Helsinki Restaurants

Helsinki is dotted with cozy yet decidedly modern-looking venues offering reindeer, herring, and pike accompanied by delicious Finnish mushrooms or wild-berry sauces. Don't be turned off by spare menu descriptions such as "reindeer with lingonberry sauce and chanterelles,"—it's a classic example of the Finnish tendency toward understatement, and the skill will be evident in the taste. You'll find everything from Mexican to Nepalese (quite popular with locals) in the city, though not at every price point. Expect European-size entrées, excellent location, and service at a steep price. A strong café culture makes it easy to find a tasty, reasonably priced lunch.

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  • 1. Havis

    $$$$ | Kauppatori | Seafood

    Across the street from the Market Square and the South Harbor, this restaurant specializes in traditional Scandinavian fish dishes with contemporary...Read More

  • 2. Kosmos

    $$$ | Keskusta | Scandinavian

    Just a short walk from Stockmann's department store, this cozy restaurant has become a lunchtime favorite among businesspeople working nearby...Read More

  • 3. Ravintola Torni

    $$$ | Keskusta | Scandinavian

    A 1930s functional design interior provides the backdrop to the innovative contemporary cooking at this hotel restaurant. Interesting combinations...Read More

  • 4. Savoy

    $$$$ | Esplanadi | Scandinavian

    Given that its airy dining room was designed by Alvar Aalto and overlooks the Esplanade Gardens, it's no surprise that the Savoy is a frequent...Read More

  • 5. Bellevue

    $$$ | Eastern European

    Since 1917, Bellevue has been serving dishes inspired by Russian and Finnish cuisine. Try the shashlik (cubed lamb kebab served with mushroom...Read More

  • 6. Bridges

    $$$ | Hakaniemi | Scandinavian

    This atrium hotel restaurant serves steak, burgers and pasta alongside Finnish classics like slightly smoked sea salmon, which comes with caper...Read More

  • 7. Chez Dominique

    $$$$ | French

    Celebrity chef Hans Välimäki uses locally produced ingredients wherever possible, creating his own Finnish take on high-end French cuisine....Read More

  • 8. China

    $ | Keskusta | Chinese

    One of the city's oldest Chinese restaurants, this place specializes in Cantonese fare. Apart from beef, pork, and chicken dishes, there's an...Read More

  • 9. Demo

    $$$$ | French

    There are not many places where you can really kick back and enjoy pumpkin soup with a tiger prawn mousse starter, or roasted pigeon served...Read More

  • 10. Elite

    $$$ | Töölö | Scandinavian

    A short distance from the town center, Elite makes a welcome place to recharge after visiting the Temppeliaukio Kirkko and the Sibelius monument...Read More

  • 11. GW Sundmans

    $$$$ | Kauppatori | Scandinavian

    This elegant restaurant by the harbor was formerly the home of Captain G. W. Sundman. The building was designed by C. L. Engel, architect of...Read More

  • 12. Kaarna

    $$ | Keskusta | Scandinavian

    Specializing in traditional Nordic food with a modern twist, this cheerful restaurant has introduced Finnish tapas to a grateful world. Since...Read More

  • 13. Kuu

    $$$ | Töölö | Scandinavian

    If you like finding the true character of a city and enjoy local color, try looking in simple, friendly restaurants like this one, whose name...Read More

  • 14. KuuKuu

    $$ | Töölö | Scandinavian

    A five-minute walk from the stunning neoclassical Parliament Building and on the same street as the National Museum stands this restaurant,...Read More

  • 15. Kynsilaukka

    $$$ | Keskusta | European

    This cozy and sophisticated restaurant appeals to the senses with fresh, beautifully prepared food. It's also a garlic lover's dream. Stellar...Read More

  • 16. Lastu

    $$ | Töölö | Mediterranean

    This trendy restaurant in the Scandic Hotel Continental Helsinki serves creative French-Mediterranean dishes, including fried scallops, linguine...Read More

  • 17. Lyon

    $$$$ | Töölö | French

    As you might expect from its name, French cuisine is the specialty here. Located across Mannerheimintie from the opera, the place is small and...Read More

  • 18. Maxill

    $$ | Keskusta | Contemporary

    Helsinki's café boom and an increasing demand for Continental-style bars helped give birth to this hybrid, on a lively street just south of...Read More

  • 19. Nokka

    $$$$ | Katajanokka | Scandinavian

    In a historical building on the Katanajanokka quay and downstairs from the Helsinki Culinary Institute, this innovative restaurant specializes...Read More

  • 20. Nuevo restaurante y bar

    $$$ | Senaatintori | Spanish

    Tapas are just the start here, since this cozy Spanish restaurant covers regional cuisine well, too. The pimiento del piquillo, stuffed with...Read More

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