Hot Stuff: A Burger King in Helsinki has a Sauna

There’s a new way to get baked in Finland.  
Burger King Sauna in Finland
The Burger King in Helsinki now serves their signature flame-grilled beef Whoppers—in a sauna. Comfort food just got a lot more comforting, or just plain strange. Photo: Burger King Suomi/Facebook

Steaming along with your burger might sound a bit strange—but less so in Finland, a country that allegedly has one sauna for every three people. The Finnish match their freezing winters with a national love for sauna visits, which are as much about community as fostering wellness. Top up the detox experience with TV and gaming facilities, and deep-fried comfort food—voila, it’s the Burger King on Helsinki’s Mannerheimintie Street.

The fast food outlet installed a sauna in May that can host up to 15 people at a time. It’s equipped with a shower, changing room, a stone stove, benches, towels—and a 48” television. When the sauna becomes too hot to handle, pop outside to the media lounge that has a Playstation 4 and serves cider and lager. The sauna can be hired for birthdays, sports matches, even business outings for 250/₹18,800 for three hours.

The damp may not be ideal for Burger King’s fries, but the chain’s concept ranked third for “understanding local preferences”, in a food service contest run by London-based market research firm Euromonitor International.


    Fabiola Monteiro is Features Writer on National Geographic Traveller India's web team. She loves beaches, blue skies, and baking, and is most centred while trying a new cake recipe. She tweets as @thefabmonteiro.


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