Down by the Sea
A few steps from the Market Square, right next to Uspenski Cathedral, lies the picturesque Kanavaranta with atmospheric and cozy restaurants. What could be a better place to dine, wine and enjoy in the summertime than down by the sea? Kanavaranta is easy to reach by foot, by bike or by boat. Also tram no. 4 runs right by. Kanavaranta restaurants in Helsinki are something you should visit!
Le Petit Chaperon Rouge
Le Petit Chaperon Rouge is an atmospheric wine bar and bistro. In their kitchen, French meets Italian cuisine with a tiny Finnish twist. The menu changes often but it’s always about self-made food with simple and seasonal ingredients. Their wines come from small European winemakers and the selection consists of the all-time classics and some creative curiosities. In the summertime Le Petit Chaperon Rouge also has a little terrace with a sea view. So, you’re welcome to enjoy and also to meet their very own wine dog Hilkka whose face you can find in Chaperon Rouge’s logo.
Kanavaranta 3 C 9, www.chaperonrouge.fi. Open Tue-Thu 17-23, Fri & Sat 17-24. Kitchen open 17-22.
Wallis Karaoke Bar
You can stay all night in Kanavaranta, never wanting to leave. In Wallis Karaoke Bar you can dance and sing along to performances or get up to the stage yourself. There are also more quiet booths where you can enjoy the atmosphere in your own company. Wallis has a wide selection of songs and an excellent sound system. In the summer you can enjoy refreshments on their sunny terrace.
Kanavaranta 7 E 22, www.npg.fi/en/restaurants/wallis-karaoke-bar/. Open Sun-Wed 18-03, Thu-Sat 18-4.30
Need a shelter? Shelter restaurant is a perfect place for it. Shelter serves Chef’s Menu with 3, 4 or 5 courses. The menus change weekly and they are easily modified to special diets and available as vegetarian and vegan versions. Drinks are characterized by handicraft and personality. The drinks also include a couple of alternating craft beers, organic juice, homemade lemonade and locally roasted coffee. The owners Teemu Laurell, Antti Asujamaa and Lennu Sukapää believe in handicraft, sincere customer service and teamwork. Sounds good!
Kanavaranta 7, www.shelter.fi. Open Mon-Sat 17-24.
Johan & Nyström
Johan & Nyström is a café and a roastery and most of all a place where you get inspired, educated and simply pampered with good coffee and good atmosphere. In addition to coffee, Johan & Nyström also offer teas and delicious pastries. And if you’re a serious wanna-be-barista, you can also buy machines and other equipment. Johan & Nyström are passionate by their coffee but also conscious about problems in coffee industry. That’s why they want co-operate closely with individual coffee producers.
Kanavaranta 7 C, https://www.facebook.com/johanochnystrom.fi/. Open Mon-Fri 7.30-19, Sat 8-19 and Sun 9-18.
It’s a bar, a kitchen and a terrace. It’s run by holiday guides Richard McCormick and Ville Relander, men behind many other great restaurants such as The Cock and Yes,Yes, Yes. Atmosphere is… well, very holiday-like and food is easy and delicious, just like it should be when you’re on holiday. Check their Oyster Happy Hour on Wednesdays & Thursdays. On Saturdays Holiday goes Karaoke Dining which basically means food, drink and favourite tunes. What better way to spend a Saturday? And hey, don’t forget their May Day Eve & May Day special menus!