Strolling along the streets of Helsinki, one could easily get the impression that most restaurants in town are closed on Sundays. Businesses in Finland are obliged to pay employees double wages on Sundays, so the number of restaurants that remain open is much more limited than on weekdays and Saturdays. As a result, it’s a good idea to reserve a table for your Sunday lunch in advance.
Sunday is the perfect day to sample Finnish classics, from fried herrings and salmon soup to onion steak and vorschmack, but you can also find French classics, along with modern Finnish cuisine and exquisite sushi and vegetarian dishes.
Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May and Father’s Day on the second Sunday of November are especially popular days for Sunday lunches, and many restaurants offer special menus on those days, so you should also check out other alternatives than just the ones on this list.