Where to eat local food in Helsinki


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Local restaurants in Helsinki let you taste classic Finnish dishes that are homely, filling and very popular among Finns.

Some local, and some not.

Enjoy some of our past TJD traveler’s favorite!

Old Market Hall

The Old Market Hall in Helsinki has served its customers since 1889. Merchants sell all sorts of cheese, fish, shellfish, vegetable, fruit and cakes to spices, coffee and tea. They are also more than happy to help with any special orders. Here you can also find the smallest Alko shop for wines and beverages, as well as cafe’s and restaurants.

You can find them here: https://vanhakauppahalli.fi/merchants/




Elite has been a unique cultural restaurant and living room for artists since its establishment in 1932. Actors, musicians, authors, dancers and artists have enjoyed themselves for years here in the theatre of real life. Paintings by some of its artist patrons can be admired on the walls of the Elite. The Finnish-international restaurant serves eg. sirloin steak with creamed onion à la Tauno Palo (inspired by the famous Finnish actor) and vorschmack.

You can find them here: https://www.elite.fi/en/




Exciting flavours, simple cocktails, relaxed atmosphere, good value for money and a friendly as well as hearty service. Pamela is open from lunch to dinner, Monday to Saturday. Because good vibes are as important as good food.

You can find them here: https://www.pamela.fi/



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Bacco offers true delicacies from different regions of Italy. Highly digestible pizzas made with long maturation method and fresh ingredients. The food is simple and changes frequently determined by the freshest available seasonal products. Professional cooks and pizza makers prepare everything by hand everyday.

You can find them here: https://bacco.fi/en/


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Story Tripla

Story is a modern Nordic café-restaurant at the 4th floor at the Mall of Tripla, serving breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. Story’s portions are prepared on the location in the in-house kitchen. Breakfast omelettes, eggs benedict, porridge and house granola are daily treats. Lunch dishes include homestyle meals, a daily changing meat or fish option, and salads weekly changing according to the season. Dinner time Story serves modern and relaxed dishes. Story’s bread and patisserie products come from a local bakery.

You can find them here: https://www.story-restaurants.fi/




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Vegoshi offers people an easy way to eat healthy food that is so delicious they won’t even notice it’s healthy. The menu is a mix of the healthiest and tastiest vegan dishes from all around Asia, with a modern twist. The menu includes dishes such as bowls, dumplings, sushi and summer rolls.

You can find them here: https://www.vegoshi.fi/




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Junk Y Vegan
Junk y Vegan is a new “total vegan joint” at Sanomatalo in Helsinki city centre. A restaurant and bar serving tasty, modern, healthy and most of all, all vegan junk food. Have a glass of bubbly, or perhaps kombucha, on the summer terrace!
You can find them here: https://junkyvegan.fi/


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Treffi Pub & Bistro

Treffi Pub & Bistro is a restaurant close to the Herttoniemi metro station. The charcoal grill stays warm until midnight. Lunch on weekdays, burgers and brunch each Sunday with a changing theme.

You can find them here: https://treffipub.com/en/



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An old warehouse at Katajanokka harbor gives shelter to friends of good food and drink. The restaurant serves a la carte but also Chef’s Menus with 3, 4 or 5 surprise courses.

You can find them here: https://www.shelter.fi/




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