Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki | Finland


Prior to visiting Helsinki late March, early April many friends and family members were baffled at our desire to travel further north for a few days as usually this time of year everyone is craving sunshine and warmth! Although we still crave that (as I type this it is snow/blowing outside!), the days spent in Helsinki proved to be bright, sunny, and totally enjoyable. 

Below I have linked a few neat places that we checked out and are highly recommendable if you find yourself in the Finnish capital. 

TO SEE / TO DO

> See the White Cathedral. Tuomiokirkko (Cathedral)

> Walk by the Sibelius Monument, a monument erected for the famous Finnish Composer.   

> Take the ferry to Suomenlinna

> Visit the Rock Church / Temppeliaukio Church

> Walk through the beautiful, Hietaniemi Cemetery  

> Get your sauna on at Löyly

> Go swimming outdoors in the sea pool at Allas

CAFES / RESTAURANTS

> KUUMA. Cosy cafe where the green smoothie, avocado toast, and coffee are aplenty. 

> YES YES YES. A great veggie place with mocktails, naan, and live music. Not certain if they have live music each day but they had a lovely D.J. singing. The decor and environment is colorful and inspiring.

> DATE + KALE. If you are wanting a bowl or a juice, a smoothie or even a beauty bite this place is for you. Co-owned by Anni Kravi who is the queen of making delicious and beautiful plant-based pørridge (she even wrote this awesome book), DATE + KALE is an extension of her creativity and smarts.  

> The Cock. A must-try! From the eclectic menu to the difference between the ground and basement floors, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at The Cock. 

> GIWA. The finest South Korean food in Helsinki.  You can try the traditional Bibimbap dish in a dolsot (stone pot) which keeps the dish warm the entire time you are eating. It was delish! 

> Roots. If you venture towards the Kallio neighborhood this is a great cafe to check out. It was recommended to us by my friend, I, who lives down the street from it and even met us there for a cup of coffee. 

> Cafe Regatta. The cosiest cafe right on the water. The day we were there, we walked right up - from the water! Yeah, it was frozen over so we took the scenic, scenic route. It was fun!

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 Green smoothie + yogurt, KUUMA

Green smoothie + yogurt, KUUMA

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If you are visiting Helsinki maybe these suggestions will point you in the right direction, however, I hope you will find a few neat places of your own!

Hasta pronto :)