Pipparkakkutalo: Hämeenlinna's flagship restaurant
The „Gingerbread House“ has one of the best reputations among the restaurants in Hämeenlinna – and one of he highest prices as well. Look out for offers like lunch specials if you want to enjoy a classy meal for an affordable place.
I had a reindeer dish which included all you can eat at the salad buffet. The food was excellent and worth to try, the atmosphere however was quite formal. Sometims I even felt a litle underdressed with t-shirt and camo pants. It is more like a place you would go to for special ocassions rather than for a quick lunch. Despite that, the staff was very friendly and tried to make you feel welcome.
Birger: Beer, beer and more beer
Nice pub with friendly atmosphere. This place has and emphasis on beer culture with a large choice of usual and less usual beers on offer. Look out for the beer of the month! There is also some pub grub like sandwiches on the menu. The place a frequented by a large width of audience, though people n their late twenties seem to be in the majority. In he daytime, it's a rather quiet place, but it gets livelier in the evening. Excellent place to end your Haemenlinna day trip or have a nice time out.
- Beer Tasting
Tawastia Bank: Local
Hämeenlinna is rather poor in restaurant options, most are the standard Finnish networks of restaurants or just local pizza or kebab places, so don't expect anything special.
This Tawastia Bank is one local one that you might want to try for local food and drinks which seems rather popular and has a nice terrace in summer.
Cafe Laurell is an old traditional classic coffee shop in Hämeenlinna. It is just by the town square in front of the big church and on a nice sunny day you can even sit outside and enjoy the warm sun with a cup of coffee.
Piparkakkutalo: Fine dining in gingerbread house
If you're going to eat good Hämeenlinna town, Piparkakkutalo is the place to go. While being sort-of old-fashioned in the looks, it has the highest profile in town. It's also in the second floor, above pub.
The beautiful old wooden house has a good spirit in it, it's next to the church.
Favorite Dish: Fried pike perch, wild mushroom sauce and dill potatoes. Genuine and fresh.
- Food and Dining