Helsinki Guides

Helsinki Guides

Quick facts:

  • Rough location of city Southern Finland, Scandinavia, Northern Europe
  • Language Finnish
  • Population of city 600,000
  • Nearest airport Helsinki Airport
  • Main train/bus station(s) Helsinki Central Station (trains), Helsinki Bus Station
  • Best time to visit? It depends on what you’re looking for: for snow and winter activities, December to March. For fresh spring sunshine and avoiding the crowds, April to May. For long warm summer days & events, go in June, July and August.
  • Budget level? £££
  • Best for Scenic, History/museums, Excursions/day trips

Main Districts:

Designkortteli

an area of 25 streets with over 150 artisan boutiques, galleries, hotels etc. Places of note are marked by an official black sticker on their door, and the area is a must-explore for the design-conscious creative.

Kamppi

Shopping central for boutiques and conventional stores, but also the colourful Hietalahti, an outdoor flea market.

Kallio

A favourite district of locals and tourists, Kallio is known for its hipster atmosphere, bubbling with student bars, raucous nightlife and cheap(ish) eats.

Top attractions:

Market Square

The focal point of the city, with a seasonal market of fresh produce and a host of wacky events throughout the year such as the annual herring market, and vintage American car conventions.

Kiasma

 Helsinki’s Museum of Contemporary Art, instantly recognisable for its strange, curved D-shaped architecture. The main collection houses works from over 4000 artists, including some famous names like Rembrandt and Picasso.

Tram Tour

See the city’s sights in the comfort of your local pub. Take a ride on the Spårakoff beer tram, and you’ll be hitting the bar and the streets at the same time!

Best places to go out:

Story

Enjoy this cute Scandi café whilst you eat all the brunch - you can’t say no to a stack of their pancakes!

Demo

Expect fresh takes on food, with Scandinavian-inspired French cuisine on the menu.

Kaiku

Underground hotspot which according to locals, is one night out not to be missed!

Best culture spots: