I was in Helsinki for business and together with the team of
Table of Contents
- Why you’ll love Helsinki
- The best hotels in Helsinki – according to me
- The best restaurants in Helsinki – according to me
- The best places for a drink in Helsinki – according to me
- The best places for coffee in Helsinki – according to me
- The best things to do in Helsinki – according to me
- The best places for a run in Helsinki – according to me
Why you’ll love Helsinki
Helsinki has everything you’d expect from a Northern European capital, but ads amazing saunas and large green areas to the mix. If you’re planning to get drunk, bring your wallet (alcohol is crazy expensive), but apart from that, it’s an amazing citytrip destination.
The best hotels in Helsinki – according to me
- Marriott has its Hotel St George, near the City Park.
- There’s a nice Indigo hotel in Helsinki (I love Indigo hotels, like the Indigo City Centre in Antwerp).
The best restaurants in Helsinki – according to me
- Holiday Bar is a great place for seafood.
- The lovely and recently renovated Old Market Hall is the oldest food market hall in Helsinki, serving loyal customers since 1889. This beautiful market hall building was designed by Finnish architect Gunnar Nyström. It is strategically located just next to the Helsinki Market Square, close by the sea. The Old Market Hall is very popular with tourists, especially in the summer.
The best places for a drink in Helsinki – according to me
None, its friggin’ expensive 😉
The best places for coffee in Helsinki – according to me
- Paulig (which has two shops, one in the main shopping street) has some great cakes and filter coffees.
- Moomin (the children figure) has its own coffee bar in Helsinki. Great for kids, great for parents that need to buy presents for their kids.
The best things to do in Helsinki – according to me
- Sauna. Finland has more saunas than people, so it is quite obvious there are some amazing saunas. I loved the Allas Sea Pool right in
citycenter – a marine spa and an oasis of urban culture right at the heart of the city. It offers new ways of enjoying the Baltic Sea, just a stone’s throw away from the Market Square and other main attractions. Allas is open all year round has three saunas, two warm water pools ,and andone sea waterpool, to which the water is pumped from nearby streams and filtered clean. If you’re pretty hardcore, you can cool off in the water of the harbour.
- The old city center is great for a stroll.
- Try to visit an
- If you like running, go
for a run around Seurasaarenselkä lake, one of the best runs in a capital I’ve ever done. our
The best places for a run in Helsinki – according to me
Helsinki is maybe one of the best capitals in Europe to go out for a run. Sure, Amsterdam‘s Vondelpark and lakes are fine, Prague has its river, Reykjavik has some nice green areas, but Helsinki has its lakes – quiet, beautiful lakes.
- I ran around Seurasaarenselkä lake, which is about a
16 kilometerrun, running from island to island via small bridges.
- One of the other days, I ran around the city center, which is also a great way to explore the city (and for example to spot the Paavo Nurmi statue).
Great post. Thank You. You wrote: “there are some amazing saunas”. This true and You have not seen them. This is valid for many Finns also. Here they are:
Holy smoke – Gathering of mobile Saunas
Saunas on wheels2
Happy and safe travels!