FWC ’19 – Finland in October

FWC '19 - Finland in October

Helsinki is a vibrant city on the coast of the Baltic Sea. If you’re travelling to Finland before FWC or you’re extending your stay after the conference, Helsinki is packed with things to see and to do. Here are some of our favorites that are easily reachable:

SHOPPING

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Design District
The world-renowned Finnish design is still very much ‘a thing’ and there are many ways to experience it. Design District Helsinki brings creative people together. The district covers Punavuori, Kaartinkaupunki, Kamppi and Ullanlinna and consists of a vast array of boutiques, shops, cafes and galleries for the design-minded traveller to enjoy.
www.designdistrict.fi
Korkeavuorenkatu
Korkeavuorenkatu is a piece of traditional Helsinki city scenery, situated in the peaceful and prestigious Kaartinkaupunki area. You can start your tour by visiting the Design Museum (www.designmuseum.fi) then stroll along, and see the majestic Johannes Church. You will definitely want to visit some of the boutiques and cafes and maybe have a meal at Restaurant Pontus (www.ravintolapontus.fi) or dine at one of the true Helsinki classics like Restaurant Sea Horse (www.seahorse.fi).

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Kauppatori
Local marketplace at the end of Street Esplanade. You can try Finnish street food like the popular salmon soup or tasty little fried fish.

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© Design District

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MUSEUMS & CULTURE

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Oodi
Opposite the Parliament house, the brand-new Central Library in Helsinki is a vibrant meeting point and cultural centre. It’s a place to work, study, enjoy your free time, get inspired by media art, or create your own. The building itself is an architectural piece in its own right and definitely a sight worth seeing.
www.oodihelsinki.fi/en/
Amos Rex
This is one-of-a-kind Art Museum in the heart of Helsinki is a place where the past, present and future meet. The exhibition programme extends from the newest contemporary art to 20th-century Modernism and ancient cultures.
amosrex.fi/en/

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Other museums
Kiasma, Ateneum and HAM are the most popular art museums in Helsinki center. Kiasma – the modern art museum, Ateneum – more traditional art, Helsinki Art Museum – HAM. Other popular museums centrally located are the Design Museum and Finnish National Museum.
https://kiasma.fi/en/
https://ateneum.fi/?lang=en
https://www.hamhelsinki.fi/en/
https://www.designmuseum.fi/en/
https://www.kansallismuseo.fi/fi/kansallismuseo/etusivu

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© Eliso Nieminen / Siltanen

EAT & DRINK

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Yes Yes Yes
This trendy and colourful restaurant in Iso-Roobertinkatu. Its vegetarian based menu with small, tasty servings is worth to order – perhaps with a glass of wine or cocktail on a side!
www.yesyesyes.fi
Baskeri & Basso
This Parisian-San Franciscan inspired restaurant is known for its daringly simple menu alongside the lovely ambience and fantastic variety of natural wines.
www.basbas.fi
Döner Harju
The place to go if you want to enjoy Berlin-style döner kebab in Helsinki. They also serve excellent vegan versions of their dishes.
www.donerharju.fi

EAT & DRINK

Yes Yes Yes
This trendy and colourful restaurant in Iso-Roobertinkatu. Its vegetarian based menu with small, tasty servings is worth to order – perhaps with a glass of wine or cocktail on a side!
www.yesyesyes.fi
Baskeri & Basso
This Parisian-San Franciscan inspired restaurant is known for its daringly simple menu alongside the lovely ambience and fantastic variety of natural wines.
www.basbas.fi
Döner Harju
The place to go if you want to enjoy Berlin-style döner kebab in Helsinki. They also serve excellent vegan versions of their dishes.
www.donerharju.fi

Kompleksi – The Complex

‘The Complex’, a consortium of restaurants, bars and clubs in the Sörnäinen district, (a part of the greater Kallio area), is the busy centre of Helsinki nightlife.
Consisting of clubs Kaiku (www.clubkaiku.fi), Post Bar (www.postbar.fi), Kuudes Linja (www.kuudeslinja.com), and the walk-in bars/restaurants called Tanner (www.ravintolatanner.fi) & Siltanen (www.siltanen-onda.org)
– this block has something for everyone.
If you’re the dancing type, into techno, house, disco, electro and such, this is definitely the place for you. If you want to sit down and enjoy a proper meal in a trendy atmosphere, you’re also well-off at The Complex.

Kompleksi – The Complex

‘The Complex’, a consortium of restaurants, bars and clubs in the Sörnäinen district, (a part of the greater Kallio area), is the busy centre of Helsinki nightlife.
Consisting of clubs Kaiku (www.clubkaiku.fi), Post Bar (www.postbar.fi), Kuudes Linja (www.kuudeslinja.com), and the walk-in bars/restaurants called Tanner (www.ravintolatanner.fi) & Siltanen (www.siltanen-onda.org)
– this block has something for everyone.
If you’re the dancing type, into techno, house, disco, electro and such, this is definitely the place for you. If you want to sit down and enjoy a proper meal in a trendy atmosphere, you’re also well-off at The Complex.

© Yiping Feng & Ling Ouyang / Helsinki Marketing

Don’t miss these

Johan & Nyström

A cozy café known for it’s delicious coffee, relaxed ambiance, friendly staff and raw cakes!
johanochnystrom.com

Emo

Restaurant with a modern European cuisine and a delightful Nordic touch, near Park Esplanade.
emo-ravintola.fi/en/

Farang

Flavors of modern Asian cuisine, this restaurant is located within the premises of the historical Kunsthalle Helsinki.
www.farang.fi

Shelter

A changing menu each week along with a warmly praised vegeterian menu and a cocktail bar upstairs, this restaurant is in quaint Katajanokka.
www.shelter.fi/menu

© Eliso Nieminen / Siltanen

© Eliso Nieminen / Siltanen

ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES

© Riku Pihlanto / City of Helsinki

The Saunas
Finland is the ideological home of the sauna – the hot room where all your troubles and cares melt away – and there are many open to the public in Helsinki. In addition to its meditative and cleansing attributes, the sauna is also an easy way to immerse in Finnish culture and maybe even strike a conversation with a local.
www.myhelsinki.fi/en/see-and-do/activities/public-saunas-in-helsinki
Suomenlinna
From Kauppatori, you can take a ferry to the fort island Suomenlinna, where there are restaurants, a brewery, WW2 museum and remains of an old castle.
In good weather this is a popular picnic spot for locals so we are sure you will enjoy the same! e Helsinki archipelago is mesmerizing and other islands worth visiting are Uunisaari and Lonna.
www.suomenlinna.fi/en/

© Eetu Ahanen / Allas Sea Pool

Allas Sea Pool
Right next to Kauppatori is an oasis of saunas, warm and cold swimming pools, a terrace and restaurant.
www.allasseapool.fi/en/

© Riku Pihlanto / City of Helsinki

Suomenlinna
From Kauppatori, you can take a ferry to the fort island Suomenlinna, where there are restaurants, a brewery, WW2 museum and remains of an old castle.
In good weather this is a popular picnic spot for locals so we are sure you will enjoy the same! e Helsinki archipelago is mesmerizing and other islands worth visiting are Uunisaari and Lonna.
www.suomenlinna.fi/en/
The Saunas
Finland is the ideological home of the sauna – the hot room where all your troubles and cares melt away – and there are many open to the public in Helsinki. In addition to its meditative and cleansing attributes, the sauna is also an easy way to immerse in Finnish culture and maybe even strike a conversation with a local.
www.myhelsinki.fi/en/see-and-do/activities/public-saunas-in-helsinki

© Eetu Ahanen / Allas Sea Pool

Allas Sea Pool
Right next to Kauppatori is an oasis of saunas, warm and cold swimming pools, a terrace and restaurant.
www.allasseapool.fi/en/

© Jussi Hellsten / Helsinki Marketing

URBAN HELSINKI

© Omar ElMrabt / Helsinki Marketing

Moving around in the city
The easiest way to get around Helsinki is with a public transport Day Ticket which is valid on the trams, buses and metros. Google Maps or hsl.fi make navigating in English easy. The city is also pleasant to walk through and all the above attractions are within an approximately 3km / 1.5mile radius!
The Kallio District
This is where it’s at. Formerly a working-class district, Kallio has transformed into a hip trend-conscious neighborhood for young adults during recent years. With a wide variety of cafes, boutiques, restaurants, bars and clubs, Kallio is the Hackney or Kreuzberg of Helsinki – with a subtle Nordic twist and the usual lamentations about the district getting too gentrified.

© Tuomas Uusheimo / Helsinki Marketing

We hope these examples get your ‘travel bug’ going and that you found
something worth checking out already. For more tips and information on
sights and things to experience, go here www.myhelsinki.fi/en

Good to have you with us, welcome to Finland.

FWC awaits!