Art Nouveau Architecture in Katajanokka

Katajanokka is a district in Helsinki located on the eastern side of the city center. Most visitors will recognise its most famous landmark, the Uspenski Cathedral, but may easily overlook the area’s incredible Art Nouveau architecture that can be found just beyond the Cathedral. The western section of the district, sometimes referred to as the […]

Helsinki Sauna Day 2020

UPDATE: Helsinki Sauna Day has been cancelled. The organisers will provide more information about the event at a later date. Helsinki Sauna Day 2020 is nearly here! In the past few years, an event to celebrate the joy of the sauna started in Helsinki and nowadays is celebrated even in other countries around the world. […]

Women and Power in Helsinki

Today, Finland is recognised as a leader internationally in gender equality, but it was not always this way. As we celebrate Women’s Day (8.3.2020), we take a brief look at the role of women in Finnish society, historically to the present day. In the past centuries, women’s position in society was strongly associated with their […]

Valentine’s Day in Helsinki

It isn’t Valentines’ Day – it’s Friendship Day For everyone who cringes at the thought of Valentine’s Day, this is a post that will bring you some relief. Finland does not celebrate Valentine’s Day. Nope, no Cupid shooting arrows at lovelorn ladies and gents here.  Instead, the Finns celebrate Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friendship Day”. […]

Side Step Festival 2020

Side Step Festival 2020, one of Finland’s main contemporary dance festivals, takes place on January 31 – February 8. The annual festival is organised by the Helsinki based Zodiac – Centre for New Dance. The festival is being held at the Cable Factory in Ruoholahti and also at Culture Centre Stoa in Itäkeskus. Side Step […]

Fasetti Vintage & Design

Fasetti Vintage & Design shop is an interior design shop which specialises in the work of Finnish designer, Carl Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs (1911 – 1996). Ornäs’ uncompromising approach to high quality design made an impact on Finnish design during his lifetime. Over time, his work faded from popular knowledge, until brothers Janne and Samuli […]

12 Vintage & Secondhand Shops in Helsinki

Here are 12 vintage and secondhand shops that you can visit during the winter, when the popular summertime outdoor flea markets are closed in Helsinki. FASAANI ANTIK  Fasaani Antik is an antique and vintage buying and selling shop in Ullanlinna in Helsinki’s famed Design District. The nearly 1000 square meter cellar shop sells furniture and […]

Lux Helsinki 2020

Lux Helsinki 2020, Helsinki’s very popular annual light-art festival, opens tomorrow (January 4, 2020) along a brand new route in central Helsinki. Lux Helsinki 2020 – Official Route Installations along this year’s route will be open to the public daily from 5 pm to 10 pm. The five-day festival features nine installations along the official […]

Christmas at the Sinebrychoff House Museum

The Sinebrychoff Museum is hosting a special Christmas exhibition at the House Museum. The exhibition features the original tableware that was used by the Sinebrychoff family in the late 19th century. In addition to the replicating the original table settings, there will be an assortment of Christmas fare, along with beautiful flower arrangements. The House […]

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