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Visiting Helsinki – A City Guide

Helsinki is a vibrant waterfront capital ringed by islands. Ice covers the sea in winter, while in summer the city basks in almost constant daylight. But life here isn’t all about seasons. Helsinki is also a youthful metropolis with a cutting-edge design scene and a deserved reputation for culinary excellence.
 

Helsinki: city layout

Helsinki is built on water. The city centre sits on a narrow peninsula surrounded by islands, and you’re never far from the sea. You can visit the islands thanks to an efficient network of ferries that run day and night. Many mainland sights are south of the main station, around Senate Square. West of the centre in Ruoholahti is the international ferry port, with connections to Estonia. The districts south of the centre are more residential, but also home to several parks and beaches. Areas north of the centre are more business-oriented.


What to see in Helsinki

Start a tour of Helsinki’s historic centre at Senate Square, which is ringed by grand neoclassical buildings including Helsinki Cathedral, the Senate, the University of Helsinki and the National Library of Finland. Don’t miss the Sederholm House, the oldest stone building in the city, in the southeast corner. The nearby Esplanade Park is the city’s green heart. At the east end of the park, in South Harbour, you can visit the stalls on Market Square, which sell traditional Finnish foods and treats, as well as handicrafts and souvenirs.


The concierge recommends…

  • Boarding a ferry to Suomenlinna sea fortress. The island is a monument to European military architecture, and home to several museums and cafés.
  • Admiring the neoclassical beauty of Helsinki Cathedral, for many the symbol of Helsinki. The grand white church was designed by architect Carl Ludwig Engel and completed in 1852.
  • Taking in the modernist simplicity of Temppeliaukio Church, which was quarried directly out of the bedrock in 1969.
  • Getting to know Finnish folk traditions at the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum. The buildings here come from across Finland and reflect everyday life from the 18th to the 20th century.


Hotels in Helsinki

Helsinki offers a wide range of accommodation choices to suit all tastes and budgets, from luxury to shoestring. You can stay in large modern hotels oriented towards the needs of business travellers, or pick from short-stay apartments and design hotels that are perfect for a leisurely city break.
 

You’ll find most hotels in the city centre, south of the station and west of Senate Square. The bulk of the shops and many restaurants and sights are also here. The centre becomes quieter as you move west and south. Staying in a western suburb such as Ruoholahti leaves you close to several businesses and the international ferry terminal, and within a short tram or metro ride of the centre. North of the centre, the Pasila business district is convenient for visitors to Helsinki’s Convention Centre. You can also opt to stay out of the city, close to Vantaa Airport.


Eating Out in Helsinki

Helsinki’s restaurants have gained an international reputation by focusing on local ingredients such as wild berries (lingonberries and cloudberries) and fish (particularly salmon and herring). Influence from Lapland has popularised game such as elk and reindeer. To try local food, look for the “Helsinki Menu” fork logo in restaurant windows.
 

You’ll find a high concentration of upmarket and mid-range restaurants on the streets around Esplanade Park. For simpler fare head to Helsinki’s indoor market halls, where restaurant stalls sell traditional specialities. It’s a great way to discover local food culture at reasonable prices. In summer, the temporary outdoor eateries on Market Square are hugely popular with al fresco diners, while other stalls overflow with fresh strawberries and peas in their pods – two delicious, healthy seasonal snacks. You can also taste the catch of the day almost as soon as it is unloaded at the adjacent harbour.
 

The chef recommends...

  • Hernekeitto: Pea soup made with fresh green peas and ham and served with mustard, traditionally served on Thursdays and followed with a dessert pancake.
  • Reindeer (Poronkäristys): Said to be the healthiest of all red meats. Usually served with mashed potatoes and lingonberries or cloudberries.
  • Silli ja uudet perunat: Herring and new potatoes, served in many ways but best served simply with butter, dill and a little salt.
  • Leipäjuusto: A mild cheese made from curdled cow, reindeer or goat’s milk. Often called “squeaky cheese” in English, it is fried or baked, then cut into wedges and served with cloudberry jam.


Shopping in Helsinki

Helsinki is a hotbed of modern Nordic design, which emphasises beauty, minimalism and functionality. You’ll find hundreds of small boutiques and designer stores in the city. For more down-to-earth bargains, there are also dozens of flea markets and antique stores. Finnish people rarely haggle over prices, even in markets.
 

Most high-street stores in the city centre are southwest of the main station. You may want to check out the flagship site of the Stockmann department store chain, or the Forum shopping centre, home to 120 outlets. Esplanadi Street is lined with designer boutiques, while Market Square is filled with food stalls. To discover where Helsinki is at in terms of cutting-edge fashions, accessories and other goods, head southwest of the centre to Design District Helsinki, an area of 25 streets with over 200 designer goods stores and art showrooms.
 

Top markets in Helsinki

  • The indoor Old Market Hall opened in 1889 and still sells everything from cheese and shellfish to vegetables, fruit and cakes.
  • Hakaniemi Market Hall has around 70 shops on two floors. Those on the lower floor sell food, while those above focus on souvenirs and handicrafts. In summer an outdoor market sets up on the square outside.
  • Located in the South Harbour, Market Square is Helsinki's largest outdoor market, selling traditional foods and handicrafts, even in winter.
  • Hietalahti Flea Market sets up in summer on Hietalahti Square in the Design District, with around 150 stalls.


Culture & Nightlife in Helsinki

Helsinki is bursting with galleries and cultural attractions, including the Helsinki City Museum’s several sites, which are all free to enter. After dark you’ll find a vast range of clubs and bars that offer something for everyone, no matter you’re looking for in terms of atmosphere and price.
 

For high culture, you might want to take in a concert at Finlandia Hall, home to the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. The bulk of the city’s bars and clubs are in the central area, around the main station and to the south and west of there. You’ll find another cluster of trendy bars, and pubs with a more local feel, in the former working-class district of Kallio, just north of the centre. This up-and-coming area is popular with students and young professionals alike, and the focus of the nightlife here is along the main street, Hämeentie.
 

Best museums in Helsinki

  • To learn about Finnish history from prehistoric times to the 21st century, check out the ethnographic collections in the National Museum of Finland.
  • The Ateneum Art Museum is home to Finland’s largest art collection, with more than 20,000 works from the 1750s to the 1950s.
  • Helsinki City Museum, near Senate Square, is free to enter and takes you on a journey into Helsinki’s past, with an eclectic collection that ranges from plastic bags to pianos.
  • The Design Museum illustrates the development of Finnish art and handicrafts from the 19th century to the present day.


Visiting Helsinki with a Family

Helsinki offers a variety of activities and attractions to keep children of all ages entertained. The city is home to a large number of parks for little ones to let off steam, and there even beaches where everyone can make a splash in the Baltic when the weather is warmer.
 

Give your children an insight into Finnish folk history by heading north of the city centre to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum. You can explore traditional homes and buildings that were transferred here from all across the country, while guides dressed in national costumes regale you with colourful tales of the past. If you want to head out onto the water, take a ferry out to the sea fortress of Suomenlinna, which was built on several small interlinked islands near the city centre. When you’re done exploring and need a refreshing break there are also several child-friendly cafés here.
 

Best family attractions in Helsinki

  • Helsinki Zoo was established in 1889, and is home to around 200 different animal species. You can meet them in customised environments that range from Arctic tundra to tropical rainforest.
  • Helsinki’s most popular and oldest theme park, Linnanmäki Amusement Park, has a wide range of rides for all ranges, from gentle to adrenaline pumping. The central attraction is a wooden roller coaster that’s more than half a century old.
  • On Suomenlinna island, the Suomenlinna Toy Museum has an enchanting collection of old dolls, antique teddy bears, and other toys, some of which are more than 200 years old.

Latest Helsinki Hotel Reviews

Average Rating for Helsinki Hotel
(4.3 / 5) of 1499 reviews
Helpful and friendly staff
By markb49
Clean and comfortable beds. Quiet and restful sleep. Efficient and friendly staff made the stay very relaxing and enjoyable. [Less]
Stay 1 night its ok
By helenayoon
Mostly customers are transit for airport. only for sleep its ok. Not far from airport, use free shuttle bus. But its too over value for only 1day sleeping. Mosttly hotels are little high price [More] than other part of Europe. If i will have one more chance to visit Helsinki and should stay at near airport, I will chose this hotel again. Because I'm a memever of IHG. [Less]
Good location, comfy room
By MyHn
The hotel is located very close to the airport and with a free shuttle bus running every 30 mins, it is very easy to get to. The room was clean and comfy and helped me to have a good night's sleep. [More] Overall I think it is good value for money. [Less]
Excellent hotel
By Aranel
I would definitely stay again in this hotel. Breakfast was excellent, internet was fast, there is no outside noise inside the room and the location of the hotel is great. [Less]
Central, clean and safe
By Beulah7
Holiday Inn Cetre is newly renovated with Nice beds. The sfaff are courteous and helpful. The rooms are clean and it was perfect in terms of mobility. The common areas are also clean. Train, trams [More] and bus are short walking distance from the hotel. Breakfast is also good. Highly recommended. [Less]
Comfortable bed and great breakfast
By Merja
This is one of the better Holiday Inn hotels. The bed was very comfortable. I had the best sleep ever. There were an amazing variety of food served at breakfast. All excellent quality. Lingonberry [More] juice was delish. [Less]
Stranded in Helsinki.
By Zitacuaro
Our train from Saint Petersburg had a five hours delay, so we missed our bus connection to Porvoo where we were going to stay. No Finish telephone chip and a bad working internet connection at the [More] train station, plus that it is impossible to reserve a hotel room for the same night after midnight. I walked across the street to the Holiday in which was full and was told that there where no hotel rooms available in Helsinki due to a music happening. It took a little convincing but the young lady started to look for rooms for us and came up with the Holiday Conv Ctr what is somewhat away from the center of town. We were happy to take this for us expensive but none smoking room. Upon our arrival I showed the extremely pleasant, and efficient young front desk clerk my membership and we were upgraded to a beautiful suite, something my wife really needed after our very long night travel from Russia. [Less]
Good location for conference center
By Ba gia
Great convenience for attending a conference at the exhibition center, but quite a distance from the center of town. Attentive staff, great executive rooms on floor 8 and good sauna. [Less]
I love Finland
By Twin B
The front desk staff was friendly and helpful even remembering my name [Less]

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