Updated: Jul 26, 2021

Our food experiences in Lapland, Finland

We spent one week in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland from 28th October to 4th November, living in an Airbnb flat. We were self-catering so had to go to shopping every day, bought foods and drinks for breakfast and dinner. Once in a day we ate hot meals in restaurants, it was a good opportunity for us to try different restaurants each day.

Diverse and delicious

Before our travel we were afraid of getting meals without any spices, expected lot of fish and potato, simply and tasteless meals. Despite of our expectations we’ve got really delicious meals. We tasted not only the Lappish cuisine, but also Chinese, Swedish, Russian and Mexican ones. Foods were tasty, portions and prices are correct.

In most of the restaurants we could find a smart and cheap solution: buffet lunch. Available on several places, price is 10-12 EUR and you can choose from lot of meals: soup, fresh cold salads, main courses and soft drinks, tea or coffee.

Shopping in supermarkets

Almost every day we went to shopping to K-supermarket, which is the most frequent food store in Rovaniemi. Selection of foods and quality is very high (I think more than in some UK supermarket), we could find delicious foods for breakfast or dinner: cold meats, tomato, paprika, salads, fresh crusty breads, rolls, biscuits, ice cream, yoghurt, fruit tea and many more… Prices are incredibly high (3-4 times more expensive) compare with those in the UK.

In supermarkets you can find the classical Lappish foods: smoked salmon, fresh salmon meat, reindeer, moose or bear salami, reindeer chips (dried smoked sausage), local fruit jams (blueberry, cloudberry, raspberry…), cheese and many more. Prices of reindeer, moose or bear meat products are rather high.

Fazer chocolates is the most common locally produced chocolate (from Vantaa, Helsinki), large selection on the shelves, worth to buy some bars for your loved one

Food experiences in Rovaniemi city center

Lordi square and shopping malls are popular spots in Rovaniemi , where in the neighbourhoods tourists and locals can find several very nice restaurants, cafés, eateries.

We taste-tested them:

Freija Cat Café (Freija Kissakahvila)

Tsar Restaurant

RAX buffet

Xiang Long Chinese restaurant

Comico Restaurant

Buffet lunch after lunchtime in Inari

Inari is a nice small town on the far North, with breath