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Helsinki - Modest Priced Dining

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Helsinki - Modest Priced Dining

Modest price dining in Helsinki.

Restaurant dining in Helsinki is expensive. With the Euro currently at $1.60, even more so for Non- Euro based travelers. We recommend staying with Finnish cuisine . . . lots of local fish and vegetables, and light on expensive beef and similar products.

We offer the following suggestions to control dining costs.

We had good luck at the Café Engel in Senate Square. Very local and informal. Two “salads” and two beers == 32 Euros. Hard to do better.

We recommend the Sea Horse restaurant. About a 15 minute walk South from the Esplanade. Reservation needed. Again local. Large portions. Good food.

For lunch, try the food stands at the outdoor market to the East of the Esplanade. Fresh cooked fish and other platters. Stir fry at some late in the day. Closed in the evening.

THE BEST FOR LAST. Stockmann’s Department Store (on the Esplanade) – Basement level. The supermarket has several takeout areas. Lots of good prepared food. Also a liquor store . . .some modest price wines. So create your dinner and bring it back to your hotel room!


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For lunch try a wonderful Nepalese restaurant Himalaya near the design museum in Helsinki Design destrict. The address is Ratakatu 1. Lunch is only 8 euros or so.

Try Juttutupa and it's dining section Marco Polo. A stunning, castle-like granite building with lots of political history. It is located in Hakaniemi, Tokoinranta, a 15-minute walk from central railway station towards east. Take the tram, bus or subway to Hakaniemi square (Hakaniemen tori). There's a lovely summer terrace and a nice view, you can see National Opera and Finlandia House behind a little gulf.

Sometimes there's live music. Later at night Juttutupa can be a bit crowded and the people a bit loud. The athmosphere is unique, if seeing a few drunken people does not ruin your dinner.

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