The Finnish dining scene is no longer predictable.

The Finnish dining scene is no longer predictable.
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Restaurant Guide: The best restaurants in Finland 2024

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Finland is known as a land of Nordic exoticism and natural beauty, with a thousand lakes. The Finns themselves have a reputation for being a sauna-loving people who like to eat reindeer meat and drink beer on the side. So far, the Finnish restaurant scene has been a simple and predictable one. Not anymore.

In fact, Finland has been a country of classic restaurants for years. They have been offering a very high standard of locally sourced food, but with little in the way of variety or surprises. The best restaurant has been the same for five years in a row: Palace. Now the silence has come to an end and has been replaced by a very lively experimentation, which at times can appear to be chaotic. What else can you call a situation where the life of a newly-opened restaurant is only six months? The Palace remains the undisputed best restaurant in Finland.

Life in the Finnish restaurant scene now seems to have reached the other extreme, where it is no longer possible to predict the trends. The classic restaurants have been replaced by bistro-style places where simple dishes are served with ease. More exotic ingredients from all over the world are increasingly being added to the local ones. These new types of eating and drinking places are often open to the public only four days a week, and their opening hours can vary from one day to the next. As a result, diners may be less spontaneous and need to plan their visit well in advance.

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THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN FINLAND

Palace Restaurant.
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Palace Restaurant.

Top 3 restaurants in Finland

97
Palace has the only two stars in Finland. Star chef Eero Vottonen mixes French and Nordic techniques with Japonism. The wines sing in unison. The harmony of the salon, the light and the view from the top floor are captivating. The service, in which the chefs participate, is informal but dignified.
Eteläranta 10
00130 Helsinki
Finland
95
Toni Kostian's and Lauri Kähkönen's one-star Grön is a civilized savage of northern tastes. The treasures of local producers, wild herbs and fermentation create stunning flavours and elegant dishes. Grön stands for eco-philosophy with passion, creativity and a playful twist on drinks and recycling.
Albertinkatu 36
00180 Helsinki
Finland
95
Located in the old town of Porvoo, chef Niko Luoto's and Marjo Lindberg's one-star VÅR is a story of local identity and community. A collective of restaurant workers, fishermen, hunters and producers, VÅR is a delicious expression of nature and sustainability, including natural wines and classics.
Papinkatu 17
06100 Porvoo
Finland
Olo
95
Awarded its 14th Michelin star, Olo's Tuomas Vierelä combines a sophisticated interpretation of Nordic gastronomy, respect for raw ingredients and an unfailing minimalist sense of style with nuanced wines. The Scandi-style ambience is fresh and calming. All topped off with excellent service.
Pohjoisesplanadi 5
00170 Helsinki
Finland

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