Every year there are many music festivals taking place in Finland, and several interesting festivals happen right here in urban Helsinki. Weekend Festival One for the techno music lovers – the Weekend festival is on from July 19th to 20th, 2019. Headlined by Swedish House Mafia, this year’s event also features Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, […]
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Discover Helsinki is made for tourists and visitors to the city who are seeking information and inspiration about Helsinki. Whether you are planning your visit, new to Helsinki or visiting right now as a tourist, at Discover Helsinki you will find lots of practical tips and information about what to do, how to get around, as well as about the rich history of the capital of Finland. If you are staying in a hotel room or a 1st class cabin on one of the major cruise lines, you will find the Discover Helsinki book with lots of hidden gems, must-visits and current events.
There are around 30 major shopping centres in Helsinki and environs. To start with, in the heart of the city, there are several shopping malls which are connected through an underground passage known as the Asematunneli. Through this underground network, you can easily access the Kamppi and Forum shopping centres as well as the Sokos […]
Naughty BRGR, the mischievous innovator of the Finnish premium burger scene, is the brainchild of Akseli Herlevi, Finland’s first Top Chef winner. A burger perfectionist, Akseli spent over a decade travelling the world in search of the best burger recipes and restaurants. A pivotal moment in Akseli’s burger quest came during the Top Chef Duels […]
Design Restaurant Eevert is a combination of classic Finnish design and quintessentially Finnish food at its best. Located on Ratakatu in the artsy Punavuori district, this relative newcomer to the Helsinki restaurant scene presents a unique concept in which local design and food culture are seamlessly blended. Owners Tarja and Kimmo Martiskainen spent several years […]
Finland used to have basically one beer. All the breweries used to make the same type of lager with almost no alternatives. Now, luckily, the trend has changed and Finns have a growing interest in beer in its many varieties. There are several new beer-serving bars with a large selection of craft beers. Bier Bier (Erottajankatu 13) aims to make beer-tasting […]
Happy Midsummer or Hyvää Juhannusta, as the Finns would say! Apart from Christmas, Midsummer is the biggest celebration of the year. If you’re in Helsinki you’ll undoubtedly notice how quiet the city is, as many of the locals are away at their summer cottages in the woods and islands around Finland. Here are a few […]
Heads up, foodies! If you’ve been searching for traditional Finnish food in the capital but coming up short, then we have a tip for you. Restaurant KarlJohan is a hidden gem that is known mostly by the locals, and which offers a menu that contains several hard-to-find Finnish classics. The street-level restaurant is on Yrjönkatu, […]
Midsummer Day is a public holiday in Finland, and the celebrations surrounding the summer solstice are rooted in ancient traditions. Since time immemorial, when winter ends the days grow longer, the snow melts away and the warm temperature covers the trees with green leaves and the ground with flowers. According to Finnish traditions, the best […]
Happy birthday Helsinki! June 12th is Helsinki Day, when the City celebrates its founding in 1550 by hosting a series of events across the city, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The annual event includes a range of activities and events that are suitable for all ages. Events: Here are a few of the events […]
This week on Let’s Eat, Helsinki, we visited one of Helsinki’s oldest, classical restaurants Restaurant Lehtovaara, which neighbors the famous Sibelius Monument. Fine Tradition Established in 1916, Lehtovaara was originally located in Vyborg, Russia. The Winter War of 1939 led to the evacuation of Vyborg and the restaurant was resettled in Helsinki in 1940, at […]