Classic dining at Turku’s finest x 5

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1Hus Lindman

Stepping through the big white double doors of the luminous dining hall, it truly feels like lunching in an historic manor house. Hus Lindman is located close to Turku Cathedral, in an imperial-style wooden building, built in the 1830’s. Once home to the botanical gardens of the Royal Academy of Turku, the gardens were unfortunately destroyed in the Great Fire of Turku.

On weekdays, Hus Lindman is a popular place to go for lunch, with the restaurant offering exceptional variety. The changing lunch buffet serves delicious home-cooked food, everything from roast dishes to stir-fries. At other times the restaurant is available to hire for meetings and private events. 

2Ludu

The delightful Ludu was founded in an old paint shop, exuding the spirit of the former premises. Both warm and romantically lit, the interior preserves the original chequered floor with the restaurant’s grand piano taking centre stage. 

Relaxed fine dining at Ludu is the perfect choice when you desire a bit more from your meal. Every portion of the tasting menu is like a work of art, whilst the vegan versions are far from ordinary. Ludu is at its best at twilight by candlelight, but lunch is also a fantastic experience. YUM!

3Mami

At the edge of Vähätori square you’ll find Restaurant Mami, one of the newest classics of the Turku restaurant scene. This little gem of the restaurant quarter hosts a few dozen hungry patrons and is often full – and with good reason! The delicious dishes that flow from kitchen to table are regarded as Scandinavian classics with a Husman’s twist. An evening’s dining experience is complimented by the views from the big windows, overlooking the River Aura and the Old Great Square.

Book a table just in case, or pop in and try Mami’s lunch, year after year a popular choice amongst Turku locals and those in the know.

4Nooa

The two-storied Nooa opened its doors onto Turku’s guest marina in 2017. Nooa’s stylish building, with its clean lined architecture, is located right on the shoreline. The décor of the restaurant combines the clean lines of Scandinavian design with something distinctly maritime. The cuisine likes to play with the Nordic flavours, but with a nice twist. 

The rooftop terrace definitely shows off the best side of Nooa, perfect for eating or having a drink. From the downstairs salon, peek at the chefs busy at work in the kitchen or admire the boats floating outside. For once, a gem such as this is found outside the city centre!

5Pinella

Located in the shadow of the Cathedral, Pinella has, since the early 1900’s, been the scene for a bohemian culture of writers and artists, but the history of the site and its place as a focal point for Turku residents reaches back nearly 200 years. 

Nowadays, Pinella’s elegant terrace is an inviting place to dine or to sit with a drink, with peacefully views of the park across the river. The restaurant’s menu is continually updated, incorporating seasonal ingredients. Beneath Pinella’s colonnade is a delightful spot for lunch.

At the same location is the Puu-Pinella bar, which many consider to offer the best cocktails in the city. Pinella is enlivened by the atmosphere in summer by the events and live music on the Old Great Square. 

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