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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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12:00 pm - 11:00 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
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Description: Restaurant Piparkakkutalo, "The Gingerbread House", is a...
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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    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice atmosphere

Had lunch with my son. Beautiful house with a good atmosphere. The food was very good and it was served quickly and in a friendly manner. The price was reasonable within thew Finnish level which is quite high. Easy parking in the center of the city just opposite the restaurant.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Willie541_12
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Riihimaki, Finland
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Riihimaki, Finland
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Had lunch with my son. Beautiful house with a good atmosphere. The food was very good and it was served quickly and in a friendly manner. The price was reasonable within thew Finnish level which is quite high. Easy parking in the center of the city just opposite the restaurant.

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Thank Willie541_12
Cust_manager, Asiakassuhdepäällikkö at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are pleased to hear you have enjoyed visiting us. Welcome again! More 

Munich, Germany
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Alone the house is a must, a nicely restored and decorated wooden villa in the middle of the town, just behind the church. The food is majorly Scandinavian and very tasty. Portions are big. Wine list is not very extensive, but quite reasonable. Service is typically Finnish at its best: unpretentious and discreetly friendly. Prices are reasonalbe by Finnish standards.... More 

Helpful?
Thank kmp187309
Cust_manager, Asiakassuhdepäällikkö at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! It is nice to have detailed feedback, so that we know where we have succeeded and where we should make improvements. Hope you can visit us again! More 

Jokela, Finland
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Oikein hyvä ruoka, mutta puuttuu jotain.Kuitenkin keskitason paremmalla puolella. Piparkakkutalo on kokemisen arvoinen paikka. Kannattaa käydä jos vierailet Hämeenlinnassa. Very good food, but something were missing. Piparkakkutalo is the restaurant you should visit if you are visiting in city of the Hämeenlinna.

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Thank Jorex
Cust_manager, Asiakassuhdepäällikkö at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Kiitos kommenteistasi! Mielellämme haluaisimme kuulla missä voisimme parantaa. Mukavaa kuitenkin, että voit suositella meitä. Tervetuloa toistekin! Thank you for your review! We would like to know all the things where we can improve. Thank you for recommending. Welcome again! More 

Vasa, Western Finland, Finland
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Prices were reasonable by Finnish measures and the food and service were both excellent. I had the Rydberg's steak and will probably order the same if I visit Hämeenlinna again.

Helpful?
Thank Jens R
Cust_manager, Asiakassuhdepäällikkö at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for this review! We are very happy to hear you have enjoyed our food and service. That is important to us. See you again some day! More 

Mulfingen, Germany
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68 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Been there quite a few times already. Good food and service. Prices as expected on the higher side, but still reasonable.

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Thank GlobeTrotter_AIL
Cust_manager, Asiakassuhdepäällikkö at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We want to keep our prices reasonable. We are glad to hear you enjoyed food and service. See you again! More 

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130 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

This is a top class restaurant and we have little doubt it is the best in the quiet and somewhat boring city of Hameenlinna. The building is special and the local people visiting clearly do so for special occasions. The food is good and well presented and the price is surprisingly reasonable. We had Atlantic char, a remarkably good steak... More 

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Thank Julianfin
Cust_manager, Asiakassuhdepäällikkö at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are very happy to hear you have enjoyed visiting us. Thank you for recommendation. More 

Helsinki, Finland
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

One of the best if not the best restaurant in Hämeenlinna. Traditional and classic kitchen. Everything is made from quality ingredients. Start with the classic skagen and then the peppersteak with the exceptionally good sauce.

Helpful?
Thank Nina M
Cust_manager, Asiakassuhdepäällikkö at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you! Quality ingredients and great taste is our main target. Welcome again! More 

Finland
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I had a great dinner here. Food and serving were really good. They were using local ingredients to make really good food. Courses on the menu are quite ordinary, but still the restaurant is succeeding to make them taste like their owns. Definitely I will visit here other times as well.

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Thank Yaniliini
Cust_manager, Asiakassuhdepäällikkö at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are looking forward seeing you again! More 

Finland
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113 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I visited with my wife this restaurant for a proper dinner, and the restaurant & serving was a total success. Despite quite a busy evening the service was polite, attentative and happening with the right pace. Food was delicious and the presentation was also mouthwatering. Excellent wines and shampagne by the glass with reasonable prices. Good work Piparkakkutalo!

Helpful?
Thank Jouni L
Cust_manager, Asiakassuhdepäällikkö at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are very happy to hear you have enjoyed visiting us with your wife. The things you wrote about are very important for us. So we are very pleased to hear that we have succeeded in those things. Warmly welcome again! More 

Haemeenlinna, Finland
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Good food, nice location and friendly staff. Gingerbread icecream is delicious, I can warmly suggestion thao.

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1 Thank Tero N
Cust_manager, Asiakassuhdepäällikkö at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you! Gingerbread ice cream is our most popular dessert. Welcome again! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 18 - 32
  • 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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