What to eat in Helsinki? 2023

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Lohikeitto is creamy salmon soup in Finland. It consists of salmon fillets, boiled potatoes, carrots and leeks. The soup is served hot, with some dill.


Grillimakkara is one of the best snacks in Finland. These big and fat sausages are served with mustard. Most makkara have very little spice.


Hernekeitto isa Finnish Green Pea soup. It is traditional to eat on Thursdays and served with pork and mustard.


Kaalikääryleet is cabbage rolls. Also this dish very common all Europe and the Middle East. It is generally stuffed with minced meat and rice.


Kalakukko is a traditional Finnish food made from fish baked inside a loaf of bread. It's originally from the Savonia region in Finland. Traditionally, kalakukko is prepared with rye flour.


Karjalanpiirakka is a traditional pasty or pie originally from the region of Karelia. It is rye crust with a filling of rice porridge or mashed potato.


Korvapuusti is a Finnish cinnamon roll. The dough and filling is the same as Swedish kanelbullar, but the shape is unique to Finland.


Mämmi is a traditional Finnish Easter dessert. It look likes a pudding. Mämmi is traditionally made of water, rye flour, and powdered malted rye, seasoned salt, and dried powdered Seville orange zest. It is often eaten with milk, cream or vanilla sauce.


Poronkäristys is the best known traditional meal in Finland. Usually steak or the back of the reindeer is used. Meat is fried in fat or butter and added some water, cream and beer. The dish is served with mashed potatoes, lingonberry preserves and pickled cucumber.


Traditionally consisting of potatoes, onions, and any kind of chopped or minced meat such as sausage, ham or meatballs, diced and then pan fried, it is often served with a fried egg, pickled beetroot slices, sour pickled gherkin slices, capers and sometimes ketchup or brown sauce.

Runeberg Torte

The torte is named after the Finnish poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804–1877) who, according to legend, regularly enjoyed the torte with punsch for breakfast. This pastry consists of almond, arrack or rum and raspberry jam.


Siskonmakkara is a Finnish fresh sausage made of pork. Traditional Finnish dish siskonmakkarakeitto made with siskonmakkara, potatoes, leek, carrot, and rutabaga.