Enjoy your stay in Helsinki, by Matti & Katja

Matti
Enjoy your stay in Helsinki, by Matti & Katja

Nähtävyydet

This is one of the nicest saunas that has been set up easily available for anyone interested in experiencing sauna. You can also swim in the sea or a hole in the ice (during winter). They have a nice restaurant also serving brunch, lunch & a la carte. Make sure to prebook your spot on their website as it may be fully booked especially during the busiest times of the year. loylyhelsinki.fi/en We enjoy the place every time we go there.
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Löyly
4 Ärtholmsstranden
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This is one of the nicest saunas that has been set up easily available for anyone interested in experiencing sauna. You can also swim in the sea or a hole in the ice (during winter). They have a nice restaurant also serving brunch, lunch & a la carte. Make sure to prebook your spot on their website as it may be fully booked especially during the busiest times of the year. loylyhelsinki.fi/en We enjoy the place every time we go there.
A beautiful church carved inside rock
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Temppeliaukio Church
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A beautiful church carved inside rock
A beautiful and historical island in Helsinki. Must-see during summertime and one of our favorite places in Helsinki. We also got married in Suomenlinna church and had wedding celebrations in one of the historic buildings on the island. <3 Take HSL public transportation ferry, which go to the island and back once every 20 minutes. You may also experience some awesome misty moments during fall when sea water is warmer than the air.
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Sveaborg
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A beautiful and historical island in Helsinki. Must-see during summertime and one of our favorite places in Helsinki. We also got married in Suomenlinna church and had wedding celebrations in one of the historic buildings on the island. <3 Take HSL public transportation ferry, which go to the island and back once every 20 minutes. You may also experience some awesome misty moments during fall when sea water is warmer than the air.
Awesome place for swimming outdoors throughout the year. Saunas will give you the comfort & relaxation. Located in front of the Finnish presidential residence.
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Allas Sea Pool
2a Skatuddskajen
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Awesome place for swimming outdoors throughout the year. Saunas will give you the comfort & relaxation. Located in front of the Finnish presidential residence.
Helsinki cathedral, iconic church in Helsinki. Located next to Senate square. Also, enjoy the day and harbor view by taking a moment to sit on the stairs.
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Helsingfors domkyrka
29 Unionsgatan
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Helsinki cathedral, iconic church in Helsinki. Located next to Senate square. Also, enjoy the day and harbor view by taking a moment to sit on the stairs.
Iconic monument to the memory of Finnish national composer Jean Sibelius who has composed for example 'Finlandia'. Some people say 'Finlandia' should be Finnish national anthem, yet national anthem is 'Maamme-laulu'. This is not too exiting to us as we are not in fond of statues and monuments, but you should definitely have a look at this especially if you go to Cafe Regatta to experience a Finnish cafe.
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Sibelius Monument
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Iconic monument to the memory of Finnish national composer Jean Sibelius who has composed for example 'Finlandia'. Some people say 'Finlandia' should be Finnish national anthem, yet national anthem is 'Maamme-laulu'. This is not too exiting to us as we are not in fond of statues and monuments, but you should definitely have a look at this especially if you go to Cafe Regatta to experience a Finnish cafe.
The nicest and most famous beach in Helsinki, only 1,5km from the apartment. Nice place to cool yourself if it is a hot summer day.
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Hietaranta Beach
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The nicest and most famous beach in Helsinki, only 1,5km from the apartment. Nice place to cool yourself if it is a hot summer day.
A nice park with this large building (that has in the history served as a mental hospital). Now it is in the use of many artists and has also a cafe. All in all around the buildin there is a really nice park by the sea. One of our favorite places for walks. There is also an artisan bakery in a red-tile-building called Venetian Ambience. There's also cafe Metsäpaahtimo, which has a nice summer terrace during summertime.
Lapinlahden Lähde
A nice park with this large building (that has in the history served as a mental hospital). Now it is in the use of many artists and has also a cafe. All in all around the buildin there is a really nice park by the sea. One of our favorite places for walks. There is also an artisan bakery in a red-tile-building called Venetian Ambience. There's also cafe Metsäpaahtimo, which has a nice summer terrace during summertime.
Another public sauna. Prebook from kulttuurisauna.fi There's a hole in the ice during winter. Reserve a 90 min slot at the sauna for one person. You may only book one sauna per day, two weeks in advance. Bookings are paid at the sauna upon arrival. No groups.
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Kulttuurisauna
17 Hagnäskajen
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Another public sauna. Prebook from kulttuurisauna.fi There's a hole in the ice during winter. Reserve a 90 min slot at the sauna for one person. You may only book one sauna per day, two weeks in advance. Bookings are paid at the sauna upon arrival. No groups.
Another sauna :) Open during summer, season starts in May and prebooking in March. On an island so you need to first check for a ferry that goes to the island. Entrance fee 19€. Mixed sauna on Tuesdays and Fridays. See details from: http://www.lonna.fi/en/services/sauna/ Booking calendar currently only in Finnish.
Lonnan sauna
Another sauna :) Open during summer, season starts in May and prebooking in March. On an island so you need to first check for a ferry that goes to the island. Entrance fee 19€. Mixed sauna on Tuesdays and Fridays. See details from: http://www.lonna.fi/en/services/sauna/ Booking calendar currently only in Finnish.
Chapel of Silence - stop here for a short moment to enjoy the silence in the middle of the city. 5-10min inside should give you a nice relaxation and boost for the day. Can’t take pictures inside yet it is beautiful wooden architecture with light coming in from the top windows.
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Kamppi Chapel
7 Simonsgatan
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Chapel of Silence - stop here for a short moment to enjoy the silence in the middle of the city. 5-10min inside should give you a nice relaxation and boost for the day. Can’t take pictures inside yet it is beautiful wooden architecture with light coming in from the top windows.
Beautiful new library that was opened on Finland’s 100th anniversary. They have a nice rooftop cafe with a big terrace. In the 1st floor’s Food & Co. restaurant you can find possible the most affordable breakfast buffet Mon-Fri 8AM-10AM for 8,80€. Includes fresh bread, croissants, Karelian pies, ham slices, cheese, vegetables, porridge, natural yoghurt, coffee & juice. They also serve lunch after 11AM
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Helsingfors Centrumbiblioteket Ode
4 Töölönlahdenkatu
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Beautiful new library that was opened on Finland’s 100th anniversary. They have a nice rooftop cafe with a big terrace. In the 1st floor’s Food & Co. restaurant you can find possible the most affordable breakfast buffet Mon-Fri 8AM-10AM for 8,80€. Includes fresh bread, croissants, Karelian pies, ham slices, cheese, vegetables, porridge, natural yoghurt, coffee & juice. They also serve lunch after 11AM

Ravintolatarjonta

Matti's ultimate favorite breakfast place. They have great omelettes, freshly baked bread, raw porridge, coffee with free refill cups & a lot more. They have also another restaurant closer to the apartment in Kamppi shopping center's 5th floor, which unfortunately doesn’t serve breakfast anymore but has burgers and pizza available. Nice view there as well but the older restaurant offers a more unique experience is what we think. During summertime Story Kauppahalli has also a nice summer terrace by the harbour.
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Restaurant Story
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Matti's ultimate favorite breakfast place. They have great omelettes, freshly baked bread, raw porridge, coffee with free refill cups & a lot more. They have also another restaurant closer to the apartment in Kamppi shopping center's 5th floor, which unfortunately doesn’t serve breakfast anymore but has burgers and pizza available. Nice view there as well but the older restaurant offers a more unique experience is what we think. During summertime Story Kauppahalli has also a nice summer terrace by the harbour.
A great Vietnamese restaurant in Kamppi shopping center's 5th floor. You'll have to try Shanghai tacos - they are the best! They have also great lunch Mon-Fri with a reaaally tasty salad buffet.
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Lie Mi Kamppi
13 Hämeentie
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A great Vietnamese restaurant in Kamppi shopping center's 5th floor. You'll have to try Shanghai tacos - they are the best! They have also great lunch Mon-Fri with a reaaally tasty salad buffet.
This is our favorite place for lunch especially. Very tasty dishes. Asian fusion cuisine with a Hawaiian twist. Located in Kamppi shopping center 5th floor. If you are in a hurry, try to be at the restaurant 11.00 when lunch opens. It's not one or two days a week they have a long queue outside the restaurant around noon.
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Hoku
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This is our favorite place for lunch especially. Very tasty dishes. Asian fusion cuisine with a Hawaiian twist. Located in Kamppi shopping center 5th floor. If you are in a hurry, try to be at the restaurant 11.00 when lunch opens. It's not one or two days a week they have a long queue outside the restaurant around noon.
One of the best restaurants for pizza in Helsinki. You can also order via Wolt and get pizzas delivered.
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Daddy Greens Pizzabar Iso-Roba
26 Iso Roobertinkatu
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One of the best restaurants for pizza in Helsinki. You can also order via Wolt and get pizzas delivered.
One of the best places for pizza in Helsinki. Neapolitan style pizza straight from the open fire oven. Prebook especially in the high season (during summer). You can also get pizzas delivered via Wolt if they are not too busy serving the restaurant customers which happens sometimes.
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Pizzeria Via Tribunali
4 Sofiegatan
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One of the best places for pizza in Helsinki. Neapolitan style pizza straight from the open fire oven. Prebook especially in the high season (during summer). You can also get pizzas delivered via Wolt if they are not too busy serving the restaurant customers which happens sometimes.
A truly Finnish cafe that is open 365 days a year. Enjoy a "korvapuusti" (Finnish sweet cinnamon bun) or even buy cold sausage (like then ones in hot dogs) that you can cook on open fire. That is something that Finns do after sauna or if cross-country skiing in the forest. Located next to Jean Sibelius monument so check that on the same trip.
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Regatta
8 Merikannontie
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A truly Finnish cafe that is open 365 days a year. Enjoy a "korvapuusti" (Finnish sweet cinnamon bun) or even buy cold sausage (like then ones in hot dogs) that you can cook on open fire. That is something that Finns do after sauna or if cross-country skiing in the forest. Located next to Jean Sibelius monument so check that on the same trip.
The best sushi and sushi bowls in Helsinki. Maybe from the pricier range of sushi in Helsinki but you'll never be disappointed. They have restaurants also in a few more locations in Helsinki.
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Sushibar+Wine
42 Fredrikinkatu
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The best sushi and sushi bowls in Helsinki. Maybe from the pricier range of sushi in Helsinki but you'll never be disappointed. They have restaurants also in a few more locations in Helsinki.
Nice place for having a cup of coffee or breakfast. The location is really nice and summer terrace is by the sea. Check their opening hours online before going, as they may be short / limited.
Cafe Metsäpaahtimo
Nice place for having a cup of coffee or breakfast. The location is really nice and summer terrace is by the sea. Check their opening hours online before going, as they may be short / limited.
Best burgers in Helsinki
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NAUGHTY BRGR
13 Lönnrotinkatu
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Best burgers in Helsinki
Hotel breakfast nextdoor at around 23€ per person. They even have an own omelette chef who can make your favorite omelette. :)
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Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Helsinki
2 Runeberginkatu
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Hotel breakfast nextdoor at around 23€ per person. They even have an own omelette chef who can make your favorite omelette. :)
A nice brunch, we really like the atmosphere and the brunch here
Krog Roba Restaurant
3 Lilla Robertsgatan
A nice brunch, we really like the atmosphere and the brunch here

Gigs

A legendary rock club that has been there since 1970. 250 gigs per year from famous domestic and international bands. Worth checking out who's playing during your Helsinki visit since the club is located only 250m from the apartment.
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Tavastia
4-6 Urho Kekkonens gata
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A legendary rock club that has been there since 1970. 250 gigs per year from famous domestic and international bands. Worth checking out who's playing during your Helsinki visit since the club is located only 250m from the apartment.

Things to do

Amusement park full of different rides. You can also find some small rides for free for the youngest in the family. The biggest fun is to buy wristbands that allow you to enter all rides. Free entrance to the area.
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Linnanmaki
1 Tivolikuja
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Amusement park full of different rides. You can also find some small rides for free for the youngest in the family. The biggest fun is to buy wristbands that allow you to enter all rides. Free entrance to the area.
Zoo in Helsinki. Located on an island (there is a bridge to go to the island).
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Högholmens djurgård
12 Blåbärslandsstigen
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Zoo in Helsinki. Located on an island (there is a bridge to go to the island).
Awesome place to enjoy a summer day and swim. There are also saunas available.
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Helsinki Swimming Stadium
1 Hammarskjöldintie
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Awesome place to enjoy a summer day and swim. There are also saunas available.

Grocery shopping

Where to buy groceries
Convenience store with all basic groceries, open Mon-Sat 6.30-23 and Sunday 9-23. Cheaper than other convenience stores
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Alepa Kamppi
19 Salomonkatu
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Convenience store with all basic groceries, open Mon-Sat 6.30-23 and Sunday 9-23. Cheaper than other convenience stores
Basic groceris and food-to-go products such as sandwiches, wraps etc. open everyday 6.00-24.00 Located inside Kamppi shopping center
Alepa
1 Urho Kekkosen katu
Basic groceris and food-to-go products such as sandwiches, wraps etc. open everyday 6.00-24.00 Located inside Kamppi shopping center
Not possible to enter the store. Order from Wolt app or website. Delivery of basic groceries, snacks & candy to the door in 15-30min. Delivery fee around 1,90€. (May vary and sometimes they have free delivery campaigns)
Wolt Market Kamppi
10 Eteläinen Rautatiekatu
Not possible to enter the store. Order from Wolt app or website. Delivery of basic groceries, snacks & candy to the door in 15-30min. Delivery fee around 1,90€. (May vary and sometimes they have free delivery campaigns)
Large supermarket with wide assortment of products. Open till 22.00 (check opening hours online) A bit more expensive than most grocery stores.
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K-Supermarket Kamppi
63 Fredrikinkatu
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Large supermarket with wide assortment of products. Open till 22.00 (check opening hours online) A bit more expensive than most grocery stores.
Large supermarket open 24/7 Located near the central railway station. 700m from the apartment. Cheaper prices than in K-supermarket
S-market Sokos Helsinki
9 Mannerheimvägen
Large supermarket open 24/7 Located near the central railway station. 700m from the apartment. Cheaper prices than in K-supermarket
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Lidl Kamppi
2 Kampinkuja
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Lidl Graniittitalo
3 Jaakonkatu
24/7 hypermarket with wide assortment. Even sushi available. You can buy also clothes, shoes, cosmetics & travel gear in the middle of the night if you need to.
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K-Citymarket Ruoholahti
21 Itämerenkatu
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24/7 hypermarket with wide assortment. Even sushi available. You can buy also clothes, shoes, cosmetics & travel gear in the middle of the night if you need to.