Services in Lappeenranta and Imatra

In addition to the charming surroundings, friendly people and excellent services await holidaymakers in the Saimaa area.

For those into shopping, South Karelia offers plenty of temptations to explore. In addition to shops offering designer labels, there are small outlets and local markets that are well worth visiting. Besides clothing, you will find plenty of items for the home.

The best way to enjoy the relaxed, pleasant atmosphere is to pop in the idyllic cafés for a coffee break. Visitors are charmed by the local delicacies served in the restaurants and coffee shops of the Saimaa area. Some of the local delicacies include traditional meat pies with amusing names (such as 'vety' - hydrogen and 'atomi' - atom); the 'särä' roast and the renowned Karelian stew.

You should not be surprised if the café owner starts to chat with you – Karelian people are very outgoing and happy to hear what holidaymakers have been up to.

Rantasipi Imatran Valtionhotelli

Dining at the castle restaurant

Enjoy a delicious meal in a historical surrounding at the Rantasipi Imatran Valtionhotelli Linnasali restaurant in Imatra next to the Imatrankoski rapids.

Wanha Makasiini

Wanha Makasiini by Lake Saimaa

Family restaurant Wanha Makasiini is located in a fully renovated historical warehouse. The restaurant is located in the harbour area of Lappeenranta.


Delicious traditional food: Särä

Potatoes and a warm mutton meat dish is worth trying. Taste the oldest dish in Finland. Restaurant Säräpirtti Kippurasarvi is the only restaurant in Finland specialising in a single dish.