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A Food Lover’s Guide to Helsinki: Top-Ranked Restaurants for Every Taste

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Helsinki, the capital of Finland, features a unique experience of travel and sightseeing, but also hosts some exquisite cuisine. There is certainly a noteworthy aspect to the restaurants Helsinki offers. From Asian to Mediterranean, or fine dining to bakery, you could find a number of options. To give you the full experience, we wanted to list the best Finnish restaurants in Helsinki.

Everest Katajanokka

Everest Katajanokka is a Nepalese restaurant located in the heart of the city of Helsinki. Not only the highlands of Nepal but also a variety of Asian cuisine is what you can expect from this lovely place with friendly staff and reasonable prices. Naan and mango lassi are a must-try for those who are interested in Himalayan flavors. They also have a separate selection of vegan/vegetarian options and vegetable side dishes. We also highly recommend a walk around the restaurant, the Katajanokka district, where you would come across some beautiful houses and decorations of Art Nouveau.

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Open at 10:30-22:00 on Monday to Friday, and at 12:00-22:00 on Saturday and Sunday. The prices differ between €14 – €27 per person.
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Skiffer Erottaja

Skiffer Erottaja is the place you need if you are looking for delicious gourmet pizzas with a variety of distinguished sauces and flavors. “Liuska – cousin of pizza” is their go-to slogan named after their untraditionally oval shaped pizzas and unique recipes. The restaurant almost exclusively focuses on how to serve the best pizza you can find in Helsinki. Aside from salads and side dishes/dips, strawberry pizza is quite a trademark in this place. Skiffer Erottaja welcomes you to a nice interior with a cozy ambiance where the service is quite fast and friendly. The prices range from €12 – €17.

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Open from 11.00-21.00 on weekdays. 12.00-22.00 on Saturdays, and 01.00-20.00 on Sundays.
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Ravintola Paisano

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Ravintola Paisano offers the Philippines cuisine with a Finnish twist. You can taste various tapas and locally seasoned dishes here. The eggplant that unites Finnish tastes with Filipino flavors is a must-try at Ravintola Paisano. There is also a selection of menus where you can have your courses assigned by the chefs. You can finish your meal with the signature dessert “Calamansi”. Keep in mind that Paivalehti Museum is nearby, and is worth a look.

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Restaurant HOKU

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If you are looking for an exquisite experience of Asian cuisine, you need to check out HOKU. This lovely place features a “fusion of Japanese and Hawaiian flavors” so that you can fully have the true Pacific experience. Bi Bim Bap, Salmon Teriyaki and Gyoza are highly recommended. For dessert, you should try the Coconut Panna Cotta. Located on the 5th floor of Kamppi Shopping Center, HOKU has a terrace bar where you can enjoy the view and have a nice time.

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Open from 11.00-21.00 on weekdays, and 12.00-22.00 on Saturdays.
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Restaurant MoMo Punavuori

Restaurant MoMo Punavuori almost exclusively specializes on the dish of momo, a type of Nepalese dumpling. You can have the options of meat filling or other vegan options like tofu or vegetable fillings. This lovely place is known for its cute and friendly staff. You can end your meal with their selection of tea. It’s open 11:00-18:00 on Wednesday to Friday, and 12:00-18:00 on Saturdays.

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Friends & Brgrs

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If you are looking for a Finnish way of homemade burgers, Friends & Brgrs is just the right spot for you. Being a go-to place in all over Finland, Friends & Brgrs is located in a popular spot in Helsinki. They stand out with their non-frozen, homemade meat and buns, freshly prepared and served to you. It’s a great spot if you are looking for something quick and different from traditional Helsinki food.

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Open 10.30-22.00 on weekdays, 11.00-23.00 on Saturdays, 12.00-21.00 on Sundays.
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Restaurant The Cock

 

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The Cock offers “modern brasserie classics” with a little Asian twist: you can expect to taste the contemporary cuisine also with a wide range of vegan/vegetarian options. The lunch menu is daily served featuring fresh salads and soup with a side of homemade bread which you should definitely try. The menus change weekly and are served Monday to Friday 11.30-14.30. The best part of The Cock we think is the “Tartare Weeks”. They happily announce that there will be a separate tartare menu served alongside your choice of a la carte on the said weeks. You can choose your gourmet tartare to have either as your main or side dish.

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Monday to Thursday: 11.30-14.30 & 16.00-23.00, Friday: 11.30-14.30 & 16.00-24.00
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Ravintola Bronda

Bronda is a contemporary brasserie offering tastes from France, Italy and Spain. They carefully curate their menus with the classic cuisine of Europe. You may expect an outstanding cocktail bar, live DJ sets, and some amazing Mediterranean dish. Bronda has our à la carte options throughout the day until 22.00. Dinner is served throughout Tuesday to Friday, from 15.00 onwards and on Saturdays the whole menu is available already from 12.00 onwards. Bronda is also very careful with special diets and vegan/vegetarian options: you can ask the staff as you wish.

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Way Bakery

 

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Way Bakery is a perfect spot for a cozy breakfast and lunch; offering baked goods, pasta, and a whole wine bar. You can have a calm afternoon with warm, homemade pastries aside with a glass of wine. They also have lunch menus including pasta, soup and side dishes. Way Bakery is also a nice option to have a cup of coffee on a lazy Saturday. Don’t leave without trying the sourdough bread!

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Open 08.00-22.00, but closed on Sundays.
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When it comes to experiencing food, we could comfortably say that Helsinki is the right spot.

Levain Bakery

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One of the most popular but modest spots of Design District, Levain Bakery, offers the warmest pastries and welcomes. It’s a great place for breakfast, or a casual lunch, serving a number of choices when it comes to quality homemade goods. Prices range from €24 to €47. You should try the egg sandwich or brioches with a side of cappuccino.

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Open 08.00-21.00 on weekdays, 09.00-16.00 on Saturdays.
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Farang Helsinki

Farang Helsinki

The name of this beautiful restaurant has an interesting background: it means “Westerner” in colloquial Thai. Farang has some of the best South-East Asian food Helsinki has to offer. If you are looking for courageous and exciting new meals to try, you must try Farang Helsinki. Farang is also a great place to go with a group of friends, as the atmosphere is very relaxing and exciting at the same time.

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Open 11:30-00:30 on weekdays, 14:00-00:30 on Saturdays.
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Finnjavel Salonki

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Finnjavel Salonki offers the best Finnish cuisine selection in Helsinki. If you are looking for an elegant dining experience, this Michelin star awarded restaurant is the perfect place for you. You can enjoy the round tables with a party of 2 to 6 people and enjoy prime Finnish cuisine with your loved ones and embellish your Finnish travel experience with the knowledge of Finnish food.

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Open 11:30-23:00 on weekdays, 13:00-23:00 on Saturdays

From its intriguing history to its modern tapestry, Helsinki is the perfect spot for your travel. If you want to explore more about Helsinki, and have an overall guide on the city, you should definitely have a look at https://heytripster.com/before-your-trip/helsinki-ultimate-guide-2023/

FAQ

What is the most famous restaurant in Helsinki?

“Restaurant Palace” with a Michelin star.

What food is Helsinki known for?

Poronkäristys (Sautéed Reindeer)

What are the finest restaurants in Helsinki?

Olo Ravintola, Vinkkeli, Palace, Baskeri & Basso

What are three popular foods in Finland?

Salmiakki (salty licorice) , Ruisleipa (rye bread), Kalakukko (fish pie), Lihapiirakka (meat pie)

What are the local foods in Helsinki?

Runeberg Torte, Kaalikääryleet (cabbage rolls), Baltic Herring, Pulla (Finnish cinnamon roll)
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