On a sightseeing tour in the city center? Why not eat lunch at the Helsinki City Hall!
This might sound extremely fancy and expensive, but actually what I’m suggesting is you to pop in to the staff cafeteria of the building.
The city has lunch cafeterias all over the city, but for “some reason” the one at the City Hall offers the best menu. And most days the other warm dish is some very traditional Finnish dish; smoked salmon, grilled Baltic herring or maybe green pea soup. Vegetarian choice is also always available.
To find the cafeteria, don’t use the main entrance of the fancy blue building, but go around to Sofiankatu and into the courtyard yard from Sofiankatu 3. Lunch is served Mon – Thu from 10:30 to 14:00.
If you like to begin your day in Finnish style, you can also eat your morning porridge here from 08:00 to 10:00.
After the lunch, you might want to pop into the City Hall main lobby and check out the free exhibition at the Virka gallery. Virka gallery’s exhibitions show Helsinki from different, changing perspectives. The artwork in the cafeteria itself by Michael Schilkin depicts the vendors of Kauppatori market square by the harbor next to the City Hall.