Finnish cuisine seems to never disappoint us. Fish, bread, cheese, potatoes, herbs, cereals, fresh and seasonal vegetables, meat are some of the main ingredients that makes the food in Finland tastes so good every time you go to a new restaurant.
In a small city right by Helsinki called Porvoo, it couldn’t be different. But I gotta say that when you first arrive in the land of Moomins, it can be quite tricky to find the best option to kill your hunger.
This is the main reason why we think it is more than time to present you our choices of places to eat in Porvoo.
Zum Beispiel in Porvoo Old town
Zum Beispiel is, without a doubt, the best option for your meal when it comes to Porvoo. They serve fresh food in a stylish but not complicated way from Monday all the way to Saturday.
Located in the prettiest part of Porvoo, this old town restaurant was opened by a German guy that fell in love with the city and decided to move there.
Zum Beispiel changes its menu every season in order to keep everything as fresh and organic as possible. Back in the summer we had the pleasure to try the avocado pasta and in 2014, we had the Mexican/Peruvian brunch. Both amazing and memorable.
You know when months has passed and you can still remember how good the taste of something was? That happens quite often after we’ve tried the ceviche they sometimes serves. OMG! Splendid!
For a great meal, this is by far the place we recommend the most in the whole town of Porvoo.
Zum Beispiel is open from Monday to Thursday from 10 to 5pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to 10pm.
Try reindeer pizza at Gabriel 1763
One of the most curious pizzas we’ve ever had the pleasure to try and approve was the reindeer pizza from Gabriel 1763. The restaurant has more than just pizza, of course, but if you go there, please give the pizza a chance.
We went there on our first trip to Porvoo and order a reindeer meat pizza and one vegetarian option. Both were amazing but the reindeer meat on a pizza is still, one year later, still tattooed on our hearts.
Gabriel 1763 is not the cheapest places to eat but for Finnish standards, it is more than ok. The coffee is strong and the beer is served on one of the most amazing Iittalla beer glasses: a kuksa made of glass.
For those who don’t know what a kuksa is: is a type of traditional drinking cup. Usually is crafted by the Sami people of northern Scandinavia from carved birch burl. We have one from the wonderful people from Herrankukkaro and after Gabriel 1763, Felipe got one as a birthday present from me. Am I great or what?
Go online to see when Gabriel 1763 is open and avoid bad surprises.
The incredibly cheap JuhlaHelmi
One of the biggest surprises we had on this last trip to Porvoo, was this place.
On our last day of the trip, we headed to JuhlaHelmi to have a quick lunch somewhere and, for our great surprise, it was a all-you-can-eat buffet with the whole deal: salad, soup, several hot dishes, desert, tea and coffee. All this for 10€ per person!
If you ever been to the Nordic countries, you know that 10€ for a meal is pretty damn cheap.
JuhlaHelmi has good and honest food. Nothing super special but everything there was cooked to perfection. Super tasty.
JuhlaHelmi is open from Monday to Friday from 10:30 to 5.30pm, Saturdays from 10-6pm and Sundays from 11-5pm.
Great sandwiches only at Cafe Fanny
If your hunger is for something small in a cozier place, the answer is cafe Fanny. Right in the main square of Porvoo’s old town, this lovely cafe has some of the most delicious pastries, sandwiches, cakes and coffee.
Highly recommended to sit outside and enjoy a sunny and warm day, drinking a coffee or a tea and having a piece of cake – the perfect afternoon!
Cafe Fanny is open from Mondays to Fridays from 9 to 5 and on weekends from 9 to 6pm.
So those are our super recommendations for a great Porvoo experience. If you know a place in Porvoo that deserves attention, please tell us on our facebook group! We would love to add more to this list.