Eating well in Helsinki has never come cheap, but these days there is now thankfully ample choice – both for top-notch dining and, with careful planning, some spots that go easier on your purse-strings. Remember that most hotels offer a decent all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet – and the city’s top stays, especially the chain hotels, tend to lay out proper gourmet feasts – which means if you stock up early on you can often last on just a midday snack through until dinner (hostel breakfasts, though, tend to be rationed). Otherwise, it’s best to hold out until lunch, when many restaurants offer a reduced fixed-price menu, or a help-yourself buffet (both often under e10). With all of the quiet green spots in the city, picnic food, too, is a viable option; visit the markets and market halls (kauppahalli) at the South Harbour or – somewhat less touristy – Hakaniementori for fresh vegetables, meat and fish. The kauppahallit also house a collection of food stalls that are great for sandwiches and the like and tend to be quite affordable.