Best Of Helsinki: Eat And Drink in Kallio
The genuine and life-filled feeling of Kallio is Helsinki at its purest. Built as a working class neighbourhood, this legendary district lives on in stories of decadence – nowadays profiled as the go-to spot for students, artists, young adults, and coloured by different alternative scenes and genuine Helsinkians. Kallio is packed with bars, cafés and small street level shops. Here are the tips for the area's best restaurants and cafés.
The sister joint of Punavuori's Tori restaurant, this laid-back restaurant also serves the legendary Tori meatballs with a brandy sauce, as well as many vegetarian alternatives. AlppiTori is right next to the House of Culture, and more precisely found in the Alppila district lining Kallio.
BEAR PARK CAFE & KULMA
This old-time kiosk with its lively terrace in the Karhupuisto park (Bear Park) is one of the city's most beloved old kiosks. Bear Park Cafe was opened in the summer of 2002 as a small summertime pop up, and opened as a kiosk the year after. Since then it has become a true gay icon, saluting Helsinki's LGBTI community for 14 years already - rain or shine.
Bear Park Cafe opened a street corner café in fall 2009 in the corner of Agricolankatu and Kaarlenkatu. The corner café has become a meeting point for all kinds of people - young, old, gay, whatever!
Karhupuisto & Agricolankatu 13
One of the area's best-kept secrets, Codle might easily be mixed up with a regular gas station. This Vietnamese café-restaurant serves the best pho soup in town, and for a good price.
A döner joint opened by two top chefs, this restaurant is full of feeling and has great vegetarian and vegan options.
Falafel and pita dishes from prime ingredients, Fafa's has conquered the hearts and stomachs of many. The hugely popular restaurant has opened locations around the whole country.
One of Helsinki's most passionate coffee makers, Good Life Coffee serves and roasts top-notch coffee. Now available also in other cafés in town.
Kolmas linja 17
A pleasant café with a great breakfast, lunch and Saturday brunch.
Juttutupa is one of Helsinki's oldest restaurants and an institution with roots going back to 1884. With an ordinary, cosy feeling, this place invites common Helsinkians, culture people, politicians and fancy folks to sit side by side. The food is no-frills, and the beer and wine keep flowing. Juttutupa also hosts fine live music.
This exceptionally cosy café was also highlighted by New York Times as a Helsinki go-to spot.
Aleksis Kiven katu 21
The Vietnamese restaurant Lie Mi is found inside the Siltanen restaurant - a Kallio nightlife staple for several years already. The kitchen is open until late.
The intimate and high standard restaurant on Kolmas linja is a melting pot of urban Kallio flair and a splash of fine dining.
Kolmas linja 18
A super popular Thai restaurant by the Kallio church.
Kolmas linja 12
A new floating shoreside restaurant in Hakaniemi, with a focus on fish dishes.
MOKO MARKET CAFÉ & STORE
Interior design shop, café and a great lunch restaurant also serving Saturday brunch.
This simple Russian restaurant in Kallio offers great home-style food in an authentic atmosphere.
ROCKBISTRO BAR LOOSISTER
Rockbistro Bar Loosister The Kallio sister of the legendary rock bar Loose serves good pizza and tasty vegetarian alternatives. Stop by for a meal or a beer - the rock is always playing.
Opened in June 2016, the vegan café and yoga studio on Vaasankatu has already charmed many visitors.
Top chef Richard McCormick's surpriseful menu draws oohs and ahhs. Flavours from Beirut to the Balkans. Vegetarian-vegan brunch on Saturdays, on Sundays also with meat. Kolmas linja 17
Vegetarian restaurant with a focus on burgers and fast food.
Two British friends first opened their restaurant on Runeberginkatu in the Töölö district, with a second restaurant now found in Kallio. The city's best vegetarian lunch soups - many soups are also vegan.
Street Gastro owners Pertti and Pasi wanted to bring a new style of street food to Finland, and a food truck serving premium sandwiches was born. The owners have an impressive track record from restaurants such as Chez Dominique, G. W. Sundmans, Olo and Pure Bistro. They now run five restaurants in Helsinki.
Excellent pizzas, salads and tapas - as well as interesting live music in the evenings ranging from classical to jazz, folk and indie.
Helsinginkatu 15, second floor
This Thai restaurant on Vaasankatu is tiny but well worth a visit.