park

Kahvila Kolin Ryynänen

In Koli village, this creative hub serves as an exhibition space and has an artist-in-residence as well as a sauna. Grilled lake fish and reindeer steaks are on the menu alongside gourmet burgers and lasagne. Live m…
Cafe in Nurmijärvi District

Kahvila Annukka

Breads, pastries and cakes are baked daily on site at this seasonally opening cafe, which also serves sandwiches and other light dishes along with pastries and coffee at tables inside the beautiful timber building a…
Cafe in Joensuu

Kahvila & Konditoria Houkutus

Houkutus does great coffee and even better cakes (the mint blackcurrant cake is a treat), along with savoury pastries such as quiches, meal-sized salads and filled bread rolls.
Bakery in Lieksa

Lieksan Leipomo

In a beautiful wooden building, this endearing bakery is a local favourite for filling lunch buffets featuring a daily soup (such as smoked reindeer) and fantastic cakes.