Salve is an inseparable part of the history of Kamp as well as, in particular, Hietalahti. Restaurant activity started from a small kiosk, from which food and tobacco was already sold in 1897, mainly to seamen.
Salve moved to its current location in 1927 to live the life of a rather typical sailors' tavern. When Finland's Prohibition Act forbid the drinking of alcohol, Salve regulars carried their own canisters of ‘moonshine'. Public morals came under scrutiny even after the dry times were over. Workmen still in their uniforms were refused bar service after 4 p.m. They had to go home first. This way their wives would get to choose whether or not their husbands could head off to the tavern!
Salve's captivating atmosphere is born from the tales of the storms at sea and over 100 years of memories, the remnants of tankards of ale, Salve's intriguing aromas and, of course, the basic air and appearance of the restaurant, which has remained the same for 80 years. The walls have accumulated photos, paintings and miniatures of seafaring ships as well as a splendid compass, all contributed by customers. The wall upstairs is adorned by a thick, impressive-looking rope. Who knows where Salve's sailors have picked up everything that decorates its walls!