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Top Choice Desserts in Porvoo

Cafe Postres

Tantalise your sweet tooth at this delightful dessert cafe, brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Samuli Wirgentius. Take your pick from rich, creamy gelato and to-die-for desserts, or sample the savoury open-face smø…
Top Choice Historic Site in Porvoo

Vanha Porvoo

One of Finland's most enticing old quarters, this tangle of cobbled alleys and wooden warehouses is entrancing. Once a vibrant port and market, Porvoo now has craft boutiques, galleries, souvenir stores and antique …
Top Choice Cafe in Porvoo

Porvoon Paahtimo

On the main bridge, this atmospheric red-brick former storehouse is an ideal spot for drinks of any kind, whether house-roasted coffee or beers on tap. There’s a terrace and boat deck, with blankets on offer for coo…
Top Choice Cathedral in Porvoo


Porvoo’s historic stone-and-timber cathedral sits atop a hill overlooking the quaint Old Town. This is where Tsar Alexander I convened the first Diet of Finland in 1809, giving Finland religious freedom. Vandalised …
Cafe in Porvoo

Helmi Tea & Coffee House

A kindly Russian grandmother would happily sip tea from the distinctive lilac-and-white cups in the courtyard of this Tsarist teahouse. It's famous for its Runeberg torte (almond-rum cake, topped with raspberry jam)…
Steak in Porvoo

Meat District

When you go to a place called 'Meat District', you probably expect high-quality, organic, grass-fed beef – and that's what you'll get here (the house speciality is the dry-aged beef for two; €84). What you might not…
Food in Porvoo

PetriS Chocolate Room

The handmade chocolates here include irresistible pralines and much-loved fruit-flavoured sweets, while the rainbow array of macarons is a show-stopper.
Food in Porvoo


It’s worth the trip from Helsinki just to visit one of Finland’s most acclaimed sweet shops, maker of legendary chocolate and liquorice delights.
Gallery in Porvoo

Walter Runeberg Sculpture Collection

This gallery has 150 sculptures by Walter Runeberg, the eldest son of national poet JL Runeberg. Walter Runeberg produced the town’s sculpture of his father.
Finnish in Porvoo

Wanha Laamanni

This rambling 18th-century log building has housed the renowned Wanha Laamanni for more than 30 years. The restaurant offers a classy menu of Finnish favourites and a six-course surprise menu. The setting is invitin…