Helsinki's best lunch spots

Story restaurant inside Old Market Hall, a tall, open space with large windows towards the left and the main market leading away down a corridor to the right of the restaurant's main counter. Behind the counter are a set of tall, wide shelves whereas in front of the counter, a long table has been set with dozens of chairs for a private event.
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At lunchtime, Helsinki's restaurants are buzzing with city dwellers who are busy exploring the special lunch menus that their favourite places have to offer. In the light of day, Helsinki is an excellent city for anyone looking to try out different restaurants and have a casual lunch. Whether you live in Helsinki or are visiting, our restaurant expert Timo Santala will help you find the best lunch places in the city.

Teriyaki salmon, pickled vegetables and potato salad; charcoal-grilled veal kebabs with focaccia; handmade fresh pasta with smoked butter, roasted artichokes with spruce oil; crustaceans, succulent pork neck with caramelized soy sauce and vegetables; creamy salmon soup with dill, lamb dumplings in flavoursome broth and sour cream or Charolais beef tongue with minty peas, horseradish veloutè sauce and new potatoes - these are just some of the most delicious lunches that Helsinki has to offer that will leave you salivating.

Another perk of grabbing your lunch from restaurants in Helsinki is that they are often quite affordable. As the fierce competition among restaurants to build a loyal customer base of city dwellers who pop by for everyday lunches from their workplaces has meant that not only has quality been kept high but the price level has stayed steady and rather been determined by the value of lunch vouchers that are given to employees by their workplaces. Many of Helsinki's restaurants offer quality dishes and set menus that rotate weekly, thus ensuring that the meals are not only delicious but easy to prepare. In many restaurants, the set price of lunch may also include an open salad buffet, appetizers and coffee - dessert is usually ordered separately. If you are craving a longer lunch, then there is an array of restaurants that offer a multi-course menu at a much lower price in comparison to dinner prices - Usually the menus include a more simplistic 3-course menu.

The atmosphere of most of Helsinki's restaurants is remarkably relaxed, and there is no need to feel that you need to button-up at lunchtime but you are free to enjoy your meal in a casual manner. During the summer months many places also offer the option to eat out on the terrace, as many restaurants expand into separate summer terraces built on the sidewalk or even in front of the restaurant.

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At lunchtime, Helsinki's restaurants are buzzing with city dwellers who are busy exploring the special lunch menus that their favourite places have to offer. In the light of day, Helsinki is an excellent city for anyone looking to try out different restaurants and have a casual lunch.