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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.
Island
“One of the must do locations when in Helsinki, also a great place for picknic in the summer”
  • 200 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Kiasma museum of modern art hosts changing exhibitions by different artists. The arcitechture of the museum itself is also definitely worth seeing.”
  • 141 locals recommend
Street Art
“The classic department store, they have great grocery store in the ground floor, lots of takeaway options”
  • 119 locals recommend
Sauna / Steam Room
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“A beautiful sauna + restaurant worth the visit. This is the only sauna where you need to wear swimsuits as the sauna experience is unisex - also ideal if you're traveling as a couple and want to share the sauna experience. You can also swim in the sea, order a beer and sit by the fire and enjoy a traditional smoke sauna in addition to the regular Finnish sauna. ”
  • 157 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Ateneum hosts both permanent and changing exhibitions of classical art by different artists. ”
  • 83 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Plenty of various kinds of shops, including the biggest MUJI shop in Europe”
  • 97 locals recommend
Café
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“The top 1 tourist attraction in Helsinki seems to be this little cafe by the sea in Töölö. The nice thing is, it's also frequently visited by locals so it's not "made for tourists". Worth a visit for sure!”
  • 140 locals recommend
Theme Park
“The Linnanmäki amusement park was opened in 1950. It is a must see for families, but also for thrill seekers and those looking for that old time's carnival feel. Linnanmäki is open in the Summer, but you should check their website for any events they may have in the Winter season.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Church
“The Helsinki Cathedral is always worth visit, especially this time of the year:) ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Get the fresh ingredients for your cooking here! Or enjoy lunch made by someone else. ”
  • 127 locals recommend
Moroccan Restaurant
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“Middle Eastern and North African cuisine. Excellent lunch and brunch and dinners.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Pool
“Allas Sea Pool was opened in 2016. It has three outdoor pools (children's pool, warmed pool and sea water pool), saunas and a cafe/restaurant. ”
  • 96 locals recommend
Island
“Small island just outside of city center that is Open-Air Museum of the traditional Finnish way of life is displayed in the cottages, farmsteads and manors of the past four centuries that have been relocated from all around Finland. The museum is open during summers, but the buildings are there all year round and there is nice paths around the island for small hike or running. ”
  • 81 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“If you like the music this dude made then checking out this nice park and monument next to the sea is worth the trip”
  • 69 locals recommend
Park
“At Kaivopuisto, close by the sea, you experience majority of the embassy's. This area of Helsinki is worth walking through. Easy access and nice walking distance.”
  • 58 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

Top restaurants

Moroccan Restaurant
“Middle Eastern and North African cuisine. Excellent lunch and brunch and dinners.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Where young hipsters go to party. A varied and well thought program with internationally well known DJs and live acts every weekend. Gets crowded after midnight.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Doner Restaurant
“Excellent döner! Definitely the best in Helsinki. Our favourite is the lamb plate, but they also have a very good vegan option made of seitan. 10 minute walk from us.”
  • 76 locals recommend
History Museum
“The National Museum’s Vintti exhibition on the third floor teaches visitors about the history of Finland in a fun and interactive way. There is much to marvel at and experience for all age groups!”
  • 44 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“This Thai restaurant is often full of people, but when if you can find room you're in for a treat! ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Scandinavian Restaurant
“The restaurant, opened in 1934, server its customers Finnish food and atmosphere. The spirit of the restaurant is created, with a little help from the personnel, by its particular clientele. Restaurant Sea Horse has served Finnish delicates, such as crispy fried Baltic herrings, vorschmack, herring plates and Wiener schnitzels, for as long as 80 years. It’s safe to say that Sea Horse is a part of Finnish restaurant history, perhaps already somewhat of an institution.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great pizza and a good place for a chill evening. Tenho offers live music often, check out their schedule on Facebook. I recommend their live jazz Sundays, live performances start at 8 pm but I recommend getting a table earlier. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Café
“there are many restaurants with good food for breakfast and lunch or some are open even late in evenings with sauna and seawater swimming possibility or even music of little festivals.”
  • 43 locals recommend

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