Finland’s love of good food and quality local ingredients means you can find delicious meals and a good night out in any Finnish town or city, with cuisine from a variety of different countries. These are a few of the best restaurants throughout Finland:
Gastropub, European, Pub Grub
Gustav Wasa Restaurant, Vaasa | Courtesy of Gustav Wasa
In the western coastal city of Vaasa is Gustav Wasa, a gastropub and fine dining establishment. There is even a sauna on-site and guests can order food and drink from the restaurant to have in the sauna. The restaurant is particularly proud of their tasting menu, which includes seven constantly changing dishes including reindeer, duck, perch and ice cream sandwiches. There is also the à la carte menu, a large wine selection and craft beers.
Figaro Restaurant and Wine Bistro, in the central city of Jyväskylä, was named the best restaurant in Finland by Lonely Planet and in 2010 earned the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs plate. Located in an old stone building with an accompanying wine restaurant next door, the menu changes frequently to offer fresh seasonal ingredients and includes delicacies such as perch pike, scallops and coconut pannocotta. Even the children’s menu includes equally appetizing dishes such as salmon pasta and lamb chops. Figaro is one of the best fine dining experiences to be had in Finland and an essential stop for anyone while in central Finland.
Located in the Arctic Light Hotel, in the Lapland city of Rovaniemi, is Arctic Boulevard. This restaurant specialises in giving visitors a taste of food from the Arctic oceans and forests, making good use of local fish and berries. The menu also changes regularly with the season so you can try different staples depending on the time of year. In early summer, for example, the menu includes lobster soup, reindeer tongue and lingonberry jelly. It is an ideal restaurant to visit on a visit to Lapland.
Uusi Seurahuone, Oulu | Courtesy of Uusi Seurahuone
Situated in a beautiful old building in Oulu, Uusi Seurahuone has been open since 1884. The building actually hosts a series of restaurants and conference rooms. Restaurant Hugo, for example, serves French-Scandinavian cuisine made from local ingredients, including the chef’s favourite fish and shellfish dishes. It is a perfect place for an evening dinner, conference or party with a combination of a gorgeous old building and a stylish modern menu.
Boutique, Fine Dining, Gourmet, Stylish, Traditional
Restaurant, Northern European, $$$
Courtesy of Pinella
On the Turku waterfront near the cathedral is Pinella, a classy restaurant and bar which serves some of the best food and drink in the city, with a stunning view of central Turku. The terrace is especially beautiful during the summer, and in the colder months there is a heater available for al fresco dining. Dishes range from goose breast to crème brulée and there is a special menu for the Finland 100 event in 2017. It is also a restaurant of high historical significance; it dates back to 1848, making it one of the oldest restaurants in Finland which is still operating. Its current location has been a meeting place for bohemian creatives for more than a century. During the last restoration, artefacts were found underneath the restaurant dating from the 14th century.