Lappeenranta city centre

The small size of the Lappeenranta city centre, affectionally known as the City, makes it easy to reach the shops, cafeterias and restaurants, simply by walking along the streets.
The charming city centre combines the old with the new, wood with steel, lindens, parks and stone paving. The Lappee Church of St Mary is nestled in the brand-new Maria Square, right in the heart of the City. The museums and monuments, in the City, lure visitors to travel back in time through the history of this border town.
Underground garages offer ample parking in the city centre.

Shopping

Lappeenranta is a tourist and shopping city. The city’s retail surface area equals that of a city double its size. In addition to the ground floor shops and boutiques in the city centre, the largest shopping centres are IsoKristiina and Galleria, which are right next door. On Kappakatu Street, you will find Opri, Weera and Armada.
The Leiri and Myllymäki market areas are located on the outskirts of the city centre. Leiri hosts the hypermarket Prisma and other shops with everyday consumer goods, as well as flea markets. In Myllymäki, you will find furniture, construction and renovation equipment, clothes and shoes, gardening products, car spare parts and accessories and much more.

Restaurants in the city centre

At the Kauppakatu block, comprised of wooden buildings, you can enjoy lunch at the popular Restaurant Wolkoff. Other great places for lunch include El’Si in Snellmaninkatu and Aleksanteri on Valtakatu Street. In the Market Square, visitors will find the Aleksandra Café that also offers lunch and My Bakery Cafe that boasts an excellent brunch. The city’s ethnic restaurants include Dharahara, Indiana curry and Himalayan villa. At the food court in the IsoKristiina shopping centre, you will find a wide array of options to choose from – Chinese, pizza, sandwiches and much more. At the Galleria shopping centre, you can enjoy a healthy salad and at Weera shopping centre, try tasty Italian dishes or the Angus Steak and Wine restaurant, next door.

Theatre in the shopping centre

Lappeenranta's new City Theatre is located in the city centre, on the top floor of the IsoKristiina shopping centre. Performances have returned to their roots, to the marketplaces and to where the people are. This is a unique solution that predicts future changes in the world of theatre. You can find all kinds of services under one roof, including a hotel.

Cinemas

The City’s legendary cinemas Nuijamies and Kino-Aula are located next to each other, along Valtakatu Street. Check out the cinema interiors in the Hiton hyvä blog! The new cinemas belong to the Finnkino cinema chain and are located in the IsoKristiina shopping centre.

Locations of the Bordertown TV series

You can take a tour of the locations of the Finnish TV series Bordertown. The tours start at the Tourist Information office. These tours take you to the most important locations in the city centre and go from City Hall to the harbour. More information.

See you at the market!

Lappeenranta residents enjoy a nice cup of coffee at the square and they may even speak to strangers. If you are not afraid of this very un-Finnish trait, you should definitely visit the Market Square! In addition to fresh, local produce sold at the market, local delicacies such as vety (“hydrogen”) and atomi (“atom”) pies are sold at the market: in them, traditional Finnish meat pies are filled with boiled eggs and/or ham and condiments. The vety and atomi pies are sold at small market cafeteria stalls, located on the side of Oksasenkatu Street, along with other savoury and sweet treats and coffee. And, of course, there is Market Hall next to Market Square.
In the summer, the area expands all the way to Harbour Square. The market cafeteria, SatamaSanni, offers the same delicacies at the Harbour Square.

Harbour Square

An essential part of summer in Lappeenranta is busy Harbour Square (Satamatori) with its alluring atmosphere; here, the hustle and bustle starts in the early hours of the day. Snacks (such as the vety and atomi pies) or sweet treats are available at the coffee kiosks, in the Square. Near Harbour Square, you will find a couple of restaurant ships anchored, and among them is the legendary Prinsessa Armaada.
The idyllic Kasino Restaurant in the City Bay (Kaupunginlahti Bay) or the Wanha Makasiini restaurant that is located farther towards the point of the Linnoitusniemi Peninsula, offer local delicacies. The Harbour is also where cruise ships set sail for a cruise on Lake Saimaa. Please remember to book your cruise tickets a few days in advance, if you want to take one of the visa-free cruises all the way to Vyborg or St Petersburg in Russia.