Where to Stay

City Centre

For

As central as it gets, with excellent shopping, major museums and parks. Rates on weekends and during summer can drop substantially.

Against

Drinking and dining options are limited in this small area. Can be very quiet on weekends and during holidays, when business activity shuts down. No budget options.

Kamppi & Töölö

For

Adjoining the city centre, Kamppi has plenty of restaurants, bars and nightlife and is home to the main bus station for easy access to further-flung parts of the city. Töölö is leafier and quieter.

Against

Kamppi can be busy and may be noisy. Residential Töölö has very few options.

Kruununhaka & Katajanokka

For

Linked by bridges to the mainland, the island of Katajanokka is handy for the Katajanokan Terminaali ferry terminal, and an easy walk or quick tram ride to the centre. Mainly residential, Kruununhaka has some standout eateries.

Against

Options are limited on Katajanokka and virtually non-existent in Kruununhaka.

Punavuori & Ullanlinna

For

Great cafes, restaurants, bars and shops in Design District hub Punavuori. Peaceful Ullanlinna has parks and open spaces. Emerging venues are opening up around the Hernesaari waterfront.

Against

Parts of Punavuori close to the centre can be busy and/or noisy. Few options in Ullanlinna.

Kallio

For

Gentrifying area with hip, creative businesses, vintage shops and cheap bars. Good metro access.

Against

Some areas can be edgy. There are some standard chain hotels; otherwise travellers can find places to stay via the usual home-sharing services.