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Top Choice Modern Finnish in Vaasa

Gustav Wasa

A former coal cellar is home to one of Finland’s best restaurants, newly split into a casual gastropub with by-the-glass wines and on-tap Finnish beers, and an intimate candlelit fine-dining space serving sublime se…
Top Choice Museum in Vaasa

Pohjanmaan Museo

Vaasa’s dynamic, modern museum is divided into three sections. Downstairs, Terranova has a brilliant evocation of the region’s natural history – complete with dioramas and storm-and-lightning effects – that includes…
Finnish in Vaasa


In a rustic brickwork interior warmed by animal skins, seasonally changing dishes might include fried whitefiish with champagne sauce, roast reindeer with juniper sauce and mushroom croquettes, or polenta with truff…
Bar in Vaasa


Moored in Kalaranta Harbour south of the bridge, this wooden ship has frequent live music and dancing on the pier.
in Vaasa


This covered market has stalls selling fresh pastries and market goodies.
Finnish in Vaasa


Right on the water, this perennial favourite in a 19th-century pavilion serves top-end meals inside and affordable burgers et al on its terrace. In summer staff keep the outdoor bar pumping until late.
Gallery in Vaasa

Tikanojan Taidekoti

Works by Degas, Gauguin, Matisse and Picasso are among this gallery's strong international collection.
Amusement Park in Vaasa


Great for preteens, Waslandia is the centrepiece of the island of Vaskiluoto, with lots of pirate-themed rides and a 'traffic park' for junior drivers. Across the road, the outdoor Tropiclandia has enough water slid…
Gallery in Vaasa


The beautiful former customs house now hosts changing exhibitions of pop art, kinetic art, surrealism and postmodernism. At its core is the collection of Simo Kuntsi, who gathered almost a thousand modern Finnish wo…
Arts & Crafts in Vaasa


Great jewellery, linen and traditional regional gifts made from rush, tin plate and wood, plus a cute adjoining cafe.