Food & Drink

Feast your rye— Helsinki


Aki Arjola, a former food magazine editor and founder of a food shop in Helsinki, takes us on a tour of his neighbourhood.

Aki Arjola, Herkkujuustola, Töölö

Aki Arjola founded his shop, Eat & Joy Farmers Market in Helsinki in June 2009. Eight months later, the store retains a steady clientele of foodies from near and far. The shelves are lined with bags of organic stoneground flour and dark loaves of sour, slow-baked Finnish ryebread. Crates of beer from local micro-breweries pile up on the floor and the fridge is packed with unpasteurised milk, cheese and butter, smoked fish, reindeer meat and the market’s trademark beef from Finnish cattle.

Arjola began his career in the 1990s working in electronics…

Address book

Eat & Joy Farmers Market

Mannerheimintie 22-24, + 358 45 2505 333

Ateljé Finne

Arkadiankatu 14, + 358 9 493 110

Konditoria Hopia

Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 29, + 358 9 492 556

Cafe & Eepos

Runeberginkatu 9, + 358 9 241 9595


Franzeninkatu 10, + 358 9 719 719

Lentävä Lehmä

Hakaniemen Kauppahalli, + 358 9 726 1030

Restaurant Sea Horse

Kapteeninkatu 11, + 358 9 628 169


Aki Arjola lives and works in the Töölö neighbourhood. Geographically linking the city centre to its northern districts, Töölö was mainly built in the 1920s and 1930s and made up of apartment blocks and businesses at street level. Töölö is still predominantly a residential district with an active cultural scene.

Do it naturally

What do a €1,000 Burgundy and a mixed-grape variety table wine from Sicily possibly have in common? They both fall under the category of natural wine. These natural wines are made from handpicked, organically farmed grapes, produced with little or no sulphur and no added sugars, filtering or foreign yeasts. Natural wine is usually made in small quantities on low-yielding vineyards. Although most often French, there are a growing number of Italians in on the act. One French winemaker is Thierry Allemand, a former electrician who acquired vineyards in the Rhône and became perhaps the best-known producer in the region. He’s one of the masters of Cornas, a wine made from the Syrah grape.

Three of the best natural winemakers

  1. Thierry Allemand, Les Chaillots, France
  2. Arianna Occhipinti, Il Frappato Italy
  3. Anselme Selosse, Champagne Jacques Selosse, France

Four of the best places to drink it

  1. Le Verre Volé, Paris
    Three hundred of France’s best natural wine producers can be found in this tightly packed wine bar.

  2. Terroirs, London
    Sit at the zinc top bar for a plate of charcuterie and a glass or two of hard-to find natural wines from around the world. terroirswinebar.com

  3. The Ten Bells, New York
    Wines to pair with an excellent selection of cheeses. thetenbells.com

  4. Café Cowra, Tokyo


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