This is a small seafood restaurant on the western side of Helsinki. It has plenty of seafaring memorabilia on the walls.
Head along Bulevarden and at the end of the road it is to the right facing the water.
The pricing was decent and the food was delicious.
A viking-themed restaurant tucked away in a small shopping corridor opposite Stockmann, Harald is a bit pricey but worth the money. (Most restaurants in Helsinki tend to be a bit more expensive.)
The staff were nice and the atmosphere combined with the lovely food (I had bear) made a great evening.
Citykäytävä 2. krs, Aleksanterinkatu 21, 00100 Helsinki
I stayed at the GLO in July 2007. I went to Helsinki with my husband for a wedding and most of our friends stayed at the Palace Kamp but we decided to stay at its sister hotel, the GLO. It’s next door to the Palace Kamp so probably the best location in Helsinki. Unlike the Palace Kamp, GLO is a modern hotel and we really liked the room: big room, brand new, very stylish and modern for an extremely reasonable price. Breakfast was also included - a big buffet with plenty of food. There’s a Spanish restaurant in the hotel where you can enjoy tapas.
This is a very bizarre restaurant - in some ways very Finnish, but somewhat cringeworthy to a local like me.
The decor resembles a Finnish countryside bar from the olden days and so does the clientele (this is the cringe bit).
You can have your drink under a massive plastic cow's udders or even sitting in an old Zetor tractor. However, this is only the bar.
The restaurant, on the other hand, is in a different class altogether. The food is very Finnish and very tasty - the menu is available online.
I took two British friends here and at least they seemed to love it - as a funky experience more than a would-be favourite bar, but anyway.
Raku Ya is a great little Japanese restaurant located on the sea front a stone's throw from the main market. Classic Finnish design sensibilties afford this place an authentic Japanese feel and the marriage of fresh Finnish fish with Japanese presentation is as good as any Japanese restaurant you will find in London.
I tried grilled eel, scallop sashimi and beef tataki and all were excellent. There is a decent wine and sake list as well as the usual selection of Japanese beers. Service was good and all staff speak English.
There are several private booths, an upstairs "party room" and a further 20 or so covers. While not cheap, a bill for 2 came in good value at €60.
This restaurant near the harbour has really excellent food (and prices to match) but I think it's worth it. The menu is especially strong on seafood: try anything made with "nieria" or Arctic charr, which is a delicious relative of salmon and trout. Downstairs in the Krog is less posh.
Etelaranta (off Market Square), Helsinki
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