In Saimaa, Finland, the Finns enjoy the summer, they enjoy coffee and they enjoy beer. Everyone wants to get out and enjoy the sunshine while it’s there, and the perfect accompaniment to any stroll in the harbours of Mikkeli or Savonlinna is a coffee break in one of the local cafés or a cool pint of beer at one of the local bars. Cafés in Savonlinna and Mikkeli will also have a range of local delicacies like pastries and other snacks that you’ll want to try during your stay.
There’s a constant relaxed holiday atmosphere here. With the frequent festivals and events on in the area, there’s a lot of characteristically welcoming Finnish cafés, bars, pubs, restaurants and street food to accommodate them so you’ll not feel rushed out the door as you might be in other countries.
Bars and cafés in Mikkeli
Cafés in Mikkeli include the café Nanda which is great for when you fancy a light snack or a drink. They have a variety of Finnish pastries and other snacks on offer and, of course, tea, coffee and other beverages. Rich and cheesy pastries with smoked reindeer for example are a real delight to the taste buds.
Cafés in Mikkeli marketplace, are local’s favourites during summer time. Just as in Savonlinna’s marketplace, here you can try the traditional Finnish lörtsy (pronounced lert-sue), a folded pastry very specific to the local area of Saimaa. It’s generally deep fried but can be sweet or savoury with a range of fillings such as meats, fish, creamy salads or jams.