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You're Going to Love Helsinki

Finland's capital is a city of islands and bays, with an astonishingly creative design industry and a thriving culinary scene that is seeing foodies flocking to its restaurants and markets.

On the surface, Helsinki seems like a historic city with the usual museums, galleries, churches, and fortresses to see. It certainly has those in abundance, but there's another side to this fascinating city.

You can see the latest furniture, fashion, or accessory designs at Helsinki's galleries and boutiques. Live music stretches from experimental jazz to classical music festivals, while elite eateries like Savoy show off what New Nordic chefs are capable of - and it's always delicious.

With the prospect of a relaxing sauna after every hectic day of sightseeing, it's hard to resist the charms of Helsinki.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Helsinki

Top activities & attractions in Helsinki

When to Visit Helsinki

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If you want to see the sights, enjoy Helsinki's parks and visit the islands in comfort, summer is definitely the best time to visit. Between June and late August, the city warms up nicely. Don't expect Californian weather, but you'll be surprised by how pleasant beaches like Hietaranta become when the sun is at its brightest. Otherwise, May is a good time for pure sightseeing, with smaller crowds. Winter is dark, cold, and atmospheric, but it's not ideal for most visitors.

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How to Get to Helsinki

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Where to Stay in Helsinki

If you want to stay in an immaculately designed boutique hotel, you're heading to the right destination. Helsinki hotels like the Glo Hotel Art mix turn-of-the-20th-century exteriors with stunning modern bedroom furnishings. If you are looking for an upmarket experience, the Hilton Helsinki Strand offers sauna facilities and harbor views. But there is high-quality accommodation for all price levels thanks to great hostels like CheapSleep Helsinki.

Popular Neighborhoods in Helsinki

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How to Get Around Helsinki

The Cost of Living in Helsinki

Shopping Streets

Helsinki is paradise for lovers of quirky fashion, design, and modern art. If you want to find some typically Scandinavian household items or ornaments, the Design District is the place to go. If you're after second-hand vintage clothing or imaginative new designs, Kallio is brimming with stores, with Kaivarin Kanuuna probably the best among them. For more standard brands, head to Kamppi Shopping Center at the heart of town and you can't go wrong.

Groceries and Other

Helsinki isn't the cheapest place to buy groceries and essentials, but you can find affordable prices at stores like K-Supermarkets, Alepa, and Lidl. Expect a gallon of milk to come to about EUR3.70 and 12 eggs to cost about EUR2.

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Where to Eat in Helsinki

Diners in Helsinki could be forgiven for not knowing where to start. If you want to explore New Nordic Cuisine, try local favorites like Kuu, Juuri, Olo, and A21 Dining. But there are plenty of great Asian options too, including Farang and Gaijin. The standard of cooking is generally high, so explore the various neighborhoods - you'll almost certainly be well taken care of. Expect meals to cost at least EUR30 per person and over EUR50 at high-end restaurants.