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The Best Restaurants in Helsinki

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

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.

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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 room 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 room, Helsinki 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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Venere Travel Blog writer satu rommi

Satu was born in Finland, but moved to London in 1996 and lived there for 10 years working as a journalist. She has spent the last couple of years mostly in India, practicing yoga and travelling.

8 responses to “The Best Restaurants in Helsinki”

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  1. Denise Henderson says via Facebook:
    October 23rd, 2010 at 23:09

    Wish I had this 2 years ago. Found the country and people amazing, found the food not so great… if I only traveled for that reason, would put beautiful Finland on my “been there, done that” list.

  2. says via Facebook:
    October 26th, 2010 at 14:27

    Which cities did you visit Denise? I’ve been told Helsinki is not so great!

  3. Denise Henderson says via Facebook:
    October 27th, 2010 at 00:39

    Hi… Depends on what you like to do. Korkeasaari Island, Porvoo and
    Helsinki and a few places north of Helsinki. I think all are nice. Don’t recall how to spell. Helsinki has some great buildings, a wonderful market (with yummy berries, interesting art and knick knacks, fur, knit items, glasswork) and more. Porvoo is medieval. Some other places have tech and country (not music, but style) combined.

  4. Denise Henderson says via Facebook:
    October 27th, 2010 at 00:43

    I wouldn’t necessarily visit again since so many other places still to see, but I wouldn’t skip it along the way either. Only a few places like that for me, and sure even those places have redeeming qualities.

  5. Luigi Gigio Marin says via Facebook:
    October 28th, 2010 at 10:18

    Helsinki is a very nice place to visit! I loved it!!! and you can go to Tallinn on a daytrip!!

  6. says via Facebook:
    October 29th, 2010 at 17:37

    You convinced me both Luigi and Denise! I will go there soon :)

  7. Luigi Gigio Marin says via Facebook:
    October 29th, 2010 at 17:45

    Porvoo is a little masterpiece!!!

  8. Rita says:
    August 10th, 2011 at 18:14

    The cuisine in Helsinki can be quite excellent and very exciting.
    Unfortunately, just like in any city in the world, there are many bad restaurants, and if we travelers do not know where to go, we do not always get so lucky.

    Last time we traveledt to Helsinki was last June-July. It was glorious! The weather was perfect (unlike muggy NYC) and we had so many wonderful dinners there that I am still “dreaming” about them.

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