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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...
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00130 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...
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Unioninkatu 29, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
One of Helsinki's biggest tourist attractions is the Lutheran cathedral downtown. The plaza in front of the church features a statue of Emperor Alexander II of Russia. There are a number dining options in the area, but one of my favorites is...
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Simonkatu 7, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Feeling overwhelmed? Kampin Kappeli (Chapel of Silence) is the perfect place to relax and reflect. If you visit Helsinki when the temperatures are still chilly like I did, it's also the perfect place to warm up before venturing back out into the...
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Kallio, 00530 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...
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Unlike many other cities like New York, London and Berlin, graffiti artists in Helsinki stick to the rules and only spray where they are allowed, which is this case is a single wall in the Suvilahti area. While this may lesson street credibility...
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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...
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Simonkatu 7, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
The Scandinavian countries are known for modern and minimalist architecture and design. Designers also incorporate generous amounts of natural wood materials in their designs. The chapel represents the pure Scandinavian design. After walking...
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Ehrenströmintie, 00140 Helsinki, Finland
If cold weather frightens you, then you may never experience the soft glow of a winter in the north. Being here throughout the winter means I have never seen so many sunrises and sunsets, and the little light the country gets is savoured and...
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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...
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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,...
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Unioninkatu 29, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
The last day of my 25-day trip ended at the Christmas market by the Cathedral of Helsinki. Truly magical as the vendors are all lined up perfectly looking down from the footsteps of the Cathedral.
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Mannerheiminaukio 2, 00100 Helsinki, 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...
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Lutherinkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
One of the most famous landmarks in Helsinki is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood. Walking around, you would never spot the church as there are none of the typical signs, like a spire or a cross, marking it. All you see is a large green...
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Sibeliuksen puisto, Mechelininkatu, 00250 Helsinki, Finland
Constructed in honor of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), this seaside park and memorial is one Helsinki's major attractions. The abstract monument, entitled Passio Musicae, was created by pioneering artist Eila Hiltunen and is actually...
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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,...
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Founded in 1875, Design Forum Finland is the promotional organization of the Finnish Society of Crafts and Design–and a testament to the country’s passion for design. With incredible wares from local artists, browsing here is like touring a...
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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....
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00170 Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki is the dynamic capital and largest city in the beautiful, Scandinavian country of Finland. Since it's on the shore of the Gulf of Finland (an arm of the Baltic Sea) the sky offers up some dramatic backdrops for the splendid architecture...
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Aleksanterinkatu 36, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
After a few minutes in Minna Parikka's Helsinki boutique, it's clear that the Finnish designer is talented far beyond her years. Her skill at experimental shoe design has caught the attention of top celebrities like Lady Gaga. and Fergie who have...
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Läntinen Rantakatu 5, 20100 Turku, Finland
Located in the cute waterfront town of Turku, a few hours west of Helsinki, Café Art is one of the oldest and busiest specialty coffee establishments in Finland. Home to several Finnish Barista Champions, this family-run café even operates its own...
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Punavuorenkatu 7, 00120 Helsinki, 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...
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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...
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Uudenmaankatu 15, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
Paola Ivana Suhonen’s collections reflect her combined experience as an artist, designer and filmmaker. Soulful and cinematic, her graphics and prints (knitted dresses, tunics) draw inspiration from both Slavic melancholy and bright Scandinavian...
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Unioninkatu 29, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
Completed in 1852, the Helsinki Cathedral is a gleaming neoclassical icon situated at the top of a grand flight of stairs in the middle of Senate Square. Designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, the central dome rests on a towering templelike colonnade that...