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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“A visit to Kiasma is worth every visit. If the exhibitions do not light up, the atmosphere and architecture of the building will always be enjoyable - and at least one or two interesting works or new acquaintances will usually be on display. Kiasma's small museum shop is a great place to discover, especially for those who "already have it". The Kiasma Café serves snacks and good coffee, drinks and a very good lunch.”
  • 141 locals recommend
Street Art
“This is the classic department store, which regrettably has lost some of it's former glory, but it's still an interesting place to visit, especially if you need to get a lot of small errands and shopping done in one go.”
  • 115 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Just off the Helsinki train station, the Ateneum is worth a visit for its architecture and its exhibitions.”
  • 82 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“You basically live in the mall where you can find many stores, restaurants, metro etc.”
  • 99 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Hakaniemi market hall is the more affordable option for those who are looking for groceries and farm products. There are also a few ethnic food markets in the vicinity. The market hall has been moved to a temporary boxy building while the actual old market hall is being renovated.”
  • 126 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Next to Kamppi with walking distance in the center. Enjoy your time in the mall with the dining place on top and ground floors.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Church
“The Temppeliaukio Church, excavated in the rock, is located in the heart of Helsinki, at the end of Fredrikinkatu. Due to its unique architecture, the church, completed in 1969, is one of Helsinki's main attractions. The church hall is covered by a copper-clad dome, supported by rock beams on the rock walls. The inner walls are of rubble rock and quarry stone. In the morning sunlight spreads from a row of windows around the edge of the roof to the altar wall, which serves as an altar slab for a crack in the ice age.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Beach
“Beach near by center. Nice place on summer time, there is a restaurant and kids playground too. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Helsinki Art Museum, HAM, looks after an art collection that belongs to the people of Helsinki, which includes over 9,000 works of art including the statues in Helsinki. HAM draws attention to modern art and contemporary art in its exhibitions at the Tennis Palace. Some of its galleries are also dedicated to an exhibition of Tove Jansson's (1914-2001) life and works. The works of the artist are amongst the most cherished pieces in the HAM collection. Some of the museum's exhibitions are always free to enter. At the Tennis Palace building you'll also find several cafés and restaurants, a museum shop as well as Helsinki's biggest cinema complex, Finnkino Tennispalatsi.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Church
“There are old churches everywhere, but is church close-by in built inside the bedrock ”
  • 59 locals recommend
History Museum
“National Museum illustrates Finnish history from medieval times to the 19th century. The museum's unique exhibits tells of the life from a period of over 1000 years. Temporary exhibitions on current themes and an interactive exhibition Vintti, where you can experience history by doing yourself.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Park
“Located in the heart of Helsinki, Esplanadi Park serves as both a tourist promenade and a living room for city dwellers. The park and the Espa Stage there provide a good setting for various events. June will include Marimekko fashion show and in July Jazz Espa concert series.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Art Museum
“An interesting museum if you are interested in the birth and history of animals, not forgetting Finnish and tropical and African animals.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Putte's Bar and Pizza, i.e. Putte, has become one of the city's classic pizza bars. Putte is also a family-friendly mix of a bar and restaurant, and the kitchen is open exceptionally late. The downstairs space, The Cellar, hosts evenings from club nights to concerts and other gatherings. Another great reason to check out Putte's is its art. The owner, Antto Melasniemi, has collected high-quality Finnish contemporary art over the years, which he hangs on the walls of his restaurant. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Built in 1928, Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall is the oldest public swimming hall in Finland. The architecture of the building is historically and artistically noteworthy, representing a fine example of Classicism. Over the decades it has retained its original appearance, and after the renovations which - began in 1997 - the fantastically restored hall was reopened in October 1999. There are separate swimming sessions for men and women, with bathers having the choice of whether to wear a swimming costume or not. The option to wear a swimming costume became available from September 2001. On the second floor you'll find a steam sauna as well as wood and electrically heated saunas. Between swimming and sauna on the 2nd floor you can relax in your own cabin and enjoy the menu of Café Yrjö.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Office
“Great selection of noodle, pasta, pizza dishes ...etc. Nice located in the old part of city center. Indochina feel and vibe.”
  • 45 locals recommend

Top restaurants

History Museum
“National Museum illustrates Finnish history from medieval times to the 19th century. The museum's unique exhibits tells of the life from a period of over 1000 years. Temporary exhibitions on current themes and an interactive exhibition Vintti, where you can experience history by doing yourself.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Putte's Bar and Pizza, i.e. Putte, has become one of the city's classic pizza bars. Putte is also a family-friendly mix of a bar and restaurant, and the kitchen is open exceptionally late. The downstairs space, The Cellar, hosts evenings from club nights to concerts and other gatherings. Another great reason to check out Putte's is its art. The owner, Antto Melasniemi, has collected high-quality Finnish contemporary art over the years, which he hangs on the walls of his restaurant. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Office
“Great selection of noodle, pasta, pizza dishes ...etc. Nice located in the old part of city center. Indochina feel and vibe.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Café
“Classic bakery, patisserie and café with good service and great coffee, one of our personal favourites to treat ourselves with a pastry or cake ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This restaurant is very popular and its usually fully loaded. I recommend to make a reservation. The food is organic, wholesome, unique, beautifully presented and delicious and the wait staff warm and down to earth. Try the sapas and one of their wonderful deserts. Eating out in Helsinki is not cheap and this restaurant is no exception.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A chain of super tasty falafel fast-food, many around town these days. Ideal for a late night snack, or a vegetarian fast lunch!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Scandinavian Restaurant
“A little gem of a restaurant to experience Finnish cuisine! Affordable and tasty buffet style restaurant. Konstan Möljä is located in the city centre area. You will also find vegetarian options here. Just be sure to check the opening times beforehand and book a table, it can get busy in the weekends.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Most popular cocktail bar in Helsinki, restaurant at day, bar at night. During summertime they have a great terrace area with DJ outside.”
  • 26 locals recommend

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