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What is not to be missed in Helsinki?

Is there any restaurant, bar, museum, landmark or anything at all not to be missed in beautiful Helsinki? I want to have a local experience, and avoid touristy spots, if possible! 

8 Answers

top answer by
Mika from Helsinki

Café Regatta is really nice. The are both tourists and locals.

Ravintola Torni is another favorite of mine. 

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  1. Café Regatta (restaurant)
  2. Ravintola Torni (restaurant)
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answered by
Rafael from Helsinki

Have a picnic and enjoy a lazy day in Suomenlinna island, take the ferry from Kauppatori Market Square approx. 15 minutes nice seatrip.

Theres a small supermarket where you can buy groceries, and even a relatively nice hostel with some private rooms, walk around visit some art exhibitions...

If you like a civilized wild nature experience, take a day trip to Nuuksion National Park, approx. 30 min. from the city, possible even by bus, get a glimpse of the Finnish nature.

City: Uudenmaankatu has some nice bars

also go to Kaivopuisto / Brunnsparken for some seashore moments

Café Carusel, Mattolaituri ...and caffe/drinks.

Dont miss Tallinn / Old Town 2,5 h by boat to Estonia , try to avoid the tourist masses and you have a great time there too.

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  1. Suomenlinna (neighborhood)
  2. Kauppatori Market Square (attraction)
  3. Nuuksion National Park (attraction)
  4. Uudenmaankatu (metro area)
  5. Kaivopuisto / Brunnsparken (attraction)
  6. Café Carusel (restaurant)
  7. Mattolaituri (restaurant)
  8. Tallinn (city)
  9. Old Town (attraction)
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answered first by
Oli from Paris

A church and a walk and a nap:

Temppeliaukio Church (go inside - beware, opening hours can be erratic)

A walk around Töölönlahti

A nap in Kaivopuisto / Brunnsparken

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  1. Temppeliaukio Church (attraction)
  2. Töölönlahti (attraction)
  3. Kaivopuisto / Brunnsparken (attraction)
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answered by
Ahmed from Giza, Egypt

If you like art, don't miss the Ateneum and Amos Andersonin taidemuseo or Kiasma, if you like contemporary arts

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  1. Ateneum (attraction)
  2. Amos Andersonin taidemuseo (attraction)
  3. Kiasma (attraction)
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Don't miss the Icebreaker Kontio by the Katajanokka neighborhood

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  1. Katajanokka (neighborhood)
  2. Icebreaker Kontio (attraction)
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answered by
Minna from Hämeenlinna, Finland

If you happen to be around time of Restaurant day there are hundreds of pop-up restaurants around Helsinki - unique experience.

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answered by
Rita from Belgium

Suomenlinna fortress island is a place not to be missed!

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  1. Suomenlinna (neighborhood)
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answered by
Jack from Illinois

The Port of Helsinki area. Great fresh seafood.

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  1. Port of Helsinki (attraction)

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