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#138 of 1,165 Restaurants in Helsinki
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Katariinankatu 1, Helsinki 00170, Finland
+358 9 6980012
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun 14:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:59
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Jessheim, Norway
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We noticed the sign outside for home made pasta while out walking the city in Helsinki. We decided to try the food here and we were not disappointed. The service was great in our eyes and the food was very nice as well. I appreciated a warm meal which isn't often i get when eating out. It was actually a... More 

Thank GudnyB
Lempaala, Finland
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300 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As a rule, I don't eat pasta in Finland. It is usually not worth it, but Vaelsa is a shining exception to this rule. I spent an evening with two beloved friends. First I had bruschetta pomodoro, and this was probably the best version in Finland and would have been good in Rome. They have their own pasta factory. As... More 

Thank Hulaus
Helsinki, Finland
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We tried their pizza at the Taverna downstairs and it was excellent, authentic Italian ingredients. The pizza was baked properly, especially the crust which was very crunchy, and the filling was very tasty. One of the best pizzas you can find in town. Very good tiramisu and espresso also.

Thank steelrain2017
Southern Finland, Finland
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142 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

My husband took me there in our anniversary as he knows I am a Italian food lover. Everything was good, not exceptional, but I could go there again. A small disappointment was the wine, you couldn't have only one class of Amarone, you had to buy a whole bottle.

Thank Heidi R
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

This place is conveniently located across from the Market Square on the harbor and near many hotels. It is really two restaurants--we ate in the ground floor pizza place and had a great experience. The Australian host was lots of fun and very attentive. The pizza was excellent and the beer was cold. I lived in Italy for five years,... More 

1 Thank Maryellen P
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We visited the place during Lux and had the three course meal made for the event. The food itself was good but the service was awfully slow. After getting the food nobody came to check if we needed anything, so we waited close to 30 minutes and finally went to ask for the bill. There was no other customers left... More 

Thank Annilta
Espoo, Finland
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 January 2017

We discovered this place on 1 of January when many restaurants are usually closed due to public holiday. This cozy small tavern is situated just opposite to Kauppatori the very center of Helsinki. There were a lot of tourists this evening including two Italian families. Very good pizza and friendly service. I think I will be back to this place... More 

Thank Anna L
Vaelsa, Omistaja at Vaelsa, responded to this review

Dear Anna, I m pleased You enjoyed our service and the food. Welcome again! Paola More 

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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Easy access, cosy atmosphere, down to earth service with smile and proud Italian style. I like a lot

Thank avg-andy
Helsinki, Finland
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441 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

Vaelsa is located right in the very heart of the beautiful Empire center of Helsinki. It is an italian restaurant. The food is average, pastas are nice al dente and taste is ok. Meat is better. Price level is good according the place, not too expensive. Definately worth a visit.

Thank IrmaLiberty
Vaasa, Finland
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170 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

We went there for pizzas. The place is very nice situated near Kauppatori. The service was just super and also the pizzas. Stongley recomend the place, price and value for money is good

Thank Uffe38

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 28
Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
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Open Hours
14:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Katariinankatu 1, Helsinki 00170, Finland
  • Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Uusimaa  >  Helsinki
  • Phone Number: +358 9 6980012

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?