Top Choice Finnish in Savonlinna


Built in 1912, this noble wooden building sits across the harbour from the town centre. Menus (no à la carte) might feature cauliflower soup with trout mousse, braised pork neck with thyme-and-truffle mash, and appl…
Cafe in Savonlinna

Café Alegria

Artworks from monthly changing exhibitions are for sale at this snug cafe. Dishes range from scrambled eggs with reindeer blood sausage to goats cheese tarts and home-baked cakes (cherry-chocolate; blueberry and car…
Cafe in Savonlinna

Kahvila Saima

Set inside a duck egg blue–painted wooden villa with stained-glass windows, and opening to a wide terrace out the back, this charmingly old-fashioned cafe is adorned with striped wallpaper and serves Finnish favouri…
Finnish in Savonlinna


Closest to Olavinlinna Castle, this is the best of the summertime food options that cater to the pre- and post-opera crowd. This offers tiered outdoor seating, an attractive interior and a range of fare, running fro…
Finnish in Savonlinna


This restaurant has a deck-like terrace, fitting the nautical theme (the name means ‘lighthouse’). Local meat and fish specialities are tasty, generously sized and fairly priced, and the select-your-own appetiser pl…
Seafood in Savonlinna


On the top floor of the Sokos Hotel Seurahuone, this is a popular summer venue for snacking on muikku (vendace, or whitefish, a common lake fish), the tasty little fish that Savo is famous for.
Cafe in Savonlinna

Sirkan Torikahvio

Run by a stout grandmotherly figure, this is a worthwhile option on the square to try the local speciality, lörtsy, available here with all sorts of fillings. Delicious!
Seafood in Savonlinna


This bright-red pontoon, anchored just off the kauppatori, specialises in ‘flamed’ salmon, a delicious plate that you can have on its own (€20) or as part of a fish buffet.
Seafood in Savonlinna

Kalastajan Koju

On the water by the kauppatori, this is a summer hit for its traditionally fried muikku (vendace, or whitefish, a common lake fish).