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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.
Scandinavian Restaurant
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“Great seaside restaurant, normally open from late April to late December. Nice terrace in the summer time. Old world charm.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art is located in the former customs house by the Inner Harbour. Named after the local industrialist and art lover Simo Kuntsi (1913–1984) it houses, inter alia, the art collections of both Mr. Kuntsi and Lars Swanljung’s (b. 1944). The space is gret, lots of light and space. The exhibitions vary in style and quality - some you will like, some, not so much. Let your imagination go free and you will enjoy this museum. In the summer, nice terrace to enkoy a beer or a glas of wine. You can also buy a combi ticket to Tikanojan Taidekoti. Closed on Mondays.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Rewell Center is a shopping center next to the Market Square, you will find a good selection of clothing shops, Suomalainen Kirjakauppa -bookstore and the best sushi In Vaasa (Magokoro) on the second floor. On selected nights, there are also concerts by popular artists. Open Monday to Saturday 8.00 - 21.00, Sundays and Public Holidays 10.00 - 21.00. Many of shops close earlier and during Chrismas, Midsummer and other holidays, there are changes to the opening times. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Old ship turned into a restaurant and big terrace. Recommend to have drink on the top deck on a sunny day.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
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“Nuorten suosima kahvila. Ihanat suussa sulavat leivonnairomaiset ja mahdollisuus myös saada hyviä salaatti annoksia. Aroma bagerin vieressä.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“Here you can learn about the history of the city of Vaasa founded in 1606. And why the center of Vaasa was moved to it's current place after the big fire in 1852. There is a section in the museum, called Terranova, exhibiting the world heritage - the archipelago of Vaasa. The land rise is a world record - 8 mm per year. This is due to the ice age 10.000 years ago.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Irish Pub
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“Usually packed in the weekends with bands and a disco in the other room. The place to be if you are a bit older.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“A slice of Berlin feeling in Vaasa. Good vegan food. Open at least for lunch and afternoon coffee. The correct address is Pitkäkatu 34.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent sushi on the second floor of Rewell Center. Founders are Japanese girls who came to Vaasa to study, and then decided to stay and start a restaurant. My favourite is the "Firecracker". Closed Sundays.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“A nice cozy brewery restaurant, also has a nice terrace in the summer time and goats outside. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Establishment
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“Old house turned into a restaurant and a bar downstairs. Also a terrace. It's a bit remote from the city but worth a visit for sure! Run by S-ryhmä.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Varioty type of restaurants and my favourite coffeeshop Espresso House are located in here! Also a lot of clothing stores.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Spa
“Tropiclandia is a spa for both kids and adults - 32 degrees will keep you warm all year round. Water slides, jacuzzi, saunas and also spa treatments. Also a resraurant. In the súmmer, the local students theater has open air performances next to the spa.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Establishment
“Municipal swimming hall in Vaasa has a 50 m long swimming pool and good saunas & showers. Compared to many other countries, water may feel a bit chilly in the pool at first. If you like swimming and want to do very local stuff, this is the place.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Scandinavian Restaurant
“Great seaside restaurant, normally open from late April to late December. Nice terrace in the summer time. Old world charm.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Old ship turned into a restaurant and big terrace. Recommend to have drink on the top deck on a sunny day.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Irish Pub
“Usually packed in the weekends with bands and a disco in the other room. The place to be if you are a bit older.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“A slice of Berlin feeling in Vaasa. Good vegan food. Open at least for lunch and afternoon coffee. The correct address is Pitkäkatu 34.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent sushi on the second floor of Rewell Center. Founders are Japanese girls who came to Vaasa to study, and then decided to stay and start a restaurant. My favourite is the "Firecracker". Closed Sundays.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Old house turned into a restaurant and a bar downstairs. Also a terrace. It's a bit remote from the city but worth a visit for sure! Run by S-ryhmä.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
Scandinavian Restaurant
“Wine and dine. I love this place. On the patio there's live music every week. From jazz to blues, to rock and solo artists. Enjoy!”
  • 3 locals recommend

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