Helsinki Food Tour Including Tastings

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    11:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Vanha Kauppahalli, Eteläranta 125, 00130 Helsinki, Finland
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This Helsinki Food Tour is great way to learn about the Finnish traditions through the lens of food experts and enthusiasts.
With the help of the food guide, discover hidden treasures and get a real insider's perspective on the rich and diverse food culture, as well as everyday life of Helsinki.

Highlights

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Small-group tour
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Know More about this tour

Meet at the Old market hall within stone's throw away from Helsinki Market Square to get started on this 2-hour walking tour for food enthusiasts. Prepare to see many of the city center sights on this tour, including the Park Esplanadi, Bulevardi Street, Candy Sweet Shop, Alko the liquor store and the traditional Finnish restaurant Kappeli.

Tour participants will have the chance to experience the local gastronomy and cooking at a restaurant and market hall offering traditional local food and snacks.

You will taste specialties from Helsinki:

  • an iconic Lappish delicacy - cold-smoked reindeer meat
  • tasty local sausages
  • traditional Finnish squeaky "bread" cheese with cloudberry jam
  • the most popular Finnish drink - filtered coffee with milk
  • delicious snacks in the oldest restaurant in Helsinki
  • champagne produced exclusively for the restaurant
With each tasting, participants will be told about Finnish history or more current anecdotes. You will also have a chance to purchase souvenirs at the Old Market Hall, Candy Sweet Shop and Alko store.

Inclusions

Food tasting

Glass of sparkling wine or juice

Local guide

Entry/Admission - Old Market Hall

Entry/Admission - The Esplanadi Park

Exclusions

Lunch from 10 /person

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Infant seats available

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Traveler Reviews

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  • 12-Jun-2022

    Andry had great sense of humor and was truly enjoyable to talk with. Good perspective on culture. Shorter than other food tours, and only 5 foods, but very nice.

  • 26-Aug-2019

    Christina was an awesome guide - she gave an excellent tour and situated all the food into its historical and cultural context. I got way more out of her tour than just some yummy Finnish food (although I got that too!) She was also super patient with our 4yo daughter (who was being quite naughty) and you could see her enthusiasm for the subject. Thank you so much!

  • 24-Aug-2019

    Christina was an awesome guide - she gave an excellent tour and situated all the food into its historical and cultural context. I got way more out of her tour than just some yummy Finnish food (although I got that too!) She was also super patient with our 4yo daughter (who was being quite naughty) and you could see her enthusiasm for the subject. Thank you so much!

  • 25-Jul-2019

    DO NOT BOOK this tour!! It is extremely overpriced! 305 Euros for myself, my husband, and my 8 year old. It was not even 2 hours and we only visited 3 places. As per the inclusions on the description we were to try different sausages and we were also supposed to be treated to champagne - neither of these happened. Instead we drank Prosecco - not a terrible alternative, but much cheaper than the champagne served at the restaurant. We never tried any sausage at all. We did try raw and smoked salmon and shrimp toast. My eight year old daughter does not eat fish, and there were no other alternatives offered. At the Kappelli restaurant, instead of a shrimp toast, I asked if instead she could have a croissant and this appeared to cause confusion with our tour guide who said the he ‘had to order shrimp toasts for everyone in our party according to the agreement with the company and the restaurant ‘. Finally after some lengthy dialogue, he ‘agreed’ to let her have a croissant. Our tour guide did not enlighten us with much Finland history (food history included), there was some, but not much....again considering the cost. He did cover a lengthy description of Finland’s recycling process...... He was a nice guy, but he should find another part-time gig (I’m sure this is not his full time job). Bottom line- I wish that I had my 300 Euro’s back. For a mere 30 Euro’s we could have all had something great to eat at the Old Market with some money left over for some chocolate or an ice cream.”

  • 14-Sep-2017

    First of all, I want to clarify that our guide, Cornelia, was really great. She was the highlight of the tour, and was very informative and easy to talk to. She answered all our questions and didn't rush us at all, after the tour we discussed how much we enjoyed talking to her. The actual food tour though could have been better organized. There were four tastings but only three stops, two in the indoor market, one at Restaurant Kappeli, and one at a candy store. The market and Kappeli offered delicious food tastings: cheese, cloudberry jam, lamb, mushroom sauce, artichoke soup and a few more. However not one person discussed the food, the food culture, the history of the food, where it came from in Finland, and in Kappeli I was expecting to meet the chef or have someone discuss how they create their recipes. I also would have appreciated a seafood tasting, herring or perch or anything local. Lastly, we went to a candy store that was maybe a 20 minute walk which was nice to see the downtown area and discuss the city with our guide. But the tasting there was one very small piece of chocolate, and the woman who worked there said she didn't know anything about the candy or how/where it is made because she didn't make it, no comments about candy in general or Helsinki or even the piece of chocolate that we ate. We did know that licorice is popular in Finland, but that was about it. I was expecting to have a few different tastes of locally made candy, maybe a tour of where they make it, and some education about where they source their ingredients etc. We ended up buying some candy so we could taste it, and turned out we didn't care for it so it was a waste of money. I was confused to see that other people rated this tour much higher, but perhaps they have not been on very many food tours. As someone who has been on many food tours, I would not recommend this tour unless the company makes some improvements or significantly reduce the price. They need more stops, more education about the food and food culture, and I would suggest discounts on purchases from the vendors that offer the tastings this is pretty standard on all of the food tours I've taken. It was over 100 per person, we had three people so for 300 we could have eaten dinner at Kappeli three times.

  • 13-Sep-2017

    First of all, I want to clarify that our guide, Cornelia, was really great. She was the highlight of the tour, and was very informative and easy to talk to. She answered all our questions and didn't rush us at all, after the tour we discussed how much we enjoyed talking to her. The actual food tour though could have been better organized. There were four tastings but only three stops, two in the indoor market, one at Restaurant Kappeli, and one at a candy store. The market and Kappeli offered delicious food tastings: cheese, cloudberry jam, lamb, mushroom sauce, artichoke soup and a few more. However not one person discussed the food, the food culture, the history of the food, where it came from in Finland, and in Kappeli I was expecting to meet the chef or have someone discuss how they create their recipes. I also would have appreciated a seafood tasting, herring or perch or anything local. Lastly, we went to a candy store that was maybe a 20 minute walk which was nice to see the downtown area and discuss the city with our guide. But the tasting there was one very small piece of chocolate, and the woman who worked there said she didn't know anything about the candy or how/where it is made because she didn't make it, no comments about candy in general or Helsinki or even the piece of chocolate that we ate. We did know that licorice is popular in Finland, but that was about it. I was expecting to have a few different tastes of locally made candy, maybe a tour of where they make it, and some education about where they source their ingredients etc. We ended up buying some candy so we could taste it, and turned out we didn't care for it so it was a waste of money. I was confused to see that other people rated this tour much higher, but perhaps they have not been on very many food tours. As someone who has been on many food tours, I would not recommend this tour unless the company makes some improvements or significantly reduce the price. They need more stops, more education about the food and food culture, and I would suggest discounts on purchases from the vendors that offer the tastings this is pretty standard on all of the food tours I've taken. It was over 100 per person, we had three people so for 300 we could have eaten dinner at Kappeli three times.

  • 24-Aug-2017

    The Helsinki Food Tour was a fabulous experience made even more wonderful by our terrific guide Artem. He was so friendly, easy to talk to and very, very knowledgeable about food and Finland. We did a wonderful tour of the old market with several tastings and then off to the oldest restaurant in the area for some sparking wine and more local delicacies! Highly recommend this tour!

  • 24-Aug-2017

    The Helsinki Food Tour was a fabulous experience made even more wonderful by our terrific guide Artem. He was so friendly, easy to talk to and very, very knowledgeable about food and Finland. We did a wonderful tour of the old market with several tastings and then off to the oldest restaurant in the area for some sparking wine and more local delicacies! Highly recommend this tour!

  • 16-Jun-2017

    Great tour. Great guide, Irene. The Old Market was very interesting and Irene pointed out many of the foods that form part of the food culture of Helsinki. She also had lots of information about Helsinki/Finland history and culture. However, the number of actual food tastings were very limited and the owners/sales people in the stalls/shops should be used more as a resource to inform the Foodies of their particular specialities. Also, we were not asked about any food allergies before/during the tour which should be an integral part of any Food Tour.

  • 16-Jun-2017

    Great tour. Great guide, Irene. The Old Market was very interesting and Irene pointed out many of the foods that form part of the food culture of Helsinki. She also had lots of information about Helsinki/Finland history and culture. However, the number of actual food tastings were very limited and the owners/sales people in the stalls/shops should be used more as a resource to inform the Foodies of their particular specialities. Also, we were not asked about any food allergies before/during the tour which should be an integral part of any Food Tour.

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