Every visitor to the New Valamo Monastery, regardless of their beliefs, is warmly welcomed to the monastery. Visitors are free to participate in church services and view the church icons on display, in addition to the collection of Orthodox artefacts in the museum collections and permanent as well as visiting exhibits.
The monastery’s Trapesa Restaurant, the Tuohus Gift Shop and the Herman Wine Shop also serve the day visitors. For those wishing to stay longer at Valamo, please read the information provided about accommodation services.
When visiting the monastery, please note the dress code for men and women: knees and shoulders must be covered at all times.
The Café - Restaurant Trapesa
This renowned restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on a daily basis. The restaurant's name – Trapesa – comes from the Greek word for a table or monastery refectory.
The main meals of the day – breakfast, lunch and dinner – are available from the buffet table with a separate salad bar, which always includes the monastery's own sauerkraut! Most of the rolls and pastries are the produce of the monastery's own baker, Hierodeacon Aleksanteri. The restaurant serves the monestary's own wine, beer and spirits.
Lunch and dinner are served continually from 11 am to 5 pm (up to 7 pm in the summer) and coffee, tea and snacks are available all day. In July the Trapesa Restaurant takes on a more Slavic atmosphere when the Valamo Tea Table is laid out every evening from 6 to 9 pm.
Private rooms can be hired for family occasions, for example. The picturesque Tsars' Room seats 20 guests, the spacious Yellow Room 50 guests and the Upper Room 40 guests.
» Read more about services for groups
Restaurant and cafeteria opening hours
Mon-Thu 7 am- 8 pm
Fri-Sat 7 am - 9 pm
Sunday: 8 am - 8 pm
The Tuohus Gift shop
The shop sells beeswax church candles and monastery tea, made at Valamo Monastery, as well as a wide range of items associated with Orthodox traditions. You can purchase products such as hand painted icons, icon prints, oil lamps, prayer ribbons, postcards, cross and icon jewellery and many other treasures.
The shop opening hours are
From June to August:
Monday – Saturday 7.30 am – 9 pm
Sunday 8 am – 9 pm
From September to May
Sunday –Thursday 8 am – 5 pm
Friday and Saturday 8 am – 6 pm
The Herman Wine Shop
You can purchase the Valamo monastery's own wine and liquors in the Herman Wine Shop.