And the place deserves the buzz. Where to Eat Budget eateries abound in Tampere and all of the usually fast-food favourites are never far away, with burgers and fries readily available at McDonald's, and plenty of filled rolls at outlets of Subway. Visitors can also enjoy meals in the elegant surroundings of manor houses or while enjoying a relaxing cruise through the coastal archipelagos or around the beautiful lakes. Finland also has its own fast food outlets; Carrolls and Hesburger provide similar to the american burger joints, and Kotipizza outlets are found everywhere. In the heart of Finland, from Kuopio to Lahti and by the numerous large lakes that make up the Saimaa lake system, busy harbours are a feature of Finnish life. Tammerkoski rapids flow through the city centre, forming the backdrop for old industrial buildings, nowadays serving as idyllic restaurants, museums and even a cinema. The students cook and serve all the food and since they practice how to function in a real restaurant setting, they will ask you what you'd like to drink and bring the drinks to the table.
That Finnish cuisine is growing in international stature can be best observed by the fact that four different restaurants in Helsinki were selected to the prestigious Michelin Guide in 2010, and another was added in 2011. If you prefer something more relaxed, a chain of gastropubs offer European pub menus and locally brewed beers. The following are chosen as a sample of what is available, you will be able to discover more options by checking on the listings for the town or city you happen to be visiting. There's a lot more staff also than in a normal lunch restaurant and the level of service is very good. A large city by Finnish standards, with more than 200,000 inhabitants, Tampere has managed to keep the small town feel.
It is very popular among people working nearby. Kotipizza is also widespread and is a familiar brand of pizza restaurant across Finland. Come here for exciting museums, a wonderful amusement park and Nordic landscapes of sparkling lakes and deep softwood forest. The Glückauf is open every day of the summer, and open by prior arrangement during the rest of the year. I guarantee, you won't miss them! With over 20 public saunas in the region Tampere truly is a Sauna Capital. And the place deserves the buzz. So, the food's good and the service is good, so try it! In Helsinki alone you can choose from well over 100 ethnic restaurants, including 13 Japanese, 26 Indian, 43 Chinese, 8 Nepalese, and 6 Thai restaurants, and there are numerous others where you can enjoy the cuisine of neighbouring Russia.
Pispala is a unique architectural area of well preserved small wooden houses resting on the slope of an ancient glacial ridge just 2. In Porvoo the Restaurant Ship Glückauf is a steam sailing ship which was built at the end of the 19th century where meals can be enjoyed onboard or in an open air pavilion next to the ship. Zeytuun has been a social media phenomenon in Tampere since it opened and has been reviewed by pretty much every blog locally. We managed to get a table for two when we walked in but that was the only table free and while we ate, about 6 groups were turned away because they had no table reservation. Explore the city by foot and hire a car to do a day trip to the surrounding towns. In winter time, the head-spinning rides close down but both Planetarium and Aquarium are open all year round. The place is lovely but small, I recommend booking ahead.
Dining on a budget Most restaurants in Finland provide affordable lunch specials Lounas , usually between 11am and 2pm, where you can have an excellent meal for between 8 to 11 euros. My husband had the Lebanon bread and enjoyed it together with freshly squeezed orange juice. Consider making a table reservation. Särkänniemi amusement park, situated just a hop and a skip away from the city centre by the northern lake Näsijärvi, caters to thrill seekers as well as families with kids. Also the service is great and food comes out quickly.
Consider making a table reservation. The largest inland city in Scandinavia, Tampere in is wedged between two large bodies of water in a part of the country that is woven with rivers, ponds and lakes. During summer months lakeside harbours are traditionally locations for summer festivals and festivities, and you can find some of the busiest bars and terraces here, which make them ideal locations for meeting locals and enjoying whatever entertainments happen to be on offer when you arrive. So, the food's good and the service is good, so try it! Regenerated industrial buildings now house quirky museums, enticing shops, pubs, cinemas and cafes. Both are well worth the money. I guarantee, you won't miss them! The place is completely vegetarian and they don't serve alcohol. I had meze halloumi and everything was delicious the halloumi was actually surprisingly my least favorite on the plate and an orange-mint juice, could not have been happier!.
Smaller children enjoy the Angry Birds Park and the idyllic miniature town of Doghill, which is based on the lovable characters by author Mauri Kunnas. Restaurants in Finland The choices for diners in Finland is extensive, with a wide range of restaurants serving ethnic and local cuisine. The park also hosts more and more family events during off-season, like Halloween festivals and Doghill Christmas. The staff was very helpful, telling us about the ingredients in detail in perfect Finnish; probably they speak good English too. Eetvartti is a teaching restaurant right next to Tullintori shopping center.
Although most of these remain in private use, others have been preserved as museums or converted into conference centres, golf clubs or hotels and restaurants. I simply love this place and I would recommend it to anyone even though they don't serve meat or alcohol. Rajaportti sauna in Pispala, built in 1906, is the oldest public sauna in Finland still in use — taking you on a time travel to the Finnish sauna culture. During the latter part of the 20th century, many new restaurants and pubs appeared in Tampere and brought with them a range of more international flavours. The staff was very helpful, telling us about the ingredients in detail in perfect Finnish; probably they speak good English too.
I had meze halloumi and everything was delicious the halloumi was actually surprisingly my least favorite on the plate and an orange-mint juice, could not have been happier! I personally had Meze Zeytuun with many flavors to try and tasty fresh ingredients, and orange mint smoothie as a drink. Manor Houses There are around 200 manor houses in Finland, the vast majority of which are located in the southern and central regions of Finland. Both were very tasty and there was enough to eat. My husband had the Lebanon bread and enjoyed it together with freshly squeezed orange juice. Those lucky enough to be dining out in Tampere will find that the biggest choice of eateries are spread around the city centre and whilst Finnish cuisine is still popular, a strong American and Irish influence has infiltrated many of the pub-style restaurants.
A monument to the Finnish poet Lauri Viita is located near the highest point of the ridge and a famous landmark called the Shot Tower attracts tourists seeking a proper view of the area. Just a stone throw away from the city centre you can walk up the Pyynikki ridge, the biggest gravel ridge formed by ice age in the world. Zeytuun serves beautiful Lebanese food with really reasonable prices. With Finnish fare and featuring undeniably the best views, consider dining out at the Ravintola Näsinneula. The Tammerkoski rapids churn through the centre, flanked by grassy banks that stand in contrast with the red brick of the imposing fabric mills that once drove the city's economy. Take your children to the wild amusement park rides, then to pat some friendly animals at a family farm.