Helsinki's restaurants offer everything from Michelinstarred haute cuisine to Tex-Mex. Be sure to try out also some traditional Scandinavian food, Russian dishes or any number of ethnic and international restaurants. The Helsinki Menu offers a taste of true Finnish food culture.
A wide range of clubs and bars offers a choice of atmospheres and price levels. Pub-crawlers should also check out the Kallio district near the centre. There is no shortage of special events either, such as the Koneisto Festival of Electronic Music, the Tuska Festival for ... More heavy music and the fortnight-long Helsinki Festival. Unique lifestyles and urban subcultures are all a part of this international metropolis.
Finnish designer products are a must for the serious shopper and can be found at, for example, Ril's, Vuokko Nurmesniemi's and Marimekko's boutiques. Unique Finnish jewellery can be admired and purchased at Kalevala Koru's and Tillander's fi ne establishments. Designer products and furniture are available at Skanno, Emporium and Design Forum Finland, as well as smaller designer boutiques along the side streets of Helsinki.
The majority of Helsinki's cultural establishments and sights are situated within walking distance of the city centre. Art museums, such as the Ateneum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, are just a stone's throw from the Senate Square and the best shopping streets. Helsinki's excellent public transportation makes it easy to reach sights and destinations further afield.
Suomenlinna is one of the world's largest maritime fortresses. Built in the 1700s on six islands off the shore of Helsinki, the garrsion town is one of the most popular sights in Finland.
Suomenlinna has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. Suomenlinna offers an unforgettable experience for all ages, with museums, special events, idyllic cafes and cosy restaurants. Children will have a great time exploring the many tunnels of the old fortress.
It is good to reserve at least half a day for a visit to Suomenlinna. The vast fortress is best explored on foot, so prepare for some hiking with good shoes and a windbreaker. Ferries and waterbuses depart for Suomenlinna from the Market Square three times an hour during summer. The trip takes fifteen minutes. The municipal ferries accept the Helsinki Card and regular public transportation tickets.
Throughout its 450-year history, Helsinki has existed in the crosscurrents of the East and West. The colorful layers of history can be seen everywhere. The sea and islands are important components of the city centre's expression. All in all, there are 315 islands off the 98-km shoreline.
The ... More National Opera will wonderfully intrigue friends of the opera and ballet. Classical music can in turn be digested at the Finlandia Hall and the House of Culture. All three buildings are also classics of Finnish architecture.
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