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!