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The Gingerbread House

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Steakhouse, European, Scandinavian
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Kirkkorinne 2, Haemeenlinna 13100, Finland
+358 3 648 040
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Description: Restaurant Piparkakkutalo, "The Gingerbread House", is a traditional...
Restaurant Piparkakkutalo, "The Gingerbread House", is a traditional, popular and cosy restaurant at the heart of Hameenlinna next to the main church and the marketplace. The restaurant offers traditional European food with specialities and seasonal local ingredients. Restaurant Piparkakkutalo is located in a historical house. The house was built in 1906-07 as a home for merchant August Skogster whose department store was located next to the house. The house is designed by one of the most famous Finnish architect of that time, Selim A. Lindqvist. The house is a Jugend style building. Restaurant Piparkakkutalo is ideal for all kinds of lunch and dinner occasions, informal or formal. There are also dining cabinets and meeting cabinets available for private occasions. There is a cosy pub, Albertin Kellari, located in the basement of the Restaurant. The pub is fully licensed with a wide selection of beers, ciders and other drinks. Also a selection of tasty bar snacks is available. There is live music every week ranging from jazz to blues, roots etc. Also quiz and theme nights are organized regularly.
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Good for:
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
AWSOME

Great atmosphere. ..warm welcoming by waiters...great menu...good timing...great taste...snails in starter is a MUST to have...

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2014
Tanvir T
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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44 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Great atmosphere. ..warm welcoming by waiters...great menu...good timing...great taste...snails in starter is a MUST to have...

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Cust_manager, Guest Relations Manager at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you have enjoyed your visit at our restaurant. Welcome again! More 

Pori, Finland
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

After visiting Aulanko, we thought to have a meal in Hämeenlinna and found this restaurant which looked nice and welcoming. Sure enough the place was nice with relaxed athmosphere and cosy decor. We decided to go with "chef's recommendations"; three course meal with snails, grilled steak and ice-cream. What a disappointing meal! Our main course what up to the standard... More 

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Cust_manager, Guest Relations Manager at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are very sorry to hear about your experiences in our restaurant. What you have told in your review, is not the way we want our customers to be served. We would appreciate if you could contact us by email and give us more information and details. It is important for us to fix mistakes. More 

Tampere
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

All works.Very frendly stuff - professional,but non-formal.A la carte was well tought and offered something to every coustimer.I preferer liver and Worschmak.We enjoyede very good dinner!

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Thank you for your review and rating! We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your visit. More 

Helsinki, Finland
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We ate twice at this restaurant during our stay in Hämeenlinna, and enjoyed it both times. Friendly service and great ambience.

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Cust_manager, Guest Relations Manager at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

We are happy to hear you have enjoyed visiting us. Welcome again! More 

Haemeenlinna, Finland
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Like earlier, the interior of the restaurant is very nice and it creates a good starting point to nice dinner with family. Last time food itself wasn't so delicious, but this time I was very happy to find that everybody was very happy about the taste and presentation of the food. My pepper steak was especially juicy and more tasty... More 

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Cust_manager, Guest Relations Manager at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you have enjoyed our food. We want to make our best to improve the slow service you have experienced. Hope to see you again! More 

Hamina, Finland
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We were recommended the place, so we gave it A try. Warm Welcome from the staff as we arrived, and special interior gave A good first impression that was only strenghted by delucious food. Fresh fish, fresh vegetables, onion soup to die for! Loved it!!

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Cust_manager, Guest Relations Manager at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear you have enjoyed visiting us. Welcome again! More 

Tampere, Finland
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

In my opinion this is the best restaurant in Hämeenlinna. Good service and atmosphere, professional kitchen. I recommend fish and the special icecream of this restaurant. I visit here quite often when I drive to my destination. I suppose to have perfect dinner here if I have time to stay the whole evening in Hämeenlinna.

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Cust_manager, Guest Relations Manager at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Great to hear you have enjoyed our service and food. See you again! More 

Tuulos, Finland
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Living and working in Hämeenlinna, I have visited in Piparkakkutalo many times. Mostly the taste and quality of the food is between good and very good, and the service is between average and good. The menu includes quite wide range of traditional courses as well as local and seasonal specialities. The atmosphere is very nice but nothing fancy or extraordinary.... More 

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We are very happy to hear you value us to be the best place in town, thank you! More 

Hämeenlinna
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

When want best food in town, you go to Piparkakkutalo. The staff in polite, service good and best food in Hämeenlinna. The interior is very cozy, but if possible, ask the table on the cabinetside.

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Thank you for your comments! We are glad to hear you like our restaurant. More 

Vihti, Finland
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

2 x 2 course meal under € 60.oo is very good value. And when the starter is as good as I would make at home (practised this since 1977) and better than I have had for at least three years, the food is excellent. Her Fish of the Day was again perfect, my liver was not rosé as ordered and... More 

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Cust_manager, Guest Relations Manager at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Great to hear you have enjoyed visiting our restaurant. Toast Skagen is our own special recipe, we are glad you liked it. Thank you and welcome again! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Kirkkorinne 2, Haemeenlinna 13100, Finland
  • Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Southern Finland  >  Haemeenlinna
  • Phone Number: +358 3 648 040

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 17 - 30
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, European, Scandinavian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

Restaurant Piparkakkutalo, "The Gingerbread House", is a traditional, popular and cosy restaurant at the heart of Hameenlinna next to the main church and the marketplace. The restaurant offers traditional European food with specialities and seasonal local ingredients. Restaurant Piparkakkutalo is located in a historical house. The house was built in 1906-07 as a home for merchant August Skogster whose department store was located next to the house. The house is designed by one of the most famous Finnish architect of that time, Selim A. Lindqvist. The house is a Jugend style building. Restaurant Piparkakkutalo is ideal for all kinds of lunch and dinner occasions, informal or formal. There are also dining cabinets and meeting cabinets available for private occasions. There is a cosy pub, Albertin Kellari, located in the basement of the Restaurant. The pub is fully licensed with a wide selection of beers, ciders and other drinks. Also a selection of tasty bar snacks is available. There is live music every week ranging from jazz to blues, roots etc. Also quiz and theme nights are organized regularly.
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?