Cafés and Restaurants

In Koli, Juuka, Vuonislahti and Lieksa

Restaurants and cafés in Koli
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 (sales of alcohol ends 23.00). "Kaskenpolttaja" Summer Buffet daily 24.6.–31.7. 12.00–16.00. Breakfast Mon–Fri 7.00–10.00, Sat–Sun 7.30–11.00.

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.

Pizzeria-café Kahpitsa at Break Sokos Hotel Koli

Break Sokos Hotel Koli’s pizzeria-café Kahpitsa 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: The café is open daily Sun–Thu 09.00–22.00, Fri–Sat 09.00–24.00 (sales of alcohol ends 23.00).

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

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. Enjoy your coffee and tasty treats at the newly renovated café or buy snacks for your day out hiking.

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

Open from Thursdays to Saturdays 10.00–16.00. Soup lunch (€9,50, incl. soup, bread, coffee/tea) from 11.00.

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.

Closed until 28th Nov. Check the webpages for more information.

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

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 from own brewery. Café products freshly baked on site. In summer daily fish soup from local fish at lunch time.

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

Open by appoitment. Check the webpages for opening hours at Christmas and holiday seasons. Open for groups by reservation.

Library Bar Hiekkapakka

Library Bar Hiekkapakka 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 and by prior arrangement.

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


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 at KoliSki opening hours when downhill ski seasons starts. For groups by reservation.

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

Café Mandala at Mattila farm

The history is vividly present inside the rustic log walls of Mattila farm. The farm served as a boarding house for tourists as early as in the 1920s, and today it offers vegetarian food but also meat and fish dishes. Inside the classic log walls, staff meetings and intimate family celebrations can be organised as well. Cáfe and dining services in Koli national park. The cáfe is open and soup lunch is served in the summer time.

Open by appointment. Check the webpages for opening hours and events during Christmas and holiday season.

Café Mandala, Ylä-Kolintie 12 B, 83960 Koli, tel. +358 408 650 466,,


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,

Gastropub Kolin Ryynänen

Gastropub Kolin Ryynänen is located in the middle of Koli village at atmospheric log house, right next to Koli National Park. À la carte and pizza. Live music, wide assortment of high quality beer. Beers from own brewery. Sunny terrace. Accommodation in summer rooms. Take away and home delivery.

Gastropub Kolin Ryynänen, Ylä-Kolintie 1, 83960 Koli, p. tel +358 445 695 757, Facebook: Kolin Ryynänen.

Open: Ryynänen is closed for renovations. Check Kolin Ryynänen webpages for more information.

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.

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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