Rovaniemi is home to the world's northernmost McDonald's outlet. In a country as expensive as Finland, a relatively cheap meal in a world-record setting establishment can be a nice, fun change.
Don't forget to brag to your friends about your obscure accomplishment when you get back home!
Address: Poromiehentie 3, 96200 Rovaniemi, Finland
Directions: At the corner of Koskikatu, one of Rovaniemi's main east-west thoroughfares.
Phone: +358 16 318585
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This place is unbelievable! It is a restaurant run by students who are studying to become cooks and waiters/waitresses - and if you like to help them get some practise you get some incredible food at an even more incredible price, too!
The only thing you must take into consideration is that you are in fact the guinea pig - so there might be some experiences you might not have when being met by absolute professionals - but if you take it with humour, this adds to the fun!!!
A few examples:
when we entered the restaurant, the students were literally hanging around the counter - and not one came up to us to greet us or to ask if they could help us. So we approached them and I said: "a table for three?" - GASP!!! HELP!!! ACTION!!! THEY SPEAK ENGLISH!! OMG - WHO IS THE HERO TO STEP UP TO THEM AND TALK WITH THEM?????????? Hahaha, they eventually seated us at a nice table and started a big conference..... So funny.... Then they served a little "greeting from the kitchen" and continued their conference! The problem was that the menu is in Finnish only, so they had to work on the translation. Finally a third year student came up and explained the menu to us, took our order and everything went absolutely well!
While we were there the one girl was mainly keeping busy braiding her colleagues hair or making them different hairdos and not every student was trained enough to not let dishes fall, thus making some shattering noises - but really, this was not bothering us one bit!
Favorite Dish: The restaurant is open Monday till Friday from 7.30 (this might apply to breakfast) until 15.30 h. They do have a lunch menu - 3 courses for incredible 14 €!!! And the food is lovely!!! You can download the menu for the current week from the website stated below - again: Finnish only, but you can try to have a translator help you figure out what they are serving! Or you take chances!!!
Greeting from the kitchen (a sip of cold tomato soup)
Carrot ginger soup or Chicken salad
Fried reindeer liver with mashed potatos or Salmon with curry potatos
Coffee or tea
And again: 14 € per person (September 2012) - including mineral water, a beer and some plain water we paid 48 € for three persons! Highly recommended!
Address: Korkalonkatu 33, Rovaniemi
Phone: 020 798 4609
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There are several restaurants in Rovaniemi.
Depends of how much you want to spend and what you want to eat.From chinese, to lappish to the world known MacDonalds, you have it all there. Even a pizza...or something that looks like a pizza....
But Cumulus Hotel restaurant have good food, good ambience so as Martina restaurant, but this one looks like a "all kind and no kind" of food.
Normally people from south europe may have some problems with finnish flavours.
So don't start asking for food that you don't have the smallest idea if you will like it or not. Ask for help, look for a sample, or you will be sorry and frustrated.
Favorite Dish: Well, get the raindeer dish. A unique flavour
Address: Cumulus Hotel near the centre
Directions: Number 32 on map - Cumulus. The Macdonals it's where the cross is made.
A great restaurant/bar in the centre of Rovaniemi.
Students get a 15% discount (show your student card when you order your food)
Find the whole menu here: http://www.comicobar.fi/images/comico_menu.pdf
It is also the funnies menu I have ever seen with the great comics included! :)
They also organise different kinds of events in the restaurant
Favorite Dish: My favourite one is the vegetarian burrito, extra tasty and really filling too!
Address: Koskikatu 25
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Zoomit is a modern, cool and stylish bar/cafe in the centre if Rovaniemi. It's situated just below the luxurious Hotel Santa Claus, on street level and in a place you can see the central square of Rovaniemi.
During the day Zoomit is described like this: "Scent of the special coffees and cakes seduce you to spend a moment watching people around you or behind the wall-size windows. " You can also have specially flavoured (for example blueberry or banana) soft drinks, tasty brown coffee or a creamy hot chocolate and many other drinks and foods.
During the night Zoomit merges into a nightclub/bar. Here's how it's described in the ad: "During the evening the music changes, people gather together to enjoy each others company while our ZoomIt-bartenders make the best drinks in town. "
Most of Zoomits customers are youth, but during the day I have seen even little kids with their parents or older couples.
The furnishing and general atmosphere in Zoomit is youthful, modern and warm-coloured. Most of the tables have red, very comfortable sofas as their seats, but there are also barchairs. Tables are made of dark wood and match all the other colours. So it's kind of a perfect coffee break here! ;)
OH AND ONE MORE THING!!!!
If you wanna meet local youth, go to Zoomit! Specially after three o'clock on normal working days many youth go there and hang around with friends, and of course when the night comes... ;)
Favorite Dish: I LOVE the specially flavoured soft drinks, and my own favourite is strawberry. The drink comes in a relatively big glass with crushed ice, a straw, a decoration and a piece of some fruit.
There are many flavours... coconut, strawberry, cola, blueberry, banana, vanilla... etc etc. JUST TRY IT!!!
Address: Korkalonkatu 29 - 96200 Rovaniemi
Directions: In the centre of the town, just by the Sampoaukio, the main square in Rovaniemi.
How can you describe a restaurant that was built after the Finnish Eurovision win of heavy metal band Lordi - well you describe it as a rocktaurant! If you want to have a different kind of atmosphere while eating, here you can find it. The menu is seen in the internet and also some view of how the place looks like. Im guessing its not a family oriented place..... ;)
Favorite Dish: Well it is special, you cant argue with that!
Address: Koskikatu 25 (central)
Directions: ask the locals if you cant find it ;)
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This is not really a restaurant tip, but rather a tip of what you should be eating whilst being up here in Lapland.
Salmon is found all over and the traditional way to prepare it is "nailed" with wooden nails on a wooden board and then close to the open fire. Sounds odd? Try it when you are here... it is phenomenal!
Directions: Served all over
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Café Kauppayhtiö has a very unique idea for a coffee house! EVERYTHING is for sale if you name a price and bargain a little! The furniture is mostly retro from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s and despite the mixture of different styles, it is amazingly stylishly furnished. It has a lot of details and you could spend a half an hour just looking around the coffee house. Also, the atmosphere allows you to do so, even if you don't buy anything!
There's a pool table and free wlan for customers, as well as a laptop with internet connection for the customers to use. There are old antique pianos, other instruments, old toys, LP's, old sports equipment and you are allowed to touch ANYTHING. There's also a photo exhibition of Rovaniemi before it was bombed, and there are always some pieces of art made by local artists.
While drinking coffee or having a delicious lunch baguette you will be sitting on comfortable living room couches from earlier decades and there's space for big or small groups of people. Usually when me and my friends go there, there are some 10 of us and we can all fit around one table.
The music is usually soft rock/indie/chill rock type which creates a nice coffee-housey bohemian retro feeling.
The atmosphere is like you would visit a dear friend. You don't have to buy anything if you're not up for it, you can just chill. Once I went there during opening time and the rolls hadn't come out of the oven yet when I bought one, so the guy who owns the place decided to give me discount. 5 minutes later he came next to my laptop with a GIGANTIC , fresh, out-of-the-oven roll on a tray in his hands. YUMMY. The service is incredibly friendly.
Finally, here are some PICTURES!
And some more: Kauppayhtiö!
Favorite Dish: You are going to love the smoothies/milkshakes they make from any two ice cream flavors you want. Also the lunch baguettes which you can choose yourself are wonderful. It's also easy to eat here if you're vegetarian; the baguette table has a lot of vegetables.
Directions: When you're standing on the main square, look towards the river. Walk straight down the street til you see a chinese restaurant (Hai Long) to your left. Take the road to the left and walk until the next crossing. There you'll find Café Kauppayhtiö!
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THIS PLACE WILL PLACE ANY ONES TEST, GREAT LUNCH BUFFET, ABOUT 5 DIFFERENT DISHES HOT TEA EVEN BREAD, ALL FOR 8 EUROS, THEY OPEN AT 11AM BE THERE BY 1105 AM OR WAIT TO SIT, ACROSS THE STREET FROM POST OFFICE,
Favorite Dish: ANY THING CHICKEN,
Address: ACROSS FROM POST OFFICE
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It's a finnish "all U can eat" buffet chain spread all over Finland and Sweden.
Every person pays 7.45€ and 4,70 for kids (ad 1€ if U want icecream too) and then U can take everything U want as many times as u want. The soft drinks are also included (coke, light cole, Sprite, Fanta and many more) as much as coffe/tea... refill as much as u want.
Only beer is extra.
In the middle of the hall there is a table with 4 - 5 kinds of different pizzas cut into many slices , 2 soups, 2 kind of salads, some meat (chicken wings, when I ate there, but maybe the menu vary every day, I don't know) and nacho chips with different sauces both for the chips and for the salads.
The place is clean and welcoming. The food is good .
Favorite Dish: Pepperoni pizza. Well it's not like an original italian one, but for being Finnish is not bad at all.
The best thing about Rax is that U can freely choose what u want to eat , how much , how many times without restrictions, and for less than 8 €uro seems a good deal for me.
My tip is to take advantage of rax when u are in hurry between two different safaris (tipically the morning one finist just before 12.00 and if U have booked an afternoon safari it will begin at 2.00 pm ) and U don't have time to spend in a restaurant or u want to eat without spending too much.
Address: Koskikatu 11 Rovaniemi
Directions: In front of Santa Klaus Hotel, take the street going toward Cumulus Hotel keeping Lordi's plaza on your right, count 10 paces and your right next to RAX.
Phone: 016-348 3999
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I suggest to go eat to the Monte Rosa Restaurant inside the City Hotel, prices are not that high, and compared with the quality is really a taste of good
Then you can have a nice drink in the Kellari pub downstairs and watch hockey.
Favorite Dish: Reindeer-Chantrelle Pasta
While your obligatory visit to Santa Claus Village to meet Santa and to do souvenir shopping you may need a moment of silence with some snack. The host cooks the salmon on open fire as well as coffee.
Christmas carols can't reach your ears here either ;o)
Favorite Dish: The one and only dish available, salmon fried on open fire. Whether with potato salad or without. Cup of coffee also made on fire. Tasty stuff!
Address: Joulupukin pajakylä (Santa Claus Village)
Directions: In between of the Post office of Santa Claus and the Cottage of Roosevelt. Restaurant looks like a typical lappish tepee (kota). 8 meters from the pole of distances.Related to:
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A diner place, French food.
Favorite Dish: I don't know...BUT you can choose yours! http://www.fransmanni.fi/fransmanni.htm
Actually I like the turkey salad very much... so if you want salad too, that's a good choice.. I was full after that! :D It was nice to eat he main dish after that...
Directions: Next to Restaurant Rosso and Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
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Actually now I'm talking about the best hamburger place in Rovaniemi, Scan Burger! :) Guys who work there are really nice! You can see when they make the french fries and hamburgers, so you'll always have fresh and warm food :)
Favorite Dish: Everything goes down..but the chicken burger is definitely number one for me!! :) +there are other hamburgers and finnish sausage foods so it is typical finnish grill, though the food is better, workers are nicer and the place is cleaner ;)
Directions: It's NEXT TO McDonalds! Really small place!! Address could be something like Poromiehentie... but I'm not sure!! In centre... :) I'm sure you'll find it!!
If the thought of eating Rudolph, Donner, and Blitzen for dinner fills you with horror, don't even bother reading this.
But seriously, you should have a go at eating reindeer meat when you're in Finland. Why? Well, apart from the fact that it is the local delicacy over here, the meat is tender and lean and almost fat free. Also, all the reindeer over here are tagged and protected so they'll only kill the ones to keep the population in check.
I had moose meat the last time I was at Frosunda, Sweden, so reindeer meat shouldn't taste too radically different right?
I was wrong..
Apart from the common lean texture, reindeer meat smells! Especially so, when I ordered two reindeer dishes at a go. Ok I got greedy!
Most Chinese, like me, are particular about the smell of meat but we believe that eating deer meat or lamb is good for surviving cold weather as it is "yang" or heat producing.
I bore this mind and finished the dishes despite the smell.
Favorite Dish: The reindeer hash was better than the pizza, somehow the tart taste of the ligonberry sauce overpowered the strong deer smell.