Haemeenlinna Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Haemeenlinna

December 11, 2017 Venice Greaves

Hämeenlinna (Swedish: Tavastehus) is a city and municipality of about 68,000 inhabitants in the heart of the historical province of Häme in the south of Finland. Hämeenlinna is the oldest inland city of Finland and was one of the most important Finnish cities until the 19th century. It still remains an important regional center.
Things to do in Haemeenlinna

1. Birger

Raatihuoneenkatu 5, Haemeenlinna, Finland Seating Pub, Bar Drinks +358 3 5709777
Excellent
55%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Birger

Reviewed By tmblogger - Haemeenlinna, Finland

Birger is an excellent beer restaurant with (mostly) knowledgeable staff. Any recommendations by the younger bartenders tend to be spot on. They also serve some snacks which is nice and really rare in Finnish pubs.
The pub is a bit more upscale and mostly visited by the more well-off people of the city.

2. Popino

Raatihuoneenkatu 11, Haemeenlinna 13100, Finland Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$118 - HK$181 +358 3 6532555
Excellent
33%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 163 reviews

Popino

Reviewed By lindb - Helsinki

We were surprised to find out that the very popular pizzeria (or italian restaurant) in Hämeenlinna does use emmental cheese in their pizzas. To me THE pizza cheese is mozzarella. These emmental pizzas were strange (structure and taste) and not "right" ones. Actually too creasy.
Free salad buffet was very tasty with large variety of ingredients. Bread also good. Hostess is quite strict and not specially friendly, rest of the staff ok.
Restaurant is often crowded (our third visit, first and last with pizzas). Still wondering the cheese choice in pizzas...

3. The Gingerbread House

Kirkkorinne 2, Haemeenlinna 13100, Finland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$157 - HK$275 +358 3 648040
Excellent
46%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

The Gingerbread House

Restaurant Piparkakkutalo, "The Gingerbread House", is a traditional, popular and cosy restaurant at the heart of Hameenlinna next to the main church and the marketplace. The restaurant offers traditional European food with specialities and seasonal local ingredients. Restaurant Piparkakkutalo is located in a historical house. The house was built in 1906-07 as a home for merchant August Skogster whose department store was located next to the house. The house is designed by one of the most famous Finnish architect of that time, Selim A. Lindqvist. The house is a Jugend style building. Restaurant Piparkakkutalo is ideal for all kinds of lunch and dinner occasions, informal or formal. There are also dining cabinets and meeting cabinets available for private occasions. There is a cosy pub, Albertin Kellari, located in the basement of the Restaurant. The pub is fully licensed with a wide selection of beers, ciders and other drinks. Also a selection of tasty bar snacks is available. There is live music every week ranging from jazz to blues, roots etc. Also quiz and theme nights are organized regularly.

Reviewed By Marley G - Windsor, United Kingdom

My friend and I had a light evening meal,and over the three days we were in Hameenlinna we had lunch,and dinner there .Each time enjoying our meals,the service and the different dining rooms,which are tastefully decorated and the tables are well spaced,we even had a...MoreThank you for your review. It is great to hear how many times you visited us and really enjoyed our service and food. Welcome again!

4. Sawaddee

Sibeliuksenkatu 13, Haemeenlinna 13100, Finland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +358 44 0737007
Excellent
33%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 45 reviews

Sawaddee

Reviewed By sebhoff - Trier, Germany

We needed something quick for a late lunch, and the restaurant provided for that - but it was no culinary feast. I have not been to any other Thai restaurants in Finland, but compared to what I have had elsewhere, this was at best mediocre food. Portions were big, however. There is an English menu.

5. Vanajanlinna

Vanajanlinnantie 485, Haemeenlinna 13330, Finland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff European, Scandinavian Dinner +358 3 61020
Excellent
44%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Vanajanlinna

Reviewed By Mikko_Tuomainen - Haemeenlinna, Finland

I had once again dinner at Vanajanlinna. Service minded staff and quality regarding the food is always excellent. Menu itself is not very wide, but very tasty. Atmosphere at Vanajanlinna reminds from old elegant Castles.

6. Cafe Laurell

Sibeliuksenkatu 7, Haemeenlinna 13100, Finland Takeout, Seating Cafe, Gluten Free Options Breakfast HK$55 - HK$110 +358 3 4677730
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 84 reviews

Cafe Laurell

Reviewed By Ced H - Tallinn, Estonia

On a day visit to Hämeenlinna we dropped into Cafe Laurell for coffee and cakes. So pleased we did. The place has a real high quality feel to it and I feared the prices would reflect the high standards. I was very pleasantly surprised to discover it is a very reasonably priced cafe. Service was excellent and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Definitely on our list of 'must go again'!

7. Halla

Raatihuoneenkatu 3, Haemeenlinna 13100, Finland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Pizza, European, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +358 3 6120200
Excellent
26%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 86 reviews

Halla

Reviewed By elinast2016 - Helsinki, Finland

Surprisingly, the best pizza in the country comes from Hämeenlinna. Forget pizza bolognese and ham&pineapple, Hällä's menu offers so much more! Salad buffet and warm and delicious flat bread is included. When visiting Aulanko spa or driving from Helsinki to Tampere, do stop here. You won't be disappointed.

8. Fresno American Diner - Hameenlinna

Hallituskatu 20, Haemeenlinna 13100, Finland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Steakhouse, American, Grill, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Drinks, Lunch HK$71 - HK$290 +358 45 2351012
Excellent
22%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
10%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 40 reviews

Fresno American Diner - Hameenlinna

Fresno is an American-style diner that will take you on a culinary journey to California. Our restaurant’s relaxed atmosphere, smooth service and delicious food ensure an enjoyable experience until late at night. We offer a wide selection of dishes from grilled food to burgers and fresh salads. Whether you are a meat lover or a vegetarian, our extensive menu has something for everyone. After a hearty meal you can enjoy a cold or hot beverage from our wide selection of drinks. The first Fresno opened its doors in March 2011 by the marketplace in the heart of Hämeenlinna. In 2016, Fresno expanded into Lahti and opened another restaurant near the city’s marketplace.

Reviewed By Paula H - Hämeenlinna, Southern Finland, Finland

Portions are big and greasy. "Everything" is deep-fried and/or served with dip sauce. If you try to find something healthy to eat, don't come here. If you want to get a LOT of salty, juicy, greasy, deep-fried stuff, this is definitely your place.

9. Sabai Sabai Thai restaurant

Kaivokatu 9 | Tullinaukio, Kauppakeskus Goodmanin pääsisäänkäyntiä vastapäätä., Haemeenlinna 13100, Finland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$39 - HK$196 +358 44 7007120
Excellent
47%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
12%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

Sabai Sabai Thai restaurant

Beautiful and atmospheric Thai restaurant next to Goodman shopping center. Very good Thai food and smiling staff. Good service.

Reviewed By Marko H - Helsinki

Since we have been in Thailand twice, I was curious to see if this quite new restaurant In shopping center Goodman had the same flavours -and it did. You can stop here even for a lunch, so dont just drive past. It is very easy...MoreThank's. You welcome to visit and enjoy our Thai restaurant Sabai Sabai to test delicion thaifood.

10. Himalaya Kitchen

Hallituskatu 14 | Visiting address: Linnankatu 3, Haemeenlinna 13100, Finland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$47 - HK$290 +358 44 2394300
Excellent
40%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Himalaya Kitchen

Located at central Hämeenlinna(Linnankatu 3, Hämeenlinna), Himalaya Kitchen is committed to serve the best of the Himalayan region. Having years of experience, our friendly and cooperative team is passionate to help you experience the best meal that is cooking in our kitchen and that is why we are locally recommended and favourite dining place in downtown.

Reviewed By laxmi k - Boston, Massachusetts

Great service and super amazing food. I think, they did great job selecting the best quality ingredients and spices. We end of going there few times and we all were very impressed with their consistency on the food and Atmosphere. Staffs were always around willing to exchange some kind and friendly words with all their customers. Excellent environment!

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