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Best Food in Helsinki

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Helsinki food culture is now flourishing, with hundreds of new restaurants covering a range of different styles, prices, and cuisines dotted around the city. This guide will provide tips and suggestions on the best of the bunch, from well-known, established restaurants, to affordable eateries with a cool vibe. Depending on your budget, you'll always be able to find a memorable, high standard meal to suit your tastes!

Good for
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Like a Local

16 Places

3 City Tips

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16 Places

Kappeli

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Vapiano

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Kahvila-Suomi

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Passio restaurant

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Johan & Nystrom Oy

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Cafe Neuhaus Helsinki

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Bryggeri

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Cafe Regatta

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Woolshed Helsinki - Australian Gastropub

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Kabuki

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Karl Fazer Cafe

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NJK

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Restaurant Saaristo

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Belge bar&bistro

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Restaurant Sarkanlinna

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Good Life Coffee

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Linh C's City Tips

  • Most restaurants and cafes accept both credit cards and cash.
  • Tips are not expected but always appreciated.
  • There are lots of open-air food markets during summer, where you can try affordable dishes from a variety of different cuisines.
  • Kappeli
    Restaurants (Cafe, European, Soups, Scandinavian)
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    Linh C Says:

    This restaurant is the classiest dining spot in Helsinki. Located at one end of the Esplanade, Kappeli offers beautiful views over the 'Espalanadi' park thanks to its ceiling-to-floor glass wall (which also ensures a great people-watching experience during winter or summer.) Around the restaurant, there are pictures of Helsinki and of the restaurant in the past, giving it an authentic feel. (I felt like I was dining 100 years ago due to the restaurant’s history!) The service is of a high standard, and the food is delicate and seasoned perfectly. I personally like the salmon soup and desserts; perfect in both flavor and portion size.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • If you have a generous budget, try the reindeer dishes. Not many restaurants can master reindeer as well as Kappeli.
    • It may be busy at various times of the day. Better to reserve your table in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 1,376 restaurants in Helsinki
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Charm 12/11/2018
    • Date night in the park! 12/11/2018
    • Kappeli
    Address:
    Etelaeesplanadi 1
    Helsinki 00130
    Finland
    Phone:
    +358 10 7663880
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Vapiano
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European)
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    Linh C Says:

    There are three things that keep people coming back to Vapiano: location, food, and experience. Vapiano is located right in the center, meaning it requires an effortless walk to the restaurant. Sitting inside Vapiano, you can enjoy people-watching while eating delicious pizza, pasta, and salad. The food is cooked right in front of you fresh by the chef, ensuring it is hot, exactly to your liking, and of course delicious! This is where the locals come for everyday gatherings, as the price is reasonable.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The place is very busy at lunch.
    • The portion sizes are quite large.
    • In summer, eat outside to enjoy the gorgeous Finnish summer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #285 of 1,376 restaurants in Helsinki
    • Good food with nice environment 12/10/2018
    • Never disappointed, great food at great prices. 12/07/2018
    • Vapiano
    Address:
    Mikonkatu 15
    Helsinki 00100
    Finland
    Phone:
    +358 9 6981225
    Price range:
    $10 - $19
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Fri
    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Sat
    12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Kahvila-Suomi
    Restaurants (European)
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    Linh C Says:

    If you've ever see the famous Japanese movie, Kamome Shokudou (Seagull Diner), you're likely to recognize this place as the café in the movie, complete with all its original decor. The diner is very popular among fans of Japanese movies, and dining here feels a little like living in the movie, yet with a different, more authentic feel. Kahvila is a small, cozy, down-to-earth café, which serves coffee, cinnamon buns, and simple dishes (not the Japanese comfort food depicted in the movie), and is worth a visit for its affordable prices and friendly service.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Sometimes the cafe is filled with tourists. If you seriously want to try out this diner, booking in advance is recommended.
    • Coffee and cinnamon rolls are perfect for breakfast.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Super duper Overpriced!!! 07/15/2016
    • Now called Ravintola Kamome 05/14/2016
    • Kahvila-Suomi
    Address:
    Pursimiehenkatu 12
    Helsinki 00150
    Finland
    Phone:
    +358 9 657422
    Price range:
    $15 - $22
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Other:
  • Passio restaurant
    Restaurants (European, Scandinavian)
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    Linh C Says:

    Another city-center restaurant, but unlike the vibrant and busy Vapiano, Passion Keittio Ja Baari is a more humble and cozy eatery. Every dish is made from the finest, locally sourced ingredients, which contribute to the flavor of their food. Both the salmon and the lamb make very nice choices. Moreover, the menu is not always the same; it tends to vary by season depending on the chef's mood and the best ingredients available.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Everything tastes better with wine.
    • Better to book in advance as it's quite busy, especially on the weekend.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 1,376 restaurants in Helsinki
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent surprise but pricey 12/05/2018
    • Exspensive 11/28/2018
    • Passio restaurant
    Address:
    Kalevankatu 13
    Helsinki 00100
    Finland
    Phone:
    +358 20 7352040
    Price range:
    $12 - $79
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    Mon - Fri
    11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    Fri - Sun
    4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
  • Johan & Nystrom Oy
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    Linh C Says:

    Johan & Nystrom Helsinki is the first overseas concept store from the Swedish-owned Johan Nystrom coffee company. Johan & Nystrom coffee is produced in a detailed, artisanal way, from the sourcing of its beans to its 'slow roast' method, making for an original and interesting blend. The cafe is in a warehouse with brick walls and high ceilings, yet you will find it cozy and warm inside. This place is a comfy corner in winter to meet friends or work alone.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • A silky, steamy cappuccino is just enough!
    • The cakes are also good, some of which are gluten-free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 1,376 restaurants in Helsinki
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent brunch in a funky environment 12/10/2018
    • Well deserved reputation 11/24/2018
    • Johan & Nystrom Oy
    Address:
    Kanavantara 7 C, FI-00160 HELSINKI
    Helsinki 00160
    Finland
    Phone:
    +358 40 5203623
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Cafe Neuhaus Helsinki
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    Linh C Says:

    This is one of few places in Helsinki that serves handmade chocolate bon-bons alongside its coffee. Neuhaus has a great variety of delicate truffles and praline to choose from, which go so well with a steaming mug coffee or hot chocolate, and the homemade cakes are delicious too. The place has a cozy, friendly vibe, although its can be quite busy at some points of the day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Hot chocolate or a cappuccino with chocolate bon-bons all the way!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 1,376 restaurants in Helsinki
    • Lovely little cafe 11/09/2018
    • Excellent belgian chocolate but strange café 10/11/2018
    • Cafe Neuhaus Helsinki
    Address:
    Unioninkatu 32
    Helsinki 00100
    Finland
    Phone:
    +358 44 7622022
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bryggeri
    Restaurants (Bar, European, Pub, Scandinavian)
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    Linh C Says:

    High quality beer and food made from finest raw ingredients is what Bryggeri is so famous for. At Bryggeri, it's all about the food, beer and wine. It really is a one-of-a-kind brewery-restaurant.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Open late and closed on Sunday.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 1,376 restaurants in Helsinki
    • Excellent Beer! Value for Money Lunch 12/05/2018
    • Super compromise 11/14/2018
    • Bryggeri
    Address:
    Sofiankatu 2
    Helsinki 00170
    Finland
    Phone:
    +358 10 2352505
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Cafe Regatta
    Restaurants (Cafe, Scandinavian)
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    Linh C Says:

    This cafe is popular among tourists and locals alike. Regatta is a little, cozy sea cottage cafe that serves mainly coffee, cakes, and cinnamon buns. Regatta has a colorful exterior, but the inside of cafe looks more rustic and interesting, with quirky touches to its decor. This place is perfect to have a late, laid-back breakfast.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The typical Finnish breakfast: filtered coffee with cinnamon rolls — if you go to Regatta, you know what you should order!
    • You can buy sausage to grill yourself on the open fire.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 1,376 restaurants in Helsinki
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best coffee in town 12/14/2018
    • A must visit in Helsinki 12/02/2018
    • Cafe Regatta
    Address:
    Merikannontie 10
    Helsinki 00260
    Finland
    Phone:
    +358 40 0760049
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Woolshed Helsinki - Australian Gastropub
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Bar, Pub, Australian)
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    Linh C Says:

    Looking to try something a little bit different from the traditional Finnish cuisine? Woolshed has a distinctly Aussie-vibe, and serves up huge Aussie-style burgers, steaks or lobster with salad and fries.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The avocado bacon burger is my favorite!
    • They have special menu offers on Thursday and Friday. Check the website for more information.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #136 of 1,376 restaurants in Helsinki
    • Love this place 12/12/2018
    • A good place to have a burger at 11/14/2018
    • Woolshed Helsinki - Australian Gastropub
    Address:
    Toolonlahdenkatu 3B 1
    Helsinki 00100
    Finland
    Phone:
    +358 44 7604086
    Price range:
    $11 - $28
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Fri
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Sat
    12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • Kabuki
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi, Asian)
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    Linh C Says:

    Many new Asian restaurants have sprung up around Helsinki in recent years, and there are now numerous sushi joints where you can find cheap prices and quick service. However, Kabuki - one of the oldest and most authentic Japanese diners in Helsinki - still retains its own distinct charm. The sushi, sashimi and other dishes here are fresh and flavored just right. A little pricey perhaps, but totally worth the money.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The place is quite small and busy. Best to book in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #192 of 1,376 restaurants in Helsinki
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kabuki allways works well 11/17/2018
    • Poor service and quality 11/10/2018
    • Kabuki
    Address:
    Lapinlahdenkatu 12
    Helsinki 00180
    Finland
    Phone:
    +358 9 6949446
    Price range:
    $17 - $23
    Hours:
    Sun
    3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Tue - Fri
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Sat
    3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Karl Fazer Cafe
    Restaurants (Cafe, European, Scandinavian)
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    Linh C Says:

    Fazer, the most famous chocolate brand in Finland, has its own cafe chain, and this particular Karl Fazer Cafe is their flagship. The place is frequently visited by locals of all ages due to its friendly, comfortable ambiance, plus the great variety of pastries and cakes on offer.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Busy during lunch and on weekends.
    • In summer, they have seats outside where you can eat and enjoy the fresh air.
    • Karl Fazer Cafe also serves good salad, and sandwiches.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 1,376 restaurants in Helsinki
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must See in Helsinki 12/16/2018
    • Miserable hot chocolate! 12/15/2018
    • Karl Fazer Cafe
    Address:
    Kluuvikatu 3
    Helsinki 00100
    Finland
    Phone:
    +358 20 7296702
    Price range:
    $7 - $22
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • NJK
    Restaurants (European, Scandinavian)
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    Linh C Says:

    NJK is one of the best island restaurants in Helsinki due to its variety of delicate dishes and well-cooked crayfish. The restaurant has a villa-type feel, complete with a light-filled veranda and great views towards the sea and nearby market.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Open in summer, but closed on Sundays.
    • The restaurant is busy during festival times.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #209 of 1,376 restaurants in Helsinki
    • Vild duck 09/04/2018
    • It's all about the view and atmosphere 08/25/2018
    • NJK
    Address:
    Valkosaari 1
    Helsinki 00140
    Finland
    Phone:
    +358 9 639261
    Other:
  • Restaurant Saaristo
    Restaurants (European, Scandinavian)
    Linh C Says:

    Saaristo is the only summer island restaurant on the tiny island near Kaivopuisto. Although the restaurant is a little bit run-down, and food is quite pricey, dining in a traditional, rustic island restaurant with great views in summer is quite an experience.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Only open in summer, starting in May.
    • They have a dock for private boats.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #477 of 1,376 restaurants in Helsinki
    • Great location but disappointing food 06/30/2018
    • Amazing place, great for especially tourists 05/23/2018
    • Restaurant Saaristo
    Address:
    Luoto
    Helsinki 00140
    Finland
    Phone:
    +358 9 74255590
    Hours:
    Mon
    9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
    Other:
  • Belge bar&bistro
    Restaurants (Belgian, Bar, European, Central European)
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    Linh C Says:

    Belge Bar & Bistro serves a variety of well-cooked Belgian food and beer. Great flavors, accommodating service, and a comfortable atmosphere makes this place especially good for friend or family gatherings, and romantic evenings out.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • The restaurant is famous for its mussel dishes and beer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #331 of 1,376 restaurants in Helsinki
    • Mediocre fish &chips 12/13/2018
    • Disappointing 10/30/2018
    • Belge bar&bistro
    Address:
    Kluuvikatu 5
    Helsinki 00100
    Finland
    Phone:
    +358 10 7663590
    Price range:
    $14 - $51
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Mon - Tue
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Wed - Thu
    11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 3:00 AM
    Other:
  • Restaurant Sarkanlinna
    Restaurants (Scandinavian, European)
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    Linh C Says:

    Sarkka Island is a small island close to the popular island Soumenlinna, and in the middle of its fortress you will find the restaurant Sarkanlinna. Open in summer and a favorite with locals, Sakkarlinna is a high-quality a la carte restaurant with an authentic, historical backdrop and a relaxed atmosphere. The food is a fusion of French and Finnish cuisine with a slight Russian influence.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Open in summer only.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #631 of 1,376 restaurants in Helsinki
    • Fantastic dinner in amazing surroundings! 08/24/2016
    • Expensive, poor food in a great location 08/06/2016
    • Restaurant Sarkanlinna
    Address:
    Sarkansaari
    Helsinki 00130
    Finland
    Phone:
    +358 9 13456756
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Good Life Coffee
    Restaurants (Cafe)
    Linh C Says:

    Located in the hip Kallio neighborhood, Good Life Coffee is the perfect cozy corner for coffee-lovers, styled like a living room, with music and just a few tables. They offer premium coffee with a slight Nordic twist, along with snacks, croissants, and pastries.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Open from 8.30am onwards.
    • Have coffee with a croissant.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #241 of 1,376 restaurants in Helsinki
    • “Eggs” breakfast bowl is on point! 09/06/2018
    • Quality coffee 08/06/2018
    • Good Life Coffee
    Address:
    Kolmas linja 17
    Helsinki 00530
    Finland
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
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