Top things to do

Top Choice Square in Oulu


Oulu has the liveliest market square of all Finnish towns, and its position at the waterfront makes it all the more appealing. The square is bordered by several old wooden storehouses now serving as restaurants, bar…
Top Choice Bistro in Oulu


This sweet little corner spot is a welcoming two-person show that offers excellent Italian-inspired fare. Attentive service is backed up by the food, which changes seasonally but features great salads, cannelloni st…
Top Choice Museum in Oulu


This huge, excellent science museum can occupy kids for the best part of a day with a giant IMAX screen, hands-on interactive exhibits on planets and the human body, and an observation tower. There’s a yearly mega-e…
Top Choice Scandinavian in Oulu

Ravintola Hugo

Innovative gourmet dining generally using locally available products makes this a real Oulu highlight. There are some outstanding flavour combinations and a variety of degustation menu options with matched wines.
Top Choice Pub in Oulu

St Michael

This convivial Irish pub has a brilliant selection of craft beer, including excellent guest ales, and a fine array of whisky. The large terrace makes it a top spot when the sun's shining.
Museum in Oulu

Pohjois Pohjanmaan Museo

The Museum of Northern Ostrobothnia in the city park has almost too much information to take in at first bite. It covers the earliest habitation of the region through to the 20th century, including plenty of informa…
Bistro in Oulu


This handsome place offers a deli-cafe that does great breakfasts, plus a bistro. This is a comfortable space that turns out tasty, sizeable dishes – think pastas, ribs, burgers, fish, salads, steaks – from its open…
Finnish in Oulu

Sokeri-Jussin Kievari

An Oulu classic, this timbered inn on Pikisaari was once a sugar warehouse and has outdoor tables that have good views of the centre. It’s an attractive spot to eat, with no-frills traditional dishes, including rein…
Cafe in Oulu

Café Bisketti

This top double-sided spot transforms itself throughout the day. Think twice before getting that pastry with your morning coffee; they’re enormous and might not leave room for lunch, with cheap deals on soup, salad,…
Church in Oulu

Oulun Tuomiokirkko

Oulu’s imposing cathedral was built in 1777 but then came the great fire of 1822, which severely damaged the structure. Tireless architect CL Engel rebuilt it in empire style, adding a dome and Renaissance-style vau…