What to eat
Hearty soups, meat and chicken stews, baked root vegetables, blinis, if that gets your mouth watering then a trip to wintery Helsinki is a must.
What’s in season
- Root vegetables (Jerusalem artichoke, turnip, carrots, rutabaga, celeriac)
- chickpeas and beans
- citrus fruits (oranges, mandarins, blood oranges)
- nuts, sesame and sunflower seeds, raisins and dried plums
- barley, buckwheat
- pike-perch, perch, vendace, burbot.
Where to eat
When the blini season starts in January, many restaurants in Helsinki organise special blini weeks. Originally from Russia, blinis are usually served with salmon roe and sour cream. You can try an exquisite assortment of blinis at Bellevue, the oldest Russian restaurant in Helsinki, while the classic functionalist restaurant Lasipalatsi serves big blinis with six toppings.