During May I visited Helsinki in Finland. We were celebrating my mother and we took the ferry from Stockholm to travel there. I must say that I’m very happy that Viking Line offers vegan options that made the trip easy for me. I noted that onboard the ferry all the restaurants and café had at least one vegan option available. Including the breakfast buffet so it was no trouble at all to be vegan. Quite the contrary.
I don’t have much to report in terms of following my usual vegan food city guide style since this was an 8-hour stay or so in Helsinki. Breakfast for the day was enjoyed onboard the ship before we entered Helsinki.
My observation from walking around Helskinki is that you can absolutely get a vegan cappuccino/latte or even Macha latte at almost any coffee place around the city.
The rumour has it that food in Helsinki should be pretty good.
After some exploring throughout the city, we ended up an old food hall that they now converted into a food court with quaint little restaurants. You could either grab your food and go or stay in small, tiny places and have your food. I’m impressed by the variety that was available and most of the restaurants had one vegan option.
I found a Portuguese restaurant called Petiscaria that had a dish with homemade seitan that I tried and it was very flavourful, I can’t name the spices as I don’t know that cuisine well enough. However, it was a great meal made with high-quality ingredients and a lovely experience for a foodie. Although the juxtaposition of Portuguese food in Finland, is not lost on me :) I recommend to stop by and explore Hietalahti Market food hall if you ever find yourself in Helsinki. It’s a great experience for a vegan foodie.
Located: Lönnrotinkatu 34, 00180 Helsinki, Finland