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Best things to do in Helsinki

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Island
“Take a ferry from Kauppatori to Suomen Linna and discover Finnish Archipelago”
187local recommendations
Art Museum
“Kiasma, the museum of modern art, is right at the heart of Helsinki city centre.”
153local recommendations
Street Art
“Go to the 8th floor to experience rooftop bar, where you can also have sushi and other Finnish delicacy. Very pretty and Instagram worthy! ”
116local recommendations
Art Museum
“A great art museum and an even greater building. Mostly classical art, paintings and sculptures. I work here so had to mention it. :D”
84local recommendations
Shopping Centre
“On the eight floor of the Kamppi shopping mall you will find a floor full of local restaurants/cafés in different price ranges. It was recently opened, modern and trendy feeling. It gets very crowded there during Finnish lunch hours (11:30-13:00) since many Finns like going there for lunch. Approximately 10 restaurant/cafées in total, a lot to choose between.”
97local recommendations
Sauna / Steam Room
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“Public sauna and restaurant complex in Hernesaari district on the southern tip of Helsinki. The complex includes a traditional Finnish smoke sauna, two other wood-heated saunas, a year-round terrace and a restaurant. It is possible to take a swim in the sea, also in winter. There are separate changing rooms and shower facilities for men and women but as the saunas and other public areas are mixed, this means that customers are respectfully asked that swimming costumes are worn at all times.”
143local recommendations
Café
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“The most famous coffee in Helsinki.. try KORVAPUUSTI ( Finnish brioche with cinnamon ) and cup of coffee with very original decoration.”
136local recommendations
Farmers Market
“Get the fresh ingredients for your cooking here! Or enjoy lunch made by someone else. ”
125local recommendations
Theme Park
“Amusement park. Free admission, so you can go and people watch or grab something to eat, even if you are not planning to go on the rides.”
73local recommendations
Church
“Beautiful monument and square for e.g New Year’s fireworks and larger events”
72local recommendations
Moroccan Restaurant
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“A popular-with-locals restaurant with a North African-Middle Eastern style kitchen. The portions are generous are the food is tasty. You may want to reserve a table as it is well-known local spot to meet up with friends over tasty food.”
103local recommendations
Pool
“Allas Sea Pool is a marine spa and an oasis of urban culture right at the heart of the city. It offers new ways of enjoying the Baltic Sea, just a stone's throw away from the Market Square and other main attractions. Allas is open all year round, providing unique experiences and recreational activities for townies and travellers. The marine spa has three saunas, two warm water pools and one sea water pool, to which the water is pumped from nearby streams and filtered clean. In addition to these, an outdoor gym, restaurant & café -services, guided wellness- & sports lessons and culture events are on offer.”
87local recommendations
Park
“Kaivopuisto is situated right at the tip of the Helsinki peninsula. It is one of the oldest and most popular parks in the city. The streets surrounding the park also form a residential area of around 500 inhabitants. The neighbourhood is home to old villas and several embassies, and has become known as a diplomat district.”
57local recommendations
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.”
29local recommendations
Church
“The Temppeliaukio church is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. The interior is excavated and built directly out of solid rock and is bathed in natural light which enters through the skylight surrounding the center copper dome.”
62local recommendations
Monument / Landmark
“a weird tourist sight. I dont get why it atracts busloads of tourists. But the park is ok.”
64local recommendations