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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 Castle in Turku

Turun Linna

Founded in 1280 at the mouth of the Aurajoki, mammoth Turku Castle is easily Finland’s largest fortress. Highlights include two dungeons and sumptuous banqueting halls, as well as a fascinating historical museum of …
Top Choice Museum in Kotka

Merikeskus Vellamo

In a tanker-sized, wave-shaped building with walls of metal and printed glass, this state-of-the-art dockside museum recounts Finland’s seafaring life. The star exhibit is the Tarmo, the world’s third-oldest ice-bre…
Top Choice Brewery in Loviisa

Malmgård

Situated 23km northwest of Loviisa, this 500-hectare estate has been owned by the Creutz family since 1614 (current owner Count Johan Creutz is the 12th generation). Its brewery's all-organic beers and ciders are pr…
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 Museum in Turku

Luostarinmäen Käsityöläismuseo

When the savage Great Fire of 1827 swept through Turku, the lower-class quarter Luostarinmäki escaped the flames. Set along tiny lanes and around grassy yards, the 19th-century wooden workshops and houses now form t…
Top Choice Museum in Turku

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

Art and archaeology unite here under one roof. Aboa Vetus (Old Turku) draws you underground to Turku’s medieval streets, showcasing some of the 37,000 artefacts unearthed from the site (digs still continue). Back in…
Top Choice Fusion in Korpo

Back Pocket

Inside the exquisite restaurant at the Hotel Nestor, the dining room is a veritable gallery of old and new, creating an atmosphere that feels at once rustic and charming, as well as contemporary and cool. Chef Willi…
Top Choice Chapel in Turku

Taidekappeli

Like the bow of a ship tipped on its end, this unusual structure is perched on a rock and surrounded by forest on Hirvensalo island, 7km south of Turku centre. Looking at its oddly shaped, copper-clad exterior, you …
Top Choice Finnish in Kotka

Vausti

Kotka's finest dining is at charcoal-hued Vausti, attached to Kotka’s concert hall. The seasonal menu highlights local produce: sample the catch of the day, caught by the staff fisherman; pork rib from nearby Kaarti…