Helsinki - Post Report Question and Answers

What typical restaurants, food delivery services, and/or takeout options are popular among expatriates?

This is a major international city with just about anything you could want, from fast food to Michelin-starred restaurants. American fast food restaurant include McDonalds, Burger King, Subway and Taco Bell, plus there are number of European and Finnish fast food options. Hesburger is like the Finnish McDonalds, for example. Delivery is widely available for fast food and mid-range options (usually with a fee) through partners like Wolt, Foodora, etc. There are plenty of different cuisines available, including Nepalese (essentially Indian), Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Greek, etc. - Oct 2021


Helsinki is a "foodie" destination. Almost every variety of ethnic or eclectic food is available. Finnish food is a little tame by comparison, but very fresh and relatively healthy. Finland is a lunch culture, with literally hundreds of excellent, casual lunch buffets around the city. Dinner, on the other hand, is a somewhat more formal affair for Finns. - Oct 2018


McDonald's, Burger Kings, and Subways are everywhere. Pizza is very popular as well as Chinese food, Kabob, and Japanese food. Expensive. The average combo meal at an American-brand fast food chain is 8-9 Euro. The other restaurants are about the same per meal, but you get more for your money. - Jul 2012


Helsinki has a lot of great restaurants (50-100 Euro pp) and a lot of fast food (30 Euro/family of 3). Going out at lunch (10-15 Euro) seems to be a bigger deal than dinner. Espresso costs 3-4 Euro a cup. - Jan 2011


McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Subway are the American chains here, and their Finnish equivalents would be Hesburger, Carrols and Scan Burger. There are several decent restaurants, although almost everything here is expensive. A burger meal at McDs is $9-10. - May 2010


Yes to both. Helsinki is a fairly expensive city, but you can find reasonably priced restaurants that are good if you look off of the beaten path. - Apr 2009


McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Subways. You can also find all sorts of cuisine here: Thai, Chinese, Russian, Lebanese, etc. - Mar 2008


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