New Tour Shows off Helsinki's Culinary Scene

HelsinkiGot foodies in Finland? Want to show them the brighter side of Finnish cuisine? Suggest a guided restaurant tour of Helsinki with Food Sightseeing. Participants can explore the city by foot or by tram on two different sightseeing tours. In addition to seeing the sights, visitors get to sample Finnish gastronomy and local dishes. Tours are available for both individual travellers and groups through August 28 from Monday to Saturday.
“Tastes of Finland”: Departure in front of Tourist Information (Pohjoisesplanadi 19) at 2 p.m. Listen to historical stories of the Esplanade Park, Market Square and Senate Square while exploring architecture in Aleksanterinkatu, Finnish Design shops’ souvenir hints (from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.). The tour ends at the restaurant Lasipalatsi, where participants are served a Tastes of Finland platter with stories of Lasipalatsi’s history (from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Length 2 hours.
“Food Sightseeing”: Departure in front of Tourist Information (Pohjoisesplanadi 19) at 7 p.m, and listen to historical stories of the Esplanade Park, Market Square and Senate Square. Travel by tram to Hakaniemi (10 minutes from city centre), listen to stories of the Kallio district, Hakaniemi Market Square and Market Hall. Sample local starters at restaurant Graniittilinna (ingredients from Hakaniemi Market Hall). Travel by tram back to city center, historical stories of the city center, short walk to the traditional Finnish restaurant Lasipalatsi. The tour includes historical stories and gossip, and gives a good view of the local lifestyle. Duration 3 hours.
Both tours are guided by Helsinki Official tour guides.
Monday-Wednesday-Friday at 7 p.m.: Food Sightseeing
Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday at 2 p.m.: Tastes of Finland
Price: Tastes of Finland $60/person, Food Sightseeing $105/person, prices incl. VAT
Commentary: English and Finnish, by request also Russian, German, Swedish, French
Tickets: Helsinki Expert sales points: Pohjoisesplanadi 19 at Helsinki City Tourist & Convention Bureau and Main Railway Station, Kaivokatu.

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