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Top Restaurant and cafe tips in the Otaniemi Area

In the Otaniemi area, you can find nice restaurants and cafes to head to after a meeting or an official congress day. The area is also known for its breweries, whose tap rooms and shops are worth stopping by! See our restaurant tips below.

In addition to these, a dozen lunch restaurants and cafes in the Otaniemi area serve students and thousands of people working on campus, especially on weekdays. More info can be found on

The façade and terrace of the Fat Lizard restaurant, with a pickup truck with the Fat Lizard logo in front of it.
Image: Restaurant Fat Lizard.

Restaurant Fat Lizard and Fat Lizard Brewery

The popular restaurant and beer café Fat Lizard is also known as the lounge of Otaniemi and is one of the most popular lunch places. The restaurant's à la carte menu includes salads, fresh fish dishes, vegan burgers, and pizza from their wooden oven – also gluten-free and vegan.

Few can resist combining the food with a pint of Fat Lizard's beer. Its selection on tap is vast and includes beers from other small producers. 

Make sure you also visit the beer shop and the brewery, just a stone's throw away from the restaurant itself!

Visit Restaurant Fat Lizard homepage

Bistro Ranna's restaurant hall, where are tables and chairs front of a window.
Image: Bistro Ranta restaurant.

Bistro Ranta

Bistro Ranta at Radisson Blu Hotel Espoo prepares tasty bistro dishes with a modern twist and offers quality beers and house wines. During summer you can dine on the terrace with a sea view. This coastal restaurant is also an ideal venue for small celebrations with seating for up to 150 people. 

Get to know Bistro Ranta

Lucy in the Sky restaurant glazed summer terrace where are tables and chairs.
Image: Lucy in the Sky restaurant.

Restaurant Lucy in the Sky

Lucy in the Sky is a rooftop restaurant and bar in Keilaniemi, just one metro stop or a 1.5-kilometre walk from Otaniemi. Worth the short transfer! Lucy serves contemporary bistro food and a unique view from the top of the ïconic Accountor Tower. Lucy's glass walls that circle the entire restaurant provide magnificent views in all directions - with landscapes of vast archipelago area, Helsinki city centre and Nuuksio National Park.

The restaurant can also be rented for private functions like conference dinners and get-togethers. Lucy in the Sky is perfect for 100 people for a sit-down dinner and up to 150 persons for cocktail events. 

Visit Lucy's homepage

The facade and main entrance of the shopping center A Bloc.
Image: A Bloc Otaniemi shopping center.

A Bloc shopping centre

This small shopping centre is next to the Aalto University metro stop and the Väre building. A Bloc houses cafes, restaurants, shops, and the Aalto University Shop, which sells the university's branded products, literature from Aalto ARTS Books, and products created by students.

Visit A Bloc's homepage

Hero image: Lucy in the Sky restaurant.