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The Best Restaurants in Helsinki

Guiding you to the 43 best restaurant experiences Helsinki has to offer.

Updated on May 14, 2024 | World of Mouth team

This guide offers recommendations by some of Helsinki’s most knowledgeable experts, who share their local favourites, classic institutions and hidden gems. Culinary Helsinki offers a colourful smorgasbord of street food, Nordic and Asian flavours, fine dining, wine bars, coffee shops, bakeries and bistros. Thanks to its compact size, the city is easy to explore and there is always some inspiring food destination around the corner.

Helsinki is a city surrounded by sea and forests, and nature is present on most restaurant menus, with an abundance of local Finnish ingredients. Be it rye bread, beer, or local wild fish, game, seaweed or foraged mushrooms and berries. Gastronomically, Finland is at a crossroads between the east and west, with Swedish and Russian traditions influencing the local cuisine. Among the restaurants in the city, you'll discover both some classical institutions and hidden gems.

In this guide to the best restaurants in Helsinki, we will be highlighting our favorite spots in the city, based on personal recommendations from top local chefs and other culinary experts like Ina Niiniketo, Helena Puolakka and Lennart Sukapää. To help you digest this information, we've broken the restaurants down into different categories, exploring everything from street food to fine dining and cafés to wine bars.

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