About this listing
A beautiful, spacious, cozy, bright and stylish two bedroom apartment in the best location of the hip neighborhood of Kallio, the most vibrant part in Helsinki - the city of fascinating urban culture, cool design, creative food and unique new attractions!
The apartment is 75 square meters and on the top floor (with an elevator) in a beautiful century old Art Nouveau building on top of a small hill. You can even see to the sea from the huge balcony. There are two bedrooms and a big kitchen. Suitable for a single/two singles/a couple/two couples/family/group of friends.
Double bed is 1.4 meters wide, another beds are 1.2 and 0.8 meters. There are two sofas that can be turned into beds and extra mattresses if needed. Also a 1.6 meters wide double air mattress available. Places to sleep up to six people. The apartment is furnished with Finnish and Scandinavian vintage design classics from Marimekko, Alvar Aalto, Iittala, Hay and Ilmari Tapiovaara. Beautiful wooden floors and high ceiling. LCD TV and soundsystems for your pleasure.
The kitchen has all the basic needs to cook (dishes, pots, pans, cutlery, fridge-freezer, stove, oven, toaster, microwave etc.) and to make coffee/tea (electric water boiler, espresso maker). Enjoy!
Interaction with guests
I can help you with everything nearly all the time.
The apartment is located in the heart of trendy Kallio district known as Karhupuisto (Bear Park), famous for its cafes, restaurants and vintage/design stores, the best bars, famous public saunas and the relaxed, liberal and a bit bohemian atmosphere. In summer, there is a famous outdoor cafe in the park just outside the building.
You could call Kallio the Brooklyn, Kreuzberg, Hackney/Dalston of Helsinki because of the relaxed feel. The popular area is known from the movies of Aki Kaurismäki, the Finnish auteur film director. And yes, it's very safe just like everywhere in Finland.
Kallio is just 5 minutes by tram, metro or bike from the city centre, but here you have more cozy feeling compared to the busy city centre. My favorite area in Helsinki!
You should definitely try the oldest and the most traditional public sauna in Helsinki called Kotiharjun sauna which is just few blocks away. The more stylish, modern and fancy one, called Kulttuurisauna, is close too. From there you can go swimming to the sea.
Also try the best weekend brunch in town at IPI Kulmakuppila (Saturdays), Tenho (Sundays), Sandro or Gastro Cafe Kallio (right opposite). Creat breakfast at Cafelito every day. For lunch I recommend Kolmon3n (maybe the best in town), Tenho, Lemon Grass (the best Thai cuisine in Helsinki, Street Gastro (sandwiches), Fafa's (amazing falafel), Codle for some cheap pho soup, the excellent gourmet kebab (also vegetarian) at Döner Harju or the famous boullabaisse (sea food soup) in Soppakeittiö (Soup Kitchen) in the old Hakaniemi market hall.
The best cafes in the area include IPI Kulmakuppila, Goodlife Coffee, Bergga, Bear Park Cafe and Taikalamppu. For dinner, try some authentic Finnish cuisine at the restaurant Cella (from 1969), The Finnish-French menus of Tislaamo or Kolmon3n, the excellent Döner Harju, some vietnamese at Lie Mi, gourmet pizzas of Tenho, the best tapas at Kombo or the trendy North African menus at Sandro (also great lunch buffet).
For bars try Siltanen (dj's every night), Tislaamo Helsinki Distillery Bar (amazing DIY-distellery, great food too), Sivukirjasto (nice local beer selection, just opposite the apartment), Rytmi (, Molotov (bohemian and fun) or the 70's retro Pub Sirdie (with a vintage jukebox). For clubbing in the weekend it's Kuudes linja, Kaiku and Ääniwalli. All of these are in the area.
The beautiful old public library is right in the park and remember to visit the century old Kallio church designed by Lars Sonck, a famous Art Nouveau architect of Finland. You can see the church tower from the kitchen window.
The grocery Alepa is in the next block, bigger supermarket S-Market and Ekolo bio market three blocks away.. And don't forger the mighty old Hakaniemi market hall which is near too. Great for buying cheese, bread, vegetables, fish etc. And they have a Marimekko (the famous Finnish design brand) shop in the second floor.
There are three former factory areas to hang out during the summer near by. Teurastamo, Suvilahti and Konepajan Bruno are just wonderful. They have terraces for having drinks outdoor, some street food etc. Worth visiting if you are into trendy vibes.
The Guardian recently wrote about Kallio: "Helsinki has shaken off a somewhat dour image in recent years to emerge as one of Europe's most refreshing city-break destinations. It's a breezy Baltic port with a strong tradition of design, an alternative nightlife and an edgier feel than some of its Scandinavian cousins. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Kallio, just north of the city centre. Once a no-go area for tourists, it's now home to cool bars, cafés and boutiques." So true!
Great visitor sites to see what's going on in Helsinki are:
A great video about Helsinki:
The most important tram, the circular "sightseeing" tram number 3 goes in the front of the building. Also trams number 9, 1 and 1A. Trams number 8, 7A, 7B and 6 are few blocks away. The metro stations of Hakaniemi and Sörnäinen are in 5 minute walking distance. The airport buses 615 and 617 have a stop in 3 minutes walking distance. Cheap city bikes available in the front of the building.
Other things to note
- High speed wireless internet (wifi)
- Towels and bed linens
- Black out curtains to provide good sleep
- LCD TV
- Soundsystem for your phone/ipod/laptop
- Washing machine
- Hair dryer
- Iron and a board
Please take a look at my feedback. Please ask if there's anything you would like to know. I'd be glad to help.
I work as culture/travel/design journalist so I would be pleased to tell everything you need to know about Helsinki, which is one of the most interesting cities in Europe right now. There's so much going on here specially during the warm season. Kallio area is the center place of the "renaissance".
I can also give you tips about Finland and the surrounds, like, there are some really charming old villages near Helsinki like Porvoo, Fiskars and Tammisaari. What a great day trip, easy to reach. You can also take a ferry (Tallink/Eckerö Line/Viking Line/Linda Line) and make a day trip to Tallinn, Estonia. Very easy, cheap and fun! Visiting Nuuksio national park is something unique. Easy to reach by local bus in one hour.
I'll leave you maps, guidebooks and some info about the city, the neighborhood and the apartment. Warmly welcome!
No smoking inside. No noise between 10 pm and 7 am. No big parties. No illegal downloading/uploading when using the internet connection. Please respect the neighbours. Please take good care of the apartment and leave the place in the same condition as it was. If something unexpected happens, please let me know asap. Thanks!