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Restaurants in Helsinki

The Helsinki restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over €90)
Moderate (€30 to €90)
Cheap (under €30)
These Helsinki restaurant prices are for an average three-course meal for one, including half a bottle of house wine or cheapest equivalent; they do not include tax or tip.

Expensive

Chez Dominique

Cuisine: Nordic and French

Effortlessly refined, Chez Dominique brings the French concept of degustation to the Helsinki dining scene. Chef Hans Välimäki uses Finnish ingredients and French know-how to create some inspired combinations, but diners choose from a series of 'surprise menus' and the exquisite dishes are only revealed as they are brought to the table. A wine degustation is available to compliment each selection.

Address: , Rikhardinkatu 4, Helsinki,
Telephone: (09) 612 7393.
Website: http://www.chezdominique.fi

G W Sundmans

Cuisine: Finnish

Set in a stately Engel-designed house on Eteläranta - and named after the building's former owner, naval commander G W Sundman - this elegant eatery conjures up the romance of 19th-century Helsinki. The menu makes extensive use of local specialities like zander, arctic char and reindeer, and the house puddings are legendary. The cheaper Sundmans Krog is an alternative eatery at the same address. Closed Saturday lunchtime and Sunday.

Address: , Eteläranta 16, Helsinki,
Telephone: (09) 6128 5400.
Website: http://www.sundmans.fi

Restaurant Palace

Cuisine: Finnish and European

Offering commanding views of the sea, Restaurant Palace is one of a suite of glamorous restaurants in Helsinki run by the owners of Hotel Kämp. The restaurant opened in 1952 to cater to high fliers attending the Olympics, and it still leads the way in Finnish gastronomy. The exciting à la carte menu changes every month, fusing modern European ideas with fresh Finnish ingredients, and the wine list is exceptional. Its crayfish parties are also legendary.

Address: , Eteläranta 10, Helsinki,
Telephone: (09) 1345 6715.
Website: http://www.palacekamp.fi

Moderate

Havis

Cuisine: Finnish and Scandinavian

A slick modern dining concept for Helsinki, Havis offers three dining areas, each with a different focus. Although all serve Scandinavian seafood, the main dining room is elegant and traditional, while the Havis Kitchen is a fast-paced, modern bistro and the Havis Terrace feels like a Mediterranean club-café. Closed Sunday.

Address: , Eteläranta 16, Helsinki,
Telephone: (09) 6128 5800.
Website: http://www.ravintolahavis.fi

Ravintola Zetor

Cuisine: Finnish

An idiosyncratic, almost legendary restaurant in Helsinki that really should be experienced by everyone who visits the city. Part bar and part restaurant, Zetor features some of the most zany décor in Helsinki, with walls adorned with farm implements and tables made out of tractors. Even the menus are designed to resemble a vintage agricultural newspaper. Open daily until late, with rock and pop music to love forward to after you've eaten.

Address: , Mannerheimintie 3-5, Helsinki,
Telephone: (010) 766 4450.
Website: http://www.zetor.net

Restaurant Bellevue

Cuisine: Russian

Said to be the oldest Russian restaurant outside Russia, Bellevue harks back to the days when Finland was a duchy of the Russian Empire. Just yards from the unmistakably Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral, this intimate restaurant has had 90 years to perfect its recipes for blinis (pancakes), pelmeni (dumplings), borscht (red cabbage soup) and Karelian-style solyanka (fish soup). Closed Sunday and Monday.

Address: , Rahapajankatu 3, Helsinki,
Telephone: (09) 179 560.
Website: http://www.restaurantbellevue.com

Cheap

Café Ekberg

Cuisine:

Founded in the 1850s and famed for its buns, biscuits, breakfasts and baking, Café Ekberg is a great place to start the day in Helsinki or take a break from sightseeing. Salads, sandwiches, bruschetta and soups are the order of the day at lunchtimes, while in the afternoons the on-site patisserie takes over. Open daily, early morning until early evening.

Address: , Bulevardi 9, Helsinki,
Telephone: (09) 6811 8660.
Website: http://www.cafeekberg.fi

Café Esplanad

Cuisine:

A local institution, this pavement café faces onto Esplanad Park and its street-side tables are crammed to capacity on summer afternoons. The house bistro serves good salads, sandwiches and light lunches, but locals wax lyrical about the house bakery, which produces the best korvapuusti (cinnamon rolls) in Helsinki. In the evenings, attention shifts to the beer and wine list.

Address: , Pohjoisesplanadi 37, Helsinki,
Telephone: (09) 665 496.
Website: http://www.esplanad.fi

Ravintola Sea Horse

Cuisine:

Famed for its generous portions and hearty, home-cooked Finnish fare, Ravintola Sea Horse first opened its doors in 1934, and it has hardly closed them since. The menu features all the Finnish favourites - herring, meatballs, reindeer fillet, pike-perch with mushroom sauce - and the wall murals add a chintzy 1950s charm.

Address: , Kapteeninkatu 11, Helsinki,
Telephone: (09) 628 169.
Website: http://www.seahorse.fi

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CheapSleep Helsinki

This hostel does what it says on the tin, offering affordable accommodation in a notoriously expensive city. The humorous tagline of its website sums it up: "Sleep cheap, stay rich". With 10 private rooms and 118 dorm beds, take your pick from this modern, comfortable and clean hostel, which benefitted from a refurb in 2012. There's free Wi-Fi throughout, a supermarket on the ground floor, kitchen, 24-hour reception and free lockers.

Crowne Plaza

The 349-room Crowne Plaza benefits from an excellent location opposite the Finnish National Opera on Mannerheimintie close to most of the attractions in Helsinki. The hotel offers wireless internet access in all areas. Creature comforts include saunas a spa and pool and a restaurant and bar.

Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre

The thoroughly modern Holiday Inn in Helsinki benefits from an excellent location in the centre of Helsinki, next to the train station, the terminus for buses from the airport and the new music centre. There are 174 rooms and suites with modern amenities, plus a restaurant and lobby bar. There's also a gym and a kids play area.

Hilton Helsinki Strand

Just north of the centre, in the Hakaniemi district, the Hilton Helsinki Strand makes the most of the water views from its rooms, restaurant and rooftop sauna, pool and gym complex. The 192 rooms have every convenience, including wireless internet access, and the Helsinki hotel offers excellent services for families, including a babysitting service. The hotel is less than a mile from shops and entertainment areas in the city.

Hotel Kämp

Founded in 1887, the Hotel Kämp has attracted high fliers for more than a century, and its public areas swim with period charm. Restored throughout, the Helsinki hotel offers 179 spacious rooms with luxurious amenities and high-quality dining at the elegant Kämp Café Brasserie & Bar and Yume, which serves innovative Japanese/Scandinavian fusion cuisine. Other facilities include a gym, spa, sauna suite and a stylish bar and nightclub. The hotel has five meeting and conference rooms, plus the flamboyant Mirror Room, with banqueting space for 120.

Hotel Helka

Housed in a building designed by architect Wivi Lönn in 1928 and furnished with furniture designed by Alvar Alto, this inexpensive and comfortable Helsinki hotel also scores points for its convenient location, just west of the centre. Refurbished throughout in 2006, Hotel Helka has 150 rooms, sauna facilities, a restaurant and bar. Limited parking spaces are available.