Three deadlines and many more meetings made it impossible to finish this post even though I had it prepared for a while now but here we go, finally, the CITY GUIDE for HELSINKI! Having had already in mind I will be posting it I ran around Helsinki super excited, bookmarked every cute caf√© and nice store and now have many, many places to show you. Helsinki is barely 2 hours away from Amsterdam so no excuses to go and plan your next city trip – Barcelona and Lisbon are so much more fun during summer anyways.
Formerly a fancy place for fancy people to go and dine it turned into this super cool industrial caf√©/bar/restaurant with an even better name. THE place¬†for the young and hip to hang out, meet friends and get the mandatory instagram photo taken.
There is at least one good reason to be a student at Helsinki University and that is this awesome uni caf√© in the city center, called Tiedekulma Think Corner. Perfect for a coffee break¬†it before/while/after shopping Finnish stores empty it totally will make¬†you feel like you are just one of those stylish Helsinki students.
WILD THINGS FLOWER SHOP
No need to say a lot about this but think of a beautifully designed flower shop in the middle of the Helsinki Design District. What do you want more? Besides being able to order and send everything home that is… It’s located in the same store as a super cool and fancy¬†(and of course very very very pricey) concept store which is also listed below.
We ran into this¬†cute place while exploring the up and coming neighbourhood Kallio in the east of Helsinki. Admittedly, haven’t tried the soup there but I how could I NOT have photographed this? They also have a second location somewhere else so check their website for more info.
Not only an amazing place to go¬†for meat eaters – I can’t¬†remember having eaten such good sweet potato fries in a long, long time. It’s also just a really nice place to sit and it’s located on the site of a distillery a little bit outside the center which is super cool to explore.
Ty√∂pajankatu 2 R1 C
We didn’t stay here to eat¬†(because sweet potato fries at B Smokery as the alternative just sounded too good) but considering how crowded it was (yes, people queued for this)¬†this place is must be really¬†good. It’s also¬†located on the distillery site and the building is so cool¬†I couldn’t resist taking¬†a photo here (look at those light bulb chains, pure love).
White brick walls, massive windows and a totally affordable lunch deal – one more reason to go and explore the great neighbourhood Kallio that I mentioned earlier. It’s everything: caf√©, restaurant, work space, living room. Perfect to spend some time after walking up and down the streets of Kallio.
Couldn’t be missing in this guide although I posted about it before (click here). Definitely one of my favourite hotspots in Helsinki.
An endless amount of concept stores, galleries, shops… The Design District connect all the must-see’s in the center of Helsinki. Check their website for more info, where to find the prettiest concept stores and where to go for real Finnish design.
More design, of course, Finland is after all¬†one of the most popular places to go for really, really good design. The museum is in a beautiful old building with the stories of ¬†some of the most iconic design¬†items displayed and super interesting temporary exhibitions.
No need to say a lot about this one (museums of contemporary art are always a good idea!) only one thing: FINNISH. DESIGN. Look at this beautiful hall in the middle of the museum. Almost more interesting than the art exhibited…
One of many, many amazing boutiques in Helsinki which are just so inspiring and feature the best of Finnish and Scandinavian designer brands. Obviously not really a budget place but if you feel like investing in¬†that one perfect souvenir this is the place to go.
Erottajankatu, Skillnadsgatan 1-3
I posted about Suomenlinna Island¬†before (click here) but it definitely needs to be mentioned in the guide as well – a must do when visiting Helsinki. The ferry¬†to the island of the Finnish fortress takes no more than 15 minutes but it feels more like a¬†fairy tale scenery than a neighbourhood¬†of Finland’s biggest city.
Of course there is so so much more the city has to offer but I just wanted to share some of my favourite places and discoveries. Also, there is¬†obviously¬†a lot more to Finland than Helsinki itself and even though I already have seen some amazing things and places in the area of Helsinki I can’t wait to travel around Finland again one day,¬†exploring¬†the north and all its national parks and then there is Lapland…
This¬†is the last Finland post on here, for now, which means I now have to start planning ahead a bit (no¬†longer¬†the luxury of posting old photos). Life is super busy right now and I don’t even want to know how many hours I spent typing in my laptop today, scrolling though papers and pdfs and making new tea to survive that. But busy is good, right now, I enjoy it and make the best out of it. And will do my best to post new fresh Amsterdam content very, very soon.