The Best Vegetarian Spots in Helsinki
Your guide to finding the best vegetarian meals in Helsinki.
Helsinki's restaurant scene includes many options for plant-based cuisine to choose from. In this curated guide, we highlight some of the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Helsinki, each one recommended by World of Mouth experts, like Helena Puolakka, Niklas Ekstedt, and David J Constable. From the zero-waste restaurant Nolla to the vibrant and colorful cuisine at Restaurant Yes Yes Yes and the Michelin-starred restaurant Demo, these places promise the greatest vegetarian and vegan meals in the city. Whether you're a local or a visitor, these are the best spots in town for vegetarian food.
Ravintola Nolla is a casual restaurant that has been serving bistro food for nearly five years, with a focus on simplicity and seasonality. The restaurant's zero-waste ideology is a central part of its operations, and it even brews its own beer on-site. The menu, which is predominantly vegetarian, is crafted from local ingredients that change with the seasons, and the restaurant also offers a selection of natural wines and in-house brewed sour beers.
Casual zero waste restaurant, seasonal bistro food and microbrewery.A casual restaurant based on zero waste. It's been around for nearly five years now. The exciting thing is that they are still there. I pay huge respect to the owners of Nolla that they were ahead of their time when they opened the restaurant. They serve bistro food, simple and very seasonal. And the zero-waste thinking is always there. They brew their own beer on-site. The service is exquisite, really friendly. Always a nice place to go.
Canvas Canteen is a cozy establishment located in a 150-year-old building, offering daily changing dishes inspired by global cuisines. The restaurant is known for its simple, flavorful dishes made from high-quality, seasonal ingredients, with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available. In addition to its regular lunch service, Canvas Canteen also offers catering services and hosts private events, making it a versatile choice for food lovers.
Canvas is located in Punavuori, Helsinki, in the corner of a 150-year-old building. The restaurant offers daily changing dishes and drinks from lunch to late afternoon, all set in a small and homey setting. On the menu you’ll find simple dishes, built on seasonal and high-quality products, “the whole world as a source of inspiration,” as they say. Expect fresh, vibrant salads, lamb neck and lentils, homemade pies and Nordic fruit/berry-based desserts.
Restaurant Demo holds a Michelin star for over a decade, offering memorable dining experiences with a blend of modern French cuisine and global flavors. The restaurant is recognized for its creatively crafted tasting menus and an exceptional wine cellar with over 400 selections. With a cool, contemporary ambiance, it ensures a relaxed environment while delivering impeccable service and high-quality cuisine.
A Helsinki Michelin-star-classic with an understated bohemian contemporary cool ambiance. (Only) tasting menus with a creative modern French tone. Excellent wine list and pairing choices.
Restaurant Chéri is a contemporary eatery offering a modern-day Parisian brasserie experience with a focus on vegetarian dishes, though they also serve some fish and meat. The menu presents French classics with an artistic twist, and they also provide a set tasting menu. Open late, Chéri invites guests to stay after dinner for dessert or a cocktail, with options ranging from Crème brûlée to champagne or a Cosmo.
Vegetary fun A vegetary focused novelty by the founders of the pioneering vegetarian restaurant YesYesYes - except that Cheri also serves some fish and meat. An imaginative contemporary cuisine. If you like a ”Sex and the City” - ladies night out, this casual institution in two stories and large windows right to the center of Helsinki might appeal you.
Nolita is a cozy neighborhood restaurant and bakery that focuses on serving mouth-watering dishes using local ingredients. The restaurant is highly recommended for its divine bread, weekend brunch, and early evening wine. At Nolita, the aim is not only to provide delicious food but also to create unforgettable moments for everyone who walks in.
Restaurant Bona Fide offers a fresh take on Finnish cuisine, with a focus on sustainable fish and vegetable dishes. The menu, crafted by chefs Ilpo Vainonen and Eeli Kaasinen, changes frequently, ensuring a diverse dining experience with dishes like courgette escabeche and deep-fried vendace fish with hot sauce. The restaurant also boasts an excellent wine list, curated by sommelier Johan Borgar, featuring natural wines and affordable champagnes from small producers.
Small and cosey Helsinki restaurant with a tight-knit menu, usually a main course centred around fish and the catch of the day. Chefs are Ilpo Vainonen and Eeli Kaasinen. Set course suggested with extras and cheese available. Plus lots of Nordic berries. Excellent wine list, complied by the sommelier Johan Borgar, with good natural wines and a very affordable and competitively priced champagne list.
Mei Lin Sichuan Restaurant offers a selection of authentic Sichuanese dishes, including dumplings and hot pots. The small, clean set-up caters to approximately 20 customers, providing a cozy and intimate dining experience. Recommended dishes to try include the pork intestine noodles with chili peppers, dumplings in chili oil and Sichuan peppers, crispy duck with pancakes, and beef noodle soup.
Great authentic taste. True value for money. Ask for recommendations. Small clean setup for approximately 20 customers.
Restaurant Yes Yes Yes is a vibrant vegetarian eatery that offers a seasonally changing menu, ensuring fresh and diverse dishes throughout the year. The kitchen uses high-quality ingredients from local farms to create food that isn't confined to any specific country or cuisine, offering a broad culinary experience. Whether you're looking for small snacks or larger comfort plates, this bustling bar and restaurant provides a relaxed atmosphere for all to enjoy.
Had a great vegetarian food experience at Yes Yes Yes!When you think of vegetarian restaurants you might not think of Finland. Neither did I and on my trip to the Finnish capital. We were shooting a series all about meat and fire so when I asked my friend in Helsinki if there were any vegetarian restaurants he said yes yes yes. And after enjoying a couple of days of great Finnish meat and dairy products it was very refreshing having a great vegetarian food experience at Yes Yes Yes.
Albina Ravintola & Viinibaari is a casual Italian-French bistro that focuses on local ingredients and is led by renowned chef Teemu Aura. The restaurant offers a relaxed ambiance within an old red brick industrial area, creating a cozy yet stylish setting for diners. With an extensive wine list featuring lesser-known but intriguing Italian and French producers, Albina is a great spot for food and wine lovers.
Casual Italian French bistro using local ingredients, located in an old red brick industrial area. An Italian French casual bistro using local ingredients - created by much liked chef Teemu Aura and his team. Lovely relaxed ambience in the middle of an old red brick industrial area. Extensive wine list consisting of less known but interesting Italian and French producers.
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