Food & Drink – Restaurants in Helsinki

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There are approximately 1,300 restaurants in Helsinki. However, visitors to the city should definitely try the local cuisine. Helsinki chefs prepare special dishes that feature the best and freshest seasonal ingredients; in late summer you’ll find berries and wild mushrooms, in the autumn there’s crayfish, game birds, elk, and bear, and in winter reindeer and root vegetables come to the fore.

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Between the beginning of May and the end of September visitors to Helsinki also have the chance to expand their culinary experiences by taking a ferry to the idyllic island restaurants situated in the beautiful archipelago. Here the menus will feature the freshest fish caught locally, as well as locally sourced vegetables and meat, and the dining experience is definitely enhanced by the wonderful settings.