Cafés and Restaurants

In Koli, Juuka, Vuonislahti and Lieksa

Restaurants and cafés in Koli and Juuka
Unique tastes

Unique, authentic places to eat are a characteristic and strength of the Koli tourism area. Each restaurant is different: some draw inspiration from the Karelian food traditions, others from international flavours.

See below our cafes and restaurants. Enjoy your meal!

Break Sokos Hotel Koli Grill it! Restaurant

Grill it! is a Scandinavian restaurant at Break Sokos Hotel Koli in the heart of Koli National Park. Grill it! combines grilling, carefully selected ingredients, and a unique setting with an emphasis on steaks. The restaurant’s speciality is a charcoal grill that adds a genuine smoky flavour to the dishes. The à la carte menu has something for everybody: meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes. Enjoy your meal while admiring the stunning views over Lake Pielinen.

Grill it! Restaurant, Ylä-Kolintie 39, 83960 Koli, tel. +358 10 7623635,, Raflaamo Grill It! Koli

Open daily 12.00–24.00. "Kaskenpolttaja" summer lunch buffet daily 23.6.–30.7. 12.00–16.00. Breakfast Mon–Fri 7.00–10.00, Sat–Sun 7.30–11.00.

Koli Harbour Restaurant

Koli Harbour Restaurant is an atmospheric log building at Koli Harbour on the shore of Lake Pielinen. À la carte bistro menu, beer and cider from own brewery and wine list with quality wines. Café products, lovely terrace overlooking Lake Pielinen.

Koli Harbour Restaurant, Rantatie 12, 83960 Koli, Tel. tel. +358 400 628 666,,  Facebook: Kolin Satamaravintola.

Open starting from 2.6. Mon to Sat from 10:00 to 17:00, closed on Sun. Check the webpages for up to date opening hours.. Open for groups by reservation.

Café Lentävä Luuta

Café Lentävä Luuta is a small, cosy café in the heart of Koli village. The café favours local ingredients and products. Soup lunches and freshly baked sweet and savoury baked goods. The café’s speciality are delicious homemade coconut buns. homemade bread, cakes and other bakery products. Enjoy your coffee and tasty treats at the newly renovated café or buy snacks to go for your day out hiking.

Other services: Accommodation for travellers at Patikoijan Pirtti, on the upper floor of the café.

Open from Mon to Fri 11.00–14.00. Starting from 5.6. open from Mon to Sat 11.00–16.00 Soup lunch (€9,50, incl. soup, bread, coffee/tea)  or home lunch (€11,90) staring from 11.00. Check opening hours of Kahvila Lentävä Luuta.

Kahvila Lentävä Luuta, Ylä-Kolintie 2, Koli, tel. +358 400 150 235, Kahvila Lentävä Luuta, Facebook: Kahvila Lentävä Luuta, Instagram: kahvilalentavaluuta.

Local Tastes in Café Eväsretket

Cafe Eväsretket (Kahvila Eväsretket) is located in the Nature Centre Ukko. Picnic food, refreshments, ice cream, savoury and sweet pastries like traditional vatruska pies. There are also delicacies and other products from Finnish small producers. During high season soup lunch and salads. The products vary depending on the seasons: the aim is to bring the tastes of different seasons and nature to the plate. In the café, mainly local ingredients are used: vegetables, forest mushrooms, berries both cultivated and wild, and locally caught freshwater fish.

Open: 1.6.–3.6. Thurs–Sat 10–18, Sun 4.6. 10–15. 5.6–31.8. Mon–Sat 10–18, Sun 10–17. Check the webpages for opening hours..

Café Eväsretket, Ylä-Kolintie 39, Koli, tel. +358 440 101 143,,

Pizzeria-café Cafe Latva, Koli

Break Sokos Hotel Koli’s pizzeria-café Cafe Latva offers excellent views over Lake Pielinen. The pizzeria-café serves local cafeteria products, pizza, and various refreshments that can be enjoyed by the atmospheric oven-fireplace. The café-restaurant accommodates up to 120 persons.

Open: daily 10.00–23.00 (kitchen open Sun–Thu 12.00–22.00, Fri–Sat 12.00–23.00, cafeteria products available until 22.00)

Cafe Latva at Break Sokos Hotel Koli
, Ylä-Kolintie 39, 83960 Koli, tel. +358 201 234 662, tel. +358 107 623 635,

Rinnetupa, Koli

The restaurant Rinnetupa serves at the lower station of Ukko-Koli ski slopes. At Rinnetupa you eat a delicious lunch and have a coffee break, it also serves alcohol. In winter, Rinnetupa serves guests during the slope opening hours, in summer durin the scenic lift operating hours. A campfire site and a break area to enjoy your own snacks. Rinnetupa has free wireless internet.

Open 10.6.–20.8. klo 10–17.30. In addition at Rinnetupa barbeque evenings 10.6–5.8. Wed and Sat 18–21. In summer when scenic lift in is operation and in winter during ski season according to KoliSki opening hours. For groups by reservation.

Rinnetupa at lower station of Ukko-Koli slopes, Rantatie 27, Koli, tel. +358 10 762 3633, Rinnetupa,  

Library Bar Kaski, Koli

Library Bar Kaski is an atmospheric bar for hanging out next to Break Sokos Hotel Koli’s Relax Spa. The unique fireplace made by Tulikivi provides an excellent setting for board games, reading, karaoke, or simply enjoying good drinks and a magnificent setting.

Hiekkapakka is open on weekends Fri adn Sat 16.00 to 24.00 and by arrangement.

Additional information and reservations:
Break Sokos Hotel Koli’s and Ski Slopes Sales Service, tel. +358 201 234 662,

Café-restaurant at the Neste Kolinportti service station, Ahmovaara

The 250-seat café-restaurant at Kolinportti offers a daily buffet with two main courses and one beefsteak option plus an abundant salad bar and non-alcoholic drinks. On the à la carte list you’ll find plenty of choices for appetites big and small. There is a 50-seat Juuka Lounge. We also operate a catering service for private occasions. We are fully licensed.

The kitchen serves 11.00–18.30. The café is open Mon–Fri 7.00–20.00, Sat 8.00–20.00, Sun 8.00–19.00.

Address: Kolintie 10, Ahmovaara; tel. +358 107 637 661; Facebook: Kolinportti.

Café Koli Freetime, Kopravaara

The cáfe operates in the former Kopravaara school building amidst huge birch trees. From the terrace, there is a beautiful view to the lake. Dining services for small and bigger groups by prior arrangement.

Open by prior arrangement.

Koli Freetime, Kopravaarantie 27, Ahmovaara, tel. +358 103 223 040,

Cafe Hedwigin Helmi, Juuka

Hedwigin Helmi is in the heart of Juuka in an atmospheric old building. In addition to the cafeteria there is a lovely, rustic gift, homeware and design shop and a flee market. There are also pet food and products.

Open Mon–Fri 10.00–17.00, Sat 10.00–14.00, Sun 11.00–14.00. Check openig hours at the Facebook page of Hedwigin Helmi.

Hedwigin Helmi, Vanhatie 2, 83900 Juuka, p. 044 491 0252, Facebook Hedwigin Helmi.


Besides café services, exhibitions are arranged in the SKI café. The first exhibition is to display equipment and stories from Finnish manufacturers of touring and Alpine skis of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  In the development of skiing equipment back then, the centre stage was held by Antti-Jussi Tiitola and TITAN skis. On the same yard at Kolikeskus there is a new catering restaurant Kolin Asema with seating for approx. 30 persons.  The space can be booked for meetings, celebrations and other events.

Open: the café / shop is open during high season and holidays and by arrangement.

SKI café, Kolin Aseama / Kolikeskus, Hiekkaniementie 2, Loma-Koli, tel. +358 400 504 596,,

Cafés and Restaurants in Vuonislahti
On the other side of the lake

Café Wanhan Koulun Puoti

In the village shop and café of Wanhan Koulun Puoti, you can enjoy the rural environment of Vuonislahti village. In the shop you will find local products, handicrafts, ecological products, cottage goods, gifts and camping products. The village shop also has a grocery store, an antique shop, a pharmacy service point and a post office pick-up point.

Open: until 2.6. Mon–Sat 11–16, Sun Closed.
Summer terrace with license to serve alcohol open 3.6–31.8.2023.
3.6–29.6.2023 Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11–18, Fri–Sat 11–19, Sun 12–17. Exceptions: 23.6. open 11–22, on Midsummer 24.6. open 12–18, closed on Sunday 18.6.2023.
30.6.–30.7.2023 Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11–18, Fri 11–21, Sat 11–19, Sun 12–19. Wednesdays 19.7. and 26.7. open 11–21
31.7.–31.8.2023 Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11–18, Fri–Sat 11–19, Sun 12–17. Closed Sun 27.8.

Wanhan Koulu Puoti Oy, Vuonislahdentie 184, 81590 Vuonislahti, tel. +358 453 445 627,,, Facebook: wanhankoulunpuoti, Instagram: wanhankoulunpuoti.

Kestikievari Herranniemi

Enjoy delicious food at Herranniemi in Vuonislahti on the shores of Lake Pielinen. The restaurant serves traditional Karelian delicacies and delicious homely fare. The main dining room, Kuusitupa, accommodates 70 guests. It is atmospheric with a baking oven and licensed to serve alcohol. The second dining room, Tapiontupa, is reserved for social evenings and meetings. Please see our website for more information and contact details. We are a member of the Karelia à la carte network.

Open by prior arrangement.

Kestikievari Herranniemi, Vuonislahdentie 185, Vuonislahti, tel +358 400 482 949,, Guest House Kestikievari Herranniem.

Cafés and Restaurants in Lieksa
Ruunaa is known of white water rafting

Café-restaurant Suvanto in Ruunaa, Lieksa

Dining services by prior arrangement. The restaurant is licensed to serve alcohol. There are 68 seats and on the terrace 16 seats for customer. Smoke - and beach sauna, cottage accommodation, conference room, fishing license, grocery sale.

Ruunaan Matkailu, Siikakoskentie 47, 81750 Pankakoski, tel +358 13 533 130, +358 400 352 307,,

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