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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.
Monument / Landmark
“One of the best-known images of Helsinki. Only a 15min walk along the beach to get there.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Art Museum
“An ambitious contemporary art museum well worth checking out. The unfortunate abbreviation makes many think of sandwich topping made of pork's booty, but the only hunger you'll satisfy here is that for aesthetic revelation. Also admire the architecture of the so-called Tennis Palace housing the museum, as well a gigantic multiplex movie theatre. There was, however, never any tennis played here. Instead it was used as a basketball court in the 1952 Olympic Games. But that's another story. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Sauna / Steam Room
“Get clean! Built in 1928 this is one of the oldest public saunas in Helsinki. A unique experience! ”
  • 92 locals recommend
Museum
“Has a permanent exhibition featuring the classics of Finnish design, as well as rotating exhibitions of Finnish design.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Doner Restaurant
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“Hate kebab? Me too! But not this place. Their kebab comes with amazing ciabatta-ish bread from a local bakery, a delightfully creative selection of herbs (no lettuce-YASS!) and the ever so delicious apple vinegar sauce. If you've never tried kebab with wine - here's the place to. Ask for their recommendations. ”
  • 74 locals recommend
Church
“very indresting place.A church that is located on an underground rock.Arcitecture is unque. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Beach
“The only sand beach of Helsinki. Great source of inspiration and for photography.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Church
“This Church is built into rock, that's why its is often called Rock Church. We Finns know it however as the Church of Temple Square (Temppeliaukion kirkko). It is one the most visited sights of Helsinki. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Bay
“This is the place where the citizen enjoy walking /running. Just follow the seashore to get to the bay. ”
  • 65 locals recommend
History Museum
“Probably the most important museum of Finland: The Finnish national museum. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Scandinavian Restaurant
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“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
Park
“A must when you visit Helsinki! Beautiful shops and buildings right by the sea! ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Cafe
“Siltanen is a popular bar/club at nights with wide selection of clubs (check what's on from their site). It gets packed for weekend nights and the crowd is usually international. During the days and early nights there's a peruvian restaurant called Onda that just moved there. Hands down the best lunch and brunch in town! There's also a nice and big sun terrace during summer months. Go.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Rap and RnB, Indie Rock, Techno and so on. DJ's and artist's seen on the webpage.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Linnanmäki is Finland’s oldest and most popular amusement park, located in the Alppila quarter of Helsinki. The amusement park, which is owned by the Children’s Day Foundation, was opened for the public in 1950. Linnanmäki has over 40 rides, many different games, as well as restaurants and cafés.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Plaza
“The cozy 115-year-old Hietalahti Market Hall has plenty of nice cafés and restaurants. International kitchens offer delicious flavour experiences around the world. The building alone is worth a visit, a charming genuine vibe. ”
  • 67 locals recommend