Almost every bigger Finnish town has its market hall, or indoor market. The indoor market in Tampere –Kauppahalli – is one of the most beautiful and oldest in Finland, being 100+ years old. If you want to feel the local rhythm of life, you should definitely come here for lunch or breakfast. I recommend you do this at the French restaurant “4 vuodenaikaa” (“Four seasons”) at the other end of the hall.
The restaurant quickly fills up with people around lunchtime. Old and young, locals and tourists, everyone wants to eat here. Lunch here feels like fine dining but in the casual atmosphere of the market. They were even listed by the White Guide Nordic as one of the best restaurants in the Nordic Countries in 2018.
I recommend coming here for lunch and go for their classics as French fish soup or famous Finnish silakkapihvit – herring cutlets sided with mashed potato. The restaurant collaborates with the neighbouring seafood delicatessen stall, so the menu boasts different assortments of fish. Meat lovers and vegetarians will also find something good! The menu changes daily, featuring delicious desserts. You can accompany your meal with a glass of wine or local beer.
This is also a great breakfast place. For 12€, you will get: eggs benedict with smoked salmon / smoked pork / ratatouille (vegetarian), cappuccino, fresh orange juice, croissant with jam. The breakfast is served from Monday to Saturday, 08:00 – 11:00.