Picture: Jussi Hellstén / Visit Hesinki
Kallio and Hakaniemi represent Helsinki's young, hip and urban side.
The area has been ranked as one of the 20 most hipster neighbourhoods in the world.
The streets round here have a lot of small design and vintage/retro shops.
One interesting walking-route is to head along Porthaninkatu towards Karhupuisto (”Bear Park” in English, and yes, there is a red granite sculpture of a bear, as well as a delightful kiosk café in the summer), and then through the park to Helsinginkatu.
Also Kallio has treasures for those who keep their eyes open!
Along the way it is worth stopping off at Ansa Second Hand (Agricolankatu 5), a little boutique that specialises in second-hand, vintage, and recycled and “redesigned” clothes, and then just around the corner at Tapettitalo (Fleminginkatu 4), with a collection of 2,000 design wallpapers, for instance by Finnish designers Maaria Wirkkala and Ilmari and Annikki Tapiovaara.
A few doors down you’ll find another delightful vintage store, Fargo Vintage, at Fleminginkatu 20.
Quite nearby at Kaarlenkatu 12 Wanha Kaarle sells colourful design from the 1950–70’s.