Savonlinna is a city of local delicacies, fresh local food and fish, and craftspeople. Fresh produce from Lake Saimaa and the surrounding countryside are the basis of restaurants in and around Savonlinna. Vendace, especially Puruvesi vendace, is a particular favourite! As well as local food, Savonlinna also offers international cuisine.
The coffeehouse culture of Savonlinna is of its own kind. Inside the wooden houses of Savonlinna’s Old Town, there are distinctive little cafes and summer restaurants. The market square of Savonlinna must be one of the most beautiful places in our country to have a marketplace coffee. People bring their boats to the marketplace since the guest harbour is right next to it. From the Savonlinna area comes its own coffeehouse delicacy, the lörtsy. Either savoury or sweet, this baked treat has spread around the country, but the most authentic ones are only found in Savonlinna.
As for shopping, Savonlinna and the areas around it offer many unique local products and souvenirs, and high quality fashion and design from Finland and abroad. You can shop for yourself, for gifts for friends and family or for your home; Savonlinna offers a variety of ideas and options.
Savonlinna is a city of craftspeople. Olavinlinna castle was built towards the end of 1400 AD, and during that time people of different skills started coming to the area to make what was needed in the castle. From that time onwards Savonlinna has had all manner of skilled craftspeople. Nowadays you can find their workshops and boutiques in the old part of Savonlinna in Linnankatu, and at the old railway station.
Come and taste local and international delicacies and discover Savonlinna and its beautiful surrounding areas!