Turku is a treat for taste buds
Turku has always been a city with a passion for food. Once upon a time Duke John, the ruler of Finland, lived a foodie’s dream at Turku Castle. Feasts at the Renaissance court lasted hours with 50 different dishes to enjoy.
Being close to the sea has meant that fish has always appeared on dining tables in Turku and Baltic herring is an especially typical and local traditional food. Other traditional food from the area includes archipelago bread, sourdough, and raisin sausages. You can still find raisin sausages amongst the Market Hall’s offerings. The Market Hall is much-loved by locals, and tourists are also encouraged to pop in. At the Hall, you can choose a tasty lunch option from your favourites, enjoy coffee and cake, and buy a diverse range of quality products. You can take Turku Market Hall’s delightful European ambience with you.
Tip! Order the food tour, Turku Tasting Tour, for your own group from the Visit Turku sales team. You can also taste treats from the Market Hall on the tour.
Turku is proud of its diverse restaurant offerings and the openings of new restaurants are often celebrated in the city. Choosing a restaurant in Turku isn’t easy; there are as many options for breakfast, brunch, and lunch as there are for dinner by any measure. Amongst the most recent rising newcomers on Turku’s restaurant map are Hotel Kakola’s restaurant, Ruben, the archipelago restaurant, Oobu, as well as Crane 22. Original Sokos Hotel Kupittaa opened its doors in summer and there you can also find Turku’s second rooftop bar, Kuppis Rooftop Bar, as well as the already much-praised, Bistro Elli.
Turku also offers a fantastic crisp brewing culture. Brewery Restaurant Koulu, which is Finland’s largest brewery restaurant, is a classic. Koulu, by the way, was used earlier as a real place of learning. Kaskenmäki Brewery products can be enjoyed at Uusi Apteekki. A real chemist once operated in the space where Uusi Apteekki is now. The most recent breath of fresh air to the city’s beer culture has been brought by the neighbourhood brewery, Kakola Brewing Company. The brewery is located in the premises of the old prison on Kakolanmäki hill.
Turku’s food culture is visible all year round. As well as amazing restaurant and café offerings, there are a multitude of different food events organised in the city. The New Potato Festival and Food and Wine Fair are celebrated annually in Turku as well as other events that focus on delicious food and drink such as Great Beers – Small Breweries, Vegånia and Voillà. Townsfolk gather on the riverbanks to enjoy the bustle of the spring Archipelago Markets and autumn Baltic Herring Markets. The riverside serves as a stylish stage for many food events in Turku. Come to Turku for an unforgettable food experience!
Tip! If you need recommendations, for example, for great lunch or dinner restaurants, Tourist Information will be happy to help.
Text Susanna Pietilä, Eva-Stina Oikia and Maija Ryyppö. Photos Visit Turku.
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