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Re: Budget Meals

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By Traveller June 8, 2017
Helsinki

Re: Budget Meals

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By Joey Traveller June 8, 2017

Hi , Am travelling with the family to Helsinki in late October this year. Am on a really tight budget , would like to know if the farmer's market or any market that is open during winter or recommendation for supermarket , so we can cook our own meals during dinner in hostel. Also looking for budget lunches ( < 6 euro per meal ) if possible near towns . :)

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Hi!
I agree that farmer's markets (or marketplaces in general) are quite expensive here in Finland.

Ethnic food stores, especially in Helsinki have reasonable prices and what comes to supermarkets Lidl is definetly my favourite. The prices are somewhat or even a lot cheaper than in the S- and K-groups.

What comes to cheap meals: you can eat at UniCafe student restaurants (http://www.unicafe.fi/en/#/9/4). The meal prices range from 6,80 to 9 euros for the entire meal. For that price you get a small salad buffet, bread and a main course from several different options. Some of the student restaurants at the Central campus of Helsinki are located in historical buildings too!
You don't have to be a student to eat at UniCafe. And the meals are surprisingly good! Unicafe concentrates on responsible food production and use local, fresh and sustainable products.
J
Local June 9, 2017
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Hi,

You can have a 5-euro pizza (not just a slice of it, but a whole pizza!) at Restaurant Day to Day next to Ateneum at Ateneuminkuja. It's cheap, tasty and also makes you full!

For supermarket, you can buy cheap stuff from Lidl at the shopping mall "City Center" (opposite to Central station) or Kamppi shopping mall.
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Local June 8, 2017
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Supermarket Lidl is one of the cheapest places to buy food. Try to find red price taha (they basicly mean that food is going bad so they are in sale).
Local June 8, 2017
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Lidl is probably the cheapest store. Forget farmers markets if you're on a tight budget. 10€ is the basic lunch price level. Some places serve cheap porridge that will keep you on the road, but yeah, it'e expensive!

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Local June 8, 2017
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Hi Joey.

Farmers markets & food markets here are normally very expensive and definitely not budget!
Supermarkets are easy to find (S-Market/K-Citymarket) and prices between them are often negligible.

6 euro or below lunches are also pretty much non-existent. There are a lot of lunch restaurants but normally they charge around 10 euros, often for all you can eat buffets.

Unfortunately, Finland (particularly Helsinki) is pretty expensive - especially compared to Central/Western Europe.

Hope it doesn't put you off but in the 20yrs of living here, the words "budget" & "Helsinki" don't really go together.
Local June 8, 2017
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I don't know about lunches that are <6€ (unless you want to eat Happy meal) . There are plenty of buffet lunches that usually cost 10€ all over Helsinki. Cheapest Supermarkets are Lidl and S-market for groceries.
Local June 8, 2017
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thanks sini ..will search for them :)