Like many Finns, I’ve always loved our southern neighbor, Estonia. For Finnish people it’s a nice combination of familiarity, as the language is quite close to ours, and foreignness, as the history and culture differs from the Finnish ones.
There have been several Estonian stores in Helsinki, but recently one, Ruokapuoti Maria, was opened in my neighborhood, and I’m more than happy about it. Ruokapuoti Maria is a nice change to my everyday grocery shopping, as it is filled with Estonian specialties from all kinds of canned food to juices and cakes, cookies and candies.
My absolute favorite is the Estonian snack, kohuke, which is a bar of Estonian quark covered in chocolate, which comes in several different flavors from vanilla to caramel and blueberry, for example. In addition to kohukes I usually go to Ruokapuoti Maria for frozen pelmeni, of which they have a really nice range
Not only does Ruokapuoti Maria have a really nice selection of Estonian specialities, the service is really nice so it’s easy to ask the salesperson about the products I’m not familiar with.
So I really recommend Ruokapuoti Maria if you ever need any Estonian specialties or just want some variation to your everyday shopping.
Ruokapuoti Maria | Shopping
Castréninkatu 13 | +358405010239
Mon – Fri 10:00 – 19:00, Sat 10:00 – 18:00, Sun 12:00 – 18:00