Beer and More Beer

Finland used to have basically one beer. All the breweries used to make the same type of lager with almost no alternatives. Now, luckily, the trend has changed and Finns have a growing interest in beer in its many varieties. There are several new beer-serving bars with a large selection of craft beers.   Bier Bier (Erottajankatu 13) aims to make beer-tasting […]

Let’s Eat, Helsinki! – Restaurant KarlJohan

Heads up, foodies! If you’ve been searching for traditional Finnish food in the capital but coming up short, then we have a tip for you. Restaurant KarlJohan is a hidden gem that is known mostly by locals, with a menu that contains several hard-to-find Finnish classics. The street-level restaurant is on Yrjönkatu, between the Forum […]

Let’s Eat, Helsinki! – Lehtovaara

This week on Let’s Eat, Helsinki, we visited one of Helsinki’s oldest, classical restaurants Restaurant Lehtovaara, which neighbors the famous Sibelius Monument. To make an online table reservation, click here. Fine Tradition Established in 1916, Lehtovaara was originally located in Vyborg, Russia. The Winter War of 1939 led to the evacuation of Vyborg and the […]

Moomin Café

“Welcome home, Moomin, safe and sound, and welcome, friends! Come gather around!”  Moominmamma, from ‘The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My’ by Tove Jansson. In 1945 Finnish writer and artist Tove Jansson gave life to the Moomin family, Finland’s most beloved storybook characters. Their adventures in Moominvalley and beyond the Lonely Mountains have enriched people’s […]

Cocktail Bars

Finns have had a reputation of hard drinking. The nation’s favourite drinks have been beer and vodka, but there is a rapidly growing cocktail culture with a handful of bars that take cocktails seriously.  Sling In (Mikonkatu 8) is one of the oldest cocktail bars in Helsinki, having started in 1999 when cocktail culture was still […]

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