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Things to do in Helsinki

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.
Shopping Mall
“You basically live in the mall where you can find many stores, restaurants, metro etc.”
  • 99 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Helsinki Art Museum, abbreviated as HAM, is an art museum in Helsinki. It is located in Tennispalatsi in Kamppi. The museum is owned and operated by the city of Helsinki. It looks after the city's art collection, containing over 9,000 works. Nearly half of these are on display in public places such as parks, streets, schools and libraries. The art museum hosts a small permanent exhibition of the works of Tove Jansson, including two large frescoes originally created for the restaurant of Helsinki City Hall”
  • 49 locals recommend
Plaza
“A market hall full of nice cafes and restaurants. Iconic art nouveau building and interior. Worth stopping by for lunch! ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Small shopping center with big supermarket, pharmacy and "Alko" (wine & spirits store).”
  • 38 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Go watch a movie to the best cinema in Helsinki. 1 minute walk and you can see the cinema from the balcony.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Scandinavian Restaurant
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“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.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bistro
“Baskeri & Basso has found its inspiration in cosy Parisian bistros, casual San Francisco joints and small Italian osterias. Bistros ingredient driven cuisine is daring in its outrageous simplicity. It serves a variety of enjoyable natural wines from elegant and classic to new and experimental.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“Tavastia & Semifinal are clubs that have gigs almost every night. Check their websites for schedules”
  • 25 locals recommend
Hotel
“I love the bar on the 16th floor, the view is amazing! I would go on a weekday, during the weekend they charge a small cloak room fee to get in.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Moko Market & Café is a concept store, combining an interior design store and a café. Moko sells various interior design objects and furniture such as a collection of vintage items, old Indian cabinets, textiles for the home and unique pieces from here and there.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“A Caribbean themed bar in Kamppi. Best cocktails in Helsinki, plus a small dancefloor!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Pool Hall
“Legendary bar owned by Kaurismäki brothers. A popular hang out place for artistic types.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Plaza
“Every summer sunday there's a huge fleamarket outside on the market place. From about 9am to 3pm. There's something to everyone. Of course there's also a coffee tent and some restaurant inside. Higly recommend if it's a good weather! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Café
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“Café, deli and restaurant serving Greek specialties, breakfast, wine, ouzo and food as well as very good coffee”
  • 25 locals recommend
Park
“Very nice park enjoyed by families as well as groups of friends on a sunny day”
  • 10 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Wondering where to find the best coffee in the Punavuori neighbourhood? Kaffa Roastery is the answer. Friendly service and located in a beautiful, old factory. Definitely worth a visit! ”
  • 20 locals recommend

Top restaurants

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.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bistro
“Baskeri & Basso has found its inspiration in cosy Parisian bistros, casual San Francisco joints and small Italian osterias. Bistros ingredient driven cuisine is daring in its outrageous simplicity. It serves a variety of enjoyable natural wines from elegant and classic to new and experimental.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Nightclub
“A Caribbean themed bar in Kamppi. Best cocktails in Helsinki, plus a small dancefloor!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Pool Hall
“Legendary bar owned by Kaurismäki brothers. A popular hang out place for artistic types.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Café
“Café, deli and restaurant serving Greek specialties, breakfast, wine, ouzo and food as well as very good coffee”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Traditional Finnish restaurant for classic dishes and laid back atmosphere, family friendly”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Built from real cargo containers this Vegetarian restaurant & café serves good breakfast and lunch daily, brunch in the weekends”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The oldest Japanese restaurant in Helsinki, not just sushi, they have sukiyaki and yakiniku as well ”
  • 16 locals recommend

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