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Market in Helsinki

Vanha Kauppahalli

Alongside the harbour, this is Helsinki's classic market hall. Built in 1889 and recently renovated, some of it is touristy these days (reindeer kebabs?), but it’s still a traditional Finnish market.
Top Choice Gallery in Helsinki


Now just one of a series of elegant contemporary buildings in this part of town, curvaceous and quirky metallic Kiasma, designed by Steven Holl and finished in 1998, is still a symbol of the city’s modernisation. It…
Top Choice Museum in Helsinki


This fascinating museum by Kaivopuisto (park) was the home of Baron Gustav Mannerheim, former president, commander in chief of the Finnish army and Finnish Civil War victor. The great field marshal never owned the b…
Top Choice Museum in Helsinki

Seurasaaren Ulkomuseo

West of the city centre, this excellent island museum has a collection of historic wooden buildings transferred here from around Finland. There's everything from haylofts to a mansion, parsonage and church, as well …
Top Choice Church in Helsinki

Temppeliaukion Kirkko

The Temppeliaukio church, designed by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen in 1969, remains one of Helsinki’s foremost attractions. Hewn into solid stone, it feels close to a Finnish ideal of spirituality in nature – you coul…
Top Choice Church in Helsinki


One of CL Engel’s finest creations, the chalk-white neoclassical Lutheran cathedral presides over Senaatintori. Created to serve as a reminder of God’s supremacy, its high flight of stairs is now a meeting place for…
Top Choice Modern Finnish in Helsinki


Book to get a table at this chic spot, where young chefs wow a designer-y crowd with modern Finnish cuisine. The quality is excellent, the combinations innovative, the presentation top notch and the slick contempora…
Top Choice Finnish in Helsinki


Originally designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto, this is definitely a standout dining room, with some of the city’s best views. The food is a modern Nordic tour de force, with the ‘forage’ ethos strewing flowers and ber…
Top Choice Modern Finnish in Helsinki


Thought of by many as Helsinki's best restaurant, Olo occupies smart new premises in a handsome 19th-century harbourside mansion. It's at the forefront of modern-Suomi cuisine, and its memorable degustation menus in…
Top Choice Fortress in Helsinki


Just a 15-minute ferry ride from the Kauppatori (market square), a visit to Suomenlinna, the ‘fortress of Finland’, is a Helsinki must-do. Set on a tight cluster of islands connected by bridges, the UNESCO World Her…