Restaurant Lulu: Another boat restaurant
This is another boat restaurant by the river, maybe this one is a bit more stylish, anyway, they are all next to each other, just pop in and check out the menu and place if it is something for you, sometimes for me it is just a good place to have a cold drink in and sunny deck.
Kyoto: Japanese? Chinese?
I would probably wouldn't pay much attention to this restaurant Kyoto if it wasn't that I just return back from Japan the week I visited Turku. Also because it was just opposite of the hotel I stayed in. However, this place can be a good choice if you want something Asian for a change.
Blanko: Blanko Cafe, Bar & restaurant
This place is in the heart of the city, its a bit hard to define, its a coffee place, restaurant as well as a club as it is open late at night during weekends. In the summer it has very nice sunny terrace.
Cafe Brahe: Best cafe in town
Cafe Brahe is relatively new and they have few in town already, the main one situation in the city center on the pedestrian street where in the summer you can enjoy delicate food and drinks on the warm terrace.
Boat Restaurant Cindy: Boat Restaurant
During the summer there are many Boat Restaurants by the river, some are better then the others but that might also change from year to year, anyhow Cindy is one of the boats I visited that seems fine to me.
Blanko: Good bar near the river
Although this is a restaurant, the 2 times I visited this place I only drank cider or coffee and sat down for a short while to chat with my friends, so I can't really recommend (or not) the food they serve here. I've always thought of Blanko rather as a place where people meet to have a drink in the evening and as a "nightlife" spot -- at least my friends have told me that the environment is cool in the evening and people like to hang out there to have fun at night.
Anyway, this is a place with several small tables inside, decorated in a very minimalistic (= simple) style and with a few tables in the terrace/sidewalk too, which are often all taken. It must be nice to sit down outside during the spring/summer months because the restaurant is located on a busy street and next to the river, so you can see a lot of people passing by and enjoy the view during the long afternoons. The local is rather dark inside and not very fun, so maybe that's also why we haven't stayed there long. But it's ok if you want to make a pause in your visit and relax while having a drink at one of the most popular spots in town.
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ASO: Kebab & pizza at good prices
This is a small place where you can eat many kinds of kebab dishes and pizza at very reasonable prices. It's in the downtown area and believe me, a meal here will keep you satisfied for quite a while!!
Not everyone at this restaurant speaks English but they do have a menu in this language in case you don't speak Finnish and have no idea of what they serve in here ;)) There are several options to choose from, the place was clean and apparently it's popular among the locals.
Favorite Dish: Kebab was really good and BIG! I prefer the one with pita bread but they also had big rolls (which my friend says are really tasty and HUGE), kebab meat with rice, etc.......
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Olkkone: Oldies Pub
Popular place for pensioners and unemploiers, because the price is reasonable. Here you see tourists very seldom.
Favorite Dish: AIV beer (stronger one, about 5.2%), 1/2 liter for 2.80 euros (In the beginning of 2006) in the morning and before 2 o'clock pm.
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Viking Restaurant Harald: Viking Restaurant Harald
This is a bit of a tourist restaurant, they have very special midevel decoration and menu. Don't expect anything like Olde Hansa, but really, for Turku it is rather good one.
Favorite Dish: Anything on the grill, last time I had chicken, but my favourite are the reindeer options.
Panimoravintola Koulu: Microbrewery in an old school
Panimoravintola Koulu is the biggest microbrewery in Finland, producing somewhat 170 000 liters of beer every year. A lot of that beer is consumed on their large summer patio behind the old school building that has been converted to a set of restaurants and a brewery.
The patio or the school yard is served from a kiosk that sells only drinks and some bar snacks. Food can be ordered, too, and it will be delivered from the building. We were not exactly hungry, so we decided just to bask in the sunshine with some drinks. The tables are spread around in the huge yard, so you can enjoy some privacy. Mind you, the yard is dusty on dry days and probably a bit muddy when it has rained.
Inside the building, the charm of an old school has been preserved well. The whole restaurant complex is huge, and they have several bars, cabinets and halls for almost any occasion.
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Ruissalo Kylpyla (Health Spa): Nice lunch at the seaside spa
The building looked suspiciously like a hospital from the outside but there was a terrace out towards the sea with a marvelous view. Enjoyed the view just as much as the meal. Very neat and clean and the service was friendly. So, if you want something different and outside the city center... maybe this is it.
Favorite Dish: Had some soup and it was just delicious. The cost, 8 euros, is normal for lunch in this country. There was also a buffet lunch at 16 euros but the weather was too hot for me to have that kind of a heavy meal with starters and several main courses and desserts. It did look great though. I think you need to go at about noon the latest because they close the buffet at one o'clock.
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How to avoid expense food
Despite the fact that Torku (and Finland) is very expensive in food, try to find cheap solutions as: the restaurant in the train station is fair well and in reasonable prices. Furthermore, big markets have a huge variety of food and drinks, so go there, take whatever you like, and enjoy them in a park.
Café Fontana: Well-stocked coffeehouse
Café Fontana is a good place to rest your feet after touring the shopping streets of Turku. The café has an excellent selection of both sweet and salty pastries, cakes and buns. All normal special coffees are available.
The atmosphere of the place is nice, the crowd doesn't get too loud and there are some more secluded tables for intimate chats. The service is courteous, but it could be a little bit swifter. There were a constant queue for the whole time we were there. That may be because of the delicious pastries and decent prices.
Viikinkiravintola Harald: Back to the age of Vikings
Viikinkiravintola Harald transfer you back to the time when Vikings roamed the shores of Finland. The restaurant interior is made of unfinished wood and you sit on sturdy chairs next to very sturdy table.
The food is not from ages, as back then there were not much spices available and the food must have tasted sort of bland.
The descriptions of the food make you smile and sometimes also wonder what you are going to get. The portions are big and the taste is ok, nothing spectacular though.
Hesburger: McDonald's Strongest Competitor in Turku
The owner of Hesburger, a Finnish fast food restaurant chain that sells burgers and fries and sodas is a cost effective way to eat lunch in Finland.
Because Hesburger was so popular in Turku, the McDonald's that used to be in the center of the city actually shut down.
I ate at Hesburger while in Turku for lunch and enjoyed the quality of the fast food immensely. It is much better than McDonalds. I think I ate the rye burger, with fries and a drink.
I hear at the moment, in Turku, if you purchase their new special product, a pesto burger, you get to watch the 2nd Bridget Jones Diary movie at a discount (as of early December 2004) .
Though I must confess there's no comparison as I personally hate McDonalds.
Favorite Dish: The ryeburger was excellent. Like in any fast food chain, you can order a meal by one of 8-10 numbers.
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