RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Here you will find a list of suggestions for restaurants and bars. Some of the names are links where you can find more information about the places.
(Linnankatu 3/Slottsgatan 3)
Mami is close to the Cathedral bridge, by the river. It is very small
and cosy and uses local produce as much as possible. Short menu, main
courses 17-22e. A very nice local alternative suitable also for
restaurant snobs. (Beware it may be fully booked.)
Kaskenahde (Kaskenkatu/Kaskisgatan 6a)
Kaskenahde is a wonderful and original fish restaurant. The waiter
will tell you what todays catch was and ask how you want it cooked.
Definitely worth a visit (the interior is probably original from
Sergio's (Itäinen rantakatu 27/Västra strandgatan)
Sergio's is the best italian in town. By the river. Main courses
(ranging from pasta and pizza to fancier meat dishes) 12.90-23,50e.
Hermann (Läntinen rantakatu 37/Östra strandgatan 37)
The best restaurant in town. Local ingredients, nice service, no fuzz.
The steak is here, and the fish and the mushrooms etc. But it costs
money. Main course 20-28e.
Brazilian. Local. Very nice. Small. Main courses 17-27e.
(Hämeenkatu 9/Tavastgatan 9)
(italian kitchen) has a robust charm which some fall
in love with.
(Linnankatu/Slottsgatan 3, inner yard)
Panini serves anyone at a decent price but gourmets will also find
something good to eat. Pizza, pasta, "panini" (filled breads). Italian
style. Main courses 9-19e.
Burgers, sandwiches, meatballs etc. Worth the walk. Main courses (which keep you full long) around 9e. It is a pub at the same time.
On Saturday, those who signed up will go to the Indian restaurant
The conference dinner (for those who have signed up) will be at Teini
Uudenmaankatu 1/Nylandsgatan 1
, the corner of Nylandsgatan and
In connection to Teini there is a bar called Bremer, where it is good
to hang out (those who did not realise they should have signed up for
the dinner can eat something in the bar section (separate menu, all
dishes below 10e)).
FASTFOOD (very cheap)
"Hese" is Finland's MacDonald's. The chain is turkulainen by origin
and is definitely worth a visit - the most original product is the rye
filet burger "ruisfilehampurilainen" ("ateria" means menu; includes
soda and fries).
The vegetarian burger is not bad either (kasvishampurilainen). The
rest of the menu consists of variations of common burgers.
Hesburger restaurants are to be found all around the market place
(even on it).
(Olavinpuisto/Olofsparken, the corner of
Hämeenkatu/Tavastgatan and Kaskenkatu/Kaskisgatan)
Mantun grilli is a kiosk with a woman inside. A classic place. (Go
there to queue after the late night out, at least.) Try Finnish
special ways of making fast food, for example french fries with
"kaikki mausteet" (="all spices"). That includes ketchup, mustard,
pickle salad (not sweet like bostongurka), fresh chopped onion.
Complete it with extra orders of Aura blue cheese or mayonnaise.
If they have "lihapiirakka", meat pastry, try that. It is deep fried
and greasy with meat and rice inside and usually the grills fill it
with sausages and "the spices" mentioned above.
Turku is a Kebap city! You'll find a kebap places at any
corner. They are safe to visit and most of them also serve falafel.
One nicer one is Ravintola Sahara, Aningaistenkatu/Aningaisgatan 5b
(very close to Centro Hotel).
(Yliopistokatu/Universitetsgatan, walking district)
Salads, bakery products of considerable size.
By the market place there are many places which belong to a
cooperative, "S-ketju" or "the S-chain". These have a tendency to use
the same sauce in all restaurants etc. and therefore I do not
(Most bars are open until 02, and local beer from the tap will cost 4-5?.)
"Valomerkki" means the flicking of the lights half an hour before closing time. This is also when the cashier is closed.
In an old public toilet. Very small. Worth a visit. Acoustics not
perfect for philosophical conversations (in a loud voice).
In an old school building. Much space. The bar only sells beer from
its own brewery, but don't worry, it's very good! Also try the
blueberry cider (produced in Tampere), sold only here in Turku.
A bit trendy. Design bar. "Kuka" means "Who?". The owner loves "The
Who" and hence the name. DJ:s on weekends.
Old pharmacy. Very good beer list. Used to be the hangout place for
the city's free culture personnel.
In a building designed by Alvar Aalto. Bohemian but perfect for all
ages. Definitely worth the walk!! Good range of imported beers. Has a
smoking corner (indoor smoking is otherwise prohibited).
Tiny corner joint which surprisingly enough has the city's biggest
selection of single malt whiskeys (over 200). Closes at 23 but at 24
on weekends. Tiny smoking section too. Larger groups will not fit in
(5-8 is the limit).
Just cheap beer, no music.