Helsinki's Balcony to the Sea
The best view of Helsinki opens upon arrival by boat: it is view of a white, fresh city full of expectations. Restaurant Saaristo on the Klippan island, where history breaths life on all surroundings, offers the same view and atmosphere for your enjoyment. You can see the Empire-Helsinki skyline in the North and the ingenious walls and bastions of King Gustav style Suomenlinna in the South.And right where you are, in this atmospheric Jugend style villa that was built in 1898, you can admire the crafty and romantic Jugend style wood cuts and wood-carved animals in the beams and balconies.
Both the building and the restaurant have a vivid and long history. The best stories come from peoples’ personal memories. These memories reveal languid dinners during summer’s nightless nights gazing at the sea, passionate dancing of youth on the dance floor and the long, alcohol-drenched lunches. This restaurant has been the scene for many crayfish season festivities with their schnapps songs, multiple wedding waltzes and business parties. For Eino Leino, the Finnish poet, this was the ultimate place to celebrate Vappu, First of May. There are many memories and stories to choose from. Ultimately they are all connected by the bright Finnish summers, strong emotions and Helsinki. Your visit to Saaristo will be a part of this continuum of over a hundred years. We wish that your visit will become a tradition and many wonderful memories will remain with you.
Scandinavian tastes, Sunday Brunches, Summery Lunches, Crayfish parties...
Saaristo's menu offers the best delicacies of Scandinavian cuisine. Sunday Brunch is served every Sunday from 19th of May until 1st of September and summery lunch is served weekdays from 13th of May until end of August. From 22nd of July until end of September it's time for traditional crayfish parties.
A connection boat serves from the Saaristo's pier located south of the Olympia terminal, next to the Peace Statue. The boat fee will automatically be added to your restaurant bill.
We wish you warmly welcome!
Juha Laatikainen Ryan Lumb
Restaurant manager Head Chef
Klippan, 00140 Helsinki, Finland
Puh. +358 9 7425 5590
Celebrations for over 100 years already!