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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.
Island
“A lot of people like to visit Suomenlinna sea fortress when they visit Helsinki. It's a historical island with a number of old military structures and wooden houses. It has a special charm and the boat trip to the island is a good chance to have a different view of the city. It is not spectacularly beautiful but it has a totally different ambience than the center of the city.”
  • 203 locals recommend
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
Sauna / Steam Room
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“One of my favourite especially in the summer, nice views, have a sauna and swimm there!”
  • 161 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 Mall
“You basically live in the mall where you can find many stores, restaurants, metro etc.”
  • 99 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
“Welcome to the funniest part of Helsinki! Linnanmäki is an amusement park full of fun and delicacies. The most popular amusement park in Finland opened its doors already in 1950 and attracts over one million visitors every year. Linnanmäki has over 40 amusement park facilities, plenty of games, activities, restaurants and cafes. By far the most popular piece of equipment in the amusement park is the classic classic: a wooden roller coaster of 1951. Linnanmäki is maintained by the Children's Day Foundation, which donates funds raised from the Linnanmäki box office each year to child welfare work. By having fun in Linnanmäki, you also support Finnish child welfare work.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Church
“The white cathedral that overlooks Helsinki has become a symbol of the nation’s capital and one of the two national shrines together with Turku Cathedral. Helsinki Cathedral was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel and completed in 1839. The steps leading up to the cathedral are used as both a stage and seating for events held in Senate Square. Helsinki Cathedral and Senate Square are among the most recognisable sights in Helsinki.”
  • 76 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
Moroccan Restaurant
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“Middle Eastern and North African cuisine. Excellent lunch and brunch and dinners.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Pool
“Go for a outdoor swimm in a heated pool and sauna. What a nice way to start a day!”
  • 100 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. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Out of 600 steel pipes, the monument in the Töölö district is huge. The statue by sculptor Eila Hiltunen is 8.5 meters high, 10.5 meters long and 6.5 meters deep. Underneath it is free to travel, and through the pipes you can hear wind noise, hum and echo. The statue was opened to the public in 1967 and blends well with the surrounding cliffs and trees. The sculpture is like a large organ, each of them should interpret it in their own way. The park around the sculpture has a quiet and free walking area.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Park
“Kaivopuisto is the classic park in Southern Helsinki, hosting concerts and events during summertime. There is a lonely observatory and historical villas, often housing embassies of various caountries. Be sure to check out the boats and the lovely seaside walk if you venture this far South during your visit.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“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.”
  • 102 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.”
  • 81 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
“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
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
“If you are looking for a genuine finnish atmosphere instead of the trendy restaurants in the center, give Sea Horse a go. It is unassuming and popular with the local artists. You may bump into characters like Andy McCoy of Hanoi Rocks in this classic restaurant.”
  • 60 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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