Student cafeteria on campus

In the main campus of Aalto University, Otaniemi, there are over 20 restaurants. Among them are subway (sub of the day for students – 2.60€, for others – 5-7€), fafa’s (popular chain of Israeli fast food) and a sushi restaurant. But I am going to tell you about the student restaurants. There are around 10 student restaurants on the campus and they are very cheap! Lunch only costs 2.60€ for students. For especially lazy students, it is also possible to have dinners for 2.60€. All-you-can-eat style or more like all-you-can-fit-in-one-plate 😀

I took pictures of my lunches for a week and I am happy to present them to you.


lunch at restaurant Valimo, 2.60€

  • Main dish: lasagne with tuna
  • Salad: carrots, lettuce, beetroot, olive oil + balsamic vinegar
  • Bread with butter

Don’t get intimidated by the amount of food. You can get more, I just don’t eat that much.


lunch at restaurant Valimo, 2.60€

A typical Finnish combo – pea soup with a pancake. Pea soup goes with onions and ham and the pancake is served with delicious strawberry jam and whipped cream. Salad on the side. This might seem like a bad combination but it actually isn’t!


lunch at restaurant Täffä, 2.60€

Oh boy, Wednesday! On Wednesdays, Täffä makes the best spaghetti bolognese in the world. All the other campus restaurants can close because EVERYBODY comes to Täffä. Period. 20 min of waiting in a line is totally worth it!


lunch at restaurant Reima, 2.60€

  • Main dish: chicken with bacon in curry sauce, brown rice.
  • Peaches, radish with cotton cheese, beans, and lettuce.
  • Bread with hummus
  • Milk


lunch at restaurant Alvari, 2.60€

  • Main dish: steamed brown rice, turkey in cheese sauce
  • Lettuce, carrots, some apple
  • An egg
  • Bread with hummus
  • Sour milk

Finnish students cannot really complain much on their lunches. Especially appealing is the price/quality ratio. By the way, recently it became possible to also come with your own container, pay ~2€ and get the lunch leftovers home with you. Students don’t need to cook and cafeteria don’t waste food. Good idea!

Ekaterina Sakarinen,
Chemical and Process Engineering Master Program

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