The first time I travelled to Helsinki was two years ago, thanks to My Helsinki who invited me to experience the Helsinki Secret program. Since then I have been lucky enough to go back to Finland and experience Lapland in winter and the archipelago near Turku in summer – twice!
Frequent stops in Helsinki have allowed me to make friends who have introduced me to some of the best restaurants and bars in the city.
So, here is my personal city guide to Helsinki. Hope you enjoy it!
Breakfast / Pastries
Café Ekberg, best bread and pastries in town
The Cock, I know… And they open at 11am, but you’re on holiday, right?
Ipi Kulmakuppila, it’s in Kallio – the hipster neighbourhood of Helsinki – and it’s beautifully designed
Juuri, “Finnish cuisine with attitude.” Perfection in a dish. Impossible not to love it
Sandro, Middle Eastern flavours and a down-to-earth atmosphere
Fisken på Disken, looking for fish? This it the place
Savotta, traditional Finnish cuisine in front of the Helsinki Cathedral
Nolla, the best discovery of my last trip. Passionate owners, great chef and a food recycler compost machine – a must!
Vibami, quaint Vietnamese restaurant in the city center
Cocktails, beers and wine
Yes Yes Yes!, a perfectly designed and vegan friendly restaurants in a former McDonald’s. Sharable dishes and a fantastic selection of cocktails, wine, and beer!
Bier-Bier, good selection of beers from all over the world
Bar Bronco, local sports bar where you can watch hockey games
Holiday Bar, to pretend you are somewhere tropical even if it’s -10°C outside
Il Birrificio, if you are in the mood for craft beer and sausage
Soil Wine Room, good selection of wines and Spanish tapas
Andante, where Finland meets Japan (or viceversa)
Paulig Kulma, Finland’s most famous coffee roaster opened a coffee shop, a great place to get some work done!
El Fant, one of my favorite coffee shops. I usually get a green tea and an avocado toast. Trust me!
Hotel Indigo, best location, friendly staff and nice rooms
Hotel Katajanokka, a former prison turned into a hotel
Aallonkoti, right next to the central station, it’s so comfortable you may not want to leave
Lilla Roberts, Art Deco hotel in the design district