EATS: Hideouts in Helsinki

Whether you hate it or love it, autumn is upon us.

With it comes its special batch of seasonal goodness from heavy cardigans to stiffer drinks – as well as a new batch of local hideouts perfect for lightening up the dark and rainy evenings. Grab our three picks for the best restaurants right now to ease the pain.

 
Bronda. © BW-Ravintolat

Bronda. © BW-Ravintolat

BRONDA

Eteläesplanadi 20, 00130 HELSINKI

From salmon sashimis and scallops to lamb neck and roasted chicken wings with kombu butter, every dish coming out of the kitchen is made with love and presented with grace and finesse. The food at Bronda is to die for, but it makes our list also for its impeccable interior and feeling. While not literally a hideout – there's the generous view to the beautiful Esplanadi Park – Bronda feels cozy whether you're having a drink or enjoying an intimate dinner with your loved ones. We're not the only ones to notice: according to The Guardian, Bronda's interior is one of the 10 coolest in the world. The Guardian's pick was based on Gestalten's book "Let's go out again".

Go for the Menu Esplanad (57€) and ask for the sommelier's wine package (59€).

 
Kämp Burger. © Brasserie Kämp

Kämp Burger. © Brasserie Kämp

BRASSERIE KÄMP

Pohjoisesplanadi 29, 00100 HELSINKI

Situated inside the luxurious and historic hotel Kämp in downtown Helsinki, Brasserie Kämp is often overlooked for its perceived upper class-vibe. The interior is definitely luxurious, and combined with the nowadays endangered old-school service attitude, the restaurant gives off an understandably daunt-ish feeling. Regardless, Kämp offers some of the best food in Helsinki in a beautiful setting with top notch service. With its down-to-earth food and discreet service, Kämp provides a beautiful setting for an intimate and cozy dinner with your closest ones. The brasserie serves food all day: you can also stop by for afternoon tea.

Kämp Burger (24€), picked best in Helsinki by many. Menus available.

 

MURU

Fredrikinkatu 41, 00120 HELSINKI

It doesn't get much cozier than this. Muru, in the heart of Helsinki, is built on the idea that whatever comes out of the kitchen must be something the founders would want to eat themselves. Presentation, atmosphere – it's all something they'd enjoy. And boy, do they know what they're talking about. Built around traditional French cuisine, delicate flavors and fresh ingredients are headlining the show. To make sure the latter comes through, Muru has their own garden with fresh herbs and veggies ripe for picking. The menus change daily, so it's always an adventure. Naturally, you can also stop by and enjoy a quick bite or a glass of wine at the bar. But whatever you pick, you won't leave disappointed: this is the top hideout in Helsinki.

Menus change daily, which is irrelevant, because everything at Muru is amazing.