Collected by k stephenson
Sveaborg, 00190 Helsingfors, Finland
A popular excursion for both locals and visitors, Suomenlinna, a fortress built across a group of islands in Helsinki’s harbor, is just a short ferry or water-bus ride from the city center. Begun in 1748 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site,...
Iso Roobertinkatu 14, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
Bar Llamas has an inconspicuous presence on the pedestrian street Roobertinkatu in Helsinki's design district. The patio outside is small, but often crowded with Helsinki hipsters. Inside, it's a whole other world than you might expect. Tricked...
Kallio, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
If you are looking for where the bohemians roam free, your best bet is to head straight to Kallio. Located in the east of Helsinki, this district primarily caters to a low-budget student, artist and immigrant population. The general vibe is that...
Veturitallinkuja, 00520 Helsinki, Finland
Upon arriving in Helsinki, two things were fairly apparent. Firstly, design is everywhere. It's no wonder that Finland's capital city earned the title of Design Capital of the World in 2012. I also noticed a sincere appreciation for the...
00101 Helsinki, Finland
In Paris, we're spoiled with bakeries on every corner, reeling us in with the sweet perfume of butter and sugar that wafts onto the street as we pass. In Helsinki, locals should feel fortunate to have Kauppatori, the city's market square where a...
Tallberginkatu 1, 00180 Helsinki, Finland
This former telephone and electrical cable facility is now the largest cultural center in Finland. Here, a dynamic artistic community thrives: Kaapeli's museums, studios, galleries, restaurants and performance venues are a must-visit for dining,...
Elielinaukio 2, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Spread over four floors of a historic building in central Helsinki, Vltava is a comfortable restaurant with hearty Czech dishes and a deep selection of Czech beers. Not surprisingly, sausages are the specialty, but the salads and fish are also...
Eteläesplanadi 1, 00130 Helsinki, Finland
Kappelli's best feature is its location on the Esplanade. The terrace, which opens as soon as the weather permits, is a prime location for people-watching and soaking up urban life. If you’re visiting between May and August, you’ll have front row...
Erottajankatu 15-17, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Intimate and open until 4 a.m., Errotaja has a quirky interior that was designed by local art school students. Go late, when the Finns loosen up. Perhaps the best part of all in this boozy city, it’s also just a couple stumbles away from a taxi...
Mannerheimplatsen 2, 00100 Helsingfors, Finland
Finland is home to some of the world’s best health care, literacy rates and education services. Finnish women were the first in the world to have full voting rights. And the capital Helsinki repeatedly receives honors as one of the most livable...
Åstorgsgatan 1, 00500 Helsingfors, Finland
At Kotiharjun, you'll find the city's only remaining traditional wood-burning sauna. An old-fashioned urban retreat favored by Helsinki locals since 1928, Kotiharjun welcomes travelers without catering specifically to them. As tradition requires,...
Karlsgatan 15, 00510 Helsingfors, Finland
Founded in 1929 and located in the bohemian Kallio section of Helsinki, Arla offers drinks, snacks, and the traditional Finnish healing technique knowing as "cupping." The tiled sauna rooms feel far more traditional than fancy, with casual and...
Seurasaari, 00250 Helsinki, Finland
A 20-minute or so bus ride from Helsinki center is the little island Seurasaari. Nice for a walk any time of year, and even the cafe and restaurant are open year round (but check for holiday openings). The island is accessed through a picturesque...
Bulevardi 6, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
Beyond these doors lies an incredible dining experience. We did the tasting menu and were super impressed. [From website] Restaurant Gaijin is Tomi Björck and Matti Wikberg’s second restaurant. Gaijin takes you on a journey to North Asia. Located...
Norra Esplanaden, Helsingfors, Finland
At midnight in June and July, Helsinki glows. Here, AFAR's founders stroll the Esplanadi, a grassy park and cobblestone walkways bordered by two avenues in the heart of the city, after a dinner at Restaurant Gaijin (www.gaijin.fi). In the day,...
This time last year I was making preparations to go with the family to Rovaniemi, to be at the Arctic Circle and meet Santa Claus. The kids were so excited. It's pretty adventurous for a family with small kids but not impossible. Finland is a very...
Lönnrotinkatu 34, 00180 Helsinki, Finland
I love going to markets. In Helsinki, a visit to the dockside Kauppatori was a must for me. I had also planned a visit to the Hakaniemen Market Hall only to find out, after I landed in Helsinki, that it was closed due to renovations....
Valtakatu 20, 96200 Rovaniemi, Finland
We ate at Nili everyday while in Rovaniemi, Finland. Reindeer meat, sausages, Lappish cheese, fresh and smoked fish, fruit chutneys and the very popular Christmas drink, glogg. I will never forget it, one of the best culinary adventures.
Rödbergsgatan 7, 00120 Helsingfors, Finland
Spread across several adjacent neighborhoods, Design District Helsinki is a celebration of Finnish creativity and culture. Anchored by the Design Museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture and Design, the Design District is comprised of nearly...
Eteläranta, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
From spring to autumn, Market Square is the vibrant and colorful heart of Helsinki, with vendors selling fresh local food and souvenirs and numerous outdoor cafés offering pastries and other delicacies. In early October, the square is at its...
Hämeentie 63, 00550 Helsinki, Finland
Dating from the early 1950s, Hermanni has deliberately retained mid-century-modern look and offers two wood-paneeld and tiled sauna rooms: one accomodating about 30 men, the other approximately 20 women. You can order soft drinks and snack plates...