Food & Drink

Top Restaurants
  • Löyly Helsinki Löyly Restaurant is connected to its sauna facilities. It may not be the best food in the city, but I think the experience could be better by far. This is because you can access all the sauna facilities, polar dip in the Gulf of Finland and then shower, freshen up and eat an amazing dinner by a roaring, indoor fire. We had dinner reservations, so I was only able to squeeze in a quick beer, but it was one of the most enjoyable of the trip!
  • Grön Cozy restaurant offering a menu of creative & seasonal contemporary Scandinavian cuisine.
  • Olo Fine dining venue presenting innovative tasting menus & wine pairings amid understated decor.
Top Bars
  • Chihuahua Julep Agave-friendly cocktail bar with a good selection of tequila, mezcal, bourbon & rum. Look for the door bell to enter. It's also a mobile phone and photo free area with no reservations. Cheese &snacks on the menu.
  • Liberty or Death Dark and swanky cocktail bar with a hip vibe. They have a very cool menu, which is made out of metal and very heavy. The drinks on it are incredible with gin being a specialty. Worth checking out!
  • Runar Runar could be the best cocktail bar in Helsinki. Set inside Helsinki's Hotel F6, Runar is a very different type of hotel bar. The flavour combinations are interesting and impressive such as "gin, wasabi, fennel and apple". These bartenders know their stuff.
  • Kauppatori/Market Square An outdoor, harbour-side market that is open year-round. Packed with food stalls, handicrafts & a heated cafe tent in winter, this market is amazing. We went during their Christmas Market and it was unbelievable with roasted chestnuts, mulled wine/glogg and festive food.
  • Vanha Kauppahalli Right beside the Kauppatori/Market Square, this indoor market is a traditional, 19th-century venue with restaurants, shops & stalls selling Finnish specialties.
  • Hakaniemi Market Hall Bi-level red-brick market since 1914, with seafood, produce & other foods, plus crafts & souvenirs.
Other Food & Drink
  • More Food Ora, Restaurant Shelter, Pizzeria Via Tribunali, Deck terrace of Relandersgrund Majakkalaiva
  • More Drink Schooner Kathrina

Activities & Attractions

Top Activities
  • Finnish Sauna at Löyly As mentioned, Löyly has sauna facilities connected to a great restaurant. What I'd recommend is going using the sauna facilities, polar dipping in the Gulf of Finland and then eating food in the restaurant (we went in winter when there was a fire blazing in the center of the room).
  • Ferry across to the Sea Fortress, Suomenlinna This UNESCO World-Heritage site is a military fortress steeped in history. The island is big and as you walk around it, you are transported into a different world and time.
  • Temppeliaukio Church Visiting this church is a little bit of a "slow activity", but it also a must-do. Known as "Church in the Rock," this modern church is carved into rock with a surreal copper dome.


Top Stays
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    Jugend Pearl in Southern Helsinki
    In the charming and peaceful neighbourhood of Ullanlinna, a neat 41 sq/m apartment is waiting for you. Near the sea, well connected to the city center—by tram, bus or foot. Numerous cozy cafes and restaurants within walking distance.
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    Hotel St. George Helsinki
    A 5-star hotel in a building dating back to the 1840s. This hotel is luxurious and classy. The location is impeccable in the retail district, close to bars, seafront dining & the Helsinki Art Museum.
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    Hotel Kämp
    For the past 134 years, Hotel Kämp has been the safe haven in the heart of Helsinki for both locals and visitors alike. Set in a building dating back to 1887, this ritzy hotel is a 5-minute walk from shopping in the Market Square
  • Eira, Ullanlinna, Kaivopuisto, Punavuori, Töölö, Kulosaari