Oulu, located in northern Finland, is a great tourist destination with interesting places, good stay options and warm locals. But one thing which cannot be overlooked is certainly the culinary experience of this lively Finnish city. From the eateries to formal dining one can experience a variety of joints with even wider menus. Oulu has some of the high and elegant restaurants where the experience gets rich with the serene backdrop while the bars and clubs are also quite popular.
When in Oulu you can have the international cuisines in the most opulent setting. Istanbul restaurant serves the best Turkish cuisines with an international flavor to it. Located in Kauppurienkatu 11 on Rotuaari, you must make a reservation in advance. One can have the butterfly shrimp for 20 USD and the popular Kuzu Shish for 40 USD. Crecian, the Greek cuisine restaurant is located at Kirkkokatu 55 serves authentic food in a pleasant atmosphere. The food is a good value for money and is served in big proportions. A meal here for two would cost about 75 USD. Ravintola Matala restaurant in promenade 6 has got a wide range of Italian and French cuisines apart from the Finnish dishes. The restaurant is a bit pricey as the 5 course meal with wine costs 120 USD but the service and taste makes it worth.
Amarillo at Kirkkokatu 15 is a happening club cum restaurant with great food. One can enjoy the drinks and food with the wonderful music and even better ambiance. The jalapeno poppers are served for 9 USD and the tantalizing meat steak for 25 USD. Club Graali located in the centre of town has a vast selection of beer and wines. The atmosphere is warm and there is hardly any place to sit after 6 pm.
There are a number of fast food chains and kiosks which offer tasty food at reasonable prices. Nohadra is a gourmet style restaurant which is known has best for its pizzas. Being in a great location of Tuira Merikoski Street, one can get a Nohadrian special pizza for 12 USD and chicken pasta for 16 USD. Flavor palace at Saaristonkatu 5 is for the Chinese lovers. The low priced food without compromising on the taste and quality makes it a popular choice. Savor the deep fried fish for just 14 USD or the vegetable soup for 4.5 USD. Apart from these, the fast food joint Rotuaarin kymppäri Ky located at Kirkkokatu 12 is also a nice one.
If one wants to have a nice coffee in a great atmosphere with a light music then head to Street Cafe. Located at Isokatu 23 at the main street in Oulu, the café has an international style and finest of food. The café serves the best salad bar in the city apart from the baked potatoes and varied ice creams. Open from 10 am till 6 pm on weekdays and 4 pm on Saturdays, one can have a lunch at this café for 10 USD. Cafe Bisketti is an affordable café at Kirkkokatu 8 which has cappuccino and pastries as its specialty. Cafe has a nice atmosphere and is a self service one open all days a week. A lunch on weekdays is priced at 7 USD Kauppatorin Kahvila Makasiini is located at the street corner on Aittatori 1 built in an old warehouse. The café is best known for the shrimp and one can have a coffee and sweet rolls for 10 USD. The place is at its best on a sunny day.
So go ahead and experience the variety of cuisines and food joints in Oulu. You will surely be spoilt for choice.