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
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!
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 :)