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 high with vatruskoita (…
Top Choice Regional Cuisine in Sund


The brainchild of award-winning chef Michael 'Micke' Björklund, this 'taste village' incorporates a farm shop, cookery courses (with/without drinks €90/120), distillery making spirits like Ålvados (Åland-apple calva…
Regional Cuisine in South Karelia

Säräpirtti Kippurasarvi

The best place to sample Lemi's famous lemin särä (roast mutton) is the lakeshore restaurant Säräpirtti Kippurasarvi, which serves nothing but the town's signature dish, accompanied by thick rye bread and homemade k…
Cafe in Porvoo

Café Helmi

A kindly Russian grandmother would happily take tea from the distinctive lilac-and-white cups in the courtyard of this Tsarist teahouse. It does one of the best Runeberg tarts, but regular cakes and chocolates will …
Finnish in Porvoo


In the heart of the Old Town, this well-loved restaurant specialises in slow food: locally farmed snails (€18 for a dozen) prepared with garlic or cheese. There’s also other tasty Finnish cuisine, served in quaint d…
Finnish in Porvoo

Wanha Laamanni

Top of the town in both geographic and culinary terms, this old judges’ chambers serves up a short menu of classy Finnish favourites and a rather tasty six-course surprise menu (€60). The building itself is a rambli…
Finnish in Kuusamo


In an unattractive industrial area not far from the tourist office (look behind the ABC service station), this place keeps lunching workers happy with excellent, very authentic hot dishes. Sautéed reindeer and fried…
Finnish in Ruka


At the base of the lifts on Ruka’s main square, this cavernous wooden hall has several attractive dining areas and good service. Dishes range from burgers to well-prepared meat dishes. Service is helpful. Things get…
Game in Ruka

Riipisen Riistaravintola

At the Kelo ski-lift area, a five-minute walk from Ruka's main square, this friendly log cabin has an attractively rustic interior. It specialises in game dishes, and you’ll find Rudolf, Bullwinkle and, yes, poor Yo…
Market in Pori


At Pori's kaupahalli (covered market), look out for the local speciality smoked river lamprey, an eel-like fish that killed England’s Henry I when he gorged too many.