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Things to do in Tampere

A January 2005 trip to Tampere by StaneStane

Pyynikki Tower Photo, Tampere, Finland More Photos
Quote: Nightlife, pubs, bars, and restaurants

Things to do in Tampere

Overview

Old Library Photo, Tampere, Finland
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City on two beautiful lakes, with about 200 smaller ones scattered around. Go exploring the surrounding nature, and just few minutes out of the city you'll find yourself in lush Scandinavian forest. Särkänniemi amusement park, Mummin museum. Pubs, pubs, pubs... Viikinsari island.Quick Tips: If you are staying for more then few days and your accommodation is out of the city center, buy the monthly bus ticket. Student discounts can be often found in many places, pubs, restaurants, etc. Keep your ISIC card ready. Discount coupons can be found in free daily newspapers or in even phonebooks and junk mail.Best Way To Get Around: Bus or car if you are going out of the city. Most attractions...Read More

Napoli

Restaurant

Napoli Photo, Tampere, Finland
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They serve the best pizza in town, no question about it, and at a reasonable price. They offer a good selection of different sorts of toppings. There are a variety of other Italian dishes as well. The salad bar and coffee is complimentary. This place is one of Tamperes’ favorite spots, so the place might be hard to find on some days. They offer a student discount with valid identification.

www.pizzerianapoli.net

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Napoli
Aleksanterinkatu 31
Tampere, Finland

2h+k

Restaurant

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The name of place means 2 rooms + kitchen, and it really looks and feels like one of those well-decorated, upscale new apartments. The atmosphere of the place is in the same spirit--casual yet smart, warm, and comfortable. The place offers a selection of fine dishes, especially local meals based on fish. Try smoked salmon. Someone might find the prices at this place somewhat greater than in other nearby places, but they are standard for Finland's upscale restaurants. Besides, here, you pay not only for the amount of food you consume but also for the ambience of the place and atmosphere in which you enjoy your dinner.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

2h+k
Aleksanterinkatu 33
Tampere, Finland

Poncho

Restaurant

Poncho Photo, Tampere, Finland
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Although Hervanta has an abundance of pubs and fast-food joints, Poncho is the only proper restaurant in this suburb of Tampere city. Judging by the name and most of the menu, it is supposed to be a Mexican restaurant, but you can find a variety of Italian and local dishes also. The whole place is discreetly decorated with Mexican motives, but tastefully, so the overall feel of elegant Scandinavian minimalism is not interrupted. The food is very good, especially the Mexican part of menu or pizzas. The place offers vegetarian dishes also. This place is favorite dining spot for professors of Technical University of Tampere, which is situated just 100m from the restaurant. The student populatio...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Poncho
Insinöörinkatu 38
Tampere, Finland

Bistro Venla

Restaurant

Bistro Venla Photo, Tampere, Finland
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We are always on the lookout for a good place for a quick cup of coffee during the endless Saturday morning shopping spree. Bistro Venla at the first glance looked as a great idea. It’s situated right at our usual shopping route it looks pretty and even has a couple of tables outside on the pavement on nice sunny days. It offers a good variety of pastries to go with your coffee. The coffee it self is usual Finnish affair, perhaps not suited for more refined south European tastes but it is still quite enjoyable and refreshing. Their apple pie was excellent although cheese cake was a bit dry. For a quick snack you we recommend you to try some of their salads. Bistro offers a pretty decent selection of r...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 27, 2005

Bistro Venla
Kauppakatu 6
Tampere, Finland
+358 (03) 212 5505

Chinese Restaurant

Restaurant | "Chinese place in Aleksanterinkatu"

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When in a new town and you want good food, don't go to tourist traps your guidebook recommends. Go to the places locals go. At one point, Tampere got crazy about Kari-Kana. I know it sounds Japanese, but it's really just carryout chicken from this tiny Chinese place. It’s a small and ugly restaurant with just a few tables and a back-room kitchen that steams like a witch is boiling god knows what there, but the food is excellent and they do takeaways. This place is a definite must, even if you are not in search for a quick snack!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2005

Chinese Restaurant
Aleksanterinkatu
Tampere, Finland

Bodega Salud

Restaurant

Bodega Salud Photo, Tampere, Finland
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When they say tapas, they mean strawberries! This place comes usually very highly recommended by tourist guides and such, but in fact, it's just an expensive tourist trap with big fancy plates and small portions, and a hefty price tag to match. The food is not bad; it's just not what it is advertised to be. Okay, most of it is Spanish by origin, but served way too fancy to be anything near the original. This is the place where yuppies bring their dates to impress, and that is an error in itself, because the place is not romantic at all. It’s decorated in the old to familiar style, what tourist organizations think tourists expect from a Spanish place. To sum it up, it's fancy, it's expensive, and it's ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 28, 2005

Bodega Salud
Tuomiokirkonkatu 19
Tampere, Finland
+358 (03) 233 4400

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Unless you like restaurants decorated with fake cave drawings, wooden shields, and stuffed animals, avoid this place. It's a tourist trap 100%. It's advertised everywhere and situated in the middle of the main street, so it's pretty hard not to notice. It's supposed to serve "Viking" food, whatever that means. Sure enough, there are a lot of things, like pheasant and reindeer meat, but since when did Vikings eat such little meals? The beer selection is also very limited. Service was terribly slow one time we were there, even though the restaurant was mostly empty. A good point is that there are not many places where you can fit 20 people at one table, but prices were way too big for the fun we had.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 28, 2005

Viking Restaurant Harald
Hämeenkatu 23
Tampere, Finland
+358 3 213 8380

Vanha Vanilja

Restaurant

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When they say Vanilja, they mean Vanilla. The smell hits you like a brick wall, and I could even swear that there was a hint of frankincense there. The place looks like if you would take all the old stuff from your grannies attic and dumped it in her salon. No two things match in color or style, but the age unites them. The cookies and pastries tasted great. Don’t expect old grannies handing out the cookies; it's self service, so you have to pick them yourself and pour your own coffee. The prices are above the average, but hey, so was the experience.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 28, 2005

Vanha Vanilja
Kuninkaankatu 15
Tampere, Finland

Vappu

Attraction

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This is the main celebration of Vappu festival. Vappu is the biggest student celebration of the year. Festivities last for almost a month from beginning of the April, with various student parties and live concerts. The climax of the festival is the Vappu night party in city center on the April 30 and the central celebration on May 1. The main event includes the dipping of freshmen-year students in cold lake water, a wacky sight that must be seen.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Vappu
Tampere
Tampere, Finland

O'Connell's Irish Bar

Attraction | "O'Connells Irish Pub"

O'Connell's Irish Bar Photo, Tampere, Finland
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Good ol' Irish pub with the soul and just the right feel to it. Beer is good--Irish, German, English, Czech, and local Finnish brands. Prices are Finland standard of 4 to 5 euros for a half liter of beer. You can indulge in a selection of whiskys also, or try one of Joel's cocktails. Go and watch a game of football/hockey on the big screen in the upstairs room for the full pub experience. There are live Irish music shows from time to time and special events for St. Patrick's and major Finnish holidays. O'Connell's is an excellent place to start the weekend night off or for a nice pint of beer on weekdays as well.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

O'Connell's Irish Bar
Rautatienkatu 24
Tampere, Finland 33100
+358 3 222 7032

Europa

Attraction | "Cafe Europa"

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Cafe Europa is the favorite place of international students in city of Tampere. The ground level of the place is a café/pub, while the first floor represents an old-school disco. The place looks and feels like a salon of an old mansion, with intentionally slightly rundown antique furniture with a trash/glamour, grungy kind of flavour. It’s the kind of place where you can immediately sink into comfy armchairs, yet the snappy choice of up-to-date music makes it dynamic and fresh at every moment, be it during afternoon coffee or late evening. Don't miss 3€ gin and tonics during happy hour. The second floor is an old-fashioned disco that goes really well with current ‘80s revival trend. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Europa
Aleksanterinkatu 29 A
Tampere, Finland 33100
+358 3 223 5526

Doris

Attraction

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Ay Doris, for reasons unknown, is one of THE places in Tampere--dark, underground, and full of students, with cartoon pictures on the walls. They charge for the entrance (no Visa Electron accepted), and you can expect a queue. If there is no queue, don't bother to enter--it's a dead night, and the place is probably deserted. They get all sorts of people down there and know how to deal with them, so no drunk and disorderly conduct! Music is kind of god-knows-what, but you can recognize rock there at the moment, if anything. The place has its rough, down-and-dirty charms and looks best after four beers. Real fun starts to happen after 1am. Don't bother coming earlier.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Doris
Aleksanterinkatu 20
Tampere, Finland 33100
+358 3 272 0212

Särkänniemen Akvaario

Attraction | "Särkänniemi"

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Oi oi oi, come right up! Seven attractions of Särkänniemi: Aquarium Planetarium Children's Zoo Observation Tower Amusement Park Delphinarium Art Museum All-around family fun--everything you can expect from an amusement park here in the heart of Finland, including jumping dolphins and Orca whales! A rollercoaster even! Wait for a sunny day and jump on the opportunity. Added bonus: Näsinneula is the highest tower in Scandinavia, and the view stretches for hundreds of kilometers to surrounding woods and lakes of Finland! The park is closed during winher (the dolphins might freeze), so check on the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Särkänniemen Akvaario
Särkänniemi
Tampere, Finland 33230
+358 3 248 8111

Pyynikki Tower

Attraction

Pyynikki Tower Photo, Tampere, Finland
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This is the best way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon after the long Saturday night on the town. Pyynikki Tower is an old observation tower on an oasis of forest in the middle of the city. It's an easy 10-minute stroll up the hill. Situated in the tower it self is a charming little café with the best doughnuts in the town. The ridge it self separates two biggest lakes in the city, and the tower offers spectacular views of the whole surrounding area. After you have had your sweets and coffee, you can continue your afternoon stroll down the hill, through woods, and all the way to the small beach on the lake.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Pyynikki Tower
Pyynikki ridge
Tampere, Finland

Moomin Museum

Attraction

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It's Moomin time in Moomin Land! For all the fans of this cute kid's comic book's characters, Moomin Museum in Tampere is a must-see place!

The peace and good emotions that these lovely creatures radiate are the best kinds of entertainment you can offer your kids! And the best way to educate them about positive values in life... Moomin Land as the world should be!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Moomin Museum
Metso Library
Tampere, Finland

Pispala

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Pispala Photo, Tampere, Finland
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If you are with the family or a just a lonely wonderer looking for a nice way to spend the Sunday afternoon, you will find this walking tour interesting. The best way to reach it is by taking any of the busses labeled Pyynikkintori and riding them to the last station. Tampere was the heart of Finland's industry, and Pispala started off as a workers quarter full of wooden houses that families built themselves. Each one of these bright-colored wooden buildings gives us a chance to glimpse at the old days of hard work and family love. They offer a stark contrast to most of modern gray architecture that most of Tampere seams to consist of. Surrounded by the forest and situated on Pyynikki ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Pispala
Pispalan harju
Tampere, Finland 33250

Viikinsaari island

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Viikinsaari island in Pyhäjärvi Lake is the favorite picnic spot of Tampere. It takes only 20 minutes by boat to get there from the center of Tampere city. It's a perfect place of a family day out. It's one of these places where you can go to escape to nature and enjoy some peace in the woods. Just the perfect way to unwind and relax on slow, quiet walks around the island and then a cup of coffee in the cafe.

The ferry ticket costs about 6 euros for the adults, and boats operate each day during summer months.

Verkaranta

Story/Tip

Verkaranta Photo, Tampere, Finland
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Now, this is sophisticated, posh place, a gallery of handcrafted art items and a very good café as well. It is situated right in the epicenter of Tampere. The balcony of the café overlooks the Tamerkoski rapids and offers splendid view of historical factory district of the city. It is a very enjoyable place, the perfect spot for a mid-morning cup of coffee.

Comming to Tampere

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Tampere is very well connected so if you want to reach it you have many choices of means of transportation. Pirkala is Tampere's small international airports with conenctions via Helsinki to all major European destinations and direct flights to most big nordic cities. Ryan Air is the oly budget airline that has direct flights from Tampere, to London, Frankfurt and Riga. Rian Air provides its own bus transportation from Pirkala Airport to Tampere city center. The other choice would be arriving from Helsinki. There is a direct buss line every 30mins from Helsinki Vantaa airport. Ride lasts two and a half hours and the ticket in one direction costs 20 euros. Bus starts from 1C platform di...Read More