While Helsinki might not be so appealing during the winter, summer time, on the other hand, offers a completely different picture! Warm breeze, sunshine, live music – the city is buzzing! Be it a terrace by the sea, a quirky cocktail lounge or a rooftop bar – the city offers plenty of options to experience a full-on Finnish summer in the city.
As we are starting to see the summer coming, this is the time to jump on the bandwagon and try out all this city has to offer!
With that in mind, we have rounded-up some must-visit restaurants and bars where we guarantee you will catch that very much needed summer vibe!
Address: Työpajankatu 2, 00580 Helsinki
Once a slaughterhouse, Teurastamo now is full of new urban and food culture. Tasty restaurants, unique small producers and an impressive courtyard sheltered by 1930s brick buildings – that’s Teurastamo for you. Here you will find Day Coffee Bar, various restaurants, The Helsinki Distilling Company, whole-sale fish market, bakeries, art halls, authentic tacos, eloquent cocktails, and so much more!
Address: Hernesaarenranta 4, 00150 Helsinki
A thirty minute walk through Kaivopuisto park and you will find yourself, as the website suggests in “an urban oasis occupying a stretch of beautiful Helsinki waterfront, offering a warm welcome and many delights for locals and visitors alike”. Enjoy the beautiful scenery on a sunny summer day. Löyly offers drinks, food, and even a sauna for the brave ones!
If you’re looking for a bit fancier experience, head over to Klaus K Hotel! They have a scenic rooftop bar overlooking Helsinki. Enjoy an elegant dinner or stunning cocktails while relishing the beauty – as the rooftop terrace overlooks the city all the way from Esplanade park to Linnanmäki amusement park!
Address: Sörnäisten rantatie, 00530 Helsinki
Opening hours: Sun 14-19, check regular updates on FB page
Leblon is a 300-seat summer oasis on Sörnäinen promenade that welcomes people of all ages! Come with friends, family, children, or even your dog – there’s something to do for everyone! Food-wise you can enjoy first-class burgers from Bites Burgers, Middle Eastern flavours from Na’am Restaurant, or our all summer favourite – ice creams of various flavours! During the evening, you’ll get to experience a proper city summer party as DJs make an appearance there quite often. And, as if that wasn’t enough, Leblon also hosts morning yoga and sup-boarding! How cool is that? Check out their Instagram page to keep up with what’s happening!
Address: Merisatamanranta 10, 00150 Helsinki
Carousel is a cafe and bakery unifying quality raw materials, green values and a homely atmosphere right next to the center of Helsinki. Come here to enjoy scrumptious breakfast, share a flavorsome pizza with your friends and family, or the famous Salmon Soup! Pst, they also offer weekend brunch!
Address: Hämeentie 13 b, 00530 Helsinki
The place that has it all – buffet, dinner menu, and music! Onda is a Peruvian restaurant situated inside Kallio’s hip Siltanen bar. Their menu offers mostly vegan and vegetarian options, but sometimes the chef also creates some fish and meat dishes. This summer, they’ve come up with an appetizing summer menu! And during the weekdays (lunch time) you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet that’s been praised by many. After the kitchen closes, Siltanen bar takes over with its changing music events!
Address: Ehrenströmintie 3 A, 00140 Helsinki
Mattolaituri is a sea front terrace restaurant on the shore of Kaivopuisto, between Uunisaari and Harakka. Here, you can relish the splendid views from either the restaurant’s own sandy beach while sitting on a beach chair or relaxing on the upstairs lounge sofas. What’s even cooler is that Mattolaituri warmly welcomes dogs and puppies – they even have biscuits for them! And on weekends, there are DJs to keep you entertained until the early hours of the morning.