Southern Lapland restaurants

Top Choice Finnish in Tornio

Mustaparran Päämaja

At the fabulous Hotel Mustaparta, this atmospheric restaurant styled after local hero Iisakki Mustaparta has hefty timber beams, ships' wheels, wooden barrels and a buffet served on a skiff, and inspired modern Finn…
Top Choice Finnish in Rovaniemi

Restaurant Sky Ounasvaara

For a truly memorable meal, head to the 1st floor of the Sky Ounasvaara hotel, where wraparound floor-to-ceiling glass windows looking onto the forest outside create the impression of dining in a tree house. Special…
Finnish in Rovaniemi

Nili

A timber-lined interior with framed black-and-white photos of Lapland, kerosene lamps, traditional fishing nets, taxidermied bear and reindeer heads, and antler chandeliers gives this hunting-lodge-style spot a cosy…
Finnish in Kemijärvi

Mestarin Kievari

Local dishes at the town's main restaurant, inside the Mestarin Kievari inn, include whitefish with cranberry sauce, wild boar with roast mushrooms, and a reindeer cheeseburger, but it's also the best place in town …
International in Rovaniemi

Roka

With its exposed-brick walls, communal tables and blackboard-chalked menus, this post-industrial-style bistro is Rovaniemi's hippest eatery. Street food – such as sandwiches on homemade bread (beef brisket and horse…
Cafe in Kemi

Panorama Cafe

Panorama's great-value lunch buffet includes home-brewed beer. Dishes like arctic char and potato bake, wild-mushroom soup, reindeer meatballs with turnip mash, and elk sausages with cranberry sauce are delicious, b…
Steak in Rovaniemi

Monte Rosa

Inside the City Hotel, Monte Rosa goes for the romance vote with a low, candlelit interior and intimate booth seating. Chargrilled steaks are cooked to order; reindeer and local fish are also on the menu. Downstairs…
Cafe in Rovaniemi

Cafe & Bar 21

A reindeer-pelt collage on the grey-concrete wall is the only concession to place at this artfully modern designer cafe-bar. Black-and-white decor makes it a stylish haunt for salads, superb soups, tapas and its hou…
Finnish in Rovaniemi

Gaissa

The upstairs restaurant of the Hotel Santa Claus, Gaissa, has a menu of Lappish dishes such as roast reindeer with locally grown potatoes and morel sauce or fennel-marinated pike-perch with lingonberry jam. Its bar,…
Cafe in Rovaniemi

Arktikum Cafe

The cafe in the Arktikum does an inexpensive soup-and-salad lunch (€9.50) as well as an extensive lunch buffet (kids pay €7.50), with lactose-free, gluten-free and vegetarian options. There's a good choice of Finnis…