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Living Like A Foodie in Finland - The Turku Food Walk

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Living Like A Foodie in Finland - The Turku Food Walk

Paula Gaston

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!