Things to see and do - Helsinki
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Helsinki Travel guide
Helsinki : Michelin's recommendations
Of fairly recent origin (Helsinki’s current site was settled in 1640), and capital since only 1812, this "daughter" of the Baltic Sea that surrounds it is a city of contrasts. It is calm yet bustling, urban but wafted by sea breezes and woodland scents, and architecturally both classic and contemporary. With its half a million inhabitants, the capital of this small country has established a name for itself in diplomatic circles, as well as in the world of tasteful, decorative arts.
Tourist attractions Helsinki : Things to see and do
Senaatintori FIN - 00100 Helsinki
Work of town planner Ehrenström and architect Carl Ludvig Engel, Senate Square comprises a collection of monumental buildings typifying the aristocratic elegance of neo-Classicism. The senate building was completed in 1820, the university in 1832, th..
Mannerheiminaukio 2 FIN - 00100 Helsinki
Right in the heart of the city, between the Station, with its refined lines of Finnish Art nouveau, and the functionalist Parliament building, Kiasma, inaugurated in 1998, is the work of Steven Holl. The exterior combines metals (copper, zinc, titani..
Kaivokatu FIN - 00100 Helsinki
Built essentially to designs by Eliel Saarinen, one of the creators of the Finnish pavilion at the Paris Universal Exhibition (1900), the station (1909-1916) constitutes a model of "objective architecture". Stone, glass and iron come togeth..
Kalevankatu 3 B FIN - 00100 Helsinki
Directly across the street from Stockmann Department Store, this hotel is 5 minutes’ walk from Helsinki Central Station. It offers free Wi-Fi, along with basic and functional rooms with local artist’s works. Cable TV and private bathrooms with a sho..
Asema-aukio 2 FIN - 00100 Helsinki
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This elegant hotel is next to Helsinki Central Station, 5 minutes’ walk from the Esplanadi shopping streets. It offers a rooftop terrace, in-room flat-screen TVs, plus free sauna and Wi-Fi access. Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Helsinki was built for ..
Simonkatu 9 FIN - 00100 Helsinki
This hotel is 200 metres from Helsinki Central Station and 400 metres from Helsinki’s Esplanaden shopping district. It offers free Wi-Fi and free access to the sauna and gym. Scandic Simonkenttä’s air-conditioned rooms have wooden floors and satelli..
Leisure activities Helsinki
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See the beauty of this stunning Nordic city on an introductory sightseeing tour with live commentary from your knowledgable guide. A great way to get orientated with the city, particularly for first time visitors. The city tour takes in the most i..
Discover Helsink independently with the Helsinki Card. The card is a handy, economical way to make the most of your visit in Helsinki. It is a transport ticket and entrance ticket all in one and has a number of great value reductions and bonuses atta..
Choose from 12 languages on this Self-guided Helsinki Audio City Tour. The tour takes in the most interesting parts of Helsinki, such as the historical center with Senate Square, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Parliament building, Finlandia ..
Pohjoisesplanadi 9 FIN - 00170 Helsingfors
Appealing modern bistro set below bigger sister Luomo. It has a light, crisp Nordic design, two summer terraces and views over the harbour. Fresh, local ingredients feature on the concise daily menu; dishes are carefully prepared and nicely balanced ..
Huvilakatu 28A FIN - 00150 Helsingfors / Helsinki
Tiny, simply decorated restaurant with a friendly atmosphere, secreted amongst residential apartment blocks. The open kitchen uses carefully chosen organic and wild ingredients in modern, original Finnish cooking. The passionate chefs deliver dishes ..
Bulevardi 6 FIN - 00120 Helsinki
Owned by the same people as next door Gaijin, this lively, informal restaurant offers an accessible range of authentic North Africa, Turkish and Eastern Mediterranean dishes; try the set or tasting menus to experience a cross-section of them all. If ..
Eteläesplanadi 8 FIN - 00130 Helsinki
Professionally run restaurant on the esplanade, divided into two stylish rooms decorated in black and silver. Classical Scandinavian cooking favours the Nordic techniques of salting and curing but also displays subtle modern and innovative touches. D..
Ainonkatu 3 FIN - 00100 Helsingfors
This stylish, modern restaurant is housed in the Kunsthalle art centre. One room is decorated with large photos of Thai scenes; the other is furnished in red, black and grey, with transparent curtains separating black tables. Zesty, harmonious dishes..
Katariinankatu 1 FIN - 00170 Helsingfors
Take the lift up to this brightly lit, minimalist restaurant and ask for a table overlooking the harbour. Modern 3, 5 and 7 course menus follow the seasons and wines are available to match. Local ingredients feature in skilfully prepared, inventive d..
Pohjoisesplanadi 5 FIN - 00130 Helsinki
Modern, minimalist restaurant within an attractive 19C townhouse on the harbourside. Cooking is exciting and innovative and uses stimulating ingredient combinations with contrasting tastes and textures. Relaxed yet professional service heightens the ..
Vironkatu 8 FIN - 00170 Helsingfors
It may be hidden away but this welcoming restaurant is well-known. It's a charming place, run by a delightful, experienced couple, who offer modern Nordic cooking crafted almost entirely from organic ingredients. Dishes are light and original, produc..
Kasarmikatu 44 FIN - 00130 Helsinki
Laid-back restaurant with an adjoining bar and a friendly team. The menu is easy-going too, offering around 10 regularly changing dishes that can be taken either as starters or main courses. Good ingredients feature in flavoursome, unfussy preparatio..
Uudenmaankatu 9-11 FIN - 00120 Helsingfors / Helsinki
An unassuming-looking restaurant decorated in neutral tones and hung with huge cotton pendant lights. Classically based cooking combines French and Finnish influences to produce robust, satisfying dishes with a subtle modern edge. Choose 4-7 courses;..
Bulevardi 6 FIN - 00120 Helsingfors
Sister to Farang and Boulevard Social, with dark, contemporary décor, a buzzing atmosphere and attentive service. Its experienced owners offer boldly flavoured, skilfully presented modern takes on Japanese, Korean and Northern Chinese recipes. The ta..