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Top Choice Cafe in Oulu


Inside a beautiful wooden building, Rooster has a minimalist Finnish-design interior. Burgers, such as its Lohiburgeri (salmon, marinated fennel and horseradish mayo), Vuohenjuustoburgeri (beef, grilled goat's chees…
Top Choice Finnish in Oulu

Kitchen & Bar Oula

Beneath an igloo-inspired glass atrium, this restaurant inside the Lapland Hotel Oulu features outsized prints of Lapland scenes, such as spawning salmon. Gourmet Lappish dishes include cold-smoked Arctic perch soup…
Top Choice Finnish in Oulu

Ravintola Hugo

Innovative cuisine using locally sourced products makes this elegant restaurant with white tablecloths and richly coloured walls a real Oulu highlight. Some outstanding flavour combinations feature in its menus (no …
Top Choice Finnish in Oulu

1881 Uleåborg

In an old timber warehouse near the kauppatori, this classy spot combines a traditional setting with chic Finnish style and creative cooking (smoked reindeer and morel terrine, Åland lamb with spruce-smoked potatoes…
Top Choice Square in Oulu


Oulu has one of Finland's liveliest market squares, 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, bars and c…
Top Choice Museum in Oulu


This huge, excellent science museum can occupy kids for the best part of a day with a giant, 35m-high IMAX screen, hands-on interactive exhibits exploring planets and the human body, and an observation tower. An ann…
Burgers in Oulu

Kauppuri 5

With a cosy interior and a great sunny terrace on the pedestrian strip, this casual spot is very popular for its delicious, decent-value handmade burgers. Specialities include Slaughterhouse (beef, pulled pork, baco…
Wine Bar in Oulu

Viinibaari Vox

Hefty timber beams and low lighting give this wine bar a cosy, atmospheric ambience. A rotating menu of 30 to 40 wines are available by the glass each month, served with Finnish cheese and charcuterie plates. In sum…
Market in Oulu

Oulun Kauppahalli

On the square, the 1901-built kauppahalli has freshly filleted salmon glistening in the market stalls and plenty of spots to snack on anything from cloudberries to sushi.
Museum in Oulu

Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo

Set across two river islands on the scenic Oulujoki, this open-air museum is a collection of traditional wooden buildings, from loggers’ cabins to stables, and includes a handsome farmhouse. The 1694 church is an or…