Helsinki: Food and Drink
Although the Scandinavian countries have a reputation for bland, fish-based food, Helsinki’s restaurants go a long way toward dispelling such notions. If you want to eat out in Helsinki you’ll be pleased to know that for a small city it has quite a few restaurants. There are nearly 1300 restaurants in Helsinki, three with Michelin stars, and although the city’s population isn’t enormously racially diverse, more choice is creeping in to Helsinki’s restaurant scene. Although most restaurants focus on Finnish cuisine, Russian or Swedish food, it’s also possible to find Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Nepalese and Thai food.
Eating out can be expensive in Helsinki so if you’re looking to really experience all that Helsinki has to offer, lunch is the best time to dine out in Helsinki. Restaurants often offer set menus for between 6-10 euros. In the evening, you’ll be lucky to eat out well for less than 30 euros a head, although there are always fast food outlets and the ten branches of Unicafe, a budget restaurant owned by the University of Helsinki student union and offering full meals from 5.70 euros.
And if you just want to stop for coffee and a cake (or a traditional Finnish cinnamon bun) Helsinki is a typical European capital - you’ll be spoilt for choice.