If you live in or have visited Espoo, you might have heard of the legendary restaurant Haikaranpesä. It is popular with families and friends getting together for special occasions.
Haikaranpesä means stork’s nest. As you can see, the name is very fitting! The ufo-like building is actually a water tower, built in 1968. The height is 45,3 m and from sea level 76,3 m.
The design is very futuristic and they say that the architects were inspired by the Jetsons.
Haikaranpesä’s buffet is one of the most plentiful I have seen in Finland. Even so, I think the price of 49 euros per person is quite absurd. There’s just so much you can eat if you now what I mean. A table reservation is recommended.
The starters are the best – very good quality fish, salads and cold cuts. The buffet is very traditional for Finland, brings back memories from the 80s.
You will be stuck with choice at the dessert table. In addition to all these cakes there’s also cheese and grapes AND Mövenpick ice cream.
It’s a must to go outside to enjoy the views. As you are so high up, it can be quite windy, so hold onto your hat!
There is a lot of construction going on, as the metro is being expanded to Espoo and will open in August.
Below you can see the Haukilahti Marina.
There’s still a lot of nature in Espoo.
Forests and sea.
I have heard from many people older than me that they used to go to Haikaranpesä for some disco action when they were younger. Those days ended in 1987. Now the restaurant offers special “Jazz and Dinner” -events on Fridays.
Me looking pleased with the warm weather in my new dress.
Here’s one final view of the water tower from further away.
Have you been to Haikaranpesä? Do you like buffets?