Out of the many reasons to travel to Helsinki, one that tops the chart is its impressive restaurant scene. Finnish cuisine is known for its simplicity and the use of fresh ingredients.
The city is home to many amazing restaurants that serve not just Finnish cuisines, but dishes from across the globe.
Here is a list of 12 Best Restaurants in Helsinki
Located in the residential area of Töölo, Aito is an intimate restaurant with a cozy and laid-back vibe. It’s one of the best places to eat like a local while you travel to Helsinki.
It serves scrumptious local cuisines with a contemporary twist that gives a burst of flavor in every bite. The dishes are made from the freshest seasonal ingredients sourced from local Finnish producers and small suppliers.
The menu changes every 5 weeks and makes use of Finnish wild herbs, berries, and mushrooms. The restaurant also takes care of the needs of its vegan guests. There is also an amazing collection of European wines that complement well with the local food.
Do not miss the six-course signature menu at Aito as it lets you embark on a delicious gastronomic journey.
Baskeri and Basso
If Baskeri and Basso Bistro is to be described in one word, it has to be “Perfect”. Situated in Tehtaankatu, the Bistro promises a unique experience with its food and environment. The cozy yet joyous ambiance makes every meeting at this bistro an incredible one.
The cuisines are ingredient-driven and you can even create your own version of your favorite delicacy. They also provide great wine recommendations to take the dining experience to the next level. This is undeniably one of the best places in Helsinki to have a great dinner with family and friends.
The excellent food and wine destination, Vinkkeli proudly boasts its status of being a Michelin guide restaurant. It is nestled in a historic corner building in the heart of Kaartinkaupunki. The high ceilinged restaurant features an elegant and stylish décor that creates a pleasant ambiance.
The 4-course dinner menu comprising delicious classic cuisines and wine selections is must try at Vinkelli. Courteous and personalized services will ensure that you have a cherished dining experience.
A purely Nordic restaurant, Spis serves creative cuisines made from fresh Nordic ingredients. The restaurant has an intimate setup with just 18 seats and a unique décor featuring bricks.
Dishes based on seasonal vegetables are the star of the menu at Spis. The menu also includes at least one fish and meat dish to cater to the tastes of non-vegetarian guests.
The splendid selection of drinks with artisan wines and Nordic brews is in perfect sync with the dishes.
Juuri is a restaurant that brings the Finnish food culture to life with its tasty traditional cuisines. It’s the authentic flavors with a modern interpretation that makes the menu at Juuri spectacular.
Enjoy the special Sapas at the restaurant that gives a glimpse into the local culinary history. The dishes take inspiration from the diverse seasons of Finland and local ingredients. Try the tasting menus to relish all the delicious flavors that Juuri has to offer.
Muru believes in the philosophy of fun dining where the menu changes every day according to the ingredients. The idea behind the restaurant is to serve guests with dishes made from freshest ingredients. With the expertise of a decade, Muru has aced the art of customer satisfaction with its courteous hospitality
Muru also boasts an award-winning wine list and its sommeliers are among the best in Finland. Visit this restaurant for an unforgettable eating experience.
A friendly bistro and wine bar in the Ullanlinna neighborhood, Pontus is popular for its baked delicacies. If you are a Pizza lover, this place will spoil you for choices. They also have an amazing range of craft beers, sparkling drinks, and wines.
Being located close to a bustling theater, the restaurant attracts a plethora of visitors daily. It is thus advised to book your reservation in advance. You can also get the home cooking bag to savour the amazing dishes in the comfort of your home.
Located in the heart of Helsinki, Toca is a stylish restaurant serving Italian Finnish cuisines. This hidden gem in Unioninkatu has been serving lip-smacking delicacies since its opening in 2013. The relaxed ambiance and cozy set up along with the warm hospitality ensures a home-like comfort at Toca.
The 4-course menu is designed to pamper your taste buds with the best seasonal ingredients. Both the foods and drinks menu are inspired by flavors from across the globe. The wine packages and specialty beers make the visit to Toca worthwhile.
The Bull and The Firm
The Bull and The Firm is another fantastic restaurant where local ingredients play a key role in the delicious dishes. It is located in Kulmavuorenkatu and has an easy-going vibe.
The highlight of The Bull and The Firm is its selection of natural wines. When it comes to food, it’s the Risotto that steals the show.
This is an ideal venue to relax and have a drink with your friends.
Yes Yes Yes
A paradise for vegan food lovers, Yes Yes Yes presents a menu that’s as exciting as its name. Situated in Iso Roobertinkatu, the restaurant has become a favorite among locals and tourists alike for its vegetarian dishes.The Chef’s favourite menu with Wine adventure is the most popular choice here. There are also amazing options for cocktails, mocktails, and beers to choose from. You can also pamper your sweet tooth with amazing summer special sweetie pies.
The vibrant ambiance and palatable dishes lead to a delightful dining experience.
A restaurant where every dish redefines creativity, Hello Stranger is located in Helsinki’s Vilhonkatu 6 Street. With its friendly inviting vibe, the restaurant & lounge stays true to its name “Hello Stranger”.The menu boasts an array of delectable Finnish Cuisines with international flavors. The highlight of the dishes is the seasonal ingredients, tasty vegetables, and fresh catch of the day. The choices are splendid when it comes to drinks with amazing cocktails and vintage wines.
The Chef’s menu with expert-recommended wine pairings will leave you spellbound. Apart from the menu, it’s the impeccable hospitality that will make you come back for more at this restaurant.
A charming restaurant in Etu-Toolo, Young hearts never fails to surprise its guests with innovative cuisines.
The menu showcases a blend of rich Mediterranean flavors with seasonal Finnish cuisines that results in a masterpiece. Their selection of organic wines sourced from small producers is impressive and matches perfectly with the main dishes.
The restaurant has a cozy and relaxing ambiance, which makes the dining experience a memorable one. It is recommended to book a table in advance as they have limited seating.
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