Lappeenranta Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Lappeenranta

January 10, 2018 Malia Yoakum

Lappeenranta (Swedish: Villmanstrand) is a city and municipality situated on the shore of the lake Saimaa in southeastern Finland, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the Russian border. It belongs to the region of South Karelia. With approximately 73,000 inhabitants (31 August 2017) Lappeenranta is the 13th largest city in Finland. The neighboring municipality of Joutseno was consolidated with Lappeenranta on January 1, 2009, and the neighboring municipality of Ylämaa on January 1, 2010. Lappeenranta is known as an international university city in Finland with Lappeenranta University of Technology and Saimaa University of Applied Sciences which together have approximately 13,000 students from 68 countries. Lappeenranta is also a commercial centre of South-East Finland and the meeting point of the EU and Russia, 215 km from both Helsinki and St. Petersburg. Location on the southern shore of Lake Saimaa makes the city the region’s centre for tourism. Lappeenranta is the second most visited city by Russian tourists in Finland after Helsinki and it competes with Helsinki for the largest share of tax-free sales in Finland. Lappeenranta is a model for renewable energies and a clean living environment. Lappeenranta was the only Finnish city among the 14 finalists in the international Earth Hour City Challenge 2014, organized by WWF.
Things to do in Lappeenranta

1. Wolkoff

Kauppakatu 26, Lappeenranta 53100, Finland Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Highchairs Available European, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$118 - HK$432 +358 5 4150320
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 185 reviews

Wolkoff

Reviewed By Juhani P

This small boutique restaurant is a hidden gem. Top class food, fresh, delicious, and well prepared. Friendly service. Small late 18th century wooden house that seat perhaps 50 people max.
A brief, but very interesting wine list that also serves many wines by the glass. Local purveyors provide many of the ingredients, such as fish, game and vegetables.
The fine dining food is not cheap, but it is worth the money.

2. Sarapirtti Kippurasarvi

Rantatie 1 | Lemi, Lappeenranta 54710, Finland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Scandinavian Dinner, Lunch +358 5 4146470
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 79 reviews

Sarapirtti Kippurasarvi

Reviewed By HL65 - Heinola, Finland

We were surprised what kind of a place this was; the expectations were quite different. Säräpirtti is a very classy and nice restaurant with a beautiful location. The introduction held by the staff was really nice and raised expectations for the food. And the food: simple, delicious and very filling. Only tender lamb seasoned with salt, potatoes, bread and finally sweet raisin soup as a dessert. A bit pricey but on acceptable level considering the premises and the service. This place is really worth a visit, definitely more than just a lunch or dinner.

3. Coffee house Majurska

Kristiinankatu 1, Lappeenranta 53900, Finland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating Cafe, European, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Brunch +358 3 5854530554
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 201 reviews

Coffee house Majurska

Reviewed By Philip Z - London, England, United Kingdom

We visited Laapenranta fortress on a cool drizzly day, so were just looking for a place to get a warm cup of coffee. We saw the sign & went in, only to have a pleasant surprise of stepping back about a century to the era of the Russian tsar!
The woman serving wore a traditional white apron (& was polite and helpful). We got our coffees but couldn't resist the array of (mainly homemade) cakes. I had a thick pancake with strawberry jam and my wife had a light raspberry pie with vanilla cream. We sat at a table surrounded by antique kitsch & enjoyed the Imperial air of the place.
On the way out we discovered a shop & workshop selling arts, crafts & clothes at the far end of the same building.

4. Rosso Lappeenranta

Kauppakatu 29-31, Lappeenranta 53100, Finland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +358 10 7621420
Excellent
24%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
9%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 133 reviews

Rosso Lappeenranta

Reviewed By TheFlyingSuitcase - Copenhagen

Relaxed place, good food, attentive and friendly personnel. this is not a place for fine dining and need to dress up but more a family restaurant with Italian and steakhouse cuisine. Fitted well for what I expected this evening and I enjoyed a good steak and 2 large beers.
Steak was about 24 euro, beers 6 euro , pizzas can be enjoyed at between 11-16 euros.

5. Wanha Makasiini Bistro

Satamatie 4, Lappeenranta 53900, Finland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards European Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +358 10 6668611
Excellent
37%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 132 reviews

Wanha Makasiini Bistro

New restaurant in Lappeenranta Finland

Reviewed By Vikingbymarriage - Washington DC, District of Columbia

The service was excellent. The food was good, at least the escargot and the others at our table enjoyed theirs. My white fish was dry though, and rather tasteless. But with good company, it didn't make much difference.

6. Coffee House

Kauppakatu 29-31, Lappeenranta, Finland Seating, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, European Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch +358 10 7621350
Excellent
35%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

Coffee House

Reviewed By RunnerJaime - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

probably the nicest coffee house in Lappeenranta. price is very reasonable and its open till late night. A lot of people hang out here at night to have tea and coffee. their organic tea selection is quite nice.

7. Cafe Violet

Kauppakatu 28, Lappeenranta 53100, Finland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout Cafe, Turkish Dinner
Excellent
52%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Cafe Violet

Reviewed By TravelerBelgium - Belgium

Violet is the best place for coffee and cake in Lappeenranta!
There is a big selection of pretty pastries, cookies and cakes (not just the usual Finnish "pulla" and berry pie), and a healthier option of dried-fruits-and-nuts bites.
The Paulig coffee they serve is good (but beware - the cappuccino is a bit too milky, more like a latte).
Their Terrace is great, and if you are in a group who can't decide whether to go for a beer or coffee the good news is that Violet's Terrace is right next to Teerenpeli brewery cafe and they don't seem to mind if customers buy from both establishments.

8. Wolkoff Wine & Beer Cellar

Ainonkatu 5, Lappeenranta 53100, Finland Seating, Waitstaff European, Wine Bar Dinner, Drinks +358 5 4150330
Excellent
63%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Wolkoff Wine & Beer Cellar

Reviewed By Kallukka - Vantaa, Finland

I was going for a lunch to Restaurant Wolkoff but because it was under renovation the lunch was served in the Wolkoff Wine Cellar instead. It was actually a nice opportunity to check the wine cellar since I hadn't been there before. I suppose that the lunch is not normally served in the wine cellar but in the restaurant itself. However, the lunch was composed of salad, soup and bread.The plate of salad you could select from a good variety of salad ingredients. The mildly boiled, aniseed flavoured celery was excellent. The soup of the day was of minced meat and it was very tasty. Also a cup of coffee was included in the lunch. The service was very friendly and uncomplicated. I felt welcome. The atmosphere of the wine cellar is cozy and I can imagine that in its main function as an evening restaurant it is a very pleasant place to spend some evening hours. Must check the wine selection at some point!

9. Konditoria Aleksanteri

Valtakatu 42, Lappeenranta 53100, Finland Seating Cafe, European Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +358 40 0622388
Excellent
69%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Konditoria Aleksanteri

Reviewed By kaisal67 - Lappeenranta, Finland

I love delicious cakes, buns and salty filled pies and sandwiches they have. Everything is fresh and well- done. They also serve delicious karelian breakfast on Saturdays, which should not be missed! There is not too much space upstairs but more room downstairs, though no daylight there.

10. Lappeenrannan Kasino

Ainonkatu 10, Lappeenranta 53100, Finland Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible European, Scandinavian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +358 20 7613761
Excellent
17%
Good
71%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Lappeenrannan Kasino

Reviewed By Yuri B - Kiev, Ukraine

While staying at nearby hotel Lappeenranta Spa i came to the restaurant for breakfast which was actually decent.Moreover, I participated in corporate night party there and can I conclude the meals were very delicious and the service was fast and friendly.Historical style of the building and harbor shore location make this place actually attractive.

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