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Living Like A Foodie in Finland – The Turku Food Walk

Next our road trip in Finland brought us to Turku. We drove from my hometown, Kokkola to Heinävesi and visited the Valamo Monastery, and from there to a summer cottage in Rääkkylä. We saw the Nightwish exhibition in Kitee, travelled to Vyborg, Russia via the Saimaa Canal, and spent a day in Porvoo. It was time to go back to Helsinki, and why not, since we were lucky to be able to test the famous Rock’n Rose Room in Radisson Blu Aleksanteri.

*Our trip was made possible by Visit Turku, but as always, all opinions are my own.

When visiting new places, we always like to walk a lot. We feel like we can see more local life that way and experience new things. Turku is not totally new to us, but we have never really explored what it has to offer for foodies. It was time to correct this oversight since Visit Turku offered us the Food Walk card for our stay in Turku. And what could be nicer than a walk by the Aura River looking for new restaurant experiences? 


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The Turku Food Walk is a card sold by Visit Turku which will guide you through some tasty experiences. The card is valid three days from the first restaurant purchase, and one can choose five restaurants out of ten participating businesses. Different restaurant offer different things, so one can choose to have an appetizer, main course and dessert all in different places. What an excellent idea for those who like to try out new restaurants! The price for the card is 44€ (drinks are not included).  


Panimoravintola Koulu; Brewery Sausage Plate along with the trimmings

Panimoravintola Koulu; Brewery Sausage Plate along with the trimmings


Grill it! Marina’s Pulled Pork Burger

Grill it! Marina’s Pulled Pork Burger

Participating restaurants are located at walking distance from each others so one does not need a car to get around. We found it actually quite nice to walk a little bit before the next course. In the mean time, we stopped at a local church or museum. We divided our restaurant visits on different days and tried different kinds of restaurants. There is everything on the list from fine dining to pub food or even cafeterias. Last time we visited Turku my husband got the best cinnamon bun (pulla) of his life at Cafe Art. So of course we headed there one morning for some coffee and pulla. 


While hubby was enjoying pulla, I tried some mango chocolate cake

While hubby was enjoying pulla, I tried some mango chocolate cake

This concept is great for me since I often think that I would like to visit several restaurants on my vacation, but there is not enough time. Usually one eats the whole meal in one restaurant, but with Food Walk it can be divided into several different spots. I recommend reading something about the participating restaurants and what they are offering beforehand. That helped us a lot while choosing where to go!

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  1. This Food Walk card looks like a great idea. Narrowing down where to eat when traveling is always tough and this seems really helpful. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Food Walk Card is something a unique way to promote food and traditional cuisine. It is good that Visit Turku sells Food Card for 44Euro and that too valid for 3 days. And also finding new restaurants while walking along the riverside must be a fun thing to do in Turku.

    1. Yes, this was the first time I used this kind of a card and I haven’t seen other Finnish cities offering one. It requires a lot of co-operation from participating businesses.

  3. Wow! This Food Walk card is a wonderful idea. My hometwon here in the Philippines is known to be a food haven and food tourism is one of the city’s key industries. So, I think this is something that we can offer for tourists and even locals.

    Thank you for the inspiration. I just shared this with my colleagues in the tourism industry.

  4. What a great idea! I’ve never heard of anywhere having a food walk card, but it really is a great way to experience a few different restaurants. Narrowing down where to eat is always a tough one for us when we travel, so I love this idea. And the walk between courses…I mean, that’s such a nice way to slow down the day and the experience.

  5. There is no better way to see a city and discover then by foot and the food walk at Turku sure looks a very interesting one. Plenty of choice and looks very tempting. There is a good amount of participation from restaurants and cafes from around. Had never heard of this place but one you have presented well and now is on my list. Amar Singh

  6. Thank you for making me so hungry Paula! I’ve a lovely friend in Turku and she’s always inviting me to come and visit. Going by the food scene there, and this walk, I’m sold! That pulled pork burger looks delicious!

  7. Thank you for making me so hungry Paula! I’ve a lovely friend in Turku and she’s always inviting me to come and visit. Going by the food scene there, and this walk, I’m sold! That pulled pork burger looks delicious!

  8. I’ve never heard of a food walk like this one in Turku, Finland. I like the idea of a card good for several days and picking five out of the ten restaurants. Looks like there was a good variety of choices too!

  9. I’ve been dying to go to Finland and this food is making me want to go even more. That chocolate cake looks delicious! Did you go anywhere else besides Turku?

    1. Yes, the most of the time we stayed at my family’s house in Kokkola. But we also did a pretty long road trip from Western Finland to Eastern Finland, and to Southern parts like Helsinki and Porvoo.

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