Late Night Food in Helsinki
Feeling peckish after 10pm? We listed restaurants where you can get a meal late in the evening. The city is, of course, filled with fast food joints and stands, but more and more restaurants are also catering to the late night crowd.
PUTTE'S BAR & PIZZA
Putte's Bar and Pizza, or "Putte", is just a few years old but already a Helsinki classic. The secret to their pizza is simplicity. The recipe was pinned down after an exploration to New York. Another reason to head there is the contemporary art collection. Owner Antto Melasniemi has collected a prime showcase of contemporary Finnish art on the walls through the years. The walls of "Puttenheim" are already bulging, but there are still new works wrapped up and waiting to be hung. The collection includes works by e.g. Rauha Mäkilä, Otto Karvonen, Jouko Lehtola, EGS, Sami Lukkarinen and Klaus Haapaniemi. The downstairs space The Cellar hosts great alternative club nights from time to time.
Manala is a legendary restaurant and bar in Etu-Töölö. Simple food from lunch until late night. Manala is in a top location: right beside the Parliament, Music Centre, Finlandia Hall, the National and Natural History Museums, as well as the shores of Töölönlahti Bay. The menu includes meat and fish dishes, salads and excellent pizzas.
The legendary Ilves opened its doors in 1932 and has ever since been offering authentic food ‘n’ honest rock atmosphere. When the legendary rock club Tavastia was established beside Ilves in 1970, the restaurant became a regular hangout for music professionals and like-minded people.
Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6
Opened in May, Holiday is the most praised newcomer in town, alongside Löyly. Managed by Ville Relander and Richard McCormick also known from The Cock, Holiday is a restaurant and bar merging Asian, Hawaiian and Mediterranean influences both in food and decor. The terrace has outdoor seating for 100+ people, filling to the brims on sunny days and a lively atmosphere in the evening.
BASKERI & BASSO
Opened in November 2015, this restaurant has been one of the most city's popular ones ever since, so book early in advance. Managed by Nicolas Thieulon and Kalle Kiukainen, this top quality bistro style restaurant is one of the best addresses in town for perfect food and a fantastic wine list.
CAFÉ BAR NO 9
On Uudenmaankatu, this living room style restaurant has been catering to culturally savvy locals since 1996. The interior is designed by architect Matti Kulovesi, and has hardly been changed through the years. The milieu can be described as simple yet cosy. Known as Ysi ("Nine"), this establishment stands strong, even if the bohemian centre point of the city's night life has switched from Punavuori to Kallio. Two classics on the menu include the coriander wok and the Pollo Limonello pasta.
Kallio's Tehno Restobar has a passion for good food and lingering evenings - you can often hear live music here. A laid back mood and top quality food is a winning combination from Wednesday through Sunday.
Sun 12pm-4 / 5 / 11 pm (check on the website)
Helsinginkatu 15, second floor
With its special atmosphere, this restaurant in the heart of the Töölö district has secured its spot as a true Helsinki classic in its 25 years. Popular Finnish-Scandinavian dishes include the Toast Skagen with shrimps, salmon soup and pepper steak. The kitchen is open until 10pm during the week and until 11pm in the weekends. Reservation recommended.
Elite is one of the most legendary restaurants in the city, catering to the cultural and arts crowds in Töölö since 1932. The tables have been graced with the presence of actors, musicians, writers, dancers and visual artists - whose works can be seen on the walls. In the summertime, a lovely green terrace. The kitchen is open until 10.30pm from Wednesday through Saturday.
Eteläinen Hesperiankatu 22
Right at the water in Hakaniemi, this newcomer serves traditional Finnish food with a focus on fish. Open until midnight from Wednesday through Saturday.
Never boring, Juttutupa in Hakaniemi is one of the oldest restaurants in town, dating back to 1884. Juttutupa is open daily and welcomes all. The warm atmosphere is at the same time bohemian, traditional, laid back, with no sign of rushing. The kitchen is open every day until at least 10pm, the last half hour serving only pizza - a tasty staple you can always trust. Often with live music from roots to jazz, always free entry, age limit 20 years and up on weekends.
Fri 10.30am-12am Sat 11am-12pm
In the Tori Quarters, at the corner of Pohjoisesplanadi and Unioninkatu, right beside the Havis Amanda statue, you can find this new two-storey restaurant and bar serving food every night until 11pm. In the summertime also outdoor seating on a big terrace.
A Helsinki classic, Mamma Rosa has been standing at the edge of the Töölöntori square since 1981. The popular restaurant has pizzas, pastas, fresh fish, meat and seasonally changing dishes. A laid back yet civilised atmosphere, reservation recommended.
Dennis is one of the most legendary pizza houses in the country. First opened in Turku in 1975 by Dennis Rafkin, the pizzeria has three Helsinki locations.
Celebrating 50 years in business in 2016, this charming restaurant classic in Töölö is situated on a calm street by the Hesperia Park and the Opera House, serving French style food with plenty of style and experience.
One of the most legendary restaurants in Helsinki, established in 1934 in a historical Jugend style house. During the war years, the menu was very stripped, serving such house specialities as fermented milk called viili served with talkkuna - a finely milled mixture of roasted flour. Before the Winter War, the restaurant was sold to a German restaurateur. The most legendary manager of Sea Horse was Anna-Liisa Paukku, who purchased the restaurant in 1959 with her husband Olavi Paukku, starting off the success story of Sea Horse. She also created the legendary dish of fried Baltic herring, as well as the world-famous onion steak. Her mustard was sought-after, and visitors would come by just to take home a portion of it. A cosy living room fit for a minister, a young lonely seamstress or a professional beer-lover - the titles are checked in with the coats. Every customer gets a warm greeting.
In the days of Mrs. Paukku, the back wall was painted with its emblematic sea horses floating on waves. The story of the mural has many versions, and each one who recounts theirs is sure of the origin. But the mysterious sea horses have yet to reveal the truth.
Sea Horse found its new owners in 1999, after some troublesome times. The main room was restored based on an old image found at the Helsinki Hotel and Restaurant Museum.
Many say this Kruununhaka classic has the city's best meat balls, Baltic herring and the traditional hash called pyttipannu. Previously known as Liisan Baari, the new name ("the three crowns") was given in the Olympic year 1952.
Santa Fé is a Mexican restaurant in the middle of Helsinki. The menu includes Tex Mex dishes as well as Cajun flavours and barbecue specialities.
Found on Kasarminkatu since 1990, Cantina West is a pioneer of Tex Mex cuisine in Finland. The easygoing restaurant has a happy atmosphere and the large space caters to walk-ins. You will surely fill up your stomach, just be careful with the 40 varieties of tequila when considering the day after.
Opened in 1991 in the central Kaivopiha courtyard, this restaurant is famous for its tractor decoration. The rough restaurant has a loose theme of 50s Finnish films. A wide selection of greasy meat and fish dishes in a very special atmosphere.
Mannerheimintie 35, Kaivopiha yard
Housed inside the popular bar Siltanen, the Lie Mi kitchen is open from Thursday till Saturday until 10.30pm, and Monday through Wednesday until 9.30pm. Siltanen has a laid back atmosphere and often a full house, but you can almost always find a table to enjoy a meal.
Hämeentie 13b (Siltanen)
The cosy and high quality corner joint in Töölö serves pizzas from Tuesday until Saturday until 11pm. On Sundays, the last pizzas can be enjoyed at 8.30pm. Food, drinks, and occasionally light live music. Also excellent vegan options.
Just a stone's throw away from the popular Viiskulma intersection in Punavuori, this ambitious pizzeria makes delicious pizzas with an organic wheat - spelt dough base, with some excellent wines to wash it down.
One of the best kept secrets in Töölö, Favela is popular, messy and fun. A mood nodding towards the streets of Brazil, this place is a haven just outside the central streets of downtown Helsinki. The bar serves food until 10.30pm.