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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“Arktikum is a science centre and museum that lets you experience northern nature, culture, and history up close. Housing the University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre and the Regional Museum of Lapland, it stimulates thought, encourages debate, and provides a deeper understanding of the Arctic. See, explore and enjoy the Arctic stories shared through our experiential exhibitions and events!”
  • 68 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“The Must of Rovaniemi, entrance and meet Santa Claus is free!!! Just take the bus N. 8 from the center and go there by yourself!”
  • 45 locals recommend
Scandinavian Restaurant
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“Traditional Lapland gastronomy to discover. Local fish, reindeer, beer or moose meat to enjoy. Of course, desserts are also in the menu, especially with forest berries. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Lounge
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“ A modern cafè with good vibes, restaurant and a cocktail bar specializes in waffles. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Cafe
“Korundi House of Culture is the host for Lapland Chamber Orchestra, and Rovaniemi Art Museum.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Here you will find comprehensive fashion stores, a variety of cafés and restaurants, as well as a tourist information desk and a pharmacy. The shopping center offers various services, a cinema and a parking hall for 220 cars. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Holds around 30 different shops that offer fashion for the entire family, beauty products, sports and wellbeing products, books and games, and much more. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Street food made from the best ingredients, and bistrotically authentic flavors and service, without forgetting quality drinks. Strongly influenced by America, Italy and Meänperä.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Popular place among tourists that come the visit Santa Claus attractions to Rovaniemi. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Sporting center for downhill skiing, cross country skiing, hiking in the forest, fat bike riding,... ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Exhibit
“Forests are a big part of our everyday life - probably in ways you might not have expected. Did you know that ice cream, party dresses and medicines all contain timber and other products that come from forests? Forests are hugely important to us humans and to the whole world. Using them sustainably is the key to a brighter future.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
“A relaxed Irish feel pub with a local touch. Specializing in the weekly rotating draft beers and the wide selection of whiskeys from the world's best-known distilleries. Upstairs there's a Pub and Downstairs a Night Club, two completely different worlds under one roof. Wednesdays and Thursday's downstairs karaoke, Fri-Sat goes to DJ's from 10pm to little hours. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Over 60 shops & restaurants under one roof. specialty stores of Finnish brands, optics, jewelry, sporting goods, and more. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Nature
“Outdoor resort close to the city centre. Go downhill skiing, snowboarding or try winter tobogganing in slopes that are suitable for both beginners and professionals.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Curious burgers and pizzas! Everything here is on sale, tables and lamps and all. Student favourite, also for families!”
  • 29 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
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“A cafeteria specializing in making handmade chocolate with local ingredients.”
  • 23 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Scandinavian Restaurant
“Traditional Lapland gastronomy to discover. Local fish, reindeer, beer or moose meat to enjoy. Of course, desserts are also in the menu, especially with forest berries. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Lounge
“ A modern cafè with good vibes, restaurant and a cocktail bar specializes in waffles. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Street food made from the best ingredients, and bistrotically authentic flavors and service, without forgetting quality drinks. Strongly influenced by America, Italy and Meänperä.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Curious burgers and pizzas! Everything here is on sale, tables and lamps and all. Student favourite, also for families!”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Japanese food Make a resevation before you go Valtakatu 23 96200 Rovaniemi”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent burgers and other food & atmosphere. Popular place, just behind the corner.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Distance: 450 metres. Really nice small Mexican street food restaurant. Try their tacos and churros!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Hostel
“Distance: 550 metres. Café & Bar Koti (koti is Finnish word for home) offers great coffee and pastries in an easygoing atmosphere. Breakfast is also served daily and lunch during the weekdays. During the nights the space turns into a bar. In summer, they have a lovely roof-top terrace bar. The rather bohemian atmosphere is quite contradictory to the history of the building as it used to be a bank.”
  • 12 locals recommend

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