Classic restaurants x 5

New restaurants come and go but there are special places that stand the test of time. Find out why these beloved restaurants’ classic dishes of are worthy of the description, and be sure of a great atmosphere.

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1Brahen Kellari

The premises of restaurant Brahen Kellari were once used to store root vegetables for market traders during winter. Since 1967, it has been one of the most beloved restaurants among locals, with private cabinets that have even held wedding receptions. The restaurant owner, Hessu, treats his staff like family, and they are so familiar with the surroundings, meals can even be served in the dark. 

Turku’s oldest cellar restaurant brings classic dishes and tastes from around the world, with Finnish flavours always at heart. Here, you can order pheasant or zander, or the renowned Skagen Toast, which will simply never be removed from the menu. If it were, a riot would undoubtedly ensue. During lunch, the salad table offers as many as 17 different options.

2Brewery Restaurant Koulu

Completed in 1889, these premises of an old school are now a restaurant bar and Finland’s largest restaurant-brewery. In addition to the Koulu’s own beer and cider, you’ll also find on offer one of the city’s most comprehensive selection of whisky as well as Koulu’s own specialist wine tavern. Look out for the old school desks and teaching materials hanging from the walls.

The premises have largely been preserved – you can even go in the history class. In the upstairs cabinets you can arrange meetings and events, with the Bellman dining hall able to accommodate a larger crowd. From the rear door your can reach the terrace courtyard and beer garden, suitable for everyone. That is, not because it’s alcohol-free, but because it’s the largest terrace in Turku.


Hesburger is Turku’s very own hamburger restaurant chain, which is also the so-called hese-heart (see the map link below) found at the centre of Turku. Even though it’s a fast-food restaurant, there’s a different type of atmosphere here. The décor is fun, with a variety of seating, from bar stools to sofa cushions. The outside, European-style terrace is spacious and comfortable. 

Hesburger’s most famous burger, the Kerroshampurilainen, is a traditional slice of hamburger culture. The combination of dreamy mayonnaise and other delicious ingredients bring it fans from around the world.

4Vaakahuone Pavilion

Vaakahuone is a maritime restaurant bursting with live music in the summer, entertaining people for free from morning until late at night, from May to September. During the day, Vaakahuone is a restaurant, where you’re sure to find something great to eat, from the archipelago buffet to the sumptuous pizzas.

Every night there is dancing and live music, and these free concerts can accommodate over 120 people! Performers come from home and abroad, and the musical selection ranges from jazz and Latin rhythms through to all-time hits and dance music. Let the music and the atmosphere tempt you out – there’s always room for one more on the dance floor.

5Restaurant Harald

With its bold façade, Restaurant Harald stands out from the Turku street. The dusky atmosphere of the Viking restaurant is highly authentic, with even the menus being named in the Viking spirit.

In the cosy atmosphere, the fascinating little details are just an appetiser for the succulent food on offer. Nordic flavours – reindeer, game, fish and vegetarian dishes, complimented by roots and berries – are the right fare for a feast at Harald, with the experience is completed by the rustic wood and clay serving dishes. If you want to try many different flavours, then opt for the tasting menu. Couples can order a special candlelight menu, named Harald & Helga’s Love Package. 

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