“Now there is an even better reason to arrive at the airport early and enjoy the international atmosphere and Finnish experiences. The revamping of Helsinki Airport spotlights Finnish work and expertise, as the majority of the services to be opened are Finnish,” says Nora Immonen, Finavia’s VP and Director of the Commercial Services Business Unit at Helsinki Airport.
In total, 17 new restaurants and shops will open at Helsinki Airport during the summer and autumn. The new services will create about 170 new jobs at the airport. Approximately 3,000 square metres of additional retail space will be completed, which will expand the retail space in the terminal to 29,000 square metres.
A total of ten new restaurants and cafés will open in the summer. These include the Bastard Burgers burger restaurant, Fafa’s, which serves mostly vegetarian food, and the casual Toastery café. The legendary Oak Barrel will add plenty of seats and expand its menu during the summer, but otherwise the pub, which is a favourite of many passengers, will remain the same.
In the autumn of 2023, seven new shops will open. The shops include, for example, the eco shop Ruohonjuuri, Moomin Shop, Kankurin Tupa’s year-round Christmas shop and the jewellery and design shop Via Minnet.
Most of the restaurants and shops are located in the new and exciting service and meeting area, which is currently being built on the site of the former departures hall. Helsinki Airport’s major service revamp and the completion of the service and meeting area will also be the culmination of Finavia’s 10-year investment programme, which will end in the autumn.
Fact box: Helsinki Airport’s new restaurants, cafés and shops
- Asian Kitchen, an Asian restaurant
- Bastard Burgers, a burger restaurant
- Fafa’s, a Finnish mostly vegetarian restaurant
- Souvenir shop Finspiration by Kankurin Tupa
- Year-round Christmas shop by Kankurin Tupa
- Kaffet Bakery, a café specialised in baked goods
- Moomin Shop
- Pala Pizza Bar, a pizzeria
- Robert’s Coffee, a Finnish café
- Ruohonjuuri, an eco shop
- Toastery Café & Bar, a Finnish café
- Tori Kitchen & Café, a Finnish café
- Relove, a second-hand shop
- Subway 24/7, a sandwich restaurant
- Starbucks, a café
- Via Minnet, a jewellery and design shop
- Boss & Ralph Lauren, a clothes shop