When talking about Finland, you probably think about magical winter, reindeers and Santa Claus. The country is also worth visiting during summer when summer days are endless and temperature is moderate. One of the most popular spots to visit is Helsinki, the capital located by the Baltic Sea. The city charms with beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and cutting edge food.

Helsinki by the sea

Helsinki is home to many trendy restaurants that draw inspiration from the New Nordic Cuisine. Purity and freshness are key and seasonal and local produce is highly appreciated. The summery table is set with new potatoes, asparagus and other fresh local vegetables followed by tasty strawberries for desert.

Strawberries at market place

During the autumn harvest season, cellars are filled with apples and root vegetables like carrots and swedes. Finns also head to forests to pick chanterelles, bilberries, lingonberries and cloudberries. Game meat like elk and salmon are important protein sources. The Cuisine also favours whole grain cereals like oat and rye. Popular restaurants downtown include Restaurant Grön, Vinkkeli Restaurant and Restaurant Werner.

Salmon soup and vegetables

Tasty souvenirs can be found in indoor market halls. You can choose from three charming old halls that are located close to each other or visit them all. The oldest hall of the country, Old Market Hall is located at Eteläranta next to the Market Square by the sea. The hall offers everything from confectionaries to local cheese and game meat. Hakaniemi Market Hall is located at Hakaniemi and Hietalahti Market Hall in Hietalahti.

Rye bread

Read more tips about visiting culinary Helsinki in the latest Foodemag Dxb.

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