The variety and quality of Helsinki restaurants has increased in recent years and there are now several restaurants in Helsinki with Michelin Stars. Helsinki restaurants include traditional Finnish and Russian restaurants, as well as excellent seafood restaurants and surprisingly good international cuisine.
Fine Dining in Finland
Chez Dominique is the only restaurant in Finland to receive two precious Michelin stars. The mission of Chez Dominique is to “create new innovations based on Nordic and French flavours”, and so far it has been incredibly successful. Chez Dominique keeps winning awards from the public and from restaurant critics, and has been voted to be the best restaurant in Finland for several years now. Due to its popularity, reservations must be made in advance.
Postres is praised by local and international customers, and has received one Michelin star. Postres serves traditional French cuisine with a touch of modern ideas, and excellent wines. Although you might be able to walk in for lunch, evenings get busy, so make dinner reservations in advance.
Russian and Finnish Cuisine
During the Cold War it was said that the best Russian restaurants were in Helsinki, and you can still find some excellent Russian cuisine here.
Savoy is a historic Helsinki restaurant, famous for its design (by Finnish designer Alvar Aalto), for its views over the city and for its Vorschmack: a traditional dish made with meat, herring and onions and served with sour cream, gherkins and beetroot. The menu includes both classic and modern Finnish specialities.
Bellevue is one of Helsinki’s oldest Russian restaurants and another good place to try Russian specialities.
One of the most famous restaurants in the city is Kappeli. Located in the Esplanade park in the city centre, Kappeli serves traditional Finnish cuisine from reindeer to seafood and also has a café and a bar. The terrace is a popular meeting place in the summer.
For yet more traditional Finnish cuisine, try Aino or Lappi, a popular destination for international tour groups for its décor that is inspired by Lapland, and its menu that includes reindeer and elk.
Helsinki also has several good seafood restaurants: try the relaxed Fish Market, or Havis for more upscale seafood dinners.
Hotels in Helsinki
Hotel Crowne Plaza Helsinki
Hotel Crowne Plaza Helsinki is a 4-star hotel situated next to the main street of Helsinki and Hesperia Park, and only 200 metres from the Finnish National Opera.
Klaus K Hotel, Helsinki
The luxury 4-star Klaus K Hotel is located in the heart of the city, just off Esplanadi and Mannerheimintie Streets.
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