Only opened in May 2016, Vallisaari is a true treasure right in front of Helsinki’s coastline. The fairly big island was in use under the military until pretty much then, but finally opened up for visitors as well. The island combines history and nature beautifully with stunning views of the city from high above – for me the perfect alternative day trip for those seeking to avoid the crowds heading out to Suomenlinna in the summer, the season ends in late September.
This Dinner Date post is actually the result of a lunch visit, but that’s okay. This time, I’m taking you to one of the most established places in Helsinki, Juuri. It took me a while to finally fully experience what they have to offer, and I hope this posts will inspire you to not wait as long as I did! Traditional Finnish dishes with a twist and a fresh interpretation, great service and casual atmosphere. I’ll be back soon.
The Helsinki Coffee Festival celebrates the mighty bean and also teaches visitors and curious coffee drinkers about the newest trends and methods, but the actual coffee tasting ain’t coming short either. In addition to a couple of impressions from the festival, I picked my favourite roasteries from around Finland to watch out for (and try).
Freelancers, students, visitors who need to get down to business: this post is for you. I enjoy my home office but on days where I really need to get things done it’s the safer option for me to be away from my sofa and fridge. Here’s my part one of the best cafés and workplaces in Helsinki. Criteria? Mainly coffee and wifi.
Have you considered casual fine dining at home yet? If not, let yourself be inspired by this delicious menu created by Heleats, that you can have prepared for you right at home, if you want. New Nordic Cuisine is constantly evolving and rediscovering itself in all kinds of magical ways. Are you hungry yet?
Getting out into the nature of pure, deep Finnish winter is something that everyone should experience. It makes you fall in love with the season, understand why winter can be incredible and just be out and away from daily life for a while. Luosto is an ideal spot to do that, amidst a gorgeous National Park and the Fells. Some action? Snowmobiling, skiing and husky sled safaris are only a few ideas.
In a rather unexpected setting, somewhere in the end of Eira, you’ll find a gem of a neighbourhood restaurant that makes Helsinkis food and restaurant scene so distinct and exciting. Fine dining in casual atmosphere, delicious wines and food – this is a prime example of what makes the Finnish food scene so exciting and interesting.