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Top Choice Karelian in Sortavala


This tiny, cosy cafe takes its name from the ubiquitous kalitki (open-face pies) found all over the region. Choose from tasty potato, meat, cheese and spinach or cabbage fillings.
Museum in Sortavala

Kronid Gogolev Museum

This museum displays the works of Russian artist Kronid Gogolev, who spent much of his life in Sortavala. His landscape paintings are appealing but not special; the real highlights here are the remarkable tableaux c…
Russian in Sortavala


Though the diners boogieing down to Russian pop on the dance floor take away from the Parisian sophistication that Boulevard's wall prints intend to convey, the dishes are nicely presented and the service is congeni…
Monument in Sortavala

Petri Shemeikka

Those interested in the Kalevala epic poem will want to pay their respects to the kantele-plucking statue of Karelian rune singer Petri Shemeikka that sits in a leafy square. Though he was Finnish, the Kalevala is c…
Historic Building in Sortavala


Attractive wooden relic of bygone years. Can only be viewed from the outside, however.