Vinkkeli beckons with an indulgent dinner. Located in a historic building in the heart of the central Kaartinkaupunki district, the restaurant marries a fine-dining atmosphere, high-quality ingredients and a seasonal approach to cooking. As well as the à la carte menu, the chefs prepare a special four-course dinner every evening with wine pairings chosen by the restaurant’s award-winning sommelier. Standout dishes include duck leg confit with marinated red cabbage and seasonal mushrooms, and mouthwatering ox carpaccio.
After a satisfying repast at Vinkkeli, you’re well placed for a night on the tiles. One of the best spots is Holiday, a short cab ride away on the waterfront in the shadow of ornate Uspenski Cathedral. Locals in the know keep this bar jumping. Like its name suggests, it’s a casual hangout with an abundance of good vibes and drinks to carry you happily through the night.
street eats Clockwise from top: the restaurant at Löyly; enjoy a cruise on helsinki’s harbour; streat helsinki organises regular street food festivals; holiday, one of the city’s hippest hangouts