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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.
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Rovaniemi, Finland
Of of the favorite things to do in Rovaniemi, in Santa's Village, was to take reindeer sleigh rides. Very inexpensive and allot of fun. It was especially fun for the kids. I was very surprised to see how small reindeer are. For some reason, I...
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Rovaniemi, Finland
If you still believe in Santa, love freezing temperatures and want to reach the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is a must. If you like none of that go for the Lappish cuisine that will leave you speechless. A dinner at Nilli's will leave you longing...
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Rovaniemi, Finland
Loved our week long adventure in Lapland, last winter. We wanted to take the kids to see Santa but we got to do a lot more things there. The wilderness is amazing. Everything around you is frozen and the twilight light makes everything look...
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Rovaniemi, Finland
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...
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Tarvantie 1, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland
So many lifetime experiences await friends of Christmas in Santa Park: Elf School, Mrs Claus Gingerbread Kitchen, Santa’s Office, Four Seasons Sleigh Ride, Ice Princess Ice Gallery, Giant Snow Globe, Post Office and much more to see and do....
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Napapiiri, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland
Napapiiri, FINLAND -- It's usually a place that needs no address. All the Brits come here with their kids for Christmas and I did the same, too. Do you know who lives around here?
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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...
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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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Unionsgatan 29, 00170 Helsingfors, Finland
The Lutheran Cathedral's neoclassical white columns and green domes were commissioned by a Russian czar, but the churchgoers inside pay homage to a religion introduced by Finland’s first overlords, the Swedes. The cathedral was finished in 1852,...
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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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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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Västra Strandgatan 5, 20100 Åbo, 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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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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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...
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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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Kauppatori, 00130 Helsinki, Finland
In Helsinki, we took a short bus tour before heading out to Porvoo. When we returned to Helsinki, we spent some time at an outdoor market near the Havis Amanda statue before we met up for lunch with my grandma's former foreign exchange student....
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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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Aleksanterinkatu 52, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Christmas windows come alive with creative displays at the Stockmann Departmental store in Helsinki.
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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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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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Rödbergsgatan 2, 00120 Helsingfors, Finland
This casual lunch spot is a favorite among locals and visitors to the Design District. The specialties? The meatballs with mashed potatoes and Finnish brandy sauce and the creamy salmon soup.
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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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Southern Finland, Finland
Foggy yet captivatingly so even in the dead of winter. Wonderful place to just walk around, especially if you've had your fill of the city.
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Raiņa bulvāris 7, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
I found this fascinating. It's dark and a bit dreary, but appropriate, since it recounts the history of occupation in Latvia starting with the Soviets, then the Nazis and then back to the Russians.
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Alberta iela 12, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
Riga, Latvia has some of the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture anywhere in the world. Most of the buildings are concentrated on Elizabete iela and Alberta iela and are the work of architect Mikhail Eisenstein. Before you leave for Riga,...
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Nēģu iela 7, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Jet lag had us in bed early and up early. With most of Riga just getting ready for the start of the work day, my travel partner and I headed out to explore Riga's Central Market, Europe's largest market and bazaar. By the time we arrived at the...
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Doma laukums 1, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Now that I'm back in California, I can feel nostalgic about this extremely cold trip to Latvia. Our exploration of Riga consisted of wandering during breaks in the storm, but we still managed to see a lot of the city. Don't let the snow slow you...
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Akademijas laukums 1, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
For a 360 degree birds-eye view of Riga, head to the Academy of Sciences in the former Russian quarter, Maskavas. A 1956 gift from the Soviets, for 2 lats (approx. 3) you can take a series of elevators and stairs to the 17th floor. Looking out...
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Nēģu iela 7, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Riga seems to be pretty good at recycling historical venues - the 400 year old buildings of the old town, for instance, are now pizza joints and nightclubs. The pavilions housing the central market, opposite the train station, were actually built...
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Brīvības bulvāris 23, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
This was my first visit to a Russian Orthodox church and it was every bit as trippy as I could have hoped. I've long enjoyed visiting the sumptuous Catholic cathedrals of France, Spain and Italy, but nothing quite prepared me for the sheer...
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Miera iela 10, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1001, Latvia
Miera Street - known as the Republic of Miera by the trendy arty sorts who frequent it - is a glorious bed of bohemianism in a bit of Riga most tourists won't easily find. But it's worth the hunt, not least for its relaxed and slightly eccentric...
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Alberta iela, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
Riga has a number of astounding Art Nouveau buildings, but no better concentration of them than on Albert Street. A short road where every building tries to outdo the last, it's the ultimate address for a pre-Raphaelite beauty (and the most...
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Miera iela 19, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1001, Latvia
OK, there may be better cafes. You may have alternative preferences. But I absolutely adored the Dad Cafe in Miera Street. I came across it at just the right moment - a long morning of walking had left me desperate for an even longer sit, and this...
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Skārņu iela 19, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
For the best 360-degree view of Riga, head to St. Peter's Church in Old Town and take the old, clanky elevator to the church's observation platform, the highest point in the entire city. The ride to the top is slow but your patience will pay off...
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Riga, Latvia
Winter can be bitter cold in Riga. I can across this tiny restaurant on my way back to the hostel. The soup I ordered was mushroom chicken with sour cream. It was delicious. It cost less than a dollar.
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Laipu iela 1, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Riga is credited for being the first place to have a decorated Christmas tree and the Christmas spirit is certainly still present. The Riga Christmas Market was split between several squares throughout the Old Town. With the snow falling, people...
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Very good coffeeshop and bakery. Good quality and really affordable prices. Starbucks inspired. Good coffee and omelettes!
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Tallinn, Estonia
Tallin's old town walls have stood for over 700 years, guarding a maze of streets and a fantastic cobblestone square that comes alive every lunchtime with the clatter of coffee cups and the mumble of meetings. You can take a walk along part of the...
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Saiakang 2, 10146, Tallinn, 10146 Tallinn, Estonia
Kehrweider is a popular, local chain of coffee cafes with branches located throughout Tallinn. We happened upon the newest addition to the chain, Kehrwieder Röstikoda, in old town Tallinn. What initially drew us to the place was the sight of the...
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Lai 1, 10133 Tallinn, Estonia
Puppetry is a hugely popular art form in the Baltic states and I was keen to see a performance. Lucky for us, our apartment in Tallinn was located just a couple of blocks away from the NUKU Theatre which houses a puppet museum, a puppet research...
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Viru 8, 10140 Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn is the capital of Estonia and was first mentioned in historical records in 1154. Tallinn have major attractions , ancient streets lined by stone dwelling-houses with beautiful ashlar portals. Tallinn is big shopping and entertainment...
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Toom-Kooli 6, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia
The Dome Church, the Church of Holy Ghost, St. Nicholas Church, St Olaus Church, the Town Hall-all of these are major architectural achievements of medieval master builders. The narrow cobbled streets and lanes, quaint corners and tiny courtyards...
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Lossi plats 10, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia
When the clocks change and the year creeps into the late months of the year, the leaves dive off the trees (Estonians call maple leaves falling from trees, "Canadian kamikazes") in the Estonian capital city and turn the once bright city into a...
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Estonia, Väike-Karja 8, 10140 Tallinn, Estonia
If you are a proper beer drinker like me and enjoying causy pub atmospheres, Drink Bar is the right place for you. They have amazing selection of local and import beers. I also enjoyed their pub food pretty much. Amazing food which goes along with...
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Rataskaevu 3, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia
Although design of the place is a bit awkward, the pancakes are the best in the country. Prices are reasonable, portions are huge. What do you need more?
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Viru väljak 3, 10111 Tallinn, Estonia
Estonians turned this ex-industrial site into a lively neighborhood with full of amazingly renovated buildings. Nowadays, it is place to work, live, eat, shop... This interesting neighborhood also hosts a shop of producer of delicious Estonian...
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Müürivahe 20, 10140 Tallinn, Estonia
Must Puudel is a popular café among locals and the perfect place to enjoy your morning over a cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast. The interiors boast cool nostalgic details as well as design elements from the Soviet era. It’s definitely worth...
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Niine 11, 10414 Tallinn, Estonia
The quality of the food that you get in this café/bistro is unheard of for such little money, even rivalling the standards of a fine dining restaurant. Sesoon’s seasonal menu is constantly changing and includes several vegetarian options. None of...
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Kopli 18, 10412 Tallinn, Estonia
Away from the busy centre of the city, Boheem is the perfect place for enjoying a quiet afternoon and diving deep into the slow pace of the neighbourhood. The food keeps you coming back while the portion sizes leave you groaning ( they're huge!)....
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Telliskivi 60a, 10412 Tallinn, Estonia
Despite the rundown look of Telliskivi area more and more hip places are opening up in the complex. Pudel (Bottle in Estonian) Bar is the newest addition to the mix with its picky attitude towards beer. And by picky we mean it in the best sense of...
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Rataskaevu 10, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia
Although Eat offers more than just dumplings, that's what they're famous for. There are usually three types of dumplings available, you can add various sauces and fresh salads. You pay 0.65 euros for 100 grams - making it probably the most budget...
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Roosikrantsi 16, 10119 Tallinn, Estonia
This place is so much fun with all the anime themed details - the waitresses wear costumes (and kitty ears!), the walls are pink and there's a TV showing anime cartoons all day long. They also offer probably the best sushi in town, by the way -...
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Pikk 39, 10133 Tallinn, Estonia
Hell Hunt is allegedly the oldest pub in Tallinn making it as traditional as a pub can be. They have a wide selection of beers, including house beer (and cider) and impressive menu for a pub, plus the food is good. In addition they have daily...
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This is where you can get ethnic traditional designs with a modern twist. There's everything from kitchenware to cell phone accessories. And they have an online store!
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A. Weizenbergi 34, 10127 Tallinn, Estonia
First off, I'm not particularly interested in arts, so if I am praising an art museum it is a big deal. KUMU can capture my attention for hours and I've been there a few times, it just never gets old. There's something new featured regularly and...
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Rotermanni 8, 10111, Tallinn, 10111 Tallinn, Estonia
Rotermann quarter has something for everyone - amazing modern architecture for the art-interested, restaurants and cafes for gourmands, high (and low) fashion for shopaholics and convenient setting for people-watching or just relaxing.
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Raekoja plats 1, 10114 Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn's Town Hall is full of festivities despite the bitter cold in the city. The city may be smaller compared to Vilnius and Riga, but it is definitely more colorful around this time of the year.
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Toompea, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia
It is cold, windy and cloudy in Tallinn but my walking tour guide told the group that the city is experiencing warm weather this time of the year. Normally it should be -5 Celsius, but today it is 5 degree Celsius. Am I lucky or what?
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Raekoja plats 1, 10146 Tallinn, Estonia
In Tallinn, we took a bus tour of the city and spent much of our time exploring the Old Town. There was a Russian Orthodox Cathedral and a park to walk through, along with lovely historical buildings. From the top of the hill, we could see...
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Lai 32, 10133 Tallinn, Estonia
Located in the Old Town section of beautiful Tallinn Estonia, the Trattoria del Gallo Nero provides authentic tastes of Tuscany. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, as are the staff. You won't find better, fresher, more authentic Italian food...
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Raekoja plats 1, 10114 Tallinn, Estonia
The centerpiece of Tallinn’s Old Town is Town Hall Square, a public space for vendors, events, and ceremonies since the 14th century. The site of a Christmas tree festival since 1441, the Town Hall Square still hosts numerous festivals and...
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Viru väljak 4, 10111 Tallinn, Estonia
The Viru Hotel was built in 1972 with a secret floor to house a KGB spying operation. Less than 20 years later, the Soviet Union was dismantled and the offices vacated. Spy equipment and Soviet-era paraphernalia are on display in the exact state...
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Pühavaimu 13/15, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia
Situated in the heart of the Old Town, the Golden Piglet Inn specializes in traditional Estonian cuisine, with homemade cumin cheese and the country’s famous blood sausages on the menu. For dessert, try the tuuliku kama, a yogurt mixed with rye,...
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10130 Tallinn, Estonia
Hidden in a street not far from Toompea Hill, this intimate and charming café is the definition of cozy. With a pleasant courtyard garden, Bogapott offers high-quality, tasty food as well as an art gallery and pottery studio.
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Niine 11, 10414 Tallinn, Estonia
Just north of the Old Town, Kohvik Sesoon serves authentic Scandinavian and Baltic cuisine in a warm, modern setting. Seafood is the highlight, as are the great cocktails and wine list. Set away from the tourist restaurants, Kohvik Sesoon is a...
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Mere puiestee 6E, 10111 Tallinn, Estonia
On the border of the Old Town, Sfäär is a dual restaurant-store that caters to Tallinn’s emerging hip crowd. The retail area is stocked with dry goods, wine, clothing and organic skin-care products, and the restaurant serves pasta, salads and...
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Viru 3, 10140 Tallinn, Estonia
This shop is a cooperative, owned and operated by local craftspeople and stocked with gifts and products ranging from sweaters to onion jam. Its focus is on the area’s master artisans and fine craftsmanship so you won’t find tacky and cheaply...
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The Estonian Handicraft House is run by the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union, which promotes and preserves the traditional handicrafts of Estonia as well as organizes fairs and workshops. To ensure the certified authenticity of your purchases,...
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Vabaduse väljak 8, 10146 Tallinn, Estonia
A standout among the many souvenir and gift shops, Nu Nordik is the place for innovative and contemporary designed goods by local artists. Clever and sometimes surprising, these designs are by area craftspeople who are not yet household names,...