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Helsinki after 5pm

Southampton, UK
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Helsinki after 5pm

I have a free afternoon/evening in Helsinki. What is the best place to go for an authentic Finnish experience? I am not interested in shopping and touristic activities. Are there pubs around with live Finnish music and Finnish drinks? Any good restaurants catering for a vegetarian palate?

Helsinki, Finland
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1. Re: Helsinki after 5pm

Not many real vegetarian restaurants here, but most restaurants serve vegetarian options (or at least lacto-vegetarian). What type of food you are you looking for; Finnish, international?

Zetor bar/restaurant is kitschy; I would go there just for a beer, even though they serve food as well.

http://www.ravintolazetor.fi/sapuskat_en.html;

Tavastia klub has live music, http://www.tavastiaklubi.fi/

Kaarle XII http://www.kaarle.com/en/ is a lively and popular restaurant from Thursdays to Saturdays with many bars, one of the bars is specialised in Finnish music, people dance and sing along (but it's not live music though).

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2. Re: Helsinki after 5pm

You may find this helpful:

http://www.vegaaniliitto.fi/english.html

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3. Re: Helsinki after 5pm

Thanks Tuuli, I would like to taste Finnish food but I must admit I have no idea what the Fins eat. Are there any Fin specialities I should try?

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4. Re: Helsinki after 5pm

Thanks Nettle, good source!

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5. Re: Helsinki after 5pm

Traditional Finnish food is quite heavy; potatoes, meat, fish.

You could try one of these restaurants with local flavour, they seem to serve also some vegetarian courses.

Tori, Punavuorankatu 2 at Fredrikinkatu corner. Lively locar bar/restaurant http://www.ravintolatori.fi/

Juuri, Finnish style "tapas" on Korkeavuorenkatu 27 http://www.juuri.fi/viinit/13?task=view

Kosmos, a traditional restaurant, favoured by artist and writers on Kalevankatu 3 www.ravintolakosmos.fi/englanti/carte.htm

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