At the corner of a tiny park in Töölö is one of the most legendary night-time grill kiosks in Helsinki. Jaskan grilli has even been mentioned on Anthony Bourdain’s TV show and in the New York Times! The menu is long and creative, including such items as “The Parliamentarian” (parlamentaarikko), “Obligatory Employment” (velvoitetyöllistetty) and “The Bassoon Player” (fagotin soittaja). Situated near the Finnish Parliament, many politicians and even some presidents have frequented Jaskan grilli, and some even have dishes named after them!
Between Lasipalatsi and Forum shines a comforting light, like a lighthouse in the darkness: Pikku-Jaskan grilli. The little brother to Jaskan grilli in Töölö serves many of the same dishes, and although the menu isn’t quite as long or its status as legendary, Pikku Jaska at least can boast a more central location!
According to local legend, there has been a hotdog kiosk in the Töölöntori market square since the 1950s. Some of the original customers may still visit the kiosk, even though it caters more to night people these days. Apparently the mustard is homemade and all the more delicious as a result. A taxi stand is located alongside the kiosk, so you can line up for a hamburger and taxi practically at the same time!
Arguably the most classic “snägäri” in Helsinki can be found on the other side of the Pitkänsilta bridge. Behind the statue of a bear in the aptly named “Bear Park” (Karhupuisto) you will find a grill kiosk that serves mouthwatering sausages and potatoes. Order yours with all the toppings (“Kaikilla mausteilla”) like the locals do and be impressed!