How easy is it to continue being a vegetarian in Finland? What and from where to buy vegetarian food? In this guide, we tell you all!
Finland is one of the most vegetarian-friendly countries in the EU. Compared to the old times, vegetarianism has become more spread out over the years, and it is becoming easier to find proper vegetarian food in Finland.
What vegetarian food to buy in Finland?
There is relatively wide range of options of veggie food in any decent supermarket.
There are many soya products and good ranges of organic products, fresh organic eggs and milk available in all the major supermarket chains.
Finding textured vegetarian protein (TVP) is also quite easy because these are sold even in mid-sized local markets. Tofu is also available but might be a bit pricy.
There is also plenty of cheese, of which large number of it is made in Finland.
You can also find variety of vegetables in Finland, including affordable fresh root vegetables and large selections of frozen vegetables. Potatoes, swede and parsnips are very common and quite cheap.
In addition, there are good selections of canned food. Fruits are largely imported, which naturally increases the price (especially in winter), but many are still within reasonable price range.
Mushrooms are also popular amongst vegetarians in Finland as well as non-vegetarians because there are a large variety of mushrooms that grow in Finland. Chanterelle especially is a must have for dinner! You can conjure up a number of delicious meals with this wonderful ingredient!
If you eat fish, then Finland is the right place to be.
Larger supermarkets offer range of fishes from roach to sea salmon and pike perch. These supermarkets offer the fresh caught fish on the counters as well as ones in factory-made packages.
Recipe tip for a vegetarian family
Katkarapukampela – a fillet of bread-crumbed flounder stuffed with shrimps. Baked or fried, either way easy and tasty!
Veggie burgers can be found ready-made in shops as well as in restaurants. You may also find soy sausages in larger supermarkets.
Where to buy from?
The obvious choice is large supermarket chains, as well as your local shops where you can find the essentials. If you are looking for something special, you may try different ethnic stores, especially Asian food chains. You may also try these:
– Ruohonjuuri (Helsinki, Tampere, Turku)
– Punnitse ja Säästä (Helsinki, Oulu, Tampere, Turku)
– Sinunkaupat (numerous locations)
– Ekokauppa Ekolo (Jyväskylä)
– Runsaudensarvi (Tampere)
Thai and Indian restaurants have received positive feedback of their vegetarian menus, such as tofu dishes.
There are also many notified vegetarian restaurants in many cities, including Helsinki, Tampere, Turku, Jyväskylä, Vantaa, Oulu, Salo, Kuusamo, Lohja, Maarianhamina, Padasjoki, Pietarsaari, Hämeenkyrö, and Porvoo.
Great way to start your search would be to give a try to our dining directories at Finnbay or include the ones you enjoyed!