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
In the heart of the city, between the Art-Nouveau railway station, Finlandia Hall (Finlandiatalo) with its sleek lines and the Functionalist Parliament building, Kiasma is the work of Steven Holl and was inaugurated in 1998. The exterior is made of a..
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..
Simonkatu 9 FIN - 00100 Helsinki
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This hotel is 200 metres from Helsinki Central Station and 400 metres from Helsinki’s Esplanaden shopping district. Free WiFi and free access to the sauna and gym are offered here. Scandic Simonkenttä’s air-conditioned rooms have wooden floors and s..
Asema-aukio 2 FIN - 00100 Helsinki
Prix Prices from : 118 €
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 WiFi access. Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Helsinki was built for t..
Kaivokatu 12 FIN - 00100 Helsinki
Located directly opposite Helsinki Central Station, Hotel Seurahuone’s elegant Art Nouveau building dates back to 1913. It offers charming interiors and modern rooms with LCD TVs and tea/coffee makers. At Hotel Seurahuone Helsinki, guests can choose..
Leisure activities Helsinki
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Travel from Helsinki International Airport to your Helsinki City Hotel. Transfer services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is a private transfer so the price is the same for groups of 1 to 3 people or 5 to 8 people When making a b..
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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 ..
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..
Vironkatu 8 FIN - 00170 Helsinki
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. Quality ingredients feature in flavoursome, unfussy prepara..
Pohjoisesplanadi 5 FIN - 00170 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 ..
YRJÖNKATU 26 FIN - 00100 HELSINKI
Ainonkatu 3 FIN - 00100 Helsinki
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..
HUVILAKATU 28A FIN - 00150 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 ..
Kalevankata 13 FIN - 00100 Helsingfors
With its exposed ducts, dimly lit lamps and leather-topped tables, Passio has a faux industrial look. 3 or 5 course 'Surprise' menus feature regional ingredients. It's run by a local brewer, so be sure to try the artisan beers.
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 African, Turkish and Eastern Mediterranean dishes; try the set or tasting menus to experience a cross-section of them all. If..
Bulevardi 6 FIN - 00120 Helsinski
Gaijin comes with dark, contemporary décor, a buzzing atmosphere, attentive service and an emphasis on sharing. Its experienced owners offer boldly flavoured, skilfully presented modern takes on Japanese, Korean and Northern Chinese recipes. The tast..
Uudenmaankatu 11 FIN - 00120 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;..