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Havanna

Havanna (Kaisaniemenkatu 2, Helsinki) – in existence for at least 20 years, this Cuban-themed club and restaurant has always been playing all kinds of Latin music (from Merengue, to Bachata, Cumbia, Chachacha, Son, Reggaeton and a lot of Salsa and Timba).  Live Latin bands are also booked there.

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Fredan Tivoli

Fredan Tivoli (Fredrikinkatu 51, Helsinki) – this venue, for the 20-something crowd, books a number of international and regional House and Trance music DJs, so it’s always a lively crowd here.  One of its major events here is “Helsinki House Nights”.

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Tokyo 55

Tokyo 55 (Runeberginkatu 55, Helsinki) – this is a popular sushi restaurant.  It also serves other Japanese dishes, as well as European cuisine.  There is an “all you can eat” buffet during lunchtime from Tuesday to Friday.  Among the items recommended are the pork belly and teriyaki sirloin.  That, as well as the sushi platters.

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Saaristo

Saaristo (Klippan Island, Helsinki) – due to its location, this restaurant offers fantastic views of Helsinki’s shoreline and passing boat and ship traffic (an attraction unto itself).  Housed in a Jugend-style villa that was built in 1898, this restaurant offers various local dishes.  It’s no surprise that during the Summer, many crayfish festivities and wedding […]

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Ristorante Pompei

Ristorante Pompei (Snellmanninkatu 16, Helsinki) –located near the University of Helsinki,  this Italian restaurant serves a variety of delicious Italian dishes, ranging from cotoletta alla Milanese (pork cutlet), to scaloppini alla vadostana (ham & mozzarella with cream sauce), pollo alla diavola (chicken breast with peppers, olives and chili tomatoes), tagliolini al salmon (smoked salmon with […]

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Ravintola Vespa

Ravintola Vespa (Eteläesplanadi 22, Helsinki) – this is a popular two-level Italian restaurant located near Helsinki’s Esplanadi park.  The first level is the restaurant’s bar (and kitchen), and the restaurant itself is on the 2nd level (which gives diners a good view of the park nearby).  Vespa is known for its pizzas, but also serves […]

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Ravintola Saari

Ravintola Saari (Sirpalesaari island, Helsinki)  — located off the coast of Helsinki, this is a favorite place among locals during the Summer.  Given the local dishes this restaurant serves (such as the salmon soup and lamb), the recommended dish here is the crayfish (which could be accompanied by Koskenkova vodka, beer or white wine).  Note:  […]

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Qulma

Qulma (Mariankatu 13B, Helsinki) – this is a restaurant that serves simple dishes, in particular, there’s a soup lunch buffet during lunchtime (until 2:30 pm on weekdays) that’s popular during the cold winter days here.  That, as well as a potato buffet with various toppings, salads and sandwiches.

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Putte’s Bar & Pizza

Putte’s Bar & Pizza (Kalevankatu 6, Helsinki) – this restaurant, located just off Mannerheiminitie (Helsinki’s main street) serves some of the best pizzas in town – ranging from the Quattro Formaggi (four cheeses), to those peppered with prosciutto, sausages and mushrooms, as well as the simple pizza margarita (just mozzarella and tomato sauce).  Along with […]

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Muru

Muru (Fredrikinkatu 41, Helsinki) – this is a small bistro style restaurant located in the heart of Helsinki at Fredrikinkatu.  Muru’s idea is to offer fresh food from the best ingredients available daily. The menu changes all the time, but it also offers house specialities like Sir Lintsi’s Paté en croute, Bouillabaisse, Risotto and Chocolate […]